Monday, May 08, 2006

Several wounded in blast at government building in southwest Iran - USA Today

-Shame on the IRI for pushing the people of Iran to such an extent that they have turned to bombing buildings and killing people in order to have their voices heard. Shame on this regime for turning our people to these desperate methods. The mullahs will soon find out that they can never repress speech. The more they opress the people of Iran, the more likely it is that this expression will find its way out in violent ways. Here is proof!
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two bombs that exploded minutes apart Monday ripped through government offices in Kermanshah, a city with a large Kurdish population in southwestern Iran, the state news agency reported. Six people were wounded.

The blasts followed shelling by Iranian forces against Kurdish rebel positions inside Iraq last week and came shortly after Turkey's deployment of thousands of troops on Iraq's northern border to try to block Kurdish guerrillas from crossing over.

No one claimed responsibility for the afternoon blasts at the governor's office and the province's trade and commerce office in the city 280 miles southwest of Tehran and 90 miles east of the Iraqi border.

Kermanshah is normally quiet. But Kurdish rebels to the north have increasingly reactivated their drive to consolidate their autonomy gains inside Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein. Their long-term goal is an independent homeland that includes heavily Kurdish regions in Iran and Turkey as well as Iraq.

Iranian and Turkish troops reportedly have penetrated into Iraqi Kurdish areas, and the Iranians shelled border positions inside Iraq twice last week, causing no casualties but uprooting residents. The Iranians launched a similar barrage April 21.

Rebels seeking self-rule in Kurdish areas of Iran have been operating from Iraqi territory, mounting attacks against Iranian army and Revolutionary Guard posts. Turkey meanwhile has been fighting a Kurdish insurgency that has killed thousands in the southeast of the country.

Last month, Turkey deployed more than 30,000 additional troops in its Kurdish southeast and along its border with Iraq and Iran to fight Kurdish guerrillas and stop them from crossing the frontier.

That came after Kurdish rebels reportedly killed two Turkish soldiers and wounded a third, raising the number of Turkish troops killed this year to at least 17. More than 40 Kurdish guerrillas also have been killed in clashes in the same period.

Iran also has a large Arab population along its southern border with Iraq and there have been a series of deadly bombings in the region's largest city, Ahvaz, which Tehran has blamed on the United States and Britain.

Those attacks, however, are most likely the work of Arab nationalists in the region that was semiautonomous after the collapse of the Ottoman empire at the end of World War I and before it was annexed by Iran.

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