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Rafsanjani Blames "Occupation Forces" for Explosions in Iraq

March 03, 2004
BBC Monitoring
BBC Monitoring Middle East

Tehran -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani here Wednesday [3 March] blamed occupation forces for Tuesday's bombing attacks which claimed lives of many innocent mourning Muslims in Iraq.

In a meeting with members of central council and officials at Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee, he said affection for Ashura, the 10th day of lunar month of Moharram which marks martyrdom anniversary of Imam Husayn (AS [peace be upon him]) and 72 of his close companions and relatives, and the teachings of Ah al-Bayt (Infallible Household of Prophet of Islam) will never diminish as a result of such terrorist acts.

Marking the first quarter of establishment of Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee which coincided with 'Charity Week', he termed the incidents in the holy cities of Karbala, Al-Kazimiyah and the Pakistani city of Quetta as renewing allegiance to the lofty goals and aspirations of Imam Husayn (AS).

Such organized crimes demonstrates the depth of outrage and enmity towards Shi'is, he said adding that choosing of such day for his criminal act proves that the perpetrators were afraid of the impacts of Ashura on the campaign against tyranny.

On probable complicity of extremist groups in such terrorist acts in the holy cities of Karbala and Al-Kazimiyah, he held the global arrogance and the US [A] in particular responsible for the incident.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani lauded the hard efforts of Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee in helping needy people in the society.

[Passage omitted: About the explosions and number of people killed]

Source: IRNA news agency, Tehran, in English 1341 gmt 3 Mar 04

Excerpt from report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA

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22 posted on 03/03/2004 12:47:39 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee

What is this? Is it an Iranian agency? And were their resources put to use in Bam?

23 posted on 03/03/2004 12:58:37 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran, South Korea Score Olympic Qualifying Football Matches
VOA Sports
03 Mar 2004, 18:44 UTC


The football (soccer) teams from Iran and South Korea have scored victories in their Asian Olympic qualifying matches.
Iran powered past Malaysia Wednesday by a score of 4-1 in Group A action in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iman Mobali led the way for visiting Iran with two goals as his team dominated the second half of play at Petaling Jay Stadium. Malaysia's Fadzli Saari scored the game's first goal in the 34th minute in the under-age-23 competition.

In the other Group A match, host South Korea edged by China 1-0 at Seoul World Cup Stadium. It took a late goal by South Korea's Cho Jae-jin to break the deadlock with China in the 82nd minute as he scored off a pass from teammate Choi Sung-kuk.

The final round of Asian Olympic qualifying has 12 teams split into three groups of four. The winner of each qualifies for the Athens Olympics.

South Korea travels to Teheran to play Iran on March 17.



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26 posted on 03/03/2004 5:09:30 PM PST by freedom44
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