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MEK USA Love Affair Pauline Ewell , Mash Viral, January 28 2020:… At lightning speed, the State Department overturns an order prohibiting US diplomats from meeting controversial Iranian dissident groups – including a close friend with Trump World allies and previously designated a terrorist group, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) ). The initial memo, lit by a career State Department employee, angered Iranian congressional hawks. And the Ministry’s decision to modify its guidelines encouraged them. The group has a controversial past. For, among other things, its alleged role in the assassination of three US military officers and three other civilian contractors.MEK USA Love Affair On and OFF. Why? 

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Trump administration backs down anti-MEK memo

At lightning speed, the State Department overturns an order prohibiting US diplomats from meeting controversial Iranian dissident groups – including a close friend with Trump World allies and previously designated a terrorist group, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) ). The initial memo, lit by a career State Department employee, angered Iranian congressional hawks. And the Ministry’s decision to modify its guidelines encouraged them.

The first memo, first reported by Bloomberg and reviewed by The Daily Beast, included sober warnings against meeting with the PMOI, pointing to its terrorist past and claiming that most everyday Iranians have bad news. group opinion. The memo also warned of interactions with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, highlighting its attacks on Iranian military targets; and ordered diplomats to obtain permission from the headquarters of the State Department before meeting with members of an Azeri separatist group. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent the memo on January 7 and warned that meetings with these groups could undermine American efforts to reach an agreement with Tehran. Joey Hood, a senior State Department official, approved the note, according to The Daily Beast document reviewed.

But now the note is canceled. The Daily Beast obtained a cable, sent to American diplomats on Sunday evening, replacing the week-old directive.

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“The posts should welcome the opportunities to meet and learn from members of the Iranian diaspora community,” said the cable, which explicitly noted that it “replaces” the January 7 missive. “After 40 years of repression and violence at the hands of the Ayatollahs, the pride of the Iranian people for their history has not diminished or their determination to celebrate it in the face of the abuses of the Islamic Republic.”

The cable went on to say that American diplomats should consider hosting members of the diaspora for “Persian cultural events”, while noting that “not all of the interests and objectives of Iranian opposition groups align with American political priorities ”.

“Although it is up to the Iranian people to determine the future course of their nation, the United States will continue to support them and echo their calls for justice and accountability,” said the cable.

Although the new note does not mention PMOI or other groups, it said diplomats should simply “exercise good judgment when receiving invitations or meet with opposition groups” and should raise questions and concerns with senior state officials – an apparent revocation of the order that they only hold such meetings with the express approval of Foggy Bottom. State Department spokespersons did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the cable.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani – whom the MEK hired to help them withdraw from the US list of foreign terrorist groups and who recently called the group “my people MEK” – welcomed the overthrow. “(The PMOI) is very much in favor of a free Iraq. It is headed by a great woman who has pledged to end the repression of women in a non-nuclear Iran, “the president’s personal attorney told The Daily Beast. “They were of great help to us during (the invasion) of Iraq and are supported by a very non-partisan group of former and former American officials.”

The PMOI is close to several other hawkish Trumpworld figures, including retired general Jack Keane and former national security adviser John Bolton. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a longtime friend of Giuliani and a former legal partner, is a volunteer advisor to the group’s political arm.

“They undermine the president’s policy when no one is watching.”

– Hill collaborator

The group has a controversial past. For, among other things, its alleged role in the assassination of three US military officers and three other civilian contractors, the PMOI found itself on the official list of foreign terrorist organizations of the United States government. He was also charged with acting as the death squad for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. A 2009 article published by Rand Corporation described “the PMOI’s almost religious devotion to (its leaders), public self-deprecation sessions, compulsory divorce, celibacy, forced separation from family and friends, and segregation sexual. ” The group and its allies vehemently deny all of these costs.

The rapid return came after the initial memo from the State Department angered the hawks of the Iranian Congress. One noted that the memo had been sent to diplomats just days after an American strike killed Soleimani, and that senior State Department politicians were likely preparing for reprisals from Tehran.

“This is a fairly large figure for the state,” said Christian Wiman, a former senior adviser to the department under Presidents Trump and George W. Bush. “Even if it is formulated diplomatically, it is not so common to have something published and to cancel it almost immediately. And I think it just shows that the original declaration was something that had been done at a lower level that did not have the support or buy-in from senior politicians. “

It was the second time in recent months that Hood, the career official who put the memo on the green, has angered Hill’s hawks. During a testimony to Congress on December 4, he had a tense exchange with Senator Ted Cruz on the financing of the Lebanese government and whether this money had gone to Hezbollah. A transcript of the hearing indicates that Hood laughed in response to a question from Cruz; the episode left the nerves raw.

