Iran arrests "UK-linked terrorists": report

TEHRAN Thu Nov 4, 2010 9:16am EDT

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have arrested four people they say were paid by a Kurdish militant based in Britain to carry out assassinations, state-run Press TV reported on Thursday.

"Iran's Intelligence Ministry says it has arrested four Britain-linked terrorists in the western city of Marivan, who carried out five assassinations in the last two years," the English language TV channel said on its website.

The report said the men were paid by a commander of Komala, an Iranian Kurdish group it described as a "terrorist" organization which it said had carried out assassinations in western Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

It said the men were all members of Komala and received weapons and cash on the Iran-Iraq border to carry out their attacks. It did not say who were their victims.

Kurds are an ethnic group with no state of their own who make up large minorities in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.

Iranian forces sometimes clash with Kurdish guerrillas who operate out of bases in northern Iraq.

The news came on the day Iranians commemorate the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran after the 1979 revolution which has come to symbolize the Islamic Republic's resistance to what they see as Western aggression. The embassy building is referred to as the "Den of Espionage."

The Press TV report played up the UK link, saying that Britain "funded and supported certain terrorist groups against the Islamic Republic."

Unlike the United States, Britain still has diplomatic relations with Iran.

The head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, John Sawers, said in a speech last week that "intelligence-led operations" were needed to prevent Iran getting a nuclear bomb, a comment interpreted in Tehran as proof that Britain was using subterfuge against the government.

(Reporting by Hashem Kalantari; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (3)
Yoshyoka wrote:
When did Reuter started to use politically biased language? The way the article is written is clearly caustic and hostile twoards Iran, while the same language is not present in similar articles regarding other nations. This even if other cases are as suspicious as this one.
I hope Reuter will find back to the neutrality high quality journalism should diplay.

Nov 04, 2010 8:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
burkes wrote:
The Revolutionary Guard in Iran runs the Iran, not their idiot mouthpiece, the President. He just speak what they want him to say.

The suppression of recent uprisings in Iran, illustrates the extremes they will go to, to suppress their people.

It’s religious dictatorship who refuse to open up their society, for fear of losing power. They want to keep their people at slaves, not to Islam, but to their religious leaders. An the RGuards are there to enforce and penalize any for civil disobedience.

This is the same for other muslim Countries ruled by religious leaders, who want to maintain their control over the people and especially, women. Whom they enjoy abusing. This is a drug infested religion, where many are hooked on drugs and being brainwashed, like the Moonies.

Until the people break the chains of bondage, their Governments have over them they will continue to be slaves to their religious leaders.

Nov 04, 2010 4:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
burkes wrote:
The Revolutionary Guard in Iran runs Iran, not their idiot mouthpiece, the President. He just speak what they want him to say.

The suppression of recent uprisings in Iran, illustrates the extremes they will go to, to suppress their people.

It’s religious dictatorship who refuse to open up their society, for fear of losing power. They want to keep their people at slaves, not to Islam, but to their religious leaders. And the RGuards are there to enforce and penalize any for civil disobedience.

This is the same for other muslim Countries ruled by religious leaders, who want to maintain their control over the people and especially, women. Whom they enjoy abusing. This is a drug infested religion, where many are hooked on drugs and being brainwashed, like the Moonies.

Until the people break the chains of bondage, their Governments have over them, they will continue to be slaves to their religious leaders.

Nov 04, 2010 4:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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