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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:02 pm on 12 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Terror; The Mullahs Regime is Source of Regional and Global Terrorism and Warmongering. 

    The Iranian regime is the source of terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East and across the globe.

    – Designation Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in their entireties as terrorist entities by the U.S. and the European Union;

    – Expulsion of the mullahs’ MOIS agents and IRGC Quds Force operatives from the U.S. and Europe.

    Now, the world is witnessing how IRGC is a real threat in the Middle East. Looking at the IRGC’s record, we can clearly see the IRGC’s involvement in major terror attacks:

    Facing this global threat, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), once again stressed on the Iranian Resistance’s demands on behalf of the Iranian opposition:

    1983 – U.S. Marines base bombing in Beirut, Lebanon

    1996 – Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia

    2006 – Al-Askari mosque bombing in Samarra, Iraq

    Additionally, the IRGC is the main supporter of terrorism and fundamentalism and the element behind instability and massacre.

    A number of IRGC global terrorism victims:

    1989 – Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou – Austria

    1990 – Kazem Rajavi – Switzerland

    1991 – Shahpour Bakhtiar – France

    1992 – Mykonos Assassination – Germany

    1993 – Mohammad Hossein Naghdi – Italy

    1994 – AMIA bombing, killing 85 people – Argentina

    1996 – Zahra Rajabi – Turkey

    In parallel with the IRGC, Iran’s MOIS supports plans and executes assassinations against the opposition.

    Iran’s terror apparatus remains active in Europe as seen in recent MOIS bombing plots targeting the PMOI/MEK and a massive Iranian opposition rally in Paris.

    Iranian regime elements arrested in Belgium. MOIS agent arrested for planning terror plot.

    We reiterate Maryam Rajavi’s demands:

    – Blacklisting the IRGC and MOIS in their entirety by the U.S. & European Union

    – Expulsion of MOIS & IRGC Quds Force operatives from the U.S. & Europe;

    The solution lies in standing firm against the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism.

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    • wizzymedpower 7:07 am on 14 Feb 2019 Permalink

      Thanks for the masterpiece.. God is in control.. Iran shall experience freedom and its citizen rejoice again! – Israel

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:41 am on 14 Feb 2019 Permalink

      Thank you very much dear friend Israel for kind words. God bless you.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:57 pm on 4 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    International conference calls for a firm policy toward the growing terrorism of the Iranian regime 

    Brussels – Feb. 4, 2019 – On Monday, a conference at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, discussed the growing terrorist activities of the Iranian regime and the correct policy that the international community, especially Europe, must take to address the threats posed by the Iranian regime.

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    The conference comes less than two weeks prior to a major international conference in Warsaw, Poland, where senior officials will be discussing multitudes of threats the Iranian regime is posing to global peace and security. It is also being held against the backdrop of increased terrorist activities by the Iranian regime in Europe.

    Former European Parliament Vice President Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, who moderated the conference, stressed that terrorist acts coming out of Iran are being coordinated at the highest levels of power within the regime, a fact that Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif implicitly admitted to in a recent parliament hearing.

    “However, [EU foreign policy chief Federica] Mogherini and her colleagues are trying to hide this truth,” Quadras said. “The remarks of Iranian officials and the facts on the ground leave no doubt that we are faced with the rise of Iranian terrorism against Europe. We must protect our countries.”

    Quadras also criticized the EU’s decision to only take minimal punitive measures against the Iranian regime for its terrorist activities. “The question is, why only a branch of the Intelligence ministry and not all of it has been added to the European terror list. Why hasn’t the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) been sanctioned. Why not the Supreme Leader and the President, who are directly responsible for many of these plots, been sanctioned? Why are Europeans seeking business as usual with the Iranian regime,” Quadras said.

    Quadras warned that the European Union’s appeasement policy is giving the Iranian regime the green light continue its terrorism. “The EU insists the nuclear deal remains in its security interest. Yet these terror plots have happened after the nuclear deal was forged, which casts doubt over the promised security of the nuclear deal,” he said.

    Judge Freeh: The only language this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    “In Europe, we know the historical dangers and consequences of improper appeasement,” said Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who spoke at the conference.

    Freeh stressed that the terrorist activity by the Iranian regime is not the work of several rogues or people who are unilaterally performing acts of terrorism on their own. “It’s controlled by the state,” he said. “The constitution of the regime dictates to pursue terrorism against activists and opponents. The regime has a pattern of practice of terrorism to achieve its goal.”

    Judge Freeh explained that while the regime is faced with an economic crisis and a plummeting national currency, it is desperate to maintain its influence and leverage. “That’s why it is resorting to terrorism,” he said.

    European countries want to both appear strong and they also desire their relationship with the Iranian regime, Judge Freeh said, which is resulting in a contradictory policy of trade deals and very minimal punishments for egregious acts of terrorism by the regime.

