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Iran captures US-sponsored anti-Iranian terrorist leader

The Iranian government is celebrating the capture of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of a violent group called Jundullah (Arabic for “Soldiers of God”), which Tehran says is a terrorist organization supported by the United States, Great Britain and Israel.

Jundullah is one of several groups that have been conducting bombings and other violent attacks against Iran’s Islamic regime with the aim of knocking it off balance.

Robert Baer, a former CIA clandestine officer who worked in South Asia and the Middle East for nearly two decades, has said before that Jundullah was one of the militant groups in Iran benefiting from U.S. support.

Seymour Hersh has also reported that President George W. Bush signed an intelligence finding in late 2007 that allocated up to $400 million for covert operations intended to destabilize Iran’s government, in part, by supporting militant organizations.

Since his capture this week, Rigi has been weaving intricate, though inconclusive, stories about his contacts with American officials. Rigi asserted that the U.S. representatives said a direct U.S. attack on Iran would be too costly and that Washington instead favored supporting militant groups that could destabilize Iran.

Rigi’s capture represents an embarrassment for Western and Israeli intelligence. The unwelcome spotlight on Rigi and Jundullah threatens to bring out of the shadows a broader U.S. and Israeli strategy for regime change in Tehran, a goal that dates back at least to President Bush’s “axis of evil” speech in 2002.

The truth be told, few well-informed analysts in either the United States or Israel actually believe there is an imminent nuclear threat from Iran. But that doesn’t stop the gamesmanship toward Iran anymore than the lack of WMD evidence stopped President Bush from whipping up an alarm about Iraq in 2002-03.

If this kind of scenario is allowed to play out, hostilities with Iran will make the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan look like volleyball games between high schools. Can President Obama be so naïve as to be unaware of the stakes here?

[From a commentary by Ray McGovern, former Army officer and CIA analyst for almost 30 years]

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One Response to “Iran captures US-sponsored anti-Iranian terrorist leader”

  1. Iran’s Press TV later reported that the captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, was scheduled to meet US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke for talks on waging insurgency against Iran.

    Rigi had planned to meet he high-profile US official at the Manas Air Base near Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. Holbrooke was in Kyrgyzstan to visit the only US air base in Central Asia.

    In a televised confession on Press TV on Thursday, Abdolmalek Rigi said that in a Dubai meeting with CIA agents, he was promised unlimited support that included a military base near the Iranian border equipped with weaponry and training facilities. During their meetings with him, the US operatives insisted that Iran is their primary focus in the region, even more important than al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the terrorist leader stated.


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