On July 2, 2005, Al-Arabiya TV broadcast a report on an Iranian movement of suicide bombers with the aim of targeting Americans in Iraq and Israel. The volunteers said they wanted to carry out martyrdom operations to liberate Islamic lands and stated that so far 40,000 “time bombs” have been recruited. To view this clip, visit http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=736 .
According to the chairman and spokesman of The World Islamic Organization’s Headquarters for Remembering the Shahids, Mohammad ‘Ali Samedi, his organization began recruiting suicide bombers about a year and a half ago, as reported by MEMRI last year.(1) Since then, he has engaged in organizing conventions, registering volunteer suicide bombers online, and providing guidance and training for martyrdom operations.
The organization’s supporters, and those participating in its activities, include public figures, such as veteran MP Mahdi Kuchak-Zadeh, from the prominent conservative party Coalition of Iran’s Developers (Abadgoran) which backed Iranian President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad and Revolutionary Guards officers such as General Salami, head of The Revolutionary Guards Headquarters for Strategic Operations.