DW, June 08 2017:… Dagres told DW that while the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, some observers suspect the involvement of different actors, including an Islamist leftist militant group known as the People’s Mojahedin Iran (MEK), which has called for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. “The attackers chose two very significant targets that symbolize the Islamic Republic, the parliament and the Imam Khomeini mausoleum … .
Twin attacks strike Iran’s parliament, Khomeini’s tomb
Two attacks have hit major targets in the Iranian capital killing at least 12 people. Armed men stormed the parliament while attackers detonated explosives at the tomb of Iran’s former leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured during two coordinated attacks targeting major landmarks in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said authorities prevented a third assault from taking place.
“This morning two terrorist groups attacked the parliament and Imam Khomeini’s shrine … Members of a third group were arrested before being able to carry out an attack,” the ministry said in a statement circulated by state media.
The self-styled “Islamic State” militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to terrorism watchdog SITE Intel Group. However, Middle East observers have expressed skepticism over the claim, saying the group may be seeking to capitalize on the attack.
If confirmed, it would mark the Sunni militant group’s first known attack in Iran, a Shiite-majority country that has been a major backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Shiite militia in Iraq battling IS.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Iran’s actions against militants in Syria and Iraq proved they had become an enemy.
“Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it,” he said.
Holly Dagres, Iranian-American political analyst and curator of the weekly newsletter The Iranist, told DW that the attacks “appeared to be very well planned.”
“The attackers chose two very significant targets that symbolize the Islamic Republic, the parliament and the Imam Khomeini mausoleum. They were targeting the very core of the Iranian government,” Dagres said.
Dagres told DW that while the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, some observers suspect the involvement of different actors, including an Islamist leftist militant group known as thePeople’s Mojahedin Iran (MEK), which has called for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.
In a written response to DW, a spokesperson for the MEK strongly denied that the group was involved.
“The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK) denies this claim and any connection with these incidents and condemns efforts to attribute them to the PMOI,” Shahin Gobadi said.
Attack on parliament
One attack Wednesday targeted the parliament, where several armed assailants stormed the building. At least one of them detonated a suicide vest strapped with explosives within the building, according to local media reports. The other assailants wielded assault rifles.
“A person entered Iranian parliament today and started shooting at the guards. He shot one of the guards in the leg and ran away,” the Fars and Mehr news agencies reported in their Telegram messenger feeds.
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 7, 2017
Press TV, Iran’s international broadcaster, also showed footage of people fleeing parliament and gathering outside the building.
Following an hours-long siege of the parliament, security forces shot dead the remaining assailants.
Iconic leader’s tomb targeted
Press TV and other state-run news outlets reported that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vest near Khomeini’s mausoleum, located in southern Tehran, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from the parliament building.
Khomeini is a crucial figure in modern Iranian history. He effectively launched the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that witnessed the founding of an Islamic republic marked by the overthrow of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran.
During the attacks, authorities placed Tehran on lockdown, warning against using public transport and preventing journalists from reaching the site of Khomeini’s tomb.
The high-profile attacks are likely to raise tensions between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, who are battling for influence across the region in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and the Gulf Arab states. It also comes as Gulf Arab states spar with Qatar in part over its relations with Iran, and after US President Donald Trump met with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia earlier this month urging a united front against extremism and Iran.
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards blamed Saudi Arabia and the United States for the attack in a statement run by Iranian media.
“This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack,” it said in a statement.
The EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini expressed her “condolences to the victims” of the attack, saying her team is following the events “closely.”
— EU External Action (@eu_eeas) June 7, 2017
Germany’s foreign ministry condemned the attacks, saying “once again, unscrupulous criminals have killed many innocent people.”
“I condemn in the strongest terms the attacks in the Iranian parliament building and the tomb of the revolutionary leader Khomeini,” Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement.
France’s foreign ministry also issued a statement expressing condolences to the families of the victims, noting that its embassy in Iran was monitoring the situation.
Russian President Vladimir Ptuin said Russia “resolutely condemns” the violence, saying such incidents underscore the need for more international cooperation on uprooting terrorism.
