Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) – Iran’s 40-years ‘Sacred Defense’

Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) – Iran’s 40-years ‘Sacred Defense’

Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization Mehr News, September 24 2020:… Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) The US also planned plots to weaken Iranian Armed Forces via backing terrorist groups, including Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK) as of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, during the war with Iran and afterwards. Based on the achieved documents, the MEK has been in league with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), noting that the terror group has been an agent for Washington since the late 1970s. More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been martyred at the hands of the MEK in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings. Since 2010, this terrorist group’s henchmen have assassinated four senior nuclear scientists in Iran. In Saddam’s war against Iran, the cult provided Iraq with intelligence and even attacked Iran militarily by an army of MEK members. Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization 

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Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) – Iran’s 40-years ‘Sacred Defense’

Iran’s 40-year ‘Sacred Defense’ against global arrogance

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TEHRAN, Sep. 23 (MNA) – In past 40 years, Iran has appeared as a regional power, in an ongoing defense against the global arrogance conspiracies.

Iran’s increasing power and authority would not be guaranteed without the support of the Iranian nation for the Islamic Revolution as well as the efforts of the Armed Forces.

The Iranian nation has always been successful and proud in overcoming the imposed difficulties and problems by the global arrogance, mainly the US.

Americans have led economic and political pressures besides their planned cultural and the psychological warfare against Iranians as of the victory of the Islamic Republic, during the eight years of the Sacred Defense (Iraq-Iran war) and in all the past recent years.

In the past 40 years, the US has always been found red-handed designing and leading anti-Iranian conspiracies.

In what follows, the most notorious Americans’ anti-Iranian scenarios and activities will be over viewed.

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Nojeh Coup (1980)

When the Islamic Revolution took place in Iran back in 1979, the United States started to put various political pressures on Iran. Most importantly, it planned a coup to overthrow the newly established Islamic Republic of Ian and the Late Revolution Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

“The US also planned plots to weaken Iranian Armed Forces via backing terrorist groups, including Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK) as of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, during the war with Iran and afterwards.Based on the achieved documents, the MEK has been in league with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), noting that the terror group has been an agent for Washington since the late 1970s.”

The plan involved officers and servicemen from the infantry, air force, army and secret service. Revolts were supposed to take place in the ethnic regions of Iran, particularly among Bakhtiari, Qashqaei and Boyer-Ahmadi ethnicities and were aimed at distracting the attention of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps forces (IRGC) and other military units loyal to the Islamic Republic from Tehran and evacuate the capital to quell the unrest. Simultaneously, hundreds of commandos and army ground forces in Tehran were ready to take over key areas in the capital including Mehrabad airport and other strategic centers.

Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) The Iranian officers and servicemen involved in Nojeh coup

The plan was organized by Colonel Muhammad Baqir Bani-Amiri, a retired Gendermerie officer, with the Shah’s last Prime Minister, Shahpour Bakhtiar, contributing financial support and providing his contacts and authority.

But it was largely halted by the arrest of hundreds of officers on 9–10 July 1980 at Nojeh Air Base, near Hamedan.

Documents released by the Islamic Revolution’s Documents Center show that the US has played a major role in designing and implementing the Nojeh coup plot in Iran in 1980.

The reported documents are related to the confessions made by Nasser Rokni, a pilot, who had collaborated with the coup plotters.

Iran-Iraq war (1980- 1988)

Just months after the execution of those found guilty in Nojeh coup and the cleansing of the army by the Islamic Republic, Iraq launched an eight-year war on Iran in 1988 and the US decided to implicitly try military act against Iran.

Since Iran in the judgment of the Reagan administration was changed into the US’ greatest enemy in the Persian Gulf, the Reagan administration wanted Iraq to win the war.

The administration concluded that Iraq’s defeat in the war would be contrary to US interests in the Persian Gulf region.

The US economic aid to Iraq started in 1983, and by the end of the war amounted to more than a billion dollars. The US supported Saddam Hussain with several billion dollars’ worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-US origin weaponry, military intelligence, and special operations training. In 1985, the US began to issue export licenses for high-tech equipment. Some of the technology that Iraq subsequently purchased from the United States figured in its later prohibited weapons programs.

