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Facts: Iran, Assad And Hezbollat Have Murdered Palestinians Within Two Years At Refugee Camps Including (Mukhayyam) Yarmouk Far More Than Israel Has Done In The Occupied Land In Two Decades

 
How Iran's Military Chiefs Operate in Iraq

By Ned Parker, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Isabel Coles | Baghdad, Reuters

The face stares out from multiple billboards in central Baghdad, a grey-haired general casting a watchful eye across the Iraqi capital. This military commander is not Iraqi, though. He's Iranian.

The posters are a recent arrival, reflecting the influence Iran now wields in Baghdad.

Iraq is a mainly Arab country. Its citizens, Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims alike, have long mistrusted Iran, the Persian nation to the east. But as Baghdad struggles to fight the Sunni extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many Shi'ite Iraqis now look to Iran, a Shi'ite theocracy, as their main ally.

In particular, Iraqi Shi'ites have grown to trust the powerful Iranian-backed militias that have taken charge since the Iraqi army deserted en masse last summer. Dozens of paramilitary groups have united under a secretive branch of the Iraqi government called the Popular Mobilization Committee, or Hashid Shaabi.

Created by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, the official body now takes the lead role in many of Iraq's security operations. From its position at the nexus between Tehran, the Iraqi government, and the militias, it is increasingly influential in determining the country's future.

Until now, little has been known about the body. But in a series of interviews with Reuters, key Iraqi figures inside Hashid Shaabi have detailed the ways the paramilitary groups, Baghdad and Iran collaborate, and the role Iranian advisers play both inside the group and on the frontlines.

Those who spoke to Reuters include two senior figures in the Badr Organisation, perhaps the single most powerful Shi'ite paramilitary group, and the commander of a relatively new militia called Saraya al-Khorasani.

In all, Hashid Shaabi oversees and coordinates several dozen factions. The insiders say most of the groups followed a call to arms by Iraq's leading Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. But they also cite the religious guidance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, as a key factor in their decision to fight and – as they see it – defend Iraq.

Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization, told Reuters: "The majority of us believe that ... Khamenei has all the qualifications as an Islamic leader. He is the leader not only for Iranians but the Islamic nation. I believe so and I take pride in it."

He insisted there was no conflict between his role as an Iraqi political and military leader and his fealty to Khamenei.

"Khamenei would place the interests of the Iraqi people above all else," Amiri said.

From battlefield to hospital

Hashid Shaabi is headed by Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, a former Badr commander who once plotted against Saddam Hussein and whom American officials have accused of bombing the U.S. embassy in Kuwait in 1983.

Iraqi officials say Mohandis is the right-hand man of Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Mohandis is praised by some militia fighters as "the commander of all troops" whose "word is like a sword above all groups."

The body he heads helps coordinate everything from logistics to military operations against Islamic State. Its members say Mohandis' close friendships with both Soleimani and Amiri helps anchor the collaboration.

The men have known each other for more than 20 years, according to Muen al-Kadhimi, a Badr Organisation leader in western Baghdad. "If we look at this history," Kadhimi said, "it helped significantly in organising the Hashid Shaabi and creating a force that achieved a victory that 250,000 (Iraqi) soldiers and 600,000 interior ministry police failed to do."

Kadhimi said the main leadership team usually consulted for three to four weeks before major military campaigns. "We look at the battle from all directions, from first determining the field ... how to distribute assignments within the Hashid Shaabi battalions, consult battalion commanders and the logistics," he said.

Soleimani, he said, "participates in the operation command centre from the start of the battle to the end, and the last thing (he) does is visit the battle's wounded in the hospital."

Iraqi and Kurdish officials put the number of Iranian advisers in Iraq between 100 and several hundred - fewer than the nearly 3,000 American officers training Iraqi forces. In many ways, though, the Iranians are a far more influential force.

Iraqi officials say Tehran's involvement is driven by its belief that Islamic State is an immediate danger to Shi'ite religious shrines not just in Iraq but also in Iran. Shrines in both nations, but especially in Iraq, rank among the sect's most sacred.

The Iranians, the Iraqi officials say, helped organise the Shi'ite volunteers and militia forces after Grand Ayatollah Sistani called on Iraqis to defend their country days after Islamic State seized control of the northern city of Mosul last June.

Prime Minister Abadi has said Iran has provided Iraqi forces and militia volunteers with weapons and ammunition from the first days of the war with Islamic State.

They have also provided troops. Several Kurdish officials said that when Islamic State fighters pushed close to the Iraq-Iran border in late summer, Iran dispatched artillery units to Iraq to fight them. Farid Asarsad, a senior official from the semi-autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, said Iranian troops often work with Iraqi forces. In northern Iraq, Kurdish peshmerga soldiers "dealt with the technical issues like identifying targets in battle, but the launching of rockets and artillery – the Iranians were the ones who did that."

Kadhimi, the senior Badr official, said Iranian advisers in Iraq have helped with everything from tactics to providing paramilitary groups with drone and signals capabilities, including electronic surveillance and radio communications.

"The U.S. stayed all these years with the Iraqi army and never taught them to use drones or how to operate a very sophisticated communication network, or how to intercept the enemy's communication," he said. "The Hashid Shaabi, with the help of (Iranian) advisers, now knows how to operate and manufacture drones."

A magical fighter

One of the Shi'ite militia groups that best shows Iran's influence in Iraq is Saraya al-Khorasani. It was formed in 2013 in response to Khamenei's call to fight Sunni jihadists, initially in Syria and later Iraq.

The group is responsible for the Baghdad billboards that feature Iranian General Hamid Taghavi, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Known to militia members as Abu Mariam, Taghavi was killed in northern Iraq in December. He has become a hero for many of Iraq's Shi'ite fighters.

Taghavi "was an expert at guerrilla war," said Ali al-Yasiri, the commander of Saraya al-Khorasani. "People looked at him as magical."

In a video posted online by the Khorasani group soon after Taghavi's death, the Iranian general squats on the battlefield, giving orders as bullets snap overhead. Around him, young Iraqi fighters with AK-47s press themselves tightly against the ground. The general wears rumpled fatigues and has a calm, grandfatherly demeanour. Later in the video, he rallies his fighters, encouraging them to run forward to attack positions.

Within two days of Mosul's fall on June 10 last year, Taghavi, a member of Iran's minority Arab population, travelled to Iraq with members of Iran's regular military and the Revolutionary Guard. Soon, he was helping map out a way to outflank Islamic State outside Balad, 50 miles (80 km) north of Baghdad.

Taghavi's time with Saraya al-Khorasani proved a boon for the group. Its numbers swelled from 1,500 to 3,000. It now boasts artillery, heavy machine guns, and 23 military Humvees, many of them captured from Islamic State.

"Of course, they are good," Yasiri said with a grin. "They are American made."

In November, Taghavi was back in Iraq for a Shi'ite militia offensive near the Iranian border. Yasiri said Taghavi formulated a plan to "encircle and besiege" Islamic State in the towns of Jalawala and Saadiya. After success with that, he began to plot the next battle. Yasiri urged him to be more cautious, but Taghavi was killed by a sniper in December.

At Taghavi's funeral, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, eulogised the slain commander. He was, said Shamkhani, one of those Iranians in Iraq "defending Samarra and giving their blood so we don't have to give our blood in Tehran." Both Soleimani and the Badr Organisation's Amiri were among the mourners.

A new Iraqi soul

Saraya al-Khorasani's headquarters sit in eastern Baghdad, inside an exclusive government complex that houses ministers and members of parliament. Giant pictures of Taghavi and other slain al-Khorasani fighters hang from the exterior walls of the group's villa.

Commander Yasiri walks with a cane after he was wounded in his left leg during a battle in eastern Diyala in November. On his desk sits a small framed drawing of Iran's Khamenei.

He describes Saraya al-Khorasani, along with Badr and several other groups, as "the soul" of Iraq's Hashid Shaabi committee.

Not everyone agrees. A senior Shi'ite official in the Iraqi government took a more critical view, saying Saraya al-Khorasani and the other militias were tools of Tehran. "They are an Iranian-made group that was established by Taghavi. Because of their close ties with Iranians for weapons and ammunition, they are so effective," the official said.

Asarsad, the senior Kurdish official, predicts Iraq's Shi'ite militias will evolve into a permanent force that resembles the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. That sectarian force, he believes, will one day operate in tandem with Iraq's regular military.

"There will be two armies in Iraq," he said.

That could have big implications for the country's future. Human rights groups have accused the Shi'ite militias of displacing and killing Sunnis in areas they liberate — a charge the paramilitary commanders vigorously deny. The militias blame any excesses on locals and accuse Sunni politicians of spreading rumours to sully the name of Hashid Shaabi.

The senior Shi'ite official critical of Saraya al-Khorasani said the militia groups, which have the freedom to operate without directly consulting the army or the prime minister, could yet undermine Iraq's stability. The official described Badr as by far the most powerful force in the country, even stronger than Prime Minister Abadi.

Amiri, the Badr leader, rejected such claims. He said he presents his military plans directly to Abadi for approval.

His deputy Kadhimi was in no doubt, though, that the Hashid Shaabi was more powerful than the Iraqi military.

"A Hashid Shaabi (soldier) sees his commander ... or Haji Hadi Amiri or Haji Mohandis or even Haji Qassem Soleimani in the battle, eating with them, sitting with them on the ground, joking with them. This is why they are ready to fight," said Kadhimi. "This is why it is an invincible force."

Agencies, EsinIslam.Com & Several News Outlets

 
The Celebration Of Omar Al-Faruq's Death During The "Unity Week" In Iran!

We were literally the first English platform on the Internet to write in-depth about one of the most perverted and bizarre practices that you won't find in any other ideaolgoy, let alone religion.

Omar Koshan – The celebration of Omar's (RA) death – A Shia Majoosi fetish

Verily, they ARE Majoos & enemies of Islam: Eid Ghadir, Nowrooz and Omar's death, the Rafidhite holidays!

