Iran Guard Commanders said to be killed in blast
18-Oct-2009 (9 comments)

A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard and at least 26 others in an area of southeastern Iran that has been at the center of a simmering Sunni insurgency, state media reported.

The official IRNA news agency said the dead included the deputy commander of the Guard's ground force, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief provincial Guard commander for the area, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. The other dead were Guard members or local tribal leaders. More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.


Just the beginning?

by FG on

Too bad Jafari wasn't one of them.    It won't begin to make up for all the people murdered, tortured, beaten, raped and imprisoned by the IRCG and its Basilj subsidiary but it's just a start.   An anti-reform, uncompromising regime leaves people with no other outlet.




by Shepesh on



FG, respectfully I disagree with all you've said so far...

by Ostaad on

You can cite Soviet-US examples, China examples and so on, but none of your examples apply to the current regime in Iran. The possibility that THIS regime will "compromise" with its opponents is the kind of fantasy that only those who are not intimately familiar with Iran and its regime can dream up.

I'll just leave it at that until more details about this act of terror surface.

BTW, Iran is NOT Iraq, in case you missed that too.

Mola Nasredeen

This is what Rafsanjani said when Mojahedins were killing Hezbo

by Mola Nasredeen on

lahis (circa 1360's) in his Friday prayer:

"Praise the lord for creating our opponents stupid!" These are his exact words. Many in opposition didn't get the meaning of these words at the time. Killing pasdars and government officials will not serve the cause of opposition. The ones who are jumping up and down are reacting emotionally and not wisely.


For Ostaad: You may or may not be right

by FG on

re: Unfortunately the regime is certainly going to use this terrorist act
to come up with much harsher treatment of those who have and will take
part in the uprising against the regime.

It's possible but is it likely, especially for long?  What Iran's regime needs above all now is to encourage unity.   To the degree theregime is as blindly inflexible as usual, you may be right.  However any mass roundup of reformers, especially leaders, will simply add to the regime's "alienation" problems.  That course would make horrific strategic sense. 

You can equally well argue that the recent attacks put more pressure on the Iranian government to compromise with reformers and make concessions it has long resisted.   Admittedly, thinking more than one step ahead hasn't been this regime's strong point.   So much has backfired (rigged election, show trials, mass persecution), yet the ham-handedness has continued.

On the other hand  Let's look at some recent examples of similar situations that moderated behavior and policy.

In Iraq, the US and recent enemies joined together to battle Al Queda in Rahmadi and other areas of Anbar province because both saw Al Queda as the worse of two alternatives.   It took years for most Sunnis to reach that conclusion.  In the meantime they had been allied with Al Queda.    That took more time than Iran has I think. 

In World War II, the need to survive and solely that need forced an alliance between the USA and the Soviet Union.

In similar situations, Iran has had to put aside extreme policies for common sense, as during the Iran-Iraq war and afterwards.   At home, the need for unity led to some liberalization at home.  Secondly, Iranian leaders had to make an arms deal with the so-called Great Satan.  Thirdly, Iran greatly reduced the export of terrorist to Europe because it needed normal trade relations.   

The latter is another reason why it cannot long afford the present abnormal situation in which foreign journalists are totally banned and foreign tourists rare, including Iranian expatriates who may be arrested at any time on a whim.  Everything is so arbitrary.  Members of all of these groups have been arrested and persecuted and it won't be forgotten.   Look at how China and other nations have benefitted from emigre support and some return of the educated.  Look at Iran by contrast.

Meanwhile the economy continues to go down, creating more discontent as well as more pressure for change.   If the latest shock sends more money out of the country, that will accelerating the economic decline.  When people lose trust in an economy or in a regime's survival and that of its currency they do such things for the same reason so many officials in the Third Reich began to hoard diamonds and gold.


FG, your exuberance is misguided and misplaced...

by Ostaad on

Unfortunately the regime is certainly going to use this terrorist act to come up with much harsher treatment of those who have and will take part in the uprising against the regime.

You and some others who keep their blinders all the time have missed the fact a several local prominent people from the Shieh and Sunni sects were among the dead too. Those of us who are familiar with the local customs can bet blood will start flowing and a lot of local people will be forced to bear the brunt of very harsh security measures in Sistan va Baluchestan AND BEYOND.

I wouldn't past the regime to be "happy" about this because now they feel they have all justifications to ratchet up their oppression of minorities as well as anyone they feel posed a threat to them.

This is NOT good for any Iranian who is interested in restoring his/her violated civil and human rights.

Terror begets terror, period. 



by yolanda on

Does IRI hold Jundallah leader's brother? I read that IRI plans to hang the guy, but I am not sure if they have carried out the execution already.

Thanks for the article!

che khabar e

no Farhad jaan

by che khabar e on

suicide bombers is not the answer.

Farhad Kashani

Great news for the Iranian

by Farhad Kashani on

Great news for the Iranian nation and the freedom movement. These bastard need to get sent to hell, no other way around it.

Congratulation Iran.