By Kasra Naji
As Iran's nuclear software speeds up, all eyes are at the blacksmith's son who can have his finger at the set off. who's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if somebody, does he resolution? the world over acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's pals, kinfolk, and associates to inform for the 1st time the real tale of ways he got here to strength. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means prior to released colour photos, is an image of a guy who's even more of a strength to be reckoned with than the caricatures provided up thus far recommend. whereas Naji files Ahmadinejad's frequently unusual habit, he additionally exhibits him to be packed with advanced contradictions: a guy gripped via apocalyptic ideals, but able to switching non secular allegiance within the quest for strength. a guy tricky sufficient to struggle road battles within the identify of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude sufficient to ask the German chancellor to hitch him in an anti-Jewish alliance, but refined adequate to win the help of the omnipotent progressive safeguard. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and exhibits us the plots, passions, and personalities that might impression Ahmadinejad's subsequent circulate, whereas the realm waits with bated breath.
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Extra resources for Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader
The Ramazan Headquarters in the western city of Kermanshah was home to the Revolutionary Guard’s Special Forces Brigade. It had 34 AHMADINEJAD been set up to carry out commando-style warfare and sabotage behind enemy lines. It had been inspired by a commando unit that had been set up in the early years of the war by Mostafa Chamran, one of the foremost military strategists of Ayatollah Khomeini. Chamran, who had spent years before the Revolution in south Lebanon training with the Palestinians and Shia militants, was a key player in the very early Khomeini years.
They did this not under the banner of OCU but under the name of ‘the Student Followers of the Imam’s Line’. The architects of the action invited some of the left-leaning pro-Khomeini student leaders from a number of universities to join them. Although Ahmadinejad was kept out of the loop, he would not escape its consequences. The Den of Spies On 29 June 2005, only five days after his election as president, Ahmadinejad learned a lesson in the power of the Western media when he suddenly found himself accused of being a terrorist.
Now with Iran and Iraq at war, many Kurds on both sides of the northern sector 32 AHMADINEJAD of the border saw an enormous opportunity to realize dreams of a Greater Kurdistan, bringing Iranian and Iraqi Kurds and eventually those in southern Turkey and eastern Syria together into one independent state. But in the rest of the country, the invasion of Iran united many Iranians behind Khomeini and the government forces, which responded with a major mobilization. Ahmadinejad was now part of a political/military campaign guarding against the spread of the Iran–Iraq War to the northern sector of the joint border of the two countries, while fighting an internal Kurdish rebellion in hostile terrain.