Al-Qaeda-Linked Terrorist Claims American Support

Abdol Malek Rigi, leader of the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group Jundallah, is in Iranian custody and has confessed to receiving assistance from Washington.

Annie Jacobsen
Pajamas Media
2/25/2010

Is the enemy of your enemy ever really your friend?

In one of the strangest possible “strange bedfellow” cases in the war on terror, on Tuesday Iran said it forced a Kyrgyzstan Airways passenger airplane to land, and then sent its commandos onboard to remove and arrest Abdol Malek Rigi. Since 2002, Rigi has been the leader of an Iranian militant group called Jundallah (“Soldiers of God”), whose goal is to overthrow Iran’s current regime.

Before his arrest, Abdol Malek Rigi was the most wanted man in Iran. Now he remains in custody of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the very people his organization has focused on killing for eight years.

Here’s where it gets even stranger. Iran says that Abdol Malek Rigi was carrying an Afghan passport supplied by Washington and was recently photographed at an American military base in Afghanistan. Iranian intelligence chief Heydar Moslehi held a press conference during which he showed a photograph that he said placed Rigi outside a U.S. military base with two other men.

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