When terrorist attacks are carried out against the Islamic Republic of Iran, one can be sure there will be retaliation.
On January 16 and 17, the world witnessed Iran attacking terrorist bases in three countries in that order: Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.
The missile and drone strike in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan targeted the Israeli Mossad base as well as a US military base.
Both have been used to carry out terrorist attacks against the Islamic Republic.
On December 25, 2023, an Israeli missile strike on the Zainabiya neighbourhood of Damascus resulted in the martyrdom of Seyyed Razi Mousavi, a general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
He was an advisor to the Syrian forces battling the terrorist group, Daesh (ISIS).
Iran vowed to avenge his death at an appropriate time.
The strike on Erbil that destroyed the Mossad base was Iran’s retaliation for General Mousavi’s killing.
Soon thereafter, Iran fired a number of missiles at a Daesh base in Syria.
The terrorist outfit had carried out two suicide bombings in Kerman on January 3 when tens of thousands of Iranians were commemorating the fourth anniversary of the martyrdom of General Qassem Solaimani.
He was greatly revered.
He was a brilliant strategist who was instrumental in defeating the Daesh terrorists in Iraq.
He had also coordinated the campaign against terrorist outfit in Syria.
In the January 3 twin suicide bombings in Kerman that Daesh admitted to carrying out, 84 people were killed and more than 120 injured.
The Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei said there will be a harsh response to the terrorists’ attack.
It came in the form of a missile and drone strike on terrorists bases in Syria.
More attacks may follow.
Iran’s missile and drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province came as a surprise even though last month, at least 11 Iranian police officers were killed in an overnight attack on a police station in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province.
Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, while visiting the site, noted that initial investigations suggested the assailants had entered Iran from Pakistan.
He urged Pakistan to prevent terrorist groups from establishing bases within its borders.
There have been a series of terrorist attacks from Pakistani Baluchistan where US-Saudi-backed terrorist groups operate.
Currently, a group calling itself Jaysh al-Adl that the Iranians refer to as Jaysh al-Dhulm, operates from the Pakistani side of the border.
The terrorists enter Iran and after carrying out their deadly attacks, flee back into Pakistan.
On July 23, 2023, the terrorists killed four Iranian policemen while on patrol.
That came two weeks after two policemen and four assailants were killed in a shootout in the province.
Last May, five Iranian border guards died in clashes with an armed group in Saravan, southeast of Zahedan, the provincial capital.
From 2007 to 2010, a number of deadly attacks were carried out by a terrorist outfit calling itself Jundullah.
It was headed by Abdolmalek Rigi, who was from Sistan-Baluchistan but had set up his base in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.
One of the deadliest attacks was on a mosque in Zahedan in which a large number of senior revolutionary guard commanders were martyred on July 15, 2010.
Jundullah claimed it was in retaliation for the execution of their leader.
Rigi was captured by Iran in early 2010 as he was flying on an Emirate flight from Dubai to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
Iranian air force planes forced the Emirate plane to land in Bandar Abbas as it was flying in Iranian air space.
Rigi was arrested from the plane and taken to Tehran where he was tried.
After his conviction on multiple murder charges, he was executed in June 2010.
Abdolmalek Rigi worked for the CIA.
Jundullah’s current iteration, Jaysh al-Adl is also a CIA-backed outfit.
This brings us to the question as to why Iran attacked the Jaysh al-Adl bases in Baluchistan now and not earlier.
This must be seen in the broader regional context.
With the zionist genocide underway in Gaza and tensions rising in the region, Iran has served notice that it will strike any group that carries out terrorist acts against it.
Their bases will be hit regardless of where they are located.
This is a message to the zionist war criminals, their American backers and even to Pakistan if it harbors terrorists on its soil that attack Iran.