Iran-Taliban nexus: the new US doctrine


On January 12, just days before the Trump administration would depart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a startling disclosure

He told the world that the Taliban have found a new home in Iran and that Tehran had offered the group safe haven to carry out attacks in other countries — i

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Afghanistan

He noted that links between the Taliban and Iran had been developing for some time and acknowledged these contacts had not been monitored by US agencies

A few days before this disclosure, the US designated the Houthis as a terrorist group

Pompeo gave no details or evidence of the Taliban having established a base in Iran with Tehran’s approval and support

The timing of this declaration is important

A lame duck administration making such an allegation in its last week in office is puzzling and bizarre

But there is a method in this madness

Few would believe or accept the rationale given by the outgoing Secretary because he failed to produce any evidence of Iran offering to host the Taliban

Tehran remains a steadfast opponent of the Taliban ideology even though in recent years it has maintained contacts with the group in order to combat the menace of Daesh

The Islamic State movement poses a threat to Iran’s eastern border areas mainly inhabited by Sunnis

The ostensible goal of the Trump administration appears to create a justification for an attack on Iran, targeting its nuclear installations

That would please Israel

But such a strike on Iran’s nuclear installations would cause chaos and instability in the region including the Persian Gulf area

Iran would not acquiesce in tolerating such an onslaught on its liberty

The seeds of a wider conflagration would have been sown

The other objective that may be sought to be accomplished is to tie the hands of the incoming Biden administration in its endeavours to restore normalcy and open a new chapter of relations with Tehran

The TalibanIran agreement claim could be intended to thwart any possibility of the US rejoining the JCPOA — which was reached after hard negotiations with Iran under the Obama administration

The landmark agreement commits Iran to the set constraints on the development of its nuclear programme and was welcomed by the world, barring a few Gulf countries

The thinking in the Trump administration is that any perceived linkage between the Taliban and Iran would spread panic and the Congress would block any reconciliatory move aimed at the US returning to the JCPOA

The move seems to be motivated by the powerful Israeli lobby

Israel has declared many times recently that it would not allow Iran to develop any nuclear weapons

The Zionist state is in possession of huge arsenal of nuclear weapons that has the potential to strike targets thousands of miles away

The Trump presidency is on course to making bogus assertions misleading the American public

It has played havoc with the world order in the last four years

Its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and from the Trans Pacific Trade agreement was an act only a deranged mind could contemplate and act upon

Leaving the Iran agreement was another blow to peace prospects in the region

Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and encouraging Israeli settlements were all steps that would create more divisions and hostility without any dividend

What is shocking is that in all these draconian actions the President was supported by the Republican Party

There was hardly any dissenting voice when Trump began to unleash his irrational initiatives

That creates huge doubts about the continuing resilience of American institutions

It is for the saner elements in Congress to assert their presence and restrain a president whose mental fitness is now questioned across the US, from undertaking any last minute catastrophic ventures which would boomerang and adversely affect America’s global position and prestige



Date:17-Jan-2021 Reference:View Original Link