Iran Daily, Oct 12: Did Insurgents Down Police Plane in Southeast, Killing Senior Officers?


LATEST: Detained Opposition Leader Rahnavard Has Eye Surgery

A police aircraft crashed in southeastern Iran on Saturday, killing all seven people on board.

The plane went down in a mountainous area near Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province. The victims included three senior police officers and a police employee.

The officers were travelling to the area to investigate last week’s killing of four Iranian police border guards by gunmen near the Iran-Pakistan border.

No group has claimed the attack, but the Sunni insurgency Jaish ul-Adl has carried out a series of deadly operations since summer 2013 against Iranian security forces. They include the killing of 16 border guards last October, and the abduction and murder of five guards in February-March.

Iranian officials maintained their denunciation of Pakistan over the latest killings. Interior Ministry Hossein Ali Amiri said on Saturday:

We don’t expect the Pakistani government [to allow] the terrorist operations will be held against Iran from Pakistani soil….The Pakistani government should be held accountable for the terrorist operations.

Detained Opposition Leader Rahnavard Has Eye Surgery

Opposition leader Zahra Rahnavard, held under strict house arrest since February 2011, has undergone eye surgery in hospital.

Rahnavard was accompanied by her husband and fellow detainee, 2009 Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. No other members of the family were permitted.

Mousavi underwent eye surgery in August, and Mehdi Karroubi, another 2009 candidate who was detained at the same time, had an operation last month.

Report: Activist and Filmmaker Mohammad Reza Nourizad Beaten and Detained

The webpage of filmmaker Mohammad Reza Nourizad claims that he was beaten and detained by police on Saturday, posting a photograph of the injured activist.


Nourizad was arrested after the disputed 2009 Presidential election when he wrote open letters to the Supreme Leader calling on him to apologize for the crackdown on protesters. The filmmaker was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in April 2010 and served almost two years before he was freed.

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  1. The fantasy of normal ties with Iran

    “But Iran today suffers from a split personality: It is both a nation and, as the Islamic Republic, also a messianic cause.

    And the Islamic Republic of Iran, far from being part of the solution, is at the root of the conflict tearing the Middle East apart.

    It has built Shiite militias in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, not to mention Afghanistan, with the aim of “exporting” its Khomeinist ideology.

    The mullahs’ quest for an empire has provoked violent reaction from Sunni Arabs and enabled terrorist outfits such as al Qaeda in its many versions, including ISIS, to find a new audience and a narrative of victimhood.

    As long as Iran remains a “cause,” it can’t normalize relations with anybody, let alone America. Coexistence among nations is not the same as that among causes.”

    • The ‘Islamic’ contradicts the ‘Republic’ and vice versa. We frequently see this clash of contradicting terms at “Iran Daily”.
      “Islamic” opposes key elements of how-republic-should-look-like.

    • I allow to post much more of this brilliant article here…

      How could Rouhani or anybody else normalize with any nation when Iran itself is not normal?

      Iran today has two systems of justice, revolutionary-Islamic and ordinary, two or three parallel armies, several legal or para-legal legislatures and a jumble of political and police authorities.

      What normal country has three former presidents who can’t obtain passports to travel abroad? And dozens of former high officials in jail, plus while an ex-prime minister and a former speaker of parliament under house arrest without charge?

      Since Rouhani became president, more than 1,700 people have been executed in murky circumstances; dozens of journalists and scores of human-rights activists have been thrown into prison and many newspapers shut down. Some normality.

      The list of the Islamic Republic’s problems with other countries, including its neighbors, is thicker than the Tehran phone book. A few examples:

      –  It has severed diplomatic ties with 22 nations, half of them Muslim-majority countries, and has seen its diplomats expelled from countries as far apart as Argentina and Australia.
       - Directly or via agents, it has seized hostages from some 30 nations, including South Korea and Italy, not to mention America.
       - It has assassinated 117 people in 20 nations, from the Philippines to Turkey to Germany.
       - After 20 years of negotiations, it rejects a legal framework for the Caspian Sea. All other nations on the sea — Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan — have agreed on a formula.
      – Having torn up pre-revolution agreements on sharing border-river waters with Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkmenistan, the Islamic Republic refuses new accords.
      –  It has rejected action with Iraq to reopen the Shat al-Arab waterway and allow Basra (in Iraq) and Khorramshahr (in Iran) to resume functioning as major ports.
      – It refuses to implement a pre-revolution agreement with Kuwait on offshore oilfields, threatening military action if “the other side” signs contracts with foreign companies.

      Establishing normal relations requires compromise and the recognition of other nations’ legitimacy. Yet the Islamic Republic deems no other UN member, including the 56 Muslim-majority countries, truly legitimate.

      As long as Iran remains a cause, not even “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei can normalize ties with America or anyone else. Even if Rouhani signs something to ease sanctions, it will be an act of makr, aka “tricking the Infidel.” Allah himself is called the best of all tricksters.”

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