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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:50 pm on 4 Oct 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Khamenei’s futile attempt to lift the spirits of his faltering troops 

    Khamenei praises the IRGC for its export of terrorism

    Iran, October 4, 2019—“You are my dear children,” Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Iranian regime, said on Wednesday to a convention of commanders of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    Khamenei’s praise for the terrorist-designated IRGC, which accounted for most of his remarks, comes at a time that his regime is faced with an existential crisis. And like all crises that the regime has faced in the past four decades, its go-to solution is to ratchet up domestic suppression and foreign terrorism, both of which are the exclusive domain of the IRGC.

    Under such circumstances, Khamenei needs to lift the spirits of the IRGC commanders, who are becoming increasingly disillusioned about the grim situation of the Iranian regime.

    Praising the IRGC’s destructive activities

    There’s no doubt that the IRGC is one of the most-hated—if not the most hated—institutions of the Iranian regime.

    The outrage of the Iranian people toward the Revolutionary Guards manifested itself during the 2017-2018 nationwide protests that spread to more than 140 cities, as well as ongoing demonstrations in every corner of Iran. Every day, workers, teachers, farmers, truckers and members of all segments of the Iranian society criticize the IRGC for squandering their national resources on building missile and nuclear weapons and sending funds and weapons to proxy terrorist groups in the region.

    Ironically, in his speech, Khamenei encouraged his commanders to ratchet up the very activities that have made IRGC such a hated body. In his recommendations, Khamenei said, “We must not contend to our country and abandon the threats beyond our borders. The vast perspective beyond our borders is the responsibility of IRGC, and this is our pure strategy, and sometimes, it is one of our most important tasks.”

    So why does Khamenei need to make such remarks? The truth is that the IRGC and its brutal military and political clout is the only thing that has kept Khamenei’s regime upright in the past decades. But at the moment, the IRGC is giving in to its own wear and tear and is faced with the threat of imploding and collapsing.

    The IRGC’s faltering power

    Khamenei’s remarks run in parallel to prior comments he made after the U.S. State Department designated the IRGC as a terrorist entity in April, where he tried to lift their spirits and praised them to rub off the devastating effects of the terror label.

    Presently, the IRGC’s ranks are losing their spirits under the crushing weight of sanctions and the political developments in the Middle East region and across the globe. But even more devastating for the IRGC is the increasing momentum of nationwide protests and the expanding activities of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran and abroad.

    The IRGC’s morale is so low that Khamenei had to admit in his remarks to “defects” within the Guards’ ranks. “Defects and growth can be seen everywhere, and the Revolutionary Guards are no exception. But which is stronger, the defects or the growth? In my opinion, with respect to the IRGC, growth had the upper hand.”

    The mere fact that Khamenei admits this hints at a crisis in the IRGC. One very stark example is Mohammad Ali Jafari, the former chief commander of the IRGC, who was relieved of his post shortly after the terrorist designation of the IRGC.

    Therefore, if as Khamenei says, the IRGC’s growth has been more than its losses, then he would have to be able to provide stats and concrete facts instead of sufficing to say “In my opinion.”

    Jafari himself had previously admitted in public remarks, “One of the worries of the supreme leader is the internal situation of the IRGC.”

    Even if none of these things had happened, Khamenei’s public praise for the much-hated IRGC would not be a rational move, especially with anti-government protests continuing in many cities.

    But equally notable is that while the English edition of Khamenei’s website focused on his remarks about his regime’s continued breach of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, there was no trace of his comments about holding the ranks of IRGC together.

    The regime’s intensifying crises

    Khamenei’s remarks can also be examined in the context of the many crises his regime has been dealing with in the past months. Aside from the terrorist designation of the IRGC and the intensifying sanctions against the IRGC’s financial resources, the regime has tasted defeat on several fronts:

    • The attack against the oil facilities of Saudi oil giant Aramco and the international backlash against the regime
    • The failure of regime president Hassan Rouhani in his trip to New York for the annual UN General Assembly meeting
    • The recent statement by three European powers pertaining to taking firm measures against the regime if it continues to breach its commitments, and promising that they too will step away from the nuclear deal (JCPOA)
    • The prospects that continued tensions with the international community will place Iran under article 7 of the UN Security Council charter, and pave the way for more stringent measures against the mullahs’ regime

    Looking at these developments, it becomes clear why Khamenei desperately needs to prop up the most important pillar of his regime at all costs.

    What does Khamenei mean by “great incidents”?

