Iran, U.S. Officials Both In Talks With Taliban

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Iran, worried that new U.S. negotiations with the Taliban will lead to Western troops remaining in Afghanistan beyond 2014, is working to fuel anti-American sentiment in the region and build its own ties with Taliban leaders.

According to The Washington Post, the Iranian plan involves forging closer relations with the Taliban, funding politicians and media for propaganda, and expanding cultural ties in Afghanistan. As the United States seeks to engage in peace talks with the Taliban, the Iranians are taking a similar strategy to the one they took in Iraq preceding the 2011 troop drawdown.

The United States has far more leverage in Afghanistan than it did in Iraq, because the Afghans are expected to remain dependent on foreign aid for years. The Administration of President Barack Obama hopes to use the dependence to keep troops in the country beyond 2014.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.