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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Yesterday Cinema Rex Fire, Sept 11, Today?, Tomorrow??? Reply with quote

Yesterday Cinema Rex Fire 1978 with 377 Victims By Islamist Terror Masters, Sept 11 with over 3000 victims, Today?, and Tomorrow???

New Iranian Defense Minister - Mughniyeh's Controller

August 24, 2005
DEBKAfile Exclusive Profile
Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Source: http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1076

Mostafa Mohammad-Najar, defense minister and star player in new Islamist Clerical government

Mostafa Mohammad-Najar, brigadier general in the Revolutionary Guards, has packed a lurid, blood-spattered biography into his 49 years, according to the profile of Iran’s new defense minister sketched here by DEBKAfile’s exclusive intelligence and Iranian experts.

Last week, the Iranian majlis automatically approved the new cabinet tailored by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to conform with the ultra-conservative policies of the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Of the 21 new ministers, 18 hail from the Revolutionary Guards and the dread secret police, forming a war cabinet par excellence.

Mohammad-Najar’s credentials stand out enough - even in this company - to attract the attention of watchers in Washington, Jerusalem and most Middle East capitals. They mark him out as one of the most brutal products of Iran’s secret services and therefore, by definition, a high-ranking and seasoned terror master.

DEBKAfile names him in fact as the longtime senior controller of Imad Mughniyeh, one of Washington’s most wanted terror masters, who currently serves as chief of the Hizballah’s special security apparatus and Tehran’s go-between with al Qaeda.

The new defense minister is notorious for his role in the earliest terror attacks on US targets in the Middle East. The first was the October 23, 1983, suicide bombing of US Marines headquarters in Beirut which killed 241 Marines. The second was the Khobar Towers blast in eastern Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996. This was a joint Iranian intelligence-al Qaeda operation targeting the facility housing American fighter pilots and air force crews guarding the Dharan oil fields. The death toll of that atrocity was officially put at 19 with 200 injured, but was certainly much higher.

In 1982, after the Iran-Iraq war, Muhammad-Najar was placed at the head of the Revolutionary Guards Middle East department which controls Iranian intelligence bodies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf emirates, and runs clandestine projects for the “export of the Islamic revolution” to these countries. He quickly proved himself an able organizer and operations chief. He forthwith planted 1,500 Revolutionary Guardsmen in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley. Their transit through Syria was approved by the Damascus government. This Iranian outpost established the first recruiting center for the new Lebanese Shiite terrorist organization calling itself Hizballah.

Right from the start, Muhammad-Najar worked closely with a rising star in the Islamic terrorist firmament, Imad Mughniyeh, who debuted with spectacular abductions of foreigners, mostly American and British hostages. The two became firm friends in this period. In February 1988, the pair organized the kidnapping of Colonel William R (Rich Higgins, the most senior American intelligence officer in Lebanon. He was tortured to death by Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen and Hizballah operatives on an unknown date.

Later in the 1980s, when Lebanon became too hot for him, Mughniyeh fled the country ahead of American pursuit. His Iranian friend and future Iranian defense minister arranged for Iranian intelligence to protect him and smuggle him to safety in Tehran.

Muhammad-Najar also has a history of deadly strikes against Israel. More than one account ascribes him a role in the suicide bombings of Israeli army command posts in the southern Lebanese towns of Tyre and Sidon in 1983.

After his 1985 appointment as head of Iran’s Military Industries Organization under the aegis of the Revolutionary Guards, he kept up his connections with the Iranian terrorist machine including the Hizballah. One of his jobs was to develop weapons adapted to terrorist warfare outside Iran. He took a personal interest in developing the 230mm Iranian super mortar that was supplied to the Revolutionary Guards’ al Quds battalion and the Hizballah for use in the Middle East and also in Europe.

The new defense minister is also credited with organizing the 12,000 Katyusha short-range rockets Hizballah has positioned on the Lebanese-Israeli border as a deterrent against Israeli attacks on Iran and itself.

In October 2000, a month after the outbreak of the Palestinian suicide terror war against Israel, Muhammad-Najar took a hand in the Hizballah’s kidnap of three Israeli soldiers, Adi Avitan, Benny Abraham and Omar Suweid. At the end of 2001, he helped prepare the 50-ton illegal weapons cargo for loading at Kish Island aboard the Karine-A smuggling ship. Vessel and cargo were seized by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea before they reached Arafat’s terrorist squads in the Gaza Strip.