    “The U.S. has taken a strong position that you can’t trust the Iranian regime. It could never be trusted because the mullahs ruling the country don’t have the same respect for the rule of law that we all do. If you can’t trust a partner, you can’t do commerce with that partner,” Freeh said. “The regime is trying to murder people in Paris who are peacefully advocating for freedom. There was a plot with Iranian diplomats to blow those people up.”

    Freeh also asserted that despite a failed terror plot in Paris, the Iranian regime continued its terrorist activities in Europe. “The regime will continue to operate that way as long as European capitals tolerate that,” he said.

    Regarding recent EU sanctions against a small subset of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS), Freeh said, “When you only sanction a small branch, you’re giving the green light to your adversary to continue terrorist acts and that you’re willing to continue to do business.”

    “We want the people of Iran to someday have the freedoms that we’re taking for granted.

    European governments must strengthen their resolve against the Iranian regime.

    The entire MOIS must be sanctioned. The IRGC must be sanctioned, as well as leaders and officials,” Freeh recommended. “The only thing this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions.”

    Farzin Hashemi: Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    Farzin Hashemi, a member of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), provided details into the regime’s terror network active in Europe.

    “The Iranian regime’s MOIS, IRGC and IRGC Quds Force are all involved in the mullahs’ terrorism apparatus. Our latest information from inside the regime relates to the regime’s terror plot against the opposition Iran Freedom rally on June 30th in Paris.

    “Reza Amiri Moghadam of the MOIS collaborated with Asdollah Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat, to carry out the operation targeting the major rally. This is a clear example of the coordination of Iran’s different agencies and that decisions are made at the highest ranks of the regime.”

    In reference to Albania, where members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are based and the Iranian regime is focusing its main terrorism efforts, Hashemi explained how the government of this country has adopted strong measures against Tehran.

    “The prime minister of Albania expelled the Iranian ambassador and chief intelligence officer from his country. Albanian officials explained that the Iranian regime were plotting to bomb a ceremony of the PMOI/MEK. Mohammad Nia, one of the expelled diplomats, was also one of the members of the nuclear negotiations team.

    Hashemi went on to shed light on the closely knit terrorism-decision making network in Tehran.

    “The MOIS is closely tied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in terrorist activities. Terrorism is institutionalized at the highest levels of the mullahs’ regime, at the Supreme Security Council headed by the President, now being Hassan Rouhani. Afterwards, the decisions are sent to the office of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for approval. Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA,” the NCRI member explained.

    Looking forward, Hashemi spelled out the measures necessary for Europe in the face of the Iranian regime’s growing threats.

    “I think it is time for Europe to take a firm stance vis-a-vis the mullahs’ regime. All officials involved in these decisions must be sanctioned. They do not represent the Iranian people. They are in fact suppressing the Iranian people at home, while being interlocutors of Mrs. Mogherini,” Hashemi explained as he emphasized.

    “The entirety of the MOIS, the IRGC and all individuals engaged in the acts of terrorism must be blacklisted. The EU should also listen to the Iranian people and put an end to this illusion that there are two different factions in Iran. These terrorism activities are carried out by the entirety of the regime and approved by the Supreme Leader.”

    Giulio Terzi: There must be much more courage among European countries

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    The Iranian regime is especially unique in using its embassies and missioning its diplomats for not only intelligence gathering measures, but also carrying out terrorism plots.

    “Clear and proactive initiatives by member states should be adopted. There is an ongoing cooperation between Western intelligence and Iranian proxies… Iran has a special status in its approach and relationship with the West, especially in regards to intelligence interaction. The cooperation here is on a different level,” said former Italian Former Minister Giulio Terzi.

    “Diplomats suspected of being involved in criminal plans must be immediately expelled from European countries. A strong policy must be adopted. There must be much more courage among European countries. We must pay special attention to the safety and security of our people,” he emphasized for EU officials in Brussels who decide on their policy and approach with the Iranian regime.

    “The cyberthreats from Iran must also be dealt with in a specific way,” the former Italian Foreign Minister added as Tehran steps up its malign activities in this field.

    Yves Bonnet: Europe must consider closing Iranian embassies

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Totalitarian regimes resort to terrorism to remove their opponents, explained former French intelligence chief Yves Bonnet. Defined as state terrorism, it is worse than other forms of terrorism and far worse to have terrorism carried out under diplomatic cover and through embassies, he continued.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of these terrorist state. It is carrying out bomb plots, assassinations, abductions and much more, especially in the first two decades of its existence,” the DST chief added.

    What remains mind boggling to those unfamiliar with the terrorism nature of this regime is the reason and logic behind Tehran’s terrorism campaigns and measures.

    “Why is the regime taking the risk to engage in terrorist activities again? It is faced with various difficulties on political and economic fronts. And it is its habit to make terrorist attempts against the opposition whenever it finds itself in a difficult situation,” Bonnet emphasized.

    “The new stance of European diplomacy is great news, and it will complicate things for the Iranian regime, which usually banks on rivalries between European states. But we must also make it clear that we’re willing to take further steps, such as closing down their embassies. Because it’s clear that the Iranian regime uses its embassies at bases of operations for its terrorist activities,” the DST chief reiterated by voicing strong measures against Tehran’s mullahs.

