Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tehran insider tells of US black ops

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs: "Tehran insider tells of US black ops
By an Asia Times Online Special Correspondent

TEHRAN - A former Iranian ambassador and Islamic Republic insider has provided intriguing details to Asia Times Online about US covert operations inside Iran aimed at destabilizing the country and toppling the regime - or preparing for an American attack.

'The Iranian government knows and is aware of such infiltration. It means that the Iranian government has identified them [the covert operatives] but for some reason does not want to show [this],' said the former diplomat on condition of anonymity.

Speaking in Tehran, the ex-Foreign Ministry official said the

agents being used by the US 'were originally Iranians and not Americans' possibly recruited in the United States or through US embassies in Dubai and Ankara. He also warned that such actions will engender 'some reactions'.

'Both sides will certainly do something,' he said in a reference to Iran's capability to stir trouble up in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan for the occupying US troops there.

Veteran US journalist Seymour Hersh wrote in a much-discussed recent article in The New Yorker magazine that the administration of President George W Bush has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack as the crisis with Iran over its nuclear program escalates.

Hersh wrote that 'teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups'. The template seems identical to the period that preceded US air strikes against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan during which a covert Central Intelligence Age"

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