"Omar Koshan", an ancient practice rooting in post-Islamic Majoosi (Zoroastrian) grudge (although given an "Islamic" to cover it up). A nonsensical and pathetic Safavid (one of many) Bid'ah against the carriers of Islam, the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (صل الله عليه و سلم), in particular Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه), the one who broke the ribs of the forefathers of the Rafidah (Twelver Shias). Common in these practices is to wear black, express joy and to use the most vulgare language possible. It is also common to represent Omar as an homosexual or effeminate man man like in the following clip here that has leaked years ago where in a Shia Rafidi gathering (one of their self-flagellation temples also known as "Husseiniyyah") a bunch of "men' clapped and chanted "Barikallah Abo Lo' Lo' (which translates as: Well done, Abo Lo'lo) encouraged a pathetic Rafidi version of an transexual with beard and boobs (representing Omar). The Rafidi Shia "scholar" is enjoying the dance and show too and even gives the dancer a slap on his bum:

(In our search we found out that many non-Muslim, extremist secular, and Islam hating Iranians are amongst the top to spread this video on the net, followed by Shias who join the Majoosi carneval by cursing and sending blessings on the Majoosi murderer of Omar Al-Farooq)

As for profanity then for the sake of exposing these perverted polytheists, we are sharing this video. A bunch of Shia scholars gathered to celebrate Omar's death, the main line goes like:

"O caliph with the wide A** … I myself will come and f*** you … your a** is my slave … whoever does not curse Omar, then may Omar enter his a** … I myself will come and f***you [O Omar] … I haven't put it [my private part] all through [your ass] yet you [Omar] are out of breath … "

We have backed our articles with evidencse from Shia Twelver books, including Fatwas top scholars of their school, not just deceased ones, but rather contemporary ones. That alone should be enough for the open minded and truthful and unbiased researcher to understand how little it means when the Iranian regime (or its adherents) point out that in public (note how they always point out the public part …) such rituals and celebrations have been prohibited by the Iranian authorities. It is also often pointed out (with no evidence whatsoever) that it was Khomeini himself whobanned this practice in public. Well, for the sake of argument, let's say these (apologetic) justifications that are trying to hide an ancient Shia practice are all true. What else should the Iranian regime and Khomeini have done in the Muslim world where their religious school represents not more than 10-15% (at best, since Twelver Shias always includw all sorts of sub-Shia sects into their statistics who are extreme heretics at best to them), yet Khomeini tried to establish himself as the spritual leader of the whole Islamic world and Iran as the role-model of an state? Remember, the hypocrite Khomeini is the same heretic who (supposedly) openly uttered sweet statements like the following one (as can be found on Rafidi websites of deception and the other farce they call "Khomeini" conferences, which are being hold each year all around the world by his deluded followers) :

The public prohibition was just a political step (like Khomeini's statement above to lure in Sunnis), a much needed necessary move to fool the masses, literally billions of Sunnis who (even the most tolerant one towards the Shias and Iran) would have rejected Iran and Shiism in its totality, putting all theefforts (of infiltrating and eventually converting Sunni communities) of the Mullahs of Qom and the rulers in Tehran in vain from the very beginning of the revolution. But praised be to Allah, despite all their taqiyya (dissimulation) their real faced has been eventually exposed by their own hands as "Ayatullah" Rafsanjani himself admitted that practices such as cursing the Prophet's wives and also celebrating Omar's demise ("Omar Koshan") eventually all leaked to the Muslim world.

Yet his books were filled with heresies, including verdicts where he deemed a number of the Prophet's companions (all revered by Sunni), including the Prophet's wive as filthier than a pig and dog. Soon it wasn't a secret to many (at least those who investigated and did their research instead of falling for Iran's propaganda and worthless slogans) what the real beliefs of the Rafidah Twelver Shia, their clergy and the Shia Safavid regime are. The Iranian Rafidi Savavid regime – being very well aware of the fact that the masses don't research (let alone in the 80's or beginning of the 90's were the Internet was either absent or just born for the masses, with little access to Shiite literature, let alone speeches and videos) – knew very well that empty slogans (like the aforementioned one by Khomeini) will do the job for them. The masses eventually fell for their lies and some were as deluded as to believe that Iran is a well-wisher of the Muslim world, an advocater of Sunni-Shia brotherhood and other hoaxes that couldn't be further from the truth (thanks to Allah, over thirty years after the revolution in Iran, the Iranian regime and its heretical sect is more hated in the Islamic world than ever before. Not even the Shah could have bad named Shiism with his alliance with Israel than the Mullahs of Tehran and Qom did. That's not what we saying, that's what their own people basically admitted).

Nevertheless, it was and is still the strategy of the Rafidi Safavid regime to simply deny uncomfortable truths of their state religion (Shiism) including statements of their top scholars (including the father of the state i.e. Khomeini the spirit of Satan) and simply claim one thing in public, like Sunni-Shia "unity", all in order to appease the Muslim masses (which is the Sunni world) for the regime's agenda which is mainly based on infiltrating and converting the Sunni world. Of course you can't do that by celebrating revered Sunni figures in public, this is what even the Iranian regime knew in its early stage, hence they only prohibited it (Omar Koshan) to be celebrated in public, but they never outlawed this perverted and sick practice from their belief system, and hence it was and is still practiced as an ancient Shiite ritual in private gathering, "Mosques" and lately even in public, during the so-called "unity week between Sunnis and Shias"!

Yes, in public. And this is what this article is all about. By the grace of Allah nobody can expose the Iranian regime and the Shia clergy better than them lot themselves. They are literally illustrating what we (and many Arab and Persian Sunni activists before us ) have tried to convey to the Muslim masses in English language to the best of our abilities, namely the true ugly face of Twelver Shiism and the Neo-Safavid regime of Iran. Literally on the Friday during the "Unity week between Shias and Sunnis" in Iran and the so called "Islamic unity conference", a group of Shia Iranians (some more open elements within them who apparently having a hard time to suppress their own Anti-Sunni beliefs under the excuse of Taqiyyah), dressed in symbolic red and holding placards 'cursing' Sunni Muslims, held a rally insulting Sunni beliefs in the city of Qom in Iran last week.

The group, who also chanted slogans insultingthe Prophet's companions, marched towards the 'Fatimah Masumeh Shrine' in Qom on 2 January 2015, on the very Friday where the Sunni of Tehran were banned from holding their Friday prayers!

The rally was held to mark the Shia Rafidi festival of "Eid Al-Zahra" (or also known as "Farhat Al-Zahra and "Omar Koshan" in Farsi), during which Rafidi Shias celebrate the assassination of the second Caliph of Islam, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab. Shoutings could be heard in Farsi such as:

مرگ بر عمر! ولعنت ….
مرگ بر سنی !و …..

"Death to Omar! Curses be upon Omar …"

"Death to Sunnis! Curses be upon Sunnis …"

The festival, which in Iran is usually referred to as "Omar Koshan" [killing of Omar], is held yearly on the 9th day of the Islamic month Rabi al Awwal. It is noteworthy that without the permission and knowledge of the Iranian authorities, it is literally impossible to gather hundreds on the streets participating in an illegal ritual without being cracked down like in the past. It seems the Iranian regime and the Shia clergy are opening up more and more, trying to show some muscles, appeasing the those elements amongst them who are tired to hide their beliefs for the failed myth of "Sunni-Shia unity", realising that hiding their real beliefs doesn't make much sense in the age of social media.

It seems that they are simply stupid and bloodthirsty, risking a civil war were the Sunnis of the country number millions who populate sensitive border regions of the country, woe if they dare to bring these clownish festivals to the Sunni regions of Iran, if they do so then there is no doubt that they want to provoke and finish the job of their Safavid forefathers i.e. to make Iran completely Shiite. A taks that they have never finished and never will finish, by the will of Allah, no matter how much the likes of Khamenei, the Kisra of Iran try to lie to achieve their goals.

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran

 
Sudan Expels Iranian Safawi Shia Diplomates And Closes Their Centres

"Kalameh TV" (Sunni Persian channel operating outside Iran of course since Sunnis are not even allowed to run a magazine in Iran, let alone a radio station or a TV channel, despite representing the LARGEST religious minority in Iran) reports that Sudan is closing EVERY SINGLE Iranian culture centre (secret service branches of Iran that cause nothing but havoc in Muslim countries, aiming to convert as much as innocent and ignorant Sunnis, just like Evangelists) – their clerics (yes, Khartoum was filled with Iranian and Lebanese clerics operating freely spreading their shirk and kufr!) and all other officials must leave the country within 72 hours, Alhamdulillah.

Sons Of Sunnah message to all justice loving people (Muslim/Sunni/Shia non Muslim, everyone):

As Sunni Iranian we have no rights whatsoever in almost every majority Shia city to have a Mosque (only in our provinces), not even a bookshop (let alone a centre). We remind you that Tehran, the capital and fortress of neo-Safavid Republic of Iran and it's hypocrite mass murdering leader Ali Khamenei (who are allied with bathist Sunni killers in Syria, yet still insist on fooling the gullible Sunni masses with empty slogans such as "Shia-Sunni unity") is the only capital in the world where Sunnis are not allowed to worship in their own Mosques according to their own rites, we have covered this issue in detail (including the lie that there are seven Sunni mosques in Tehran):

http://sonsofsunnah.com/category/ no-sunnah-masjids-in-tehran/

Now the audacity of the secterian Shia Rafidi regime of Iran is unbelievable. Whereas Sunni Iranians themselves have no right whatsoever to propagate Sunni Islam in Shia areas (what is the regime scared of …?), let alone foreigners, yet the Iranian regime insists on propagating Twelverism (Rafidi Shiism) in environments that are purely Sunni (i.e. like almost every Islamic corner in the world, Shiism has no modern day presence, except where his stooges operate). Why shall any Islamic community and country except that? Forget about the so called evil "Wahhabis", but what about Al-Azhar and other Sunni institutes, are they allowed to represent Sunnis to Iranian Shias in majority Shia cities (many of them have no clue about Sunnism except what the hateful Shia clergy has taught them)? No they are not of course, neither Al-Azhar nor any Sunni institute is allowed to operate in Shia areas of Iran, under no circumstances (the only thing the regime does is to invite Sunnis from all over the world – gullible ones – to various occasions in order to portray themselves as unity loving Sunni friends i.e. they misuse Sunnis who are ignorant about the crimes of the neo-Safavid regime and it's heretical reality for their own agenda) whatsover, so why shall Islamic countries allow a biased and hateful Rafidi regime to operate in their countries? Under what basis? Is this the justice the Shias always brag about (the irony …)?

