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Al-Qaida tied to Iran intelligence, military
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, March 1, 2003

Posted on 03/01/2003 4:36:00 AM PST by JohnHuang2

Al-Qaida had extensive contacts with Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security, as well as with an elite military unit which helped the terrorists train and plot attacks against Americans, according to a former intelligence officer who recently fled Iran.

Hamid Reza Zakeri, a former inspector and director of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Ministry of Intelligence, or MOIS, member said models of the World Trade Center, the White House, Pentagon and other United States government buildings "were in our headquarters."

In an explosive interview with a London-based Arabic newspaper last week, Zakeri stated that al-Qaida leader and Egyptian terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a key aide to Osama bin Laden, has close ties with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Division, which is Iran's Islamic shock troops.

Zawahiri is close to Revolutionary Guards deputy commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr. He also has ties to other Islamic Revolutionary Guards, or IRGC, Qods Forces commanders. These include Ahmad Vahedi, Hossein Mosleh (the guards' former commander in Lebanon) and two other commanders identified only as Kan'ani and Naqdi.

Zakeri disclosed the details in an interview with the Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper on Feb. 18. The interview was conducted at an undisclosed location.

Zakeri also said bin Laden had contacts with IRGC officials during his residence in Sudan in the mid- to late-1990s.

"The relations of the Guards' intelligence organ, not the government, with al-Qaida and other fundamentalist groups like the Egyptian and Palestinian Jihad ones go back to the 1980s," Zakeri said.

Other terrorists that Iran's intelligence and military supported included Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Fathi al-Shaqaqi, who was later killed in Malta, presumably by Israeli agents.

Zakeri said the IRGC also had joint terrorist operations with Imad Mughniyah, who was behind the bombings of U.S. civilian and military personnel and the murder of an American military officer. Iranian intelligence financed many terrorist operations, he said.

Zakeri claimed he was trained in North Korea as part of several Revolutionary Guards and security services training missions. The training included combat drills, counterintelligence and psychological warfare, as well as pilot training.

Zakeri left Iran after learning of the government's role in political assassinations.

The IRGC trained terrorists and helped them plot attacks against Americans, including the 1983 bombing of the Marines barracks in Lebanon, he said.

"Imad Mughniyah and some Guards commanders played the chief role in these operations," Zakeri said. "Mughniyah and some Guards commanders led the operation that involved the hijacking of the American TWA airliner and the killing of one of its passengers," he said.

Mughniyah remained the liaison officer with al-Zawahiri and other fundamentalist organizations' leaders.

Zakeri said he had no knowledge of the al-Qaida plot to attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "But there were in our headquarters models of the two towers, the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA building in Langley," Zakeri said.

"In addition to that, Imad Mughniyah came to Iran and met some senior officials in the guide's security organ and brought them a message from Dr. al-Zawahiri saying we need your help to carry out an extremely serious operation in the great Satan's country," Zakeri said.

"The request was discussed but was turned down," he added. "The head of our department and Nateq-Nuri, head of inspection in the guide's office and his representative in the higher security committee, decided to ask Mughniyah to maintain his ties with al-Zawahiri and his colleagues but without involving himself in their activities."

Zakeri said Mughniyah is still in Iran and has helped al-Qaida terrorists find safe haven there. Bin Laden's eldest son, Saad, "could have entered Iran with Mughniyah's help."

Zakeri said that IRGC intelligence operatives under Morteza Rezai helped Iraq smuggle oil and Iraqi dates.

"Smuggling and trade cooperation between the Guards' intelligence and Iraq stopped about a year ago," he said, "but the Guards' intelligence is still maintaining some ties with Uday Saddam Hussein and Iraqi intelligence."

"There is coordination between the two on issues like confining the Kurds and confronting the U.S.," Zakeri continued. For example, the Ansar al-Islam organization in Iraq's Kurdistan has the support and protection of the Guards and the Iraqi regime's intelligence services.

An Iranian official dismissed Zakeri's comments saying he was expelled from the MOIS for "suspicious behavior and connections."