They undermine the president’s policy when no one is watching,” said a Hill staff member for a member who advocates a tighter policy toward Iran.

Others, meanwhile, highlighted the overthrow as the Trump administration’s last struggle to clearly explain its position on the conflict with Iran. A congressional staff member who worked on Iranian politics and who favored the overthrow noted that it comes from the fact that the administration sent mixed messages on the legal basis of the Soleimani strike and the number of American embassies threatened. by Iranian Allied Shia militias.

“I think there is a lot of fog of war-like messages that has come out,” said the staff member, who spoke anonymously to discuss the sensitive issue. “I think there is still a lot of fog of war.”

The overthrow of the State Department, as reflected in the cable, comes as Pompeo and other U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, find it difficult to articulate the U.S. next steps after the murder of Soleimani and reconcile their accounts of the information that sparked this strike. .

For years, the Trump administration has maintained a “maximum pressure” campaign, imposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy in an attempt to reopen talks with Tehran on a nuclear deal. Since the Soleimani strike, Trump administration officials have struggled to define the administration’s Iranian policy. Some have said that the maximum pressure campaign still includes a military option. Others say that the United States has long communicated to the Iranians that if Tehran killed Americans, there would be military consequences.

“WE. The diplomats should not meet with the PMOI. They represent a dangerous cult. We must avoid all the errors of the war in Iraq, including being deceived by an alleged diaspora opposition unrelated to it.”

– former Obama administration official, Jarret Blanc

Now it seems that the State Department is changing its mind on how to approach Iran diplomatically after the Soleimani strike. In the hours immediately following the assassination, US officials in an attempt to defuse described the coup as a warning and insisted that America was still interested in working with Iran on conversations on the nuclear deal. The United States Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, appeared on BBC World, saying that the murder of Soleimani was intended to “advance the cause of peace”. Sunday’s cable, meanwhile, will encourage the Iranian hawks – and frustrate the elders of the Obama administration.

“There are at least two problems with this reversal,” said Jarrett Blanc, a former Obama administration official who worked on Iranian politics. “The first is that the policy is wrong. American diplomats should not meet with MEK or its affiliates. They represent a dangerous cult. We must avoid all the mistakes of the Iraq war, including being deceived by so-called diaspora opposition unrelated to it. The second problem is that it reflects the utter incompetence and chaos of this administration’s policy making – send out an instruction and less than a week later cancel it. They just don’t know what they are doing. “

For years in the United States, PMOI lobbyists and defenders have waged an aggressive, sustained and successful campaign to have the group removed from the State Department’s list of terrorists, a decision that was finalized at the time of Obama. Donors to the organization also include Democrats such as retired General Wesley Clark and Howard Dean, as well as attorneys Victoria Toensing and Joseph di Genova, two of Trump’s informal legal advisers.

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Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo

Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK MemoBetsy Swan, Erin Banco, Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast, January 14 2020:… Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani—who the MEK hired to help it get off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist groups and who recently called the group “my MEK people”—welcomed the reversal. “[The MEK] is very supportive of a free…Iraq. It’s run by a great woman who is committed to ending suppression of women and in a non-nuclear Iran,” the president’s personal lawyer messaged The Daily Beast. “They were of great assistance to us during [the] Iraq invasion and are supported by a very non-partisan group of American former and present public officials.” Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo 

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The State Department ordered employees days ago not to meet with an Iranian dissident outfit close to Rudy Giuliani and other Trumpworld figures. Now, the memo is being overridden.

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At whiplash speed, the State Department is walking back an order barring American diplomats from meeting with controversial Iranian dissident groups—including one close with Trump World allies and previously designated as a terror group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK). The initial memo, greenlit by a career State Department employee, angered Congressional Iran hawks. And the Department’s move to change its guidance has drawn cheers from them.

The first memo, first reported by Bloomberg and reviewed by The Daily Beast, included sober warnings against meeting with the MEK, pointing to its terrorist past and saying most everyday Iranians have a low view of the group. The memo also warned about interactions with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, highlighting its attacks on Iranian military targets; and directed diplomats to get permission from State Department headquarters before meeting with members of an Azeri separatist group. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent out the memo on January 7, and it cautioned that meetings with these groups could undermine U.S. efforts to reach a deal with Tehran. Joey Hood, a senior career State Department official, approved the memo, according to the document The Daily Beast reviewed.

