Magazine article Insight on the News

List Fingers Iranian Cleric for Bombing

Magazine article Insight on the News

List Fingers Iranian Cleric for Bombing

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One name believed to be on the list given to the Bush administration of suspects FBI Director Louis Freeh thinks should be indicted for the 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen is that of leading Iranian cleric Seyed Hadi Khosrowshahi.

As news alert! disclosed nearly four years ago, the Pentagon suspected early on that Hadi was at the center of a web linking Tehran with Saudi dissidents thought to have carried out the attack on the Khobar Towers military complex in Dhahran.

Before the Dhahran bombing, the CIA had detected Iranian involvement in establishing a new terrorist camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley for the training of Saudi dissidents. About a year later, U.S. intelligence suspicions hardened that a wing of Saudi Hezbollah carried out the bombing, which also injured 500.

Hadi is a shadowy but powerful figure in the Iranian regime. Trained as a Muslim cleric in the holy city of Qom, he was a trusted supporter of the late Ayatollah Khomeini even before the Iranian revolution. …

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