Friday, December 03, 2004
200 MUSLIM YOUTH VOW TO MAKE SUICIDE ATTACKS.
About 200 men and women gathered at the cemetery in southern Tehran. Some dressed as suicide bombers chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and pled their willingness to carry out suicide bomb attacks against American and Jewish infidels.
The "Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign" held the event at Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra cemetery where they unveiled a 6-foot stone column commemorating the 1983 suicide bombing that killed 241 U.S. Marines in Lebanon.
They proclaim this was a major "suicide bombing operation against global blasphemy."
The Islamic group says they have signed up 25,000 "martyrdom seeking" volunteers and their registration drive would continue. There organized attacks are slated to begin in mid-December.
Among these recruits, Samadi claims, “there are at least 500 minors, the youngest one being seven years old who joined with eight other members of his family”.
"We have been ordered to cover their faces to avoid being recognized when traveling abroad to carry out the attacks," a masked volunteer said at the cemetery.
One 23-year-old man says he's volunteering to fulfill his "religious task for Palestine."
A spokesman calls today's meeting the "first suicide commando unit."
He says sooner or later, the group will "bury all blasphemous occupiers of Islamic lands."
There would be no suicide bombers if no one believed the Koran’s promise that they are assured of heaven. Koran 4:74 promises: “Let those then fight on the path of God, who barter this present life for that which is to come; for whoever fighteth on God’s path, whether he be slain or conquer, we will in the end give him a great reward.”
An Iranian man, prepares his daughter, who is a member of a suicide commandos unit, by covering her face in the same style of Palestinian and Lebanese militants, during a ceremony where the first suicide commandos unit was inaugurated at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004. Some 200 masked young men and women gathered at the cemetery Thursday to pledge their willingness to carry out suicide bomb attacks against Americans in Iraq and Israelis.The ceremony was organized by the Headquarters for Commemorating Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, a shadowy group that has since June been seeking volunteers for attacks in Iraq and Israel. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)