The Secret War Against Iran
    Brian Ross and Christopher Isham
    ABC News

   http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040607K.shtml

    A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly
guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by
American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell
ABC News.

    The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe
and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the
border from Iran.

    It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than
a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.

    U.S. officials say the U.S. relationship with Jundullah is arranged so
that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an
official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight.

    Tribal sources tell ABC News that money for Jundullah is funneled to its
youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have
connections with European and Gulf states.

    Jundullah has produced its own videos showing Iranian soldiers and
border guards it says it has captured and brought back to Pakistan.

    The leader, Regi, claims to have personally executed some of the
Iranians.

    "He used to fight with the Taliban. He's part drug smuggler, part
Taliban, part Sunni activist," said Alexis Debat, a senior fellow on
counterterrorism at the Nixon Center and an ABC News consultant who recently
met with Pakistani officials and tribal members.

    "Regi is essentially commanding a force of several hundred guerrilla
fighters that stage attacks across the border into Iran on Iranian military
officers, Iranian intelligence officers, kidnapping them, executing them on
camera," Debat said.

    Most recently, Jundullah took credit for an attack in February that
killed at least 11 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard riding on a
bus in the Iranian city of Zahedan.

    Last month, Iranian state television broadcast what it said were
confessions by those responsible for the bus attack.

    They reportedly admitted to being members of Jundullah and said they had
been trained for the mission at a secret location in Pakistan.

    The Iranian TV broadcast is interspersed with the logo of the CIA, which
the broadcast blamed for the plot.

    A CIA spokesperson said "the account of alleged CIA action is false" and
reiterated that the U.S. provides no funding of the Jundullah group.

    Pakistani government sources say the secret campaign against Iran by
Jundullah was on the agenda when Vice President Dick Cheney met with
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in February.

    A senior U.S. government official said groups such as Jundullah have
been helpful in tracking al Qaeda figures and that it was appropriate for
the U.S. to deal with such groups in that context.

    Some former CIA officers say the arrangement is reminiscent of how the
U.S. government used proxy armies, funded by other countries including Saudi
Arabia
, to destabilize the government of Nicaragua in the 1980s.