IEFPs Produced in Iran Show Origin of Violence
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February 15, 2007
Violence in Iraq Can Be Stopped Says Author and Leading Authority on Middle East
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Alireza Jafarzadeh, author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2007) said that according to his sources inside the Iranian regime, the most senior officials in Tehran are responsible for the production and dispatch of the advanced explosives found in Iraq, Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP), that have killed over 170 U.S. troops.
"Sattari Industries, a subdivision of Iran's Defense Industries Organization, controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp., has continuously received orders from the Qods Force for the production of the EFPs," Jafarzadeh said. The Qods Force, then "smuggles these deadly weapons to Iraq, using three border crossings, especially in the Mehran region, and provides them to its proxy groups to target Coalition forces." No such activity would take place without the direct approval of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
In a luncheon hosted by Palgrave Macmillan at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and attended by ambassadors, Congressional representatives, journalists, and academics, Jafarzadeh detailed numerous ways in which Iran was fueling violence and sectarianism in Iraq. A leading authority on Iran and Iraq, Jafarzadeh was the first to disclose Iran's nuclear program.
The Iran Threat author argues that for Iran's clerical regime, establishing an Islamic republic in Iraq is a hundred times more important than acquiring a nuclear weapon. "The regime also knows that unless it succeeds in Iraq, it will start to buckle at home from domestic opposition. Some 4,000 anti-government demonstrations rocked Iran last year," Jafarzadeh continues. He added that the organized opposition is geared to lead the population to replace the regime with a secular, democratic one. Jafarzadeh said, "The US closing of the Iran-Iraq boundary will prevent Iran's aid to radical Iraqi militias from crossing the border, while empowering the moderate voices in Iraq."
So long as the clerics rule Iran, no amount of policing can completely secure Iraq from Iran's continuous intervention. Thus, Jafarzadeh concluded, encouraging the Iranian people's efforts to depose Tehran's expansionist theocrats is a prerequisite to a stable, democratic Iraq. "To accomplish that, the United States needs to avoid the military option, and stop heavily investing in the fruitless diplomatic option with Iran" Jafarzadeh said.
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