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IRAN: Suspected Al Qaeda members arrested with alleged propaganda

Iran-salafiDoes being a proponent of the kind of puritanical strain of Islam touted by Osama bin Laden automatically make you a member of Al Qaeda?

Iran seems to think so. 

Iranian security forces arrested seven alleged Al Qaeda operatives in the northwestern city of Sardasht, the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an unnamed official as saying Wednesday.

The operatives had been identified nearly a month ago and were arrested after judiciary authorities gave a green light, the official said.

Were they caught with bombs or suicide vests?

According to the Iranians, they are accused so far only of using books and leaflets to promote "Wahabbi" or Salafist Sunni Islam in predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran.

"The suspects were nabbed with an appreciable number of books, leaflets and documents about Wahhabism and other depraved cults,” the official said. "They sought to sow sectarian discord, but they were finally arrested by security forces and handed over to the judiciary."

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: English-language translation of a book about Salafist Islam. Credit:

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"then the relegous dictatorship"
Funny how this person can't even spell "religious" and still complaining about other people comments, last I checked "those" people save the "tribes" or two from annihilation!

"Both commenters that posted before me are obviuosly tied to the Iran system in some sort of way. Niether can form an english sentence with any degree of competence."

I love the sheer irony of this comment.

Both commenters that posted before me are obviuosly tied to the Iran system in some sort of way. Niether can form an english sentence with any degree of competence. Iran is a Rogue state that is as close as you can get to a Theological dictatorship. One commentator went as far as to say sanctions have actually helped the country become stronger and more independant. If that isthe case then why don't they just shut up and go on with their happy home! They continuosly strive to recieve front page press in an attempt to gain international sympathy, It has failed miserably and as long as you have a hollow headed dictator you will remain a pariah state with little to any chance of a prosperious future. They must back away from the nuclear option and reach out to the moderate world. Iran has 3 friends, China-which is a fair weather friend and depends on it for oil. Venezuala- because Chavez is a dictator that can't keep his oil fields up and operational and lastly Cuba-which will be friends with anybody because they are such a lost cause. Other than those three they maintain a few embassies in Europe and the pacific rim. Not really sure about the PRNK, They are friends with countries based upon how Kim wakes up in the morning! It is refreashing to hear that they feel Al-Qaeda is a threat to their security as well as the US and most other democracies in the world. Iran does have a lot to worry about now that they have two baby free states springing forth at their door step. Their masses will realize the freedoms that these countries will enjoy and change will occur internally. As soon as it's military decides to operate on democratic principles, then the relegous dictatorship will come to an end, The people of Iran are proud, but they are seeking world news electronically and protesting by that avenue as well. Times are a changing my friends.

US has done almost everything legally or illegally to disable Iran but, it actually helped Iran to grow in many ways. The Persian people are brave, smart, consistent and proud of their culture and heritage which goes back for millenniums. US wakeup and rethink about her foreign policy in general if they want to be one of the major power in the world in any ways, time is running out.

Wahhabism is a conservative form of Islam that believes Shia are heretics. The main source of funding in Saudi Royal family and their intermediate goal is to capture Pakistani Boms and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda and Taleban are examples of Wahhabi terrorist organizations. Al Qaeda has branches in almost all the countries. US and Israel are also helping them to disable Iran.


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