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Iran Watch – November 16, 2007

[spoiler title=”Blacklisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: War On Terror Has Finally Begun”] Shahab Sariri
11/13/2007
Global Politician
It was a real shocker to the clerical regime in Iran when the Bush administration blacklisted the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and accused its elite Quds Force of supporting terrorism. The silence of the high ranking clerics in Tehran for several days was the proof of that. It was not until the passing of five days that Ali Khamenei appeared in public to alleviate the anxiety of the clerical establishment’s shrinking ideological base.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in a statement said the Iranian people welcome the US government’s official acknowledgment of the terrorist conduct of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Qods Force, banks, Ministry of Defense and other entities as well as its leaders. She also described the move as indispensable to thwart the export of terrorism and fundamentalism to the Middle East region, in particular the regime’s meddling in Iraq and to prevent the regime from obtaining nuclear weapons. Mrs. Rajavi added: “This is a clear testament and a necessary prelude for democratic change in Iran and the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism by Iranian people.”

Not surprisingly, a host of senior anti-fundamentalist and nationalist Iraqi political figures, including former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and Iraqi National Accord front leader Dr. Adnan Al-Duleimi, welcomed the decision to blacklist the IRGC and its affiliated entities. As the backbone and the guardian of the regime, the IRGC has also played a major role in suppressing dissent among an increasingly dissatisfied population at home.

The IRGC, which is directly under the command of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, is responsible for carrying out the torture and executions of 120,000 members and sympathizers of the main Iranian opposition force, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), 30,000 of whom were executed in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. The IRGC is also in charge of much of the regime’s development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and its covert nuclear weapons program.

In order to improve the extra-territorial operations, IRGC established a new entity back in the 80’s named the Quds Force which uses the most elite elements of IRGC for special operations abroad. This notorious force has been involved in planning and executing more than 400 terrorist operations, against foreign nationals and Iranian dissidents in virtually every continent of the world over the past 27 years.

The IRGC controls a large portion of Iran’s economy to meet the expenses of such huge operations. With over 500 companies in Iran and over 480 front companies in the UAE, the IRGC has become a financial conglomerate. Over the years, the IRGC has created a web of financial sources which do not fall under the supervision and accountability of the government, in order to cloak the IRGC’s financial transactions and other activities at home and abroad. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former IRGC commander himself, has appointed several hundred Revolutionary Guards commanders to senior Government positions to enhance the IRGC’s control over its financial resources.

In the past four years, the Iranian Resistance has repeatedly unveiled the widespread meddling of the Quds Force and the IRGC in Iraq, the expansion of their terrorist networks and their role in the transfer of weapons and the fueling of sectarian killings by militia forces trained and armed by the Iranian regime in Iraq.

For sanctions to have a meaningful effect, they must be multilateral therefore it is in the interest of world peace and stability and an asset to the fight against terrorism for the European Union and in particular the United Kingdom to follow suit and give up the outdated and failed policy of appeasement. As Mrs. Rajavi once again reiterated: “The yardstick for firmness vis-a-vis the clerical regime, is to abandon the policy of appeasement and to respect the Iranian people’s determination for regime change.”

This must be coupled with the removal of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran from the US and EU’s terror list, a designation carried out at the behest of the mullahs’ regime in the first place. The Iranian Resistance has repeatedly emphasized that the policy of appeasement or military intervention in Iran provide no solution to the Iranian problem and that the only viable option is democratic change by Iranian people and their Resistance.

Shahab Sariri is the Vice-President of the National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates (ncpdaus.org). [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Ayad Allawi: PMOI’s presence is in accordance with Iraqi values and principles”]
Mr. Ayad Allawi, The former Iraq prime minister, and leader of the Iraqi National Accord in an interview with Al-Zaman daily, said that Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq are dangerous and emphasized on the legitimacy of presence of the Peoples Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI aka MeK) in Iraq. Ayad Allawi added that pressure imposed by the Iranian regime is an evidence of Iraqi government’s weakness toward the regime in Iran.

He said that all common laws, Islamic, Arabic, international, and United Nations principles permit the acceptance of the political refugees. The PMOI as a political movement is partly in Iraq with limitations in their activities, another part in Iran, and a part in all over the world, he said. Their leaders are in Europe and according to our information are frequently visited by decision making American officials.

Ayad Allawi added: sending off or deporting Mojahedin has no place in Iraqi values or principles. The Iraqi government must have the courage to talk with Iran about the matter and demand that Iranian regime should not interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs.

