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October 18, 2009

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Generals Killed In Suicide Bomb Attacks

Talk about your man bites dog story.

Two blasts in Iran's restive southeast on Sunday killed at least 26 people, including five senior Revolutionary Guard Corps officers, and injured as many as 60 others, according to state media.

In recent years, the Sistan-Baluchistan province, along the border of Pakistan, has been rocked by a handful of terrorist attacks by Sunni insurgents, targeting Shiites and Iran's Shiite-dominated government. The brazen attack Sunday comes as the regime struggles to keep a lid on protests and opposition activities following contested presidential elections in June.

...State media reported provincial IRGC commanders Brig. Gen. Nour Ali Shoushtari and Brig. Gen. Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh died in that attack, along with several tribal and local leaders from both the Shiite and Sunni communities. The Associated Press, citing Iran's official news agency, reported Gen. Shoushtari served as the IRGC's deputy commander for ground forces. It wasn't immediately possible to confirm his exact position in the Corps.

At around the same time, a bomb detonated near the convoy of a group of other IRGC commanders in the same area, state media reported. Details of both attacks were still unclear by mid-afternoon Sunday. State media said no group had reported responsibility for the attacks.

More on the background of the unrest in this region here.

Sounds like someone has some rather impressive intelligence on the whereabouts of senior Iranian commanders. That should make for some fun internal mole hunts. No doubt however the Jews will be blamed publicly.

No word yet on whether the Obama administration has sent official or unofficial condolences. Cause you know they are all about respect and outreach.

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