Iran has announced the capture and arrest of Abdul Malik Rigi, the leader of Jundullah, a group known for terror attacks on Iran. Reportedly, Rigi had a forged passport given to him by the US , and claimed that the US offered him a military base on Iran's border from which to opperate. UK has denounced the bombing of the Mosque, last year, during the Iran elections, as a terrorist act, while the US has remained curiously silent.
Recently we have heard that there are talks going on in Afghanistan that would bring the Taliban back into the Afghanistan government. meanwhile, the war heats up with action in helmand province, including house to house searches, and the clearing of mine fields. This would be required to farm, and to lay the TAPI gas pipeline, the one the US prefers, even though it goes thru territory controlled by the Taliban and not the Karzai government.
This flirting with the Taliban is not new, as they were guests of the White House before 911, and even visited Mount Rushmore.
"There has been no Western outcry against Saudi Arabia’s mediation between the Taliban and the Afghan government. On the contrary, the Mecca talks were accompanied by senior British and U.S. officials indicating that such discussions were an evitable part of ending the war in Afghanistan. Only one country has denounced the meeting as an unacceptable capitulation to terrorism and extremism: Iran. This position reflects the untold story of Iran’s tussle with Saudi Arabia for regional influence."
Iran claims that the Jundullah is a terrorist group, supported by UK, USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia. It operates from within Pakistan. I am still waiting for Senator Kerry's office to return my phone call about this opperation, and it's purported funding with American tax dollars. Recently, two US senators, Conyers and brownback, filed a bill, S 3008, that would send tax dollars to support "opposition groups" against Iran. Rigi, in a confession published on PressTV, claims that his US handler claimed that at this time the US cannot conduct military ops against Iran, so they need his group to do so.
The captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, has confessed that the US administration had assured him of unlimited military aid and funding for waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The following is the detailed transcript of Rigi's confession, stated in Farsi, as broadcasted on Press TV.
"After Obama was elected, the Americans contacted us and they met me in Pakistan.They met us after clashes with my group around March 17 in (the southeastern city of) Zahedan, and he (the US operative) said that Americans had requested a meeting."
"I said we didn't have any time for a meeting and if we do help them they should promise to give us aid. They said they would cooperate with us and will give me military equipment, arms and machine guns. They also promised to give us a base along the border with Afghanistan next to Iran."
"They asked to meet me and we said where should we meet you and he said in Dubai. We sent someone to Dubai and we told a person to ask a place for myself in Afghanistan from the area near the operations and they complied that they would sort out the problem for us and they will find Mr. Rigi a base and guarantee his own security in Afghanistan or in any of the countries adjacent to Iran so that he can carry on his operations.
"They told me that in Kyrgyzstan they have a base called Manas near Bishkek, and that a high-ranking person was coming to meet me and that if such high-ranking people come to the United Arab Emirates, they may be observed by intelligence people but in a place like Bishkek this high-ranking American person could come and we could reach an agreement on making personal contacts. But after the last major operation we took part in, they said that they wanted to meet with us.
"The Americans said Iran was going its own way and they said our problem at the present is Iran… not al-Qaeda and not the Taliban, but the main problem is Iran. We don't have a military plan against Iran. Attacking Iran is very difficult for us (the US). The CIA is very particular about you and is prepared to do anything for you because our government has reached the conclusion that there was nothing Americans could do about Iran and only I could take care of the operations for them.
"One of the CIA officers said that it was too difficult for us to attack Iran militarily, but we plan to give aid and support to all anti-Iran groups that have the capability to wage war and create difficulty for the Iranian (Islamic) system. They reached the conclusion that your organization has the power to create difficulties for the Islamic Republic and they are prepared to give you training and/or any assistance that you would require, in terms of telecommunications security and procedures as well as other support, the Americans said they would be willing to provide it at an extensive level."
This is another one of those stories you wont see on MSM in America. It is just another in a string of US interventions in the affairs of other countries since WWII.
And from Wayne Madson we have this...
The CIA's support for Iranian Baluchis operating against Tehran has also had the effect of restoring the Baluchi Liberation Army, with CIA munitions destined for the Jundallah guerrillas falling into the hands of Baluchi secessionists in Pakistan, particularly among the Bugti, Marri and Mengal tribes that now threaten to disrupt trans-Pakistani pipelines to the Pakistani port of Gwadar, which is being developed by Chinese engineers and construction companies. The CIA, apparently unable or unwilling to distinguish between the Iranian and Baluchis and their agendas, permitted explosives and detonators destined for use in Iran to be used against regular Pakistani army units and Chinese assets assisting in the Gwadar port project.
Pakistan also suspects American energy politics at play. By stirring up Baluchis on both sides of the Pakistani-Iranian border, the CIA stands to disrupt planned natural gas pipelines from Qatar to Pakistan that will transit through Iran and the Iran-Gujarat oil pipeline.
UPDATE:: It is reported that Jundullah is claiming the US aided Iran in the arrest og Rigi.
Like I said, I have a call in to Senator Kerry's office, the current Chair of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, and am awaiting a call back.
Change we can believe in, or more of the same?