Statement No. 3 by NCR's Committee on Counter terrorism
Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

In 1995, the Qods Force formed a clandestine organization in Sudan, called "the Corps of Islam." It was comprised of fundamentalist Muslims in Africa. The Qods Force is one of the five forces of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, responsible for organizing and running the Iranian clerical regime's terrorist activities outside Iran. Overseen by the Qods Force, nationals of different African countries including Tanzania and Kenya, receive training in the Corps of Islam for terrorist operations.

The religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran expanded its campaign in 1991 to organize fundamentalist networks in various countries in Africa.

1. In summer 1991, the regime's Supreme National Security Council met for this purpose and ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study the issue and prepare the necessary grounds.

A confidential report of one of the meetings held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads in part: "From the standpoint of religious and cultural activities, Muslims in Kenya and Tanzania are virgin soil, offering us a fertile ground. These two countries, especially Tanzania, can be a very suitable extra-territorial base for the Islamic Republic in the Horn of Africa." The report adds: "The situation of Muslims, who comprise a majority in Tanzania and a strong minority in Kenya, as well as pervasive poverty have created favorable grounds for expanding the foothold of the Islamic Republic in Africa."

2. In autumn 1991, the clerical regime held a conference in Tehran to undermine the Madrid Peace Conference. Representatives from Tanzania and Kenya also attended the conference in Tehran chaired by Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari, now Khatami's Minister of Interior and a Majlis deputy at the time. To conceal their identities, a number of participants traveled to Tehran via a third Arab country using fake travel documents provided by the Iranian regime.

3. In February 1993, Sarrafpour, the official responsible for African affairs in the Qods Force, wrote in a report: "The Qods Force has set up very active bases in Tanzania, Mali and Sudan and enjoys good local cooperation."

4. Parallel to the expansion of the regime's activities in African countries, the mullahs' Foreign Ministry dispatched in a short span of time in 1996 and 1997, four of its veteran diplomat-terrorists as ambassadors and cultural attach's to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. They were Kazem Tabatabai, Ali Sagha'ian, Ahmad Dargahi and Mohammad-Javad Taskhiri.

5. The state controlled daily Jomhouri Islami, openly expressed support in its August 12 editorial for the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and wrote: "Everyone must be in search of ways to institutionalize the struggle against America, for whom the titles of the century's mother of corruption and Great Satan remain quite fitting."

6. During Friday prayers congregation on August 14, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, mullahs' ex-President and the head of the Council for the Discernment of State Exigencies, also described the perpetrators of the bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as those who are seeking justice. He admitted that the bombings were in retaliation for the United States' support for Israel and the People's Mojahedin.

Addressing Western countries, he said: "You are hosting these people [the Mojahedin] in advanced countries in Europe and America. You are protecting and supporting them. They have a place [everywhere, even] at the United Nations. They also go to the European Parliament and read articles and make speeches. When this is the manner in which you treat these terrorists --who are against Islam, against Iran and against the regime of Velayat-e Faqih-- you should not expect this mentality die in the world... They [the Mojahedin] have bank accounts, publications and television programs in America."

Notwithstanding Rafsanjani's demagoguery and absurdity, his remarks in full defense of the bombings are further indication of the Iranian clerical regime's involvement and role in the bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Committee on Counter terrorism of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 16, 1998

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