In nearly five years of the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the new Iranian defense minister stayed in close touch with the Hizballah’s 1800 Unit, which interacts with the Palestinian terrorist organizations and whose agents are actively present in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and among dissident Israeli Arabs.

Ahmadinejad picked him as defense minister in appreciation of his expertise as an intelligence and terror mastermind with long experience of violent covert operations against American and Israeli targets in such places as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and his work in conjunction with Hizballah and Palestinian terrorist organizations. Muhammad-Najar’s presence in a key position in the Iranian government is bad news above all for the United States and Israel. They see him as an omen of the imminent stepping up of Iranian involvement in Hizballah and Palestinian terrorist campaigns across the Middle East.


Mullah’s new President Select has a past mired in controversy

Sat. 25 Jun 2005


Iran Focus

Tehran, Jun. 25 –
“Ahmadinejad? Who’s he?”
This was the typical reaction of most Iranians a day after the first round of presidential elections in Iran, when they heard that the two candidates facing each other in the run-off were veteran politician Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the little-known, ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Last week’s surprise was all forgotten by the much bigger shock on Friday, when Ahmadinejad defeated the former President and iconic figure in the ruling theocracy in a landslide victory that consolidated power in the hands of the ruling Islamic clerics.

With spotlights now trained on the small, bearded figure in a trademark dilapidated grey suit, Ahmadinejad’s murky past is causing deep anxiety in Iran and growing concern abroad over the new President’s policies and orientation.

Born in the desert town of Garmsar, east of Tehran, in 1956, Ahmadinejad was the fourth child of a working class family with seven children. His father, who was a blacksmith, moved the family to Tehran when Ahmadinejad was barely a year old. He was brought up in the rough neighbourhoods of south Tehran, where a cocktail of poverty, frustration and xenophobia in the heydays of the Shah’s elitist regime provided fertile grounds for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

After finishing high school, Ahmadinejad went to Elm-o Sanaat University in 1975 to study engineering. Soon the whirlwind of Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini swept him from the classroom to the mosque and he joined a generation of firebrand Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to the cause of an Islamic world revolution.

Student activists in Elm-o Sanaat University at the time of the Iranian revolution were dominated by ultra-conservative Islamic fundamentalists. Ahmadinejad soon became one of their leaders and founded the Islamic Students Association in that university after the fall of the Shah’s regime.

In 1979, he became the representative of Elm-o Sanaat students in the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, which later became known as the OSU. The OSU was set up by Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who was at the time Khomeini’s top confidant and a key figure in the clerical leadership. Beheshti wanted the OSU to organise Islamist students to counter the rapidly rising influence of the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) among university students.

The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen (Mahmoud) Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Mohsen Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.

According to other OSU officials, when the idea of storming the U.S. embassy in Tehran was raised in the OSU central committee by Mirdamadi and Abdi, Ahmadinejad suggested storming the Soviet embassy at the same time. A decade later, most OSU leaders re-grouped around Khatami but Ahmadinejad remained loyal to the ultra-conservatives.

During the crackdown on universities in 1980, which Khomeini called the “Islamic Cultural Revolution”, Ahmadinejad and the OSU played a critical role in purging dissident lecturers and students many of whom were arrested and later executed. Universities remained closed for three years and Ahmadinejad joined the Revolutionary Guards.

In the early 1980s, Ahmadinejad worked in the “Internal Security” department of the IRGC and earned notoriety as a ruthless interrogator and torturer. According to the state-run website Baztab, allies of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami have revealed that Ahmadinejad worked for some time as an executioner in the notorious Evin Prison, where thousands of political prisoners were executed in the bloody purges of the 1980s.

In 1986, Ahmadinejad became a senior officer in the Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards and was stationed in Ramazan Garrison near Kermanshah in western Iran. Ramazan Garrison was the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards’ “extra-territorial operations”, a euphemism for terrorist attacks beyond Iran’s borders.

In Kermanshah, Ahmadinejad became involved in the clerical regime’s terrorist operations abroad and led many “extra-territorial operations of the IRGC”. With the formation of the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the IRGC, Ahmadinejad became one of its senior commanders. He was the mastermind of a series of assassinations in the Middle East and Europe, including the assassination of Iranian Kurdish leader Abdorrahman Qassemlou, who was shot dead by senior officers of the Revolutionary Guards in a Vienna flat in July 1989. Ahmadinejad was a key planner of the attack, according to sources in the Revolutionary Guards.
Ahmadinejad served for four years as the governor of the towns of Maku and Khoy in northwestern Iran. In 1993, he was appointed by Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance Ali Larijani, a fellow officer of the Revolutionary Guards, as his cultural adviser. Months later, he was appointed as the governor of the newly-created Ardebil Province.