In a surprising statement, the UAE, which has accused Iran of creating instability in the region, condemned the attacks, saying: “Our position on terrorism is very clear … Any terrorist attack in any country, in any capital, directed at innocent people is something that the UAE abhors and the UAE condemns.”
cw/ls/msh (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)
‘McCain is using terrorist group MEK as his proxy war ally in the US covert war against Iran’ (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)
Balkan Sport, May 16 2017:… Joachim Hagopian: John McCain has been caught regularly meeting with various terrorist groups for a number of years now. So this is really nothing new. The warmongering US traitor represents the military industrial complex and central bankers that both manufacture and profit most from war. McCain has proven to be a compromised politician owned and controlled by Israel through …
‘McCain is using terrorist group MEK as his proxy war ally in the US covert war against Iran’ (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult)
In an interview with Balkans Post, former US Army officer Joachim Hagopian said US Senator John McCain is using MEK, a terrorist cult, as his proxy war ally in the US covert war against the current Islamic Republic of Iran government.
Maryam Rajavi meets with US Senator John McCain
Here’s the full transcript of the interview:
What’s your take on the recent meeting between Senator McCain and the head of the MEK, an anti-Iran terrorist group?
Joachim Hagopian: John McCain has been caught regularly meeting with various terrorist groups for a number of years now. So this is really nothing new. The warmongering US traitor represents the military industrial complex and central bankers that both manufacture and profit most from war. McCain has proven to be a compromised politician owned and controlled by Israel through both bribery and threat of blackmail. According to former CIA officer Robert David Steele, an FBI insider as well as a Homeland Security insider, McCain is among current high profile politicians on an FBI pedophile list. This helps explain why McCain so vociferously promotes war against Russia, Syria and Iran and protects and supports terrorist groups like ISIS that he helped create.
Regarding McCain’s shady history with the MEK, despite the MEK being a Marxist jihadist terrorist cult that for decades was listed by the US State Department as a terrorist group, having assassinated US military officers and other American personnel in the pre-Islamic Revolution 1970’s, McCain was bribed by MEK into lobbying Hillary Clinton’s State Department in 2012 to remove MEK from the terrorist list. In the same way that McCain has met with leaders of ISIS as the secret US proxy war mercenary ally fighting against Assad, Putin and Iran in Syria, McCain’s mid-April visit to Albania to tout MEK as heroic freedom fighters, McCain is using MEK as his proxy war ally in the US covert war against the current Islamic Republic of Iran government. MacCain is nothing more than a controlled tool for the Greater Israel Project.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said the meeting came of no surprise to him “since the US has supported various terrorist groups in recent decades.” Why does Washington support such groups?
Joachim Hagopian: The foreign ministry spokesman is absolutely correct. For nearly four decades the CIA led by the likes of such NWO globalists as George H.W. Bush and Zbigniew Brzezinski has been creating, training, arming, financing and supplying terrorists throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, beginning with the mujahidin in the late 1970’s fighting against the Soviet Army in the “graveyard of empires” Afghanistan. This operation morphed into the creation of Osama bin Laden’s rise to power and his so called al Qaeda terrorists. Bush senior and Bill Clinton redeployed al Qaeda as covert US proxy war allies to help balkanize Yugoslavia into a half dozen broken pieces for US imperialism, exploitation and control. And then of course “redeployed” them (in name and blame game only) in the Cheney-Bush Jr’s neocon-Israeli-Saudi false flag operation 9/11. Once again al Qaeda resurfaced as the war on terror enemy in Iraq and then with another name change as ISIS mercenary allies in both Syria and Iraq. Terrorist-R-US with support from Israel, Saudi Arabia (where the Wahhabi brand of terrorism originates), the smaller Gulf State monarchies, Turkey, and NATO-EU.
John McCain (center) met with anti-Assad Syrian rebels
You can’t have the neocons’ “endless war on terror” without terrorists. That’s why Washington has both manufactured and continued decade after decade supporting the terrorists, all part of doing the dirty bidding of the Greater Israel Project to kill Muslims, steal Arab land (especially the Palestinians to this day), keep Arabs divided, conquered and fighting amongst each other (i.e., exploiting the Sunni-Shia conflict) in order to maintain Jewish State hegemony in the Middle East and its genocidal apartheid policy against the Palestinians, and of course continue stealing Middle Eastern oil. The US-Israel criminal enterprise could never get away with all this exploitation, violence and destruction without a so called designated enemy. So for the US and Israel to continue pretending that their longtime mercenary savages are their supposed enemy and not their proxy war allies is a hideously shameful joke. And since the neocons’ pre-9/11 “seven nations in 5 years” regime change list has Syria and Iran still marked as unfinished business. The very nations that are actually successfully opposing and beating the terrorists – Russia, Syria and Iran – are the actual biggest US enemies, regardless of the presidential figurehead puppet sitting in the White House, and regardless of whatever false campaign promises were made to the contrary.Trump’s recent missile bombing of the Syrian airfield after blaming Assad for another chemical false flag attack confirms this fact. The US will never join Russia and Syria to rid the world of ISIS and various other terrorist groups like al Nusra, al Qaeda and MEK because their “great game” of hegemonic violence and forever war absolutely depends on the terrorists. Finally, the globalist agenda is to utilize terrorists to destabilize the entire world, blame the Eastern powers Russia, China and Iran in order to trigger World War III, co-timed with the global economy collapse as its grand strategy to bring about one world government tyranny.
