Credible or no? Well, he did blow the lid off the secret uranium enrichment facility at Natanz that’s giving the UN such headaches at the moment. Except that … he didn’t, really. He also used to work for the Mujahedeen-e Khalq, an anti-Iranian terrorist group which we may or may not be using to undermine the mullahs internally. Oh, and per the article, “U.S. officials considered some of Jafarzadeh’s past assertions inaccurate.”
Take this one with a chunk of rock salt. Especially given our track record in this area.
Iraqi insurgents, guerrilla fighters and death squads are being trained in secret camps in Iran with the blessing of top Tehran leaders and at least three senior Iraqi political figures, an Iranian opposition figure said Tuesday…
Jafarzadeh said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are closely connected to the training. He said Abu Ahmad Al-Ramisi, governor of southern Iraq’s Al-Muthanna province, and two members of Iraq’s National Assembly are also involved…
The camps are run by several top commanders of the Qods Force, the most highly trained branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, with some Hezbollah members from Lebanon also taking part, he said.
Speaking of the UN, the new sanctions on Iran have suddenly been complicated by demands from two of the non-permanent members of the Security Council. Both belong to the Nonaligned Movement, an organization of 116 medium and minor powers (India and China excepted) that brings Third World socialist and Muslim regimes together to exchange their very best and brightest ideas. Last year’s meeting was held in Cuba and dominated by Ahmadinejad and Chavez; skim through their statement on Palestine, replete with a call for the right of return, to sample the flavor. The two non-permanent UNSC members who’ve got Iran’s six on sanctions are South Africa and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim state, which came up with one of those bright ideas I mentioned:
Indonesia yesterday joined South Africa in proposing amendments that could unravel a package of mild sanctions agreed upon by the five permanent members and Germany. Indonesia wants the council to add a provision calling for a nuclear-free Middle East.
Along with the previous amendments proposed by South Africa, Indonesia’s addition — which is a reference to Israel’s nuclear capabilities — could unravel the council’s united front on Iran’s rejection of previous council resolutions.
Western diplomats are warning them to “think carefully” before they decide to go to the mat on this.
Update: Maybe that Iranian dissident is more credible than I gave him credit for. Robert at Alphabet City cites a report on Iraqi TV about Mahdi Army fighters training in Iranian camps too, possibly at the urging of … Nuri al-Maliki.