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Iran general urges Afghans to fight US


Mar. 13, 2012: Demonstrators chant anti U.S. slogans as they carry a red cross following Sunday's killing of civilians in Panjwai, Kandahar by a U.S. soldier during a protest in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

TEHRAN, Iran-- A senior Iranian military commander has urged Afghans to use force to kick American troops out of their country.

Gen. Masoud Jazayeri of the powerful Revolutionary Guard said there are indications that Afghans will "soon open new fronts" against "the obsolete, worn-out American empire."

The comments by Jazayeri, who is also deputy head of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff, were posted Saturday on the Guard's website,

The U.S. has accused Iran of arming some Afghan militants, a charge Tehran has denied. The U.S. and Tehran are at odds over Iran's controversial nuclear program, and some analysts fear that Iran will respond with proxy forces if the confrontation becomes violent.