As Sunni Iranians we say: Well done Sudan (and well done Malaysia) and every other Islamic country who is waking up and being aware of the danger of the Rafidi regime (and no, the danger is not the "truth" that is with Shia Iran, no normal person is scared of their false and polytheistic religion, what is dangerous is that they use their Safawi-petro-Rials convert poor people and heretics in the midst of the Sunnis, and of course the havoc the Iranian Shia regime causes from San'aa to Dimashq, all the way to Malaysia where they had the audacity to build a HAWZA i.e. massive Shia learning centre in one of the biggest Sunni capitals of the world, yet Sunni Iranians who are the LARGEST religious minority in Iran (numbering millions), native Iranians, are not allowed to have a single bookshop in Tehran let alone a religious centre!

UPDATE:

Since the beginning of the eightees the Rafidi Safawi regime was allowed to freely operate in Sudan, yet Sunnis in Tehran, Isfahan (neither native Iranian Sunnis nor institutes from abroad) are allowed to run a SINGLE Sunni centre in major Shia cities! This is the justice (and fear) of the Rafidah! Here a nice piece for everyone who understands Arabic (wallah I love the Sudani accent), a Sudani brother exposing the Rafidah Majoos in the Khartoum university (listen to it the part I linked is in English!)

Yet Sudani news sources (not BBC or CNN) claim otherwise:

Iranian Shia website confirms the news (can the Rafidah at least unite on one narrative?):

More Sudani sources (although not state ones) confirm the narrative that all Rafidi centres of Shirk are going to be closed:

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article52273

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Sudan's foreign minister, Ali Karti, told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Wednesday that the Sudanese presidencyhad rejected a request from Iran to reverse its decision to close the centre.

"We have been closely monitoring the activities of the center in Khartoum to verify that it is committed to cultural activities rather than seeking to make Shiite, sectarian gains that are alien to Sudanese society", he said.

Karti said that the Sudanese authorities urged Tehran to stop what he described as "Shiite proselytizing" but that the cultural center had refused to comply.

"Unfortunately, the Iranians behind these exploitative activities were trying to spread Shi'ism by offering financial gains as well as other unacceptable means," he said.

He noted that the foreign ministry had summoned the center's leadership on several occasions in the past to complain about its activities, adding that the cultural center's continued non-compliance prompted the presidency to issue the "necessary decision, which came as a surprise to the officials in Tehran".

The Sudanese top diplomat further said that activities organized by the center in poor neighborhoods and university campuses across Sudan "confirmed to us beyond any doubt the center has deviated from its agreed-upon cultural role."

The Bani Mut3a are at it again! Similar (but worse) than the Evangelist they lure people into their pagan sect with money and sex (Mut'a).

More Sudani sources (note: alrokaba is a SUDANI newspaper based INSIDE Sudan):

The Islamic Fiqh Academy of Sudan supports the closure of Iranian (Rafidi) centres in Sudan and called it a BLESSED step.

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran

 
Behind The Scenes Of The 'Islamic Unity Conference' (Farce) Of The Rafidi-Safavid Regime

The 28th Islamic Unity Conference was held in Iran's Capital City of Tehran. The so called Shia-Sunni 'unity-week' began this year on Monday 5 January. The audacity and hypocrisy the Iranian Zion-Safavid regime and the Rafidi clergy has reached new hights. Those familiar with the struggle of the Sunnis of Iran know some shocking facts about the 'Islamic Republic', including the following things that you will never find (or hear) in the capital of the 'Islamic Republic' that is (no jokes) as per constitution the property of 'Imam Al-Zaman' (Shia Mahdi):

– Five Adhans a day (Shia combine the 5 prayers, on a daily basis which can be argued as valid practiced under certain conditions, as Sunnis also combine prayers. However, the Sunnah of the Prophet that was followed by his family and companions always was that it is better to pray all prayers at five different times a day, yet in Tehran even the Mosques and religious people combine their prayers, hence it is the only 'Muslim' capital in the world where you will hear only three Adhans a day. Yet this regime and the Shia clergy claim to follow the "true" Sunnah!

– Sunni run Mosques. You will never find a single Sunni Mosque in Tehran (although there are Shia Mosques+Husseiniyyats+grave yard and actually a whole neighbourhood (run by the Saudi Shia Rafidi Nakhawilah tribe, type: نخاولة المدينة to see their public mass-self-flagellation gatherings, even in public!) of Shias in Madinah city, a 99% Sunni city!), despite the fact that there are over 40 Churches (with massive crosses and other signs of kufr), Synagogues (including Jewish schools and even a Jewish run hospital!) and even a Sikh Temple in Tehran. Yet Sunnis are prevented to run a single Mosque according to their traditions and schools of thought. What does this tell you when even the capitol of the English, the French, the American, even Jewish cities like Haifa allow Sunnis (and Shias) to run their own Mosques, yet Tehran is scared of Sunnis having a single Sunni Mosque in the capital of Iran where Sunnis (like in all of Iran) make up the largest minority?!

What we mean with irony is that the despotic Iranian regime (and even its popular minions such as the 'Hezbollah' of Lebanon) that has lost all credibility and popularity in the Islamic world (due to the endangered survival of the evil mass-murdering Arab Bathist and secularist Assad regime in Syria) has yet again prevented the Sunnis of Tehran from holding friday prayers. Those who know about the struggle of Sunnis in Iran may ask that what's new about this news? After all it's a tradition of the hypocritical Iranian regime to claim Sunni-Shia 'unity' at the one hand and on the other hand practice Sunni oppression, there are countless cases in Tehran alone, here to refresh our minds about the reality of this evil Rafidi Safavid regime:

The harassment against the Sunni community of Tehran – NO SUNNI MOSQUES AND ON GOING RAIDS

Well, the difference this time is that the Iranian regime prevented Sunnis from holding their Friday prayers in one of their rented houses (yes, these are the places that insincere Iranian media outlets and their stooges in the west sell as 'Sunni Mosques of Tehran'!) during the The 28th Islamic Unity Conference that was held in Iran's Capital City of Tehran. Of course everyone knows this conference is a farce, even the likes of 'Ayatullah' Rafsanjani said that these conferences didn't bring any positive results and that it is actually the Iranian regime, based on the minority secterian Shia beliefs that is the root cause of all secterianism.

Despite all of these admission and realities, the farce goes on and on. Some might remember these pictures from previous 'unity' conferences where the 'participants' were famously caught in a sleeping mode, rather than unity mood, right during the conference:

Since almost three decades Iran has managed to fool (and often buy) or to force (the Sunni scholars of Iran themselves who will likely face problems if they do not attend the conference) and exploit these conferences for their very own agenda which is to show publically that they are the wellwishers of all Muslims, Sunnis and Shias alike and that Sunni Iranians are living in a heaven of peace and harmony with a leader such as the Pharao and Kisra at the same time named Khamenei who (as a controversial scholars of a minority sect within Islam) portrays himself somehow as the Imam of the Muslim Ummah. Here take a look at the 'Sunni' scholars who are eager to run to Tehran (for whatever reason, their tickets are definately for free …) and kiss Khamenei the tyrant (you can find all these photos on the net on official websites of the Iranian regime like the ABNA website).

It should be no secret to every honest observer and researcher that this whole 'unity week' and 'unity conference' farce is nothing but a tool that the Iranian regime exploits to discract from its very crimes against Sunnis around the world. This is how propaganda after all works. They will show you these pictures and remind you how nice Iran treats Sunni Muslims and how 'Sunni' scholars flock to Iran. This kind of propaganda works very will with the weak minded and majority of people who do not bother to research. Our very article hear will probably reach a few thousand readers, whereas the propaganda of the Iranian regime reaches millions. But the oppressors and deceivers should be remembered of this verse:

"Nay, We hurl the Truth at falsehood so that it (the Truth) crushes it (falsehood), and lo! it (falsehood) vanishes. Woe to you for what you utter!" (21: 18)
It is obvious that Iran needs these kind of conferences for their very own propaganda, and a big part of this propaganda is to 'invite' as many Sunni Iranian leaders as possible, after all shooting pictures with them, smiling etc. will tell the gullible how much of a harmony between the Shia and the Sunnah and how comfortable Sunnis of Iran live and that anything contrary to this (Rafidi Safavid fable) must be 'Wahhabi-Saudi-Israeli-American-English-boogeyman- propaganda. Here some pictures from this years conference, all of these Sunnis are Iranians, mostly Baluchis and Persian Khorassanis (yes, Iranian Khorassan, even Mashad has a Persian Sunni minority):

Just a quick reminder, Shaykh Abdul-Hamid is the very Iranian Sunni Shaykh who openly risks his life (like being involved in an fatal 'accident'. This is how many outspoken Iranians Sunnis pass away and this is how tyrannical regimes assassin their opponents) by publically complaining about the oppression Sunni Iranians face, not just in Shia majority cities, but even in their own Sunni majority provinces and cities!

So what happened at the conference despite of the boring speeches full of hypocrisy by the like of Khamenei who in public call to Shia-Sunni 'unity' but in rather more private gathering enjoy non-Shias being slandered as people who will not benefit of any of their daily prayers:

Well, after the pictures where taken and Iran and its stooges in the west (such as PRESS TV) made them viral for their propaganda, the Sunnis of Tehran invited Shaykh Abdul-Hamid to lead the Friday prayer in one of the rented houses (remember, no Sunni Mosques in the captial of the 'Islamic Republic'!) in Tehran in the Pounak neighborhood.

Iranian security forces barred Sunni worshipers from entering a Sunni prayer site in Tehran on Friday 9 January 2015, preventing them from holding congregational Friday prayers.

The irony here is that this carefully-planned operation appears to have been deliberately scheduled to take place on the final day of the so called Shia-Sunni 'unity-week', which began this year on Monday 5 January.

The Iranian regime claims the 'unity-week' is evidence that they are not hostile to Sunni Muslims and claims that it proves they regard Sunni Muslims as equal to the Shia.

The actions of the authorities today, however, sent a clear message to the Sunnis of Tehran that the 'unity-week' is nothing more than an empty slogan, actions speak louder than words but the majority will be fooled by words and propaganda of the Iranian regime, this is the sad reality of the Muslim Ummah today.

Despite Sunnis being the largest religious minority in the Shia majority Iran, with records indicating that there are more than a million Sunnis living in Tehran alone (as confirmed by Iranian officials themselves), the Iranian government has prevented a Sunni mosque from being built in Tehran.

The Sunni citizens of Tehran are instead forced to use rented rooms and spaces as 'namaz khaneh' (prayer rooms) to hold obligatory Sunni congregational prayers, with restrictions forcing some to organize Sunni prayers in their own homes and private spaces.

