Iranian group signing up potential martyrs ^ | 4/16/2006 | Reuters

They are volunteering to blow the nuke(s) There was an article a few days ago that described in detail how Ayatolla Komeni got thousands of children wearing these plastic tags around their necks to blow themselves up for allah and Iran in the mine fields even after hundreds died these martyrs were all the more excited to run out in the mine fields doing so before their even their commanders would give orders. Second article here says 40,000 have signed up could be multiple groups.

Posted on 04/16/2006 2:53:29 PM PDT by LM_Guy

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Some 200 Iranians have volunteered in the past few days to carry out "martyrdom missions" against U.S. and British interests around the world if Iran is attacked, a hard-line group said Sunday.

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to master enrichment technology to build atomic weapons, a charge Iran denies. Washington says it wants a diplomatic solution, but has not ruled out a military option.

The news of potential martyrs came as The Institute for Science and International Security, a U.S. think tank, said Sunday that Iran has expanded its uranium conversion facilities in Isfahan and reinforced its Natanz underground uranium enrichment plant.

The fresh fears over a possible U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear sites helped attract volunteers during its latest recruitment drive, Mohammad Ali Samadi, spokesman for the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign, said.

"Because of the recent threats, we have started to register more volunteers since Friday," Samadi told Reuters by telephone.

"Some 200 people have registered to carry out operations against our enemies. America and Britain are definitely considered enemies."

Tehran readies suicide bombers [40,000 of 'em]
The Australian ^ | 17APR06 | Marie Colvin

This sounds like these are to be used against general US and British troops rather than going on a specific mission. these would be sheilds behind which the Irans soldiers would hide as in the Iran Iraq war.

Posted on 04/16/2006 1:44:44 PM PDT by familyop

IRAN has 40,000 trained suicide bombers ready to strike at US and British targets if the nation's nuclear sites are attacked by the West.

In Iran, the main force of suicide bombers, named the Special Unit of Martyr Seekers in the Revolutionary Guards, was first seen last month when members marched in a military parade, dressed in olive-green uniforms with explosive packs around their waists and detonators held high.

Hassan Abbasi, head of the Centre for Doctrinal Strategic Studies in the Revolutionary Guards, said about 29 Western targets had been identified.

"We are ready to attack American and British sensitive points if they attack Iran's nuclear facilities," he said in a speech, a recording of which has been heard by London's Sunday Times newspaper. He said some were in Iraq, "quite close" to the Iranian border.

The revelation comes as world powers prepare to meet in tomorrow Moscow to discuss Tehran's announcement last week that it had successfully enriched uranium in defiance of the UN.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad added to tensions with the West at the weekend, warning that Israel was heading towards annihilation. He said Israel's existence was a threat to the Islamic world, and added: "The Zionist regime is a rotten dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."

However, writing in The Washington Post, a former US intelligence analyst says the US began planning a military campaign against Iran before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

William Arkin said the plan was known in military circles as TIRANNT, an acronym for Theatre Iran Near Term, and included a scenario for a land invasion of the country led by the US Marine Corps, a detailed analysis of the Iranian missile force and a global strike plan against any Iranian weapons of mass destruction.

US and British planners have already conducted a Caspian Sea war game as part of these preparations, the scholar said.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has dismissed reports of planned military strikes on Iran as wild speculation, insisting that the Bush administration remains focused on diplomacy to solve the impasse.

At a recruiting station for the suicide bomber squad in Tehran recently, volunteers had to show their birth certificates and tick a box stating whether they would prefer to attack US targets in Iraq or Israeli targets.

Alireza Jafarzadeh, a former spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition group, said a secret parallel military program was also under way in Iran.

According to sources inside Iran, the Revolutionary Guards were constructing underground sites that could be activated if nuclear facilities were destroyed.

The NCRI is the political wing of the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq, deemed a terrorist organisation in Britain and the US.

But much of its information is considered to be "absolutely credible" by Western intelligence after Mr Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of the Natanz nuclear plant in 2002.

The Sunday Times