Sunday, November 24, 2002

United press: The gathering of some 15,000 Basiji forces, among them about 2000 women clad in head-to-toe black coverings, or chadors, came as part of a series of events marking the national Basij Week in the country.
The commander of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps, Brig. General Yahya Rahim Safavi, whose forces do the task of training the Basij militia, delivered a speech at the ceremony and accused the United States of seeking to undermine Iran's security.
"America is intending to endanger Iran's security by occupying Iraq and creating crisis and tensions in Tehran's relations with other countries of the world," Safavi told the armed and uniformed crowd to the chants of "Death to America."
Safavi urged militia forces to increase their strength and maintain defense preparedness so that they could resist what he called "threats of America and the Zionist Israeli regime."


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