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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:04 am on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    After Fighting Common Enemy ISIS, How Will Rising Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Affect Iraq? 

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    How U.S. and Iran found a common enemy in ISIS

    After fighting ISIS, how will rising tensions between U.S. and Iran affect Iraq?
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    Judy Woodruff: Now the final installment in our series Iran Rising in Iraq that examines Tehran’s influence there, and what it means for U.S. policy in the region. Washington is worried about that sway and presence in Iraq, and is taking measures to counter it, raising U.S.-Iran tensions. But, tonight, we look at an extraordinary moment when the U.S. and Iran made common cause to fight a common enemy, and why many say that is unlikely to happen again. In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, here again is special correspondent Reza Sayah.

    Reza Sayah: October 2016, a coalition of military forces in Iraq launched an offensive to take back the city of Mosul from ISIS. And fighting on the same side were the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iraqi Army General Ghais Al-Hamdawi says it was a superbly coordinated mission.

    Maj. Gen. Ghais Al-hamdawi (through Interpreter): It was the perfect example of bravery and cooperation among everybody, the PMF, tanks, army, air force, the American Air Force, special ops, and even citizens took part. This battle should be a lesson for all the armies in the world.

    Reza Sayah: The mission was called We Are Coming. Among the forces helping the Iraqi army, 500 American troops on the ground and U.S. fighter jets providing air support, and 16,000 fighters from the Popular Mobilization Forces, PMF for short, a volunteer Iraqi militia largely armed and funded by Iran and advised by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. For the next several months, the Iranian-backed militia helped overpower ISIS on the ground in towns and villages surrounding Mosul. Once ISIS was encircled and trapped, in came Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. artillery units and airpower, to finish the extremist group.

    Mazin Al-eshaiker: What unites both Iran and the United States is their goal to end ISIS, which we, as Iraqis, obviously appreciated.

    Reza Sayah: Iraqi politician Mazin Al-Eshaiker says Washington and Tehran never publicly acknowledged the strategy and never made direct contact to discuss it.

    Mazin Al-eshaiker: I’m talking the U.S. and Iranian didn’t sit face to face, but the Iraqis sat face to face with the Iranians, and, in the same token, sat face to face with the Americans to come up with a joint plan for both sides.

    Reza Sayah: The plan worked. In July, ISIS was defeated in its last major stronghold, thanks in part to a rare occasion where the United States and Iran tacitly cooperated to beat a common enemy. But Iraqi officials say, don’t expect U.S.-Iran cooperation again in Iraq any time soon.

    Mazin Al-eshaikerWe are free to dream what we want, but it will not happen.

    Reza Sayah: Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. policy with Iran was cautious engagement on some issues. With the election of President Donald Trump, the policy immediately changed to confrontation, escalating the nearly four-decade-long cold war between the countries. In October, President Donald Trump repeated accusations that Iran sponsors terrorism in the region, and slapped sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

    President Donald Trump: The Iranian dictatorship’s aggression continues to this day. The regime remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

    Reza Sayah: Mr. Trump also refused to certify that Iran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, even though the remaining world powers and U.N. inspectors said Iran was complying. Ten days later, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Riyadh to boost Iraq’s ties with Iran’s main regional rival in the region, Saudi Arabia. Tillerson also suggested the PMF was an Iranian fighting force and called for the militia to disband, a demand the Iraqi government rejected, insisting PMF fighters were Iraqi nationals.

    Rex Tillerson: Certainly, Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Da’esh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home.

    Reza Sayah: And, last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo revealed that he had sent a letter to Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, warning Iran over its behavior in Iraq.

    Mike Pompeo: He refused to open the letter. It didn’t break my heart, to be honest with you. What we were communicating to him in that letter was that we will hold he and Iran accountable for any attacks on American interests in Iraq by forces that are under their control. And we wanted to make sure he and the leadership in Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear.

