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CRS-Iran, March 11, 2010

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Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm
Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm

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Some armed groups are operating in Iran’s border areas, and are generally composed of ethnic or
religious minorities. These groups are not known to be cooperating with the mostly Persian
members of the Green movement. One such group is Jundullah, composed of Sunni Muslims
primarily from the Baluchistan region bordering Pakistan. Since mid-2008, it has conducted
several successful attacks on Iranian security personnel, apparently including in May 2009,
claiming revenge for the poor treatment of Sunnis in Iran. On October 18, 2009, it claimed
responsibility for killing five Revolutionary Guard commanders during a meeting they were
holding with local groups in Sistan va Baluchistan Province. The regime claimed a major victory
against the group in late February 2010 by announcing the capture of Jundullah’s top leader,
Abdolmalek Rigi.

An armed Kurdish group operating out of Iraq is the Free Life Party, known by its acronym
PJAK. PJAK was designated in early February 2009 as a terrorism supporting entity under
Executive Order 13224, although the designation statement indicated the decision was based
mainly on PJAK’s association with the Turkish Kurdish opposition group Kongra Gel, also
known as the PKK. Another militant group, the “Ahwazi Arabs,” operates in the largely Arab
inhabited areas of southwest Iran, bordering Iraq.

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