In 1997, the newly-installed Khatami administration removed Ahmadinejad from his post and he returned to Elm-o Sanaat University to teach, but his principal activity was to organize Ansar-e Hezbollah, a radical gang of violent Islamic vigilantes.

Since becoming mayor of Tehran in April 2003, Ahmadinejad has been using his position to build up a strong network of radical Islamic fundamentalists organised as “Abadgaran-e Iran-e Islami” (literally, Developers of an Islamic Iran). Working in close conjunction with the Revolutionary Guard’s, Abadgaran was able to win the municipal elections in 2003 and the parliamentary election in 2004. They owed their victories as much to low turnouts and general disillusionment with the “moderate” faction of the regime as to their well-oiled political and military machinery.

Abadgaran bills itself as a group of young neo-Islamic fundamentalists who want to revive the ideals and policies of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. It was one of several ultra-conservative groups that were setup on the orders of Ayatollah Khamenei in order to defeat outgoing President Mohammad Khatami’s faction after the parliamentary elections in February 2000.

Ahmadinejad’s record is typical of the men chosen by Khamenei’s entourage to put a new face on the clerical elite’s ultra-conservative identity. But beyond the shallow façade, few doubt that the Islamic Republic under its new President will move with greater speed and determination along the path of radical policies that include more human rights abuses, continuing sponsorship of terrorism, and the drive to obtain nuclear weapons.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Iran’s “suicide operations” chief vows to hit U.S. interests Reply with quote

Iran’s “suicide operations” chief vows to hit U.S. interests

Tue. 23 Aug 2005

Iran Focus
Source: http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3429

Tehran, Iran, Aug. 23 – The commander of Iran’s “Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison” – who is a general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – vowed that his suicide volunteers will destroy United States’ interests all over the world in retaliation to any attempt by the U.S. to hit Iran’s nuclear installations.

Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Jaafari made the comments at a gathering of thousands of volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations” from Arak, Natanz, Isfahan, and Bushehr, the four cities that are close to the principal sites of nuclear activities in Iran.

Jaafari’s comments will appear in tomorrow’s issue of the Persian-language weekly Parto-Sokhan. An electronic version of the journal was posted on the weekly’s website on Tuesday (Click here for link).

Although the journal does not specify Jaafari’s military rank, another Iranian website, run by associates of former President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has identified the commander as Sardar Mohammad-Reza Jaafari. Sardar, meaning Marshall in Persian, is the official title of general officers of the IRGC. Jaafari had said in an earlier interview with Parto-Sokhan weekly that he had met Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei several times.

“If America were to make a mistake and carry out an attack against the sacred state of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we will set fire to its interests all over the world and will not leave it with any escape route”, Jaafari was quoted as saying.

The ultra-Islamist general said, “Let the U.S. know that if it starts a war on our soil, a war of attrition against Washington will start immediately and we will destroy all its sensitive spots”.

Observers note that on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei ordered a key change in the high command of the IRGC, putting Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari in charge of forming the IRGC Centre for Strategy.

Mohammad-Ali Jaafari (who is not believed to be related to Mohammad Reza Jaafari) was until now the commander of the IRGC Ground Forces and has been given the task of devising a new command structure and military strategy for the IRGC that would give the elite military force unlimited access to national resources and absolute priority over the regular army in case of a foreign military confrontation. In a previous interview, Mohammad-Ali Jaafari said that this strategy would be based on “asymmetric warfare” and mentioned suicide operations as a key element of the strategy.

Observers note that while the recent emphasis on suicide operations in hard-line Iranian newspapers might have a deterrent purpose, Iranian leaders have been impressed with the impact of suicide operations on coalition forces in Iraq.

“Iranian leaders are drawing their own lessons from Iraq”, said Simon Bailey of the London-based Gulf Intelligence Monitor. “They have incorporated the use of suicide operations into their national security strategy”.

Bailey noted that Ayatollah Khamenei told Lebanese Hezbollah leaders last month that “the U.S. has been defeated in Iraq and its plans for Iran and Lebanon have been pushed back for a long time”.

In his recent speech, the commander of Iran’s suicide units hinted that the theocratic state might also make use of long-term “sleeper cells” in the West for these operations.