These prayer sites regularly come under attack from the authorities preventing Sunni Muslims from using them, causing Human Rights Watch (HRW) to issue a statement urging Iran to 'lift restrictions on Sunni worship'.

The only question here is will the Muslims, the Ahl Al-Sunnah who are not a sect but the Ummah will finally wake up, even the last one amongst us who feels an atom of sympathy to this heretical Anti-Sunni regime that has caused nothing but havoc and chaos and oppression to the Muslim world, rather even to its very own people?

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran

 
Verily, They ARE Majoos & Enemies Of Islam: Eid Ghadir, Nowrooz and Omar's Death, The Rafidhite Holidays!

[…] یوم غدیر خم افضل اعیاد امتی.

امالی صدوق: 125، ح 8.

The day/'Eid of Ghadir is the MOST SUPERIOR of all Eids of the Ummah […]

(Amali Sadooq, Vol 8 , p)

2. عن الصادق علیه‌السلام قال: هو عید الله الاکبر،و ما بعث الله نبیا الا و تعید فی هذا الیوم و عرف حرمته و اسمه فی السماء یوم العهد المعهود و فی الارض یوم المیثاق الماخوذ و الجمع المشهود. وسائل الشیعه، 5: 224، ح

On the authority of Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) who said …

['Eid Al-Ghadir] is the GREATEST 'EID OF ALLAH ('Eidallah Al-Akbar!). Allah did not sent any of the Prophets except that they CELEBRATED on that day and acknowledged the greatness of this day and the name of it has been mentioned in the heavens and earth. (Wasa'el Al-Shi'a, Vol 1 p 224

more pagan narrations ATTRIBUTED to the Ahl Al-Bayt:

Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a) was asked if there was Eid for Muslims besides Friday, Adha and Fitr. Imam replied, "Yes, there is one more Eid which is most great in holiness (a'dhamuha hurmatan)." The person asked him which Eid that was. Imam said: "It is the day (i.e. Ghadir) when the Messenger of Allah declared the Chief of the Believers (Ali) his vicegerent, saying: "Of whosoever I am the Mawlaa, 'Ali is also his Mawlaa. And it is the 18th of Dhil-hijjah."

As for one of the biggest Rafidite Shi'ite lies in history namely that the Messenger of Allah Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared Ali Ibn Abi Talib his vicegerency at Ghadir Khum on his return from his last pilgrimage, then this is nothing but a lie. NONE of the companions of the Messenger and even NON of the Bani Hashim understood Ghadir Khum as the declaration of Ali's Khilafah, not even Ali himself who NEVER (not in a SINGLE authentic narration) used to argue for the sake of his "divine Imamate" with Ghadir. To understand the Rafidite deception and the SIMPLE TRUTH about Ghadir, read the following article >>>.

The Rafidite regime and the Rafidite religion prefers the day of Ghadir over the greatest 'Eid of the Muslims which is 'Eid Al-Fitr. Right, they (as usual) have gone into extremes with Ali and his progeny and NOT with the Messenger (both is wrong, but their extremes are not even with the personality of the Prophet!) and thus the y regard the (so called) day of the declaration of Ali's Imamate SUPERIOR than 'Eid Al-Fitr.

Here some news from one of the biggest Shia news websites on the net, namely Shia-News.com (Iranian based). It reports how several grand "Ayatollahs" were enraged when they heard of the news that the Iranian gov. wants to extent the holiday of 'Eid Al-Fitr (which is just 2 days off in the so called 'Islamic Republic of Iran'). They demanded that Eid Al-Ghadir must be superior even when it comes to the celebration even when it come to the days off for the holidays.

Shia -News.com reports: "Ayatollah" Makaarem Shirazi on his TV show advised the gov. to reduce the days off in the country. He mentioned this after the Iranian gov. increased the days off for 'Eid of Fitr from one to two days.

COMMENT:

Before it was ONE day of in Iran only, yet NOWROOZ the ZOROASTRIAN 'EID is worth TWO weeks off for the Rafidite regime. What about if Mr. Shirazi would have asked for a reduction of all those days and weeks of for the death of countless Imams (including Khomeini!) or a reduction of TWO weeks (actually more it's THIRTEEN days) of the Zoroastrian based holiday! Instead he goes and attacks the TWO days for 'Eid Al-Fitr!

But it even gets worse, even the Zoroastrian 'Eid of Nowrooz has more significance to them than 'Eid Al-Fitr, we have discussed it here >>>.

Certainly these pagans of Qom have changed the religion of Islam to some Sassanian Madhab of Yazgerd just like Ghulam Ahmad has changed HIS version of Islam to some Asian version. There is only one Islam, neither Arabic, Persian nor Asian it is the pure and orthodox Islam of the Ahl Al-Sunnah.

BTW: They have innovated so many 'Eids to Islam, they even got the "SECOND 'EID Al-GHADIR" which is the day the Zoroastrian Abu Lo'lo'a had killed the Caliph of the Muslims Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

They have even ascribed Nowrooz to the Mahdi!!!

TRANSLATION:

'Al-Mu'alla narrates from Imam Al-Sadiq : "Nowrooz is no other day but the one we [the Ahl Al-Bayt] are awaiting the reappearance [of Al-Mahdi], for it is one of our days that was protected by the Persians and carelessly lost by you." ('Al-Du'a' li Al-Imam Al-Zaman', p. 94)

So the Sahaba, their students and their students (i.e. Salaf Al-Saleh) have missed to 'protect' the holy (!) day of Nowrooz, but the Persians managed to protect this so called holy day. Look at their audacity! How dare they ascribe a Zoroastrian holiday to Islam and the Ahl Al-Bayt! Not even the most wicked Islamic has ever dared to ascribe any pre-Islamic pagan Arabic holiday (there were some) to Islam!

This is how portray the Ahl Al-Bayt i.e. Imam Al-Sadiq in the Hadith above! He literally blames the Arabs for having forgotten the Majoosi holiday of Nowrooz! A holiday that was never sanctified in Islam! Look how much Sassanian-Pre-Islamic-Persian customs have infiltrated Shiism, then they wonder why they are being called Majoos!

TRANSLATION:

[Narration attributed to Imam Al-Sadiq who is free of Majoosite Rafidhism]: 'The day of Nowrooz is the day when our Qa'im of Ahl Al-Bayt (Mahdi) and the commanders [of his army] will rise. On that day Allah will make the Dajjaal appear and he will be crucified on the church of Kufa (Iraq)'. (Bihar Al-Anwar by Mulla Baqir Al-Majlisi, vol. 52, p. 308)

Kufa? Crucifiction? NOWROOZ?! We all know that JESUS (peace be upon him) will kill the Dajjaal, not on the holy day of Shiism though, which is NOWROOZ!

All this Majoosiyyah (Zoroastrianism) is so deeply rooted in their sect that they even celebrate Nowrooz in the shrine (waste of gold and other wealth of gullible Shias) of Al-Hussein in Karbala!

In this video you can see Iranian pilgrims in Iraq (whichis basically occupied by Iran with the help of the Americans and Iraqi Shia puppets) celebrating NOWROOZ in next to the shrine of Al-Hussein Ibn Ali in Karbala'. That's what these heretics call 'the Islam of the Ahl Al-Bayt, the true followers of the Sunnah'!

Now if you think that these are maybe some traditional Iranian Shiites who have mixed up their religion (to them Islam) with their cultural traditions the let us dissapoint you. Although it is true that many Arab Shias don't celebrate Nowrooz, yet the reality of the Shia sect is that this Persian Majoosi holiday is a PRAISED and ESSENTIAL part of their religion, to such a degree that a number of Hadith in PRAISE of Nowrooz have been ascribed to the Ahl Al-Bayt and even preferred deeds that one should do on that day!

As for the death of the Chief of the Believers Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, then this to is an Eid according to Shiism!

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran

 
The Military Interefence Of Iran In Syria – A Chronicle Of Rafidi Deceptions And Lies

Syrian oppositional groups have repeated for a long time that Iran is actively suppressing the Syrians and their revolution by siding with the Pharao and Yazid of our time, Bashar Al-Assad, the Alawite, secular and Bathist tyrant. Not just ideological and logistical aid but rather military aid, Iranian troops actively fighting the Syrian resistance. All these reports by the Syrian oppositional groups were dismissed by Iran, its stooges and cheerleaders after a number of embarrassing blunders on the Iranian side and victories on the side of the resistance fighters who managed to capture video material of known Iranian Revolutionary Guards who activerly operate in Syria. This exporsure led finally to the addmission of Hassan Nasralla(t)'s that the Hezbolla(t) are actively operating in Syria to defend Shia places of polytheism (shrines), particularly the shrine of lady Zaynab in Damascus. In this article we'd like to show in chronological order of how deceptive the Rafidi regime of Iran is, the very same regime that tried hard (to save its face as long as possible) dismiss ANY (let alone military) involvement in Syria. You will be shocked of how blatantly Iranian officials lie, whether Revolutionary Guards or the unholy 'Aytollahs'.

The Syrian revolution is an on-going one, so are the Rafidi regimes blatant and shameless lies in regards to its military interventions and activities in Syria. Let us start by going a bit back in the past, the year 2012, where whining and wailing Revolutionary Guards were caught in Syria. This is where Iran's highest ranking officials, including revolutionary guards and clerics started to deny the interference of Iranian troops in Syria. The sheer hypocrisy is that these very same Rafidite Safavid Takfiris, the enemies of the Prophet's companions and wives, have the audacity to others as 'Takfiri groups' and the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc. as supporters of the alleged 'Takfiris' who make up lies against Iran (i.e. that Iran is military wise involved in Syria).

Iran's lie #1

Iran Denies Syria Captives Are Revolutionary Guards, THE PILGRIM'S TALE

On 06/08/2012, pro-Iranian, Russian sources reported that the Iranian foreign ministry denied on Monday that the 48 Iranians kidnapped in Syria on Saturday were members of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

"We strongly deny the information disseminated by certain media that our kidnapped pilgrims are members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. All of them are pilgrims who came to Damascus to visit its shrines," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.

So these man that were captured by the FSA were only average Iranian 'pilgrims' (to shrines, as it's common in the polytheistic religion of the Twelver Rafidah Shia) the Iranian regime claimed. A likely story!

