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Jundallah and American foreign policy

In Central Asia, Iran on October 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Pepe Escobar on Democracy Now! discussing the recent suicide bombing in Iran which targeted high ranking Revolutionary Guard commanders. The attack was carried out by Jundallah, a Sunni fundamentalist group based out of Sistan-Baluchestan.

In July 2008, Seymour Hersh wrote about American efforts to destabilize Iran, including, but not limited to, supporting Sunni fundamentalists:

One of the most active and violent anti-regime groups in Iran today is the Jundallah, also known as the Iranian People’s Resistance Movement, which describes itself as a resistance force fighting for the rights of Sunnis in Iran. “This is a vicious Salafi organization whose followers attended the same madrassas as the Taliban and Pakistani extremists,” Nasr told me. “They are suspected of having links to Al Qaeda and they are also thought to be tied to the drug culture.” The Jundallah took responsibility for the bombing of a busload of Revolutionary Guard soldiers in February, 2007. At least eleven Guard members were killed. According to Baer and to press reports, the Jundallah is among the groups in Iran that are benefitting from U.S. support.

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