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Iran : Washington strikes the Pasdaran via the Jundallah

More than 30 commanders of the Pasdaran, including the vice-commander of the ground forces of the militia and 9 tribal chiefs were killed in a terrorist bomb attack in the Sistan-Baluchistan region of Iran. The armed terrorist group Jundullah has claimed the attack. This group regularly carries out attacks in the region from the Pakistani border. Tehran has accused the United States of carrying out the attack.

Jundullah came to fame three years ago following a particularly bloody attack on a Pasdaran convoy in the east of the country close to border of Pakistan. The group equipped with American weapons and night-vision goggles has since carried on numerous attacks exclusively on the Pasdaran militia in charge of the regime’s security. A closer look at the dates of the attacks strangely coincides with the aftermath of a major refusal of appeasement with Washington by the Mullahs. The evidence of this connection is that in July 2008, when Tehran accepted to officially meet an American emissary in Geneva, Islamabad immediately arrested on its soil and extradited several leaders of Jundullah to Tehran.


During that period, Jundullah was not the only armed group leading actions against the Pasdaran through American allied neighbouring countries. At the western border, in the Iranian Kurdistan region, Pejak, based in the autonomous Kurdistan of Iraq also led punitive actions against the Pasdaran. When the Bush Administration delivered the Jundullah commanders to Tehran, it also sent the Mullahs a subliminal message by putting an end to the Pejak attacks. Bush was finishing his last six months in office and was hoping to end his term with an Iran-American entente. An entente with Tehran would have signified an easy access for the U.S. to Central Asia, the control of the Mullahs and their popular base amongst the Arab opinion, but also an end to the war in Afghanistan for Tehran is supplying the Talibans with Chinese and Russian weapons. One of Washington’s agendas is to use the Mullahs to create instability in the Xian Jiang region of China, predominantly Muslim and supposedly rich of 144 billion barrels of oil. Washington wants to prevent China from having access to the Xian Jiang’s oil resources. The entente with Tehran would signify a K.O. for Beijing. Despite Washington’s efforts through mediation missions by its regional allies, Bush did not achieve this entente with the Mullahs before he left office. In January 2009, Bush handed the baby over to Obama. The new American President went much further than his predecessor by classifying the Pejak as a terrorist group and then offered a direct dialogue with Tehran without any preliminary conditions. Tehran having refused the dialogue, the terrorist operations in Baluchistan and Kurdistan have resumed since March 2009.

Paramilitary action in Iran have thus resumed , leading certain analysts to see the prelude of a civil war that would lead to the balkanisation of Iran. But this has never been an American intention, for Washington is hoping on the arrival of its federalist colts to power (as in Iraq). In order to avoid a civil war, the two armed-groups of Washington have never hit civil targets as bridges, factories, mosques or public buildings they have only targeted the Pasdaran. The objective has always been to hit the militia in charge of the regime’s security. The actions are warnings : threatening the leaders to push them towards accepting the entente. The force of each terrorist attack has been in measure of the importance of the warning.

The present attack has been the strongest warning to date , for it eliminated the militia General Shoushtari (see below), the number two of the Pasdaran ground forces, and members of his regional headquarters, Mohammed-Zadeh and Moradi. They were all on mission towards the reconciliation between the regime and tribal chiefs. This super warning is an American response to a very delicate situation for Washington.

Reason for warning | Presently and despite a strong deterioration in their economic situation, the Mullahs have refused any appeasement. Washington needs the Mullahs in their regional agitation agenda and has had no choice but to curb any further sanctions. Washington has even allowed the French oil company Total and the Korean company GS Engineering & Construction to engage in negotiations with the Mullahs in view of investing over 10 billion dollars in Iran. The Mullahs took the money, made the deals public so that they owe nothing in exchange to Washington. They have even let rumours out that they could reject their latest engagements in the nuclear issue that they took with the Six during the October 19 summit in Vienna.

In response to this new refusal to dialogue, the day before the summit, Washington struck the head of the Pasdaran, a strong action but of no effect if the U.S. continues to curb sanctions.

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The french version of this article :
- Iran : Washington frappe les Pasdaran via le Jundallah
- (19 OCTOBRE 2009)

| Mots Clefs | Décideurs : OBAMA |
| Mots Clefs | Enjeux : Apaisement |
| Mots Clefs | Enjeux : Garanties Régionales de Sécurité : le DEAL US |

| Mots Clefs | Résistance : Menace contre le régime |

| Mots Clefs | Terrorismes : Jundallah |
| Mots Clefs | Resistance : Elimination de Pasdaran ou de Mollahs |
| Mots Clefs | Violence : Baloutchestan (Sistan & Baloutchistan) |