But now, the memo is being overridden. The Daily Beast obtained a cable, sent to U.S. diplomats Sunday night, superseding the week-old directive.

“Posts should welcome opportunities to meet with and learn from members of the Iranian diaspora community,” said the cable, which explicitly noted it “supersedes” the January 7 missive. “After 40 years of repression and violence at the hands of the Ayatollahs, the Iranian people’s pride in their history has not diminished nor has their resolve to celebrate it in the face of the Islamic republic’s abuses.”

The cable went on to say that U.S. diplomats should consider hosting members of the diaspora for “Persian cultural events,” while noting that “not all Iranian opposition groups’ interests and objectives align with U.S. policy priorities.”

“While it is up to the Iranian people to determine the future course of their nation, the United States will continue to stand with them and echo their calls for justice and accountability,” the cable said.

While the new memo did not mention MEK or the other groups, it said diplomats should simply “use good judgement when receiving invitations or meeting with opposition groups” and should raise questions and concerns with senior State officials––an apparent revocation of the order that they only take such meetings with Foggy Bottom’s explicit approval. State Department spokespersons did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the cable.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani—who the MEK hired to help it get off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist groups and who recently called the group “my MEK people”—welcomed the reversal. “[The MEK] is very supportive of a free…Iraq. It’s run by a great woman who is committed to ending suppression of women and in a non-nuclear Iran,” the president’s personal lawyer messaged The Daily Beast. “They were of great assistance to us during [the] Iraq invasion and are supported by a very non-partisan group of American former and present public officials.”

The MEK is close with several other hawkish Trumpworld figures, including retired Gen. Jack Keane and former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Giuliani’s longtime friend and former law partner, is a pro bono adviser to the group’s political wing.

“They’re undermining the president’s policy when nobody’s watching.”
— Hill staffer

The group has a controversial past. For, among other things, its alleged role in assassinating three U.S. Army officers and three more civilian contractors, the MEK found itself on the American government’s official list of foreign terrorist organizations. It’s also been accused of acting as a death squad for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. A 2009 Rand Corporation paper described the MEK’s “near-religious devotion to [its leaders], public self-deprecation sessions, mandatory divorce, celibacy, enforced separation from family and friends, and gender segregation.” The group and its allies vehemently deny all these charges.

The fast-paced walk-back came after the initial State Department memo drew ire from Congressional Iran hawks. One noted that the memo went out to diplomats just days after a U.S. strike killed Soleimani, and as senior political officials at the State Department were presumably bracing for Tehran’s retaliation.

“It’s a pretty significant 180 for State,” said Christian Whiton, formerly a senior advisor to the Department under Presidents Trump and George W. Bush. “Even if it’s worded diplomatically, it’s not that common to have something issued and then rescinded almost immediately. And I think it just goes to show that the original statement was something done at a junior level that didn’t have support or buy-in from senior political officials.”

It was the second time in recent months that Hood, the career official who greenlit the memo, angered Hill hawks. In Congressional testimony on December 4, he had a tense exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz about funding for the Lebanese government and whether that money went to Hezbollah. A transcript of the hearing indicates that Hood laughed in response to a question from Cruz; the episode left raw nerves.

“They’re undermining the president’s policy when nobody’s watching,” said a Hill staffer for member pushing for a tougher policy toward Iran.

Others, meanwhile, pointed to the reversal as the latest struggle by the Trump administration to clearly explain its stance on conflict with Iran. A Congressional staffer working on Iran policy and who favored the reversal noted that it comes as the administration has sent mixed messages on the legal basis for the Soleimani strike and the number of U.S. embassies threatened by Iranian-allied Shiite militias.

“I think there’s a lot of fog of war-type messages that have come out,” said the staffer, who spoke anonymously to discuss the sensitive matter. “I think there’s still a lot of fog of war.”

The State Department reversal, as reflected in the cable, comes as Pompeo and other U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, have struggled to publicly articulate the U.S.’ next steps after killing Soleimani and to reconcile their accounts of the intelligence that precipitated that strike.

For years, the Trump administration had maintained a campaign of “maximum pressure,” leveling crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy in an effort to re-open talks with Tehran on a nuclear deal. Since the Soleimani strike, Trump administration officials have struggled to define the administration’s Iran policy. Some have said the maximum pressure campaign always included a military option. Others say the U.S. has long communicated to the Iranians that if Tehran killed Americans, there would be military consequences.