Trump’s recent missile bombing of the Syrian airfield after blaming Assad for another chemical false flag attack confirms this fact. The US will never join Russia and Syria to rid the world of ISIS and various other terrorist groups like al Nusra, al Qaeda and MEK because their “great game” of hegemonic violence and forever war absolutely depends on the terrorists. Finally, the globalist agenda is to utilize terrorists to destabilize the entire world, blame the Eastern powers Russia, China and Iran in order to trigger World War III, co-timed with the global economy collapse as its grand strategy to bring about one world government tyranny.
The US and EU had listed the MEK as a terrorist group, but later, it was removed from the lists. What does that tell us?
Joachim Hagopian: It tells us that MEK is being used as an Israel-US Empire pawn in the global chessboard game of hegemonic dominance and control, like ISIS and al Qaeda as a proxy war ally in the not-so-covert war against Iran and its allies Russia and Syria. Again, Terrorism-R-US.
Many US politicians have received money from the MEK in exchange for publicly expressing their support for the terrorist group. How would this impact Washington’s policies towards Tehran?
Joachim Hagopian: Aside from McCain, the list of bribed fellow US politicians is long, including Elaine Chao, Trump’s current Transportation Secretary (and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) who was paid $50,000 for a 5-minute speech, Trump advisor-ally former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, neocon warmonger and unofficial Trump advisor John Bolton, former House Speaker and Trump advisor Newt Gingrich, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and former US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. All this tell us is that way too many US politicians are up for sale to the highest bidder.
The impact is clear, it reinforces the ammo that’s been used against Iran ever since the 1979 Revolution. Be it through economic sanctions, warmongering threats, jingoistic rhetoric or weaponized propaganda, the crime cabal in Washington has been at war with Iran for nearly four decades, and as a strong ally of Russia and China as well as Syria, Tehran will only continue to be targeted in the Empire crosshairs.
Maryam Rajavi, with Rudi Giuliani, Elaine Chao, Robert Pittenger, Mrs Rohrabacher, Dana Rohrabacher, Ingrid Betancourt and Maria Tereza Fernandez at the grand annual gathering in Paris
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, MEK members were trained in the United States from 2005 to 2009 under former President George W. Bush. Do you regard this as a serious threat to Iran?
Joachim Hagopian: Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, out of the 17,000 Iranians that have died from terrorist assaults, 12,000 are believed to have been committed by the MEK. And with the longtime support of US Empire and its brutal slaughter of 4 million Muslims and 30 million more humans around the globe since World War II, yes I would say that MEK poses a serious threat to Iran. Any independent nation not under US direct control is deemed an enemy inside the warped unipolar world of the neocons in charge of US foreign policy for over two decades.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field with abused youth and adolescents for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at empireexposed.blogspot
MEK’s Maryam Rajavi blackmails Albania to become the new ‘Saddam regime’ for them.
Massoud Khodabandeh, Top topic, May 08 2017:… Rajavi then publishes these alongside letters signed by American personalities in support of the MEK. The letters from the Americans are addressed to the Albanian Prime Minister and bear the familiar hallmark of MEK authorship. (One letter published by the MEK is signed in blue ink. We can only speculate how the MEK obtained the original letter which should have been sent directly from the Americans to the Albanian PM!) …
MEK’s Maryam Rajavi blackmails Albania to become the new ‘Saddam regime’ for them.
The forced relocation of the MEK organisation from Iraq to Albania resulted in drastic changes within the group. No longer forced to endure the extremes of heat and cold in Baghdad, living alongside ordinary family neighbours for the first time in two decades and the loss of their leader Massoud Rajavi have all profoundly affected the members. They now have the ‘luxury’ to think and their changed environment and circumstances have led them to challenge the leadership.
