UKSF Find Iran-Taliban link
UK Special Forces (UKSF) have reportedly uncovered evidence of Iranian backing of Taliban attacks on UK troops in Afghanistan.
The evidence was collected by UKSF operating along the Afghanistan / Iraq border and is thought to include details of Iran's supply of bomb-making equipment to the taliban, specifically components for explosively formed projectiles (EFPs). EFPs use explosives to fire a concave copper plate which is capable of penetrating the armour of a range of vehicles, everything from a Snatch Land Rover to a Challenger tank. The Taliban has recently increased its use of roadside bombs and suicide attacks against British forces in Helmand.
(Guardian online / Observer report)
A Telegraph report earlier this month mentions an SBS surveillance operation which led to the discovery of equipment for making up to 50 roadside bombs in lorries crossing from Iran into Afghanistan. Components for EFPs were also found during this operation.