Who Are Takfiri Extremists?

WASHINGTON — Iran announced this week that authorities broke up “the biggest terrorist plot“ targeting the capital Tehran and other areas of the country. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said a “Takfiri” terrorist group had planned a series of bombings over the coming days.

Here is what the term “Takfiri” means and how extremist groups and the Iranian regime use it against their rivals.

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  • Mark DeFord Eletion

    “Here is what the term “Takfiri” means and how extremist groups and the Iranian regime use it against their rivals.”

    Usually, the extremist groups are those referred to as Takfiri. Iran is simply using the term to refer to groups that consider themselves “more islamic than thou”, and who are willing to kill those they feel are not islamic enough. The term can be applied to sunnis, and especially wahabbis, since the wahabbi arabs created and trained the jihadi army (in saudi-funded schools).

    Iran rarely if ever blames saudi arabia for anything, even though its only real enemy is the sunnis, who consider shia to be polytheistic, and want it destroyed. Iran knows that if they blamed saudi arabia, it would most probably backfire by calling too much attention to the differences in the shiite ideology itself, so they need a scapegoat. Typically, that has been the US, but they may blame others as well.