Al-Zaman added: former prime minister said that statements made by Ahmadinejad to fill Iraq’s security vacuum is a worrisome and dangerous proposition and also expressed concern over Maliki’s government holding back from any reply or reaction to such statement made.

Ayad Allawi said: such statements are clear indication of Ahmadinejad’s evil intentions toward Iraq, and what is even more disturbing is that he considered all who show opposition to Iraq’s prime minister as corrupt and seditious. [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Iran’s Baghdad embassy a terror HQ”] Posted: November 14, 2007
1:00 am Eastern

By Michael Evans
© 2011

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, or IRG, is using Iran’s Baghdad embassy as its headquarters for secret military operations against coalition forces in Iraq, according to an Iranian opposition group.

Mohammad Mohadessin, spokesman for the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, the parliament-in-exile of the Iranian Resistance, said in a statement that the IRG had transformed the embassy “into the most important center for coordinating its terrorist and intelligence activities against coalition forces.”

IRG officers hold top positions throughout the Iranian government – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for example – so it is not surprising the embassy is under its control. Mohadessin identified four “diplomats” as senior Guards officers, including Ambassador Kazemi Qomi. “They are directly responsible for supervising the transfer of shipments of weapons and ammunition … from Iran to [the Guard’s] proxy forces in Iraq,” he said.

Although Tehran denies it, the U.S. has ample proof the Iranians are behind much of the killing of American soldiers in Iraq, from supplying sophisticated bomb-making material for the IEDs that have caused hundreds of casualties in recent months to infiltrating fighters.

Ironically, in his first state visit to Iran in early September, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki asked his host, President Ahmadinejad, for his support in quelling the violence that threatens to destroy Iraq. Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying, ”Iran will give its assistance to establish complete security in Iraq, because Iraq’s security is Iran’s security.” It was not reported whether Ahmadinejad was smiling when he said that, but evidently Maliki needed reassurance. Just a few weeks later, when both leaders were attending the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, they met again at the Blue Mosque in Queens, New York, following Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University.

Last week, the U.S. imposed sweeping new sanctions against the IRG, because of Tehran’s support for terrorism and nuclear weapons ambitions. The ban targeted three of Iran’s largest banks and eight individuals Washington said were engaged in trading missiles and supporting terrorist groups throughout the Middle East. This is the first time the U.S. has put a military force of a sovereign government in the same category as al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is a select force of some 200,000 members that is separate from the country’s regular military. It has its own ground, naval and air divisions. Guards members in southern Iraq are training Shiite militias to use mortars and rockets, according to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of U.S. forces south of Baghdad. He noted that rocket attacks were becoming “more accurate and more effective” due to the Iranians.

Mohadessin also said the IRG had taken over some of Iran’s most lucrative companies and is profiting from trade with the European Union. “Over the years the [IRG] has created financial sources which do not fall under the control of the government,” he said. “A major portion of the $40 billion in [non-petroleum] EU trade is now done with [the IRG], its affiliates, and its front companies.”

This would seem to be a good place for Europe to apply pressure and help stop Tehran’s march toward manufacturing nuclear weapons. But that would be expecting too much, even of countries within range of Iran’s ballistic missiles. Christiane Hohmann, spokeswoman for the EU External Relations Commission, said the 27-nation bloc had not yet imposed sanctions on Iran. “There is no economic embargo against Iran in place and no economic sanctions; there are export restrictions in place with regard to dual-use goods,” she said.

Doesn’t the word appeasement mean anything to the Europeans after World War II? Iran is less a theological regime than a military dictatorship, and the IRG dominates political, economic and cultural life, while protecting the ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad from opposition at home. Besides being Iran’s top imam, Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is commander in chief of the armed forces, and has exploited his control over the IRG to fortify his rule.

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NCRI – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mullahs’ president, met with basiji (paramilitary force) students in Tehran Science and Technology University (TSTU) on Monday while other students were prevented to attend his visit.

All lectures were cancelled to prevent any student gathering against Ahmadinejad, while basiji students from other universities such as Allameh, AmirKabir, KhajeNasir, Imam Sadeq and Imam Hossein were transferred to the gathering by buses.

The State Security Forces arrested three students from Tehran’s Polytechnic University who were trying to enter TSTU to protest against Ahmadinejad.

In spite of all suppressive measures, some students managed to enter the gathering and raise their voice against repression in universities. Students called for the release of their jailed classmates and the removal of all restrictions and suppressive measures imposed on them. They were chanting, “Jailed students must be released” and “Freedom, Freedom.”

Clashes erupted when mobs (basijis) attacked the students who were calling for the release of the three detainees from Amir Kabir University. [/spoiler]