Tuesday, April 03, 2007

United States allegedly supporting Pakistani militants fighting in Iran

Brian Ross and Christopher Isham of ABC are reporting that the American government has been working with radicals in Pakistan as they have accomplished a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran.

I don't know... call me crazy, but haven't we been down this road before with other players? Doesn't it always end in an ugly fashion? Don't we pay for this sort of hubris for years to come?

Supposedly, American forces have secretly encouraged and advised these militants since 2005.
The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran.

It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.

U.S. officials say the U.S. relationship with Jundullah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight.

Tribal sources tell ABC News that money for Jundullah is funneled to its youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have connections with European and Gulf states.
Oh, right. Things are "arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight."

Where have I heard that before? Iran-Contra, perhaps.

Oh, the muck just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Photograph lifted from ABC News.

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