A second official accused Zakeri of "spying, being an agent and scheming against Islam and the revolution in coordination with the Zionists and world arrogance."

Iran's Etemaad newspaper reported recently that the Internet site Yekhabar.com, which is run by a former Iranian security official, stated that three security officials recently fled the country and took large amounts of documents, including videotapes related to government assassinations.

The Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper is an influential Saudi-owned daily providing independent coverage of Arab and international issues, U.S. officials said. Its editorials reflect official Saudi views on foreign policy.




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Saturday, March 1, 2003

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1 posted on 03/01/2003 4:36:00 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
I guess we shouldn't weep too much over that planeload of Iranian revolutionary troops that crashed recently...

Might have been convenient, one might say...

2 posted on 03/01/2003 4:45:46 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Howlin; Lion's Cub; Travis McGee; Squantos; Cindy; Miss Marple
fyi
3 posted on 03/01/2003 4:55:29 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Iran stirs the pot - and is a chief reason why we will find ourselves stationed in Iraq for years.

R&R in Baghdad just isn't appealing to most.

4 posted on 03/01/2003 4:59:07 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: Happy2BMe
Beats having the likes of Atta and Mugniyah having R&R in our country.
5 posted on 03/01/2003 5:04:50 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
"How was I supposed to know it was loaded?"
6 posted on 03/01/2003 7:22:57 AM PST by First_Salute
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To: JohnHuang2
In an explosive interview...

LOL!

7 posted on 03/01/2003 7:31:46 AM PST by TADSLOS (Gunner, Target!)
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To: JohnHuang2; Fedora

bump


8 posted on 01/07/2020 12:03:20 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: JohnHuang2
"There is coordination between the two on issues like confining the Kurds and confronting the U.S.," Zakeri continued. For example, the Ansar al-Islam organization in Iraq's Kurdistan has the support and protection of the Guards and the Iraqi regime's intelligence services.

Ansar al Islam later merged with Zarqawi's group and Saddam's deodbandi Gen. al Duri's intelligence people to form ISIS.

9 posted on 01/07/2020 12:06:34 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: JohnHuang2

And Mugniyeh and Zarqawi a d OBL are dead now as is the IRGC’s Suleimani.... systematically running out of living witnesses to history here.


10 posted on 01/07/2020 12:08:59 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
"In late 1991 or 1992, discussions in Sudan between al Qaeda and Iranian operatives led to an informal agreement to cooperate in providing support—even if only training—for actions carried out primarily against Israel and the United States. Not long afterward, senior al Qaeda operatives and trainers traveled to Iran to receive training in explosives. In the fall of 1993, another such delegation went to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon for further training in explosives as well as in intelligence and security. Bin Ladin reportedly showed particular interest in learning how to use truck bombs such as the one that killed 241 U.S. Marines in Lebanon in 1983. The relationship between al Qaeda and Iran demonstrated that Sunni-Shia divisions did not necessarily pose an insurmountable barrier to cooperation in terrorist operations". . .In early November 1998, the U.S. government indicted various al Qaeda members for the embassy bombings. The indictment included this sentence: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States.": The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

The June 1996 conference in Tehran, for example, which was attended by Ramadan Shallah (Palestinian Islamic Jihad), was also attended by Ahmad Salah (Egyptian Jihad), Imad Mugnyeh (Lebanese Hizbollah), Ahmad Jibril (PFLP-GC), Imad al-Alami and Mustafa al-Liddawi (Hamas), George Habash (PFLP), and a representative of terrorist financier Osama bin-Ladin. Tehran and Terrorism: Iran Under President Muhammad Khatami (1998)

Iran Admits To Facilitating 9/11 Terror Attacks: Top Iranian official admits for first time Iran aided al Qaeda terrorists (2018)

11 posted on 01/07/2020 1:01:29 PM PST by Fedora
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To: Fedora

Thanks


12 posted on 01/09/2020 11:07:31 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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