    “I think that we must very seriously consider the closure of Iranian embassies, and expel the diplomats whose only interest is eliminating opposition members. Accordingly, we must consider the international recognition of the Iranian Resistance as the real representatives of the Iranian people.”

    Claude Moniquet: The Iranian regime needs to eliminate MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power

    Claude Moniquet

    Claude Moniquet

    For four decades, the Iranian regime has been using terrorism as a foreign policy tool, according to Claude Moniquet, a retired French journalist and a former intelligence agent at the French Directorate-General for External Security.

    “[Iran’s regime] uses terrorism to fuel tensions in the Middle East… This regime has developed a security apparatus that, on the one hand is designed to extend its rule, and on the other, to expand its terrorist ideology abroad,” he explained.

    “There might be personal rivalries between the mullahs, but where foreign policy is concerned and the use of the diplomatic apparatus for terrorism, regime officials are of a like mind and all decisions are made by the Supreme National Security Council,” the former DST intelligence agent added.

    The Iranian regime is based on the two pillars of domestic crackdown and foreign warmongering. Terrorism is one such tool used by Tehran in response to a conglomerate of crises.

    “Why would the regime resort to terrorism? There are internal problems in Iran. The regime needs to eliminate the MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power. Because these are the main opposition that can organize protests in Iran. The regime also has interests in preventing the Palestinian and Israeli peace talks to keep the situation in Middle East complicated and insecure,” Moniquet explained, shedding light on the various aspects of Tehran’s malign activities.

    “The regime has also carried out terrorist activities in Europe. There were dozens killed in Europe in the past decades, but the Iranian regime has never met a firm response. Europe has conveyed the message to the Iranian regime that it can conduct terrorist activities on their soil without being held to account,” he added, reiterating the importance of Europe adopting a firm approach against the mullahs’ regime.

    “For the first time, we have an Iranian diplomat who has been arrested because of his direct involvement in a terrorist plot. We have a chance to take firm action, including expelling diplomats, closing embassies and cutting diplomatic ties until the regime respects international norms and values.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:40 am on 29 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The IRGC is a corrupt mafia of terrorism and crimes in Iran, the Middle East and the entire world. 


    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star): In order to know more about the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime in the region of the Middle East and in the whole world, in addition to missile activities and support for militias and terrorist groups, the seemingly economic and commercial activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) must be carefully considered.

    The IRGC intervenes like an octopus in all security, political, military, social, Internet and economic sectors, because it protects the dictatorship of the mullahs from overthrow by the Iranian people.

    Most of the major oil and economic projects in Iran are under the control of this terrorist and corrupt force. Money from economic activities by the IRGC is spent on missile projects and the continuation of proxy wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and the repression of uprisings of the Iranian people inside the country.

    An important part of these funds is also paid to the accounts of the senior IRGC commanders because they are all corrupt and thieves. In one word, the IRGC is a corrupt mafia of assassinations and crimes in Iran, the Middle East and the entire world.

    One of the companies owned by this terrorist force, is Mahan Air(an airlines company), which was recently banned by Germany and the United States. This so-called airline has its main task of sending weapons and militias and members of the IRGC to Syria to continue the war and protect the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.

    The following article provides readers with information on this airline owned by the IRGC’s terrorist force. I invite you to read this article. Published on the official website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

    A look at Mahan Air, the IRGC-owned Iranian airline spreading death and destruction

    Mahan airline industry
    Mahan airline industry

    Analysis by PMOI/MEK

    Jan. 28, 2019 – Just a few days ago, Germany announced that Iranian airline Mahan Air is no longer allowed to enter German airspace. In response, the Iranian regime’s minister of roads and urban development Mohammad Eslami said, “All the companies and airline industry of the Islamic Republic are sanctioned, and Mahan Air is among them.”

    On January 21, Reuters quoted German sources that Mahan Air’s license for flying to German has been canceled. According to Reuters, the German federal government cited “safety problems” and the possibility of Iranian use of Mahan Air for “military purposes” as the reasons for its decision.

    In a January 21 meeting between EU foreign ministers, German FM Heiko Maas said that Iranian Mahan Air transports weapons and soldiers to war-torn areas in Syria.

    In a separate statement, German foreign ministry announced, “this decision has been taken in light of the recent sanctions agreed upon by the EU Council after the [terroristic] developments in France and Denmark.”

    In June last year, the Iranian intelligence ministry plotted a failed attempt to plant a bomb in a grand gathering by the Iranian Resistance. At least three Iranians were arrested in connection with the attack, one of them an Iranian diplomat named Asadollah Assadi, from the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna, Austria.

    Considering the recent developments, the foreign commission of the National Council of Resistance of Iran published a detailed report of Mahan Airs past record and its connections with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

    Mahan Air, while registered as a private company, has had vast links to the highest levels of Iranian officials from day one and has benefited a semi-official status of state-sponsorship throughout its life.