“Those who are familiar with this form of warfare know that once the order for operations is given, it will be impossible to control or contain it, because the operational forces at in an irregular way and under their own command. Their operations may continue for years. So the American people must know that their own rulers will be responsible for the consequences of any rash action by [U.S. President George W.] Bush”, General Jaafari said.

In an earlier interview with Parto-Sokhan, Jaafari announced that more than 50,000 individuals had been enlisted in the Iranian military garrison opened to recruit and train volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations”.

He added that several military divisions of the “Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison” had already been established in several of Iran’s provinces and others were presently being formed to “confront threats by America and Israel”.

According to the hard-line weekly, Jaafari told a recent meeting of suicide volunteers, “We have many martyrdom-seeking forces. Each of them is the equivalent of a nuclear bomb and they are not at all afraid of death”.

Parto-Sokhan is published in the Shiite holy city of Qom by the Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute. The institute’s chairman, ultra-conservative cleric Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, is regarded as the ideological mentor of Iran’s new hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Since Iran Focus revealed for the first time that it was running weekly adverts with an application form to enlist suicide volunteers, the hard-line weekly has come under strong domestic and international scrutiny. Applicants were simply requested to “submit two photographs of themselves, a copy of their identity cards, and the filled-in application form” to the stated address so that their training could begin.

In an interview with the Weekly on August 13, Jaafari defended the publication of the advertisement in the paper. “The publication of the advertisement for attracting martyrdom-seeking forces in the dear Parto-Sokhan was at the request of the Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison and in accordance with the [country’s] existing rules and regulations was published in several issues of this paper”.

“In the same way, this advertisement was also published in other newspapers as well”, the IRGC Brigadier General added.

Last month, the weekly carried a report on a meeting between Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and the commander of Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison. Jaafari was quoted by the weekly as saying that the organisation of "martyrdom-seeking popular forces" was being implemented on the basis of instructions from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei].

“The Imam [Khomeini] said years ago that Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth, but so far practical steps have not been taken to achieve this”, the garrison commander said. “Our garrison must spot, recruit, organise and train martyrdom-seeking persons to be able to materialise this objective. Any delay in fulfilling the strategy of the Imam and the Supreme Leader in this regard will not be to the advantage of Islam or the revolution”.

“The United States should know that we have nuclear weapons, but they are in the hearts of our suicide bombers”, Jaafari added.
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Residents of Iran city claim new Interior Minister ordered massacre

Fri. 19 Aug 2005

Iran Focus
Source: http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3385

Tehran, Iran, Aug. 19 – In a letter to the United Nations human rights office in Geneva, a copy of which was sent to Iran Focus, residents in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbass accused the country’s new Minister of the Interior-designate of ordering the summary execution of dozens of young people in the city to put down an anti-government riot in 1981 and demanded an international inquiry into the incident.

The letter named 48 of the victims of executions.

The residents allege that Hojjatol-Islam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi personally issued death sentences for dozens of dissidents, including several minors, when he was sent to Bandar Abbass in the early 1980s as the country’s Military Revolutionary Prosecutor to deal with growing unrest and anti-government protests in the port city. Bandar Abbas is strategically located on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and was the main Iranian port after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980.

Bandar Abbas became a hotbed of opposition activities in 1980. The government’s decision to sack more than 600 dissident teachers in Bandar Abbass and neighbouring towns and cities inflamed the simmering tensions and led to public protests. The authorities sent in units of Revolutionary Guards to stamp out the protests and closed all schools and offices.

As unrest continued, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered Pour-Mohammadi, the feared Military Revolutionary Prosecutor, to restore order in the city. Under his supervision, Revolutionary Guards rounded up the dissidents throughout the province and shot them after summary trials.

Pour-Mohammadi, now 46 years old, has been in charge of the Special Department for Security and Intelligence in the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei since 1997. Prior to that, for 13 years he was Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Security.

The names of some of the victims of executions allegedly ordered by Pour-Mohammadi in Bandar-Abbas follows:

