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Iran is hoping to increase its presence in Afghanistan after American and foreign troops “pull out” of the battle-weary country, according to Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
Iran is hoping to extend “aid and assistance” to Afghanistan, including providing help with “the construction of infrastructure projects,” Salehi said this week, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
The remarks make it clear that Iran is continuing to flex its political muscle in the region as Western forces depart Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. experts have expressed concerns about reports that Iran has clandestinely increased its military presence in Iraq by establishing a religious academy aimed at training some 1,500 recruits to use “combat weapons,” according to reports.
Iran reportedly paid $1 million to fund the camp, with training beginning in late July.
As it gets closer to obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities, Iran has also sought to exert its influence in Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt, the Free Beacon reported today.
U.S. officials are concerned that a meeting between Egypt’s intelligence chief and a senior Iranian spy could be a signal that the two Middle Eastern countries are teaming up to promulgate terror across the region, according to the report.