    Also notable in Khamenei’s remarks was his reference to “great incidents.” To his commanders, Khamenei said, “Stay prepared for great incidents,” while later adding, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy. No matter how strong and great the enemy is, don’t be afraid.”

    What does Khamenei mean by “great incidents”? Is he referring to a military conflict? Certainly not. Khamenei himself has time and again reiterated that there will be no war. In fact, the reason that he ordered the IRGC to attack the Saudi oil facilities was that he was sure that there would be no military retaliation. Senior IRGC commanders have also stipulated that their evaluation is that there will be no military confrontation.

    Meanwhile, Khamenei and his top lieutenants have warned time and again that the real threat to the regime comes from inside Iran. Khamenei himself has said on several occasions that if his troops don’t take the war beyond Iran’s borders, into Iraq and Syria, they would have to fight their wars in Kermanshah, Isfahan, and Tehran.

    As Khamenei said during his speech on Wednesday, “The vast perspective beyond our borders is the responsibility of IRGC and this is our pure strategy, and sometimes, it is one of our most important tasks.”

    He also expressed his ire of the slogan “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon, my life for Iran,” which has become very popular among the protesting Iranians who are fed up with the regime spending the country’s wealth on its foreign agendas. Khamenei called those slogans “Speaking on behalf the enemy” and called on the IRGC commanders to not tone down their meddling in the region.

    Without providing any roadmap or explanation on how he will solve the exacerbating problems of the country, Khamenei promised that if the IRGC persists on its destructive agendas and policies, “the livelihoods of the people will eventually improve.”

    But every day, more and more protesters are calling on the regime to end its warmongering policies and to think about the economic woes of the people.

    And therein lies Khamenei’s unsolvable paradox: On the one hand he needs the IRGC to continue its terrorist activities, but on the other hand he has no solution to the backlash that these measures will have inside Iran, especially as the Iranian opposition is ready to counter the regime at every corner and undermine its plans to extend its life. As the noose tightens around his regime and his ranks falter, Khamenei’s remarks and attempts to put up a show of power are losing their luster and consistency.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:07 am on 18 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Senator Cruz Urges U.S. to Step Up Pressure on Iran’s Regime After Saudi Oil Attack 

    Sen.Ted Cruz Statement About Attack on Saudi

    The United States Senator Ted Cruz, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a statement on September 16, 2019, urged the U.S. administration to increase pressure on Iran’s regime, following the regime’s missile attack this weekend on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

    Senator Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said: “This weekend’s devastating attacks on Saudi Arabia were designed to try to pressure President Trump into reducing his administration’s pressure campaign against the Iranian regime. The Ayatollah’s attacks, in turn, were enabled by the catastrophic Obama-Iran nuclear deal, which enriched Iran with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and cash, while gutting international restrictions against Iran’s weapons and ballistic missile development.”

    “Now is absolutely not the time to reduce economic pressure on Iran. Instead, President Trump should order his administration to redouble its efforts to roll back the largesse of the deal. That means revoking the civil nuclear waivers, which allow Iran to build up its nuclear program, including at their Fordow nuclear bunker, which they dug out of the side of a mountain to build nuclear weapons. It also means going to the United Nations and invoking our unilateral right to snap back and restore international restrictions on Iran’s arms. Otherwise, we will quickly face a disastrous reality in which all international sanctions have been permanently lifted against Iran,” Sen. Cruz added.

    Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet on Monday: “The UK condemns the attack on the Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response.”

    Background

    Iran’s regime was responsible for an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities over the weekend that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production.

    United States President Donald Trump said on Sunday Washington was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack, after a senior U.S. administration official said Iran’s regime was to blame. The U.S. also released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran’s regime was responsible for the assault.

    On November 3, 2018, Ahmad Alamalhoda, the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the city of Mashhad, made clear threats about attacking the Saudi oil facilities.

    “Ghaher missiles, along with the necessary technology, have been provided to the Ansarollah (Houthis)… Once Iran issues its orders, these are enough for the Saudi Aramco oil facility. It will be able to take down all these oil facilities,” he said.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 5:22 pm on 15 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Regime: A Source of Terrorism and a Global Threat 

    Iran’s regime and Hezbollah terrorist group

    On Tuesday, September 10, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah, in a video message to its supporters, reiterated his allegiance to the Iranian regime.

    Calling Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, the head of the so-called “axis of resistance,” Nasrallah said, “Hereby we declare to the whole world that Khamenei is the head of the axis of resistance and the Islamic republic is the heart and essence of resistance,” the Iranian regime and its proxy terrorist groups call themselves the resistance.

