Monday, October 30, 2017

#Iran-Increasing #protests to the #execution of #Kurds activities & #IRGC attack on #Kurdish dissidents

Open letter condemning six executions

Following the criminal execution of three Iranian Baluchis in Zahedan Central Prison in southeast Iran and the execution of three Kurdish political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison west of Tehran, a number of inmates in Zahedan Central Prison wrote an open-letter condemning these crimes.
Mohammad & Ismael Shahbakhsh, and Hayatollah Nutizehi were the three Iranian Baluchis sent to the gallows while Loghman and Zaniar Moradi, along with Ramin Hossein Panahi, were executed on September 8th.
The inmates of Zahedan Central Prison condemning these vicious crimes said, “We hope the voices of all suffering Iranians will be with us, and their hearts to be our hearts in condemning this crime.”

Iranian political prisoner reveals damning facts about the execution of Kurdish inmates
Iranian political prisoner, Hassan Sadeghi reveals the shocking circumstances of two executions
Iranian political prisoner, Hassan SadeghiLast week’s execution of Kurdish political prisoners by the Iranian regime has sparked international outrage and a widespread strike by merchants in several Iranian cities. But according to inmates who were in the same prison and ward as Ramin Hosseinpanahi, Loghman Moradi and Zaniar Moradi, the three executed prisoners weren’t only deprived of their most basic judicial rights, but they were also deprived of the chance to say goodbye to their inmates and families.

Increasing protests to the execution of 3 Kurds & IRGC attack on Kurdish dissidents
Iran, Sept. 15, 2018 - The Australian Committee of Supporters of Democracy in Iran issued a letter to their Foreign Minister condemning the Iranian regime’s execution of three Kurdish political prisoners and the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) missile attack against Iraq-based Kurdish dissident groups. This committee called on Australia’s top diplomat, the government of Australia and the United Nations Security Council to condemn these measures by Tehran’s mullahs

Political prisoner Atena Daemi

Political prisoner Atena Daemi condemns hanging of Kurdish activists
Political prisoner Atena Daemi, a human rights activist imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison, wrote a letter and commended the resistance of three executed Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, who were executed on September 8, 2018.
In her letter, political prisoner Atena Daemi mocked the clerical regime’s 'justice' and wrote
Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi,

Nasrin Sotoudeh protests execution of Kurdish political prisoners
In a letter from Evin Prison, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh protested the execution of the three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, and extended condolences to their families.

September 10th, At down political prisoner, Kamal Ahmadinejad, was executed in Miandoab in north west of Iran.
He was executed without a family's notice and even without the last visit.
He was arrested 3 years ago and he didn't has a chance of  a fair trials.
For six months  he was held in the solitary confinement of the Orumiyeh Information Office were interrogated and tortured to receive television confessions.
He is forth Kurdish activities who was executed during 3 day by the brutal Iranian regime in silence.
Sep 9 - 
Amjad Hossein Panahi, the brother of recently executed political prisoner #RaminHosseinPanahi, says Iran's authorities are refusing to hand over Ramin's body to the family for a proper funeral.
despite threats made by the Iranian regime's security forces.
but his mother sow the  body of Ramin for the last time in Behesht Zahra a main grave near Tehran.
Ramin was buried  by the regime.
Also a. ceremony held for Kurdish activist #RaminHosseinPanahi, executed Saturday morning, 
in Qaruchai village near Sanandaj, western #Iran

World condemns execution of three Kurdish political prisoners
The heinous execution of three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi has stirred a wave of global condemnations against the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran.
Amnesty International:
“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making ‘confessions.’ In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life.”

Reports indicate Iran's regime ha  executed Kurdish political prisoners Zaniar & Loghman Moradi alongside #RaminHosseinPanahi.
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The IRGC launched a missile barrage against a Kurdish group based in Iraq in an attempt to divert attention away from the execution of political prisoners.
Iran's IRGC missile barrage against a Kurdistan Democratic Party base in Koysinjaq, northern #Iraq, has left 9 KDP members killed & 30 others injured.
One local claims to have seen a helicopter & missiles landing in the area.
The KDP was holding a ceremony

Mrs. Rajavi urged the United Nations Security Council to intervene and address the atrocities

The Iranian regime today hanged three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein-Panahi, 24, Zanyar Moradi, 30, and Loghman Moradi, 32, in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj.

Faced with overwhelming popular outrage and detestation, the regime carried out the executions despite repeated international calls, to terrorize the public and prevent further anti-regime protests.  

The three prisoners had been on dry hunger strike for several days. Zanyar and Loghman were in jail for more than nine years, and Ramin had been imprisoned over the past 14 months. They were under severe duress during their incarceration. 

The Iranian Resistance has repeatedly called, including yesterday, on the UN Security Council and its member states, to take urgent action to prevent these arbitrary executions in blatant contradiction to recognized international norms.

In another development, the Iranian regime launched missiles at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, deep inside the territory of the Iraqi Kurdistan. A number of members and peshmergas of the two parties were killed and more were wounded.

Run by Mohsen Rezaii, former IRGC Commander and Secretary of the State Exigency Council, Tabnak website wrote a few hours after this criminal attack, “The forces of the Revolutionary Guard Corps… have targeted since this morning, Saturday (September 8), the military positions... of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and the Democratic Party near the city of Kouyeh, 200 km from the Iranian border.”

Tabnak added, “The IRGC launched six surface-to-surface missiles at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party which left dozens dead and wounded.”

The President of the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq issued a statement condemning the strikes at the headquarters of both parties “by the Islamic Republic of Iran which lead to a number of deaths and casualties.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described the Iranian regime’s execution of three Kurdish activists and the missile attacks on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and the Kurdistan Democratic Party as crimes against humanity, and called on the United Nations Security Council to address these atrocities.

She hailed those martyred and offered her condolences to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and Kurdistan Democratic Party as well as the fellow activists and relatives of those who lost their lives or were executed. She also wished the quick recovery for those wounded in these criminal attacks.  

