Iran suicide bombers ‘ready to hit Britain’

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  1. The Sunday Times - Britain

    The Sunday Times April 16, 2006

    Iran suicide bombers ‘ready to hit Britain’
    Marie Colvin, Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter
    IRAN has formed battalions of suicide bombers to strike at British and American targets if the nation’s nuclear sites are attacked. According to Iranian officials, 40,000 trained suicide bombers are ready for action.

    The main force, named the Special Unit of Martyr Seekers in the Revolutionary Guards, was first seen last month when members marched in a military parade, dressed in olive-green uniforms with explosive packs around their waists and detonators held high.

    Dr Hassan Abbasi, head of the Centre for Doctrinal Strategic Studies in the Revolutionary Guards, said in a speech that 29 western targets had been identified: “We are ready to attack American and British sensitive points if they attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.” He added that some of them were “quite close” to the Iranian border in Iraq.

    In a tape recording heard by The Sunday Times, Abbasi warned the would-be martyrs to “pay close attention to wily England” and vowed that “Britain’s demise is on our agenda”.

    At a recruiting station in Tehran recently, volunteers for the force had to show their birth certificates, give proof of their address and tick a box stating whether they would prefer to attack American targets in Iraq or Israeli targets.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned last Friday that Israel was heading towards “annihilation”. He was speaking at a Tehran conference on Palestinian rights aimed at promoting Iran as a new Middle Eastern superpower.

    According to western intelligence documents leaked to The Sunday Times, the Revolutionary Guards are in charge of a secret nuclear weapons programme designed to evade the scrutiny of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    One of the leaked reports, dating from February this year, confirms that President George W Bush is preparing to strike Iran. “If the problem is not resolved in some way, he intends to act before leaving office because it would be ‘unfair’ to leave the task of destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities to a new president,” the document says.

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, a former spokesman for National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an opposition group, said a secret, parallel military programme was under way. According to sources inside Iran, the Revolutionary Guards were constructing underground sites that could be activated if Iran’s known nuclear facilities were destroyed.

    The NCRI is the political wing of the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq, which is deemed a terrorist organisation in Britain and America. However, much of its information is considered to be “absolutely credible” by western intelligence sources after Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of the Natanz plant in 2002.

    Within the past year, 14 large and several smaller projects have been created, according to Jafarzadeh. Several are designed to be nuclear factories; others are for the storage of weapons, he claimed.

    Additional reporting: Safa Haeri,,2087-2136638,00.html
  2. Surely the olive-green uniforms with explosive packs around their waists and detonators held high might be spotted on the 09.20 from Bletchley or on the Northern Line or is this their dress uniform?

    There's only one thing wrong with a fruitcake and that's if the fruitcake rules a country and has millions of fellow fruitcakes to follow him. You get rid of one fruitcake and then another comes along, frightening reading. What's with the wily England? I was in Colchester last month and not a hint of wily anywhere.
  3. Lets hope they just concentrate on Politicions and Journolists and leave the innocent people alone
  4. Boris Johnson is double fcuked then!
  5. Just to add to the Iran issue:

    This just in........

    Blair refuses to back Iran strike
    Sun 16 Apr 2006

    TONY Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday.

    Amid increasing tension over Tehran's attempts to develop a military nuclear capacity, the Prime Minister has laid bare the limits of his support for President Bush, who is believed to be considering an assault on Iran, Foreign Office sources revealed.

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on the United Nations to consider new sanctions against Tehran when the Security Council meets next week to discuss the developing crisis. Blair is expected to support the call for a "Chapter 7" resolution, which could effectively isolate Iran from the international community.

    But, in the midst of international opposition to a pre-emptive strike on Tehran, and Britain's military commitments around the world, the government maintains it cannot contribute to a military assault. "We will support the diplomatic moves, at best," a Foreign Office source told Scotland on Sunday. "But we cannot commit our own resources to a military strike."

    Meanwhile, a new report on the Iran crisis has warned that neo-conservatives in the Bush administration are on "collision course" with Tehran.

    The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), often referred to as Blair's "favourite think-tank", will appeal for a greater effort to find a diplomatic solution in a report to be published later this week. FPC director Stephen Twigg, formerly a Labour minister, explained: "It is essential UK policy on Iran is well informed... We want to engage with the various reformist elements in Iran, both inside and outside the structures of power.

