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2007 Friday 12 January

Was Revolutionary Guard guru, Hassan Abbassi one of those arrested in Erbil?

Iran Press News: Based on unconfirmed received reports from reliable sources in Iraq, Hassan Abbassi was among those who was arrested in the Thursday, January 11th early-morning raid in what was reported to be the consulate general of the Islamic republic of Iran in the Iraqi town of Erbil. Hassan Abbasi known by his friends as "The Dr. Kissinger of Islam," is the guru of the Islamic Republic's revolutionary guard corps which puts volunteers and recruits through rigorous training in four camps funded and run by the Revolutionary Guard. The boot camp includes physical training, ideological indoctrination, building explosives, code-cracking classes, and finally foreign languages classes, specifically Arabic and English as well as many other 'useful' languages. Abbassi has been among the highest ranking members of the Islamic regime’s terror operations for many years, acting as the Fuehrer Mullah, Khamenei’s foreign policy and defense advisor. Abbassi has had an active voice under not only Khamenei but also Rafsanjani and Khatami as well. The Martyrdom Brigades of the Global Islamic Awakening is controlled by Abbasi. A while back he was heard telling a crowd of Basijis about Iran's secret plans, which include "a strategy drawn up for the destruction and eradication of the entire Anglo-Saxon civilization."

Among others, Abbassi works very closely with Muqtada Al-Sadr in running the Mahdi army and other insurgency groups; it is entirely possible that Abbassi would have been in Erbil.

Of the six individuals who were originally arrested in the raid, one was released.

In response, the Islamic regime summoned the Swiss ambassador to Iran who is the liaison for U.S. interests in Iran.

The director-general of the Persian Gulf sector of the foreign ministry told the Swiss ambassador that the U.S. forces must release the 5 detainees immediately and that they must cover the damages that the Islamic regime claims were sustained to the premises and equipment. He added that these measures and behavior of the American forces is a direct interference in the relations between Iran and Iraq and the consequences of such actions will lead to the worsening of the situation in Iraq, leaving the responsibility squarely on the American forces.

A Pentagon spokesman announced however that the morning raid was not at all the consulate general of the Islamic Republic’s consulate general. He said the place that was raided was neither a consulate, nor a government building and added that the individuals who were arrested are people suspected of being involved with networks that act against Iraq and the coalition forces. The Pentagon spokesman did not offer any details or reveal the identities of the arrested individuals.

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