Mrs. Rajavi called on the people of Kurdistan and across Iran to rise and protest against the Iranian regime. “The mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks. But it will take that wish to the grave,” she said.

The Iranian Resistance  has called  all human rights advocating authorities, in particular the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, as well as the Working Group on Arbitrary Executions to take immediate action to prevent such brutal forms of punishment in Iran.
Also Amnesty has called on Iranian regime to halt the execution 
And added They were sentenced to death after an unfair trial & have said they were forced into making "confessions" after being tortured.

#ZaniarMoradi & #LoghmanMoradi,& #RaminHosseinPanahi
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Tehran-Iran-The protests Gathering against the capital punishment of Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi in front of Gohardasht prison

Sep.4.2018- This morning a group of people, along with Ramin Hossein Panahi, family have gathered in front of Gohardasht prison in Karaj
to protest against imminent executions of Ramin and call for halt of the sentence
Ramin Hossein Panahi is in dire condition after 8th day of hunger strike.He was severely beaten
He's banned from visits/telephone calls.Request for stay of execution has been denied
In a short massage Ramin gratitude all the people in the world who have stood up for his rights and he said i am not terrorist i am  a Kurdish activist.

Kurdish activist on death row to be executed within 48 hours
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Informed sources have told the family of a Kurdish activist on death row that his execution is imminent. This comes a day after a video of the person in question surfaced in which he rejects the charges against him.
“It is likely that tonight or tomorrow night, the death sentence of political activist… Ramin Hossein Panahi is carried out,” a social media post by Ramin’s brother, Amjad Hossein Panahi, read.
Amjad and his family have been actively engaged with lawyers and activists to stop the Iranian regime’s plan to carry out the execution.
Iran has not officially declared the date the execution is set to take place, but various rights groups believe it is highly likely to happen in September.

UN rights experts call on Iran to annul death sentence against Ramin Hossein Panahi

GENEVA (Aug 28 2018) –  In the last day of his post,United Nations human rights experts has made a fresh call to Iran to immediately halt the death sentence against an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid serious concerns that he has not received a fair trial and has been mistreated and tortured in detention.
“Executing Mr. Panahi, following his torture, and unfair trial and on the basis of charges that do not meet international standards for the use of death penalty would be unconscionable. We urge the Government of Iran to annul the death sentence,” the experts said in a joint statement released in Geneva.
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#AMNESTY: Imminent execution of Kurdish man must be halted

We have unfortunately just received news that Ramin has been transferred to a death row cell in the Sanandaj prison and might be executed on Thursday.
immediate twitter storm  now!
We depend on your voice to not allow this injustice to be carried out.
#AMNESTY: Imminent execution of Kurdish man must be halted
Ahead of the scheduled execution on Thursday of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority who was sentenced to death in January for “taking up arms against the state” after a grossly unfair trial and amid serious torture allegations, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
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Death Row Political Prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi Beaten In Prison

Ramin Hossein Panahi, a political prisoner sentenced to death in Sanandaj Central Prison, was beaten up and transferred to the crime-related section of murder and drug addicts.
Abbasi, head of the Sanandaj Central Prison, who, along with several prison agents, had threatened to murder Ramin several times, on Thursday morning, July 5, 2018, severely beaten Ramin and transferred him to ward 5 (crime-related section of murder and drug addicts) of the prison. They told him that he will not leave this ward and will be executed right here or murdered by these prisoners.

Iran to Execute Kurdish Man, After Tricking His Sick Father Into Maligning Him

The brother of an Iranian Kurdish man on death row in Iran for belonging to a Kurdish nationalist group said yesterday that his brother had just hours to live.
Amjad Hossein Panahi, who lives in Germany, said that his brother Ramin had been moved to death row in a prison in Sanandaj and had confided in his defence lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz on Thursday that he expected to be executed later that day. Ahmadiniaz then gave the sad news to Ramin’s family.
Amjad Panahi said that prison authorities had already told family members that they intended to execute Ramin ahead before the first anniversary of his arrest (June 23).

Open Letter From 7 Political Prisoners: “Hanging Is Murder by the Government, under any Circumstances

Following the recent death sentence of Ramin Hosseini Panahi in Sanandaj, several Iranian political prisoners in Rajai-Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison in Karaj, penned an open letter titled “Hanging is murder by the government, under any circumstances”. In this letter, they called on international organisations and conscientious people, to fight towards the eradication of this inhumane form of punishment.

Following reports of the transfer of #RaminHosseinPanahi to the quarantined section of Sanandaj Central Prison in preparation for his execution on Thursday, Nishteman Hossein Panahi, Ramin's niece, committed suicide today,25 years old she was a mother.

Ramin Hossein Panahi

On April 15,2018 Iranian Security forces arrested #RaminHosseinPanahi ‘s parents & transferred them to unknown place and after few hours they had been released.
You even afraid of us shame on you Dayeh Sherafat ramin's mother told to the agents and add we are not going to give up and are not going to be silent, Do you think by executing Ramin your problem will be solve? 

Despite the many risks Ramin's parents arrived to the city center of #Sanandaj to stage a public protest against the execution order of their youngest son. And they have been arrested for few houres.
In an open message they announced that they will end their lives in front of the prison. if Ramin has been executed.

The Security forces of the Iran have been mobilized to the Freedom Square in #Sanandaj to disperse any larger gatherings in today’s public protest against Ramin Hossein Panahi's death sentence.

Upholds “Unjust” Death Sentence against Kurdish Activist

The Supreme Court of Iran failed to fully consider the defense’ arguments before it upheld the death sentence against Iranian Kurdish political rights activist Ramin Hossein Panahi, his lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz told the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

“The preliminary court determined that he was a combatant and issued a death sentence even though it was proven in court that he was not armed and did not open fire on anyone and now the sentence has been quickly confirmed on appeal without paying attention to the defense arguments,” Ahmadiniaz told.

The Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj, capital of the Iranian Kurdistan province, summoned Mrs. Dayeh Sahrifeh on February 2, 2018. Mrs. Sharifeh’s sons, Ramin and Afshin Hossein Panahi, are political prisoners condemned to death. She was pressured to ask her sons to break their hunger strike.
Dayeh Sahrifeh braved the Intelligence Department officials and said, “My sons have been unjustly sentenced to unfair sentences. A great injustice has been done to them. If the regime does not answer their demand, their father and I will set ourselves on fire in front of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj.”

Ramin is said to have ended his hunger strike today after nine days following a promise to receive an attorney.

However, Ramin is still in solitary confinement and we've been told that his health has deteriorated since he began the hunger strike.


Political Prisoner to be hanged Soon
IRAN, Oct. 30, 2017 - After 124 days of neglect and disregards, the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence on October 26 told the family of a political prisoner that he has been detained by the Ministry and will be hanged soon.
Ramin Hossein Panahi was shot in his waist area and arrested by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on 23 June 2017 when he was going to visit his family.
Shortly after that, he was transferred to the Intelligence detention center and endured torture and interrogation while still wounded.
Eventually, after releasing no news about the fate of this political prisoner for four months and his family's frequent pursuit, the Ministry of Intelligence told Ramin's mother and sister that he was arrested by the ministry.
They told his family: “He will not be transferred to anywhere else, and he will not be allowed to have visits and you should just wait to receive the news about his execution and burial at night and therefore your frequent visit here will amount to no result.
According to reports, after this news, Ramin's mother collapsed and fell unconscious and transferred to the hospital.
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parents of Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hussein Panahi
Parents of political prisoner assaulted and harassed by the intelligence agents
The plain cloths of Iranian intelligence minister assaulted, harassed and verbally abused the parents of Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hussein Panahi as they arrived in Sanandaj, capital of Iranian Kurdistan Province on October 29, 2017.
They were referring to the regime’s Intelligence Office to ask for their son’s whereabouts and protest to his imminent execution.
The intelligence agents told the couple that even God cannot save their son and he will be executed soon.
The parents were also threatened that if they are not silent, their whole family will be arrested and executed.
On October 26, the Iranian Regime’s Ministry of Intelligence, addressing the family member of a political prisoner after 124 days, announced that he has been detained by the Ministry and will be executed soon.
The political prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was arrested on June 23, 2017, after being shot by three bullets by the Revolutionary Guards and transferred to un unknown location. Shortly after, he was transferred to the Intelligence detention center and underwent torture and interrogation while still wounded.
Eventually, after releasing no news about the fate of this political prisoner for four months and his family’s frequent pursuit, the Ministry of Intelligence told Ramin’s mother and sister that he was arrested by the ministry.
They told his family: “He will not be transferred to anywhere else, and he will not be allowed to have visits and you should just wait to receive the news about his execution and burial at.
According to reports, after this news, Ramin’s mother collapsed and fell unconscious and transferred to the hospital.
According to another report, Ramin’s brother, Afshin Hossein Panahi, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by the regime’s judiciary in the city of Sanandaj. The civil activist, who has a history of cooperation with environmental institutions, has been sentenced on charges of holding the Nowruz ceremony and cooperating with a Kurdish party.
Afshin Hussein Panahi was arrested on June 26 this year after his brother, Ramin, was arrested in his house.

The Hossein panahi family wrote a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir regarding the unknown fate of their son. This letter which was written on October 11 reads in part:
“Our youngest son, Ramin Hossein panahi, was visiting Sanandaj to see his family, when he was shot by the Revolutionary Guards Corps and was then taken to the hospital in this town. IRGC forces transferred him to an unknown location after half an hour. Hours after the attack, IRGC forces attacked our house, beat our daughter Afshin Hossein panahi, and her elderly father and then arrested our other son Afshin Hossein panahi and transferred him to an unknown location.
Ramin Hossein panahi,
Grave Situation of a Kurdish Political Prisoner
NCRI - The mother of  Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish political prisoner, worrying about her son's condition stated: "We do not have any information from Ramin." in a video message posted on social networks.Nearly one month has passed since the violent arrest of Ramin Hossein Panahi. There is still no information about his health and fate. In this regard, the family of this political prisoner expressed concern in a video message of the fate of their son
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

IRAN-Maryam Rajavi's speach-Remembering 24 fallen PMOI members on the second anniversary of the heavy rocket attack on Camp Liberty October 29, 2017

We have come together to honor the memory of 24 members of the PMOI who were slain two years ago in a rocket attack launched by the Revolutionary Guard Corps at Camp Liberty.

Distinguished guests,
Dear sisters and brothers,
Fellow compatriots,

We have come together to honor the memory of 24 members of the PMOI who were slain two years ago in a rocket attack launched by the Revolutionary Guard Corps at Camp Liberty.
This day and these victims remind us of an important message: the message of the victims of the 1988 massacre and the 120,000 souls who gave their lives for freedom and the 38-year suffering of our nation. The message is that the people of Iran are determined to gain their freedom and democracy and will overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship at any cost.

Hail to Nayyereh Rabii, member of the Central Council of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, who attested to the Iranian women’s grim will to achieve freedom and equality.

Hail to Hossein Abrishamchi, a valiant commander of the National Liberation Army of Iran, and hail to each and every one of those martyrs who are shining lights who pierce the darkness of tyranny, despair and submission:
My dear brothers Manouchehr Barati, Hamid Dehghan, Akbar Alidoust, Hassan Towfiq-jou, Hamidreza Imeni, Abu-Taleb Hashemi, Kiumars Yousefi, Hossein Gandomi, Farshid Rabii, Hassan Ibrahimi, Mohammad Ali Mirzaii, Sohrab Homayounfar, Behzad Mirshahi, Amir Hossein Adavi, Rajab Ghorbani, Abdulreza Vadian, Sharif Vaissi, Hossein Sarvazad, Ahmad Messchian, Jassem Ghassear, Mohammad Javad Salari, and Mohammad Hassan Nourali.

