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  • (From 2005) Former Hostages Allege Iran's New President Was Captor

    09/23/2007 8:09:15 PM PDT · by khnyny · 50 replies · 656+ views
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2005
    NEW YORK (CNN) -- The White House said Thursday it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages that Iran's hardline president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was one of their captors at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran a quarter century ago. President Bush told foreign reporters he has "no information, but obviously his involvement raises many questions." "As soon as I saw the face, it rang a lot of bells to me," Don Sharer, who served as the embassy's naval attache at the time, told CNN. "...Take 20 years off of him. He was there. He was there in the background, more...
  • Iranian Alert - July 7, 2005 - Iran's President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own website

    07/08/2005 8:09:37 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 2,210+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Complete Bio - In His Own Writing 1 July 2005: Is the president-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of the hostage-takers at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979? The Northeast Intelligence Network called upon its Farsi-language resources to help determine the answer to this question. Sure enough, the answer is readily found on the official website of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, written entirely in Farsi, and complete with images. The website includes various documents from Ahmadinegad’s campaign where he claims "I Can Control the Americans - I Have Experience Doing It".In one particularly...
  • Sources: CIA finds Iranian president likely not hostage-taker

    08/13/2005 10:43:29 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 18 replies · 633+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, August 12, 2005
    Analysis not final, officials say WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A CIA report has determined with "relative certainty" that Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was not involved in the taking of U.S. hostages 26 years ago, three government officials told CNN on Friday. The officials insisted on anonymity, saying they did not want to speak for the CIA about its report. Another U.S. official said the tone of the report is that there is no evidence to date that the new Iranian president was among those who held U.S. diplomats hostage. The officials cautioned that the analysis is not final. Two former...
  • Rafsanjani of Iran delicately Put: We're in Serious Trouble

    07/03/2005 7:20:48 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 67 replies · 2,186+ views
    Rooz Online ^ | Monday, Jul 4, 2005
    At Friday prayers this week, Hashemi Rafsanjani appeared for the first time since his defeat and announced: "we have serious problems and we're faced with serious danger." His statement came amid the excited speculation about the part Ahmadinejad played in the U.S. hostage taking, and the hoopla surrounding Iran's head of parliament's first visit to Belgium and a cancelled reception. It seems Scott Ritter was right when he said recently: "The war against the Islamic Republic has begun." Western Media Against Iran In the nine days since the annoucement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the sixth president of the Islamic Republic,...
  • Ex-Iranian Agent: Photo Not Ahmadinejad

    07/02/2005 10:58:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 1,679+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 02, 2005 at 10:52:25 PDT | ALI AKBAR DAREINI ASSOCIATED PRESS
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A top Iranian former secret agent said Saturday that the hostage-taker in a 1979 photograph that has come under intense scrutiny is not President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but a former militant who committed suicide in jail. Saeed Hajjarian, a top adviser to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami, identified the man in the photo dating to the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege as Taqi Mohammadi. Iran's newly elected president has been accused of being a main participant in the taking of American hostages at the embassy. Six former U.S. hostages who saw the president-elect in photos or on television said...
  • Iranian Alert - June 30, 2005 - Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis

    07/01/2005 12:25:56 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 1,261+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Times Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis Excerpt: Joyce Howard Priceand David R. Sands, The Washington Times:Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages. "As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard," said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a former hostage who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. "He was one of the top two or three...
  • Bush Questions Iran Leader-Elect's Past

    06/30/2005 4:02:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies · 851+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7 minutes ago | NEDRA PICKLER,
    WASHINGTON - The White House said Thursday it was investigating whether Iran's new president played a role in seizing the American Embassy and holding 52 U.S. captives a quarter century ago. President Bush said the allegation by former hostages "raises many questions." The administration was reviewing its files on Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the hostage comments were brought to light by The Associated Press. "I have no information, but obviously his involvement raises many questions," Bush said in an interview with foreign reporters. The administration said it would have to deal with Ahmadinejad, regardless of his past. Ahmadinejad has...
  • BBC: Iran victor 'kidnap role' probe ~~ The US says it is examining reports....

    06/30/2005 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 253 replies · 3,154+ views
    BBC ^ | : Thursday, 30 June, 2005, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK | staff
    Iran victor 'kidnap role' probe The president denies being among the hostage-takers The US says it is examining reports that Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took part in the 1979 hostage-taking at Tehran's US embassy.Some of the former US hostages have said they recognise Mr Ahmadinejad as one of their captors. But three Iranians involved in the action, as well as Mr Ahmadinejad's own staff, have denied that he took part. Mohsen Mirdamadi, the hostage-takers' leader, told the BBC that the new president had not been there. You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in...
  • Former American Hostages Claim Iran's New Leader Held Them Captive

    06/29/2005 6:37:53 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 2,748+ views
    AP ^ | 06/29/05 | AP
    Former American Hostages Claim Iran's New Leader Held Them Captive Published: June 29, 2005 8:25 PM ET SAVANNAH, Ga. A quarter-century after they were taken captive in Iran, five former American hostages say they got an unexpected reminder of their 444-day ordeal in the bearded face of Iran's new president-elect. Watching coverage of Iran's presidential election on television dredged up 25-year-old memories that prompted four of the former hostages to exchange e-mails. And those four realized they shared the same conclusion -- the firm belief that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been one of their Iranian captors. "This is the guy....
  • Photo claimed to show Iran President with hostage

