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The corrosive mistrust that festers between Iran and the West stretches from the British and US-backed coup of 1953 to the present day, with continuing covert foreign programmes aimed at regime change. British intelligence sources strongly deny Iranian assertions that Britain is backing the Sunni rebel group behind the weekend’s suicide attack on the Revolutionary Guards in Sistan-Baluchistan. Washington also denies involvement.
In 2005, the year that the opposition Jundallah turned to violence, Washington began the latest covert programme of lending assistance to Iranian militant opposition groups, hoping to effect regime change from within.
Originally posted by plumranch
reply to post by Amagnon
This was a TERRORIST attack - by the US/UK on Iran. I thought the US/UK stance was 'War on Terror" not 'War WITH Terror'?
Please explain what you have as proof to support this statement.
Originally posted by Legion2112
You give me proof that this was an assasination funded or logistically supported by the U.S., the U.K.
Originally posted by xmotex
reply to post by Legion2112
I'm not skeptical about those reports at all, it's been pretty clear that Iran has massively supported Hezbollah pretty much since it's inception. It's not even really much of a secret.
Similarly I think it's pretty clear that the US has developed some kind of relationship with Jundullah.
I'm pretty happy to condemn both of them for it, I'm not a huge fan of the Iranian government by any stretch of the imagination.
On the other hand, the Iranians have never claimed to be waging a "global war on terrorism" - a much-trumpeted campaign which makes supporting unambiguously terrorist groups like Jundullah a paradoxical strategy at best.
the Islamic Republic does not allow Sunni mosques in places where Sunnis are not a majority. In Tehran , for example, there are about three million Sunnis but not a single Sunni mosque
1988 executions of Iranian political prisoners (Persian: ۱۳۶۷ اعدام زندانیان سیاسی در تابستان) refers to the systematic execution of thousands of political prisoners across Iran by the government of Iran, starting on 19 July 1988 and lasting about five months. The main targets were the members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), although a lesser number of political prisoners from other leftist groups were also included such as the Fedaian Khalq and Tudeh Party of Iran (Communist Party).
The killings have been called "an act of violence unprecedented in Iranian history — unprecedented in form, content, and intensity." Estimates of the number executed vary from 8,000 to 30,000.
Great care was taken to keep the killings secret, and the government of Iran denies their having taken place, but with the large scale of the operation word leaked out from survivors. Explanations offered for why the prisoners were killed vary. Perhaps the most common is that it was in retaliation for the 1988 attack on the western borders of Iran by the PMOI Mujahedin, although this happened after the executions had begun and does not explain the executions of members of other leftists groups who opposed the Mujahedin invasion.