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Article from Asia Times Online

Jan 28, 2005
US keeps Iran in its sights
By Syed Saleem Shahzad



The indications are that despite its military being dragged into a morass in Iraq, the US will remain committed to its cause and will continue to go after the "evil" it sees in nations like Iran. For this, war preparations are already in the pipeline in northern Iraq on the one side of the Iranian border, and in the southwestern parts of Pakistan on the other side.

A British newspaper reported recently that the Pentagon was contemplating the infiltration of the Iranian rebel group, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), to collect intelligence. Asia Times Online sources say that the group will remain at its traditional base in Iranian Balochistan adjacent to Pakistani Balochistan, from where it will attempt to play the role of a catalyst to organize an insurgency against the rule of Islamic hardliners in Tehran.

This strategy aims to deter Iran from striking back against any possible attack on its nuclear sites.

Intelligence sources based in Islamabad maintain that Pakistani interrogators have collected all details of Iran's nuclear sites from Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, confessed proliferator and father of Pakistan's nuclear-weapons program, and submitted them to the US. The information includes the location of 30 nuclear installations spread across the country. (Khan remains under informal house arrest in Pakistan.) These details would be critical in the event of an attack. Analysts believe that such an offensive could come from Israel, rather than the US, with Washington's blessing of course.

Nevertheless, the US would play an important role, using northern Iraq and southwestern Pakistan as its strategic back yard. In a telephone conversation with Asia Times Online last year, the former director general of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence, retired Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul, an expert on the region, pointed out that various strategic sites would be handed over to the US, including Qila Saifullah, Shila Bagh and Dalbandin in Balochistan (see Pakistan in a squeeze over Iraq, July 3, 2004).

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