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Suicide bombers target Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Iranian officials are blaming the U.S. and Britain:

Iran's military suffered a heavy blow today when a suicide bomber killed at least 29 people in the country's volatile south-east, including several Revolutionary Guard commanders.

The victims included the guards' deputy commander, General Noor Ali Shooshtari, thought to be the most senior member killed in recent years.

Local media said at least 28 had been wounded in the bombing at a conference hall in Sarbaz in Sistan-Baluchistan, Iran's poorest province, as Revolutionary Guard commanders met local tribal elders.

Conflicting reports said an undetermined number of commanders had died. Initial accounts put the number at six, but Hosein Ali Shahriari, MP for Zahedan, the provincial capital, told the semi-official news agency ILNA, that at least 20 commanders had died.

Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh, chief commander of Sistan-Baluchistan province, was also killed.It was Iran's highest military death toll since the end of the 1980-1988 Iraq war, the conservative website Tabnak said.

Officials immediately blamed Britain and the US as rescue workers sifted through wreckage searching for survivors. "Surely foreign elements, particularly those linked to the global arrogance [regime code for America and Britain], were involved in this attack," a guards statement read out on state TV said.

The New York Times provides additional coverage including details referencing two separate but coordinated attacks:

At least five commanders of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed and dozens of others left dead and injured in two terrorist bombings in the restive region of the nation's southeastern frontier with Pakistan, according to multiple Iranian state news agencies.

The coordinated attacks appeared to mark an escalation in hostilities between Iran's leadership and one of the nation's many disgruntled ethnic and religious minorities, in this case the Baluchis. The southeast region, Sistan-Baluchistan, has been the scene of terrorist attacks in the past, and in April the government put the elite Guards Corps in control of security there to try to stop the escalating violence.

Iranian officials have accused foreign enemies of supporting the terrorist insurgents and repeated that charge Sunday. By midday, official news reports from Iran said that 31 people were killed and at least 28 injured.

"There is no doubt that this violent and inhumane act was part of the strategy of foreigners and enemies of the regime and the revolution to destroy unity between Shias and Sunnis and create divisions among the unified ranks of the great Iranian people," said a statement issued by the Revolutionary Guards through the official IRNA news service.

In a brief statement on Sunday, the United States condemned the suicide bombing and denied it had anything to do with it. "We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives. Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are completely false," said Ian Kelly, U.S. State Department spokesman, according to Reuters.

President Obama could not be reached for comment apparently as he was busy launching his own attacks on American Industry.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee did not return our phone calls.

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Comments (9)

Good news, for once, coming... (Below threshold)
kathie:

Good news, for once, coming out of Iran!

Karma.It's a b*tch... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Karma.

It's a b*tch.

Be interesting to see how t... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Be interesting to see how they counter their favorite tactic being turned back on them.

While there is much (well d... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

While there is much (well deserved) schadenfreude (and ironic justice) in the primary exporter of terrorism discovering themselves hoist on their own petard, there were also a lot of folks killed and injured who arguably didn't deserve it.

Iran seems to me to be poised on the cusp of revolution, with the major questions being when, how bloody, and what will emerge as a government subsequent to the revolution.

<a href="http://www.strateg... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

StrategyPage has an interesting roundup of developments with regard to Iran... Of particular note to me was the revelation that Gasoline imports are not keeping up with demand.

The little sidebar at the e... (Below threshold)
epador:

The little sidebar at the end about the proposed repeal of anti-trust legislation (taking insurance regulation away from States and making it Federal) is extremely provocative. Can gun control be far behind?

So if other people use suic... (Below threshold)
chevy1569:

So if other people use suicide bombs on Iranians it is terrorism, but if they use suicide bombs on the U.S. it is a man-caused disaster?

The phrase, "you reap what ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

The phrase, "you reap what you sow, comes to mind.

"Therefore all things whats... (Below threshold)

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
-- Matthew 7:12

And, Iranians, may the G-d of Israel come and visit with all y'all again, soon!




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