Contributed by RedNickD
Two bombs went off outside of a mosque in southeastern Iran on Thursday in the city of Zahedan. At least twenty people were killed including members of the Revolutionary Guard, and at least one hundred people were wounded. This comes less than a month after Iran hanged a member of an insurgent group from that region.
The attack appears to have been carried out by suicide bombers. There have been no claims of responsibility for the attack so far, but the area is home to the Jundallah. Western readers will probably remember its name from its 2009 attack in Zahedan which killed over 120 people.
Jundallah (meaning “soldiers of God”) is a Baluch ethnic and Sunni insurgent group in Iran. It gained notoriety for a series of kidnappings and bombings carried out six years ago. Jundallah has played a role in destabilizing Iran’s border region with Pakistan. Iran claims that the United States, United Kingdom, and Al-Qaida are supporting the group. Although the US and UK deny these claims, facts state otherwise.
On May 22, 2007, ABC news reported that, “the United States has supported and encouraged an Iranian militant group, Jundallah, that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran from bases on the rugged Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan ‘tri-border region’.”
Seymour Hersh, an investigative reporter for the New Yorker, reported that American agents are in Iran working to create an armed rebellion among the Baluchi ethnic minority, and Jundallah is a Baluchi group they work with.
With all that being said, there should be no doubt in the mind of the reader that the US and its friends aren’t fighting against “terrorism” and Islamic extremism in the Middle East. In fact, they are encouraging it when it serves their imperialist needs.