Bombings in Khuzestan Province

#2
T6,

Do you remember those 'Rgaheads' in Afghanistan who the ISS and CIA channeled money to in the 80's.....rememebr what they did on 9/11/2001?

What is to say that these chaps (who may or may not funded, supported, aided etc by another power) don't repay their debt in a similar manner.

I geninuely hope that the US is not meddling in affairs of another state or for that matter supporting and funding terrorism! :twisted:
 
#3
You may well be right to say funding ragheads in Afghanistan came back to haunt us but that still doesn't mean it was a bad idea.... 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend'....


Although I would still say that any military/pseudomilitary option with Iran is still a foolish idea.....

Also I'm skeptical of any rants from Ahmadinejad claiming UK/US involvement - this is the same chap who denies the holocast - He'll say whatever he has to for a soundbite!

Tricam
 
#4
Next door to 'ghan is Baluchistan. Guys from there formed rank and file in numerous Gulf state police forces and seemed to have basic military skills. I'm too idle to check it out but anyone know if there is potential for us to employ them like Gurkhas?
 
#5
Jailorinummqasr said:
I geninuely hope that the US is not meddling in affairs of another state or for that matter supporting and funding terrorism! :twisted:
Do you honestly think that an honest, moral, law-abiding and democratic state such as the US would meddle in the affairs of another state, and, shock upon horror, fund and support a known terrorist organisation. Never. :wink:

Let's just look at the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) for a moment.

1. They appear on the US State Depts. list of terror groups. link: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2003/31711.htm
US State Dept. said:
Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO) a.k.a. The National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA, the militant wing of the MEK), the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), National Council of Resistance (NCR), the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Muslim Iranian Student’s Society (front organization used to garner financial support)

Description
The MEK philosophy mixes Marxism and Islam. Formed in the 1960s, the organization was expelled from Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and its primary support now comes from the Iraqi regime. The MEK’s history is studded with anti-Western attacks as well as terrorist attacks on the interests of the clerical regime in Iran and abroad. The MEK now advocates a secular Iranian regime.

Activities
The group’s worldwide campaign against the Iranian Government stresses propaganda and occasionally uses terrorism. During the 1970s, the MEK killed US military personnel and US civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of the US Embassy in Tehran. In 1981, the MEK detonated bombs in the head office of the Islamic Republic Party and the Premier’s office, killing some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, and Premier Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. Near the end of the war with Iran during 1980-88, Baghdad armed the MEK with military equipment and sent it into action against Iranian forces. In 1991, it assisted the Government of Iraq in suppressing the Shia and Kurdish uprisings in southern Iraq and the Kurdish uprisings in the north. In April 1992, the MEK conducted near-simultaneous attacks on Iranian Embassies and installations in 13 countries, demonstrating the group’s ability to mount large-scale operations overseas. In April 1999, the MEK targeted key military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Armed Forces General Staff. In April 2000, the MEK attempted to assassinate the commander of the Nasr Headquarters—Tehran’s interagency board responsible for coordinating policies on Iraq. The normal pace of anti-Iranian operations increased during the “Operation Great Bahman” in February 2000, when the group launched a dozen attacks against Iran. In 2000 and 2001, the MEK was involved regularly in mortar attacks and hit-and run raids on Iranian military and law-enforcement units and government buildings near the Iran-Iraq border, although MEK terrorism in Iran declined throughout the remainder of 2001. In February 2000, for example, the MEK launched a mortar attack against the leadership complex in Tehran that houses the offices of the Supreme Leader and the President. Coalition aircraft bombed MEK bases during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Coalition forced the MEK forces to surrender in May 2003. The future of the MEK forces remains undetermined with Coalition forces.

Strength
Some 3,800 members are confined to Camp Ashraf, the MEK’s main compound near Baghdad, where they remain under Coalition control. As a condition of the cease-fire agreement, the group relinquished its weapons, including tanks, armored vehicles, and heavy artillery.

Location/Area of Operation
In the 1980s, the MEK’s leaders were forced by Iranian security forces to flee to France. On resettling in Iraq in 1987, almost all of its armed units were stationed in fortified bases near the border with Iran. Since Operation Iraqi Freedom, the bulk of the group is limited to Camp Ashraf though an overseas support structure remains with associates and supporters scattered throughout Europe and North America.

External Aid
Before Operation Iraqi Freedom, the group received all of its military assistance, and most of its financial support, from the former Iraqi regime. The MEK also has used front organizations to solicit contributions from expatriate Iranian communities.
OK so far? Nasty bunch it seems. Can't have anything to do with them, can we?

2. However, "When Making a Revolution, Allies Matter"
Kenneth R. Timmerman said:
An Iranian opposition group that figures prominently on the State Department's list of international terrorist organizations will openly flout U.S. law today, when supporters demonstrate in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, just across the street from the White House.

Organizers of the January 19 demonstration openly refer to the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran, banned from operating in the United States, as the "largest and most popular resistance group inside Iran."

The former Shah called them "Marxist-Islamists," because they had been trained by the Soviet Union in guerilla warfare and supported Khomeini.

The FBI has been tracking the activities of the Mujahedin, known in Persian as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), since the mid-1970s, when MEK members assassinated U.S. military officers then working in Iran. MEK members actively took part in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, according to a U.S. government report.

Despite this track record, the FBI has refused to ban demonstrations by supporters of the banned group, who have formed a variety of organizations ostensibly headed by U.S. citizens.

An FBI spokesman in Washington, DC told FrontPage magazine on the eve of the White House protest that the demonstrators were "exercising their 1st Amendment Rights. Whether they have been acknowledged by the United States Government as a terrorist group is a separate matter. Any gathering of people to protest is Constitutionally-protected and we acknowledge that and will do nothing to quash it."

Why does any of this matter? Because the MEK has convinced many Members of Congress that they are the "democratic alternative" to the clerical regime in Tehran and deserve U.S. government support.
Full text here: http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=20972



Other similar texts here: http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=20780 and here: http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21065 and here: http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-23-voa73.cfm

3. Some recent quotes:
Congressman Bob Filner said:
“If we can not have war and if appeasement does not work, we have a Third option”.

“It is time to take the MEK off the terrorist list”
Congressman Ed Towns said:
“The only reasonable and viable way for the Iranian people and the West is to support a democratic change by backing the Iranian resistance and its organised opposition. We should say Yes to Mrs. Rajavi’s call for a democratic change by Iranian people”
other said:
Republican Senators Tom Coburn, member of Homeland Security and Government Affairs committees, and Key Bailey Hutchinson, member of Appropriations Committee, along with Congressman Tom Tancredo and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also sent solidarity messages.


They may not have got the ear of Karl Rove yet, but they're damn well on the way to it. How long before they are conveniently removed from the State Dept. Terror list??? :wink:
 

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