    In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS on September 7, James Mattis, the former United States’ Secretary of Defense, underlined Iran’s regime global threat and terrorism and accused Iran of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

    “this is a country that uses terrorism; they killed the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, they used terrorism to try to sow discord in Bahrain. They have used terrorism all through the region and in Yemen,” Mattis said.

    Terrorism against its political opponents

    In addition to its domestic oppression and regional terrorism, the Iranian regime has used terrorism to eliminate its dissidents abroad, mainly the members and supporters of the National Council of resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, MEK).

    Iran’s regime has not only oppressed its opponents inside Iran but has carried out dozens of terrorist plots abroad against them, particularly in Europe. The most recent example was a failed bombing plot in Paris, France, in 2018, against the annual “Free Iran” gathering of the NCRI. The attack was planned by the diplomats of the regime in Europe. European authorities discovered and thwarted the bombing plot and arrested an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, in connection with the attempt. Assadi currently awaits trial in Belgium.

    The regime’s embassies in Europe, are proven to be centers of terrorism and espionage and have played a key role in Iran’s assassinations.

    Other terrorist attacks conducted by the Iranian regime abroad against the MEK and NCRI members include the following:

    • The kidnapping and mutilation of Ali Akbar Ghorbani, MEK member in June 4, 1992, In Turkey.
    • 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

    After reviewing Iran’s regime history of terrorism, it becomes clear that, unless firmly confronted, this regime will continue its terrorism because it is one of the key factors of its survival.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:09 pm on 10 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Terrorism; Iran’s Regime 4-Decade Blackmailing Tool 

    Iran’s Regime Terrorism

    For years, Iran’s regime has incessantly used terrorism as a blackmailing tool and has never ceased it. Its recent seizure of the British oil tanker and its continued support of the vicious Bashar al-Assad regime and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis, proves the fact that terrorism is institutionalized within this regime. Is the regime’s terrorism limited to its neighboring countries?  Is it simply against its dissidents? What is solution? These are the questions we intend to answer in this article.

    Iran’s terrorism and assassinations of its political opponents

    Iran’s regime has not only oppressed its opponents inside Iran but has carried out dozens of terrorist plots abroad against them, particularly in Europe. The most recent example was a failed bombing plot in Paris, France, in 2018 against the annual “Free Iran” gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI. The attack was planned by the diplomats of the regime in Europe.

    The regime’s embassies in Europe, are proven to be centers of terrorism and espionage and have played a key role in Iran’s assassinations.

    On April 24, 1990, in Geneva, several agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of Iran murdered in broad daylight, Prof. Kazem Rajavi, the representative of the NCRI in Switzerland.

    Rajavi’s assassination required enormous resources, extensive planning, and coordination among several of the regime’s organizations. After thorough investigations, Roland Chatelaine, the Swiss magistrate in charge of the case, and Swiss judicial and police officials confirmed the role of Iran’s government under Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, then-president of the regime, and the participation of thirteen official agents of the Iranian regime who had used “service passports” to enter Switzerland for their plot.

    A partial list of 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 Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin, Germany, in 1992
    • The kidnapping and mutilation of Ali Akbar Ghorbani, MEK member, in Turkey, 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

    Iran’s use of terrorism as a blackmailing tool

    the Iranian regime has a long history of attempting to carry out terrorist operations in foreign countries for putting pressure on the western governments to pursue the policy of appeasement.

    An example is the bombing of the barracks of U.S. Marines in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983 which was conducted by the Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC.

    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.”

    to the long list of regime’s terrorist activities, we could add: The Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia in the mid-90s, and the Jewish community in Argentina in 1994.

    Iran’s regime also takes foreign nationals as hostages and uses them as bargaining chips to put pressure on their countries of origin. This practice continues to this day.

    What is the solution?

    After reviewing Iran’s regime history of terrorism, it becomes clear that this regime will continue its terrorism, unless firmly confronted.

    Recent approach of the European countries and their persistence on the appeasement policy only emboldens this regime to continue its nefarious activities. Europe should realize that the Iranian regime’s terrorism is not limited to Iranian dissidents—it also threatens European countries and their citizens.

    But the main question is: Does terrorism show the Iranian regime’s strength or is a sign of weakness? It is clear that a popular, pluralistic and well-established government never seeks terrorism or destabilizing other countries. The actions of Iran’s regime are desperate moves to export its internal problems abroad and continue is blackmailing campaign.

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

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:51 pm on 31 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran part in the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community 

    Iran Liberty

    Please see below all parts that mention Iran in the statement for the record presented by Director Coats to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 29 January. 

    STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD
    WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT OF THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
    Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence
    Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    January 29, 2019
    FOREWORD
    Issues as diverse as Iran’s adversarial behavior, deepening turbulence in Afghanistan, and the rise of nationalism in Europe all will stoke tensions.
    GLOBAL THREATS
    CYBER
    Our adversaries and strategic competitors will increasingly use cyber capabilities—including cyber espionage, attack, and influence—to seek political, economic, and military advantage over the United States and its allies and partners. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways—to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure.
    Iran
    Iran continues to present a…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 5:39 pm on 13 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Simultaneous conference of the Iranian communities- “Need to adopt a firm policy” 

    Simultaneous Conference of Iranian communities 1

    On Saturday, December 15, 2018, an international conference will be held simultaneously in tens of places in the world.

    The conference is dedicated to the issue of exportation of terrorism by the mullahs ruling Iran to other countries and the human rights violations of the Iranian people inside the country by the mullahs.

    Simultaneous Conference of Iranian communities 2

    The program will be broadcasted by Iran Freedom website and its social media. I invite all international journalists and news websites and supporters of Iran’s freedom to see the conference and support it with the press reflection and also by social media. Supporting and conveying the voice of this conference is helping to bring the voice of the Iranian people, which has been for near a year, has raised to protests against religious dictatorship across Iran.

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    Simultaneous conference of the Iranian communities Halt mullahs’ regime export of terrorism & growing Human Rights violations “Need to adopt a firm policy”

    Saturday 15,Dec. 2018 at 1700 CET

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:43 pm on 16 Nov 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    A look at Iran’s Revolutionary Guards 

    IRGC Black List

    The name Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has been intertwined and synonymous with the current clerical regime of Iran for the past few decades. From the Iran-Iraq War to several regional conflicts, to economic activities and internal crackdown of unrests across the country, the IRGC has had a major role in shaping the Iranian regime’s domestic and foreign policy.

    Establishing The IRGC

    Following the 1979 revolution, Islamic Republic founder Ruhollah Khomeini realized the need to have an advantage and apparatus to quell any domestic threats and unrest. Considering the fact that they could not trust the Iranian military, police and other state forces for this purpose, the ruling mullahs began the process of launching their own parallel forces.

    The IRGC was established on May 5, 1979, less than three months after the revolution. What started as a paramilitary group of ideologically trained units loyal to the supreme leader has now grown to be the sole protector and backbone of the ruling mullahs in Iran.

    The IRGC answers directly to the supreme leader, now Ali Khamenei, and is given unconstrained jurisdiction and authorities. The IRGC is actually above Iran’s classic army in the hierarchy, and provided with enormous economic and political power. The IRGC has now evolved to be a “parallel” or shadow government of Iran, accountable to Khamenei only.

    IRGC Role In Domestic Crackdown

    From day one, the IRGC spearheaded a campaign aiming to purge dissidents, intellectuals, journalists, writers, opposition figures and organized labor unions. The principal target has consistently been Iran’s main opposition entity, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), highlighted in a gruesome manner during the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly PMOI/MEK members and supporters.

    “The orders for the systematic execution of dissidents came from Khomeini himself in the form of a fatwa (religious edict). His intention was to purge the country of any opposition, notable the main dissident organization, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK),” said Hamid Yazdan Panah, an Iranian human rights activist and lawyer, in a piece published by The Hill.

    Throughout the 1980s, the IRGC carried out numerous campaigns targeting dissidents abroad. These efforts included groups across the spectrum, including Kurdish and Baluchi groups, members of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), among others.

    The infamous “chain murders” of the 1990s targeting political opponents and dissident writers inside Iran was carried out by the notorious Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS) and IRGC units without any individual ever facing justice for their murderous roles.

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ordered the IRGC and its paramilitary Basij militia to crush the 1999 student uprisings, enjoying the blessing of Hassan Rouhani, who was then the regime’s secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and later became the president of the Iranian regime.

    The IRGC was once again unleashed during the 2009 uprisings to quell any pro-democracy demands. The Guards went on a spree of arresting thousands, torturing hundreds and secretly executing dozens.

    The IRGC has relentlessly targeted the main Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK through the years, following both the 1979 revolution and afterwards when the organization went into exile, mainly in Iraq. MEK members were kidnapped and/or assassinated also in Europe.

