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British MP Describes Climate of Fear in the Regime’s Leadership

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MP Bob Blackman, during a video message in support of MEK’s Free Iran gathering-June 2018

A Member of the UK Parliament (MP) penned an op-ed for Politics Home on March 4th, 2019. The piece was a response to the Warsaw Conference which took place the previous month. Bob Blackman, who represents the Harrow East constituency and is a member of the UK’s Conservative Party, describes the precarious situation in which the Iranian regime now finds itself. With shrinking international support, rampant infighting, and an opposition movement grows stronger by the day, the MP concludes that the regime is in a crisis.

Sounding Alarm Bells

Following the Warsaw Conference and the emergence of an international coalition united against Iranian expansionism and state-sponsored terrorism, Blackman describes how Iranian government officials are “sounding alarm bells”.

The conference represented a landmark moment in the history of Iranian policy. There has been nothing like it in the last 30 years, and the threat to the regime was only enhanced by the scores of Iranian opposition protestors that gathered alongside the Warsaw Conference to vent their frustrations.

MEK Supporters Rally for Second Day Outside of Warsaw Conference

The US is Leading the Charge

There have been signs that the US will not tolerate a violent and murderous regime in the Middle East undermining regional security and running roughshod over human rights with impunity. Vice-President Mike Pence told Europe in no uncertain terms that the US expected the union to adopt a firmer stance against the violent Iranian regime. He said, “the time has come for our European partners to stop undermining US sanctions against this murderous revolutionary regime.”

His comments prompted a response from Khamenei which was significant for several reasons. The Iranian Supreme Leader told his colleagues that they “should not fear the enemy,” a comment that was revealing for Blackman.

Fear is Taking Hold

Blackman wrote that this comment “clarifies two issues.” Firstly, “the panic and fear of the regime’s followers have now spread to decision-makers at the top of the regime.” Secondly, that “the growing fear in officials is not an isolated case and has overtaken the entire theocracy.”

This fear, Blackman asserts, is the result of escalating domestic and international crises. At home, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) has been relentless in its pursuit for Iranian democracy and regime change. It has mobilized large swathes of the population against the mullahs and used its political influence abroad to draw international attention to the regime’s glaring human rights abuses.

The MEK represents a “viable democratic alternative to the current theocratic regime,” Blackman wrote, and that makes them an existential threat to the clerical regime. Its resistance units, consistently praised by the Iranian opposition, President-elect Maryam Rajavi, are active across Iranian towns and cities and are busy encouraging protest against the regime’s repressive and violent policies.

Blackman concludes, “it is clear that February was a very tumultuous month for Iran’s regime.” In the words of senior Iranian cleric Makarem Shirazi, “there is no going back.”

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Bob Blackman gives his account of the Iranian regime's foiled terror attempt

UK MP Warns: If Paris Terror Attack had been Carried Out, it Would have Led to War

Bob Blackman gives his account of the Iranian regime's foiled terror attempt

MP Bob Blackman, speaks at a conference about the recent foiled terrorist plot to bomb Free Iran rally in Paris-September 2018- The UK House of Parliament

UK Member of Parliament, Bob Blackman, warned that if the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot in Paris had gone ahead, it could have led to war. The attack was to be carried out at the Grand Gathering, the annual meeting of MEK supporters.

The event attracted more than 100,000 attendees, including over 600 politicians and dignitaries from the US, the UK, Germany, France, and Albania, among others.

“A Horrendous Attack”

Blackman was part of the delegation attending the gathering from the UK. The Conservative politician said that the occurrence of “such a horrendous attack” would have prompted senior officials in Washington to push for war with Iran.

He said, “key figures in the American government were there… If those people had been killed or injured, there would have been a war, without question”.

Foiling a Dangerous Attack

The attack was scuppered by European law enforcement in the final stages. A Belgian-Iranian couple traveling in a car were arrested en-route to Paris. The couple had 500 grams of explosives in their possession.

An Iranian diplomat operating out of the Iranian embassy in Vienna was later arrested. The diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, provided the couple with the explosives, along with detailed plans of how the attack was to be carried out. Assadi is awaiting extradition to Belgium, where he will likely face charges.

New Revelations

Last week, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference in London. During the conference, the NCRI revealed new information it had gathered on the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Europe, and more specifically, the planning for the Paris attack.

A new report suggests that Rouhani and Khamenei gave their approval of the attack as early as January. It also revealed that the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is the organization responsible for orchestrating international terror attacks. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leads the Council.

This information demonstrates the involvement of senior members of the Iranian leadership in terrorist activities abroad. It also shows that the decision to carry out the Paris attack was undertaken in early 2018, during a period of intense domestic unrest as MEK-organised protests engulfed Iran.

The NCRI press conference in London also highlighted the involvement of Iranian embassies in terror plots. It repeated earlier information revealed by US State Department officials that showed the Iranian regime frequently uses its embassies abroad as a front for espionage and terror activities.

The UK Government Should Follow America’s Lead

Following the NCRI’s Press Conference, Bob Blackman urged the British government to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. He implored the government to follow Trump’s lead and reimpose sanctions against the Iranian regime.

“I don’t want to see the people of Iran suffer”, he said, “but what I do want to see is regime change with a democratically elected government that is actually going to look after the people. That means you sanction the people with the money and the people who are causing the trouble, the leadership of Iran, and also the IRGC, who are involved in terrorist activities and other nefarious activities”.

It remains to be seen if Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, will listen to Blackman’s pleas. For the future of Iran, and the welfare of the Iranian people, let us hope she will.