— former Obama administration official Jarret Blanc

Now, it seems, the State Department is shifting its thinking on how to approach Iran on a diplomatic level following the Soleimani strike. In the hours immediately following the assasination, U.S. officials, in an attempt to de-escalate, described the hit as a warning and insisted that America was still interested in working with Iran on conversations about the nuclear deal. The U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook appeared on BBC World, saying that killing Soleimani was designed to “advance the cause of peace.” Sunday’s cable, meanwhile, will cheer Iran hawks––and frustrate Obama administration alums.

“There are at least two problems with this reversal,” said Jarrett Blanc, a former Obama administration official who worked on Iran policy. “The first is that the policy is wrong. U.S. diplomats should not be meeting with MEK or its affiliates. They represent a dangerous cult. We should avoid all the mistakes of the Iraq war including being hoodwinked by purported diaspora opposition with no links at home. The second problem is that it reflects the total incompetence and chaos of this administration’s policy making —to send out an instruction and less than a week later countermand it. They just don’t know what they are doing.”

For years in the United States, lobbyists and advocates for the MEK have operated an aggressive, sustained, and successful campaign to have the group removed from the State Department’s terror list, a move that was finalized in the Obama era. The organization’s stateside backers also include Democratic figures such as retired Gen. Wesley Clark and Howard Dean, as well as attorneys Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova, two informal legal advisers to Trump.

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1500 Victims? Pompeo Uses MEK Fabrications

1500 Victims Pompeo Uses MEK FabricationsThe Statesman, December 29 2019:… Earlier this month, the US said that Iranian authorities may have killed more than 1,000 people in a crackdown on demonstrations in mid-November. In his series of tweets, Pompeo cites to a much higher death toll that has already been listed by certain media outlets, as well as the exiled Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the formerly armed opposition that is fiercely critical of the regime and has cultivated close ties with the Trump administration. 1500 Victims? Pompeo Uses MEK Fabrications 

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

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The massive violent protests broke out on November 15 across Iran, whose economy has suffered under sweeping sanctions from the United States, after the government abruptly hiked fuel prices.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday lashed out at Iran for using “violence” and censorship to prevent memorials for those killed during the suppression of recent protests.

Taking to Twitter, Pompeo said, “The Iranian people have the right to mourn 1,500 victims slaughtered by @khamenei_ir during #IranProtests”, while directly accusing Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

According to the Ilna news agency, internet access was effectively cut off Wednesday in multiple Iranian provinces ahead of memorials planned on social media a month after the protests.

“The regime fears its own citizens, and has once again resorted to violence and shutting down the internet,” Pompeo further said.

The massive violent protests broke out on November 15 across Iran, whose economy has suffered under sweeping sanctions from the United States, after the government abruptly hiked fuel prices.

Earlier this month, the US said that Iranian authorities may have killed more than 1,000 people in a crackdown on demonstrations in mid-November.

In his series of tweets, Pompeo cites to a much higher death toll that has already been listed by certain media outlets, as well as the exiled Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the formerly armed opposition that is fiercely critical of the regime and has cultivated close ties with the Trump administration.

 

Earlier in the month, President Rouhani had said that the Islamic republic “will proudly bypass sanctions” by the United States that took effect, targeting the country’s oil and financial sectors.

In September this year, Pompeo blamed Iran fro the drone attack at an oil field in Saudi Arabia which disrupted about the half of the Kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5 per cent of the daily global oil supply.

Last year, after its unilateral exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington has been piling up pressure on Tehran through a series of sanctions to force it to return to negotiations.

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MKO Role In Riots Verified by Reuters fake news ; Iran’s UK ambassador

MKO Role In Riots Verified by Reuters fake newsPress TV, Mehr News and IUVM Press, December 29 2019:… Iran’s ambassador to the UK has denounced as “fake” a recent Reuters report about the death toll from last month’s riots in the country, saying the report by the London-based agency helped shed further light on the role of the notorious US-backed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group in the unrest. Hamid Baeidinejad was reacting to Reuters’ claims on Monday that “about 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15.” The report, which was outright rejected by Iran, was soon cited by US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who urged action against the Islamic Republic. MKO Role In Riots Verified by Reuters fake news ; Iran’s UK ambassador

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1- Reuters’ fake news verifies MKO role in riots: Iran’s UK ambassador

Press TV, December 26 2019

Iran’s ambassador to the UK has denounced as “fake” a recent Reuters report about the death toll from last month’s riots in the country, saying the report by the London-based agency helped shed further light on the role of the notorious US-backed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group in the unrest.

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Hamid Baeidinejad was reacting to Reuters’ claims on Monday that “about 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15.”

The report, which was outright rejected by Iran, was soon cited by US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who urged action against the Islamic Republic.

It was also retweeted and dramatized feverishly by sources close to the MKO itself.

 

On Wednesday, Baeidinejad pointed to one of the MKO-sympathetic tweets in a post, saying the group had, by supporting the Reuters report, “identified itself as the only influential force managing and spearheading organized protests and street fights in Iran.”

In mid-November, a series of protests broke out in several Iranian cities against a government decision to increase fuel prices. The initially peaceful gatherings, however, descended into violence as riotous elements — many of them armed — infiltrated the protests, perpetrating acts of vandalism against public and private property and randomly opening fire at everyone on the scene.

Authorities have reported fatalities among both civilians and security forces, but are yet to release an official figure on the number of casualties.

Reuters’ report surfaced over a week after the MKO’s ringleader posted a tweet, producing exactly the same figure as the alleged fatality count.

 

Hundreds of arrests have been made in connection with the riots. Authorities say many of the detainees were found to have links to the MKO.

The MKO has a dark history of assassinations and bombings against the Iranian government officials and civilians. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s 1980-88’s war against Iran.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to the MKO’s acts of terror. Western countries, with the US topping the list, have removed the group from their terror blacklists.

The group throws lavish conferences every year in Paris, featuring American, Western, and Saudi officials as its guests of honor.

Further in his chain of tweets, Baeidinejad suggested that Reuters had resorted to an old policy of dramatizing “a lie to try to make it sound plausible” by attempting to link the “crackdown” to an “order” directly issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

This is while Ayatollah Khamenei has made “tolerance” an imperative in dealing with protesters, he added.

The envoy said the agency’s alleged fatality figure even far exceeded the “hyped up figure” of 304 provided by Amnesty International.

The ambassador also exclaimed at Reuters’ claim that a staggering 400 women had been killed in the riots, explaining that the protests had witnessed a relatively low female turnout.

Baeidinejad added that Reuters’ permit had been rescinded by Iran years ago over the news agency’s “policy of manufacturing reports and generating lies,” noting that the agency’s lack of reporters on the ground and access to first-hand information effectually throws its entire account into question.

Unfortunately, the agency — which was sold by its British owner to “a Zionist Canadian entity — “has over the recent years been pursuing a policy predicated on prejudgment and lies against Iran and the regional resistance movement,” the ambassador stated.

As a case in point, he cited an earlier report, which alleged that a high-level security meeting had been convened in Iran to decide on a potential attack on Saudi oil facilities.

He said a United Nations report proved those allegations to be wrong.

Baeidinejad said the agency’s approach well reflected remarks made by “the owner of the Zionist media empire Rupert Murdock, who declared years ago that Jewish-owned media outlets across the world had a duty to support Israel.”

“It comes as no surprise that today, the Canadian Zionist owner of Reuters’ top priority lies in providing support for the Israeli regime,” he added.

The official noted that relevant authorities in Iran would, pending conclusion of their investigations, produce an exact casualty count that had resulted from the violence in November.

He asserted that the figure was far lower than those provided by foreign sources, urging all news outlets and media organizations to act responsibility by refusing to misinform the public before the official figure was released.

2- Baeidinejad deplores Reuters for creating false propaganda in favor of Zionists

Mehr News, December 26 2019

TEHRAN, Dec. 25 (MNA) – Iran’s Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad has lashed out at the London-based Reuters news agency for creating unreliable and false propaganda against Iran in line with the Zionists interests.
“Some media outlets, following an old policy, create a very big lie in order to make it believable. The Reuters report on the death toll of around 1,500 people during recent riots [in Iran] and the claim that the police actions were taken under the Leader’s order are the examples of such measures,” Baeidinejad wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

The Iranian envoy added that even Amnesty International, which initially sought to increase the unverified number of the casualties, put the death toll at around 300. This is while Reuters has announced a much higher number, the majority of whom are claimed to be women. “Women did not form a big share of the casualties,” he added.

He rebuked the Reuters agency’s change of policy since it was sold to a “Canadian Zionist a few years ago”, saying the agency has unfortunately adopted the policy of prejudice and false propaganda against Iran in favor of the Zionists in the past years.

Noting that the Reuters office in Tehran was closed a few years ago for creating false news, Baeidinejad said, how could an agency that does not have first-hand access to a country’s incidents create such reports only relying on anonymous sources?

The London-based news outlet said in a report on Monday that, “About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15, including at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.”

