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Iran’s regime will to explore other regions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 24, 2010

Gambia’s President Yaya Jammeh severed ties with Iran and ordered diplomats out of the West African nation, his press officer said, a week after a shipment of Iranian arms destined for the country was seized in Nigeria.

The decision by the Gambian government was “directly linked” to the arms shipment, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an unidentified official in the Gambian presidency. Seydi Mahamadou, press officer for Gambian President, said in a phone interview today from the capital, Banjul, that he didn’t know the reason for the decision.

The weapons shipment, which included small-arms ammunition, mortars and rockets, may have been destined for separatists in the southern Casamance region of neighboring Senegal, Strategic Forecasting Inc., the Austin, Texas-based intelligence group, said in an e-mailed note today.

Recently Afghan police also said they had seized 22 tons of explosives stashed in boxes marked “food, toys and kitchenware” that were imported from neighboring Iran.

Police Chief Abdul Jabar Purdel said a suspect was detained after the devices were discovered in 337 boxes in a 40-foot shipping container moved from Iran into Afghanistan over a bridge connecting the two countries, CNN reported.

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