The US was secretly aware that Iraq was using chemical weapons against the Iranians almost daily. When the European allies of the US learned of this shift in US policy, they, too, especially the Germans, began selling technology to Iraq that proved important in its unconventional weapons programs, especially chemical weapons.

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The US also planned plots to weaken Iranian Armed Forces via backing terrorist groups, including Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK) as of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, during the war with Iran and afterwards.

Based on the achieved documents, the MEK has been in league with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), noting that the terror group has been an agent for Washington since the late 1970s.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been martyred at the hands of the MEK in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings. Since 2010, this terrorist group’s henchmen have assassinated four senior nuclear scientists in Iran.

In Saddam’s war against Iran, the cult provided Iraq with intelligence and even attacked Iran militarily by an army of MEK members.

US State Department put the MEK on their list of international terrorist organizations on October 8, 1997.

Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) Mojahedin-e Khalgh (MEK) terrorist group’s ringleader Maryam Rajavi delivering a speech (R)

It was revealed by a 2012 NBC News report that MEK’s brutal assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists has been committed via training and arming by Israel’s secret service. The report also conveyed that what was being said by US officials confirmed the same charges leveled by Iran’s leaders about the Israeli involvement in the killings in Iran.

In September 2012, however, the MEK was removed from the United States’ list of terrorist organizations, which made the government of America accountable for the blood of thousands of Iranians and Iraqis assassinated by members of this sectarian group.

“The MEK has been an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and represents the single most expensive US covert foreign operation since the inception of the CIA at the close of World War II. From 1979 to 1989, the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia provided at least $3 billion dollars in funding to the MEK for the purpose of destabilizing Afghanistan subsequent to the Soviet Union invasion. It is from this history that observers today should consider claims made by the MEK as lacking in credibility,” Mark Mason an American political commentator said in 2017.

Later it was proved that the US was also behind these terrorist assassinations by provided intelligence to the MEK. Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in an interview with Democracy Now that the Bush administration secretly trained the MEK terrorist group when it was still included on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists.

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Regional terrorist cults, ISIL (1999-present)

Washington continued its dangerous policy of keeping the threat of terrorism alive in the region. The US has taken advantage of this insecurity in favor of its economic and political interests including its anti-Iranian plots.

Terrorist groups including the Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) have always been the US assets.

The US has been working with the ISIS and aiding and abetting them in Syria and really incubated the group in Iraq. It has also been aiding and encouraging al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and the groups’ affiliate cult in Syria and other terrorist groups in Libya.

Following the collapse of the ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, the US government equipped the ISIS militants in border areas of Pakistan with weapons.

This is why the Islamic Republic of Iran has always regarded the presence of American forces in the region as the root cause of insecurity for regional countries, warning that any provocative move by the US will draw a harsh response from Iranian military forces.

Iranophobia project (2001-present)

After September 11, 2011, the movements of the Americans in the region have been in line with a project led by the US-coalition named as ‘Iranophobia’, which seeks to make the world afraid of Iran in a bid to undermine the country’s growing power.

The hard-line lobbies in the United States as well as the Israeli regime and certain regional states followed-up the Iranophobia policy in various aspects in the past recent years.

They spread concern over Iran’s scientific and nuclear capacity and its regional power.

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The Deal of Century is part of the US-Zionist Iranophobia project. The Projects, some believe, has been an effort to distract world public opinion from the Israeli regime’s crimes against the Palestinians, as well as the US’s support for these crimes.

In better words, by the help of some regional Arab rulers, the United States has attempted to normalize the relations between the Arab and Islamic countries with the Zionist regime to end the 70-year conflict between Palestine and Israel and spread Iranophobia in the region instead of ‘Israelophobia’.

Rocket attacks on the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad can also be an example of Iranophobia plots for the US officials are always quick to point the finger at Iran.

In addition to all above, the US has dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber squad, an amphibious assault ship, and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to try to stack up pressure on Tehran, citing an alleged likelihood that Iran could target American interests in the region.

As a matter of fact, America has been making use of the anti-Iran rhetoric in a bid to sell billions of dollars worth of American munitions and military hardware to Arab rulers.

