Monday, March 17, 2014

Iran Punishes Military Officers After Guard Abductions

Court Martial and Dismissal from Service 
Iran has dismissed from service several military officers, and some would be subjected to court martial proceedings, for deleriction of duty in connection to the abduction of five Iranian border guards by the Iranian Baluch militant group Jaish ul-Adl, Iran’s border guard commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Zolfaqari announced today. (Mehr News Agency, 17 March)   

On Saturday, a member of Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told reporters that the abducted guards were expected to be released before the start of the Persian New Year (21 March) through “negotiations and agreement” with the kidnappers.

Gen. Zolfaqari also criticized the Pakistani government and intelligence services and said they should intensify the security forces along the border.

The guards were abducted in the Jakigour region in Iranian Baluchestan on 6 February and are believed to have been taken to the Pakistani side of the border.

The Jaish-ul-Adl tweeted on 26 February that its religious court has sentenced the five Iranian guards to death.

Photo credit: A photo of five Iranian border guards held by Jaish al-Adl; published in group’s website on 9 February.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!

If I screw up at work, guess what? I am fired! And so should the imbeciles responsible for this fiasco.

Making a mockery out of an under-equipped but otherwise brave men and women.

Bahram said...

These guys were caught asleep at their post and don't have anyone to blame but themselves. In terms of equipment they were well armed with asault rifles and a PKM Machine gun. Had they had one guy up on sentry they would not be in the predicament that they find them selves in now. They could have been equiped with all kinds of top of the line kit like Body armour,thermal optics, gps ete... it still would not have helped them out because they were max relaxed just chilling in their tent and all that kit would have fallen into the hands of their captors.