    The Mola Almowaheddin institute, which describes itself as a charity, owns 100 percent of Mahan Air’s stock.

    Mahan Air was founded in the city of Kerman, the capital of Kerman province in Iran. Mahan is the name of a small city 35 kilometers from Kerman. Ata’ollah Mohajerani, the minister of culture and guidance during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami, chose the name for Mahan Air.

    Mahan Air was founded shortly after the Quds Force, IRGC’s foreign terrorist arm, was established.

    Virtually all Mahan Air’s decision makers and major players are members of the IRGC and commanders of Qassem Soleimani’s Quds Force. A short list of some of them follows:

    • Hamid Arabnejad, chairman and CEO of Mahan Air, is a very close friend to Qassem Soleimani
    • Hamid Aslani, currently advisor to Hamid Arabnejad, is a Brigadier general of the IRGC. He is a former member of IRGC’s SWAT teams and later became head of the human resources in IRGC. At the same time, he became the HR head of Mahan Air.
    • Hamid Asgari, heads Mahan Air’s catering through a company named Arman. Formerly, he was one of the commanders of IRGC’s 41st division, known as the Tharallah Division. He is close to Qassem Soleimani.

    Through connections in the highest levels of Iraq’s government, particularly Hadi Al-Amiri, former Iraqi minister of transportation and head of the Badr Organization, Qassem Soleimani organized Mahan Air’s flights over Iraqi airspace to transport weapons and equipment to Syria.

    On a daily basis, Mahan Air conducts flights from Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Abadan to Damascus over Iraq to transport weapons, equipment and fighters to aid the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

    In groups of approximately 200 individuals each, Mahan Air transports militias, including Afghan nationals who have been hired by IRGC, to Damascus.

    Iraqi militias affiliated with the Quds Force, are transported from Iraq’s Basra to Iran’s Abadan by bus, and from there flown to Damascus by Mahan Air.

     
    • wizzymedpower 7:18 am on 30 Jan 2019 Permalink

      It is well in Iran.. Prayers are going on. God will intervene with His power to bring lasting peace in the Nation of Iran Amen!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 6:34 pm on 31 Jan 2019 Permalink

      Amen! thank you so much dear friend. God bless you.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:29 pm on 12 Jul 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    What should be done about the Iran’s government-sponsored terrorism 

    The Iran government sponsors terrorism

    Iran, July 11, 2018 – On June 30, as thousands of Iranians and political figures from five continents convened at Paris for the annual Iranian opposition Free Iran rally, the Belgian police arrested a group of terrorists in Brussels. At the same time, the German police arrested Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat. Other undisclosed arrests took place in neighboring European countries, all linked to a complicated terror plot against the Iranian opposition gathering in Paris.

    This is part of a broader confrontation between the Iranian opposition and the regime and has now assumed a much larger context.

    The U.S. government, whose distinguished citizens and politicians were speaking at the Iranian opposition gathering and could have been the victim of the Iranian regime’s terrorist plot, has declared that it will be pursuing this matter and it won’t go unanswered. Europeans should also make their move. European taxpayers should know about the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in their countries and decide what to do with its diplomatic facilities, which have become the centers of planning and staging terror plots.

    While this latest terror attempt has been in the headlines for several days, the Iranian regime has a long history of attempting and carrying out similar operations in foreign countries. In fact, in the same rally that the regime was going to the be target of the Iranian regime’s failed terror attempt, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, reminded the crowd of another violent terrorist attack that had been hatched in Tehran and carried out by the Iranian regime’s operatives.

    “Although, things are changing around and under the regime, the regime’s agenda of terrorism has not changed,” Freeh said in his speech. “Last Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the IRGC Saudi Hezbollah bombing of the US barracks in Khobar Tower. Since then, the regime has continued to export terrorism in Yemen, in Argentina, in Syria and all around the world. That has not changed. What has changed, however, is what’s going on in the hearts and minds and on the streets and bazaars of Iran…”

    In 1996, after the bombing of the Khobar towers, Louis Freeh, who at the time was the director of the FBI, dispatched an investigation team. They soon learned that the persons behind the terrorist attack had been trained, armed and financed by the IRGC. However, since the dominant policy of the U.S. administration was rapprochement and appeasement toward the Iranian regime, the matter was not pursued.

    Another notable episode was the bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, again the doing of the IRGC and Hezbollah. During the attack, which took place on October 23, 1983, 241 American and 58 French military personnel were killed along with 6 civilians.

    Four years later, on July 20, 1987, Mohsen Rafiqdoust, the former IRGC Minister, officially stated, “Americans know that the explosive that combined with that ideology and sent 400 American soldiers and officers to hell, both the ideology and the explosive material came from Iran.”