Withdrawal from JCPAO, Maximum Pressure Campaign (2018- present)

In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and in 2019 it ratcheted up pressure on Iran via its “maximum pressure” campaign on the country and imposing a new and growing list of widespread sanctions or canceling the existing sanction waivers. Most importantly, the US tried to push Iranian oil exports down to zero.

However, the so-called campaign has failed because it could not make any change in Iran’s Resistance behavior against the US.

The Islamic Republic believes says it has shattered the US’ maximum pressure campaign with maximum resistance and reliance on its national power.

In comments, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the US’ attempts to block the export of Iranian oil will get nowhere as Tehran will be exporting any amount of crude it needs and wants.

Coronavrius pandemic under US sanctions

Following the outburst of the Covid-19 in Iran, the US along with its regional and extra-regional allies started questioning Iran’s behavior under the pandemic or exaggerating the extent of the problem inside the country. They also made some attempts to present the Iranian government inept in the fight against the virus. For instance, Mike Pompeo accused Tehran of censoring information about the outbreak and putting the rest of the world at greater risk.

This was while, the US cruel sanctions have been the worsening situation in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The sanctions have seriously hampered the country’s efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus.

Terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (1979-present) US sanctions have made it “impossible” for Iranians to have access to essential drugs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The US embargo not only prohibits American companies and individuals from conducting lawful trade with Iranian counterparts, but given that the sanctions are extra-territorial, all other countries and companies are also bullied into refraining from doing legitimate business with Iranians, even the selling of medicines. Therefore, Iran’s capability to provide the health, logistical and other essential infrastructure necessary to combat the disease has been drastically reduced.

Iranian FM Zarif said the US sanctions have made it “impossible” for Iranians to have access to essential drugs during the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that the bans are leading to a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

However, under both the US sanctions and the pandemic, Iranian nation and volunteer forces have got united to help those affected as the country battles the virus. Also, the Islamic Republic’s Armed Forces has spared no efforts to protect people’s health amid the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.The Iranian Army has been rendering assistance to the Iranian nation with all power since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic via different measures including preparation of rehabilitation and medical centers.

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Trigger mechanism; unilateral snapback of UNSC sanctions

In its latest anti-Iranian measure, the US claimed it has triggered the snapback mechanism, returning Iran sanctions lifted under UNSCR 2231.

The 13 UNSC  members have categorically rejected the legal credibility of the US act. In addition, by virtue of UNSC Resolution 2231 which emphasizes that only member of the UNSC have the right to start the process of returning previous sanctions imposed by the UN against Iran, members of the UN Security Council have unanimously announced that since US is no longer a JCPOA participant, it (US) has no right to resort to coercion and its letter has no legal effect now or in the future.

Iran has called for action against Washington’s plan to reinstate the sanctions on it. Underlining that the US administration move is just a propaganda game an attempt to distract the American public attention before the upcoming US presidential elections and Trump’s plummeting poll numbers. Tehran also warned that any act of aggression under the pretext of reinstating the sanctions, already lifted under the UNSC Resolution 2231, would draw an immediate and decisive response from Iran.

40-year ‘Sacred Defense’ against global arrogance

With all its evil plans appeared futile and doomed to failure, the arrogant power is, today, in the weakest position due to the authority of the Islamic Republic in the region and the world but it never ends up its evil and sabotage measures against Iran.

Thanks to the efforts of the Iranian great deterrent power that the enemies like the US and Israel do not dare to take military action against the Islamic Republic.

It is worth noting that as Iranian senior officials have repeatedly announced, the Islamic Republic of Iran has never initiated and will never start any tension and conflict in the region, but will always defend its territorial integrity with preparedness, strength and power.

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Iran Vigilante Against Enemies – Anniversary of defeat of Saddam/Rajavi incursion 

Iran Vigilante Against Enemies - Anniversary of defeat of Saddam/Rajavi Incursion Mehr News, Tehran, July 30 2020:… The Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks over the past four decades, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror. Washington and the European Union have removed the MKO from their lists of terrorist organizations. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy the freedom of activity in the US and Europe and even hold meetings with American and EU officials. Iran Vigilante Against Enemies – Anniversary of Defeat of Saddam/Rajavi incursion  

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Iran Vigilante Against Enemies – Anniversary of Defeat of Saddam/Rajavi incursion 

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1- MKO’s fate not to change despite some powers’ support: envoy

TEHRAN, Jul.29 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said terrorist MKO’s fate will not change despite some power’s support.
In a tweet, Hosseini wrote, “Mojahedin Khalq terrorist sect (hypocrites) In the past they supported by reactionary Govts & today by some Western powers.”

