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 Less than two weeks after the well-publicized capture by Pakistani security forces of the Taliban's 2nd in command, Pakistan scored an even bigger coup by assisting in the capture of the leader and founder of the notorious terrorist group Jundallah, Abdolmalek Rigi.
  Unlike the capture of the Taliban leader, Rigi's capture has received very little press attention in America. There is an obvious reason for it.

 Moslehi said Rigi had been in a US military base 24 hours before his arrest and was carrying an Afghan passport supplied by the US.

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 Since then Rigi has confessed to one of the most open secrets in southern Asia.

 In the tape, Mr Rigi alleged that the US had promised to provide his group with military equipment and a base in Afghanistan, near the Iranian border.
  He says he was on his way to a meeting with a "high-ranking person" at the Manas US military base in Kyrgyzstan when he was captured.

    The Jundallah isn't just your standard, every day terrorist group. These guys are ruthless and fanatical.
 In 2007, Dan Rather went to southern Pakistan for a first-ever interview with Abdolmalek Rigi. During the episode, a video of Rigi personally cutting off the head of a prisoner was shown. The same year they proudly claimed to have bombed a girl's school.
  The terrorist group is most known for the 2009 suicide bombings of the Zahedan Mosque that killed 20 civilians and the Pishin bombing that killed another 43 people.
 Rigi and many of his followers in the Jundallah grew up in the same madrasahs that the Taliban went to. Iran has accused them of using the opium trade to fund their weapons purchases.

 But what proof is there that America was helping to fund these terrorists? A former CIA operative has recently said that the Jundallah approached the CIA but was rebuffed.

 U.S. officials flatly rejected any relationship with the group, said the former official. But the official did say that the door was left slightly ajar in case Jundullah really did capture important Al Qaeda operatives. That never happened.

 It sounds believable, so why should we doubt the official story here? Because of the overwhelming reports saying otherwise.
  All the way back in 2007 ABC was reporting that America was supporting this terrorist group.

 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...
  The leader, Regi, claims to have personally executed some of the Iranians.
"He used to fight with the Taliban. He's part drug smuggler, part Taliban, part Sunni activist," said Alexis Debat, a senior fellow on counterterrorism at the Nixon Center and an ABC News consultant who recently met with Pakistani officials and tribal members.

 As if to make the American support of Jundallah even more obvious, on April 2, 2007, Rigi was interviewed on the Persian service of Voice of America radio, and was introduced as "Doctor".
  The following year investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the U.S. Congress had approved $400 million for covert operations inside Iran. One of the beneficiaries of that money was the Jundallah.

 If you think the charge that we are supporting a former Taliban, drug smuggling terrorist is bad enough, hold on, it gets worse. In 2008, a former Pakistani Army Chief, retired General Mirza Aslam Baig, not only reaffirmed that the Americans were supporting the Jundallah, but that the Jundallah was linked to al-Qaeda. This charge is nothing new. Tariq Jamil, chief of the Karachi police, said the exact same thing back in 2004 when the Jundallah was planting bombs in Pakistan and trying to kill Americans.

  Put another way, the U.S. is using al-Qaeda to attack Iran.
It makes a person wonder who the good guys are.

Another "Good" terrorist arrested

  Less than two weeks after Rigi's arrest, a leader of the terrorist organization Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) was arrested in Germany.
  The PJAK is a Kurdish separatist group operating out of American-occupied Iraq against Iran. It is an off-shoot of the PKK, a larger Kurdish separatist organization that has been fighting a multi-decade war against the Turkey government, and that has ties to al-Qaeda.

 American support for the PJAK under the Bush Administration was even more blatant and open than its support for the Jundallah. However, under the Obama Administration the relationship with the PJAK has gotten chilly.

 As for Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi, the PJAK leader that was arrested, he was released without charges by the German authorities shortly afterward. Germany had turned down extradition to Iran.

Originally posted to gjohnsit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM PST.

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