1. Mohammad Zazmat-Pisheh, 18-year-old student
2. Mehdi Eezdeshnas, 16-year-old student
3. Kamyar Esmaeil-Zadeh, 18-year-old student
4. Karim Abdollah-Pour, 23-year-old, docker
5. Mahsheed Motazed Keyvan, housewife, executed in prison several months after giving birth to a boy in prison
6. Mohammad Cheshm-Bara, docker
7. Ali-Reza Ghasemian, 17-year-old student
8. Mohammad Sarafraz, Navy officer, was married and had two children
9. Mohammad Azimi, 18-year-old student
10. Hamid Motaghedi, 18-year-old student
11. Karim Torabi, 20 years old
12. Ne’mat Bashkhour, 23-year-old teacher, was hanged from a lamp post in downtown Bandar-Abbas and his body was not taken down for two days
13. Mohammad Soleimani, 18-year-old student
14. Mohammad-Hossein Sahafi, teacher
15. Sharifian, student
16. Yaghoub Zadeh
17. Nader Roosta, 17-year-old student
18. Mahmoud Foolad-Khani, 19-year-old student
19. Mohammad Ramazan-Pour, 22-year-old graduate
20. Mohammad Amin-Torabi
21. Mohammad Moeeni, student
22. Hassan Bashiri
23. Mahmoud Khodadadzadeh
24. Parviz Shangi-Pour, student
25. Fatollah Farbod, 22-year-old graduate
26. Aref Bolouki, student
27. Hossein Rakani, student
28. Ahmad Eslami
29. Nasser Moradi
30. Mansour Ahmad-Shahi
31. Nasroolah Ahmad-Shahi
32. Raj Ahmad-Shahi
33. Moussa Pishdad
34. Jalali
35. Hossein Rowhani, 17-year-old student
36. Ahmad Cheshm-Barah
37. Behrooz Youssefi
38. Hamid Makrani
39. Pourtaragh
40. Eskandari
41. Sadeghi
42. Hassan Ravan
43. Aziz Pour-Ahmadi
44. Mohammad Firouzi, student
45. Mahmoud Youssefi
46. Qanbar Pishdast
47. Makkari
48. Yadollah Salari
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Iran’s new Foreign Minister “was involved in terrorism”
Wed. 24 Aug 2005

Iran Focus
Source: http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3460

London, Aug. 24 – Manouchehr Mottaki, 52, who was confirmed on Wednesday by Iran’s hard-line parliament (Majlis) as the new Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was involved in a series of terrorist attacks outside Iran, according to Iranian exiles and defectors from the theocratic regime.

Before the vote of confidence in parliament, several deputies privately expressed concern that Mottaki would face difficulties when travelling abroad, because the Turkish authorities had asked him to leave the country in 1989, when he was Iran’s ambassador in Ankara, after his role in several terrorist incidents in Turkey became known.

Iran Focus has learnt that Parliament Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, a hard-liner close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, reassured deputies in private that Iran had obtained assurances from the Turkish authorities that they would not pursue the case against Mottaki any further.

Mottaki, until now chairman of the foreign affairs sub-committee of the Majlis, is a former Deputy Foreign Minister and served as Iran’s ambassador to Turkey and Japan.

As a radical Islamist in his student days in India’s Bangalore University, Mottaki was a fervent supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini. He returned to Iran during the revolution and joined the ranks of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) soon after the fall of the Shah’s regime in 1979. After taking part in the bloody campaign against Kurdish dissidents, Mottaki moved to the Foreign Ministry, where for some time he was the IRGC liaison officer.

Mottaki was appointed Iran’s ambassador to Turkey in 1985 and it was during his tenure in Ankara that the Revolutionary Guard-turned-diplomat became involved in a number of terror attacks and assassinations of dissidents, according to Iranian opposition figures and defectors. In the 1980s and the early 1990s, at least 50 Iranian dissidents were kidnapped or assassinated in Turkey by Iranian secret agents often working closely with diplomats from Iran’s embassy and consulates.

On Mottaki’s watch, the Iranian embassy in Ankara and the consulate-general in Istanbul were turned into safe houses for agents of Iran’s notorious secret police hunting down Iranian dissidents, according to exiles.

In his highly-acclaimed book, Islamic Fundamentalism, the New Global Threat, published in 1993, author Mohammad Mohaddessin named Mottaki as “a member of the Guards Corps before joining the diplomatic service” and wrote that “Mottaki was involved in at least two assassination attempts against the Mojahedin”.

Mohaddessin, who is the foreign affairs chief of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, was himself the target of a failed assassination attempt in Turkey in March 1990. Iran’s official media, unaware that the terrorists attacked another NCRI official, precipitously broke the news that Mohaddessin had been killed in Istanbul. A sombre-looking Mohaddessin told journalists in Turkey that news of his death were “premature”.

Abolhassan Mojtahedzadeh, an Iranian political activist from the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), was abducted in Istanbul in 1988. He was tortured inside Iran’s consulate in Istanbul. Turkish police miraculously found him in the boot of an official Iranian embassy vehicle only a few kilometres from the Iranian border, as Tehran’s diplomats were trying to smuggle him to Iran.