    Reza Sayah: Senior Iranian officials have hit back in the war of words. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called U.S. policy in the Middle East dangerous. In a live televised address, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Western countries, including the United States, of having fed and armed ISIS. And in a speech to university students last month, Iran’s supreme leader called the U.S. Iran’s number one enemy.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (through Interpreter): My dear children, don’t forget that in this very important path where you’re following your goals, your number one enemy is America.

    Seyed Hosseini: America has to learn a lesson.

    Reza Sayah: Iran-based pro-Iranian political analyst Seyed Hosseini says better relations between Washington and Tehran is good for Iraq. But that won’t happen, he says, unless the U.S. changes what Hosseini calls a hostile policy against Iran.

    Seyed Hosseini: Until they don’t correct themselves and their policies in the region, I don’t think there will be a great hope for that. America, for them to be present in the region, they need Iranian help. They must just come to terms and accept the presence of a powerful Iran.

    Reza Sayah: Many Iraqis doubt Tehran and Washington will change their policies. Ali Elami has owned this Baghdad supermarket for five decades. This is where Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein used to stop by for late-night shawarmas, he says. So, Saddam Hussein had shawarma at your place? Elami says the U.S. and Iran are both here for their own interests, not to help Iraq.

    Ali Elami (through Interpreter): The location of Iraq is very strategic. There’s oil, rivers. When Americans came and kicked out Saddam, they didn’t do it for our interests. They did it for oil and money. Iran has expanded here not for our sake. They did it for their own benefit.

    Muthanna Amin Nader: We pay a price as a people in Iraq.

    Reza Sayah: Iraqi politician Muthana Amin Nader is happy to see is defeated in Iraq. But what he fears now is a dangerous proxy war between Iran and the U.S.

    Muthanna Amin Nader: Conflict between Iran and America makes our people as victim. We give a very, very expensive price. It’s time to say enough for bleeding in Iraq and destroying Iraq. They should support us, but also keep away from us.

    Reza Sayah: With so much at stake here for the U.S. and Iran, keeping away from Iraq seems unlikely. How the two adversaries manage that high-stakes competition while they’re here may go a long way in shaping the future of Iraq. For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Reza Sayah in Baghdad.

     

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:54 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Threat to U.S.: Leave Syria or Else!: Video 

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    TruNews, December 11, 2017 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani sent a letter, via Russia, demanding every last U.S. soldier leave Syria or else “the doors of hell will open up.”

    According to the Kuwaiti Al Rai Media news website (translated from Arabic), Soleimani told a Russian officer who delivered the message to the U.S.:

    ‘My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it … You shall face soldiers and forces you have not experienced before in Syria and you will leave the country sooner or later.’

    Soleimani reportedly told the Russian middle-man that U.S. forces in Syria will be “considered as forces of occupation” if they stay, according to the Al Rai report. It concludes that the situation could quickly devolved into a mirror of events in Lebanon in 1983, when hundreds of American Marines were killed in the Islamist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:40 am on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Danger of Overlooking Iran Regime in North Korean Missile Problem 

    The Danger of Overlooking Iran Regime in North

    NCRI – The North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch in the early hours of Wednesday morning sent shock waves across the world and many are now considering how best to deal with the threat posed by Kim Jong Un.
    After all the missile could have hit anywhere in the continental United States if it had been launched at a lower trajectory and US Defense Secretary James Mattis has revealed that the launch shows that North Korea could now hit “everywhere in the world, basically”.
    However, we could be overlooking a key element in this equation: Iran.
    Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional law scholar and political analyst, is considering how the US’s action on North Korea will impact on another rogue nuclear power in the near future.
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz

    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz

    On ILTV, Dershowitz said“I think this is not about North Korea at all. I think this is all about Iran, and it’s all about how to make sure, 10 years from now, we’re not facing this crisis with Iran.”
    He continued: “Iran already has the capacity to deliver nuclear weapons, and once the Iran deal terminates, as it will in eight or so years, they will be allowed to spin centrifuges sufficient to create a nuclear arsenal capable of reaching all over the world, and certainly capable of reaching American allies in the Middle East and in Europe.”
    He said that the US cannot afford to make the same mistakes with Iran that it has with North Korea, because the ruthless ambition of the Iranian mullahs makes them far more dangerous.
    He said: “The big difference is North Korea is not hegemonic in its interests. It just simply wants to survive. It’s creating a nuclear arsenal in order to prevent it from being destroyed and the regime toppled, whereas Iran has hegemonic interests, which they’ve already manifested from Lebanon to Syria to parts of Iraq, and clearly, they have their eyes on the Gulf States and the Sunni Arab world. And so whatever we do with North Korea has to be done with an eye to Iran. The goal has to be to make sure Iran never becomes a North Korea.”
    Indeed, each country has already had a failed (or failing) nuclear pact with the West which failed to contain their dangerous nuclear weapons programme.
    They have also collaborated on the North Korean nuclear programme and when the so-called sunset clauses run out in the current Iran nuclear deal, the Regime will already have the information to make a nuclear weapon, this highlights another way in which Iran is more dangerous than North Korea.
    If you wish to see Dershowitz’s interview, please click here.
     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:35 am on November 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    “U.S. Policy on Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?” 

    US Policy on Iran 11/21/2017

    Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gen Chuck Wald at “US Policy On Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?”, moderated by Prof. Sasch Sheeahn from UB.
    Click on the follow link for watching all conference:

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yoKMMlqLAlKQ?t=24s

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:25 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcoming Positions of Arab Community Against Clerical Regime and Calling for Effective and Feasible Action 

    Iranian Resistance welcomes the decisions adopted by the extraordinary summit of the foreign ministers of Arab States, such as condemnation of the mullahs’ regime for “its continued involvement in Arab affairs which feeds sectarian and religious strife” and “support for terrorism and terrorist groups in Arab States with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles,” and the referral to the United Nations Security Council for “violations of Resolution No. 2231 on the development of the ballistic missile program” and “violations of the Resolution (2216)” with regard to Yemen….and considers it as a necessary step to confront the policy of exporting fundamentalism and terrorism of the mullahs regime ruling Iran that must be completed with a series of practical measures.

    The clerical regime is in extreme need of export of terrorism, war and extremism for its survival. Since three decades ago, the Iranian Resistance has emphasized the need to confront this regime as the greatest enemy of peace and tranquility in the region and the world. Failure to pay attention to this threat and negotiation and appeasement has allowed the regime to expand the unprecedented wave of terrorism and war and massacres to regional countries from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine to Yemen, Bahrain and Afghanistan, and even beyond the region.

    Some of the necessary measures to complete the positions of Arab foreign ministers, as well as the decisions of the Riyadh Conference (April 2017) and the Islamic Cooperation Organization Summit in Istanbul (April 2016) are as follows:

    1. The expulsion of the mullahs regime from the Islamic Cooperation Conference and all regional institutions and organs, and awarding Iran’s seats to the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the only democratic alternative to the religious and terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran;

    2. Complete termination of economic and diplomatic relations of Arab and Islamic countries with the Iranian regime;

    3. Adoption of necessary regional and international measures to expel the Revolutionary Guards and its mercenary militias from the countries of the region, in particular, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and to prevent the Iranian regime and its militias from sending troops and weapons to the above countries in pursuance of Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231;

    4. Providing comprehensive political, financial, military and weapons support to the Syrian democratic opposition, and banning any Iranian regime’s interference in the negotiations on Syrian crisis;

    5. Putting the IRGC in the terrorist lists, and complete prohibiting of dealings with its affiliated companies;

    6. Condemning the mullahs regime’s crimes against the Iranian people, in particular the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, including the massacre of 30,000 prisoners in 1988, and supporting the people’s will to overthrow this anti-human regime;

    Terrorism and extremism in its present form has emerged in this region since the reign of mullahs, and these destructive and deadly policies will end only with the overthrow of this regime. This is a matter within reach because of the hatred and disgust of the whole people against this regime and the presence of a national opposition and a powerful and organized alternative.

