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    Iran Hangs 16 to Avenge Guards' Deaths

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    An Iranian judicial official says authorities have hanged 16 rebels, just hours after gunmen ambushed and killed 14 Iranian border guards.

    Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency quotes the official Mohammad Marzieh as saying the rebels linked to groups hostile to the Iranian government were executed Saturday in response to the attack.

    There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing of the guards outside Saravan in a mountainous region near Pakistan.

    The attack took place along a trail used by drug traffickers. Authorities were reported to be investigating whether the ambush was carried out by drug smugglers or rebels.

    Iran is a major transit route for drugs that originate in Afghanistan and is trafficked across Iranian territory, with much of it bound for Western countries.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 28, 2013 2:30 PM
    We can only deduce from here that nothing has changed in Iran, moderate or hardline Rouhani. It is not just for saying sake that Rouhani is simply an errand boy to carry out the Ayatollah's orders, and we know that as long as Khamenei continues to be the supreme leader out there, the status quo remains and the killing of dissent, opposition and minorities will continue under any guise. Much more the same, hatred for people who do not belong to the islamic faith anywhere in the world, especially in Israel. So it is not yet the uhuru, Rouhani moderate or not.

    by: ideal from: Nigeria
    October 27, 2013 3:06 AM
    awh...killing without proper investigation. that's barbaric. Iran will not stop amazing us.

    by: Dr. Malek Towghi from: Michigan, USA
    October 27, 2013 12:29 AM
    An 'organization' called Jaysh al-Adl "Justice Army", another name for the notorious "Jundullah" "Army of God", has already claimed responsibilty for the killing of the Iranian border guards. In its facebook, the Jaysh al-Adl claims to be fighting for the freedom of the Sunni 'nation(s)' (in Iran).

    Given the known links of the Saudis and the ISI of Pakistan with the Sunni clerics of Iranian Baluchistan and Pakistan -- and with the Jundullah -- , it is obviously a part of their program to destabilize the Shiite Iran. The ongoing 'unhappiness' of the Saudis with President Obama's policies concerning Iran and Syria has to do with the flaming up of the situation in Iran's eastern border province, Baluchistan, an area with a Sunni-majority population of Baluch ethnicity.

    With the help of a few fanatic Sunni clerics -- and of course the mercenaries, propagandists and agents generously paid -- the Saudis, the Neocons, the ISI and the Pahlavi circles in exile have used their Sunni card more aggressively in Iranian Baluchistan than in other Sunni areas of Iran. The ISI simply wants to divert the world attention from its slow genocidal operations in the Pakistan-occupied Balochistan.

    The Baluch opinion-leaders both in Iran and Pakistan resent the Saudi hypocrisy concerning the Baluchs. The fact is that during the Khomeinist era the Iranian regimes have refused to cooperate with Islamabad in crushing the Baluch nationalist movement; they have allowed and supported the preservation and development of the Baluch cultural heritage, and that Iranian Baluchistan has seen tremendous economic and educational development while Pakistan, a close ally of the Saudis, is engaged in a slow genocide of the Baluch people.

    Malek Towghi, Ph.D., Liaison, Baloch/Baluch Human Rights International

    by: hhhk from: togo
    October 26, 2013 10:09 PM
    Hhhh

    by: billy crumbley from: florida
    October 26, 2013 4:15 PM
    Just think what they might do with an atomic bomb

    by: Really from: Good old USA
    October 26, 2013 3:59 PM
    "Authorities were reported to be investigating whether the ambush was carried out by drug smugglers or rebels."

    ...and authorities retaliated against the rebels anyhow? No question as to why there are rebels. Wow!

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