Iran’s Ahmadinejad in Afghanistan, Gates departs

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived on Wednesday for a visit to Afghanistan, after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he was wary of Tehran’s influence in the country.

With careful timing that Gates described as “clearly fodder for all conspiratorialists,” Ahmadinejad arrived in Kabul just before Gates departed at the end of his own three-day visit.

Earlier this week, Gates accused Tehran of playing a “double game” in Afghanistan, professing support for President Hamid Karzai’s government while trying to undermine the U.S.-led military effort that protects it.


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