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  • Iran Bombing

    A little poetic justice in Iran. Funny how they're quick to blame the west & Pakistan when they hugely finance similar terrorist organizations elsewhere.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,568482,00.html


    Iran Warns U.S., U.K. of Retaliation After Attack
    Monday , October 19, 2009

    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday accused the United States, Britain and Pakistan of having links with the Sunni militants responsible for a homicide bombing that killed five senior Guard commanders and 37 others.

    "Behind this scene are the American and British intelligence apparatus and there will have to be retaliatory measures to punish them," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, vowing a "crushing" response.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said those behind Sunday's bombing are hiding across the border in Pakistan, and in a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart on Monday he demanded their arrest.

    "The presence of terrorist elements in Pakistan is not justifiable and the Pakistani government needs to help arrest and punish the criminals as soon as possible," state TV quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Asif Ali Zardari.

    Earlier Monday, an Iranian military official went as far as to raise the prospect of a possible military offensive into Pakistan against the group blamed for the attack.

    "There is even unanimity that these operations (could) take place in Pakistan territory," the ISNA news agency quoted MP Payman Forouzesh as saying.

    The Sunni rebel group known as Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, has waged a low-level insurgency in Iran's southeast to protest what it says is the government's persecution of an ethnic minority there claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack. The claim was posted Monday on an Islamic Web site that usually publishes Al Qaeda statements. Its authenticity could not be verified.

    The official IRNA news agency said Sunday the dead included the deputy commander of the Guard's ground force, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief provincial Guard commander for the area, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. The other dead were Guard members or local tribal leaders. More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.

    The headquarters of Iran's armed forces blamed the bombing on "terrorists" backed by "the Great Satan America and its ally Britain," Fars News Agency said Sunday.

    "Not in the distant future we will take revenge," Iran's statement read, according to Reuters. Iran's forces claim the country "will clear this region from terrorists and criminals."

    "The global arrogance, with the provocation of its local mercenaries, targeted the meeting of the Guard with local tribal leaders," said the Guard statement read out on state TV.

    The United States, however, condemned the attacks on Sunday and denied any involvement.

    "We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives. Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are completely false," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a brief statement.

    The Revoutionary Guard commanders were inside a car on their way to a meeting with local tribal leaders in the Pishin district near Iran's border with Pakistan when an attacker with explosives blew himself up, IRNA said.

    Iran's state-owned English language TV channel, Press TV, said there were two simultaneous explosions: one at the meeting and another targeting an additional convoy of Guards on their way to the gathering.

    The region's top prosecutor was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying the Sunni rebel group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the blast.

    There was no immediate statement directly from the group.

    The group accuses Iran's Shiite-dominated government of persecution and has carried out attacks against the Revolutionary Guard and Shiite targets in the southeast.

    That campaign is one of several ethnic and religious small-scale insurgencies in Iran that have fueled sporadic and sometimes deadly attacks in recent years — though none have amounted to a serious threat to the government.

    The Guard commanders targeted Sunday were heading to a meeting with local tribal leaders to promote unity between the Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

    In April, Iran increased security in Sistan-Baluchistan Province, at the center of the tension, by placing it under the command of the Guard, which took over from local police forces.

    The 120,000-strong Revolutionary Guard controls Iran's missile program and has its own ground, naval and air units.

    Iran's parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, condemned the assassination of the Guard commanders, saying the bombing was aimed at disrupting security in southeastern Iran.

    "We express our condolences for their martyrdom. ... The intention of the terrorists was definitely to disrupt security in Sistan-Baluchistan

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  • #2
    If it was us, I guess we did a good job.

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    • #3
      Proof positive that it is, after all, a round world.

      What goes around, comes around.

      Next time they wish to finance terror/suicide bombings in Israel, Iraq, and elsewhere, at least they'll have seen it themselves, up close and very personal.

      One of my favorite scenes from the movie Red Dawn is when the Cuban commander is viewing all the body bags. He says to his aide, "I've seen this before...Cambodia, (Africa), El Salvador, Vietnam...but these men are mine!" I hope the Iranians like what they saw, they've certainly aided and abbetted it, elsewhere.
      Last edited by Kieth M.; 10-20-2009, 10:35 PM.
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      Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

      Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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      • #4
        I think financial support is most likely to have come from Saudi Arabia, which has a strong fundamentalist Sunni movement (Wahabi). The Saudis are concerned about Iran gaining power, and are said to have agreed to allow Israel to conduct flights over Saudi terroritory for the purpose of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.
        Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Viva la resistance!

          Oppressive governments everywhere should heed that lesson. P!ss off enough people, they will start fighting.

          I only hope a few of the Revolutionary Guard commanders were around during the 1979 hostage crisis and were participants in it. Am I a bad person to want them dead?
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