They were severely defeated on July 27,1988; Their fate won’t be different today. Grief of 17,000 martyrs of the assassination can’t be forgotten,” he added.

The Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks over the past four decades, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.

Washington and the European Union have removed the MKO from their lists of terrorist organizations. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy the freedom of activity in the US and Europe and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.

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2- Op. Mersad proves need for vigilance against enemies: Army

Iran Vigilante Against Enemies - Anniversary of defeat of Saddam/Rajavi Incursion 

TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) – Iran’s Army has issued a statement on the anniversary of Operation Mersad, highlighting the need for being vigilant against plots of enemies.

“The Sacred Defense was a manifestation of the will of the great Iranian nation to stand against any aggression and hostility by enemies,” said the Army in a statement, adding that the Mersad operation carried out in the final days of this imposed war “proved the necessity for constant vigilance to counter the influence of the arrogant leaders of the world and those attached to the enemy.”

The statement went on to praise the efforts of all forces participating in the operation including Army, IRGC, and Basij to inflict the “heaviest defeat” to enemies during the war.

Earlier in the day, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri also issued a statement on the same occasion, noting that Operation Mersad bears persistence lessons that can help the country go through enemies’ plots unharmed.

Iran Vigilante Against Enemies - Anniversary of defeat of Saddam/Rajavi Incursion 

Iranian forces carried out Operation Mersad on July 27, 1988, in the western province of Kermanshah to counter the attack of the terrorist group Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) which was backed by the US and the Iraqi Ba’athist regime.

Two days before Operation, the MKO, who had gathered their forces on the Iranian-Iraqi border and were equipped with heavy and semi-heavy weapons by Saddam’s regime, began invading Iranian territory. The leaders of the MKO thought that the forces would cross the main roads of Iran without encountering a major obstacle and would reach Tehran in a short time and occupy the capital of Iran.

However, in Operation Mersad, Iranian forces surrounded a large number of elements of the terrorist group in the Pataq Strait (or Mersad) in western Iran, and after three days of fighting, they finally won. More than 4,800 members of the MKO terrorist group were killed and wounded in the operation.

Iran Vigilante Against Enemies - Anniversary of defeat of Saddam/Rajavi Incursion 

The MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks over the past four decades, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.

Washington and the European Union have removed the MKO from their lists of terrorist organizations. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy the freedom of activity in the US and Europe and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.

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Mujahedin-e-Kalqh MEK UANI and the secret puppet-masters

Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK) UANI and the secret puppet-mastersMedea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, Press TV, May 30 2020:… But Iran placed UANI on its own list of terrorist groups in 2019 after Mark Wallace and UANI hosted a meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York that was mainly attended by supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK). The MEK is a group that the US government itself listed as a terrorist organization until 2012 and which is still committed to the violent overthrow of the government in Iran – preferably by persuading the US and its allies to do it for them. UANI tried to distance itself from the meeting after the fact, but the published program listed UANI as the event organizer. Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK) UANI and the secret puppet-masters 

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Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK) UANI and the secret puppet-masters

Who are the secret puppet-masters behind Trump’s war on Iran?

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By: Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies*

On May 6th, President Trump vetoed a war powers bill specifying that he must ask Congress for authorization to use military force against Iran. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign of deadly sanctions and threats of war against Iran has seen no let-up, even as the US, Iran and the whole world desperately need to set aside our conflicts to face down the common danger of the Covid-19 pandemic.

So what is it about Iran that makes it such a target of hostility for Trump and the neocons? There are many repressive regimes in the world, and many of them are close US allies, so this policy is clearly not based on an objective assessment that Iran is more repressive than Egypt, Saudi Arabia or other monarchies in the Persian Gulf.

The Trump administration claims that its “maximum pressure” sanctions and threats of war against Iran are based on the danger that Iran will develop nuclear weapons. But after decades of inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and despite the US’s politicization of the IAEA, the Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program.