To these 24 Mojaheds who were slain two years ago we would say that you are present in all the fields of this generation’s battle and it is impossible to forget you.
How could one forget Hossein Abrishamchi who was an exemplary model of high spirits in battle, who broke through any deadlock, opened new ways and removed any obstacle with utmost devotion and dedication.
And how can we forget my dear sister, Nayyereh Rabii, whose lively spirit and love and respect for her comrades were exemplary.
These and all the Mojahedin members who were slain on October 29, 2015, bore noble humanitarian values and their message to us is that we have to fight on, with much greater energy to fill their places.

Indeed, each of these martyrs and every one of you, the PMOI members, who are present here, is a testament to a great truth that in a world where due to oppressive rulers, standing by one’s principles comes at a high cost, those who pay the price of doing so become the standard-bearers and trailblazers for a world of freedom and emancipation.

To these martyrs, we’d say: You are symbols of free human beings who gave their lives with dignity and courage. Your comrades have vowed to carry on your struggle until victory and in order to do so, they have pledged to overcome all hardships and every conspiracy.

The day after the attack, amidst the casualties and damages, the first thing you did was to renew your vows for the overthrow of the clerical regime. Each and every one of you wrote or said that you will not give up your goal and you will continue to defend your values. You were so determined in renewing your pledges that Massoud Rajavi (the leader of the Iranian Resistance) later said that he had been astonished by such firm resolve and reiterated that this was a major setback to the regime. If the enemy launched rockets, you fired back with your robust response.

He also said that he counted on your voluntary pledges to lead the struggle to ultimate victory.

Two years on, I am happy to see that you have succeeded to tread along the same path. The experiences of other revolutions also show that triumph is the outcome of steadfastness and strong adherence to such pledges and there is no other way.
Is it not true that human progress in the world of humanity depends directly on the extent of devotion to struggle to remove the obstacles in the path of evolution? The methods are improved every day and the price is paid. And one learns how to make a candle of his life to shed light on the path of freedom and emancipation.
Is it not true that the prerequisite to any unity and solidarity is having faith in such pledges and delivering on them?
In the 1980s, we were victims of horrific mass executions; 30,000 of our comrades were massacred in 1988; we were besieged for years and blacklisted in various countries; we were victims of numerous conspiracies, bombardments, assassinations, terrorism, carnage and missile attacks. How did we get through all these?
Only by remaining steadfast and adhering ever more strongly to our principles. Therefore, again, we renew our vows, and strengthen our faith and conviction.

These vows and the price we pay for them pave the way for ultimate victory provided that no one thinks of him or herself. As Massoud reiterated, “Everyone should think about those who sacrificed their lives in Iran, in Ashraf or Liberty, and the martyrs of the 2009 uprisings. Everyone must endeavor to realize the goal which these martyrs gave their lives for.”

All of us remember that the plan for PMOI’s relocation from Ashraf to Camp Liberty was originally a scheme to destroy the Mojahedin. But you were vigilant and managed to foil that attempt, and turn it against itself, by your steadfastness and of course, by great suffering. They had planned to turn Camp Liberty into a killing field for the PMOI. The rocket attack on October 29, 2015, had been intended to take hundreds of lives. Again, you foiled this scheme by your vigilance, by being constantly on alert, and by your blood-drenched steadfastness. In this way, the lofty martyrs of October 29, opened the way for the final relocation of the PMOI. Otherwise, we had only a few days left to the deadline for Khamenei’s big plan to raze Camp Liberty to the ground.

Dear friends, sisters and brothers,
The Iranian regime’s failure to annihilate the PMOI, its deadlock over the nuclear agreement, its incapacity in containing the country’s economic and social problems, the defeat of Khamenei and his entire regime in the sham presidential election particularly that the loss was inflicted on the regime by the Campaign Calling for Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre, and the end of the era of US appeasement of the regime, have created a situation which marks a phase of defeat and deadlock for the regime.
The expansion of popular protests in Iran, taking place every day in Tehran, Ahwaz and elsewhere, is among the outcomes of this new phase. Most social sectors participate in this new stage of resistance and protest, including those whose savings have been plundered by credit institutes affiliated with Khamenei or the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), workers, teachers, nurses, retirees, government employees, university students and graduates, hospital personnel, high school students, unemployed youths seeking jobs, farmers, and the disgruntled people who form human chains along the Karoon River or Zayandehrood and protest the drying up of rivers and air pollution, as well as political prisoners who go on hunger strike and pay the price of their protest with their lives and health.

What is their demand?
They demand their trampled rights. They protest discrimination and constant humiliation, incessant stealing of their savings and deposits, agonizing poverty and being deprived of the most basic needs of living. All these protests and demonstrations, however, ultimately translate into a single demand which is the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. As long as the mullahs hold the reigns of destruction, none of the Iranian people’s demands could be met.