Not all the victims were able to survive. According to Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, a former central council member of Ansar-e Hezbollah, a pressure group organised by the ultra-conservative leaders, Mottaki ordered the assassination of two Iranian exiles, Bahram Azarnia (Azarfar) and Mohammad Qaderi, in Turkey. Azarnia was found lying dead in a pool of blood after he had been shot eight times. Qaderi was kidnapped and his dead body was found two days later by Turkish police.

On August 7, 1988, while Mottaki was still Iran’s ambassador to Turkey, 58 Iranian nationals who had escaped their homeland were handed over to the Iranian embassy in Ankara by Turkish authorities. Four of them were later found dead in the town of Gomoush. The other 54 were executed en masse in the Iranian town of Orumieh as soon as they were transferred over the border. The Turkish security service revealed later that the Iranian ambassador, Manouchehr Mottaki, had bribed local Turkish officials to keep a lid on the gruesome murders.

According to Ebrahimi, less than four months after that incident, on November 16, 1988, Mottaki oversaw the kidnapping of nine members of the MeK. Three members of the group were murdered in cold blood and six were smuggled to Iran and have been serving life sentences for their opposition to Iran’s clerical rulers, he wrote.

Mottaki’s alleged terrorist acts include the 1986 kidnapping of a former Iranian Air Force colonel. Mohammad Pedram was forcefully taken from Ankara to Tehran, where he was imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison until his execution in 2001.

The Turkish authorities ordered Mottaki to leave Turkey in October 1989 for his role in assassinations and kidnappings in that country. The expulsion was couched in diplomatic terms, and Turkey agreed to allow Iran to avoid public embarrassment by withdrawing its ambassador.

Mottaki later became Vice-president of Islamic Cultural and Communications Organisation, an agency created by the Supreme Leader for export of Islamic revolution to other parts of the Muslim world.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:38 pm    Post subject: Cinema Rex, The Auschwitz of Abadan Reply with quote

1978 Islamist Holy Crime - Cinema Rex Abadan Fire 400 killed By Khomeni Decree Cinema Rex doors blocked by Islamic Cleric mercenaries closed and gasoline has been used to set the fire! 400 killed in Cinema Rex Abadan Fire

Ayatollah Khamenehei (Hadj Abdollah) 1979 Connected to Holy Crime Cinema Rex Abadan Fire


Many innocent were killed with no chance to escape.


Cinema Rex, The Auschwitz of Abadan

On August 19,1978, in the southern city of Abadan, on the order of Ali Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader) Cinema Rex was set ablaze by Islamic extremist in order to incite riots by blaming it on the Shah of Iran.

This was the most horrific incident of the 1978/79 revolution in Iran, in which according to the official figures 377 people were burnt alive,

Unofficially the figures ran as high as six to seven hundred people. The culprits who were Islamic revolutionaries chained and lockedthe exist doors to prevent the victims escape and hampered the firemen and the police’s efforts to rescue the victims.

After 27 years from this catastrophe, the western media still have not uncovered the story. In the pre-revolutionary days, When the western media was busy portraying Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an innocent holy man in exile, his extremist followers were fueling the revolution by burning cinemas, cabarets and robbing banks to fund their activities and terrorizing women by spraying acid on their faces.

Shortly after the Islamist’s victory, during the early months of the new Islamic government in Iran, a few innocent individuals were tried and executed for this crime. Among them were the owner of the movie theater, its manager and even the police man who was patrolling the vicinity.

After the revolution in 1979, it was discovered that the crime was committed by the revolutionaries to fuel the publics’ anger.

Hossein Boroujerdi, one of the three people who delivered the chemical fuel to the city identifies Ali Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader) as the person who provided them with the chemicals. This information is documented in Boroujerdi’s book by the title of “Behind The Islamic Revolution’s curtains, Confessions OF Hossein Boroujerdi” ISBN 3-93524966-7.

I urge all the human rights organizations, political leaders of the free world as well as the free western journalist to investigate and report this horrific crime. In the name of justice, humanity and social responsibility, we owe this to the victims and their families.

It is time to tell the story.

Ramin Etebar, MD

An Iranian-American physician ,
Political and Human Rights Activist.

The Tragedy of Cinema Rex in picture:

Above : Cinema Rex After burning down

Below : The large grave for people who lost their lives in CinemaRex and they were not identified. An estimate of 95 people areburied in this grave

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