If Iran ever did any preliminary research on nuclear weapons, it was probably during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, when the US and its allies helped Iraq make and use chemical weapons that killed up to 100,000 Iranians. A 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate, the IAEA’s 2015 “Final Assessment on Past and Present Outstanding Issues” and decades of IAEA inspections have examined and resolved every scrap of false evidence of a nuclear weapons program presented or fabricated by the CIA and its allies.

If, despite all the evidence, US policymakers still fear that Iran could develop nuclear weapons, then adhering to the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA), keeping Iran inside the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and ensuring ongoing access by IAEA inspectors would provide greater security than abandoning the deal.

As with George W. Bush’s false WMD claims about Iraq in 2003, Trump’s real goal is not nuclear non-proliferation but regime change. After 40 years of failed sanctions and hostility, Trump and a cabal of US war hawks still cling to the vain hope that a tanking economy and widespread suffering in Iran will lead to a popular uprising or make it vulnerable to another US-backed coup or invasion.

United Against a Nuclear Iran and the Counter Extremism Project

One of the key organizations promoting and pushing hostility towards Iran is a shadowy group called United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI). Founded in 2008, it was expanded and reorganized in 2014 under the umbrella of the Counter Extremism Project United (CEPU) to broaden its attacks on Iran and divert US policymakers’ attention away from the role of Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other US allies in spreading violence, extremism and chaos in the greater Middle East.

UANI acts as a private enforcer of US sanctions by keeping a “business registry” of hundreds of companies all over the world—from Adidas to Zurich Financial Services—that trade with or are considering trading with Iran. UANI hounds these companies by naming and shaming them, issuing reports for the media, and urging the Office of Foreign Assets Control to impose fines and sanctions. It also keeps a checklist of companies that have signed a declaration certifying they do not conduct business in or with Iran.

Proving how little they care about the Iranian people, UANI even targets pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical-device corporations—including BayerMerckPfizerEli Lilly, and Abbott Laboratories—that have been granted special US humanitarian aid licenses.

Where does UANI get its funds? 

UANI was founded by three former US officials, Dennis Ross, Richard Holbrooke, and Mark Wallace. In 2013, it still had a modest budget of $1.7 million, nearly 80% coming from two Jewish-American billionaires with strong ties to Israel and the Republican Party: $843,000 from precious metals investor Thomas Kaplan and $500,000 from casino owner Sheldon Adelson. Wallace and other UANI staff have also worked for Kaplan’s investment firms, and he remains a key funder and advocate for UANI and its affiliated groups.

In 2014, UANI split into two entities: the original UANI and the Green Light Project, which does business as the Counter Extremism Project. Both entities are under the umbrella of and funded by a third, Counter Extremism Project United (CEPU). This permits the organization to brand its fundraising as being for the Counter Extremism Project, even though it still re-grants a third of its funds to UANI.

CEO Mark Wallace, executive director David Ibsen and other staff work for all three groups in their shared offices in Grand Central Tower in New York. In 2018, Wallace drew a combined salary of $750,000 from all three entities, while Ibsen’s combined salary was $512,126.

In recent years, the revenues for the umbrella group, CEPU, have mushroomed, reaching $22 million in 2017. CEPU is secretive about the sources of this money. But investigative journalist Eli Clifton, who starting looking into UANI in 2014 when it was sued for defamation by a Greek ship owner it accused of violating sanctions on Iran, has found evidence suggesting financial ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

That is certainly what hacked emails between CEPU staff, an Emirati official and a Saudi lobbyist imply. In September 2014, CEPU’s president Frances Townsend emailed the UAE Ambassador to the US to solicit the UAE’s support and propose that it host and fund a CEPU forum in Abu Dhabi.

Four months later, Townsend emailed again to thank him, writing, “And many thanks for your and Richard Mintz’ (UAE lobbyist) ongoing support of the CEP effort!” UANI fundraiser Thomas Kaplan has formed a close relationship with Emirati ruler Bin Zayed, and visited the UAE at least 24 times. In 2019, he gushed to an interviewer that the UAE and its despotic rulers “are my closest partners in more parts of my life than anyone else other than my wife.”