    Some of the other terrorist attacks conducted by the Iranian regime abroad include the following:

    • Assassination Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party, in Vienna, Austria, in 1989
    • The assassination of Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of the Shah regime, in Suresnes, France 1991
    • The assassination of Kazem Rajavi, NCRI member, and brother of Iranian opposition leader Massoud Rajavi, in Coppet, Switzerland, in 1990
    • The assassination of Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin, Germany, in 1992
    • The assassination of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, NCRI member, in Rome, Italy, in 1993
    • The assassination of Zahra Rajabi, NCRI member, in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996

    These are just some of the terror attacks that the Iranian regime has conducted in European countries in the past decades. There are also several failed assassination attempts, and the regime was also involved in bombings in London and Paris.

    Disappointingly, in most cases, European governments have let the Iranian regime’s terrorists off the hook because of their goals to appease Tehran.

    Some of the diplomat terrorists of the Iranian regime in European countries include the following:

    • Alireza Moayeri, the regime’s ambassador to France and UN
    • Vahid Gorji, Iranian terrorist in France
    • Massoud Hendi, Iranian terrorist in France
    • Kazem Darabi
    • Ali Vakilrad
    • Fereidoun Pourahmadi
    • Mohammad Azadi

    	Ali Vakilrad , Fereidoun Pourahmadi & Mohammad Azadi

    Ali Vakilrad , Fereidoun Pourahmadi & Mohammad Azadi

    	Left to right Mohsen Rafiqdoust, Momed Saleh Al-Hosseini, Aniss Naqash, Mosen Rezaei

    Left to right Mohsen Rafiqdoust, Mohammed Saleh Al-Hosseini, Aniss Naqash, Mohsen Rezaei

    The group that assassinated Kazem Rajavi were well-known diplomats of the Iranian regime. They had traveled to Geneva with their diplomatic documents and returned to Tehran after carrying out the assassination.

    On June 17, 2004, the Tribune De Geneve newspaper published an article in which it identified a bank account with a $200 million balance, which might have been used to fund 400 terrorist attacks in Europe. According to TDG, the account was also linked to the terrorist bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 86 people and injured 200 others. The account was used to fund a team of 13 people, who had been dispatched to Switzerland to assassinate Kazem Rajavi.

    So this all brings us back to the first question: What must be done with the government-sponsored terrorism of the Iranian regime? As far as the people of Iran and taxpayers in western countries are concerned, the answer is clear: Every center and facility that gives the Iranian regime a diplomatic cover to carry out its evil terrorist plots must be closed down.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:35 am on 24 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Is a Threat to Us All 

    Iran threat

    Houthis Terrorists supported by the Iranian regime

    NCRI – The Iranian Regime was founded on the principal of exporting their revolution- including their widely discredited interpretation of Islam- to the rest of the world. They have never given up on this idea and continue to pursue world domination through the use of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and proxy militias to fight for them.

    The Iran- sponsored Houthi militia in Yemen sought to overthrow the internationally recognised government, and replace them with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Houthis captured the capital of Sana’a, and the Iranian Regime rejoiced at controlling another capital in the Middle East, but faced opposition from a Saudi-coalition, which stepped up the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution, stated: “Iran is gradually increasing its support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Rather than eliminating the Iranian presence in the country, the Saudi-led war is giving Tehran the opportunity to become more influential there than ever. The Houthis … will need Tehran’s backing more as the stalemate continues … A war designed to weaken Iran is actually helping it against its regional rival.”

    In November, the Houthis attempted to fire a ballistic missile towards Riyadh International Airport in November, which was the first missile to be aimed at such a densely-populated area.

    The Iranian-made missile was thankfully destroyed in flight by Saudi forces before it could do any damage, but it is clear that the Iranian Regime at the very least supplied the missile and quite possibly order the attack. It is believed that the missile was disassembled, smuggled into Yemen, and reassembled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Lebanese-based proxy Hezbollah.

    The US considers this attack as evidence that Iran has violated two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the Yemen crisis and Iran’s missile program.

    The Houthis have since followed this up another attempted missile attack on Riyadh in December, but this was once again thwarted by the Saudis. However, the Iran-backed Houthi warned that these attacks mark a new chapter, because now Saudi palaces, military bases, and oil facilities, are within missile range.

    Iran’s use of proxies is widespread in the Middle East. Iran armed Shiite militants in Bahrain as part of an effort to bring the country back under Iran’s control- despite Bahrain gaining independence nine years before the Regime took power- and in November, the militants created an explosion on a major oil pipeline in Bahrain to slow the supply of oil to Saudi Arabia.

    With the help of their proxies, Iran does not need to get their hands dirty and have widely escaped the consequences of their actions.

    When the US threatened sanctions against Iran for noncompliance with the nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), IRGC Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari threatened to launch ballistic missiles on any US military base within 1,200 miles (the range of their ballistic missiles). Ironically, Iran’s use of ballistic missiles is one of the things that Donald Trump sees as a violation of the JCPOA.

    Following those comments, US Representative Ron DeSantis responded: “Iran’s behaviour… has only seemed to get worse. … The present course is untenable and Iran’s threatening behaviour is likely to increase in frequency.”

