International Terrorism Sponsered by Iran
has been one of the primary tools of the mullahs' regime to spread
fundamentalism and expand Iran's influence.
Most of the
images that have come to symbolize terrorism over the past decade
are tied closely to the Tehran regime's mercenaries: The 1986 bombings
in Paris, the corpse of an "executed" passenger thrown
from a hijacked Kuwaiti plane in Cyprus, the grim video-taped faces
of hostages appealing to their governments, and huge buildings turned
into rubbles after being exploded by suicide or truck bombs.
new to the past two decade, terrorism has acquired qualitatively
different dimensions since Khomeini and his Islamic fundamentalist
government came to power in 1979. Indeed, today, Khomeini and his
heirs can be considered the godfathers of terrorism.
Because terrorism has been one of the main instruments to advance
the mullahs' foreign policy, decisions about terrorist operations
have always been made at the highest levels of the regime. Before
he died, all decisions were made by Khomeini, who enjoyed the active
advice of Khamenei, Rafsanjani and other leaders. After Khomeini's
death, Rafsanjani, and after him Khatami, as the country's president
and the chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, has continued
to make the final decisions on terrorist plans, which are then forwarded
to Khamenei, regime's current spiritual leader, to be approved for
2. Religious fanaticism.
The Tehran mullahs also exploit religion to legitimize acts of terror
by calling them divine duties. The mullahs promise the perpetrators
of such actions "a place in heaven". This religious factor
generates intense hatred and catastrophic results.
3. Hand-picked targets.
The Iranian-sponsored terrorism has targeted a wide spectrum of
victims during the past two decades.
4. Hostage taking.
The 444- day occupation of the United States Embassy in Tehran,
beginning on November 4, 1979, marked the start of the newly established
clerical regime's experimentation with terrorism and provided a
glimpse of what was yet to come. The tragic saga of the Western
hostages held captive by Tehran's proxies in Lebanon was the very
essence of Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
5. Hijacking. Another method often employed by the mullahs'
regime in recent years has been the hijacking of passenger airliners.
6. Bombing in public places. In September 1986 a wave of
bombings shook Paris. Fuad Ali Saleh, a student of theology in Qom,
Saleh confessed that he had been commissioned by Tehran.
7. Suicide missions, car and truck bombs.
In April 1983, a bomb-laden truck exploded in front of the American
Embassy in Beirut, killing 61 and wounding 120 persons. The Emir
of Kuwait was wounded in a suicide attack on his motorcade in May
1985 that was linked to Tehran. Regime's highest officials as well
as its spiritual leader, have been indicted by Argentine justice
on grounds of having ordered the huge explosion of July 1994 that
left scores of killed and wounded. Iran under the mullahs still
harbors terrorists who perpetrated the Al Khobar towers bombing
of 1997 in Saudi Arabia.
8. Assassinations of foreign nationals and Iranian oppositionists.
The most publicized example of the mullahs' terrorism against foreign
nationals was Khomeini's decree in 1989 ordering the execution of
the Indian-born British author, Salman Rushdie.
In March 1990,
a famous Turkish journalist and his driver were shot and killed
is Istanbul. The police concluded that the murderers had received
their orders from Iran. On January 15, 1992, Mustapha Geha, a Shi'ite
Lebanese author who had written anti-Khomeini commentaries in Beirut's
newspapers, was murdered in the Sabtiyeh district of Beirut.
evidence of the terrorist nature of the mullahs' regime, however,
is its extensive and vigorous campaign to assassinate its Iranian
opponents abroad. Most of the victims of more than 450 listed terrorist
operations by the regime on foreign soil during the past two decades
comprise of Iranian political opponents. Figures such as professor
Kazem Rajavi, the elder brother of Iranian Resistance's leader,
Massoud Rajavi, Mohammad-Hossein Naghdi, former diplomat and representative
of the Iranian Resistance in Italy, Zahra Rajabi, ranking member
of the PMOI and NCRI, Abdul-Rahman Qassemlou, secretary general
of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan are part of the list.
Iran: A man sentenced to death by stoning
NCRI - The mullahs' judiciary has approved the death sentence
for an Iranian music teacher, Abdollah Farivar, by stoning in the
northern city of Sari. The 49-year-old teacher has two children
and is the second victim to face the brutal and medieval punishment
in past eight months in Iran. Another man, Jafar Kiani, was stoned
to death in the western city of Qazvin last July.
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