By Mark Ellis
The brothers who detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon were connected to a larger terrorist group in South Asia and Iran, a former intelligence agent asserts.
“It was an Islamist attack,” says Reza Khalili, once a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, who later became a CIA spy and escaped to the West. He became a Christian in the U.S. after a friend gave him a copy of the JESUS Film and a New Testament.
Khalili still maintains high-level sources within Iran, who told him the two brothers were recruited by Hezbollah and Quds Forces.
The operation centers for the mission were in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Iran, but it was carried out in such a way as to leave very few fingerprints pointing back to Iran.
“They have done a lot of planning,” Khalili notes. He made a prediction last December that a number of terror attacks would commence in the U.S. in 2013.
While the brothers’ roots are in Chechnya, which is mostly Sunni Muslim, the older brother was later influenced by the Shiite ideology favored by Iran’s current leadership regarding the coming of the 12th Imam, Mahdi.
A YouTube video posted by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, confirms his belief in the coming of the 12th Mahdi, and the rise of an Islamic army with black flags out of Khorasan province in Iran.
Their theology teaches that the Mahdi will only return when Armageddon is upon the world. The effort to wreak chaos and havoc in the West through terror attacks is part of the plan, according to Khalili.
Even more sinister is Khalili’s belief that this is the motivation behind Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.
“Iran’s elite Quds Forces, along with Hezbollah, have been recruiting and training terrorists from Herzegovina, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other parts of the world, extending into Latin America,” Khalili notes.
A new focus in the recruiting is on Sunni Muslims and non-Arabs to avoid any trace back to Iran and Hezbollah and to either present a seeming link to al-Qaida or individuals acting on their own, Khalili’s source in Iran tells him.
“Iran’s leaders believe they can facilitate the coming of the last Islamic messiah,” Khalili says. “They believe the centuries old Hadith predicts this and that the time is close.”
This thinking pervades the highest levels of Iran’s leadership. “The Ayatollah Khamenei for the first time published in the Iranian papers that he thinks they must get ready for war,” Khalili notes.
“He has told close associates that he will be the one to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi, the Islamic messiah. Khamenei believes he is the one.”
Khalili says Iran’s leaders think there are only “two triggers” left before the return of their messiah. First, is the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The second trigger is the destruction of Israel. “They will attack Israel and we are allowing them to get the nuclear bomb,” Khalili warns.
“The first trigger is a sign that the second trigger needs to take place,” he notes. “Once King Abdullah dies, that will tell them the time is now.”
Below is the propaganda video posted on YouTube by Tamerlan Tsarnaev:
Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym used for security reasons, is a senior fellow with EMPact America and the author of “A Time to Betray,” a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. “A Time to Betray” was the winner of the 2010 National Best Book Award, and the 2011 International Best Book Award.