“Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated…
From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”
George Walker Bush Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People on September 20, 2001,

What happens when the hostile regime is the United States?

Thanks to ABC for exposing to a mainstream audience US involvement in terrorist organizations operating in Iran. In The Secret War Against Iran we learn that:

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

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.

This was suspected for some time but what perfect timing – just when the UK is involved in delicate negotiations with Iran over the captured British servicemen and woman! Update: Of course! It was a good day to bury bad news coming as it did on the cusp of the release of the British servicemen held captive by Iran. Here on a plate is the proof that USUK have been aiding and sponsoring terrorist groups inside Iran, although they will continue to deny it. They have insisted that the are targeting Iranians inside Iraq.

Now we know the truth thanks to Jundallah and the ABC – how very odd that ABC would release this information at this time. In February of this year, the security council strongly condemned the attack and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. “The members of the Security Council reiterated that no cause can justify the use of terrorist violence,” and “They underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this terrorist attack, as with all terrorist attacks. Let’s see whether they have the balls to bring the USUK to the council to answer questions on their involvement and press for sanctions against USUK.

The group is led by Abdulmalak Rigi, a 23 year-old Iranian Baloch (http://www.roozonline.com). It is believed to have emerged on the scene in 2003 and is known for bold attacks against high-profile targets, especially government and security officials. In a May telephone interview with Rooz, an Iranian online newspaper, Rigi defended Jundallah’s use of violence as a just means to defend Baloch and Sunni Muslim interests in Iran and to draw attention to the plight of his people whom he describes as Iran’s poorest and the victims of genocide. Significantly, Rigi declares himself an Iranian and Iran as his home. He also claims not to harbor separatist aspirations. Instead, according to Rigi, Jundallah’s goal is to improve the life of Iranian Baloch (http://www.roozonline.com).

The Telegraph reported in February 2006 that the US was “secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear programme.” However, the Financial Times, in the same month detailed how the military wing of the Marines, Marine Corps Intelligence, were conducting research into whether Iran was prone to a violent fragmentation along the same kind of fault lines that were splitting Iraq.

The operations are controversial because they involve dealing with movements that resort to terrorist methods in pursuit of their grievances against the Iranian regime. In the past year there has been a wave of unrest in ethnic minority border areas of Iran, with bombing and assassination campaigns against soldiers and government officials. Such incidents have been carried out by the Kurds in the west, the Azeris in the north-west, the Ahwazi Arabs in the south-west, and the Baluchis in the south-east. Non-Persians make up nearly 40 per cent of Iran’s 69 million population, with around 16 million Azeris, seven million Kurds, five million Ahwazis and one million Baluchis. Most Baluchis live over the border in Pakistan.

The Telegraph article stated that the funding for separatist groups in Iran came directly from the CIA’s classified budget but it was now “no great secret”, according to a former high-ranking CIA official in Washington.

His claims were backed by Fred Burton, a former US state department counter-terrorism agent, who said: “The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilise the Iranian regime.”

Scott Ritter warned in June 2005 that the Mujahadeen el-Khalq (MEK) was working exclusively for the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.

It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq.

Perhaps the adage of “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist” has finally been embraced by the White House, exposing as utter hypocrisy the entire underlying notions governing the ongoing global war on terror.