    National Council of Resistance of Iran – Foreign Affairs Committee
    November 20, 2017

     
    • bluemoone 11:33 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink

      That’s a well-thoughtout plan but I do have a few questions regarding some of the points. At the top of the list is the part about the terror list. It’s a bold move, but I fear that the people might get caught in that net. You’ve seen the clumsy, bigoted way that our government tried to ban certain countries under that guise. I can understand having sanctions on the government but it would be good to not have the people suffer more than they already have in doing so. I don’t know if there is a way to accomplish that. The other was the abandonment of diplomacy. I think that still may play a part is giving support to the resistance. What about the UN bringing charges against the regime? Can that be done? Also, does the Arab states you mention include Saudi Arabia? I only ask because they have gotten ill-concieved assistance from the US and does appear to be in favor of terroristic actions, as does the US. The US interference in the government of other countries has never worked out favorably for its people largely due to our government’s motivations of greed and not the bettering of humanity. I don’t want our government to make things worse than they already have and that is very likely. I would like to ask any country considering such bold moves to be strategic in their actions and make it a priority that whatever they do, that they design their actions to support the people of Iran and minimize or eliminate the blowback on them.

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    • eliza rudolf 6:01 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Great 😊

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:36 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks Eliza.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 11:06 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you for the comments you have written to me. While agreeing with the concerns you raised, I must first recall a historical record of these actions. It is more than 38 that the United States, in spite of some apparent and small measures, has essentially prevented the fall of the regime’s dictatorship from ruling Iran overwhelmingly by its appeasement policy. Do you know that the United States, with its foolish attack on Iraq, has been giving it in a golden tray to the Iranian clerics and Quds terrorists? In contrast, more than 15 years , the legitimate and fair resistance of the Iranian people was placed on terrorist lists. Of course, the politics of the countries of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have also been affected by this policy by the United States and Europe, with the dictatorship of this regime. Therefore, as a result of this policy, the appeasement of the United States and Europe and the Arab countries, the party that has benefited most, is only the criminals and terrorists ruling Iran. The party that has seen the most damage is only Iranian people and their free and legitimate resistance. If the Arab countries are awake today, it is because of the fears that they have created in their hearts as a result of the advance of the Iranian regime and the terrorist forces. Iraq and many parts of Syria and Yemen are in control of Quds terrorist forces and their mercenaries. They want to occupy Saudi Arabia. Lebanon is under the control of the terrorist group Hezbollah, the mercenary of Iran. They want to occupy Saudi Arabia. Lebanon is under the control of the terrorist group Hezbollah, the mercenary of Iran. Well, you see that the Arab community and the US government have not yet done anything against this regime. Their threat is not at all a war with this regime. If the United States and Europe and Arab countries listened to the Iranian resistance 30 years ago, they would not have supported the regime. Now, absolutely, the Iranian resistance is not calling for sanctions that harm the Iranian people. Iran’s economy and oil are under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). They use oil money to build a ballistic missile and a nuclear program to threaten the world, such as North Korea. They also export their fundamentalist religious ideology and terrorism to scare of the region countries and U.S. and EU , and the United States. It must cut off the vital arteries of the terrorists and criminals ruling Iran. I do not think these countries are so serious and determined. The only way to uprising the Iranian people and overthrow this regime is through the Iranian resistance and the establishment of freedom, human rights and sustainable democracy in Iran.
      Hope I could explain and answer to questions, thanks again dear Danelle. Good luck.

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    • bluemoone 2:00 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      No, what you’ve said supports my concerns even more. I agree that all countries, especially the US, needs to stop supporting criminals and needs to help, not hurt the Iranian people as well as the people of other countries that they have wronged; Honduras, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, India. I’m sure there’s more. It will only come to be if we get the criminals out of our government. That’s something that the American people have been waking up to, that nothing will change for the better until they are gone. I’m in full support of our government providing whatever assistance and backing the Iranian people need, as long as they are actually helping. They have had a long history of only helping themselves but part of that is our fault too for not doing more to stop them.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:52 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle for your opinions, you have a high level human feelings and this is what I impressed by you always. Thanks again. Good luck.

