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Terror Link?

April 22, 2004

 

 

Linda Vester: In the meantime, we have other information about what is going on in Iraq. Our next guest has uncovered some disturbing information about the situation in Basrah. Yesterday we saw all those simultaneous terror bombings that killed among many others, two bus loads of innocent children. Some people are wondering if Al’Qaeda was behind it but you should hear this from Alireza Jafarzadeh, Fox News foreign affairs analyst and President of Strategic Policy Consulting, welcome.

 

 

 

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you, Linda.

 

Linda Vester: So, Basrah people are saying, oh you know, Al’Qaeda simultaneous car bombing seems like their handy work, but you have the information of people who are literally on the payroll of the Iranian government there?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Linda, in Basrah alone there are several thousand Iraqi Shiite extremists and some of them, in fact a vast majority of them are Iraqi-Iranians who are all on the payroll of the Iranian regime on a monthly basis and they get their money as we speak. And these are the people who are trained in Iran; they got their military training, all their ideological training and they lived there for like 20 years. And they were sent to Iraq about a year ago.

 

 

 

Linda Vester: So they are getting paid basically to stir up trouble?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well that’s their mission. Their mission is to establish an Islamic Republic in Iraq modeled after Iran, and the way to do it is to build more violence, more chaos. And every bombing that you see, every violence in fact foments more anti-Americanism, and paves the way for their goal, which is an Islamic Republic there.

 

Linda Vester: How confident are you of your sources of information on this stuff?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well these are the sources that have provided information in the past that have been absolutely accurate, including about the nuclear program of the Iranian regime that, as you know, I was the first to reveal the nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak.

 

Linda Vester: All right, Ok. So now this situation in Najaf, where the radical cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr still holds up, we’re trying to affect some sort of peaceful situation but your information is that in the past few days there has been a brigade of troops dispatched by Tehran there?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, not only that, in fact it’s a lot more extensive. My information shows that in the past few days there was a group of 150 and another group of 75 members of the Badr Brigade who were sent from Kut to Najaf, another group of 75 members and several groups of 50 members from the city of Alamareh which is down south, sent again to Najaf. Also another group which I first revealed on your show in February known as 15th Shaban group, which is also Islamic fundamentalist, supported and actually created by Tehran, they were sent from Basrah, there were about 150 of them sent to Najaf, obviously for stirring up the situation there.

 

Linda Vester: So are they basically being told to back up al-Sadr?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: The whole mission of these groups is to put themselves in a better position if and when the confrontation comes with the United States. Tehran leaders including the president have been warning the United States against any kind of move or anything of that nature.

 

Linda Vester: Right. And they would ignite Shiites.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: That’s exactly what they’ve been doing. In fact they are encouraging the Shiites to get engaged in violence and they are urging the United States to leave the whole country. That’s why I think the United States needs to send a very strong signal to Tehran that they either stop their meddling right away, stop sending arms and money and everything, or else the United States would beat the Iranians at their own game by taking the fight into their own turf.

 

Linda Vester: Wow. You’re saying this as an Iranian. But those are strong words.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well - this is certainly, I mean- the situation there is like this, you have this 600 pound gorilla of Iran sitting there on the 900 miles along the border line, sending money, arms, clerics, the ministry of intelligence people, a lot of people under the cover of pilgrims. As many as 30 thousand a day are crossing the border into the country and they don’t come for a peaceful reason. Iran has an agenda and this is vital to their survival. So I think the United States needs to step up support for those who want to bring about change in Iran, that’s the only way Tehran will take you serious.

 

Linda Vester: Well easier said than done, apparently. Alireza, thank you very much.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you.

 

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