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NCRI's news conference on Iranian regime's terrorist activities in Europe

London NCRI Press Conference Reveals New Information About the Regime’s Terror Activities

NCRI's news conference on Iranian regime's terrorist activities in Europe

News Conference by the office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in London disclosing new details on the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Europe

On September 12th, 2018, the UK office National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference in London. Within it, the Iranian opposition organization shed light on the terror activities of the Iranian regime in Europe.

The NCRI has evidence to suggest that these activities are carried out by the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence Movements. The organization is a sub-division of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

It also has proof that senior members of the Iranian leadership have been involved in the architecture and planning of terrorist attacks on European soil including the very recent foiled plot to bomb MEK‘s rally in Paris. The regime knows that prominent European governments are keen to maintain the status quo. Khamenei, Rouhani, and the mullahs planned the attacks with the belief that European nations would not react adversely.

The conference also addressed the ongoing question of to what extent the Iranian embassies in Europe are involved in the planning of ongoing terror attacks, suggesting they play a key role at different stages of the planning and execution process.

Increased Terror Activity

The last nine months have seen a distinct increase in terrorist activities stemming from the Iranian regime.

In March, a terrorist attack targeting members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation (MEK) living in exile in Albania was foiled. Those responsible attempted to use a car bomb to attack thousands of MEK members gathered to celebrate the Persian New Year.

Then, in June, an Iranian couple carrying explosives and a detonator were arrested in Belgium, along with an Iranian diplomat from the regime’s embassy in Vienna. The pair planned to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, where more than 600 dignitaries were gathered from more than 70 countries around the world.

Most recently, in August, two Iranian agents were arrested in the United States. The pair stand accused of spying. They were collecting information on MEK members and Jewish centres within the US. It is believed they were carrying out surveillance ahead of a possible terror attack on US soil.

The Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements

It may be no coincidence that this flurry of terrorist activity has occurred in the wake of the birth of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements.

On February 8th, 2017, the clerical regime elevated the division from a directorship to an organization. As a result, the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements likely received a larger budget, making it one of the most prominent divisions of the MOIS.

The Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements is responsible for carrying out espionage and planning terror attacks abroad. It has constructed an extensive network of espionage through the establishment of intelligence centers abroad.

The arrest of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat working out of the regime’s embassy in Vienna, suggest that the organization also uses embassies in its nefarious activities.

Assadi stands accused of proving the couple with the explosives, as well as detailed plans on how to carry out the attack in Paris. There is evidence to suggest that he has been head of the European intelligence stations since 2014.

The NCRI has obtained information in recent weeks citing Reza Amiri Moghaddam as the head of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements. Moghaddam was a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) during the Iran-Iraq war. He was also Head of the Iranian regime delegation during talks between Iraq, Iran, and the US following the coalition invasion of Iraq.

This would put Moghaddam among the upper echelons of the MOIS leadership. He likely reports directly to the Iranian Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi.

The revelation of Moghaddam as head of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements helps paint a picture of the planning process for the June 30th terror attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris.

The Supreme National Security Council is the decision-making council which includes Intelligence Minister Alavi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Quds Force Commander Qassam Soleimani, IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, among others. It likely put the plan forward for Khamenei’s approval.

Once received, Alavi will have instructed Moghaddam to plan the attack. He will have taken these instructions to Assadollah Assadi at the embassy in Vienna and had him coordinate the planning and execution process.

Assadi is an explosives expert with extensive experience in espionage and demolitions. He has been connected to a number of plots involving bombings and kidnappings. He is suspected of involvement in a 2006 terrorist attack in Iraq, in which 11 workers heading to Camp Ashraf died after the bus they were traveling in exploded.

Assadi gave a terror sleeper cell in Belgium the necessary explosives and instructions but will have overseen the plan personally due to the sensitivity of the operation.

The Role of Iranian Embassies in Terror Activities

The attempted attack in Paris is concerning for a number of reasons. It has thrust Iranian embassy activities under a spotlight.

The attempted attack demonstrates that the regime’s embassies in Europe occupy an integral role in the European terror network. They provide weapons, explosives, and money to the terrorists. They also provide a safe haven where perpetrators can hide after the execution of operations.

The NCRI estimates few embassies in Europe have not been involved in the Iranian regime’s network of terror in some way.

A Regime in Crisis

Another explanation for the heightened terrorist activity for 2018 is that the regime is under considerable pressure at home. A nationwide uprising in 2017 and 2018 opened the floodgates of discontent.

Since January, there has been a steady tide of protests, uprising, and strikes. Rouhani told Parliament in August, “all of a sudden, the atmosphere in the country changed… The slogans gradually became off-bounds… Such scenes seldom existed in previous years.”

Rouhani seems concerned. He has every reason to be. The protestors slogans have been scathing, with many shouting “down with Rouhani”, and “down with Khamenei”.

The mullahs have laid the blame for the protests on the shoulders of the MEK. Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, promised that the MEK “will receive an adequate response from where they don’t expect it”.

The reality is that while the MEK has mobilized the population, it is the mullahs’ mismanagement of Iran that has led to the people mobilizing in the streets. The regime has proven inadequate at meeting the needs of the Iranian people.

The country is in the midst of an economic crisis. Poverty, corruption, and illiteracy are rife. Suicide rates are spiraling out of control.

The MEK is the target of the regime’s terror network in Europe. The Iranian regime focuses on killing when it should be focusing on reform and improving the lives of the Iranian people.

At the press conference, the NCRI urged the international community to stop the Iranian regime from threatening “the lives of Iranian refugees and opponents, and the security of European countries”.

It proposes that those arrested in Germany and Belgium, including the Iranian couple and Assadollah Assadi, should face trial in Belgium without delay. It also urged European nations to close the regime’s diplomatic missions in Europe and for the regime’s mercenaries, agents, and spies to be “arrested, tried, and expelled”.

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