Since the stupidity of this narrative was just too obvious (literally all of these captured men had Revolutionary Guard Identity Cards!), the Iranian hypocrite regime started to change the narrative. The mess was done though, they even made themselves look more ridicolous as they already were. Only two days after the report about the captured Revolutionary Guards, precisely 08/08/2012 the very same Russian and pro-Iranian news agency (and of course all Iranian news agencies too) reported that the captures 'tourists and pilgrims' where in fact RETIRED Revolutionary Guards. How sweet indeed!

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denied they had any military role at present and reiterated that pilgrimage to Damascus shrines was the only purpose of their journey.

"Some of those pilgrims used to be Revolutionary Guards members, some of them are retired servicemen," the minister said.

Aren't they smart the Safavids?! Masters in inventing lies and ridicolous narratives, first they say they were pilgrims, then they had to change the narrative to 'retired Revolutionary Guards' pilgrims. Yeah, it must be absolutely common to visit a shrine in a country were a civil war is going on (a bunch of men only, not a single women or child), as a bunch of 'retired Revolutionary Guards. The plain truth is, Digarban, a website that monitors the country's conservatives and their online activities, reported that at least seven guards commanders were among the released prisoners. "Abedin Khoram, the [current] commander of the Revolutionary Guards' division in Orumieh … is among those released who have returned to Iran," it reported. Not to mention that these 48 'pilgrims' were traded for 2100 Syrian prisoners!

Iran's lie #2

Contradictions over Contradiction, admission, then denial

As a matter of fact some Iranian sources (even before the even of the captured 'retired Revolutionary Guards' confirmed Iran's MILITARY involvement in Syria, but these were quickly removed and denied by other Iranian sources. Contradictions after all, very common when lying has become a habit.

THE GUARDIAN reported on Monday the 28 May of 2012 an apparent slip-up and blunder of a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards has admitted that Iranian forces are operating in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad's regime. Ismail Gha'ani, the deputy head of Iran's Quds forces (the external arm of the Revolutionary Guards), tasked with overseas operations, said in an interview with the semi-official Isna (The Iranian Student News Agency) news agency: "If the Islamic republic was not present in Syria, the massacre of people would have happened on a much larger scale."Isna published the interview at the weekend but subsequently removed it from its website.

Admitting, then removing the report! In fact, it gets worse, for high ranking Iranian officials later on claimed that Iran has no military presence in Syria!

Iran's lie #3

The head of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran suddenly claims Iran has no MILITARY presence in Syria!

Yes, you heard right, after 'retired Revolutionary Guard pilgrims' tale, after the admission of the deputy head of Iran's Quds force, suddenly the HEAD of the Revolutionary Guards in September 2012 claimed that Iran has no military presence in Syria! Some members of Iran's elite Quds force were in Syria but this does not constitute 'a military presence' according to the notorious liars of the Rafidite Safavid regime.

Army commander gives clear sign of Tehran's continuing support for Assad's regime but denies troops signify military presence.

In a clear public signal of Tehran's continuing support for Assad, the commander of the Islamic republic's elite military formation said that a number of members of the IRGC's Qods force were in Syria, though General Mohammad Ali Jafari gave no further details and claimed this did not constitute "a military presence".

It's worth mentioning that General Mohammad Ali Jafari who by the way is THE IRGC Commander (commander of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution of Iran), is the same bluffer who became a laughing stock after Iran expressed the hope that Syria will strike back at Israel after the apparent Israeli raid on one or two targets in Syria, presumed to be a chemical/biological weapons plant and a shipment of advanced anti-aircraft missiles. Middle East Online, however, remembers that only weeks before Iran declared that any Israeli strike on Syria will be considered an attack against Iran and Iran would retaliate. That statement, the latest of a long line of similar declarations, was made by Ali Akbar Velayati, assistant to the Supreme Leader Khamenei. Iran went so for to claim that a Syrian response is imminent, and 'will put Israel in a coma.' Tehran also announced that thousands of Israelis are preparing to leave the country in anticipation of the massive Syrian response. Now did ANY of that happen? Did Iran ACTIVELY fight Israel and retaliate?! Did a SINGLE Israeli suffer since the Syrian revolution, either from Iran or its proxies (the party of Satan in Lebanon, Bashar etc.?) Of course not! Iran is busy killing Muslims, Sunnis, particularly the Syrian ones who oppose the Iranian slave Bashar.

Taghoot Khamenei with Mohammad Ali Jafari (left) and Yahya Rahim Safavi (center), former commander of the IRGC

Iran's lie #4

May 2013 and Iran still lies to the world

PRESS TV (Iranian mouthpiece in English language) reported on May 25, 2013 that Iran denied any military presence in Syria!

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed claims about Iran's military presence in Syria and the shipment of arms by the Islamic Republic to the Arab country."Despite the unfounded allegations, no Iranian military forces or advisors are present in Syria, but, unfortunately, certain regional countries are interfering in Syria's internal affairs and fanning the flame of the conflict in the country by sending arms to extremist and terrorist groups," Mohammad Khazaei said.

Iran's lie #5

June 2013 and Iran still keeps lying …

On the 16/06/2013 a Russian pro-Iran news agency reported how Iran was about to send a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, precicely 4,000 troops to Syria to aid the Kafir Bashar Assad's Alawite forces to suppress the Syrian people and their revolution. Two days later, on the 18/06/2013, the very same Russian and pro-Iranian regime news agency reported a denial, as usual the Iranian regime was quick to deny the obvious and stated that 'Iran has no plans to send troops to aid Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in the ongoing civil war there'.

Iran has no plans to send troops to aid Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in the ongoing civil war there, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, rejecting media reports claiming Tehran was set to intervene directly in the fighting.

"We categorically deny this information," Seyed Abbas Araqchi said, adding Tehran has never and would never send its troops to Damascus. Syria's government forces have all the necessary means to fight against "terrorists acting in Syria," and "Iran has no need to provide military aid to Syria's authorities," he said.

The Tehran Time also reported the same news:

TEHRAN – Iran has denied Saudi Arabia's recent claims that the Islamic Republic has been involved in the Syrian crisis, calling Riyadh an accomplice of Takfiri terrorists in their crimes against the defenseless people of Syria. Speaking at a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah on Tuesday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said that the kingdom "cannot be silent" about Iranian intervention and called for a resolution to ban arms flows to the Syrian government, Reuters reported.

Claims? Iran standing for the dfenseless people of Syria?! So Saudi Arabia is an 'accomplice of Takfiri terrorists' for supporting the resistance of the Syrian people against the Kafir, Alawite and mass-murderer Bathist Bashar Al-Assad and Iran by supporting Bashar is defending the Syrians?!

Iran's lie #6

It's Rouhani's turn to lie and to deny in June 2013

Next we'd like to remind you of what the new Rafidi Mullah president of the Safavid state shamelessly claimed, as been reported on the mouthpiece channel of the Iranian regime in the west, PRESS TV on June 24, 2013.

[Rohani] "The Islamic Republic of Iran's policy is to help the regional nations and governments, and I do not believe that problems in the region, particularly in Syria, can be solved militarily, but we seek [to help establish] a ceasefire in Syria to prevent [further] killings," Rohani said in a telephone conversation with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman on Sunday.Rohani dismissed any foreign meddling in Syria, stressing that the Syrian nation should determine its own destiny."

Alright, how relieved we are, the Iranian Rafidite Safavid regime just wants to 'help' its (Sunni) neighbours. Now the world, the Islamic Ummah has witnessed how their help looks, how the Iranian regime is ready to back a Bathist and secularist mass-murderer like Bashar with the help of other major Kafir forces (and TRUE allies of Iran), such as Russia and China.

Iran's lie #7

September 2013 and Iran and its allies still lie and deny the obvious

And if you fancy official Iranian sources, than don't worry, their stupidity, lies and hypocrisy has been recorded on the whole net:

Spokeswoman Denies Iran's Military Presence in Syria
September 17, 2013 – 11:16 – IRANIAN TASNIM NEWS AGENCY TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran does not have official military presence in Syria, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman underlined, and added that Tehran advocates political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Iran has no military presence in the crisis-hit Syria, said Marziyeh Afkham in her weekly press conference, when asked about Iran-Syria cooperation in defense fields.

The slaves of the Rafidah in Tehran and Qom, the Syrian regime who literally sold their souls and the lives of their people for Rafidi were of course quick to repeat the same lie.

The following swine is not the Jew Sharon, but the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (the one who stated that Bashar's Syria is will prevent the emerge of an Islamic state!), the shameless liar also denied claims about Iran's military presence in Damascus, saying Tehran always seeks a political solution to the crisis in Syria. What a joke! Of course it was reported by the joke of a news agency and channel, PRESS TV, the mouthpiece of the Iranian regime, on Jun 24, 2013.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has categorically denied claims about Iran's military presence in Damascus, saying Tehran always seeks a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Speaking to reporters in Damascus on Monday, Moallem said claims by certain countries supporting terrorism that Iran has military forces in Syria are just a rumor.

Iran has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs, stressing that inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections are the keys to resolving the unrest in the Arab country

What the Rafidite Safavid enemies of the Ummah didn't calculate is that Allah is the best of the planners and will expose them sooner than they might have thought.

"They were plotting and Allah too was planning, and Allah is the Best of the planners" [Qr'an 8: 30]

Allah is the best planner, and steadily the two camps – one which is the camp of Kufr (Rafidi Iran, Russia, China and Israel that despite its opposition to Iran PREFERS a secular-Alawite lead Syria over any strong Sunni state) and one which is the camp of Iman (the Syrian people and resistance) are being more and more distinguished so that there might be no excuse for anyone to side with the truth. In fact, Rafidite Iran and their allies are exposed at their OWN hands, for recently some Mijahideen in Syria, the Daoud brigade, a group based near Idlib, in northwest Syria, overran a government position and captured videos of interviews given by Iranian commanders fighting in Syria. The ORIGINAL captured videos, surfaced online on September 9, are in Farsi and show the extent to which the Iranians are involved in the genocide against our Ahl Al-Sunnah brothers and sisters in Syria.

Now we don't like Al-Jazeera as well, but as you might predict (after reading all the blatant lies of the Iranian officials), this video is not a fake, it's just the manifestation of how Iran is getting exposed and the Revolutionary Guards in the clip are real and Al-Hamdulillah dead. They were publically celebrated as REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS and martyrs by the Iranian regime:

An official Iranian website published photos of Ismaïl Haydary's (Revolutionary Guard commander in the clip) funeral, which took place in Iran, describing him as a "martyred general" and – like Mohsen – as a "defender of the Sayyida Zaynab shrine". Portraits of him displayed at his funeral clearly show that he is the same man featured in the videos.