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    • bluemoone 8:20 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Masoud. You are equally impressive.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:51 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    What is the solution to the future of Iran and the region? 

    Maryam Rajavi

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The Iranian regime’s terrorist interventions have spread to almost all Middle Eastern countries. From Iraq to Syria, from Lebanon to Yemen and … The question is: what should be done?

    As the Islamic State terror group is being defeated in Iraq and Syria, an increasing concern is focused on Tehran’s intention of establishing a land-bridge to the Mediterranean. This would provide Iran the capability to send boots, arms, finances and other necessities for its proxy forces checkered across these lands to establish a long-lasting foothold. In addition, consider other aspects of the dangers of this regime for peace and stability in the region and the world:

    • Nuclear ambitions of the mullahs.
    • Expansion of the ballistic missile program.
    • Deployment of its militia mercenaries and the troops of the Qods terrorist Force to Iraq, and Yemen.

    These are obvious examples of the increasing danger of this regime.

    So you see ,must to do something right.

    What is the solution? The time has come for the following actions:

    • As soon as possible, the Iranian regime should be thrown out of all the countries of the region.
    • Designation of the IRGC in the terrorist lists of the US State Department and the European Union,such as the US Treasury Department did.
    • Audit and trial of criminals and perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners at the International Court of Justice.
    • The Iranian regime must to subjected to massive military and economic sanctions.
    • The world must to recognize and support the efforts of the Iranian people and their organized Resistance to overthrow this regime and establish freedom and justice.

    For this religious dictatorship, there is a democratic alternative. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its central organization, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) led by Maryam RajaviThe ten point plan of Maryam Rajavi are the best solution for the future of Iran and the establishment of peace, stability and construction in this region of the world.

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    Maryam Rajavi in the grand gathering of Free Iran Paris, July 1,2017

    10 Point Plan-Maryam Rajavi

    Originally published at towardfreeiranwithmaryamrajavi.blogspot.com on September 19, 2017.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:42 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Europe Needs to Back U.S. in Blacklisting IRGC 

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    The #UnitedStates has changed its policy with the incoming new administration. The #Trump administration has not certified the actions of the Iranian regime, thus putting Congress into the position of deciding within 60 days whether or not to reimpose the #sanctions that had been lifted through the 2015 nuclear agreement. In addition, the Trump administration has designated the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. This blacklisting course of action is one that many within the international community wish the European governments would back this policy shift with one of their own.

    “The situation of human rights in Iran is very bad. Many prisoners are executed in Iran, which according to Amnesty International, if we exclude China, more than 55% of the executions in the world took place in Iran under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani,” said Firouz Mahvi, a member of the…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:24 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Senior Officials Acknowledge That IRGC Controls the Economy 

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    Iranian regime is engulfed with Major concerns over the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) terrorist designation and the implementation of new U.S. sanctions, known as CAATSA, as it appears in the remarks resorted by its senior officials.

    “Implementing CAATSA means sanctioning the establishment’s official military force and they can even sanction the government under the pretext of its cooperation with the IRGC,” said judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani. (Vatan-e Emrooz daily, October 31st)

    “Based on the policies instructed by the leader, our missile ranges are 2,000 kilometers… This is enough for now,” said IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafar on October 31st, signaling a step back considering the seriousness of these sanctions.

    Whereas on October 18th he is known to have said, “Our influence in the region and the power of our missile capabilities……

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:57 pm on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcoming New Sanctions Against IRGC Commanders and Affiliates 

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    The Iranian Resistance welcomes sanctions by the US Treasury Department against a number of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and affiliates, engaged in suppressing and plundering the Iranian people as well as export of terrorism and proliferation of ballistic missiles. The Iranian Resistance views this as a necessary step in dealing with the clerical regime’s suppressive, belligerent, and terrorist policies and proliferation of ballistic missiles that endanger the peace and tranquility in the region.

