Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Ali Fadavi responded to the major
suicide car bombing against his forces in southeastern Iran today by
promising a retaliation, and saying that retaliation won’t be limited by Iran’s own borders.
While it’s not clear if this points to serious plans for cross-border retaliation against Jaish al-Adl, the group is known to have a number of safe havens in neighboring Pakistan, and Iran has been pushing Pakistan to do something about them.
That means this could be a prelude to leveraging Pakistan into acting against the Islamist faction, or suggest Iran may launch some limited cross-border strikes into western Pakistan. It might also just be the usual threats of retaliation after a big terror attack.
Groups like Jaish al-Adl, an offshoot of Jundallah, are not merely a threat to Iran, and are also liable to carry out attacks inside Pakistani Balochistan as well, even if their Salafist leanings make attacking Iran their first choice.
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