The Syrian officers in the short documentary above and in other high quality videos (such as this one Youtube) do not seem troubled by the presence of a camera. All the videos are filmed in rather high quality, and the frame is stable. This lends credence to the claim that the footage was filmed with a camera and not a mobile phone. Perhaps not coincidentally, in late August, when the two Iranians seen in the videos were killed, a Persian news site mentioned that an Iranian filmmaker by the name of Hadi Baghbani had died in Syria. According to this site, Baghbani was killed by "Salafists" while filming "the Syrian army's progress in its battle against jihadists".

The numerous details cited above point to the authenticity of these videos. They show that Iranian military officers are helping supervise soldiers in Syria's regular army . This is a claim that the Syrian opposition groups have repeated for a long time, from the beginning of the Revolution to this very day, but until now all of these evidence were dismissed by Iran, like when the Syrian resistance captured a some of these (whining) Revolutionary Guards:

Of course you won't find PRESS TV and other Iranian mouthpieces reporting these contradictions, lies and deceptions since lying and deceiving is part of their Rafidite creed, so don't expect much from them, they lie through their teeth in the age social media, turning Syria into Bahrain and Revolutionary Guards into 'pilgrims'. The Islamic Ummah will never forgive the crimes of the Kisra, Pharao and Yazid Khamenei, the Revolutionary Guards, the Rafidite regime and the 'Ayatollahs' against the Syrian people, their mask has fallen and they have exposed themselves at their own hands and their the Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion has become a reality that will open the eyes of many Muslims around the world, especially those who were fooled by the empty chantings of 'death to America/Israel' of the Iranian regime.

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran

 
HRW: Iraq's Pro-govt Militias Abusing Sunnis, Civilians

Abuses perpetrated by militias linked to Iraqi security forces have escalated in recent months, forcing at least 3,000 people in Sunni areas to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

Residents in the Muqdadiyya area of Iraq's Diyala Province have been barred from returning to their homes, the right group said. Additionally, the international rights group reports that civilians have been kidnapped and in some instances "summarily executed."

Allied militias and Iraqi forces began harassing residents in June, shortly after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group took over Iraq's largest city Mosul, and the abuse escalated around October, residents told HRW.

"Iraqi civilians are being hammered by ISIS and then by pro-government militias in areas they seize from ISIS," Joe Stork, the group's deputy Middle East and North Africa director, said.

"With the government responding to those they deem terrorists with arbitrary arrests and executions, residents have nowhere to turn for protection," he was quoted as saying.

Based on witness accounts from six residents, residents of villages near the Muqdadiyya region left their homes in June and July when the Asaaib al-Haqq militiamen and Iraqi SWAT forces attacked.

Asaaib al-Haqq is a group said to be operating under direct patronage of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The group has reportedly been involved in around 6000 attacks on American, coalition and Iraqi forces.

According to HRW, the attacks on civilians seem to be a part of a campaign to clear the mixed-sect area of Sunnis and other groups.

"The day of judgment is coming … we will attack the area until nothing is left. Is my message clear?" Hadi al-Ameri, the Badr Brigades commander and transport minister under the previous administration of Nuri al-Maliki, reportedly told residents in December.

Researchers with the rights group said they witnessed militias occupying and setting fire to residents' homes in the Salah al-Din province after ISIS militants retreated.

Then again, in December, after driving out ISIS fighters, militias were responsible for evictions, forced disappearances and killings in the Baghdad Belt, HRW said, citing a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The rights group cites abuses as recent as January of 2015 where militias, volunteer fighters and state forces reportedly summarily executed 72 civilians, an allegation HRW said is currently investigating.

In an Op-Ed published in the Wall Street Journal following his election, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi pledged to "bring … all armed groups under state control. No armed groups or militias will work outside or parallel to the Iraqi Security Forces."

In related news, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time Monday that his group is fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Al Arabiya News
 
What Makes the Supreme Leader Tick?

By Alireza Jafarzadeh

As another deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran fast approaches, the regime in Tehran has yet again hardened its stance in order to score more concessions. The regime's embattled Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has set fresh conditions and red lines as negotiators seemingly come down the home stretch.

Tehran has clearly been reeling under the weight of sanctions and has been loudly grumbling about international demands. Khamenei recently griped, "We have done what we needed to regarding the issue of 20% enrichment, Fordow [underground uranium enrichment site], Arak [heavy water facility] and the centrifuges. Thus, the Iranian side has acted according to the logic of the negotiations... The other side, however, is asking too much, is audacious, and is blackmailing. ... The Iranian nation will not kneel to bullying."

Ironically, Khamenei complains about 'bullying' while his cronies bully the Iranian people and dissidents on a daily basis to the extent that hundreds of thousands of Iranians have been forced into exile, women are deprived of their most basic social and political rights and the whole population has been robbed of its fundamental human rights like the freedom of expression.

His regime continues to dig itself a bigger hole because it has come to an impasse with no palatable options. If it proceeds with the nuclear program, it will have to confront an outraged international community. And, if it abandons the nuclear path, it will have to confront an already enraged population - with no nuclear arsenal and a damaged regional influence.

Faced with a vastly disenfranchised population, the regime is weak, desperate and anxious. Khamenei has demanded the immediate lifting of international sanctions. That is a tell-tale sign of weakness, which his regime feels in the face of a population on the verge of rising up in protest. Khamenei is frightened about the prospect of another uprising similar to the ones that swept the streets of Iran in 2009.

Faced with a frightened regime, U.S. policy must add to its diplomatic arsenal. As Tehran plays the waiting game to see if Washington blinks first, U.S. policy should stay on course and increase the pressure. Talking with dictators for the sake of talking is not diplomacy; it is a prelude to disaster.

In a February 8 interview, Secretary Kerry dismissed the possibility of a third extension to the talks in the event that a general agreement is not reached by the March deadline. Earlier this month, President Obama also showed no appetite for an extension and said, "We now know enough that the issues are no longer technical, the issues are, does Iran have the political will and the desire to get a deal done?"

Khamenei's own statements clearly argue against such political will.

Although U.S. officials have ruled out an extension to the talks in their rhetoric, their actions have not kept up with fast changing realities. Tehran did not come to the negotiating table for the carrots. It was forced to sit down as a result of sanctions. To date, however, it has received nearly 12 billion dollars in unfrozen assets. Such enticement has emboldened Khamenei to get more concessions. Washington's reconciliatory policy needs an overhaul, and fast.

By the same token, the administration should re-evaluate its ill-conceived stance against congressional oversight on a potential deal with Iran. It was congressional action that convinced the President to grudgingly sign onto a sanctions bill that pushed Iran into the negotiating room. And, it is only added pressure that will push Tehran to pick up the pen. For the sake of global peace, Tehran should not be given the opportunity to exploit perceived divisions between the White House and Capitol Hill.

International sanctions have had a devastating impact on the regime's revenues. Despite plummeting oil prices, the seemingly 'moderate' president, Hassan Rouhani , has tripled defence spending in the new year's budget while cutting subsidies, which clearly points to Tehran's dangerous long-term intensions.

As Maryam Rajavi , the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ), has said, Khamenei has not yet decided to abandon the path toward a nuclear weapon because his regime's survival depends on it - along with domestic suppression and export of terror.

There should be firm policies in place to change his mind, not mindful policies that make his position firmer.

Alireza Jafarzadeh is a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

 
Iran's Shiite Militias Are Running Amok in Iraq

Countless memories haunt me after a decade of service in Iraq, gripping the hands of an assassin-felled member of the provisional government as the life slipped out of her body in 2003; watching al Qaeda's beheadings of American hostages in 2004 and seeing photos of young Sunni prisoners raped and tortured by Iran-backed Shiite militias serving within the Iraqi police in 2005.It took the fall of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, for Western elites to finally begin to understand what many of us saw firsthand in the years since 2003: The Iraqi government is hopelessl

sectarian, corrupt, and generally unfit to govern what could be one of the world's most prosperous nations. Washington's response to the Islamic State's (IS) advance, however, has been disgraceful: The United States is now acting as the air force, the armory, and the diplomatic cover for Iraqi militias that are committing some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet. These are "allies" that are actually beholden to our strategic foe, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and which often resort to the same vile tactics as the Islamic State itself.

Post-2003 Iraq was supposed to be different. Throughout the past decade, however, countless NGOs and international news organizations have borne witness to the accelerating pace of abuses. The Republic of Fear is being reborn.

Perhaps the most vivid and disturbing evidence that the Iraqi government simply does not share America's core values emerged on Feb. 6. In a grainy video posted on YouTube, a three-minute horror show plays out on the front lines somewhere in Iraq. Iraqi military officers and presumably Shiite militiamen — dressed in black, skull-adorned "Sons of Anarchy" shirts — crowd an ambulance emblazoned with the Iraqi state seal. Inside, a blindfolded and hog-tied man in military fatigues pleads for mercy as the Iraqi vigilantes beat him over the head, taunting him with expletives.

One of the vigilantes picks up a metal toolbox and slams it down on the crying man, as others enter the ambulance to beat and kick the helpless prisoner. A minute into the video, the man is dragged out of the ambulance and onto the ground, still blindfolded, arms bound behind his back. A dozen fighters surround him and begin kicking him until he lays motionless, blood dripping from his head. With some yelling "enough," a man in camouflaged trousers walks up to the prisoner and beats him over the head repeatedly with a sandal, a gesture of monumental insult. Another man, also in camouflaged trousers, leaps up twice and lands with his full weight on the detainee's skull. A third man, in full military uniform, kicks and punches the hemorrhaging man, whose blood spills across the sand below.

In the final horrific minute, the vigilantes carry the man a few feet away and drop him to the ground. Several men armed with U.S.-supplied M4 rifles then empty several magazines — perhaps more than 100 rounds — into the man.

The video concludes with one man chillingly yelling, "Enough! What's wrong with you?"

Any viewer capable of understanding the dialogue overlaying the savage imagery is left in utter shock. But that emotion should soon be replaced by rage, as the realization sets in that countless American lives, families, and taxpayer dollars were sacrificed — and are being risked today — to facilitate such brazen cruelty.

Twitter is abuzz with speculation about the victim's identity. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter? An Islamic State spy? Regardless, one thing is clear: These were 196 vivid seconds of a lynching, a field execution, an Iraqi government and Shiite militia-orchestrated war crime broadcast around the world. And the sad reality is that this killing was facilitated by the White House.