    In 1983, Iran attacked a US Marines barracks in Lebanon and killed 241 American service members using its terrorist proxy Hezbollah. There is no reason to suspect that they would not do so again.

    Iran also threatened France after various French politicians raised concerns about the Iranian missile program, Iranian expansionism, and called for a political dialogue on the subjects.

    IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami said: “If Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles… we have no limitations for the range of our missiles in technological terms.”

    Anthony Chibarirwe wrote on The Trumpet: “These [European leaders were] exercising caution even in their efforts to preserve the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran. But they aren’t doing so because they trust Iran or because they want it to go nuclear; they are doing so because they distrust and fear this belligerent Iran so much that they choose appeasement rather than confrontation. But their idealist school of thought will not solve the problem.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:46 am on 21 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Pakistani Shias being trained by Iran for a regional fighting force 

    Dubai [UAE], Dec 20 (ANI): Very little is written in Pakistan about the Zainebiyoun, a brigade comprising of Pakistani Shia fighters trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) and currently fighting for the Assad regime in Syria.

    The recruits for the brigade are largely drawn from Shia Hazaras originally from Balochistan and the Shias of Parachinar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    According to sources, the number of Pakistanis deployed in this brigade could be as high as 1000.

    The brigade, named after Zainab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad, has been largely operating in the Syrian cities of Damascus, Aleppo, Daraa and Hama. Their primary task is to protect Shia shrines from attacks of the ISIS.

    Though the Zainebiyoun was formed around 2015, Pakistani Shias were being inducted into the Fatemiyoun from 2013 onwards.

    The Fatemiyoun Division, comprising mainly of Afghan Shias, has been fighting alongside Syrian government forces against the ISIS from 2013 onwards. In fact, after the Hizbullah of Lebanon, the Fatemiyoun perhaps has the largest presence of foreign fighters in Syria, estimated to be 20,000 Afghan fighters.

    Interviews of Afghan Shias who have returned to Afghanistan after serving in the Fatemiyoun in Syria, indicate that Iran provides military training to Afghan and Pakistani Shiites both in Iran and inside Syria. The IRGC reportedly provides a four-week, pre-deployment training to Zainebiyouan and Fatemiyoun combatants at ‘special training bases’ inside Iran. There are known to be nine such training camps in Iran. Each combatant is lured into this brigade with the hope of being granted a permanent residency of Iran, a hefty monthly pay of USD 1200 per month and payment for education of the combatants’ children, in case of his death.

    As per accounts of active members of the Zainebiyoun, many of them were driven to join the brigade and take up the Shia cause outside their own country after they witnessed the persecution of Shias in Pakistan.

    While the urban elite Shias remain unharmed because of their class and alignment with the Pakistani military establishment, the vast majority of the poor, disadvantaged Shia Muslims in Pakistan remain victims of frequent suicide attacks and target killing by ISI-sponsored groups like the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and other radical Sunni groups.

    Iran has been using this sense of alienation among the middle class and poor Shias in Pakistan, to project itself as the sole protector of Shias worldwide. The arrival of the ISIS has allowed Iran to use its Shia militias to gain a foothold in several countries of the Middle East. There is little doubt that once the ISIS threat in Syria & Iraq is over, these militias or proxy armies will be used by Iran to further its geo-political ambitions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    When Pakistani COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa visited Iran recently, it is unlikely that he considered it important to raise this issue with the Iranian leaders. However, if Iran’s proactive policy in the Middle East is any indication, Pakistan may soon have to deal with Iran trained Shia proxies in its western borders. (ANI)

    Source: Pakistani Shias being trained by Iran for a regional fighting force

     
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    Iran Regime’s Cyber Threat Will Only Get Worse 

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    NCRI Staff

    The cyber threat from the Iranian Regime will only continue to grow and get more advanced, according to a leading political scientist.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, an expert on Iran, wrote a piece for Arab News in which he explained how the cyber operations were not conducted by individuals but were a “key element” of the Regime’s foreign policy, national security and long-term strategic agenda.

    This has been denied by the Regime but Rafizadeh cited Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech to students at universities funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

    Khamenei was quoted in state-run media outlets as saying: “You are the cyberwar agents and such a war requires Amman-like insight and Malik Ashtar-like resistance. Get yourself ready for such war wholeheartedly.”

    The IRGC exploited tech-savvy Iranian youth by investing in their education and then recruiting them for malign and hostile operations targeting nations like the US, Saudi Arabia, Britain and Israel.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh  wrote: “The Iranian regime has been relentless in finding various methods to subvert these nations through attacks on governmental institutions, the private sector and underlying infrastructures.”

    Here are just some of the Regime’s recent attacks:

    • Destructive cyberattacks against Saudi Arabia by Iranian hacking group Cadelle and Chafer

    • Malicious Iranian software “Shamoon” attacks 15 Saudi governmental and non-governmental networks

    • Iranian Regime launches cyber attack against Saudi oil producer Aramco, disabling 30,000 of its computers (roughly 75%) which took several months and a large amount of money to fix

    • Attacks on US and South Korean aviation and energy companies by an Iranian hacking group

    • Attacks on the email accounts of dozens of British MPs, including Prime Minister Theresa May.