    Political Interference & Terrorism

    The Iranian regime proclaims to have a divine mission of establishing a universally just government across the globe. It therefore considers meddling in other countries’ internal affairs as justified and necessary measures. As a result, the use of terrorism and spreading fundamentalist viewpoints are not policies of mere marginal importance. Alongside the brutal repression of all domestic protests, Tehran’s very survival fully depends on remaining loyal to this practice.

    Tehran’s notorious activities have expanded to 13 countries and the IRGC is also known to have launched spying cells or networks in at least 12 different countries, while most have seen authorities apprehend members of such groups.

    IRGC Fomenting Sectarian Tension And Violence

    One very deadly method explored by the Iranian regime has been aggravating sectarian rifts across the Middle East, especially in its western neighbor of Iraq that continues to remain a very fragile state. A cruel irony, however, is witnessed in the reality that while the IRGC is known to recruit Shiites for militia groups, it has also fueled support for Sunni terrorist groups.

    “Indeed, the bipartisan 9/11 commission report, which investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda terror attacks — the largest mass casualty terrorist attack in U.S. history — pointed out that there was ‘strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers,’” The Washington Times reported.

    This is aimed at fulfilling Tehran’s ultimate objective: overwhelming the entire region with chaos, and utilizing such a situation to expand their field of influence. Iran is “securing an arc of influence across Iraq and Syria that would end at the Mediterranean Sea,” according to The Guardian.

    The IRGC can be described as the Iranian regime’s arm to establish the first “Islamic Caliphate” by taking first measures in this outline in 1979, long before Daesh (ISIS/ISIL).

    In fact, the violence promoted by the Iranian regime across the region under the flag of Shiite Islam, parallel to the atrocious crackdown imposed on Sunni communities in various countries, have encouraged the rise of Daesh.

    The IRGC must be placed on the US FTO list

    Hidden Occupation And Expansion of IRGC Abroad

    The IRGC Quds Force, the unit’s extraterritorial entity currently commanded by Qassem Suleimani, is tasked to carry out foreign missions across the Middle East and beyond. In the broader picture, the IRGC has never limited its expansion and terrorists to the region.

    “The world should rest assured the IRGC will soon establish branches in the US and Europe,” IRGC Brigadier General Salar Anoush said recently.

    The IRGC has also launched a massive network of training camps inside Iran and abroad to gain new recruits for its proxy militia groups. Hundreds of future soldiers arrive from Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen each month to undergo such training courses.

    The IRGC’s broad meddling makes its involvement in covertly occupying four regional countries undeniable: IraqLebanonSyria and Yemen.

    Scenes in Syria during the past several years have made the IRGC’s deadly role crystal clear. Reports indicate up to 70,000 IRGC foot soldiers and cannon fodders were roaming the Levant, involved in launching killing sprees.

    “The Iranian regime’s military incursion in Syria came at a great cost to Tehran. According to reports obtained by the NCRI from within the regime’s own ranks, Iran’s death toll in the Syrian war are estimated to be over 12,000,” according to a research report.

    The IRGC has allocated both its human and financial resources to make good on its security threats, in tandem with military attacks. The IRGC has also been establishing cultural centers across the Middle East and throughout Europe and North America, aiming to expand its influence. They have monopolized control of more than 90 ports and loading docks in the Persian Gulf for shipping supplies, weapons and explosives to their preferred destinations. To this day, 14 different countries are known to have been targets of such covert activities.

    IRGC Influence In Iran’s Foreign Policy

    With Khamenei’s approval, the IRGC enjoys special and powerful dominance over the regime’s foreign policy and agenda. For example, the Guards have taken full control over Iran’s embassies in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. While having prominence in the affairs related to Armenia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    In view of the significance to IRGC operations, the Iranian regime’s ambassadors and diplomatic missions to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are appointed directly by the IRGC and not the Foreign Ministry of Iran. It is worth noting that Iran’s current ambassador to Iraq, Brigadier Iraj Masjedi, was formerly in charge of the IRGC’s Iraq desk, as its chairman and a senior Quds Force advisor. The Quds Force is overseeing the Iranian regime’s operations in Syria and Iraq.

    Masjedi himself supervised and coordinated attacks against U.S.-led Coalition forces in Iraq, leaving scores killed and wounded.

    Growing Grip Of IRGC Over Iran’s Economy

    The IRGC quest to gain full control over Iran’s economy began following the Iran-Iraq war. This grip grew significantly during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former IRGC commander, from 2005 to 2013.

    The IRGC has gained increasing influence in major sectors of Iran’s economy, such as oil and gas, and the construction industry. The exact number of IRGC-affiliated front companies remains unknown, simply due to the fact that they seek to evade sanctions through the use of various front companies and institutions in different countries.