    06/29/2005 6:48:29 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 27 replies · 1,127+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | Sam Knight
    A photo has emerged which it is claimed links the President-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the taking of 60 American hostages during the US embassy siege in Tehran in 1979. A London-based Iranian news agency which opposes Mr Ahmadinejad is circulating the photograph, which it says was taken by the Associated Press news agency on the first day of the hostage crisis. In the picture, a man which the Iran Focus agency claims it has identified as Mr Ahmadinejad, is seen holding the arm of a blindfolded US hostage. The possible role of Mr Ahmadinejad in the embassy takeover,...
  • AP Photo shows Iran’s new President as 1979 US hostage-taker

    06/29/2005 10:17:03 AM PDT · by adaven · 181 replies · 4,558+ views
    AP Photo shows Iran’s new President as 1979 US hostage-taker Wednesday, 29th June 2005 Iran Focus London, Jun. 29 - Iran Focus has learnt that the photograph of Iran’s newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran was taken by an Associated Press photographer in November 1979. Prior to the first round of the presidential elections on June 17, Iran Focus was the first news service to reveal Ahmadinejad’s role in the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The identity of Ahmadinejad in the...
  • Iran’s Rouhani unveils massive internal corruption allegations

    11/10/2019 9:41:51 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 21 replies
    J Post ^ | November 10, 2019 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani traveled to the city of Yazd on Sunday to deliver a speech about Iran’s economy, the oil sector and to express sympathy with earthquake victims. He also revealed massive allegations of corruption. In a rare rebuke, the president attacked the oil minister and demanded to know where $700 million in funds have gone, and slammed the judiciary and the Central Bank over a separate $2 billion corruption case. Rouhani began his speech with good news, arguing that since April, the economy of Iran has stabilized, despite difficult pressures from abroad – a reference to the US...
  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 5:08:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00PM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | Gordon Rayner
    The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted. Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died. He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”. …
  • Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

    11/01/2019 8:01:39 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/19 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin to drive out the Kurdish-led YPG militia from a 30 km (19 mile) “safe zone” along the border was a “positive” step that would help Damascus achieve its goal. “It might not achieve everything ... it paves the road...
  • Iran's mullahs begin to move billions from their collapsing 'New Slavery' country

    10/28/2019 8:00:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2019 | Hassan Mahmoudi
    In Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi, the first vice president of the President Hassan Rouhani's regime, said on Oct. 22 that $22 billion of the country's resources were taken to Istanbul and Dubai under the pretext of increasing the value of the country's troubled rial currency. However, the miserable dollar price of the rial was not reduced from the act, and the $22 billion was not returned to the country. Something else was going on. Iran is facing unprecedented economic instability, a horrifying nightmare, along with corruption, embezzlement, and looting. It's institutionalized, so what we can infer from this is that...
  • Turkey And Russia Are Declaring Peace In Syria

    10/23/2019 7:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s all over but the shouting, and there really doesn’t even seem to be much of that. Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the ceasefire in northeastern Syria, at which point we expected the Turks to begin “cleansing” the twenty-mile wide border region of any remaining Kurdish fighters. But dawn broke and the fighting still seems to be on hold. The reason was announced earlier this morning and it seems that the Russians have stepped in and put all the combatants back in their respective corners. (Associated Press) Turkey’s Defense Ministry is signaling it won’t resume its...
  • Trump Surrenders 2.5 Billion Barrels Of Oil To Syria

    10/24/2019 6:11:32 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 56 replies
    The American president just gifted 2.5 billion barrels of oil to long-time Syrian enemy Bashar Al-Assad and, by default, Iran and Russia. As far as gifts go, it was both well-received and unexpected given the ‘Deep State’ designs on Syria for years. To recap: Last week, Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, and then had them stand down and step aside while the Turkish military poured across the border into Northern Syria, taking down any Kurds that stood in their way. After five days of bloodshed, Turkey agreed to a temporary ceasefire at the behest of the...
  • Unidentified Drones Attack Iranian-Backed Militia in Eastern Syria - Report

    10/23/2019 5:53:49 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 10/22/19 | Tzvi Joffre
    Unidentified drones attacked Syrian areas controlled by the Assad regime and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias at the Hamdan airport near the town of Al-Bukamal in the eastern region of Deir ez-Zor, according to opposition-affiliated TV station Halab Today. Before the attack, three drones were seen flying from the direction of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, according to Step News, a news agency founded by Syrian activists and journalists. At noon, explosions were heard at the Hamdan airport. Ambulances were sent to the airport, but the number of causalities is unknown. Iranian-backed militias in Al-Bukamal have been...
  • OPUS 181 TG! Trump is Strong on Syrian Exit

    10/18/2019 3:26:25 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/18/19 | Steve Pieczenik
    Trump keeps his promises despite enormous pressure from warmongers! Syria can take care of the Kurds, Christians and Jews...trust me. Here is my rundown on situ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G_-rNu_6jU  
  • Trump’s Syrian Maneuver Works – President Erdogan Asks for Negotiations With Kurds in Syria

    10/14/2019 5:59:43 PM PDT · by bitt · 156 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 10/14/2019 | SUNDANCE
    President Trump has played this out perfectly. By isolating Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and effectively leaving him naked to an alliance of his enemies, Erdogan is now urgently asking for the U.S. to mediate peace negotiations with Kurdish forces. This request happens immediately after President Trump signed an executive order [See Here] triggering the sanction authority of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Erdogan called the White House requesting an urgent phone call with President Trump. After President Trump talked to Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, President Trump then discussed the options available to...