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Mousavi, celebrated in Iranian protests, directed 1980s terror campaign

Mir-Hossein Mousavi (or Moussavi) may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago he was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.

Mousavi, prime minister of Iran for most of the 1980s, personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign and dispatched him to Damascus as Iran’s ambassador, according to former CIA and military officials. The ambassador in turn hosted several meetings of the cell that would carry out the Beirut attacks, which were overheard by the National Security Agency [wire taps].

Now retired Navy Admiral James “Ace” Lyons also fingered Mousavi for the 1988 truck bombing of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Center in Naples, Italy, that killed five persons.

Bob Baer, a former CIA Middle East field officer, agrees that Mousawi, who has been celebrated in the West for sparking street demonstrations against the Teheran regime since he lost the elections, was directing the overall 1980s terror campaign.

“When Mousavi was Prime Minister, he oversaw an office that ran operatives abroad, from Lebanon to Kuwait to Iraq,” Baer said. “This was the heyday of [Ayatollah] Khomeini’s theocratic vision, when Iran thought it really could export its revolution across the Middle East, providing money and arms to anyone who claimed he could upend the old order.” Baer added: “Mousavi was not only swept up into this delusion but also actively pursued it.”

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