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Document Says Iran Orders Assassination of Bahrain’s King

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has issued a fatwa for the killing.

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'Reza Kahlili'

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December 20, 2012 - 4:38 pm
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Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, one of the most influential clerics within the Islamic regime and a member of the Assembly of Experts (the body that chooses the supreme leader), has issued a fatwa for the killing of the Bahraini king.

On Oct. 11, Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior military aid to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khaminei, publicly stated that the second wave of the Islamic Awakening will soon take place, which will result in a sharp decrease in “U.S. hegemony” in the region.

Safavi predicted major political and historical changes in the region and added that, “The U.S. and its allies are opposed to these developments, but the people of the region and the second wave of the Islamic Awakening (Arab Spring) will bring about this change.”

Bahrain is the home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and strategically significant for the stability of the region and the flow of oil to the world. Iranian rulers believe that toppling the Sunni monarch, resulting in an Iran-friendly Shiite government, would minimize the U.S. role in the region, threaten the monarch in Saudi Arabia and drastically expand Iran’s power in the Persian Gulf.

Just days ago, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, addressing the Manama Dialogue, criticized the Obama administration for failing to back Bahrain in its struggle with Iran and failed to mention the United States in the kingdom’s list of allies, instead addressing unidentified countries that criticized Bahrain’s leadership.

The documents obtained by Zakeri, quoting Soleimani in his request for permission to assassinate King Khalifa, charges that the Bahraini government has committed a “great sin” by killing defenseless Shiites, destroying Shiite mosques and insulting Shiite clerics. On Tuesday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister accused Bahrain of using “toxic gas” to suppress Shiite protesters. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry immediately condemned those remarks.

Soleimani called the Bahraini government a tool of Saudi Arabia and the “Zionist regime” with a common goal of confronting the Islamic Awakening. The document also shows that under a 10-year plan approved by Khamenei, the regime has been working on toppling the Bahraini government.

Another source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence also reported that in the past few weeks, Russian advisers, along with Guard commanders, have been visiting several islands under the control of the regime in the Persian Gulf, readying defensive and offensive capabilities as if the regime expects some major confrontation.

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Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
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