This goal is both possible and within reach.
Today, the highest officials of the clerical regime say they there are six super-challenges in the Iranian economy. They also say that no enemy could do what has been already done to the country’s natural resources and environment.
They also confess that the regime has destroyed the country’s oil, gas, water, soil, jungles, air and rivers. Yes, the regime is plagued with destruction and corruption and worst of all is its political situation. The mullahs are at an impasse.
To continue their reign, they need belligerence and terrorism in the region and the continued crimes and depravity of the IRGC. But this belligerence and terrorism have now put the regime and the IRGC in dire straits.
Khamenei and Rouhani are upset with the United States’ new Iran policy most of all because it has laid bare the weakness and frailty of their regime before the people of Iran. The fact that Rouhani and his Foreign Minister have set aside their moderation theatrics to defend the IRGC and officials such as Raissi who was among the leading perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, is because they want to close their ranks against the people of Iran and protect the regime. Nevertheless, they are not able to rein in the regime’s fatal predicaments.
For more than three decades, the ruling mullahs have chanted anti-American slogans and at the same time benefitted from the US policy as a political safe haven vis-à-vis the Iranian people and resistance.
Over these years, whenever the prospects of regime change by the Iranian people and their Resistance appeared to be looming, and the circumstances were ripe for a major change, Western governments and particularly the United States’ policy of appeasement went to the regime’s aid. It is therefore clear that the termination of the US appeasement policy has brought about a major political vacuum for the clerical regime. The policy which acted for years as a protection for the Iranian regime in the face of a furious populace, no longer exists.
So in the first place, Khamenei and Rouhani who sought to get through the present crisis with the help of the United States in the framework of the JCPOA have failed in this objective.
Secondly, the religious fascism ruling Iran is deeply vulnerable vis-à-vis the Iranian society and fears losing its internal and external balance.
Now, what is the main reason for the mullahs’ fear? The fact that they find themselves confronted by the Iranian people and Resistance.
If it was not for the volatile state of the Iranian society, if there was not any prospect for the eruption of another wave of uprisings like the ones that took place in 2009, and if there was not any democratic alternative such as the PMOI and the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Khamenei would not have been so concerned about the shift in international policies.
For these reasons, we believe that the policy of isolating the regime, including the congressional bill passed just recently to impose further sanctions on the regime’s missile program, is of course a positive step. The blacklisting of the IRGC, imposing sanctions on it, and fixing the loopholes in the nuclear agreement including putting a halt to all forms of enrichment, are all necessary steps.
But in order to end the previous catastrophic policies of the United States and to compensate for their damaging consequences, the National Council of Resistance must be recognized as the only democratic alternative to the mullahs’ terrorist, religious dictatorship.

The general desire today is to have the regime’s leaders face justice for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, stressed in her latest speech before the General Assembly on the need for a comprehensive and independent investigation in this regard.
We call on the international community to support the launching of a UN committee to probe the 1988 massacre in Iran.
I must also point out to the European governments, that the Iranian people’s minimum expectation is for them to condition every relation and trade with the Iranian regime on end to torture and executions in Iran. We tell them to particularly refrain from doing any business or engaging with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Today, more than anyone else, it is the people of Iran who seek to get rid of the IRGC and overthrow the clerical regime.

By setting up 31 different corps, this brutal force has set up a killing machine in every Iranian province. The IRGC has created a criminal force, namely the IRGC’s counter intelligence to incessantly control all the affairs in Iranian society. It is the main entity importing and distributing drugs in Iran and exporting the rest to other countries. At the same time, thousands of people are executed on the charge of drug-trafficking.
The IRGC controls the lion’s share of the country’s production institutes, imports and exports, oil, gas, and financial market, driving millions of Iranians into poverty and hunger. By fomenting war and terrorism, it is the main cause of slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and homelessness of millions of others.

I must point out two basic truths about Syria:
First: If the Iranian regime did not have a significant role, side by side the dictator of Syria, in creating the bloodbath in that country, and if it was not for its belligerence and meddling in Syria, Bashar Assad had been overthrown years ago by the Syrian people and freedom fighters, and the crisis in that country would have been resolved.
Second: The people of Iran stand by the people of Syria. As they frequently express in chants during their protest demonstrations, they vehemently oppose the presence of criminal forces of the Iranian regime in Syria.
For this reason, the Iranian people and Resistance have always wanted the eviction of the clerical regime, the IRGC and its proxy militias from the entire region. This is something that would pave the way for the overthrow of the regime in Tehran.

The PMOI and the Iranian Resistance embarked on the struggle to bring down the religious tyrannical regime 36 years ago. This is the cause for which 120,000 PMOI members and combatants of freedom, including 30,000 who were massacred in 1988, gave their lives.
Those martyred on October 29, 2015, also sacrificed their lives for the same cause. They are the beacons of our times and indeed, they continue to live on.
They are the flames of hope while many are lost in despair. They are fountainheads of conviction and faith while many have failed out of disbelief and doubt. This is the message of our martyrs and the words of the freedom fighters who have vowed to remain loyal to their pledges till the end.

This is the message of the Mojahedin to the generation of Iran’s youths. Disbelief, despair, and indifference are the deadly temptations spread by the mullahs’ regime. You must crush them. Like narcotic drugs, the clerical regime spreads poisonous messages in society, such as “change is impossible”, “we cannot do anything”, and that “any effort is useless.” You must rise up against this regime and its evil spirit of bondage. You must rise up hand in hand and set up bastions of rebellion all across the country. Putting end to this decadent regime is possible, within reach and in your power.

Once again, I reiterate: the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime is imperative and within reach, and a democratic alternative is in force.

Hail to the martyrs
Long live freedom
Hail to all of you


Dear sisters and brothers,
Greetings to all of you.

We have gathered to commemorate 24 PMOI heroes who lost their lives on October 29, 2015 when the clerical regime’s mercenaries fired 80 rockets at Camp Liberty.

The sacrifice of these 24 heroes and your perseverance in the face of that missile attack on October 29 shook the Iranian society:

From Zahedan to Evin and Gohardasht prisons, political prisoners rose to express their sympathies.

Iranian youths posted the photos of martyrs on the walls in several cities.

Friends and supporters of the PMOI staged a demonstration outside Evin Prison and condemned the missile attack.

On the international level, the US Secretary of State, the British Prime Minister, the UN Secretary General and many parliamentarians, church leaders and human rights advocates voiced their protest and outrage.

From this point on, the major relocation accelerated.

But why? What was that decisive factor that turned everything into your favor?