    These sanctions should be quickly extended to all the individuals, entities, institutions, and companies affiliated or dealing with the IRGC, as well as to the IRGC’s foreign mercenaries. It is even more imperative that sanctions be imposed on IRGC commanders stationed in 31 provinces throughout Iran, who are responsible for suppressing the population.

    Implementing the law passed by the US Congress regarding sanctions on the IRGC, as well as designating IRGC as a terrorist entity, require adopting measures to expel the IRGC from the region, specifically Syria and Iraq,. These measures are prerequisite to ending the war and bloodshed and establishing peace in the region.

    The Iranian Resistance calls on the European Union to join in sanctioning the IRGC.

    A major part of the Iranian economy is controlled by the IRGC, and therefore deals with the IRGC are tantamount to fueling its belligerence, its terror and suppression machine, the expansion of its nuclear weapons program and the proliferation of ballistic missiles.

    IRGC Brigadier, Gholamreza Jalali, the commander of the regime’s Passive Defense, acknowledged in an interview with the state TV on October 29 that the IRGC’s Khatam-ol-Anbiya Headquarters “carries out many projects such as building dams, power plants, and refineries… Some 5,000 companies are working with the Khatam Headquarters.”

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    October 31, 2017

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:14 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Secrets of the 1983 Beirut Bombings: The role of Iran’s IRGC 

    The 1983 double bombing in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, left 241 American service members, 58 French military personnel and six civilians killed. (Supplied)
    The 1983 double bombing in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, left 241 American service members, 58 French military personnel and six civilians killed, alongside hundreds of others injured.
    21 years later in 2004 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) unveiled a “monument” in “honor” of that terrorist attack.
    This “memorial” column, installed in a section dubbed “Martyrs of the Islamic World” in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery, carried a very vivid message: Iran’s IRGC was behind the 1983 blast targeting the peacekeeping force in Beirut.
    34 years have passed since that attack and today the IRGC has been designated a terrorist organization by the US Treasury Department. Such a measure deserves praise, yet is long overdue.
    On October 23 of that year a suicide bomber drove a water tanker into the US Marines barracks and detonated around 1,000 kilograms of explosives (equal to 15,000 to 21,000 pounds of TNT), transferred with large trucks into buildings where the Multi-National Forces in Lebanon were stationed.
    The United Nations was involved in a broader peacekeeping mission to bring an end to the Lebanese civil wars. The Islamic Jihad, an Iranian offspring terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    BACKGROUND

    In line with its pillar policy of exporting terrorism and warmongering across the Middle East, one of Iran’s first objectives was to launch a central command base for the IRGC and its local mercenaries in Lebanon. These elements were initially dispersed in towns and villages of the Baalbek area in eastern Lebanon near the border Jordan.
    In 1980, coinciding with Tehran paving the grounds to ignite the Iran-Iraq War, then Iranian regime leader Ayatollah Khomeini dispatched former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaee to Lebanon to blueprint possible terrorist attacks and hostage taking measures in this country, considered Iran’s “strategic depth.”

