June 21, 2010
Sunni militant and prized CIA asset Abdolmalek Rigi went to the gallows on Sunday. The Jundullah leader was hanged in Iran’s Evin prison after being convicted by the Islamic Revolution Court of being a mohareb, or “enemy of Allah.” Rigi’s plane was forced to land by Iranian aircraft in February while on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan. Other accounts said he had been arrested inside Iran or Pakistan.
“We have clear documents proving that Rigi was in co-operation with American, Israeli and British intelligence services,” Iran’s intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said after Rigi’s capture. Moslehi said Rigi had been in a U.S. military base 24 hours before his arrest and was carrying an Afghan passport supplied by the United States.
|Abdolmalek Rigi after his capture by Iran in February.|
“After meeting with the U.S. officials in the U.S. embassy in Pakistan four years ago, they (the U.S. officials) promised to help us with everything we needed,” Abdolhamid Rigi, the brother of Abdolmalek Rigi, told reporters in 2009. “We received monetary and armed supports from the United States,” he continued. “We received orders from them” to carry out terrorist operations inside Iran. Abdulhamid said that from 2005 onwards Malik had held several “confidential” meetings with FBI and CIA agents in Karachi and Islamabad.
In 2007, a Sunday Telegraph report revealed that Jundullah was a CIA creation designed to achieve “regime change in Iran” through terrorist attacks. An ABC report also indicted that officials in Washington had instructed Jundullah terrorists to “stage deadly guerrilla raids inside the Islamic Republic, kidnap Iranian officials and execute them on camera” all as part of a “programmatic objective to overthrow the Iranian government.”
“The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime,” former high-ranking CIA official in Washington told the Sunday Telegraph following a series of bombings and an assassination campaign waged against Iranian soldiers and government officials.
In 2005, Jundallah attacked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s motorcade in Iran’s Balochistan province, in which at least one of his bodyguards was killed and others injured. The following year the terrorist group killed 21 civilians, including a 13 year old student, near Tasooki. In 2007, Jundallah attacked a bus and killed 18 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The CIA supported organization has also staged mass abductions of civilians and police. In 2009, they bombed a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan as mourners participated in a ceremony marking the death of the daughter of the prophet of Islam.
U.S. neocons enthusiastically support the CIA’s effort to overthrow the Iranian regime. In 2009 former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on the Obama administration to “sabotage” Iran’s oil and gas industry to trigger an economic crisis. “[We] should use covert operations to create a gasoline-led crisis to try and replace the regime,” Gingrich told the UPI. Democratic Representative and Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Bob Filner, called on the U.S. to support terrorist groups like Jundallah and the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization.
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In February, D.C. based investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported that Rigi was to meet with New World Order minion Richard Holbrooke, who is Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Noted journalist Seymour Hersh reported in 2008 on the U.S. campaign to destabilize Iran. Hersh detailed how the CIA and the United States Special Operations Forces have long-standing ties to the PEJAK, the outlawed breakaway faction of the PKK terrorist group in Iran, as well as other Sunni fundamentalists that former intelligence officials say “can also be described as Al Qaeda,” Steve and Paul Watson wrote on June 30, 2008. The effort was initiated by the Bush administration with congressional support and backing.
“Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since ,” Hersh wrote for The New Yorker. “These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation.” Hersh reported that the “scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials.”
On Saturday it was reported that the U.S. and Israel have sent an armada of warships to Iran via the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. This significant escalation of hostile behavior by the U.S. and Israel was almost completely ignored by the corporate media in the United States.