Everyone knows that your steadfastness and the blood of the martyrs was the basis for this victory, which was complemented by an extensive international campaign. As such, the major relocation became reality in the middle of that subversive blockade and demonstrated the prowess of your movement.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Iran:Latest report on Huge Popular Cyrus Day Great Gatherings in Pasargad&Uprising of Looted People in Tehran&other cities&Maryam Rajavi messages to the Protesters

Maryam Rajavi

Maryam Rajavi: The vast popular move&the regime’s hasty reaction showed the ongoing confrontation between Iran’s nation &a regime,doomed to fall

Hundreds of Checkpoints Set up on Main and Secondary Roads of Pasargad, Many People Arrested
In order to demonstrate national unity against the anti-national and anti-Iranian regime of Velayat-e Faqih, people from different cities of the country started to go to Pasargadae since Friday, October 27 to commemorate Cyrus the Great. In fear of the rally turning into an uprising against the clerical regime, regime officials have taken repressive measures for the past few weeks to prevent this move. These measures have intensified since last week, especially during the past three days:

Iran Regime's Panic and Fear From the Ceremony of Cyrus the Great
Simultaneous to reports of the closure of main road leading to the Cyrus tomb, Friday prayer leaders in the Fars Province (southern Iran) strongly attacked the Ceremony of the Achaemenid king (Cyrus the Great) Day and condemned Israel and the U.S. as “sponsors” of the ceremony.
According to the state-run IRNA news agency, Alireza Siahpur, Director General of Fars Province Road Transport said on Friday, October 27, that part of the Shiraz-Isfahan highway would be blocked on Saturday and Sunday October 28 and 29, due to "repairs". This is the main road leading to the Cyrus Tomb. The ancient Pasargadae is located about 135 kilometers from Shiraz.
Meanwhile, Siahpur announced that drivers who intend to travel from Isfahan to southern Fars province should use alternative routes.
The security forces set up fences around Pasargadae, the Cyrus Tomb, to prevent the gathering of people in this place.
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Massive Repressive Measures Taken by IRGC to Confront the Huge Popular Cyrus the Great Gatherings in Pasargad
In fear of mass demonstrations and mass gatherings in Pasargad on the birthday of Cyrus the Great, the anti-human and anti-Iranian mullahs’ regime has conducted military maneuvers and massive repressive measures in various cities of Fars province, especially the cities and the surrounding areas of Pasargad.
IRGC forces and the Police Force in Pasargad and the surrounding towns have virtually imposed a curfew and have closed all roads leading to Pasargad, even the rural roads, and are preventing the movement of vehicles to Pasargad and return them.
The repressive forces order cars that are going to Shiraz, Tehran or Isfahan to continue their journey from the old way.
The Revolutionary Guards give a statement to all the cars and people who are walking on foot to Pasargad, which it: The illegal gathering in Pasargad on a fake day of October 29th has been planned by the inimical and anti-regime entity outside the country and the perpetrators will be treated according to the law.

Iran Resorts To Crackdown, Fearing Mass Rallies Marking National Day
Heshmat Alavi , CONTRIBUTOR
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
October 29th marks “Cyrus Day” in Iran, commemorating Cyrus the Great, probably the most renowned ruler of ancient Persia.
Last year on this day a large gathering of thousands Iranians sent shockwaves to Tehran, proving to the world Iran’s society remains restive and fiercely opposes the ruling regime.
For the past 48 hours social media activists across Iran have used the hashtag #CyrusDay to post their views and inviting people to the gathering.

Maryam Rajavi
Maryam Rajavi
Maryam Rajavi

On Monday morning, October 23, more than two thousand people, whose property was plundered by institutions affiliated with IRGC, judiciary and other state agencies, rallied in front of the regime's parliament. The repressive police force using batons, assaulted the demonstrators and beat them brutally, and tried to disperse the demonstration in which women played a very active role, but was faced with the resistance of the people.
Protesters chanting slogans “cannon, machine gun and tank does not work anymore”, “death to the dictator”, “I kill whoever killed my brother”
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Maryam Rajavi Hailed Protesters in Tehran and Other Cities, Called on All Iranians to Support Them                                                    

She said, “The courageous chants in today’s demonstrations targeting the heads of the Judiciary and Executive Branch, as well as the suppressive State Security Force and intelligence forces, reflect the Iranian people’s desire for the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.”
Noting the chant “theft has become institutionalized under this regime,” Mrs. Rajavi added, “Institutionalized fraud along with institutionalized murder and belligerence constitute the pillars of the mullahs’ decadent regime. Ali Khamenei and his office hold the strings controlling all the depraved crimes taking place in the country. As long as this regime is in power, there will be no end to the astronomical embezzlement, poverty, unemployment and catastrophic economic conditions.”
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Anti-regime protests spreading across Iran, says country's opposition                        
According to a report and video from an Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), there were more than 2,000 people protesting outside the country’s parliament, known as the Majlis. The protesters who were accosted by the police shouted slogans against the regime:

“Shame, shame on the police force!”
“Death to the dictator.”
“Death to the demagogue.”

Upon police arresting female protesters, the crowd, it reported, shouted more antagonistic chants against the regime.
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More than 2000 plundered investors clashed with Suppressive State Security Forces + Videos & photos
Iran, Oct. 23, 2017 - The up to minute eyewitness report from the Monday's demonstration in front of the regime Majlis (parliament), All time local.
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Orumieh, People Set Ablaze an IRGC Affiliate Basij Force Base e Shohada’ girls’ school in Islamabad district in Orumieh (northwestern Iran), the families of students as well as the people who were supporting them staged a protest rally. In the aftermath of the protests, angry and protesting youth burned down the base of anti-popular Bassij base at the Qods Mosque in that district last night.
In fear of spreading this movement, the regime's officials dispatched IRGC forces and anti-riot units from nearby cities to Orumieh and attacked protesters. During the invasion, a large number of young people were arrested.

