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Secret No More: Iran’s Underground Command Complex in Tehran

Iran has completed in secrecy an underground command center in north central Tehran, not far from Iranian governmental buildings nor, ironically, far from many foreign embassies. [Red stars on the map indicate embassies to the west of the Mosalla prayer grounds.] The underground bunker complex was revealed by the same group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), that originally exposed Iran’s secret nuclear facilities in 2002.

Map of TehranLocated near the huge Mosalla prayer grounds, a system of tunnels connects the complex to several Iranian government buildings, it was reported. In the vicinity are the offices of the state security forces, the energy department and the Organization of Islamic Culture and Communications. Likely built to withstand a confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, this is another example of the deceptive nature of Iran, which began long before their admitted deception of the EU-3 negotiators in the negotiations over the past three years. Ahmadinejad and the Iranian regime have been preparing the Iranian people for conflict and attempting to link their nuclear program to a sense of nationalistic pride. The attempt has possibly not been as successful as hoped, as there appear those who question whether conflict and suffering are worth it.

On Saturday, Iran claimed the US had offered peace talks through the United States’ Ambassador to Iraq, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad. An Iranian official showed a letter in Farsi that bore a signature claimed to be that of Dr. Khalilzad. But the US Embassy said in a statement that, while Ambassador Khalilzad has the authority to talk to the Iranians, no letter of any type has been sent to the Iranians. If the Iranians had indeed received a letter offering talks from the Ambassador, surely there would have been a large-scale press conference held to show the falseness of the recent rhetoric aimed at Tehran from Washington. The relative quietness of the event suggests otherwise.

For Israel’s part, always at the epicenter of all-things-Iran, Former Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Moshe Ya’alon, said that Israel definitely had the capability of a pre-emptive strike on the Iranian facilities and that their attacks are not limited to airstrikes, a reminder of Israel’s submarine-launched strike capabilities. Israel is not convinced that it will not have to take matters into their own hands. A “senior Israeli Defense Ministry official” said to The Jerusalem Post that America is not doing enough to stop the Iranian nuclear threat.

“America needs to get its act together,” the official said. “Until now the US administration has just been talking tough but the time has come for the Americans to begin to take tough action.”

In Washington, President Bush warned Iran and Syria about their meddling in Iraq. It is open knowledge that Iran has sent thousands into the south of Iraq and continues to send advanced IED’s through the northern border into Iraq. But should there come an open conflict between the United States and Iraq, the level of Iranian carnage within Iraq will see a sharp increase as Iran’s chosen battlefield for confrontation with America.

But Iran will not be at liberty to choose the battlefield of choice for the American forces, which will include all known nuclear facilities and, now, their underground command bunker complex in the heart of Tehran.