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BBC: Clashes reported in Iranian city[1]

Clashes between armed militants and police have erupted in the south-eastern Iranian city of Zahedan, state media have reported.[2]

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the past has accused President Bush of creating the Iraqi war to cause the Muslim world to turn itself into an area wide Sunni-Shi'ite clash. This could be the events Ahmadinejad thought of when making the accusation.

While the Sunni-Shia conflict in Iraq is well documented, there is new evidence that Iran is starting to suffer from the Sunni-Shia rift.

Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It has a substantial Sunni Islam Baluch community.

The city has been the focus of low-level unrest, with several security force members being killed in the last two months. [3]

There is also evidence that US weapons were used in the attack.

Although the weapons used might have been manufactured in the US, it is unlikely they were US supplied. Similarly, just because Bush found Iranian weapons in Iraq, it doesn't mean that Ahmadinejad himself put them there.

"The gang has been ordered by some foreign states [US?] to plant bombs in specific places and escape the country simultaneously," Gen Ghaffari said.[4]

The Sunni attacks in Zahedan had minimal physical impact.

The governor of Zahedan, Hassan ali Nouri, told Fars news agency that the explosion was caused by a percussion bomb - a device which produces a large bang but causes little damage.[5]

But the bang may come in the Information part of the DIME IOP (Diplomatic, Information, Military, Economic-Instruments of Power).

If Sunnis in Iraq were to spread the Insurgency from Iraq into Iran, this is the exact kind of story the media must produce.

This is also the small thread of commonality Bush and Ahmadinejad have to negotiate with. Bush and Ahmadinejad would both like to see the Sunni uprising in Iraq and Iran settled.

Although working with Ahmadinejad may be difficult, If the Bush administration went straight to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei there may be common ground. Khamenei, although not a supporter of the US, is on record for not condoning the antagonistic remarks of Ahmadinejad.

The low level attacks are also a classic way to start a revolution. There may not be enough Sunnis to escalate, however, the method usually starts with terrorist attacks that lead to an insurgency and eventually a civil war. Most Americans should be well aware of this revolutionary evolution not only from witnessing it in Iraq, but from its own revolution in the late 1700's.





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