    Ironically, the IRGC benefited enormously from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) the regime signed with the world powers.

    Of nearly 110 agreements signed since the JCPOA’s signing, worth at least $80 billion, 90 counts of these deals have been with companies owned or controlled by Iranian state entities, according a Reuters analysis.

    IRGC Controlling Iran’s Nuclear & Ballistic Missile Programs

    The IRGC is now considered a huge conglomerate of different companies and assets. Parts of its holdings include controlling Iran’s missile drive and the controversial nuclear program.

    The IRGC owns and controls dozens of companies, involved in procuring the technology needed to develop ballistic missiles and sensitive nuclear products. The IRGC has been entrusted to develop and pursue the ballistic missile program and all its aspects. A senior Iranian official once boasted about Iran having a sixth missile production line, including the Shahab-3/3B, with a range of over 2,100 kilometers.

    Terror Designations

    The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted the IRGC Quds Force back in 2007 for “Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism.” The Quds Force is known to provide material support to terrorist groups such as the Taliban, the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other such entities.

    In 2017, the Treasury designated the Iranian regime’s IRGC as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” for the “activities it undertakes to assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of the IRGC Quds Force.”

    As the U.S. State Department has designated the IRGC Quds Force as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization,” there are growing calls in Washington calling for similar damning measures against the mother IRGC entity to deliver a crippling blow to the mullahs’ regime.

    The Iranian regime considers this a declaration of war.

    Final Words

    The mullahs’ regime of Iran is a dictatorship on a mission to agitate and expand its influence throughout the region and beyond. The IRGC is the main apparatus and the leverage for this regime to continue its aspirations and existence through domestic crackdown and export of terrorism abroad, whether through proxy wars, terror attacks or spreading its extremist ideology.

    “The IRGC is dedicated to protecting the Islamic Revolution, not the state of Iran. As guardians of the Islamic Revolution, it supports terrorist activities by the Quds Force and its other military divisions. The IRGC finances these terrorist activities through its business activities, making the overall o simply the paymaster for terrorist activities by its constituent elements,” wrote Raymond Tanter and Ed Stafford in The Hill.

    The cancerous and unchecked growth of the IRGC throughout the region is a threat to not only the Middle East but also Europe. A dangerous fundamentalist ideology drives this armed (military) entity. The world needs to take this threat seriously before it is too late.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:14 am on 17 Oct 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Diplomatic immunity for terrorism 

    The Iranian regime must not be permitted to take advantage of diplomatic immunity to pursue terrorist objectives

    The Iranian regime must not be permitted to take advantage of diplomatic immunity to pursue terrorist objectives

    The Iranian regime has taken measures seeking to inflict a severe blow to the Iranian opposition through terrorist attacks. To this end, Tehran dispatched a sleeping cell, consisting of an Iranian-Belgian couple, to receive 500 grams of the dangerous TATP explosives from their Vienna-based diplomat by the name of Asadollah Assadi.

    The couple were then instructed to go to Paris from Belgium and target an Iranian opposition rally on June 30th held in Villepinte, a town near Paris.

    Tens of thousands of people and hundreds of prominent dignitaries from across the globe were attending the event, and the casualty figures of this attack could have been enormous.

    By taking advantage of diplomatic immunity, the Iranian regime has a long history of carrying out espionage measures and terrorist attacks abroad. The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has a long history of exposing these measures.

    For the past three decades the NCRI, with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) at its core, has emphasized domestic crackdown and exporting terrorism/warmongering are the two pillars guaranteeing this regime’s ongoing existence. All key officials are involved in these two initiatives.

    The decision to carry out this operation targeting the Iranian opposition was made by the most senior regime officials.

    Three months later, the French government’s recent decision to conduct a raid on October 2nd targeting a religious center tied to the Iranian regime, accusing the individuals in charge of terrorism. This was a firm measure by the French authorities, aiming to prevent terrorist attacks in the future. Over 200 police officers from various units took part in this raid.

    The al-Zahra Center in northern France was involved in directing and providing logistics for a number of Shiite associations linked to the Iranian regime. French authorities believe these entities have links to terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

    French Foreign, Interior, and Finance ministers issued a joint statement emphasizing the plot targeting the Iranian opposition rally on June 30th was foiled and a number of other such events on our soil cannot go unanswered.

