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Taliban Kidnapping of Iranian Is Something Else

A "senior militant" told Adnkronos international that the kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat in Peshawar this past Thursday was a form of retaliation for Iranian transgressions against the Taliban and al-Qaeda that reach back to before 2001. He cites nothing recent to cause the sudden aggressive move, which - if the "senior militant" is to be believed to be precisely that - signals that the real cause for the abduction is something quite different and far more precise.

The kidnapping of senior Iranian diplomat Hashmatullah Atharzadehon Thursday could signal the start of a regional war between alleged al-Qaeda militants and the Iranian government, a senior militant said. "This is payback time for Iran and for its active involvement in destabilising the Taliban government in Afghanistan and for facilitating the US-led invasion on Afghanistan through pro-Iranian Afghan groups," a senior militant told Adnkronos International (AKI), speaking on condition of anonimity.

The militant said Atharzadeh's abduction was due to "the arrest of top Al-Qaeda leaders in Iran, for facilitating the US invasion on Iraq through pro-Iran militias and last but not the least for waging the war on the Taliban in Pakistani Khurram agency where Iran provided arms and ammunition to the Shia tribal groups to fight against the Taliban,"

Atharzadeh, who is based at the Iranian Consulate in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar was abducted by gunmen on Thursday.

Atharzadeh is the commercial attache at the consulate and was reported to have been kidnapped by four armed men on his way home in Hayatabad district where the consulate is located.

"More attacks and actions will be carried out against Iranian interests in coming days and we shall settle each and every dispute through negotiations," concluded the militant.

So what really has caused the Taliban and al-Qaeda to make such an aggressive move against the Iranian regime, which still holds senior al-Qaeda terrorists under 'house arrest' since they fled Afghanistan?

Well, that's the puzzle. But significant pieces are missing from view, and it may well have to do with the al-Qaeda terrorists still in Iran. A release deal gone bad? Actual imprisonment for some? A simple but highly unlikely case of mistaken identity on the part of the Taliban kidnappers?

Whatever the actual catalyst, it didn't happen over seven years ago.

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