NEW YORK—The Iranian News Agency in Peshawar, Pakistan, is confirming the sighting of American commando units inside western Afghanistan around the area of the city of Herat. A reporter at the agency in Peshawar said this afternoon that Iranian reporters had seen first-hand American troops in Afghanistan. Herat is fairly close to the Iranian border.
Herat is the city where former Afghan guerrila hero Ismael Khan has begun fighting the Taliban. He had been living in Iran after escaping from a Taliban prison. The Iranian News Agency reports that Khan’s troops taken a series of villages and towns, and that he is now fighting inside the city of Herat.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2001