    The Iranian regime’s embassies across the globe, and especially in Europe, are literally centers of terrorism and espionage. As a result, to prevent the Iranian regime’s terrorism, the Iranian opposition has called upon European countries to implement the European Union’s 29 April 1997 statement regarding the Iranian regime’s intelligence operatives.

    From this day forward, the Iranian regime must not be permitted to take advantage of diplomatic immunity to pursue its malign and terrorist objectives.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:11 am on 21 Aug 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Iranian Regime Spies, , , Terrorism, US Department of Justice   

    Two more Iranian regime spies arrested in the United States 

    Two Iranian spys linked to the Iranian regime have been arrested in the US

    Two Iranian spy’s linked to the Iranian regime have been arrested in the US

    August 21, 2018 – On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice declared that two Iranian men were arrested on charges of spying for the Iranian regime. The suspects, Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, were allegedly involved in conducting surveillance on organizations and individuals that the Iranian regime considers as enemies, most prominent among them the PMOI/MEK.

    According to a DOJ press release, in September 2017, Ghorbani, a resident of California, attended an MEK rally in New York and photographed participants, who had gathered to protest against the Iranian regime.

    Ghorbani later contacted Doostdar and delivered 28 photographs of dissidents to him, for which he received $2,000 in cash. Ghorbani’s photos also contained hand-written annotations identifying the individuals who appeared in them.

    Ghorbani later traveled to Iran for an “in-person briefing” with Iranian officials, according to the DOJ investigations.

    Ghorbani later attended the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights in Washington, D.C., also organized by the supporters of the MEK and NCRI, where he photographed speakers and attendees, which included Iranian dissidents from communities across the United States. Doostdar called Ghorbani 10 days later to discuss how to get the information gathered at the event back to Iran, according to the indictment.

    Ghorbani will appear for a detention hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on August 21.

    The revelation comes against the backdrop of an uptick in the Iranian regime’s terrorist and espionage activities abroad. In July, Belgian authorities arrested two Iranians who planned to bomb the Free Iran Gathering in Paris, where tens of thousands of Iranians had gathered to support nationwide protests in Iran. The terrorist plot involved an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, who was also arrested. Assadi served as the chief of intelligence operations in the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna, Austria.

    In March, Albanian authorities foiled a terror plot aimed at PMOI/MEK members. Thousands of MEK members were relocated from Iraq to Albania in 2016. Since then, the Iranian regime has escalated its espionage activities in the country through its embassy.

    The Iranian regime blames the PMOI/MEK for coordinating and guiding the nationwide protests that have been ongoing in the cities of Iran since December. Iran’s have vowed to take revenge against the members of the PMOI/MEK.

    The NCRI and MEK have called on all European countries to shut down the Iranian regime’s diplomatic missions in their countries to stop terrorist activities.

    The NCRI also issued Two statements on August 16 regarding the Iranian regime’s spying activities against the PMOI/MEK.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:28 am on 9 Aug 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brussels Conference, , , Iran's foiled terror plot in Europe, , , , , , Terrorism   

    Press Conference on Iran’s foiled terror plot in Europe. Entry of European dignitaries as private plaintiffs. 

    Press Conference Revelation on Mullahs' terror apparatus In Europe- World dignitaries ask to join as civil party

    Press Conference Revelation on Mullahs’ terror apparatus In Europe was held in Brussels  on August 8-World dignitaries ask to join as civil party.

    New Information on the Iranian “diplomat”– operation’s mastermind.

    By Masoud Dalvand

    At a press conference on Wednesday, August 8th, prominent Belgian and European lawyers announced new points regarding the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot in Europe, including information on dignitaries from Europe and the Middle East who have asked to enter the case as private plaintiffs and to file their complaint against the Iranian regime.

    At the conference, the representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) provided new information on Assadollah Assadi, the “third counselor” of the Iranian embassy in Vienna and the head of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence station there, who was the mastermind and commander of the plot and is currently detained in Germany. The new information obtained through the network of the People’s Mojahedin rganization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from inside of the regime, revealed the decision-making structure and the hierarchy for the implementation of this plot.

    Speakers at the conference were:

    William Bourdon: Renowned human rights lawyer (France) in brief referred to the case on the table and confirmed the arrest of the Assadollah Assadi the terrorist diplomat.

    Mr. Rik Vanreusel at the press conference in Brussels represented many European personalities & elected officials who’ve entered the case as private plaintiffs in this case of foiled attack against the rally for a free Iran.

    Serge de Patoul: The opposition of Iran is the primary victim of the terrorism and I am here to emphasis on this matter.

