Iran's Revolutionary Guard Threatens to Abduct US Troops
An article posted at an Iranian website associated with the Revolutionary Guard brags about how easy it is to abduct Americans!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, reviews Basij female paramilitary volunteers, affiliated to the elite Revolutionary Guard, during their parade ceremony, as he is accompanied by Revolutionary Guard’s commander Yahya Rahim Safavi, left, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. (AP)
ADN Kronos reports about this threat from Iran:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, have threatened to abduct US troops if Washington does not release five Iranian officials kidnapped in the northern Iraqi town of Erbil in a raid on Tehran’s consulate earlier this year. In an article published by the Pasdaran’s mouthpiece, Sobhe Sadegh, the director of the centre for strategic studies of the Iranian presidency, Reza Zakeri, also says Iran will retaliate against any further abduction of Iranian nationals.
Five Iranian officials were detained in the Kurdish-controlled city on charges of being connected to a faction of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq.
“The United States has put together a list including the names of 35 high officials of the Pasdaran and Iran’s atomic agency to kidnap and question them on the military and nuclear potential of the Islamic Republic but if they will try to kidnap even one person our reaction will be harsh and immediate,” Zakeri wrote in the article.
The article follows a report in the Washington Post last week saying that the Bush administration has authorized US troops to kill or capture Iranian operatives in Iraq.
Stressing how the Mahdi militia of Shiite radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have no military preparation, were able to kidnap US soldiers, the Sobhe Sadegh article claimed it would be an easy enough task for the well-trained Pasdaran.