Traces of Mossad agents in Najaf blast

Tehran Times
September 1, 2003

Tehran, 31 August (Mehr News Agency): An Iraqi analyst said traces of Mossad agents were found at the Najaf blast site where Ayatollah Seyyed Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, SCIRI ), and more than 80 others were martyred on Friday.

The analyst, who requested anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency that Zionist intelligence agents have made great efforts to infiltrate Iraqi groups in order to thwart efforts to create national unity.

After Saddam Husayn was ousted, the Zionist regime took advantage of a lack of cooperation among the Iraqi Shi'a and sent a large number of extremist Jews and Mossad agents to Iraq, with the help of the occupying forces, to infiltrate Islamic groups and obtain information, the analyst said.

He added that a few months ago, a Mossad agent who knew Arabic and was quite familiar with Iraqi Muslim groups made a great effort to infiltrate organizations in southern Iraq and even influenced these groups. According to some reports, a written agreement and direct help from the US troops, members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) have helped Zionist operatives in this mission.

Saddam supported the MKO for years and ordered to spy on and wage war against the Iraqi Shi'a.

The main goal of the Zionists is sowing discord among Muslims, especially the Shi'a, because they are aware of the people's great attachment to clerics such as the martyr Ayatollah Baqir al-Hakim, whose efforts to unite the people would disappoint them from dominating and pillaging the Iraqi resources. While not ruling out the hand of the extremist groups such as Al-Qa'idah in the massive blast in Najaf, he noted: "Of course I think the massive propaganda by some Western-minded media and an emphasis on blaming Al-Qa'idah or remnants of the Ba'th party is to be considered a conscious effort to hide the role of Zionist and occupying forces in this abominable atrocity."

Insecurity and the breakout of a civil war among Muslims especially the Shi'as would largely contribute to the continued presence of occupying forces in Iraq and the lack of a serious effort by the US to maintain security in southern religious cities may be in line with this purpose.

Iran Security Council Secretary says USA responsible for Najaf incident

Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1, Tehran, in Persian
0930 GMT 31 Aug 03 (BBC Monitoring, 1 September 03)

During a ceremony to commemorate Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hasan Rowhani , descried as a tragic incident for the world of Islam, especially the people of Iran, the martyrdom of Ayatollah al-Hakim and tens of worshippers outside the holy shrine of Imam Ali, the first Shi'i imam.

Mr Rowhani said that the USA and Britain are directly responsibility for this incident and they must be answerable to the world of Islam and Shi'is because in keeping with international norms, the occupiers are responsible for maintaining security in Iraq.

Referring to seven acts of terrorism against clerics and religious scholars in the last two months, Mr Rowhani said that a number of people affiliated to the former regime and appointed by the American governor of Iraq are responsible for maintaining security in Najaf and these people must explain what was a Zionist group linked to Mossad doing in Najaf a week before this incident?

The secretary of Supreme National Security Council said that Americans must be aware that they have won themselves an everlasting hatred of Arab states, regional countries and Shi'is.

Mr Rowhani stressed that the incident leading to the martyrdom of Ayatollah al-Hakim and tens of worshippers on Friday was not the job of an amateur group but of a powerful government and America is directly responsible for it.

Addressing the people of Iraq, Mr Rowhani said that the experience of Iranians in challenging America is that this country, other than the language of power, does not heed to any other language or logic and that the language of power is rooted in unity.

Mr Rowhani said the martyrdom of Ayatollah al-Hakim should not lead to division because he called for independence, national sovereignty, the expelling of foreigners, and the participation of all Iraqis in running the country with respect for Islam, and that the people of Iraq must continue the path of Ayatollah al-Hakim.

© Copyright Tehran Times, Iranian TV and BBC Monitoring 2003

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