British assisted abduction of Iranian police officers, says senior official

Last July, Jundullah, a separatist Sunni Islamic organization operating in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, abducted and subsequently murdered 16 Iranian police officers stationed in Saravan, Iran. Now Iran’s First Deputy Judiciary Chief, Ebrahim Raisi Ghraib, has said the Islamic Republic has “obtained information” that British forces helped Jundullah fighters abduct the police officers by providing them with “critical intelligence” during the operation. Allegations of British, US and Pakistani involvement with the Jundullah are not new. In 2007, ABC News reported that the armed separatist group “has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005”. The covert cooperation between US operatives and the Jundullah, Mujahedin-e Khalq, and other violent separatist groups operating in Iran has reportedly been secretly authorized by US President George W. Bush and endorsed by Congress, which has allocated $400 million for covert operations in Iran. Ghraib did not reveal how Iran obtained the information about intelligence assistance provided to Jundullah by British forces. However, intelNews has speculated recently that Iran may be in the process of unraveling an extensive spy network operating in the country. Last November, the Iranian government denied reports of having intercepted an alleged ten-member British special operations team trying to penetrate Iran’s southeastern border. [JF]

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