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CIA Fails to Revive Jundollah with New Terrorist Missions

The Jundollah group – a CIA backed terrorist organization with a long record in staging terrorist operations in Iran – failed to stage a series of terrorist blasts due to the prompt action of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour announced on Monday that the Pakistan-based Jundollah planned to launch a wave of terrorist operations by blasting suicide vests and explosive-laden cars in Iran.

The General said the IRGC forces managed to disband a team and kill a number of the terrorists sent by the US-backed Jundollah group to stage terrorist operations and create insecurity in Iran.

After the detention of the members of the group, it was revealed that each of them was equipped with suicide vests filled with 20kg of explosives to be detonated among the public and in important parts of the country, he said.

In addition to using suicide vests, the terrorists were also due to plant bombs in stolen cars to blast them in key points, but the IRGC’s swift action foiled their plots, he added.

The US has been training and supporting anti-Iran terrorist groups in the Eastern and Western borders of the country in the last three decades.

Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe, has taken new security measures in its border provinces following several attacks by terrorists and drug traffickers at its Eastern and Western borders.

A majority of insecurities at Iran’s Eastern borders pertained to the operations conducted by the terrorist Jundollah group in recent years, but after Iran arrested a large number of its members and hanged its leaders, the US-backed group was dismantled.

Jundollah is the main terrorist cell operating in Southeastern Iran. Tehran has arrested a majority of its members and executed its number one and number two men.

After Iran arrested Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of Jundollah, in late February, the criminal ringleader confessed that he was traveling to Bishkek to meet with a high-ranking US official at a nearby military base to discuss new terrorist attacks on Iranian territory. Rigi was executed in June.

But in November 2011, Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam warned that Washington and London are trying to revive Jundollah after the group lost most of its power due to the strong measures adopted by the Iranian Police.

“These services have spent a great amount of money on Rigi’s group as they feel compelled to make efforts to revive and reorganize it,” Ahmadi Moqaddam said at the time.

“If the terror group still lacks the intended capability, they will engineer another group since they seek to harm our Islamic system and create rifts among Sunni and Shiite followers,” he noted.

Meantime, the Iranian police chief said that the Iranian security and police forces have inflicted serious harm on the terrorist group and the group has lost many of its members.

There are few remaining elements of the group that the United States and British intelligence services are supporting, he noted.

The Jundollah group has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Iran. The group has carried out mass murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, acts of sabotage and bombings. They have targeted civilians and government officials as well as all ranks of Iran’s military.

In one of the worst cases, the terrorist group killed 22 citizens and abducted 7 more in the Tasouki region on a road linking the southeastern city of Zahedan to another provincial town.

In 2007, Jundollah kidnapped 30 people in the Sistan and Balouchestan province and took them to the neighboring Pakistan.

Jundollah claimed responsibility the same year for an attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) bus in which 11 IRGC personnel were killed.

In another crime in October 2009, the Pakistan-based terrorist Jundollah group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Sistan and Balouchestan province which killed 42 people among them a group of senior military commanders, including Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Nourali Shoushtari.

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