'Job application' online for suicide bombers
Iranian group recruiting for attacks on U.S. citizens, forces, Israel
Posted: June 10, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Paul M. Rodriguez
© 2004 Insight/News World Communications Inc.
Insight Online has obtained a shocking recruitment appeal seeking Iranians to commit suicide in deadly attacks on Israel, against American-led coalition forces in Iraq and on U.S. citizens around the world.
Obtained from an Iranian recruiting group, the deadly appeal is unmistakable and to the point. It seeks recruits for martyr assignments as well as to assassinate Salman Rushdie, the novelist Ayatollah Khomeini condemned to death in 1989 after publication of Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses."
Reuters news agency reported June 5 that the group is known as the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign.
It quoted the group's spokesman, Mohammad Ali Samadi, as saying "some 10,000 people have registered their names to carry out martyrdom operations on our defined targets."
Ali Samadi, according to Reuters, says the alleged independent group's targets include "mainly the occupying American and British forces in the holy Iraqi cities, all the Zionists in Palestine, and Salman Rushdie ... the only nonmilitary target for us because we believe his attack against Islam was much worse than a military assault."
Insight Online found the proposal on a website where terrorists are being recruited. An English translation of a Farsi "job application" recruitment states:
In the Name of God
Preliminary Registration for Martyrdom Operations
I _____________, child of _____________, born 13_______ [Islamic calendar], the City of: _________________ proclaim my preparedness for carrying out martyrdom operations:
___ against the occupiers of the holy sites [referring to Najaf, Karbala, and other places in Iraq].
___ against the occupiers of [Jerusalem].
___ for carrying out the death sentence of the infidel Salman Rushdie.
Also, I would like to become an active member of the Army of Martyrs of the International Islamic Movement. Yes ____, No _____
An expatriate Iranian who alerted Insight Online to this "job posting" said that while recruitment of young suicide killers has been going on for many years, and there have been terrorist conferences, this is the first time that such groups have circulated application forms and done so publicly.
"It is extremely chilling and shows the contempt for civilized society that these radicals hold," a top Iranian monitor who asked not to be identified tells Insight.
As predicted in FR yesterday:
Kingdom, Iran Hold Talks on Extradition of Wanted Persons
JEDDAH, 10 June 2004 ? Saudi Arabia and Iran have reached an understanding on the need for a judicial agreement covering both the extradition of wanted persons and the transfer of prisoners to complete their sentences in their respective countries. The understanding was reached during a visit to Tehran by Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al-Sheikh.
Al-Sheikh held talks with Iranian officials on bilateral cooperation in judiciary matters. The minister was also received by Iranian President Muhammad Khatami.
The London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat said the two sides have reached an initial understanding on a judiciary agreement that would be put before their two governments for review before being ratified.
Sources quoted by the newspaper did not specify whether the two sides discussed the issue of Al-Qaeda detainees which includes some Saudis who are currently being held in Iran. Iranian sources, however, said the issue did not come up for discussion between the Saudi minister and his Iranian counterpart Hashimi Shahroudi. The Iranians said they have no objection to discussing all issues that concern the two sides.
The Saudi minister said his country is constantly endeavoring to modernize and reform its judiciary system.
Shahroudi condemned acts of terrorism committed by some extreme and violent Islamic sects. He called for the promotion of Islamic principles ? especially those relating to human rights and the rights of individuals in Islamic societies in Muslim countries ? to prevent enemies from seeking to use such principles against Muslim states.