200 pledge willingness to carry out suicide attacks against Americans, Israelis.
TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) – Some 200 masked young men and women gathered at a Tehran 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.
A spokesman, Ali Mohammadi, described Thursday’s group as the “first suicide commando unit,” though another official has claimed members already have carried out attacks in Israel.
“Sooner or later we will bury all blasphemous occupiers of Islamic lands,” Mohammadi said.
Thursday’s ceremony included the unveiling of two-meter (6-foot) stone column commemorating a 1983 attack on U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon as “the biggest suicide bombing operation against global blasphemy.”
Another article says this:
The group, which has no links to official organizations, in September also placed a symbolic gravestone at the cemetery for two Palestinian suicide bombers who carried out a twin bus bombing that killed 16 Israelis earlier this year.
The group said more than 25,000 “martyrdom seeking” volunteers have so far signed up and one of its members said the registration drive would continue.
Why do they want to kill us? It’s not because we took (actually we purchased it) their oil. It’s not because we attacked Iraq. It’s not because we support the existence of Israel. It’s because we engage in ‘global blasphemy”. If you or I blasphemy then we deserve to die.