A huge explosion at a petrochemicals plant in Abadan on September 1 was claimed as a military strike by the Al-Areen Brigade for Liberation of Al-Ahwaz in co-operation with the Al-Ababil Brigade of the Free Syria Army.
Members of the brigade say they planted explosives, although plant officials claim it was the result of electricity problems. No casualties were reported.
The Brigade stated that it carried out the attack as a result of anti-Arab ethnic cleansing by the regime and the continued high rates of unemployment and deprivation suffered by indigenous Ahwazi Arabs.
|Al-Areen Brigade's logo|
This is the first explosion for which the Al-Areen Brigade has claimed responsibility. It claims to have passed on intelligence on Iran's radar systems and the installation of S300 missile batteries. The group has also compiled details on Iranian ministry of intelligence officials in Al-Ahwaz and claims to have disclosed details on underground cells in Lebanon and Europe, which were published in Kuwait's Al-Seyassah newspaper.
|Al-Ababil fighter with an RG-6 grenade launcher|