Gates, Afghan Leader Diverge On Iran Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in Afghanistan again, and things haven't improved much since his first trip in January. Gates and President Hamid Karzai seem at odds over Iran. On Monday, Gates spoke of Iranian weapons coming into the country, and Karzai called Iran "one of Afghanistan's closest allies and partners."
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Gates, Afghan Leader Diverge On Iran

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On his first trip to Afghanistan in January, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was warned of an impending Taliban-led "spring offensive," of rising violence and of growing discontent among Afghans with the level of civilian casualties.

Gates is in Afghanistan again, and things haven't improved much (though the spring offensive never occurred). Gates and President Hamid Karzai seem at odds over the extent to which Iran is being helpful in Afghanistan.

On Monday, Gates spoke of Iranian weapons coming into the country, and Karzai called Iran "one of Afghanistan's closest allies and partners."