Statement by the Committee on Counterterrorism of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

There is a considerable body of evidence pointing to the involvement of the Iranian regime in the twin bombings in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam and the resulting inhuman, indiscriminate carnage:

1. Ali Saghaian, the clerical regime's ambassador in Tanzania, is a diplomat-terrorist who worked in the Iranian embassy in Argentina in 1994 and was one of the terrorists behind the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Saghaian again traveled to Argentina in February 1996, using the cover of business activities. His passport number was 5054.

Before being transferred to the clerical regime's Foreign Ministry in 1988 to plan and organize terrorist operations, Ali Saghaian had been working for eight years as a Revolutionary Guards officer and torturer in the Islamic Revolutionary Komitehs (the mullahs' main security agency throughout the eighties). He personally tortured and executed many of the Mojahedin. After the cease-fire in the Iraq-Iraq war, he was transferred to the Foreign Ministry and appointed as the Iranian regime's Consul General in Karachi, Pakistan, and assigned to terrorist activities.

2. Mohammad-Javad Taskhiri is the clerical regime's cultural attache' in Tanzania. His brother, mullah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, is the head of the Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications.

Before serving as the cultural attache' in Tanzania, Taskhiri was the cultural attache' in Jordan and was declared persona non grata and expelled by the Jordanian government due to his fundamentalist and terrorist activities. He is in charge of overseeing the transfer of the regime's diplomatic pouches in African countries, especially in Sudan and Tanzania. The clerical regime uses both of these countries as a spring board for exporting fundamentalism and terrorism to other African nations.

3. The Iranian regime's Ministry of Construction Crusade and the Mostaz'afin Foundation have engaged in major investment projects in Tanzania, including large-scale business facilities and several companies.

Reza Mohammad-pour, representative of the Construction Crusade in Tanzania, is a Revolutionary Guards Colonel working in the terrorist agency known as the Qods Force.

4. Varshavi, the official in charge of extra-territorial activities of the Construction Crusade, was in Tanzania last week and is currently in Sudan.

5. Currently, some 60 Kenyan and Tanzanian "theological students" have been recruited and are receiving training in "the World Center for Islamic Sciences" in Qom, affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications.

They are prohibited from taking group pictures or appearing in public. They all use pseudonyms and have been instructed to observe regulations of clandestine activities.

6. Kazem Tabatabai, the mullahs' current ambassador in Kenya, served in the regime's embassy in Baghdad, where he planned and organized many terrorist attacks against the Mojahedin. He was the mullahs' first charge d'affaires in Iraq following the end of the Persian Gulf war and domestic unrest in that country. The Mojahedin have exposed his activities on many occasions. He was working in close cooperation with the Intelligence Ministry. Whenever he visited Tehran, he first reported to the Intelligence Ministry and Ali Fallahian, at the time the Minister of Intelligence, and would then go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

7. The mullahs' current cultural attache' in Kenya is a diplomat-terrorist by the name of Ahmad Dargahi. When the new Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications was first formed, he was appointed as the Director General for Europe and America in the Communications Directorate of this organization. This is a key post as far as export of fundamentalism is concerned. Doubtless, his dispatch to Kenya as a cultural attache' must have been related to a specific project.

8. In previous years, at the "Al-Hoda" Publishing House in Britain, the clerical regime has been preparing and sending fundamentalist publications to Kenya and Tanzania through microfilms.

9. There is every indication that Mohsen Rabbani, the mullahs' ex-cultural attache' in Argentina, and Ali Saghaian, the current ambassador in Tanzania, are linked with the bombing in Argentina. Mohsen Rabbani transferred packages of $US 200,000 in diplomatic pouches to Argentina. Last September, Rabbani invited mullah Mesbah Yazdi, a member of the regime's Assembly of Experts, for a month-long trip to Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The "Imam Reza Center" in Spain belongs to the "Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications" and acts as an important spring board for Rabbani and Saghaian to engage in fundamentalist and terrorist activities by the "Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications."

10. The "Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications" which is responsible for exporting terrorism and fundamentalism and assigned to the task of psychological and political propaganda warfare against the Iranian Resistance around the world, operates parallel to the Foreign Ministry and is under the direct supervision of the Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader.

Its activities are coordinated by the "Supreme Council for Islamic Communications," presided over by Mohammad Khatami, with the Ministries of Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Culture and Islamic Guidance as well as other ministries.

Under the supervision of Khatami, the "Supreme Council for Islamic Communications," is assigned to the task of formulating policies on export of fundamentalism and terrorism around the world. Its board of trustees and policy-making supreme council include mullah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, mullah Va'ez Tabasi (the custodian of the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashad), mullahs Ghorban-Ali Dorri Najafabadi, the Minister of Intelligence and mullahs Baqer Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq, and mullah Va'ezadeh Khorassani.

Under its new name, the "Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications," was restructured in early 1996 with the merger of five different organs: "The Organization for Islamic Propaganda," affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, "The Office of Islamic Propaganda in Qom," the "World Council of Ahl-al Beit," "The Forum for the Convergence of Islamic Denominations" and the International Directorate for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which is responsible for assigning cultural attaches.

Before the "Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications" was put under the direct supervision of the Khamenei, its activities were essentially coordinated by the clerical regime's Ministry of Guidance. In the 10 year when Khatami was the Minister of Islamic Guidance, he personally oversaw these affairs. Bahonar and Imam Ali garrisons which train terrorists were set up during Khatami's tenure.

As the Minister of Guidance, Khatami emphasized that: "The Islamic Republic's survival depends on the such a global force, The Islamic movement in Algeria is serious, and we can count on Sudan, New centers of power are taking shape in the world of Islam." (Ressalat, July 7, 1991) Khatami also stated: "Where do we look when drawing up the national security strategy [of the Islamic Republic of Iran]? Do we look to preserve the integrity of our land, or do we look to expansion? Do we look to bast (expansion) or to hefz (preservation)? We must definitely focus on expansion." (Ibid.) He also said "By setting up 30 cultural centers in 17 countries around the world," he has transferred the first nuclei of Islamic revolution. (Kayhan, August 30, 1986) and added "Currently, the Ministry of Guidance has seven foreign language newspapers, one of in Swahili language in East Africa. Its current circulation of 50,000 can easily be increased to 200,000.(July 10, 1991)

11. The coordination and the extent of devastation in the explosions in Kenya and Tanzania indicate that the explosions were beyond the capability of a group per se. They had to have enjoyed logistical support of a foreign government.

12. The use of truck bombs is a well-known tactics used by the mullahs' terrorists. In a speech at the Defense Industries Establishment, Mohsen Rafiqdust, the former Guards Corps minister and head of the mullahs' Foundation of the Deprived, declared: "In the victory of the revolution in Lebanon and in many other places in the world, the U.S. has felt our punches on its evil body. It knows that the explosives that were mixed with ideology and sent 400 officers and soldiers to hell at the Marines compound (in Beirut), its TNT belonged to Iran and its ideology had emanated from Iran." (Ressalat daily, July 20, 1987)

The NCR Committee on Counterterrorism warns that the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran is inherently committed to export of crisis, fundamentalism and terrorism. The ruling mullahs are engaged in an aggravating power struggle and factional strife and are now in the last stage of their rule. The clerical regime is therefore increasing the suppression inside Iran and export of fundamentalism and terrorism beyond Iran's borders and regards this as the most important factor in its survival. The test firing of the mid-range Shahab 3 missile last month and the rise in terrorist operations against the Mojahedin are clear indications of this pattern.

Committee on Counterterrorism of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 11, 1998

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