Reza Kahlili, author of the award-winning book "A Time to Betray," served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, counterterrorism expert; currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI). He regularly appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and counterterrorism inMore ↓Less ↑
Much of Iran’s media today panicked, attacking WND reports on the Islamic regime’s involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings and claiming Washington is behind the WND reports so the U.S. can attack other countries.
WND’s source for the report regarding Iran’s involvement in the bombings, a member of the regime’s intelligence services, said today regime officials fear a campaign in the United States for a retaliatory attack on Iran similar to what happened to Afghanistan after 9/11.
The fact that the regime’s media reflected the same report shows that panic, said the source, who added that Iranian leaders are furious about the WND reports.
In another sign of panic, another source said, Revolutionary Guard members, fearing a war or uprising, are distancing themselves from their commanders.
The headline “New Accusations by the West: The Boston Bombing Is Work of Iran,” was reflected on hundreds of the regime’s media sites, particularly the official site of the Revolutionary Guards’ Basij forces and Bultannews, which is run by the regime’s intelligence services.
An April 16 exclusive on WND reported that the Boston bombings were tied to the regime’s Quds Forces and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. The source added that the regime from its operational centers in South Asia is actively recruiting a new wave of terrorists from non-Arabs and from Islam’s Sunni sect to avoid any trace back to Shiite Iran and Hezbollah and to either present an apparent link to al-Qaida or individuals acting on their own.
Two U.S. officials today told The Associated Press that the preliminary investigation suggests that the Boston suspects were motivated by religion and that it appears they acted alone.
The April 16 report also reflected WND reports of Dec. 11 and Feb. 28 in which sources within Iran said the Quds Forces were preparing for terrorist attacks within six months in the United States in collaboration with al-Qaida factions and that an operational team was on its way to the U.S.
Basij News, in covering the WND reports, said the West is accusing Iran’s highest political figures of ordering the Boston attack, supervised by the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah.
The “conservative” website WND, Basij News said, cites a Khorasan video one of the bombers had uploaded to YouTube on the ideology of “Mahdaviat,” the Shiite belief in the coming of the last Islamic messiah, the 12th Imam, Mahdi
WND, it said, referred to the hadiths in which Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the mythical figure who will raise the flag of Islam and hand it over to Mahdi when the 12th Imam returns to Earth at the time of Armageddon.
WND has reported that the clerics ruling Iran are trying to create that environment.
Basij News accused the West and WND of blaming Iran for the bombings so corporate America can benefit from insecurity in the country as Americans buy more guns.
But the bigger intention for blaming Iran, Basij News said, is so the United States has a reason to interfere in other countries, as it did in Afghanistan and Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11.
Basij News said that looking at different dimensions of the Boston bombings and the mercenary behavior of Western politicians, the most logical explanation for WND’s reports is that Washington was aware of the planned attack and is trying to take advantage of it.
According to another source, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit who defected to a Scandinavian country, Guard members are also panicked as the regime continues to defy international demands to end its illicit nuclear program and continuously prepares for war. The Guard forces believe that war is inevitable, and despite harsh statements by their commanders against the U.S., the source said, many know that in any war the regime will fall and the Iranian people, most of whom resent the regime and the ideology it represents, will take revenge on its loyalists.
Many of the Guard forces are telling family members and neighbors that they do not support the regime any more to remedy their pro-regime status. The regime has also taken steps to stop any high-ranking officers from leaving the country, even on pilgrimage, fearing defection.
The same source reported last year that the Islamic regime’s agents were active in the U.S. and were working to acquire intelligence that might be useful in terror attacks. The agents work on Americans who have converted to Islam with offers of a trip to the Iranian city of Qom, the site of hotbed seminaries and the center of Shiite theology, where they are brainwashed and offered collaboration. The agents also use Islamic centers and mosques in the U.S. and other countries to recruit assets.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced today on another terror plot in which two individuals with links to al-Qaida elements in Iran were arrested. The plot, according to reports, called for attacking a commuter train traveling between Canada and the United States.