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Iran Denies Smuggling Weapons To Iraq, Afghanistan

Iran has dismissed U.S. claims that Tehran has smuggled weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The semi-official Fars news agency quotes Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying "the ridiculous and repeated lies of the Americans are aimed at justifying their own errors."

"The Wall Street Journal" on July 1 quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps has supplied allies in Iraq and Afghanistan with rocket-assisted exploding projectiles which have been used to kill American troops.

The newspaper quoted the same officials as saying Iran has also given long-range rockets to the Taliban in Afghanistan, increasing the insurgents' ability to hit coalition positions from a safer distance.

compiled from agency reports