Another email from Saudi lobbyist and former Senator Norm Coleman to the Emirati Ambassador about CEPU’s tax status implied that the Saudis and Emiratis were both involved in its funding, which would mean that CEPU may be violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to register as a Saudi or Emirati agent in the US.

Ben Freeman of the Center for International Policy has documented the dangerously unaccountable and covert expansion of the influence of foreign governments and military-industrial interests over US foreign policy in recent years, in which registered lobbyists are only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to foreign influence. Eli Clifton calls UANI, “a fantastic case study and maybe a microcosm of the ways in which American foreign policy is actually influenced and implemented.”

CEPU and UANI’s staff and advisory boards are stocked with Republicans, neoconservatives and war hawks, many of whom earn lavish salaries and consulting fees. In the two years before President Trump appointed John Bolton as his National Security Advisor, CEPU paid Bolton $240,000 in consulting fees. Bolton, who openly advocates war with Iran, was instrumental in getting the Trump administration to withdraw from the nuclear deal.

UANI also enlists Democrats to try to give the group broader, bipartisan credibility. The chair of UANI’s board is former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, who was known as the most pro-Zionist member of the Senate. A more moderate Democrat on UANI’s board is former New Mexico governor and UN ambassador Bill Richardson.

Norman Roule, a CIA veteran who was the National Intelligence Manager for Iran throughout the Obama administration was paid $366,000 in consulting fees by CEPU in 2018. Soon after the brutal Saudi assassination of journalist Jamal Khassoghi, Roule and UANI fundraiser Thomas Kaplan met with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, and Roule then played a leading role in articles and on the talk-show circuit whitewashing Bin Salman’s repression and talking up his superficial “reforms” of Saudi society.

More recently, amid a growing outcry from Congress, the UN and the European Union to ease US sanctions on Iran during the pandemic, UANI chairman Joe Lieberman, CEPU president Frances Townsend and CEO Mark Wallace signed a letter to Trump that falsely claimed, “US sanctions neither prevent nor target the supply of food, medicine or medical devices to Iran,” and begged him not to relax his murderous sanctions because of COVID-19. This was too much for Norman Roule, who tossed out his UANI script and told the Nation, “the international community should do everything it can to enable the Iranian people to obtain access to medical supplies and equipment.”

Two Israeli shell companies to whom CEPU and UANI have paid millions of dollars in “consulting fees” raise even more troubling questions. CEPU has paid over $500,000 to Darlink, located near Tel Aviv, while UANI paid at least $1.5 million to Grove Business Consulting in Hod Hasharon, about 10% of its revenues from 2016 to 2018. Neither firm seems to really exist, but Grove’s address on UANI’s IRS filings appears in the Panama Papers as that of Dr. Gideon Ginossar, an officer of an offshore company registered in the British Virgin Islands that defaulted on its creditors in 2010.

Selling a corrupted picture to US policymakers

UANI’s parent group, Counter Extremism Project United, presents itself as dedicated to countering all forms of extremism. But in practice, it is predictably selective in its targets, demonizing Iran and its allies while turning a blind eye to other countries with more credible links to extremism and terrorism.

UANI supports accusations by Trump and US war hawks that Iran is “the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” based mainly on its support for the Lebanese Shia political party Hezbollah, whose militia defends southern Lebanon against Israel and fights in Syria as an ally of the government.

But Iran placed UANI on its own list of terrorist groups in 2019 after Mark Wallace and UANI hosted a meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York that was mainly attended by supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK). The MEK is a group that the US government itself listed as a terrorist organization until 2012 and which is still committed to the violent overthrow of the government in Iran – preferably by persuading the US and its allies to do it for them. UANI tried to distance itself from the meeting after the fact, but the published program listed UANI as the event organizer.

But Iran placed UANI on its own list of terrorist groups in 2019 after Mark Wallace and UANI hosted a meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York that was mainly attended by supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Kalqh (MEK). The MEK is a group that the US government itself listed as a terrorist organization until 2012 and which is still committed to the violent overthrow of the government in Iran – preferably by persuading the US and its allies to do it for them. UANI tried to distance itself from the meeting after the fact, but the published program listed UANI as the event organizer.

