Maybe Obama and Clinton do issue condemnations of all jihad terror attacks, but this is the first one I’ve seen — a condemnation of an attack on a mosque in Iran for which the mullahs blame America. “Iran blames US for mosque attack,” by Jim Lobe in Asia Times, July 20 (thanks to Twostellas):
WASHINGTON – Both United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have denounced last week’s suicide bomb attacks on a Shi’ite mosque in Sistan and Balochistan province in southeastern Iran by a Sunni extremist group that Tehran charges is being supported by Washington.
“I strongly condemn the outrageous terrorist attacks on a mosque in southeast Iran,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “The murder of innocent civilians in their place of worship is an intolerable offence, and those who carried it out must be held accountable.”
In a separate statement, Clinton condemned the attacks “in the strongest possible terms” and suggested that Jundallah, the group that claimed responsibility, may be added to the State Department’s terrorism list. “This attack, along with the recent attacks in Uganda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Algeria, underscores the global community’s need to work together to combat terrorist organizations that threaten the lives of innocent civilians around the world,” according to the statement, which cited Jundallah by name.
The double bombings – the latest in a series of bloody attacks claimed by Jundallah over the past several years – reportedly killed at least 30 people at a mosque in the city of Zahedan, including several officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), a favorite target of the group.
Nearly 300 others were injured by the blasts, which took place during evening prayers marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein. The first bombing, which took place at the mosque’s entrance, was followed 15 minutes later by the second, as people gathered to help the wounded.
In taking credit for the bombings, Jundallah, which also calls itself the Iranian People’s Resistance Movement, said they were carried out in retaliation for last month’s execution of the group’s leader, Abdulmalik Rigi. His brother, Abdulhamid Rigi, was hung in May after he was captured in Pakistan in 2008 and subsequently returned to Iran.
“This operation is a response to incessant crimes of the regime in Balochistan,” the group said on its website. “The two young martyrs sacrificed their lives and shattered the dreams of executioners and devils.”….