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US "planned to attack Iran in 2003" : Mohsen Rezai

IranMania News: "US "planned to attack Iran in 2003" : Mohsen Rezai

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 2002 IranMania.com

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Former Revolutionary Guard chief Mohsen Rezaei.

TEHRAN, May 22 (AFP) - A former head of elite Revolutionary Guards said the United States had planned to attack Iran next year after Afghanistan and Iraq, but had to change its plans due to "Palestinian resistance", the conservative Qods daily reported Wednesday.

Mohsen Rezai, who is also secretary general of the Expediency Council arbitration body chaired by former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, said "the United States intended to initiate a war with Iran in 2003 after attacking Afghanistan in 2001 and disposing of the Iraqi regime in 2002".

"But the Palestinian resistance in the (Israeli) occupied lands has destroyed their plans," he was quoted as saying.

In January, US President George W. Bush branded Iran part of an "axis of evil" and named it as a potential target in the US "war on terror". Tehran and Washington cut diplomatic ties following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

Iran was maintained on the list of alleged sponsors of terrorism in the latest annual State Department report published Tuesday."

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