On the other hand, there are two countries where CEPU and UANI seem strangely unable to find any links to extremism or terrorism at all, and they are the very countries that appear to be funding their operations, lavish salaries and shadowy “consulting fees”: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Many Americans are still demanding a public investigation into Saudi Arabia’s role in the crimes of September 11th. In a court case against Saudi Arabia brought by 9/11 victims’ families, the FBI recently revealed that a Saudi Embassy official, Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah, provided crucial support to two of the hijackers. Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the families whose father was killed on September 11th, told Yahoo News, “(This) demonstrates there was a hierarchy of command that’s coming from the Saudi Embassy to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs [in Los Angeles] to the hijackers.”

The global spread of the Wahhabi version of Islam that unleashed and fueled al-Qaeda, Daesh and other violent extremist groups has been driven primarily by Saudi Arabia, which has built and funded Wahhabi schools and mosques all over the world. That includes the King Fahd Mosque in Los Angeles that the two 9/11 hijackers attended.

It is also well documented that Saudi Arabia has been the largest funder and arms supplier for the al-Qaeda-led forces that have destroyed Syria since 2011, including CIA-brokered shipments of thousands of tons of weapons from Benghazi in Libya and at least eight countries in Eastern Europe. The UAE also supplied arms funding to al-Qaeda-allied rebels in Syria between 2012 and 2016, and the Saudi and UAE roles have now been reversed in Libya, where the UAE is the main supplier of thousands of tons of weapons to General Haftar’s rebel forces. In Yemen, both the Saudis and Emiratis have committed war crimes. The Saudi and Emirati air forces have bombed schools, clinics, weddings and school buses, while the Emiratis tortured detainees in 18 secret prisons in Yemen.

But United Against a Nuclear Iran and Counter Extremism Project have redacted all of this from the one-sided worldview they offer to US policymakers and the American corporate media. While they demonize Iran, Qatar, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood as extremists and terrorists, they depict Saudi Arabia and the UAE exclusively as victims of terrorism and allies in US-led “counter-terrorism” campaigns, never as sponsors of extremism and terrorism or perpetrators of war crimes.

The message of these groups dedicated to “countering extremism” is clear and none too subtle: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are always US allies and victims of extremism, never a problem or a source of danger, violence or chaos. The country we should all be worrying about is—you guessed it—Iran. You couldn’t pay for propaganda like this! But on the other hand, if you’re Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates and you have greedy, corrupt Americans knocking on your door eager to sell their loyalty, maybe you can.

*Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of the new book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her previous books include: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi ConnectionDrone Warfare: Killing by Remote ControlDon’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide). Follow her on Twitter: @medeabenjamin

*Nicolas J. S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapters on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

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MEK Terrorists And UANI CEO Rudy GiulianiJulian Pecquet, Al-Monitor, January 08 2020:… The disclosure raises new questions about ties between United Against Nuclear Iran CEO Mark Wallace and the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a Paris-based umbrella group dominated by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The council also met twice with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani around the time of the UN General Assembly, drawing renewed attention to Giuliani’s unregistered advocacy on behalf of the group. MEK Terrorists And UANI CEO Rudy Giuliani 

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Iran opposition lobbied Giuliani, CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran

The main group pushing for regime change in Iran lobbied the head of the hawkish United Against Nuclear Iran on the sidelines of his organization’s annual event in New York last fall, new lobbying filings show.

The disclosure raises new questions about ties between United Against Nuclear Iran CEO Mark Wallace and the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a Paris-based umbrella group dominated by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The council also met twice with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani around the time of the UN General Assembly, drawing renewed attention to Giuliani’s unregistered advocacy on behalf of the group.

The council’s US office disclosed meeting Sept. 23 with Wallace to discuss “developments in Iran” — the first time the group has reported meeting with the United Against Nuclear Iran CEO since registering to lobby in May 2013. The next day, Wallace hosted a gathering of Iranian opposition groups dominated by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, raising criticism from some Iran watchers distrustful of a group that the State Department designated a terrorist organization until 2012.

United Against Nuclear Iran sought to distance itself from the event at the time, saying Wallace had convened it in his personal capacity on the eve of the group’s official annual summit Sept. 25. Al-Monitor, however, reported at the time that the program for the event was listed as United Against Nuclear Iran, something the group said was in error.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran and United Against Nuclear Iran share similar views on Iran. Both applauded last week’s US airstrike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, with United Against Nuclear Iran calling it a “significant blow” to Iran’s military power while the council labeled it a “fatal blow” to the regime in Tehran.