Defections started almost immediately and the MEK is now in the grip of a crisis of disaffection. The problem was exacerbated when Sahar Family Foundation moved its operation from Baghdad to Tirana. Sahar was created to offer support and help to families of MEK members who were trying to get in touch with their estranged loved ones in the MEK while they were based in Iraq. The MEK leaders regard families and familial relations as “poison” and have tried every way possible to prevent these families contacting their loved ones in the group.
Now that Sahar has begun its work in Albania, the new MEK leader Maryam Rajavi has panicked. Sahar began by reminding the UNHCR and Albanian authorities of the international laws governing refugees, in particular UN human rights conventions and articles, and how the MEK rejects these norms.
Maryam Rajavi reacted by shooting herself in the foot. https://www.mojahedin.org/news/197420
Maryam’s counter campaign is based on the tactics used by Massoud Rajavi in Iraq – blackmail and coercion – but it is too little and too late and has lost its potency.
Soon after Sahar started its campaign to inform Albanian authorities of the MEK’s illegal and scandalous behaviours, Rajavi announced that three disaffected individuals, Hadi Sanikhani, Gholamreza Shokri and Sarfaraz Rahimi, had made contact with their families in Iran and declared them therefore to be ‘agents of the regime’. For this reason, she said, “we will cut their refugee allowances from now”. The MEK then said that the only way for their UNHCR money to be restored was for these individuals (and others) to write whatever the MEK dictates. In Saddam’s prisons the MEK also used such coercive tactics to force compliance and silence.
The three individuals went to the UNHCR office and explained what had happened. The UNHCR advised them to go the MEK’s HQ and talk to them. There they were threatened and attacked by MEK operatives. Two of them have since published their account of the events, but Sarfaraz Rahimi has given in and accepted to write for them. He writes what they dictate against the other two – who are understandably complaining about having no food or money in Tirana – condemning them as agents of the Iranian regime.
Rajavi then publishes these letters of Rahimi alongside letters signed by American personalities in support of the MEK.
The letters from the Americans are addressed to the Albanian Prime Minister and bear the familiar hallmark of MEK authorship. (One letter published by the MEK is signed in blue ink. We can only speculate how the MEK obtained the original letter which should have been sent directly from the Americans to the Albanian PM!)
This combination of letters (forced confessions alongside Americans letters to the Albanian PM claiming Iran is operating against the MEK in Albania under the guise of cultural centres, etc) had two aims. One was to warn dissidents inside the MEK what will happen if they leave or disobey orders. The other aim was to get the Albanian government to back the MEK and replicate the role played by Saddam Hussein in the group’s survival by punishing dissent, only this time in Albania.
Reactions were not as Rajavi wanted or anticipated. Inside the MEK and among ex-members there has been outrage. It seems to everyone that after three decades of unpaid work for the MEK and Saddam Hussein, the day someone leaves they instantly confess, in their own writing, to being an agent of the Iranian regime. There are only two possibilities: the organisation is lying and takes forced confessions, or the organisation is a training ground for agents of the regime.
Others complain that although the Americans have the right to recruit people as mercenaries, they do not have the right not to pay them and force them to be gladiators in Albania.
Albanians themselves see this MEK presence as yet further evidence that America is using their country for any and every form of corruption and illegal activity. Albania is still notorious as a centre for narcotics, arms smuggling and people trafficking in spite of efforts to clean up the country so it can join the EU. Albanians complain that their country is reportedly being used to smuggle US arms to Syria and other places for so-called ‘moderate’ rebels, that NATO uses Albania to conduct activities it can’t perform in the US or EU and that the CIA and the Pentagon have turned Albania into an extra-judicial base for nefarious activities. And now John Bolton and Senator John McCain alongside others use Albania as a springboard to pursue unclear political agendas which may include training terrorists and providing land and logistic for groups which are to be deployed in other countries.
Along with dumping nuclear waste and Guantanamo Bay prisoners, Albania now has had the MEK dumped on it. Instead of getting advice and support to de-radicalise these fanatics the government is being blackmailed and corrupted into performing the same role as Saddam Hussein undertook to protect and deploy the MEK.
Trump’s MEK version of events won’t secure victory against Iran, lets ISIS off the hook
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, February 07 2017:… He also signals that his war is not with ISIS but with the country Iran. Donald Trump rose to victory in part on the promise to take on ISIS and defeat the group. Yet ISIS cannot be defeated except by a coalition of forces that includes Iran. The facts on the ground in Syria and Iraq demonstrate unequivocally that ISIS forces in Aleppo and Mosul have been defeated largely due to the involvement of Iran. Trump clearly has no intention of defeating terrorism.
