By: Mir M.Hosseini
Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of notorious Jondollah terrorist group was caught in the air on Feb, 23, 2010. The commercial flight QH454 from Dubai en route to Bishkek was intercepted by Iran Air Force and was escorted to an airbase in Bandar Abbas. During a televised broadcast, Iranian security agents boarded the plane and arrested him. They took souvenir photos in front of the plane which continued its route to Kirgizstan.
This sophisticated operation was a major blow to Jondollah, a terrorist group that was responsible for killing hundreds of armed forces and civilians. Later on, Pakistani officials confirmed passing tips regarding Rigi's whereabouts to Iranians.
According to Rigi's own confessions, broadcast on Feb. 25 on Iranian state television he was on his way to meet high ranking American officials at the US Manas Air Base in Kirgizstan. Rigi's confessions were supported by photographs presented to the media showing him at various locations in Afghanistan and Pakistan in contact with covert US operatives. Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi claimed to have evidence that Rigi was earlier housed at a U.S. base in Afghanistan and he was set up with fake documentation by the Americans, although. U.S. officials as well as British diplomats in Tehran naturally denied any links to Rigi.
However, the fact that U.S. and its western allies have been hostile towards Iran, especially since the 1979 revolution might have been overshadowed by the power of mainstream media but it's been documented inside the Iranian History: Abdolmalek Rigi had appeared on the Persian service of Voice of America , the official broadcasting service of the United States government, on April 2, 2007 which identified Rigi as the leader of popular Iranian resistance movement and used the title of Doctor with his name. Rigi lacked any formal education. Several western media outlets have also reported that in 2007 the CIA provided funding and weapons to Jondollah. Rigi stated that Americans provided Jondollah with military equipment, bombs, machine guns, and that they promised to give them a permanent base in case of further cooperation if the group transferred its operations from the eastern border region to the capital Tehran.
Jondollah raised its profile in 2005 by kidnapping a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. They cemented their terrorist credentials with three bombings, two of which were suicide attacks. Their most recent blast, on October 2009 in the Iranian border city of Pishin, killed at least 40 people, including many civilians. It also convinced Tehran that Jondollah was Iran's greatest internal security threat. Chilling videos showed Rigi personally decapitating some captives including his brother in-law.
Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Islamabad allowed the U.S. to use two military bases in Pakistani Baluchestan, supposedly for counter-terror operations. This predictably drew Iran's ire and deepened its fears of external forces conspiring to undermine its interests both at home and in Afghanistan.
The Manas base in Kirgizstan was opened in December 2001 to support U.S. military operations in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. In February 2009 the Kirgizstan Parliament voted to close the base after the two governments failed to agree on a higher rent for the property but a settlement was reached with the government of Kirgizstan in July 2009.
On May 24, 2010, Rigi's brother was executed in the city of Zahedan. On June 20, 2010, convicted of armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary people, and murder; Rigi was hanged in the Evin Prison in Tehran.