Media reports say Iran has shut down the offices of an exiled former Afghan warlord with stated opposition to Afghanistan's new interim government.
Iranian newspapers said the move against Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -- who has lived in Iran since 1996 -- came after officials determined that he acted against the interests of Iranian national security.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has rejected the international accord that established Afghanistan's new government, saying the pact negotiated in Germany late last year amounts to a U-S-imposed government.
Reports last week said Iran was considering cracking down on Mr. Hekmatyar and expelling him from the country after he began speaking out against the Kabul government. He also told Reuters (news agency) that he controlled armed dissident factions inside Afghanistan ready to resist the new Kabul government.
In the past month, the Bush administration has repeatedly accused Iran of trying to destabilize Afghanistan's fledgling government, either by harboring its opponents or by supporting anti-government figures inside Afghanistan. Iran has flatly denied the charges.