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The US Senate is considering President Obama’s picks to lead the Pentagon and the CIA. The candidate for the post of Spy Chief, presidential counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan, is a strong advocate of aggressive CIA tactics, and has secured a controversial drone programme as one of the agency’s main tools. Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury thinks if Brennan is confirmed as the CIA head, the agency will further expand its powers.

Iran: CIA Collaborating with Terrorist Groups in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast on Saturday lashed out at the US for its baseless claims about war on terror, and said Tehran has proofs and documents substantiating the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been aiding terrorist groups in the region.

“Americans entered Afghanistan with the promise of war on terror, but today there are documents indicating that terrorist groups are collaborating with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),” Mehman-Parast told a press conference in Karachi on Saturday.

He reiterated that presence of “foreign forces” in the region is the “root cause of all problems” in the Middle East, and added, “They should leave the regional countries alone and deal with their own problems if they are really in pursuit of stability and security.”

Mehman-Parast further noted that the US forces’ pullout from Afghanistan is the best way to restore “Afghan security”, and reiterated, “Americans are after securing the interests of the Zionist regime (Israel) and they intend to stir tension among Islamic and regional countries to the very same end.”

Iranian officials have frequently blasted the US and NATO forces for occupation of Afghanistan for more than a decade under the pretext of war on terror.

Tehran stresses that the responsibility for the establishment of security and stability in Afghanistan should be in hands of the country’s government and security forces, but not foreigners.

Afghanistan has long been a focus of imperial rivalry and scene of foreign intervention, most recently since the 2001 US-led invasion but also in the 1980s uprising against Russian troops that ultimately helped bring down the Soviet Union.

Washington denies it is seeking to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan, but American military sources say they envisage around 15,000 forces remaining in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal.