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Photo claimed to show Iran President with hostage

A photo has emerged which it is claimed links the President-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the taking of 60 American hostages during the US embassy siege in Tehran in 1979.

A London-based Iranian news agency which opposes Mr Ahmadinejad is circulating the photograph, which it says was taken by the Associated Press news agency on the first day of the hostage crisis.

In the picture, a man which the Iran Focus agency claims it has identified as Mr Ahmadinejad, is seen holding the arm of a blindfolded US hostage.

The possible role of Mr Ahmadinejad in the embassy takeover, which lasted 444 days and remains a significant sore between America and Iran, came to light in the run-up to the presidential elections on June 17.

Mr Ahmadinejad is known to have been member of the "Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries" or the OSU, the main student group behind the takeover, but his precise role in the hostage-taking was unclear.

Yesterday, in an article on the BBC website, the broadcaster John Simpson appeared to pour fuel on the controversy when he said he recalled meeting Mr Ahmadinejad after the hostage crisis and remembered seeing him in the grounds of the embassy.

very interesting if true

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Not surprising

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That's the people who were "elected" in Iran.

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I heard this on the news the other night

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and wondered immediately if the 'election' that got this guy into power is the same type of 'election' that Saddam claimed over and over as winning.


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(NT) (NT) saddams were fair ask him:)

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Since he came from way behind all the front runners

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and the more moderate candidates were banned from the ballot, I'd say so.

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Ex-hostage opinion is divided over whether Ahmadinejad

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was one of the hostage takers. Some are certain he was, others don't think so. Twenty-five years has intervened which can make identification difficult.

In my view it is certainly a possibility, but the US is now confronting a situation met originally by the British in Africa. Imagine how thrilled the Brits were to have Jomo Kenyatta as President of Kenya when he had been a leader of the Mau Mau terrorists which had attacked whites in isolated plantations and farmhouses and murdered them in all sorts of horrible and excruciating ways now all too familiar after the conflicts more recently reported from Liberia, Rwanda, the Congo and other places. History marches on in sometimes regrettable ways and all we can do is deal with it. Refusal to deal hardens both positions and in my opinion just makes things worse and more likely to blow up.


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(NT) (NT) if it's a race, Mugabe beats Kenyatta by 4 lengths

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