Since assuming office in 2009, President Barack Obama and his national security team have turned a blind eye toward the growing crisis in Iraq. They seem to have simply hoped that Bush's "dumb war," as Obama once described it, would not distract them from a domestic-driven agenda. Even as the cancer at the heart of the Iraqi government metastasized, senior American officials ignored the countless classified and open sources implicating the Iraqi government in theft, torture, rape, and ethnic cleansing — insisting that the country remained on the right track.

In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden confidently insisted that Iraq "is going to be one of the great achievements of this administration," lauding Iraqis for "us[ing] the political process, rather than guns, to settle their differences."

"At every significant step along the way [of Obama's Iraq policy], many predicted that the violence would return and Iraq would slide back toward sectarian war," then White House aide and now Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in 2012. "Those predictions proved wrong."

In its eagerness to withdraw from Iraq, the Obama administration also undermined the country's central democratic institutions. After preaching the virtues of democracy around the world, Obama chose to bypass the secular, Western-leaning winner of Iraq's 2010 parliamentary elections, Ayad Allawi, in favor of the runner-up, Nouri al-Maliki. Ignoring Maliki's sectarian and autocratic tendencies, the White House then repeatedly lobbied Congress to expedite sales of advanced American military equipment, including F-16 fighter jets, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, and Hellfire missiles — even as the Iranian-allied strongman unleashed a reign of terror and purged his political enemies with less sophisticated American weapons systems.

The administration's cumulative mistakes have played a decisive role in advancing Iraq's implosion, the IS's rise, and Iran's regional hegemony. From the time that Obama took office until today, violence in Iraq has spiked nearly fourfold from the post-surge lows in 2009 — reaching levels not seen since the height of the civil war in 2006 and 2007. The Islamic State has conquered more than a third of the country while the Iraqi military imploded, despite a $25 billion investment in it by American taxpayers.

The White House responded by dispatching thousands of American military, diplomatic, and intelligence personnel to Iraq in a final bid to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. But this desperate, ill-conceived effort will inevitably fail because the administration is employing the chainsaws of Iraq's Iranian-backed Shiite militias rather than the scalpels of American special operations forces in its ground war against IS.

When it became clear that the Islamic State posed an existential threat to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, resorted to a measure not taken in a century: He issued a religious edict calling for all able-bodied men to take up arms to defend the state. Within months, hundreds of thousands of young Shiites responded to the call — and today, virtually all of them have been absorbed into Iranian-dominated militias, whose fundamental identity is built around a sectarian narrative rather than loyalty to the state. Recently, one militia commander estimated their total strength at 800,000 men, dwarfing the official Iraqi Security Forces.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, Iran's Special Forces unit devoted to operations outside the Islamic Republic's borders has filled the void left by Obama's military and diplomatic disengagement from Iraq. Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani has personally led operations from the front lines, buttressing decades-old alliances while at the same time cultivating new proxies.

The staunchly pro-Iranian Badr Organization commander Hadi al-Ameri — who was welcomed in the Oval Office by Obama in 2011, and is known for favoring power drills to murder his victims — has been tasked with leading all Iraqi efforts to secure and pacify the strategically important province of Diyala. Meanwhile, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the alleged mastermind behind the bombing of the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait in the 1980s, was given command of the Kataib Hezbollah (KH) militia, an Iranian-sponsored group responsible for some of the most lethal attacks against U.S. and coalition forces throughout the war. Muhandis and KH pose such a grave risk to Iraqi stability and American interests that they were designated as terrorists by the U.S. Treasury soon after Obama took office in 2009. Qais al-Khazali, the commander of the Iranian-sponsored Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) militia, which kidnapped and killed five American soldiers at Iran's behest in the holy city of Karbala in 2007, proudly shared his recent photo with Suleimani via social media.

This constellation of Iranian-backed militias is eclipsing official Iraqi institutions, and sowing the seeds of conflict for decades to come. During a January 2015 press conference celebrating the "liberation" of Iraq's Diyala province, Ameri stood in front of Iraqi military officers and militia fighters, thanking the Badr Organization and AAH for their efforts — without once mentioning Prime Minister Abadi or the international coalition. One of Ameri's Badr commanders then told the New York Times that Sunni tribes had backed IS, and pledged that "their punishment will be more severe than [IS's]," guaranteeing the continuation of vigilante justice and sectarian bloodletting.

These militia leaders are not only operating outside the Iraqi government's control; many key figures are deeply embedded within Baghdad's power structure. Hakim al-Zamili, an Iranian-backed militia commander notorious for ethnically cleansing Baghdad of its Sunni inhabitants while serving as Maliki's deputy health minister, is now chairman of the Iraqi Parliament's security and defense committee. Ahmad Chalabi, the convicted embezzler allegedly responsible for conspiring to feed false intelligence to Western governments ahead of the Iraq invasion, is now chairman of the Iraqi Parliament's finance committee. Mohammed Ghabban, a top deputy to Ameri in the Badr Organization, is now interior minister, ostensibly Iraq's top law enforcement officer. And Mohammed al-Bayati, another Badr leader, serves as Iraq's human rights minister, with the sacred responsibly of investigating and curtailing the abuses of Iraqi security personnel.

It would be laughable, if it were not so serious. These are the men benefitting today from billions of dollars of American assistance to Iraq.

These Shiite militias' conquests are being aided by millions of dollars in advanced American military hardware. Countless pictures and videos have emerged featuring Iranian-backed Iraqi militias parading with M1A1 tanks, M1113 armored personnel carriers, M16 and M4 rifles, Humvees, and MRAPs. At times, the militiamen launch into sectarian chants, and religious flags adorn other pictures — some have even taken to plastering their vehicles with photos of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. These actions directly fuel the regional perception that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have metastasized into a holy war, pitting Islam's billion-plus Sunnis against the minority Shiites — a worldview directly responsible for swelling both the Islamic State and the militias' ranks.

After years of gross neglect, Obama, and the broader international community now face the seemingly impossible task of pacifying and reuniting Iraq. The nation is not only a failed state; it is a shattered one: years of misrule, corruption, and genocide at the hands of Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party have totally destroyed the national identity, leaving only tribal, ethnic, and religious affiliations that preceded the founding of the modern Iraqi state in 1932.

It is high time that U.S. officials recognize the Iranian-backed Shiite militias for what they are: a supercharged, multi-headed hydra that represents a clear and present danger to Syria, Iraq, the broader Middle East, and thus to fundamental American national security interests. Although these events occurred less than a decade ago, many in Washington seem to have forgotten that even with 150,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq, these militias operated across Baghdad and southern Iraq much like IS does today: through a deliberate campaign of kidnapping, torture, extortion, and murder that would make Tony Soprano blush.

While pockets of success exist — namely in Iraqi Kurdistan and the holy city of Najaf — by almost any measure, Iraq as a whole today has regressed to a state far worse than it was a decade ago.

The impunity with which the Shiite militias operate is only growing. According to a senior U.S. official with an intimate understanding of the matter, the American Consulate General in Basra recently attempted to ship approximately a dozen used, armored SUVs back to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for export and disposal, per State Department regulations. En route, the vehicles — still usable, and collectively worth millions of dollars when new — were mysteriously stolen. When senior U.S. diplomats reported the theft to the Basra governor and top security commanders, the locals promised an investigation, but reported little success.

Sometime later, during a routine trip across town, a U.S. security officer spotted one of the vehicles in front of a local garage. Bewildered and shaking his head, the U.S. official told me the Iraqi authorities insisted they could take no action, since that was a garage belonging to Asaib Ahl al-Haq — the very group that had masqueraded as an American diplomatic convoy to kidnap and kill five American soldiers in Karbala in 2007.

It is no wonder, then, that the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, recently insisted to Bloomberg's Eli Lake that the militias "represent enemies of a stable, secure, and inclusive Iraq," and that once the IS threat is defeated, "they will very likely turn on us."

There is no reason to believe that the militias will disarm and disband after IS's defeat. Indeed, with trillions of dollars of Iraqi oil wealth up for grabs, and the U.S. military no longer deployed in large numbers to constrain them, the militias have more incentive than ever to stay in business. And let's not forget that it is in Iran's strategic interest to use these militias to consolidate its gains over Iraq and the Levant, and to advance its ambitions for regional hegemony, which Iranian commanders are now publicly flaunting.

Iraq is the new, much larger, much wealthier Lebanon, and its battle-hardened militias are the new, much larger, much wealthier Hezbollah. They will haunt the world for decades to come on a scale exponentially more lethal and damaging than Lebanese Hezbollah — whose operations already span six continents, and whose operatives grace the FBI and CIA's most wanted lists.

The day after the Islamic State is expelled from Iraq is the day Iraq's next existential struggle for survival will begin. Given the militias' demonstrated sadistic penchant for ethnic cleansing and summary executions, including their joy at beheading enemies — the same savage tactics used by IS — Iraq is destined for endless conflict for the foreseeable future.

It is time to admit that the modern Iraqi state as we have known it is living on borrowed time. Obama's desperate and delusional strategy to defeat IS — which commits to investing only a fraction of the time and resources former President George W. Bush squandered trying to build viable Iraqi security forces — simply will not work, because we do not have a critical mass of Iraqi political leaders willing to put the country's interests before their sect, tribe, party, or creed. The thousands of coalition airstrikes will also not succeed, absent a broader political framework under which all Iraqis can peacefully share power and be treated equitably by their government.

In short, as with Ngo Dinh Diem's government in South Vietnam, no amount of American covert action, carpet bombing, or diplomacy can ever hope to compensate for a fundamentally inept, corrupt, and illegitimate local partner. Despite Washington's delusions and countless Americans' sacrifices, Saigon was eventually overrun by Chinese-backed communists — just as Baghdad has already been overrun by Iranian-backed Shiite militias advancing Islamic rule.

The White House's myopia, along with Obama's empowerment of one strategic enemy, the Iranian-commanded militias, to defeat another strategic threat, IS, is precisely why the dream of a stable, peaceful, prosperous, and pluralistic Iraq increasingly seems doomed. In short, Obama's Iraq strategy is not only morally bankrupt, but operationally bankrupt as well.

