Iran's Baluchistan Rebellion


Iran's Baluchistan War

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Jundallah Sunni Rebellion Baluchistan-(2003-Present)--Peoples Resistant Movement of Iran (PRMI), better known by the name Jundallah, is a Sunni movement based in Iran's southeastern Baluch region.

Ongoing Ethnic Unrest:

Iran is far from a homogenous nation. The Islamic Republic has many ethnic and religious minority groups, and many of them chafe under Tehran's rule. The Baluchis of southeastern Iran (like their ethnic kin across the border in Pakistani Baluchistan), want freedom from the central government, and are conducting a guerrilla/terrorist war to achieve their goals.

Iran's ethnic and political unrest escalated on October 17, 2009, with a suicide bombing that killed at least five commanders of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The bombings also killed and wounded dozens of others left dead and injured in two the restive Baluchi region of near Iran's southeastern frontier with Pakistan.

The coordinated suicide bomb attacks mark an escalation in hostilities between Iran's leadership and one of the nation's many restive ethnic and religious minorities, in this case the Baluchis. Many terrorist attacks, mostly directed at the Iranian military and at the Revolutionary Guard have plagued Iran's southeastern region, Sistan-Baluchistan, and in April the government put the elite but brutal Revolutionary Guards Corps in control of security in the Baluchi region in an effort to stop the escalating violence.

Iran, predictably, has accused its foreign enemies, specifically, the United States, Britain, and Pakistan, of supporting the insurgents in the past, and repeated that charge the day after the latest attack. By midday, news reports from Iran said that 31 people were killed and at least 28 injured.





 News Links on an Iran War:

Iran threatens Britain and U.S. after Guard bombing--Reuters, Oct. 19, 2009

Iran Guard Commanders Are Killed in Bombings -New York Times, Oct. 18, 2009

Iran to hold missile defense exercise on Yom Kippur--Haaretz.com, Sept. 26, 2009

U.S. and Allies Warn Iran Over Nuclear ‘Deception’ --New York Times, Sept.

Medvedev: Israel not planning Iran strike--Reuters, Sept. 20, 2009,

Top IDF officer: Iran has taken over Hezbollah--Ha'aretz, Sept. 18, 2009

Iranians commanding Hizbullah units--Jerusalem Post, Sept. 18, 2009

Barak Says Nuke - Armed Iran Couldn't Destroy Israel--New York Times, Sept. 17, 2009

US intel predicts Israel-Iran war in 2009--Press TV, Feb. 12, 2009

Arms Expert Sees Iran War Ahead--January 25, 2006 --From the Hartford Courant


Iran's Gaza Front--January 27, 2006-From the New York Sun


Iran's War Threat is Very Real-- from Washington Times.com


 Internet Links on an Iran War:

Stop The War Now/Iran-- from Stopthewarnow.net

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