    (R-L) Mohsen Rezaee, Anis al-Naqqash, Mohamed Salih al-Hosseini and Mohsen Rafighdoust – Beirut, 1980. (Supplied)
    On September 10, 2003, Iran’s state-run Mashreq daily published a photo imaging Rezaee, former IRGC logistics officer Mohsen Rafighdoust, former IRGC foreign relations officer Mohammad Saleh al-Hosseini and Lebanese terrorist Anis al-Naqqash, said to be behind the first assassination attempt targeting former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar in 1980.
    With support provided by the IRGC and under the command of former defense minister Hossein Dehghan, the Lebanese Hezbollah took over the Sheikh Abdullah Base in early September 1983. This site was the main center of the Lebanese Army in Bekaa Valley, and was later renamed Imam and transformed to become the IRGC’s main command center in Lebanon.
    From this very site the IRGC controlled Hezbollah militia units and directed the Beirut bombings alongside senior Hezbollah commanders, most specifically the known terrorist Imad Mughniyah.
    The orders for the Beirut bombings were first issued by the IRGC to Ali Akbar Mohtashemipour, Iran’s then ambassador to Syria. He then relayed the orders to IRGC units stationed in Beirut under Dehghan’s command.
    The Islamic Jihad organization was in fact a special ops branch. Until its final days in 1992 this entity was jointly commanded by the Lebanese Hezbollah and IRGC.
    Following the Beirut bombings France began aerial attacks in the Bekaa Valley targeting IRGC-linked bases. The US responded to these terrorist attacks by planning raids on the Sheikh Abdullah Base where the IRGC was training Hezbollah militias.
    On July 20th, 1987, Iran’s Resalat daily wrote the Beirut bombings citing Rafiqdoust, “… both the TNT and ideology behind the attacks that sent 400 American officers and soldiers to hell in the U.S. Marines command base in Beirut came from Iran.”

    34 years have passed since that attack and today the IRGC has been designated a terrorist organization by the US Treasury Department. (Supplied)
    On August 14th, 2005, World Net Daily wrote in this regard: “…Two years ago, a US federal court order identified the suicide bomber as Ismail Ascari, an Iranian national.”

    TEHRAN EXPRESSING JOY

    There should be no feeling of positivity in response to terrorist attacks, no matter where in the world. Terrorism is terrorism.
    Yet the Iranian regime follows no such standards.
    The state-run Rasekhoon website posted a piece literally praising the Beirut double attack.
    “…Two massive explosions, six minutes apart, levelled the US Marines command center and the interventionist French forces command base … The heroic reaction… against US and French bases in Beirut delivered a heavy blow to Western powers and forced them to leave Lebanon in a humiliating manner.”

    THE LEGAL WAR

    “A US federal judge has ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Lebanon,” according to Agence France-Presse.
    “After this opinion, this court will have issued over $8.8 billion in judgments against Iran as a result of the 1983 Beirut bombing,” Judge Royce Lamberth, presiding over this case, wrote in the ruling.
    In late April of last year Iran’s state-run Javan daily, said to be affiliated to the IRGC, wrote:
    “In 2003 relatives of the US Marines killed in Lebanon’s terrorist bombings 30 years ago, successfully gained the opinion of a U.S. appeals court to receive compensation from Iran. Four years later, in 2007, a U.S. federal court issued an order demanding this payment be extracted from Iran’s frozen assets.”
    In September 2013 a US federal court in New York presided by Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of the families of the Beirut bombings victims.
    In July 2014 an appeals court in New York turned down a request filed by Iran’s Central Bank and ordered $1.75 billion in compensation from Tehran’s frozen assets be distributed amongst the victims’ families. This ruling was issued by a three-judge panel of the 2nd branch of New York’s federal appeals court.
    That same year Iran’s Central Bank filed for an appeal, arguing this ruling is in violation of US’ obligation according to accords signed back in 1955. With their notion turned down, Iran’s Central Bank referred the case to the US Supreme Court.
    On April 20th, 2016, America’s highest court ordered $2 billion dollars from Iran’s blocked assets to be extracted and used to pay the families of the Beirut bombings victims. Enjoying 6 votes in favor in the face of two against, this order was adopted despite Iran’s Central Bank request for an appeal.

    THE STATUS QUO

    For more than thirty years the curtains have gradually fallen and the true face of Iran’s IRGC, as a source of support for terrorism, has become crystal clear. Rest assured the footprints of this notorious entity will be found in more crimes inside Iran, around the Middle East and across the globe.
    This is further proof of the necessity of strong measures against the IRGC as the epicenter of Iran’s war machine.
    Utter belligerence has been Tehran’s offspring for four long decades. The time has come to say enough is enough.
    The victims of the 1983 Beirut double bombings, and literally the millions of others who have perished due to Iran’s policies, should know their blood was not shed in vein.
     
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