Document Says Iran Orders Assassination of Bahrain's King
The claimed document provided by Hamidreza Zakeri is a request by Qassem Soleimani, the chief commander of the regime's Quds Forces, to Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi requesting a fatwa, a religious authorization, for the assassination of Bahraini authorities. The alleged document shows Soleimani's request, his explanation and reasoning for the action, and, at the bottom, Yazdi's written authorization for the action and his signature and stamp:
A former member of Iranian intelligence says Iran has ordered Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic regime’s Quds Forces, to assassinate Bahrain’s monarch as part of a renewed effort to launch a popular uprising to overthrow the minority Sunni government.
According to documents obtained by Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, or MOIS, the plan also includes assassinating the chief of intelligence and chief of public security, Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Hassan.
Zakeri testified at the federal District Court in Manhattan in the Halvish v. bin Laden civil lawsuit at which he provided proof that Iran had materially aided and supported al-Qaida before and after 9/11.
Iran has long sought to incite Muslims in the region with the goal of overthrowing U.S.-friendly governments. Their efforts fell short in Yemen, but with the current rebellion in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad, Iranian leaders have decided to go on the offensive and use all efforts to topple the government in Bahrain, which they see as game changer, Zakeri said.
Bahrain’s king, Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, has frequently objected to the Iranian regime’s efforts to incite the majority Shiite population to rise up against the minority Sunnis ruling Bahrain.
Last year, Saudi Arabia, along with other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council, sent troops to Bahrain to defuse protests against the monarchy, drawing harsh criticism from Iran, which threatened to target Saudi Arabia.
The plan for the second phase of the uprising in Bahrain, code-named Shahid Abdolkarim Fakhravi, calls for terrorist acts against military and industrial targets and Bahraini officials, and incitement for uprising.