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Column Looks at Notorious Terrorist Who Benefits in Iran Nuclear Deal

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Secretary of State John Kerry (R), Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defend their Iran deal at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: screenshot.

Secretary of State John Kerry (R), Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defend their Iran deal at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: screenshot.

Part of the Iran nuclear agreement includes the removal of Western sanctions on individual terrorists, such as notorious Lebanese assassin Anis Naccache.

In a column published in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Hooman Bakhtiar revisits Naccache’s role in leading a 1975 terrorist mission taking 11 OPEC oil ministers hostage in Vienna. The assault was ordered by the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal.

As a close friend of slain Hezbollah leader Imad Mugniyeh, Naccache also facilitated Iran’s terrorist operations in the Mediterranean.

Bakhtiar recalls how Naccache attempted to kill his great uncle, and Iran’s last prime minister under the Shah’s rule, Shapour Bakhtiar.

As a liberal reformer, Bakhtiar requested that Ayatollah Khomeini refrain from establishing a theocracy after the Shah was overthrown. That call signed Bakhtiar’s death sentence.

Five Lebanese, Iranian, and Palestinian assassins under Naccache’s leadership posed as journalists dispatched to interview Shapour Bakhtiar, intending to kill him.

But the plot failed after the assassins killed a police officer and mistakenly executed an elderly French woman in a neighboring apartment. Naccache and three assassins were caught after an ensuing gunfight with French police. They were convicted of murder and received life sentences in 1982.

Iran subsequently unleashed a terrorist campaign to secure Naccache’s release, including a string of deadly bombings in Paris during the 1980s, while ordering Heznollah to kidnap 16 French citizens in Lebanon. The Islamic Republic’s strategy worked and France released Naccache to Tehran in 1990.

In 1991, another group of assassins eventually killed the former Iranian prime minister in Paris.

In 2008, the European Union sanctioned Naccache and his business, Bazargani Tejarat Tavanmand Saccal, due to his involvement in Iran’s nuclear proliferation operations, not his terrorist past.

Now, Naccache and several other Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps leaders will be removed from the EU sanctions list. Many of these individuals were responsible for killing Iranian dissidents, American personnel in Iraq, and civilians in other countries.

In a 2008 interview with Iran’s Fars News Agency, Naccache showed no remorse over the Bakhtiar assassination plot.

“There has been no change in my line of thinking. I stand by everything I have done in the past. If I had the experience I have now, I would have changed the planning of the plot to kill Bakhtiar. We were pressed for time, and we rushed to kill him, causing missteps along the way,” said Naccache.

Critics of the Iran nuclear deal assert that the agreement does nothing to alleviate concerns surrounding Iran’s regional hegemonic ambitions and global terrorist activities. Relieving known Iranian-led terrorist leaders from stringent financial and diplomatic pressure only reinforces those concerns.

Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism ( where this article first appeared.

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  • Mike Schwarzer

    Israel’s plots unfold. The US handled the Soviet negotiations quite successfully, Benny brings no expertise and has arrogantly inserted himself based on facts that are TOTALLY UNSUPPORTABLE if you look at the facts instead of the propaganda and illusions Benny has presented.

    Anyone who understand the deal know Benny is selling BS. No different the Bush’s WMD in Iraq. They are trying very hard to make this an us against them conflict and avoid the facts. Only snippets of misinformation.

    An NPT with Iran means NO NUKES EVER, if you told otherwise it’s a lie.

    It’s an old trick to scare everyone and raise patriotic furore to make people unthinkingly fall into line. This trick has been used since the beginning of civilization.

    Look at the deal, see that it is comprehensive and congressional votes should follow the facts. The ‘No’ vote only means;

    1) Senator in the pocket of the Israeli lobby,

    2) Confused as to which government they serve,

    3) lacks the intellectual capacity to understand the deal,

    4) Wants another war with Iran just like iraq and Afghanistan.

    Not congressional or presidential material.

    We know the US has been overrun by Israel spy’s. But this will be the first time with the right issue to learn how infiltrated the US is by the Zionists. If the US has no political integrity the world will laugh at the congress as the puppets of Israel. And voters will need to consider protecting their political system just as they would with communist infiltration. Once the vote is casts the ‘No’ they will be marked men and there will be a backlash by the silent majority.

  • Joseph Feld

    The more one hears the background to details of the nuclear agreement, the more one wonders how the P5+1 could have agreed to it. Alan Dershowitz rightly pointed out the series of negotiating mistakes that led to the final treaty. And Dershowitz is an Obama supporter,