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Iranian Alert -- April 14, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 4.14.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:08 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Today in Iran, most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.


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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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1 posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:10 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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2 posted on 04/13/2004 9:42:09 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran distances itself from Sadr

By Gareth Smyth in Qom
Published: April 13 2004 20:13 |
Last Updated: April 13 2004 20:13

Iran is dismissing attempts by Washington to link it to Moqtada al-Sadr, the young radical cleric whose militia has battled US forces in neighbouring Iraq.

Iranian leaders, including President Mohammad Khatami and the influential former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, have called for calm in Iraq while blaming US mismanagement for the crisis. On Monday Hamid-Reza Assefi, the foreign ministry spokesman, dismissed a report that Mr Sadr would come to Tehran as a political refugee.

US officials and administration ad visers have long alleged that Iran has secretly funded Mr Sadr's militia. On Monday, General John Abizaid, commander of US Central Command, told a press briefing "there are indications from intelligence folks that there are some Iranian activities going on that are unhelpful". Last week, Donald Rumsfeld, US secretary of defence, accused Iran of "meddling" in Iraq.

Michael Rubin, an adviser to the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, named Ayatollah Kazem al-Hairi, a cleric based in the Iranian holy city of Qom, as one such conduit of funding to Mr Sadr.

In an interview in Qom on Tuesday, Hossein al-Hairi, younger brother of Ayatollah Hairi and a fellow cleric, said that while Mr Sadr was his brother's "religious representative" in Iraq, they had no "political relationship".

"My brother was a friend of Moqtada Sadr's father, Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq Sadr [killed by Saddam Hussein in 1999], from the time they were classmates," he said.

Mr Hairi expressed many views at odds with Mr Sadr's. He said Ayatollah Hairi had "no specific opinion" on the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, which Mr Sadr has condemned.

"If an individual can do good, can serve the people [on the council], then he should serve," he said.

Mr Hairi said that violence in Iraq was a response to US actions. "If the US stops, then the Iraqis will be silent. When they kill Iraqi people, we must defend ourselves."

Ayatollah Hairi, 65, was active in Iraqi politics as a leading member of the Da'awa party in the 1970s and, from exile in Iran, in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri) until he left party politics around 1986.

A specialist in usul (methodology), he is one of the Shia world's leading jurists.

"Throughout the 1990s, Ayatollah Hairi was busy as a jurist in Iran, and probably, with the fall of Saddam, he suddenly saw this relationship with Moqtada Sadr as a way to win new followers in Iraq," said Hossein Zeinali, a Qom-based researcher. "For Sadr [who is a mid-ranking cleric], it was a way to gain religious legitimacy from the backing of a great ayatollah. So Sadr has gained more from the relationship than Ayatollah Hairi."

Although originally from Iran, the Hairi family has been based in Karbala and Najaf, southern Iraq's two leading shrine cities, for three generations.

On Tuesday Mr Hairi was answering questions about Islamic law.

"Some want to know if Moqtada Sadr is a source of emulation [marja al-taqlid], and we say no, he is not."
3 posted on 04/13/2004 9:46:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Rebel Iraqi cleric ready to negotiate

Reuters - World News
Apr 13, 2004

BAGHDAD - Rebel Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has chosen a go-between to negotiate with the United States and indicated he may disband his militia if told to do so by religious authorities, sources close to a delegation that met him said on Tuesday.

The sources said that Sadr, a young firebrand who U.S. officials have said they are determined to capture or kill, understands the power of the U.S. military and realises he could emerge politically stronger if he strikes a deal now.

Sadr said earlier he was willing to die for his campaign to end the U.S.-led occupation, but also said he was in talks to end the uprising of his Mehdi Army and wanted above all to keep foreign troops out of the holy city Najaf, where he is based.

They said Sadr has chosen a representative from the Shi'ite Dawa Party-Iraq Division to negotiate for him with the United States, whose forces U.S. officials say are massing round Najaf for a possible offensive.

Sadr also told the religious delegation representing Najaf's senior Shi'ite clerics, including the influential Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, that he would disband his militia if the religious authorities told him to, the sources added.

"The delegation answered that as he did not ask the Najaf elders before forming his militia, why is he asking for an edict to disband it now? But the negotiations are ongoing," an aide to leading cleric Mohammad Bahr al-Uloum told Reuters.

"Al-Dawa has weight in Iraq, but the problem is not in choosing an envoy. Sadr has to come up with a comprehensive commitment to solve the problem. He has not done so," the aide said.


A delegation including Sistani's son Mohammad Reda and a representative of another senior Najaf cleric, Sayyed Ishaq al-Fayyad, met Sadr in Najaf on Monday.

It did not include Dawa-Iraq Division, a splinter group of the Iraqi Dawa party which was all but wiped out by former President Saddam Hussein and is represented on the Iraqi Governing Council.

The Council and the religious establishment have avoided direct contact with Sadr since he started a revolt against the U.S.-led occupation in central and southern Iraq last week.

The spectre of more civilian casualties and U.S. forces storming Najaf has put pressure on Shi'ite leaders to try to end the crisis.

The mainstream Shi'ite religious establishment considers Sadr a political foe. Senior Shi'ite clerics and politicians, including Iraqi Governing Council members, have been meeting for days to discuss how to avert more bloodshed.

Shi'ite Council members have proposed a deal to end Sadr's revolt under which the United States would agree not to arrest him, and would leave Iraqi authorities to decide his fate.

They said Iraq's U.S. governor Paul Bremer had seemed receptive to the proposal.

An Iraqi judge has issued an arrest warrant for Sadr in connection with the murder of another cleric in Najaf last year, but the warrant was not made public until Sadr followers clashed with U.S. forces last week.

Sadr says he was not involved in the murder of the cleric, Sayyed Abdel Majid al-Khoei, the son of a late Grand Ayatollah.
4 posted on 04/13/2004 9:53:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran Uses Hamas, Hizbulah in Iraq

April 14, 2004
Middle East Newsline

WASHINGTON -- Iran has