How Iran's Revolutionaries Egged On Attacks in Iraq

[New York Sun] Eli Lake - Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, met with Sunni Kurdish jihadist leaders in April 2005 to encourage them to launch attacks in Iraq. News of the meeting was disclosed Tuesday in an interview with Osman Ali Mustapha, a former Kurdish police officer who was recruited by Iranian intelligence in 2004 to spy on American bases. Mustapha said Suleimani "spoke on behalf of Ali Khamenei," Iran's supreme leader, at a meeting in the Iranian city of Kermanshah. Mustapha said, "He said, 'Ali Khamenei told us that any group of Islamists, Tawhid and Jihad, Ansar al Sunna, any group can go across the border to Iraq.'" (Tawhid and Jihad is the original organization founded by the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.)

2007-04-27 01:00:00

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