February 18, 2014

Jaish al-Adl Kidnaps Five Iranian Border Guards -- Iran Threatens Pakistani Invasion


Pakistan warned Iran on Tuesday not to send troops across the two countries' shared border to retrieve five kidnapped Iranian border guards, an incident that threatens to exacerbate regional and sectarian tensions.

On Monday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli was quoted as saying Iran might consider sending its forces onto Pakistani soil if Pakistan did not take the steps necessary to fight against militants.

"Iranian forces have no authority to cross our borders in violation of the international law. We must respect each other's borders," the Pakistani government statement said.

Predominantly Shi'ite Iran says militants seized the guards about 5 km (3 miles) inside Iran on February 6 in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan and took them into Pakistan.

A Sunni insurgent Iranian group calling itself Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, according to a Twitter account purporting to belong to the group. Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.

Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya TV broadcast this clip of the kidnapped guards.

This isn't the first time the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has resulted in the death of Iranian border guards. More than a dozen were murdered by Jaish al-Adl in November 2013.

In addition to the above linked Twitter account Jaish al-Adl maintains a website on Google's blogspot here. As well as a Facebook account here.

Update: Yes they're also on Youtube.

Update II: This particular kidnapping may be revenge for Iran hanging several members in early February. Looking further, the hanging post was published on February 10th, these men were taken on February 6th.

UPDATE by Rusty: I posted on this the day they got taken hostage, but can't find the post. But I think the real take-away here is that the Iranians are threatening to invade Pakistan, and Pakistan is threatening maximum resistance if they do.

The only thing that gives me wood quicker than the thought of an all-out war between India and Pakistan? An all-out war between Iran and Pakistan. If there was war between India and Pakistan at least I'd be rooting for the Indians. But between Iran and Pakistan? It's win-win, baby!

By Howie at 10:46 AM | Comments |