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NEWS: Bomb Explosions in Iranian Town Days Before Elections

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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 06:13 AM
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Four bomb explosions targeted at government buildings in the town of Ahvaz, Iran, has left between 5-8 individuals dead and many more injured. The bomb explosions which is a rare occurence in Iran, has not been claimed by any group as of yet. The bombing occurs only 9 days before Iran's presidential election.
 



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At least four women were among those killed in the explosions in Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern Khuzestan province which borders Iraq. The blasts were the deadliest explosions in Iran in more than a decade.

Gholamreza Shariati, deputy provincial governor for security affairs, said perpetrators were seeking to undermine public participation in Friday's presidential elections.

Television pictures showed the blast sites with heavily damaged buildings and blood on the ground. The force of the explosions also damaged cars in the streets. Shariati said 36 people, including eight police officers, were injured.

Following the first three blasts, experts had tried to defuse a fourth bomb but failed, and it exploded



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It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Iranian government regarding this incident of domestic terrorism. The town of Ahvaz was recently the sight of another violent anti government protest in which deaths and injuries occured.

Related News Links:
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www.aljazeera.com




posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 07:01 AM
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[edit on 6-12-2005 by worldwatcher]



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 07:40 AM
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Looks like they have their own problems with terrorism.

I didn't know anything about the election in Iran so here's some info for anyone who's interested.


Iran Hard-Liners Fear Defeat as Presidential Election Campaign Enters Final Week
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TEHRAN, Iran Jun 10, 2005 — With a week to go before presidential elections, a strategist for Iran's hard-line politicians is advising several conservatives to drop out and unite behind a single candidate or face losing to the reformers.

But there is little sign any will pull out. That leaves them trailing and former president Hashemi Rafsanjani who advocates improving relations with Washington as the apparent front-runner.

Rafsanjani is presenting himself as the only candidate the world can rely on in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, which the Bush administration alleges is a front for developing atomic weapons.

He is running under the slogan "Let's work together." It is interpreted as a conciliatory gesture, because he has moved frequently between the hard-line and moderate camps in a country where conservative clerics have maintained control despite strong electoral showings by reformers.



This could be a good thing, no?


Sep

posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 06:59 PM
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If its the MKO then we can with certainty say that the US's war on terrorirsm is a joke as MKO is currently inside Iraq, and for some reason they are not handed over to Iran even though they are on US's terrorist list. If its a sepratist group from Ahvas, these people got all their support from Saddam, where are they getting their funds from now?



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 01:40 PM
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Thanks to Big Media and the likes of Al-Jazeerah, terrorists know that their criminal acts can gain them notoriety and influence government policy. They know their horrific acts will be carried on every news organization and massaged, spun, and covered to make thier cause seem large and "right" and holy. If a supposed small number of gangsters can force even the US and Britain to change policy, and a few bombs in Spain can change an election in a way that supports gangsters cloaked in religious mantles, then what have they to lose? Why not set of a few bombs? It's not like peaceful protests will get them anywhere, other than shot, or worse. An anonymous bomb, a sneaky, loathesome act of terror, and it's all over the news.

If Media would quit trying to be kingmakers and power brokers and spend less time being against the government that is their only competition for power, and more time being the service to the people they claim to be, then they would report less on the bombs and the drama and the "justifications" of the side of killers and thereby stop being the terrorists' most effective weapon.

To paraphrase a line from HG Wells: there is no war on terror, any more than there is a war between man and ants." Media wants the ratings and is willing to hamstring governments when fighting it. They're the sugar water. And no government is willing to get out the gas and torch the anthill, because they're afraid of Media. The ants, however, continue to bite and sting until they become a carpet of death like in the Amazon when army ants migrate.



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