Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Top Iranian Cleric Recruits Terrorists

The Media Line:
The spiritual guide of Iran's president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad, Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Mu'sbah Yazdi, has recruited suicide bombers through an Iranian newspaper, reports the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

Yazdi had done so by publishing an ad in Bartouskhan newspaper, a local paper in the city of Qom. Yazdi is considered the spiritual guide of the New Conservatives Coalition in the Iranian parliament. Head of the coalition, Elias Nadran, formed the Zeitoun organization six months ago for Iranians who want to carry out suicide attacks against 'enemies of Islam.'

A-Sharq Al-Awsat's report was based on an interview it conducted with Muhammad Reza Sayari, an Iranian defector who claims he responded to the ad in the paper. According to Sayari, eighty young men were among the first to volunteer to the organization, and to visit Yazdi in his office in Qom.

The London-based newspaper further reports, that the volunteers go through training in four camps of Al-Quds Squadron and the Revolutionary Guard. This includes physical training, ideological indoctrination, constructing explosives, code-breaking classes, and learning of foreign languages including Arabic and English.
This cleric has an English website. I believe this is a copy of the ad they are referring to.