    "There is potential for political dialogue, economic ties and cultural contacts to act as catalysts for the strengthening of civil society in Iran."

    While the sense of crisis over Iran has been escalated by the fiery rhetoric between Tehran and the West - particularly Washington - many within the British government are now convinced that the impasse can be resolved by repeating the same sort of painstaking diplomatic activity that returned Libya to the international fold.

    The approach contrasts sharply with the strategy employed during the run-up to the war in Iraq, when ministers repeatedly issued grim warnings to Saddam Hussein over the consequences of not falling in line with their demands.

    "The only long-term solution to Iran's problems is democracy," said Alex Bigham, co-author of the FPC report. "But it cannot be dictated, Iraq-style, or it will backfire. Iran may seem superficially like Iraq but we need to treat Iran more like Libya. Diplomatic engagement must be allowed to run its course. There need to be bigger carrots as well as bigger sticks."

    However, the conciliatory language was not reflected in the approach from Washington, where senior figures in the Bush administration remain keen to stress the danger of Tehran's intentions.

    In a declaration aimed at America's allies as much as Iran, Rice claimed the Security Council's handling of the Iranian nuclear issue would be a test of the international community's credibility. "If the UN Security Council says: 'You must do these things and we'll assess in 30 days,' and Iran has not only not done those things, but has taken steps that are exactly the opposite of those that are demanded, then the Security Council is going to have to act."

    Rice dismissed Iran's declaration that it is only interested in enriching uranium for use in civil nuclear power facilities, saying the international community must remain focused on the potential military applications of this technology.

    "The world community does not want them to have that nuclear know-how and that's why nobody wants them to be able to enrich and reprocess on their territory, getting to the place that they can produce what we call a full-scale nuclear plant to be able to do this," she said.

    Rice reiterated that President Bush has not taken any option off the table, including a military response, if Iran fails to comply with the demands of the international community.
  6. I was going to say I would buy the one who gets Mandelson a drink but I don't think he would be able to stomach it!!
  7. Well at least Blunkett wouldn't see it coming, shame.
  8. *places tinfoil hat carefully on head and smooths down rim*

    I wonder why that report was "leaked" to the press. Has Bush suddenly grown up "it would be unfair for a new president" etc... is that because it would be unpopular and therefore only someone who won't serve again would do it. What a nice little man that Bush is.

    40,000 of them hey... Just find out where they all are at the moment, paveway 3 and you'd set off a chain reaction. Give them a hand on thier trip to Allah.

    He's a fruity fruitcake with lashings of rum, hand me another slice :)
  9. i dont know about you guys- but 40000 suicide bombers is quite a lot- and they are all nuts and ready to "do it".
    there sshould be a stand to people like these not fa@@ot blair backing down!
  10. It is unlikely that hoards of Iranians seeking political assylum or turning up as tourists would be able to have the resorces here waiting for them. After the first strike or two they would only really succeed in two things. Turning the UK Government to for striking Iran instead of against, and turning the vast majority of the British public into racist bigots who would rather the police shoot anyone who looked like they were in a Special Unit of Martyr Seekers, and that includes Brazilians, than run the risk of any more attacks.

    New laws denying middle eastern immigrants to wear coats, expulsion of anyone from Iran, internment? All sound silly but in that sort of political atmosphere, with this government, who knows?
  11. There's no way that amount of suicide bombers complete with luggage would make it into Britain. I think 40,000 simultaneous visa applications might ring alarm bells somewhere. Embassies or British business interests abroad are something else and almost impossible to adequately protect. I would imagine the suicide squads are not just Iranian, every fruitcake and his dog will have volunteered and I bet the promotion prospects in this elite squad are slim at best.
  12. not just britain- they could be put in basara and reinforce the others there?- that would cause havok and the government would be put under even more pressure!
  13. They're probably already there, the insurgents aren't just Iraqi as everybody knows. Ok, that's frightening numbers but I don't see any mass deployment but it would put the pressure on Bliar, agreed. It's just which way he turns and to whom he turns.
  14. would anybody see a mass deployment in basara?- there does not seem to be any evidence of people knowing who is in iraq and people can duisgise themselves in all sorts (or as women). a strike at the same time all over iraq would start problems to cause civil war-(whick is what they want).
    iran needs to be stood up to!
  15. Agreed again but Bliar is trying his diplomatic skills. Fcuk, we're all doooomed!