Allied Forces foiled plot to kill Hoseyn Khomeini in Iraq
Aug 14, 2003
PARIS - A plot hatched by the Islamic Republic to assassinate Hojjatoleslam Hoseyn Khomeini has been discovered and foiled by the Allied forces in Iraq, well-informed western intelligence sources confirmed.
The plan for killing the dissident cleric, a grandson of the leader of the Islamic revolution of 1979, was on the same pattern of the one used by Osama Ben Laden for the assassination of late Ahmad Shah Masoud, the Afghan legendary warlord, according to the sources.
The charismatic Ahmad Shah was murdered in his office in the Panjshir valley by two Arab terrorists disguised as journalists two days before the 11 September terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on the New Yorks World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon in Washington, killing more than 3000 people, plunging the United States and the world in a new era filled with recession and anxiety."Allied intelligence had intercepted messages exchanged between Tehran and the alleged killers who had traveled to Iraq few days after the arrival of Mr. Khomeini to Baghdad, some of them posing as tradesmen, others as journalists", the sources told Iran Press Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A spokesman for the American forces in Iraq confirmed the arrest, on first of July, of two Iranians working for the State-run, leader-controlled Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic (Iranian Radio and Television), accusing them of "activities harming the Allied interests".
"They pretended that they are journalists, but they were acting in a very different manner when arrested", the spokesman said without explaining what the detainees, Said Aboutalebi and Soheyl Karimi had done against American interests, but added that they had been placed in a high security detention camp and Tehran had been informed via "routine diplomatic channels".
Though the news of the arrest was first disclosed by the head of the VVIRs bureau in the Iraqi Capital on 19 July and immediately confirmed by the Americans, yet it took both the Organisation and the Iranian authorities several days before acknowledging the detention, claiming that the men were in Iraq to produce a documentary on the life of the Iraqi people under occupation.According to Iranian opposition sources, a team, led by a certain Mohammad Asadi, a member of the Revolutionary Guards elite "Qods" (Jerusalem) Unit was dispatched from Tehran to assassinate the 45 years-old Hoseyn Khomeini, who had left Iran secretly about two months ago for Iraq.
In a series of interviews with international press and Iranian opposition media, the young cleric, who was kept under close watch in Iran, confirmed the information and at the same time, accused the present Iranian clerical rulers of "despotic governance, illegal detention, torture and execution of dissidents, widespread corruption and usurpation of the religion and the revolution for personal benefits"."If my grandfather would be alive, not only he would have joined those opposed to the present system, but also call for changing this regime", he told international media in interviews from Baghdad and Najaf, the holly city from where Grand Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini started his movement against the former Iranian regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi more than 25 years ago. http://www.iran-press-service.com/