    The Regime cyber attacks do not just target foreign governments- as many government-instructed hackers from around the world do- they target all enemies of the Regime, like human rights activists and media companies.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “The Iranian regime has also ratcheted up cyberspying efforts against Iranians living abroad, particularly those who are influential in informing foreign policy and criticizing the regime.”

    Why is Iran investing in hacking?

    Simply, it fits in with the Regime’s offensive line: attacking others while minimising retaliation.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “Before the age of the internet, Tehran relied heavily on proxies, mercenaries and militias. Using indirect methods gives the ruling mullahs an advantage, and lowers the risk and cost. It helps the Iranian leaders dodge responsibility and accountability and provides them with the powerful tool of deniability on the international stage. Iran has never been held accountable when its puppets were caught attacking another nation, smuggling weapons, or violating international laws.”

    This lack of accountability also helps Iran to avoid a potential war with the superpowers, which their military could not handle.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “It is worth noting that many of Iran’s cyber attacks are aimed at the petrochemical industry, military and intelligence sectors in order to gain leverage, particularly over Saudi Arabia and the US. In addition, since the regime cannot obtain advanced weapons from the US, cyber spying helps the regime gain access to the technical data required to advance its military aviation capabilities.

    The hackers normally steal data and then introduce malware to the system to delete all the data afterwards.”

    With these benefits, the Iranian Regime is unlikely to stop its’ cyber warfare anytime soon, which will pose a serious threat to enemies of the Regime.

     
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    Video: Following the Developing Iranian Cyber threat 

    Iranian Regime Cyber Threat

    Iran has conducted several highly damaging cyberattacks and become a major threat that will only get worse

    By Dorothy Denning
    Sintientific American, December 12, 2017 – Iran is one of the leading cyberspace adversaries of the United States. It emerged as a cyberthreat a few years later than Russia and China and has so far demonstrated less skill. Nevertheless, it has conducted several highly damaging cyberattacks and become a major threat that will only get worse.

    Like Russia  and China,  the history of Iran’s cyberspace operations begins with its hackers. But unlike these other countries, Iran openly encourages its hackers to launch cyberattacks against its enemies. The government not only recruits hackers into its cyberforces but supports their independent operations.

    PUTTING IRANIAN HACKERS ON THE MAP

    It was clear by the mid-2000s that Iran would become a source of cyberattacks: Its hackers had started taking over websites worldwide and posting their own messages on them, a practice called “defacing.” Often it was just for fun, but some hackers wanted to stand up for their country and Muslims. One prominent group, Iran Hackers Sabotage, launched in 2004 “with the aim of showing the world that Iranian hackers have something to say in the worldwide security.”

    The group’s website announced that it provided vulnerability testing and secure hosting services, but it was also known for web defacements. In 2005, the group replaced the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo home page with one defending Muslims and condemning terrorists. Another of its defacements proclaimed “Atomic energy is our right.” By early 2008, the Zone-H defacement archive listed 3,763 web defacements for the group. The group has since disbanded.

    Another prominent group, Ashiyane Digital Security Team, ran a website that offered free hacking tools and tutorials. The site claimed to have 11,503 members in May 2006. Like Iran Hackers Sabotage, Ashiyane provided security services while using its members’ knowledge and skills to deface websites. Their defacements frequently included a map of Iran with a reminder that “The correct name is Persian Gulf” for what some Arab states have called the “Arabian Gulf.”

    Ashiyane defaced 500 websites in 2009 during the Israeli incursion into Gaza and 1,000 sites in the U.S., U.K. and France in 2010 for supporting what the group said were anti-Iranian terrorist groups. By May 2011, Zone-H had recorded 23,532 defacements by the group. Its leader, Behrouz Kamalian, said his group cooperated with the Iranian military, but operated independently and spontaneously.

    A third group, the Iranian Cyber Army, launched a few years later. It has been implicated in several website attacks,  including one against Twitter in 2009 that proclaimed support for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Other attack targets were the Voice of America in 2011  after the U.S. supported Iran’s Green movement, and regime opposition websites in 2013 just before the presidential election.

    Seven Iranian hackers conducted a coordinated cyber attack on dozens of U.S. banks, causing millions of dollars in lost business, and tried to shut down a New York dam

    Seven Iranian hackers conducted a coordinated cyber attack on dozens of U.S. banks, causing millions of dollars in lost business, and tried to shut down a New York dam

    IRAN’S CYBER MILITARY

    The Iranian Cyber Army is said by some cybersecurity researchers  to operate on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,  a branch of the country’s military. The Revolutionary Guards runs a cyber warfare program that in 2008 was estimated to employ about 2,400 professionals. In addition, it connects with independent hacker groups such as Ashiyane and the ICA.