Reuters claimed that the figures had been provided “by three Iranian interior ministry officials,” without further elaboration or naming any of them.

Shortly after the report, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council dismissed the Reuters’ report and said such claims were based on “false propaganda.”

“Such types of news writing and making accusations are by no means a complicated task. These claims are leveled based on a set of premeditated psychological warfare and lack credibility,” head of the SNSC’s Information and Communications Secretariat Alireza Zarifian Yeganeh said.

“The protestations that Reuters made in its report are totally worthless not only in terms of security issues and intelligence but in the field of news and media, and will damage the already-tarnished credibility of this agency,” he added.

The Iranian government raised gasoline prices last month in order to moderate the national consumption rate, which stands at 110 million liters per day, 40 million liters per day above the maximum domestic requirement.

The move prompted some peaceful protests, but riotous elements, taking advantage of the situation, quickly entered the scene, destroying public property, setting ablaze banks and gas stations among other facilities, and opening fire on people and security forces.

Shortly after the riots broke out, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei tasked the Supreme National Security Council with compiling a report detailing the reasons behind the riots and immediate attending of the families of the victims.

Iran’s Judiciary has said a number of those elements were tied to the notorious US-backed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group, royalists as well as separatists — who were nabbed in the country’s border provinces — besides members of organized groups trained towards staging acts of sabotage.

Iran has arrested over 100 ringleaders and masterminds of the violent attacks.

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3- Reuters’ fake news verifies MKO role in riots: Iran’s UK ambassador

IUVM Press, December 26 2019

Iran’s ambassador to the UK has denounced as “fake” a recent Reuters report about the death toll from last month’s riots in the country, saying the report by the London-based agency helped shed further light on the role of the notorious US-backed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group in the unrest.

Hamid Baeidinejad was reacting to Reuters’ claims on Monday that “about 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15.”

The report, which was outright rejected by Iran, was soon cited by US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who urged action against the Islamic Republic.

It was also retweeted and dramatized feverishly by sources close to the MKO itself.

In mid-November, a seriesof protests broke out in several Iranian cities against a government decision to increase fuel prices. The initially peaceful gatherings, however, descended into violence as riotous elements — many of them armed — infiltrated the protests, perpetrating acts vandalism against public and private property and randomly opening fire at everyone on the scene.

Authorities have reported fatalities among both civilians and security forces, but are yet to release an official figure on the number of casualties.

Reuters’ report surfaced over a week after the MKO’s ringleader posted a tweet, producing exactly the same figure as the alleged fatality count.

Hundreds of arrests have been made in connection with the riots. Authorities say many of the detainees were found to have links to the MKO.

The MKO has a dark history of assassinations and bombings against the Iranian government officials and civilians. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s 1980-88’s war against Iran.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to the MKO’s acts of terror. Western countries, with the US topping the list, have removed the group from their terror blacklists.

The group throws lavish conferences every year in Paris, featuring American, Western, and Saudi officials as its guests of honor.

Further in his chain of tweets, Baeidinejad suggested that Reuters had resorted to an old policy of dramatizing “a lie to try to make it sound plausible” by attempting to link the “crackdown” to an “order” directly issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

This is while Ayatollah Khamenei has made “tolerance” an imperative in dealing with protesters, he added.

The envoy said the agency’s alleged fatality figure even far exceeded the “hyped up figure” of 304 provided by Amnesty International.

Baeidinejad added that Reuters’ permit had been rescinded by Iran years ago over the news agency’s “policy of manufacturing reports and generating lies,” noting that the agency’s lack of reporters on the ground and access to first-hand information effectually throws its entire account into question.

As a case in point, he cited an earlier report, which alleged that a high-level security meeting had been convened in Iran to decide on a potential attack on Saudi oil facilities.

He said a United Nations report proved those allegations to be wrong.

Baeidinejad said the agency’s approach well reflected remarks made by “the owner of the Zionist media empire Rupert Murdock, who declared years ago that Jewish-owned media outlets across the world had a duty to support Israel.”

“It comes as no surprise that today, the Canadian Zionist owner of Reuters’ top priority lies in providing support for the Israeli regime,” he added.

The official noted that relevant authorities in Iran would, pending conclusion of their investigations, produce an exact casualty count that had resulted from the violence in November.

He asserted that the figure was far lower than those provided by foreign sources, urging all news outlets and media organizations to act responsibility by refusing to misinform the public before the official figure was released.

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MKO Role In Riots Verified by Reuters fake news ; Iran’s UK ambassador

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