Iranian Expert Says that Iran Has Infiltrated the Iraqi Government and Its National Assembly
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January 15, 2007
Alireza Jafarzadeh Says Iran Has Been Sending Roadside Bombs, Weapons and Agents to Iraq to Kill Americans
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Alireza Jafarzadeh, an expert on Iran and the man responsible for breaking the news in August 2002 about Iran's nuclear weapons program, says he has detailed information showing that "agents on Tehran's payroll involved in violence and death squads hold prominent positions in the Iraqi government and National Assembly." Jafarzadeh's recently published book THE IRAN THREAT: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan) exposes just how much of Iraq is under Iran's thumb.
Jafarzadeh, a leading authority on Iran, its political position, its government, and policies, indicated that these efforts by Iran to place its agents in the Iraqi government form a part of Tehran's larger plan to export its revolution, and that Tehran will do almost anything to destabilize Iraq. He also indicated that Iran is fueling the Iraqis with bombs and weapons that are killing American soldiers, which is why the U.S. is having such a difficult time "winning" this war.
U.S. officials said that Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador in Baghdad, is planning a news conference for Wednesday, January 31, 2007, during which he will present a dossier of Iran's efforts to fuel sectarian violence in Iraq.
According to Jafarzadeh, "Iran is determined to succeed on three fronts. First and foremost, on the Iraqi front, where Iran is aggressively escalating its influence and presence in Iraq. Secondly, the nuclear front; nothing will deter them on this point. Finally, Iran wants to step up terrorism in the region." He sums up, "Iran is a country to be reckoned with. But one thing is for certain: the United States will never win the battle with the military or negotiations."
Alireza Jafarzadeh is the President of Strategic Policy Consulting in Washington, DC, an independent firm that provides expert advice and analysis on geopolitical developments in the Middle East to Congress, various Executive Branch agencies and non-governmental organizations on Iran. In THE IRAN THREAT, Jafarzadeh writes an expose and provides an in-depth look at the inside workings of the country of Iran, its difficult President, and its future. Jafarzadeh reveals in the book new details on Iran's meddling in Iraq and its broader goals for the future of the Middle East.
Alireza Jafarzadeh's expertise reaches far into the inside workings of Iran. As the first to break the news in August 2002 about Iran's nuclear programs and its secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Arak, he has unique access to dissident groups inside Iran.
A frequent media guest on terrorism and the Middle East, Jafarzadeh says that Iran is a five-headed dragon, and each head is a deadly force. Iran's five ugly heads are its interference in Iraq, nuclear weapons program, terrorism, opposition to peace in the Middle East, and suppression of its domestic population. According to Jafarzadeh, "The only way to slay this dragon is to rely on the Achilles heel of the regime -- the highly-motivated, dissatisfied population of young people in Iran, led by an organized opposition."
February 1st marks the beginning of the "10-day Dawn" that led to the February 11, 1979 revolution, and the regime has planned to stage some high profile activities during this period. Jafarzadeh is convinced that, in addition to extolling Iran's "progress" in Iraq, President Ahmadinejad will begin making a lot of noise, which will culminate in dismissing the Security Council Resolution asking Iran to halt its enrichment programs.
The Iranian regime, the most defiant in the Middle East, is convinced that the United States is currently in a weak political position, which Tehran can use to its advantage. U.S. military might is not working in the Middle East, specifically in Iraq. Jafarzadeh says, "The way to deal with Iran is not with war, bombs or negotiations; that doesn't work. A major change in politics and a new approach is what is necessary. The international community must support the young people of Iran, the majority of whom want a free and democratic nation. That is what will frighten the Iranian president."
"In the meantime, the UN Security Council will no doubt have to institute more severe sanctions and be aggressive with Iran in the short term," Alireza concludes. "But America had better have a long term plan to stop the aggressiveness of Iran, before the regime gets the nuclear bomb and turns Iraq into a sister Islamic Republic."
Alireza Jafarzadeh is a terrorism expert, Middle East analyst, and a Fox News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst. He was the media director for the Washington, D.C. office of the parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) until 2003. Educated in the United States, Jafarzadeh is one of the most important sources of information about Iran for the U.S. and the international community.
Alireza Jafarzadeh is available for interviews.
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