    Former Prime Minister of Algeria,Sid Ahmed Ghozali: I’m here because I was at Free Iran 2018 rally with hundreds of personalities who were the potential victims of this foiled attack. I am among the private plaintiffs filling a complaint against the Iranian regime.

    Mohammad Mohaddessin

    Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI

    Mohammad Mohaddessin: Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI. 

    Mohaddessin said as you know, Assadollah Assadi, a third consular at the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna was arrested on July 1 in the Germany based on a European arrest warrant.

    Mohaddessin added: The Iranian Resistance’s information shows that Assadi was in charge of the MOIS station since June 2014, for several years, this outpost has coordinated the activities of all MOIS stations in Europe.
    Mohaddesin further on went to say that after the US invasion of Iraq, Assadi was posted in Iraq as third secretary at the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad in the beginning of 2004. Assadi’s mission was to collect intelligence about the coalition forces in Iraq, their headquarters and main centers, to identify the opponents of the Iranian regime among Iraqi personalities.

    Mohaddessin said: According to investigation conducted by our sources in Iran, Assadi played a key role in terrorist plots, bombings and kidnapping against the MEK, coalition forces, and Iraqis between 2004 and 2008.

    This is one of the most important MOIS apparatuses in the Europe operating under the supervision of Assadi. The new head of the German’s intelligence apparatus is Hossein Mahdian-fard.

    Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI reiterated details regarding the command structure of the operation, an explanation on the structure and modus operandi of the MOIS is necessary. Assadi monitored & worked against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), whose members were based in Camp Ashraf at the time. Since March 2018, Assadi was working with the terror team and had several meetings with them to prepare them for this operation. He reported his work to Amiri-Moghadam. He is considered one of the most senior security officials of the regime and was involved in negotiations with the US forces in Iraq in 2007 on behalf of the Supreme National Security Council. Assadi led the attempted terrorist operation against the Paris gathering under the command of Amiri Moghdam.

    The decision was made in January 2018 at the Supreme National Security Council Then Khamenei approved the operation MOIS Minister was directed to carry out the operation and Amiri Moghadam was the person directly responsible for the operation.

    The head of the Intelligence Station of the regime’s embassy in Albania is Mostafa Roudaki, an officer of the Foreign Intelligence of the MOIS. Mohammadinia and Roudaki are both under Amiri Moghadam’s command. The terrorist plot in Albania was also commanded by Amiri Moghadam. The regime’s current ambassador to Albania, Gholam Hossein Mohammadinia, was previously the head of the International General Administration of the MOIS Foreign Directorate.

    The Prosecutors’ statement reiterated that Assadi is a member of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) and personally handed over a bomb to two terrorists in Luxembourg, Mohaddessin said.

    Intelligence apparatus in Germany. This is one of the most important MOIS apparatuses in the Europe operating under the supervision of Assadi. The new head of the German’s intelligence apparatus is Hossein Mahdian-fard.

    Intelligence apparatus in France. Ahmad Zarif previously headed this apparatus. Over the past few months, he was supposed to be replaced and return to Iran. Another MOIS officer in France is Rasoul Ahadi Majdabadi.

    On July 11, 2018 The Office of the Federal Prosecutor of Germany announced that it had launched an investigation into Assadi for activities as a foreign agent – or spy – and conspiring to carry out murder.

    Background of this topic:
    On June 30, Belgian authorities arrested a Belgian-Iranian couple with 500-grams of high-
    explosive TATP and a detonator near Brussels. The couple, who had pretended to be
    supporters of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main Iranian opposition group, were heading toward the "Free Iran" gathering in the outskirts of Paris.
    The gathering was held in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), with the participation of tens of thousands of private citizens and hundreds of political dignitaries from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, in  Villepinte Paris on June 30, 2018.

    On July 1, German authorities arrested Assadollah Assadi, on route to Austria where he
    enjoyed diplomatic immunity. The German Federal Prosecutor stated on July 11 that Assadi had given the order for the operation to the couple and personally handed over the bomb to them in Luxembourg.

    Conclusion:

    As you can see, the religious dictatorship in Iran is scared of the Iranian organized and powerful resistance, so has abandoned all political protocols, and with the entry of its so-called diplomats in Europe, it seeks to strike against Iranian resistance(NCRI/MEK) through terrorist operations. Of course, this shows to the whole world the democratic alternative address of this regime, but these scandalous efforts can not save the mullahs from a definite fall.

    I put the full video of the conference at the beginning of the article and I would advise you to see it  which contains very valuable information.

     
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