ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against IranWould we encourage terrorists who commit acts such as this and this? Is that stopping uranium enrichment somehow? More of the clandestine activity Sy Hersh reported?
A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News. The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran. It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.
Coupled with our two aircraft carriers sitting off of their shore, our fighter jet saber rattling, and the failing occupation / civil war unfolding next door, does anyone doubt Iran has some cause for concern?
Cole writes on Irans hostage crisis.
"With Iran facing huge challenges at home (an economy in tatters) and abroad (mounting pressure over its nuclear program), Ahmadinejad and his reluctant patron, the Supreme Jurisprudent Ali Khamenei, desperately needed a diversion. . ."Pat Cockburn writes: US's Bungled Plan to Kidnap Iran's Top Spook Prompted Hostage Taking
Meh. Who knows. I know Americans would be pissed off if Iranians swept into Afghanistan and captured the head of the CIA.
For over a year the US and its allies have been trying to put pressure on Iran. Security sources in Iraqi Kurdistan have long said that the US is backing Iranian Kurdish guerrillas in Iran. The US is also reportedly backing Sunni Arab dissidents in Khuzestan in southern Iran who are opposed to the government in Tehran. On 4 February soldiers from the Iraqi army 36th Commando battalion in Baghdad, considered to be under American control, seized Jalal Sharafi, an Iranian diplomat.
But the raid on Arbil and the attempt to capture two such senior Iranian officials was a far more serious and aggressive act by the US than in any of these cases. Unlike them it was not carried out by proxies but by US forces directly. The abortive raid Arbil raid provokd a dangerous escalation in the confrontation between US and Iran which ultimately led to the capture of the 15 British sailors and marines.
The Iranians do appear to be treating the Brits decently at least (unlike the way we tortured our prisoners). Ironically:
Channel 4 is considering delaying a drama about British soldiers abusing Iraq detainees amid new warnings that the broadcast could imperil the 15 naval captives in Iran. - linkYa think?
after we torture our prisoners
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