    The Revolutionary Guards also command Iran’s voluntary paramilitary militia, known as the Basij Resistance Force. In 2010, the Basij established the Basij Cyber Council, but it focuses more on media and influence operations  than on cyberattacks.

    The Bowman Avenue Dam is seen in Rye Brook, N.Y. on March 24, 2016.

    The Bowman Avenue Dam is seen in Rye Brook, N.Y. on March 24, 2016.

    TURNING TO SABOTAGE

    By 2012, Iranian cyberattacks had gone beyond simple web defacements and hijacks to ones that destroyed data and shut down access to critical websites. The attackers conceal their government connections by hiding behind monikers that resemble those used by independent hacktivists  fightingfor justice and human rights.

    One such group called itself the Cutting Sword of Justice. In 2012, it launched cyberattacks against the Saudi Aramco oil company, claiming to protest Saudi oppression and corruption financed by oil. The attacks used “wiper” code that overwrote data on hard drives and spread through the company’s network via a virus dubbed Shamoon. More than 30,000 computers  were rendered inoperable at Saudi Aramco and Qatar’s RasGas, which was also targeted. U.S. intelligence officials blamed Iran  for the attacks.

    Cyber Threat from Iran

    Cyber Threat from Iran

    Iran has deployed wiper malware in other acts of sabotage, most notably the 2014 attack against the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.  The attack was thought to be a response to remarks made by Sheldon Adelson, the company’s largest shareholder. Adelson suggested setting off a bomb in an Iranian desert to persuade the country to abandon nuclear weapons. And in 2016, the Shamoon malware resurfaced,  wiping data from thousands of computers in Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation agency and other organizations.

    Iranian hackers operating on behalf of the government have also conducted massive distributed denial-of-service attacks,https://theconversation.com/attackers-can-make-it-impossible-to-dial-911-67980 which flood sites with so much traffic that they become inaccessible. From 2012 to 2013, a group calling itself the Cyber Fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam launched  a series of relentless distributed denial-of-service attacks against major U.S. banks. The attackers claimed the banks were “properties of American-Zionist Capitalists.”

    In 2016 the U.S. indicted seven Iranian hackers in absentia for working on behalf of the Revolutionary Guards to conduct those bank attacks, which were said to have caused tens of millions of dollars in losses. The motivation may have been retaliation for economic sanctions that had been imposed on Iran or the Stuxnet   on Iran’s centrifuges.

    Cyber warfare

    Cyber warfare is fast becoming popular with smaller nations that cannot match the weaponry and force of larger powers. By attacking military and civilian systems, smaller nations have the potential to bring world powers to their knees. The 2010 Stuxnet malicious computer worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear program was the opening salvo and the proverbial tip of iceberg in cyber warfare

    One of the seven indictments was of a man who allegedly obtained access to the computer control system for the Bowman Avenue Dam in New York state. The access would have allowed the intruder to “operate and manipulate” one of the dam’s gates had it not been offline for maintenance.

    Iran also engages in cyberespionage. One group, which cybersecurity research firm FireEye named Advanced Persistent Threat 33,  has invaded computers around the world, with targets in the petrochemical, defense and aviation industries. The group uses code linked to Iran’s wiper malware, possibly in preparation for more destructive attacks. Another group, called Advanced Persistent Threat 34, has been active since at least 2014, targeting companies in the financial, energy, telecom and chemical industries.

    FOREIGN ASSISTANCE

    Iran may be beefing up its cyberwarfare capabilities with the help of foreigners.

    According to former Congressman Peter Hoekstra, who chaired the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Iran’s rapid emergence as a major cyberthreat likely stems from its close ties to Russia.  Matthew McInnis, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, believes Iran turned to Russia to level the cyberwarfare battlefield with the U.S.  and the West.

    Iran may also be looking to Mexico for cyber warfare support. According to a documentary aired on the Univision television network in 2011, a former Iranian ambassador to Mexico accepted a plan from undercover Mexican students to launch crippling cyber attacks against the U.S. The targets included the White House, the CIA, the FBI and nuclear installations. The documentary also shows Venezuelan and Cuban officials in Mexico expressing interest in the plot

    video: Documentales Univision: ‘La Amenaza Irani’ a Documentary on the Emerging Iranian Threat

    STRENGTHENING ITS CYBERWARFARE PROGRAM

    Iran may view cyber warfare as a means of overcoming its military disadvantage compared to the U.S. To that end, it will likely continue to improve its cyber capabilities.

    Containing Iran’s cyber warfare program would likely be even more challenging than containing its nuclear program.  Computer code is easy to conceal, copy and distribute, making it extremely difficult to enforce controls placed on cyberweapons. That leaves cybersecurity and cyber deterrence  asAmerica’s best options for defending against the Iranian cyber threat.

    Dorothy Denning
    Dorothy Denning
    Dorothy Denning is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
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    Source: Video: Following the Developing Iranian Cyberthreat

     
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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.

     

     
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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.
     
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