23rd, after a 12-year-old girl was raped at the ‘Rah-
The Iranian Resistance hailed the protesting and courageous youth of Orumieh, and called on all the people to stand up against aggressions of the clerical regime against the people of Iran, which has been much worse than any foreign occupation. It also called on the international human rights organizations to take immediate action for the release of the arrested people of Orumieh.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 24, 2017

Protest gathering of plundered investors in the city of Mashhad

On Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017, a large group of investors in the government backed Afzal-Toos financial institution gathered in front of the Ayandeh Bank main building in the northeastern city of Mashhad to protest the government corruption and demand their looted wealth and assets by the Revolutionary Gaurds (IRGC).
The protesters were chanting anti-regime slogans including 'the government must stop embezzlement to solve our problems' and 'the Ayandeh Bank is the center of thieves.'

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Latest news-Iran terrorist Quds force warmongering and export of extremism in Iraq

Iran incites its militias to go on rampage in Iraq, experts say
Mostapha Hassan
Baghdad Post, December 26 2017 - IMIS militiamen on Monday staged a protest over what they called 'delayed pay', a video obtained by The Baghdad Post has shown.
Members of the militias, sponsored by the IRGC, appear in the video expressing anger at the delay of their wages.
The move pushed commentators to warn of the movements of these militias, saying their foremost aim is to undermine Iraq's security.
They added the continued demands of disbursing the delayed payment will add new burdens to the exhausted budget of Iraq.
Iran incites its militias to go on rampage in Iraq, experts say

Lebanese PM Slams Iran Regime-Backed Iraqi Militia
Saad Hariri orders group leader Qais al-Khazali banned from country after trip organized by Hezbollah, whose regional interventions have drawn premier's ire
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s prime minister on Saturday criticized a visit by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader to Lebanon’s border with Israel, saying it violated local law.
The trip by Qais al-Khazali, the founder and leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, or League of the Righteous, was organized by Lebanon’s Iranian proxy Hezbollah, the powerful terror group and arch-foe of Israel.
The video was aired by Asaib Ahl al-Haq al-Ahd TV station Thursday night showing al-Khazali along with several other people in military uniforms as they showed him around areas overlooking Israeli towns and villages. One of those guiding al-Khazali points to a mountainous region in a distance and tells him “this is Golan” in reference to the Golan Heights that was captured by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Mideast war.
How Iran has its eyes set on Iraq oil
By Heshmat Alavi Special to Al Arabiya EnglishMonday, 20 November 
Iran, sensing the increasing international isolation, has long sketched the necessary blueprints to prevent a future already becoming very bleak. For decades Tehran has maintained this entire country and its vast oil reserves in its crosshairs.
Recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan prove the Iranian regime’s devious intentions and should alert the international community. The government of Iraq, jockeying to maintain ties with both Washington and Tehran, has unprecedentedly agreed to redirect Kirkuk province’s crude to Iran.
This oil will be supplying a refinery located in the city of Kermanshah, close to the recently earthquake-struck region. This decision follows the retaking of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Kurds in the notorious shadow of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani.

Suleimani Is the Commander of Army and IRGC Troops in Syria and Iraq
Deputy Commander-In-Chief of Iran Regime's Army: Suleimani Is the Commander of Army and IRGC Troops in Syria and Iraq
The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian regime's army, Ahmed Reza Purdastan, said that Qassem Suleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds force, commands the regime’s Army and IRGC and their regional militias in Syria and Iraq.
Purdastan on Saturday, October 21, in an interview with the state-run Tasnim news agency affiliated to terrorist Quds force, revealed that the Iranian regime's army provide air support in Syria and its special ground forces are present in Syria under the control of the Quds force.

By: Struan Stevenson 
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The interference of the Iranian terrorist commander Qasem Soleimani in the internal affairs of Iraq has reached scandalous proportions that should sound alarm bells in the West.It has emerged that the general, who commands the terrorist Quds Force, responsible for foreign operations by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, orchestrated the reoccupation of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and many other Kurdish regions in Northern Iraq.

