Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin said Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s attempts to tie the proxy actions of Iran to the Pakistan-based Haqqani insurgent network were “baffling.”
Pompeo gave his comments about the Haqqani network at a press briefing Tuesday, in which he took questions from reporters.
“In Afghanistan, there’s an aspect of that conflict that deserves more attention and that is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s involvement there,” Pompeo said. “Iran has refused to join the regional and international consensus for peace and is in fact actively working today to undermine the peace process by continuing its long global effort to support militant groups there.”
“Most people know about Iran’s proxy networks in the Arab world, but the regime also has a relationship with the Taliban and related groups such as the Haqqanis, the Tora Bora, and the Mullah Dadullah group. The Taliban’s entanglement in Iran’s dirty work will only harm the Afghanistan peace process.”
Griffin said that Pompeo’s comments were “baffling and an exaggeration at best given that Pakistan is well known to be the main force backing the Haqqani network.”