United Against Nuclear Iran did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

The US office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran also disclosed meeting with Giuliani, the keynote speaker at Wallace’s event, to discuss “the human rights situation in Iran” and “developments in Iran” on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25. The group previously disclosed lobbying Giuliani in September 2018.

Giuliani has long been plagued by accusations that he is taking money from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq and affiliated groups without properly registering as a foreign lobbyist. He told Bloomberg last year that he was paid by a US organization of Iranian-Americans rather than the France-based National Council of Resistance of Iran to speak at the council’s rallies. Such “grasstops” lobbying of influential figures who have the ear of government officials is fairly common, legal experts say, and would only require an intermediary to register as a lobbyist if he or she is shown to be acting on behalf of a foreign principal rather than simply providing a favor.

The filing of the US office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran is also notable for revealing that Washington law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is serving as legal counsel to the council’s US office. In a statement to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, the firm argues that the donors to the National Council of Resistance of Iran should be kept anonymous to avoid retaliation by Iran.

Akin Gump notably lobbies for the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s biggest rivals in the Gulf. Neither Akin Gump nor the National Council of Resistance of Iran replied to a request for comment about how long the firm had represented the council as legal counsel.

Akin Gump previously lobbied on behalf of the Iranian American Community of Northern California — which has been linked to the National Council of Resistance of Iran — to get the State Department to delist the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The firm reported $620,000 in lobbying-related payments for those efforts in 2011 and 2012.

The council’s US office reported receiving more than $123,000 from June 1, 2019, through Nov. 30, 2019, from about 100 donors. The group reported spending more than $120,000 during that timeframe.

Julian Pecquet is the Editor of Special Projects for Al-Monitor, where he supervises the award-winning Lobbying Tracker as well as managing long-form stories. Before that he covered the US Congress for Al-Monitor. Prior to joining Al-Monitor, Pecquet led global affairs coverage for the political newspaper The Hill.

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UANI MEK terrorist Organizations Rossella Tercantin, The Jerusalem Post, September 29 2019:… The announcement followed reports that United Against Nuclear Iran’s summit would include a fringe Iranian diaspora group, Mujahideen-e Khalq, which had close ties with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. According to a report by the Washington Post, the summit has sparked controversy for including a fringe Iranian diaspora group, Mujahideen-e Khalq,  or MEK ,  which until 2012 was included in the list US list of foreign terrorist organizations for allegedly killing Americans in the 1970s and for its ties to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. For the latter reason, the group is harshly criticized in Iran as well. UANI MEK terrorist Organizations  

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IRAN TO INCLUDE NGO AGAINST NUCLEAR IN LIST OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

The announcement followed reports that United Against Nuclear Iran’s summit would include a fringe Iranian diaspora group, Mujahideen-e Khalq MEK , which had close ties with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Iran announced on Tuesday that it would begin the process to include the American NGO United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) in the list of terrorist organizations.

UANI describes itself as a “not-for-profit, bi-partisan, advocacy group that seeks to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons.” According to its website, it was founded in 2008 by Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Middle East expert Ambassador Dennis Ross.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi’s announced the Tehran would label UANI as a terrorist group on the eve of the organization’s Iran Summit scheduled for Wednesday. The event will feature US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the summit has sparked controversy for including a fringe Iranian diaspora group, Mujahideen-e Khalq, or MEK, which until 2012 was included in the list US list of foreign terrorist organizations for allegedly killing Americans in the 1970s and for its ties to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. For the latter reason, the group is harshly criticized in Iran as well.

“On the one hand, the United States deceitfully speaks of compromise and negotiation, and on the other hand, it organizes, finances, and arms criminal and terrorist groups … and provides them with intelligence,” Mousavi said, adding that MEK is responsible for the death of thousands of Iranians during the Iraq-Iran war.

Iran, its threats to the stability of the region, and the need to find solutions to prevent Tehran from reaching a nuclear weapon are among the topics at the center of the United Nations General Assembly which is taking place in New York between September 17 and September 30.

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