Trump’s MEK version of events won’t secure victory against Iran, lets ISIS off the hook
They say actions speak louder than words. Looking behind the Twitter storm which creates a smoke and mirrors effect to disguise the Trump administration’s true intents, one fact is blindingly clear; for this government, Iranians are first in the firing line.
This, of itself, is not unexpected. On the campaign trail Trump threatened to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran. So it was already clear he’s no fan of Iranians.
His first act as president has been to issue a direct and belligerent challenge to Iran – he included Iran in the Muslim ban and then declared that Iran is “on notice” after Iran test-fired a ballistic missile which it says is defensive. Iran is clearly in the crosshairs for Trump and his team.
And the evidence stacks up. As a barometer for any individual or even government’s aggressive approach to Iran, support for the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK aka Rajavi cult) is as accurate an indicator as any. The group has advocated violent regime change against Iran for three decades. Its supporters are in doubt that this is a rallying cry for a US-led war.
Even before taking office, revelations about potential Trump administration advisers and officials giving support to the terrorist MEK cult caused concern among foreign policy experts. After all, anti-Iran pundits can choose from literally thousands of civil groups and personalities to act as advisors and partners in challenging Iran. The MEK’s dirty past includes the anti-Imperialistinspired murder of six Americans in pre-revolution Iran which it later celebrated insongs and publications. (The family of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Turner – “We were the first victims of terror before there was ever a war on terror” – is currently seeking redress for his death.) The new president has apparently brushed aside such concerns and has chosen to surround himself with people who have advocated for the MEK.
By not denouncing the MEK Trump has done several things. One is to signal that he is at war not with Iran but with Iranians. The MEK is hated more profoundly than any of Iran’s current political leaders by Iranians inside and outside the country.
He also signals that his war is not with ISIS but with the country Iran. Donald Trump rose to victory in part on the promise to take on ISIS and defeat the group. Yet ISIS cannot be defeated except by a coalition of forces that includes Iran. The facts on the ground in Syria and Iraq demonstrate unequivocally that ISIS forces in Aleppo and Mosul have been defeated largely due to the involvement of Iran. Trump clearly has no intention of defeating terrorism.
But most importantly, this tolerance, even warmth, shown toward the MEK in American foreign policy circles is a message that can be read from afar and by everyone else in the world: the American war box is virtually empty. Aside from a handful of puny sanctions, bringing the MEK into the equation means that not only does the America not have a stick to wave at Iran, it appears foolish enough, befuddled by ideological zeal perhaps, to tie its fate to the most unlucky and doom-laden group there ever was.
Laughably, parasitically, the MEK has consistently tied its fate to whichever it assumed was the winning side. However, the choice of MEK sponsors no longer looks so astute. Ayatollah Khomeini quickly saw through the MEK’s smarmy overtures to share power and promptly exiled them from Iran. The next step was to ally with Saddam Hussein against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war – a feat of spectacular treachery for which no Iranian will ever forgive them. After Saddam’s fall the MEK believed that the chaos in Iraq which gave rise to the insurrection of Al Qaida in Iraq would somehow carry them forward. The MEK even flirted with support for ISIS and the Syrian Free Army hoping they would find a home in the new Caliphate. Instead, the MEK were evicted from their base and sent into deeper exile in Albania, a country with no axe to grind against Iran. Long term sponsors have included Israel – which tasked MEK operatives with the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists – and the anti-Shia Saudi Arabia. Both countries are bogged down with interminable troubles of their own. And now the MEK are hoping to cosy up with the Trump administration.
The Obama administration kept the MEK at arms’ length and never entertained direct support for the group. When the government of Iraq held the US, along with the UN, responsible for removing the MEK from Iraq to a third country, the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was forced to agree to remove the MEK from the US terrorism list before any third country would legally be able to accept them on their territory.
Since 2001 Trump’s predecessors have built up strong homeland defences and led counter-terrorism efforts particularly against the threat of ISIS to the US and Europe. It is now likely that this legacy will be squandered by an administration with an overriding hatred of Iran. Instead of understanding the benefit of developing strategic partnerships with countries like Iran and Iraq in the global fight against terrorism, the Trump administration would rather rain down terror on the Iranian people.
