Monday, October 19, 2009

Iran rocked by bombing, earthquake

Notice the timing and location of these two incidents. The bombing
seems either of an inside job or an american orchestrated attack,
especially considering the location and the people killed. Consider
also how google maps has updated satellite images of Pakistan's military
instillations recently. Plus this quake happened at this point in time,
and I would not be suprised if that quake's origins were like the Bam
one, a moab detonated in a flooded underground chamber or fault line. If you think amrika would not pull something like this know that in September the communications lines to the Iranian mission at the UN were tampered with and messages intercepted.
Peter II, Khan-e-Mazendaran



Iran bombing kills 5 Revolutionary Guard leaders
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writers Ali
Akbar Dareini And Brian Murphy, Associated Press Writers
3 mins ago

TEHRAN, Iran – A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the
powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others Sunday near the
Pakistani border in the heartland of a potentially escalating Sunni
insurgency.

The attack — which also left dozens wounded — was the most high-profile
strike against security forces in an outlaw region of armed tribal
groups, drug smugglers and Sunni rebels known as Jundallah, or Soldiers
of God.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised sharp retaliation. But a sweeping
offensive by authorities is unlikely.

Iranian officials have been reluctant to open full-scale military
operations in the southeastern border zone, fearing it could become a
hotspot for sectarian violence with the potential to draw in al-Qaida
and Sunni militants from nearby Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The region's top prosecutor, Mohammad Marzieh, was quoted by the
semi-official ISNA news agency as saying Jundallah claimed
responsibility for the blast in the Pishin district near the Pakistani
border.

There was no immediate statement directly from the group, which has
carried out sporadic kidnappings and attacks in recent years — including
targeting the Revolutionary Guard — to press their claims of persecution
in the Shiite government and officials.

In May, Jundallah said it sent a suicide bomber into a Shiite mosque in
the southeastern city of Zahedan, killing 25 worshippers.

The latest attack, however, would mark the group's highest-level target.
It also raised questions about how the attacker breached security around
such a top delegation from the Revolutionary Guard — the country's
strongest military force, which is directly linked to the ruling clerics
under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency said the victims included the
deputy commander of the Guard's ground forces, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari,
as well as a chief provincial Guard commander, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh.
The others killed were Guard members or tribal leaders, it said.

The agency quoted the provincial forensics director, Abbas Amian, as
saying 42 bodies had been handed over to his department.

More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.

The commanders were entering a sports complex to meet tribal leaders to
discuss Sunni-Shiite cooperation when the attacker detonated a belt
fitted with explosives, IRNA said.

Ahmadinejad — who counts on support from the Revolutionary Guard — vowed
to strike back.

"The criminals will soon get the response for their inhuman crimes,"
IRNA quoted him as saying.

But controlling the scrubland and arid hills along the southeastern
borders is a huge challenge that has been out of Iran's reach.

Drug traffickers ferry opium and other narcotics through the
cross-border badlands — a key source of income for the Taliban in
Afghanistan and the ethnic Baluchi tribes that straddle the three-nation
region and include members of Jundallah. Iran has pleaded for more
international help to cut off the drug routes and criminal gangs.

Iran also has accused Jundallah of receiving support from al-Qaida and
the Taliban, though some analysts who have studied the group dispute
such a link.

"There is no evidence of outside help for Jundallah from wider militant
networks," said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism
studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. "It's a homegrown group
that moves across the borders within fellow Baluchi tribes. It is very
hard to control the border."

In an attempt to boost security in the region, Iran in April put the
Revolutionary Guard directly in control of the Sistan-Baluchistan
Province in Iran's southeastern corner.

The 120,000-strong Guard also controls Iran's missile program, guards
its nuclear facilities and has its own ground, naval and air units.

The Revolutionary Guard led the blanket crackdown on dissident after
Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in June. But the attack Sunday
appeared to have no link to the political showdowns.

State television accused Britain of supporting Jundallah, without
providing any evidence.

The Revolutionary Guard blamed the attack on what it called the "global
arrogance," a reference to the United States.

On the eve of talks about Tehran's nuclear program, Washington was quick
to react.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the United States condemned
what he called an "act of terrorism." Reports of alleged U.S.
involvement are "completely false," he said.

Iran's parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, told lawmakers that the
bombing was aimed at further destabilizing the uneasy border region with
Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"The intention of the terrorists was definitely to disrupt security in
Sistan-Baluchistan Province," Larijani said.

Iranian officials summoned Pakistan's charge d'affairs in Tehran to
lodge allegations that "terrorists" use bases in Pakistan to carry out
attacks against Iran, IRNA reported.

In Quetta, Pakistan, police official Akbar Sanjrani said Iran had closed
at least one border crossing. He said Iranian authorities did not give a
reason for blocking the route, but Sanjrani speculated it was related to
the bombing.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, also rejected Iranian
claims that Jundallah's leader is in Pakistan.

"We are struggling to eradicate the menace of terrorism," Basit told Geo
TV.

The group also has claimed responsibility for a February 2007 car
bombing that killed 11 members of the Revolutionary Guard near Zahedan.

Despite Iran's claims of an al-Qaida link, Chris Zambelis, a
Washington-based risk management consultant who has studied Jundallah,
said in a recent article that there is no evidence al-Qaida is
supporting the group. He does note, however, that the group has begun to
use the kinds of suicide bombings associated with the global terror
network.

"Jundallah's contacts with the Taliban are most likely based on jointly
profiting from the illicit trade and smuggling as opposed to ideology,"
Zambelis wrote in the July issue of West Point's CTC Sentinel.

___

Associated Press writer Abdul Sattar in Quetta, Pakistan, contributed to
this report. Murphy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.




Moderate quake shakes Tehran
Tehran Times Social Desk

TEHRAN - An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale shook Tehran on
Saturday at 2:23 p.m. local time.


Mahdi Zare’, the deputy director of the Earthquake Research Center, said
the quake was caused by movements of the Eivanaki fault in southeast
Tehran.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Pakdasht area of southeast Tehran.

Earthquake Research Center Director Abbas-Ali Tasnimi told the Mehr News
Agency that it is not scientifically possible to predict the timing of
an earthquake, and thus aftershocks could hit Tehran in the coming days.

“Based on our studies of Tehran’s fault lines, we didn’t expect a quake
in southeast Tehran,” he stated.

The fact that an earthquake occurred with an epicenter in that location
indicates that the fault in southeast Tehran had been dormant but might
become more active at any time, he added.

Tehran sits on major seismological fault lines and is prone to sever
earthquakes.

Following the earthquake in Bam, Iranian officials began considering
proposals to move the capital to safer ground.

In 2003 an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted the city
of Bam in Kerman Province, leaving about 30,000 people dead.

The deadliest earthquake to hit the country in recent years, which
measured 7.7 on the Richter scale, struck the northwestern provinces of
Gilan and Zanjan in 1990, killing about 37,000 people.

Photo: An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale shook Tehran on
Saturday. (Tehran Times/Abbas Takin)




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1 Comments:

Blogger TheRiddler said...

You must be out of your fucking mind.

12:51 PM  

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