How the tide turned against Iran in Iraqi Kurdistan
BY: Heshmat Alavi
Al Arabiya, 23 October 2017-- Despite all the brouhaha made over Iran’s “lightning” advances in Iraqi Kurdistan, the entire scene change in less than 48 hours.
Tehran desperately needed to respond to US President Donald Trump’s lambasting October 13th speech launching a major policy shift and designating the Iranian regime’s crown jewel, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), as a terrorist organization.
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Quds Force’ extensive record of assassinations, bombings
By Tony Duheaume
Al Arabiya, 20 October 2017 - The Quds Force (QF) is the most secretive unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps,  tasked with the export of the Iranian regime’s own unique brand of Islamic revolution and fundamentalism, which it spreads through its proxies across the globe.
Over the years, the QF has perfected the art of terrorism,  a tactic it brought into the world in the 1980s, which was then adopted by al-Qaeda in the mid-1990s to carry out “martyrdom operations”.
Terrorism and other subversive activities
Running a network of thousands of operatives allows the QF to carry out terror attacks across the globe.  But apart from its involvement in such attacks, its operatives also actively deal with intelligence gathering, the financing of terror groups  and their operations on foreign soil, and the infiltration of foreign political parties, social groups and religious organizations. Its operatives also engage in the surveillance of foreign government officials, religious officials and speakers to spot sympathisers to its cause, which is part of its recruitment drive to sow seeds of its revolution in foreign lands, much of which is coordinated through its special operations branches.
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Iranian regime commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk
Iranian regime commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk
SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD, Reuters, OCT. 20, 2017  - A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said.
Major-General Qassem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, traveled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region to meet Kurdish leaders at least three times this month before the Baghdad government’s lightning campaign to recapture territory across the north.
The presence of Soleimani on the frontlines highlights Tehran’s heavy sway over policy in Iraq, and comes as Shi‘ite Iran seeks to win a proxy war in the Middle East with its regional rival and U.S. ally, Sunni Saudi Arabia.
Soleimani met leaders from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish political parties in northern Iraq, in the city of Sulaimania the day before Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered his forces to advance on Kirkuk, according to a PUK lawmaker briefed on the meeting.
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Iran Regime's Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was in Kirkuk, CIA Director Confirms
Iran Regime's Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was in Kirkuk, CIA Director ConfirmsCIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that a senior commander from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was present in Kirkuk as it was taken over by Iraqi troops, further indicating that Iran may have had some involvement in the seizure. Daily Caller reported on October 19, 2017.Click here to read an excerpt of this report.
Iranian Resistance Strongly Condemns IRGC's Occupation in Kirkuk, Calls for Urgent Action by UN Security Council
The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) aggression and occupation and the mullahs’ regime affiliated criminal militias in Kirkuk. This aggressive act is taking place while Qassim Soleimani, the head of the terrorist Quds Force, has been plotting for it in Sulaimaniya and Baghdad and other areas of Iraq since a few days ago.
The criminal actions of the IRGC and its militia has led to the homelessness of a large number of Kirkuk’s residents and their inevitable departure from the city.
Published news reports and photographs and films indicate the presence of Hadi Ameri and Abu Mehdi Mohandes, two heads of the terrorist Quds Force, in the attack on Kirkuk. The documents and reports about these two terrorists have been disclosed by the Iranian Resistance since 90's. The names of both mercenaries are seen on the list of 32000 Iraqi mercenaries of the IRGC, with the codes and monthly salary and their bank account numbers disclosed by the Resistance in 2005 to United Nations officials and permanent members of the Security Council, especially the United States. It was also made public in a press conference in Paris. The number of Mohandes in the list is 3829770 and that of Ameri is 3829597.
While expressing solidarity with the people of Kurdistan, especially the suffering and homeless people of Kirkuk, the Iranian Resistance calls for immediate formation of the UN Security Council's extraordinary meeting to condemn and confront the aggression and occupation conducted by the mullahs’ regime in Iraqi Kurdistan.
On October 13, following the announcement of the US new strategy on the mullahs’ regime and placing the Revolutionary Guards in the terrorist list, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, once again called for the eviction of the mullahs’ regime from the region and the expulsion of IRGC and mercenaries from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and preventing the sending of weapons and regime’s forces to these countries.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran 
Student Pounded and Arrested for Criticizing IRGC 's Meddling in the Region
- According to reports, from the city of Sanandaj (Western Iran), a student was pounded and arrested on October 16, 2017 by Revolutionary Guards ( IRGC) forces.
The student who is called Mostafa Zahednia has been talking about Iran regime's regional policies and meddling of the IRGC in Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous region's recent events.
He was already prohibited to talk about political issues by the university's security office, his arrest has been carried out with no warrant while being pounded by the agents of Sanandaj's intelligence branch of IRGC. He has been transferred to an unknown location. No legal judiciary warrant has been presented for his arrest.
fact that all international laws and covenants ban any use of children in wars, local Iraqi outlets have revealed how the Iran-backed Hashid al-Shabi (Popular Mobilization Units) are training children for war.
180 juveniles in the village of Basheer in Kirkuk Province are being trained by the Hashid al-Shabi, learning how to use light and heavy weapons, and training in various military tactics.
Confirming such reports, Hashid al-Shabi have said their objective is increasing these juveniles’ defensive capabilities to protect themselves and the areas they live in.

Iran Regime's Iraqi Mercenaries Committing Crimes in Mosul

nightmare of human rights violations in Mosul is escalating once again. The residents are remembering how Hashid al-Sha’bi treated the civilians of liberated cities.
“These abuses have reached a point that live civilians are thrown off heights, and then they are fired upon. Aggressive measures reminding all of ISIS’ killings in Tikrit’s Spyker base,” Sky News TV Arabic broadcasted on July 16th regarding Iran’s militias.

Iran terrorist Quds force commander insists on warmongering and export of extremism
en. Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Iranian terrorist Quds force, the cross-border wing of the IRGC, said: 'Sometimes we use diplomacy to solve some specific problems which the world also insist on that. But other times diplomacy wouldn't work, particularly where there are difficult problems.'
Speaking at a ceremony marking the death of an IRGC commander Shaaban Nasiri, killed during Mosul operation, Gen. Suleimani said no diplomatic effort can do what such men are doing in the battleground.
Qassem Suleimani
Iran's hideous involvement in Iraq's internal affairs
Al Arabiya, 11 July 2017 - Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, says he believes that Iraq’s national army “is on its way to embracing ideology”.
Soleimani pointed to how this was already happening as the Revolutionary Guards “had been working around the clock to arm the Popular Mobilization militias” after its establishment.
On the sidelines of his participation in the memorial service of one of the guards killed in Syria on Monday, Soleimani said that the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group has already provided support to the PMU militias, according to a statement published on Tasnim news agency.

Washingto n Examiner, April 11, 2017 -By Sir David Amess

To confront Iran, halt the IRGC’s commerce

How Iran Regime Is Pushing the Leads Into a Global Conflict

After taking Yemen’s capital two years ago, the Islamic Republic is now shifting its focus from land to sea.

The footage was shaky, grainy and out of focus, but the moment it captured was unmistakable. Across the water in the distance is a massive warship. The amateur video grapher does his best to keep the vessel in the frame as small waves lap the edge of his skiff. For a minute, he chats in Arabic with another onlooker. Then, in anticipation, they fall silent. Wrote Brent Nagtegaal on ‘The Trumpet’ on April 10, 2017.

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An Iraqi Army officer uses his mobile phone to film a rocket launched towards Islamic State militants

Mosul victims treated for chemical agents as displacement accelerates

Reuters, Mar 3, 2017 - The number of civilians escaping the fighting in Mosul has increased significantly as battles intensify between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, and some have been exposed to chemical agents, the Red Cross said on Friday.
Iraqi armed forces meanwhile said they had captured another district as they push towards the densely packed old city center where the fighting is expected to become tougher.