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The Iran Connection

40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 07 June 2011

Is Iran exploiting the turmoil caused by the Arab Spring, and the uncertainly following the killing of Osama Bin Laden? After Iranian military rockets were found on the battlefields of Afghanistan, Allan Urry assesses new evidence alleging Iran's closer ties with al Qaeda and the Taliban. And, with more illicit shipments of weapons from Iran being seized in the Middle East, in breach of a UN arms embargo, the programme also reports on the discovery of a weapons smuggling ring set up in the heart of Europe to service Tehran. It also investigates the involvement of a former British Royal Marine in the ring.
Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane.

  • Iran's illegal arms trade: 'Hypocritical and dangerous'

    Iran's illegal arms trade: 'Hypocritical and dangerous'

    Foreign Office Minister says evidence of Iran's involvement in supplying arms to the Taliban is "hypocritical, two-faced and highly dangerous".

    Read Allan Urry's article on the BBC news website


    With parts of the Arab world in turmoil, and uncertainty after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Allan Urry investigates claims Iran has been stepping up its support for terrorism.

    Read the transcript


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