Recent Iranian Graduates May Get Opportunity to Test Skills
Earlier this year under a banner showing coffins draped with U.S., British and Israeli flags, more than 100 Iranian men and women pledged Thursday to become suicide bombers.
It looks like they may be soon asked to test their skills.
“We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year,” said Iranian Hizbollah’s spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom.
“They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardise Israel and America’s interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader’s green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three … we welcome it,” he said.
Iranian religious organisations have made great public show of recruiting volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations” in recent years, usually threatening U.S. interests in case of any attack against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme.
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Also today, Israel claimed direct Iranian involvement in the conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Olmert claims that the cross border attack on Israel last week by Hezbollah was coordinated with Iran:
Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers last week was timed to divert attention from Tehran’s nuclear programme, the Israeli PM has claimed.
Ehud Olmert said that the cross-border raid in which the two soldiers were taken and eight others killed was co-ordinated with Tehran.
About 30 people died in a seventh day of conflict, most of them in Lebanon.
US President George W Bush has meanwhile accused Syria of trying to use the crisis to return to Lebanon.
“Syria is trying to get back into Lebanon, it looks like to me,” Mr Bush said in Washington.
Israel has frequently blamed Syria and Iran for arming and backing Hezbollah, but Mr Olmert’s comments were the first explicit claim of Tehran’s direct involvement in the capture of the soldiers, correspondents say.
Israeli military officials say more than 700 Hezbollah rockets have now landed in Israel since the crisis began.
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