But the biggest delusion would be to believe that the MEK could be a reliable or effective partner in any sense. If Donald Trump has any insight into his own modus operandi – the erratic demands and refusal to take criticism – he will have a direct view of how the MEK operates. Aligning America’s foreign policy with the whims of a mind control cult will not secure victory over Iran. Instead, it will diminish America’s standing in the world, and it will certainly not make the world a better or safer place.
National Geographic, March 04 2017:… Leading MEK members squirm under the knowing gaze of Michael Ware. Watch the shifty looks and glances as the MEK representatives try to lie about their true intentions. They admit to wanting regime change, but claim to be pacifists. Ware asks ‘Why does a political organization still need to have a para-military organization?’ He then cleverly gets them to …
Associated Press, February 16 2017:… The group at one point successfully infiltrated the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, according to a State Department report. And a series of bombings attributed to the MEK accompanied visits by presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter to Iran, including one to target an American cultural center. In 1973, MEK assailants wearing motorcycle helmets shot dead U.S. Army Lt. …
Iran Interlink, February 15 2017:… The following OpEd by MEK advocate Col. Wes Martin was published first in The Hill, followed by Mojahedin Khalq’s “Iran Probe” and the “NCRI” websites. Iran Interlink has published it here as indication of how hysteria has become the new normal in American published writing. A form of madness appears to have infected US politics and now all and sundry are dancing …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, February 07 2017:… He also signals that his war is not with ISIS but with the country Iran. Donald Trump rose to victory in part on the promise to take on ISIS and defeat the group. Yet ISIS cannot be defeated except by a coalition of forces that includes Iran. The facts on the ground in Syria and Iraq demonstrate unequivocally that ISIS forces in Aleppo and Mosul have been defeated largely due to the involvement
Gazeta Impakt, Albania, Translated by Iran Interlink, January 01 2017:… According to Fatos Klosi, former director of the National Intelligence Service, the American CIA chief has warned Albania that Donald Trump will renounce support for the MEK terrorists and it will be the Albanian Government itself which must deal with internal security and must confront a group trained militarily from the time of Saddam Hussein …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, December 24 2016:… That can only happen if journalists and investigatory bodies (human rights, nuclear experts, war crimes, etc) are able to base their work on facts and not the fake and fictionalised fantasies of stooges like the MEK, which are clearly designed to misinform on these issues. The information laundry cycle is not difficult to follow – the Washington Times takes its report …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, November 12 2016:… In particular, Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich. Putting aside their weak personalities as well as their individual neoconservative agendas, the common thread which links these names together is their decade long support for the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation (also known as Saddam’s Private Army or Rajavi cult). It is certain that …
Iran Interlink, October 30 2016:… Local observers in Tirana are reporting that the Mojahedin Khalq cultic terror group (MEK) is buying and creating several sandwich and kebab shops in the city and is using the MEK members to work in these fast-food businesses. On the surface this may look like a positive move. In an article titled ‘Albania: What would a de-radicalization program for the Mojahedin Khalq involve’, it was …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, October 16 2016:… In spite of American promises, no de-radicalisation programme is in place to deal with over 2500 members of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group who have relocated to Tirana from Iraq. The MEK has a long history of violent and criminal activity. This has not stopped now they are in Tirana. Unless the Albanian government introduces its own programme, it must accept …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington post (and Top Topic), October 09 2016:… For the local citizens, mystery surrounds their arrival and their lifestyle. Should these secretive and covert neighbours be treated with suspicion or kindness? At a local level, the first thing neighbouring families need to be aware of is that among all MEK members, sexual relations have been banned for over 25 years. This means there are no marriages or children or young people in the organisation. More troubling …
Massoud & Anne Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 14 2016:… Whether Rajavi is already dead or now killable is not known – only he can answer this – but he and his whole organisation are certainly now, body and soul, in the capable hands of the Saudi Prince. If he is still alive, Rajavi’s only role is to act as go-between to instruct his wife what she must do on behalf of the Saudis. If he is dead
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 08 2016:… Clearly this message is not aimed at Iranians. The clamour for regime change in Iran does not emanate from inside the country in spite of its many social, civic and political problems. Who then is Maryam Rajavi’s constituency? Fro
Massoud Khodabandeh, Toptopic, July 03 2016:… So, back to the recent advertising campaign. Any publicity campaign will be successful if it is newsworthy. Maryam, however, simply churns out the same scenario ad infinitum. Starting with describing a terrible situation in Iran – based on news items that can be gleaned from any serious report