Congressional leaders and the White House must stop treating Iraq and other national security matters as arenas for ideological skirmishes. Instead, they must craft a comprehensive Middle East strategy to defend our regional allies and aggressively confront both radical Sunni and Shiite militants, and Iran's malign regional ambitions. By finally admitting that Baghdad is now firmly entrenched in Iran's orbit — and is ideologically and operationally an extension of Tehran — Washington can finally begin to develop plans for how to roll back the new Republic of Fear.

Extract from a Foreign Policy article published by Ali Khedery

 
Iran's Disingenuous Condemnation Of Terror

By Samsami Taheria

Interestingly, the 'Islamic' regime in Iran grudgingly spoke out against the attacks in Paris. In its efforts to present an endearing front to the international community since Hassan Rouhani 's presidency in 2013, the regime's deceptive move may not be all that surprising.

Yet, its pathetic duplicity cannot hide the fact that the regime is more than ever before committed to its anti-Western rhetoric and rogue behavior. In an affront to the French people, Tehran's Foreign Ministry actually blamed the victims of the attacks and described publications like Charlie Hebdo as being engaged in "intellectual radicalism" and "misuse of free speech."

The state-affiliated Tasnim News Agency used the incident to attack French policy in the Middle East. It said the "Paris attack is the result of France playing with fire in Syria."

France, like the United States, has taken the position that the Assad regime in Syria should come to an end after four years of civil war. Both governments have backed the moderate opposition in that country, against Assad and the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

"The attack that resulted in death of 12 individuals and the wounding of 40 is the result of innumerable and uncalculated meddling of France in Syrian affairs," the Tasnim article declared, without referring to the far more direct and extensive meddling that Iran itself has carried out in the Syrian conflict.

Tehran has effectively replaced the collapsed Syrian army with a network of Shiite militias and Revolutionary Guards known as the National Defense Force. It has done virtually the same thing in Iraq, where Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, has been in control of murderous Shiite militias.

The Iranian regime has fanned the flames of sectarian conflict from Syria to Iraq to Yemen and Bahrain. Its actions have fueled the rapid growth of ISIS.

The regime's reluctant and temporary condemnation of attacks in France proves superficial and dishonest because it has clearly used Islamic fundamentalism as the rallying cry for its activities in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and beyond. Domestically, a medieval "Islamist" legal system has led to an escalation of the already extraordinary rate of executions, totally to over 1,200 so far under the presidency of supposedly 'moderate' Hassan Rouhani.

Iranian people continue to be arrested and handed down long prison sentences for "insulting the prophet" and "enmity against God." This was the extremist ideology that motivated the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and it emanates from Tehran.

Iran's clerical regime implements the death penalty for offenses related to free speech. In fact, the regime's founder, Ruhollah Khomeini, popularized the notion of murdering authors and journalists by issuing a fatwa against British author Salman Rushdie in 1989. Khomeini's assault on free speech outside Iran's borders was accompanied by a global terrorist agenda that included the funding and arming of tens of thousands of extremists and terrorists.

So, who is the regime trying to fool by issuing a statement condemning the attacks in France?

The Iranian theocracy does not represent the sentiments of the majority of the Iranian people, just like ISIS does not speak for billions of ordinary Muslims who yearn for peace and respect human dignity.

The Iranian people have their own opposition forces struggling against the ruling regime for a free Iran. Maryam Rajavi , who heads the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran and advocates a democratic and anti-fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, issued an unqualified and genuine condemnation of the Paris attacks long before the Iranian Foreign Ministry's disingenuous statement that blamed the French people.
Rajavi stressed that such barbarity contradicts the principles of a moderate, rational and democraticIslam. Her Ten-Point Plan for the future of Iran clearly rejects fundamentalism and promotes the establishment of a democratic, pluralist society based on the separation of religion and state.
She has also called for a non-nuclear Iran. The mullahs, armed with nuclear weapons, will be a nightmare not just for the people of Iran and the region, but also for global peace and security. The international community has a moral and strategic obligation to stop the Iranian regime's dash to the bomb.
The Iranian opposition's experience has shown that only a decisive policy can stop the nuclear threat of Iran. Congress has imposed sanctions on Tehran, which helped bring the regime to the negotiating table. President Obama can use the leverage during negotiations to warn Tehran there will be consequences if it continues to cheat and deceive. Tehran's words are disingenuous and it cannot be trusted - especially when it comes to nuclear negotiations.

Samsami is the representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a coalition of Iranian opposition groups and personalities committed to the establishment of a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran.

 
Two Israeli Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Missile Attack: The Muslim World And International Communities Care Less When Evil Hezbollat Kills Devil Zionists And Vis-à-vis?

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by a Hezbollah missile fired at at an Israeli military vehicle in the Shebaa farms are on the border with Syria and Lebanon.

The Israeli military confirmed that seven soldiers were also injured in Wednesday's strike.

In response to the attack, Israeli forces fired shells across the border into southern Lebanon. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed that Israeli shelling had killed one of its peacekeepers from Spain.

Elias Hanna, retired Lebanese Army General: Expect Israeli retaliation, but no escalation
There were also reports of Israeli war planes flying over the border with Lebanon.

The attack by Hezbollah was likely in retaliation for an Israeli air strike in Quneitra on January 18th that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general. Both Hezbollah and the Iranian army had vowed revenge, and earlier on Wednesday Iran said that Israel should "await retaliation" for the strike. \

Shebaa Farms is a small strip of disputed land at the intersection of the Lebanese-Syrian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Schools closed in and around Shebaa, and residents stayed indoors as the shelling continued throughout Wednesday morning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned: "The IDF is ready to act with force on any front".

In a letter to the UN Security Council, Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the UN, condemned the attack, saying Hezbollah has been "stockpiling" weapons in southern Lebanon in violation of a UN resolution.

"Israel will not accept any attacks on its territory and it will exercise its right to self-defense and take all necessary measures to protect its population."

Lebanese politician Samir Geagea, a member of the March 14 opposed to Hezbollah, said that Hezbollah "doesn't have the right to involve the Lebanese army and government in a battle with Israel."
Walid Jumblatt, another politician considered to be centrist, said the attack will lead to "turbulent" times for Lebanon.

 
Israel Kills Khomeinist Terrorists - The Muslims Don't Care How Many Khomeinist Generals Slain In Syria - "Israeli-Hezbollat Friendly Fire" Or Simply Israeli Showing Off Superiority To Khomeinists?

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have confirmed that a general was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike in the Syrian Golan Heights on Sunday.

Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was in Syria to advise forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad, a statement said.

The Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah said six of its fighters also died when a helicopter fired missiles at a convoy in Quneitra province.

Sources in Israel said it was aimed at stopping an attack on Israeli soil.

Earlier, a source close to Hezbollah told the AFP news agency that a total of six Iranian soldiers had been killed, along with its own fighters.

The dead included Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of a Hezbollah military chief assassinated in 2008, and Mohammed Issa, a field commander, it added.

On the one hand, Hezbollah may not want to open up a second front against Israel while it is so heavily involved in Syria, our correspondent says. On the other hand, many in Lebanon believe Hezbollah will not be able to remain quiet after such senior people were killed.

According to reports in Hezbollah-affiliated media, two Israel Air Force helicopters fired missiles at a target in the Syrian Golan, killing a number of Hezbollah operatives, including Mughniyeh.

Western intelligence sources said Jihad Mughniyeh headed a large-scale terrorist cell that enjoyed direct Iranian sponsorship and a direct link to Hezbollah. The cell had already targeted Israel in the past, launching attacks on the Golan Heights.

Iran is Hezbollah's primary financial and military supporter. Both countries are aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad in his struggle to keep power against a coalition of Sunni opposition militias and Islamist radicals.

Agencies, EsinIslam.Com & Several News Outlets

 
Deadly Israeli Strike Deals Painful Blow To Khomienist Hezbollat, Iran: Humiliation Of Hezbollat Terrorist Leader Nasrallat, In His Hiding Hole, Has Just Started

Tehran added to the combustible mix by announcing that the strike — neither confirmed nor denied by Israel — also killed a senior Iranian general, underscoring the extent of Iran and Hezbollah's deep involvement in the volatile area on Israel's doorstep.

Sunday's deadly attack placed Hezbollah in a tough spot, as it weighs carefully how to respond. A significant retaliation risks drawing even tougher Israeli reprisals, plunging Lebanon into yet another crippling war with the Jewish state for which there is very little appetite among Lebanese public opinion.

Stretched thin and neck-deep in Syria's civil war where the group's Shiite fighters are battling alongside President Bashar Assad's forces, Hezbollah must also decide whether it can afford to open up another front with Israel.

Jihad Mughniyeh, who was buried Monday in south Beirut, did not hold a particularly senior rank in the party. But he was the son of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah operative widely considered to have built Hezbollah's military operations infrastructure and the second most revered figure inside Hezbollah.

He was assassinated in 2008 in Damascus in a bombing that Hezbollah says was carried out by Israel's Mossad spy agency.
The 25-year-old Mughniyeh took on a more prominent role after the death of his father. He has been photographed with Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, and with the powerful Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani, highlighting his prominence within the group.

"For Hezbollah leaders, rank and file, and core supporters, the attack against Jihad Mughniyeh is akin to an attack against a member of their own family," said Randa Slim, a director at the Washington-based Middle East Institute.

"The fact that Hezbollah has not avenged Imad Mughniyeh's death to-date raises the bar for Nasrallah and Hezbollah military leadership to react in a big way this time... irrespective of the risks of an escalation," she said.

Mughniyeh, who had recently been entrusted with overseeing operations in the Golan Heights, is the group's most prominent figure to die so far in Syria since Hezbollah joined the conflict next door in 2012, fighting on Assad's side against the Sunni-led rebellion.

The airstrike exposed Hezbollah's involvement in the Golan area — which is now host to an explosive mix of al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels, Syrian government forces, Hezbollah operatives and Israeli soldiers, all operating in close proximity.

Hezbollah's Manar television channel broadcast footage from the site of the airstrikes, showing a mangled wreck of metal amid snow; nearby the footage showed radar installations and a military base that the channel said was in Israeli-controlled territory.

Israeli officials had long expressed concern about Hezbollah activities along the border and blamed the group for a number of roadside bombings last year in the area.

In an hours-long TV interview last week, Nasrallah denied Hezbollah was involved in any "resistance work" in the Golan, claiming that the group was only offering support, assistance or training to Syrian groups there.

Eyal Ben-Reuven, a reserve Israeli general and former deputy head of its northern command, said the presence of such a high-ranking official on Israel's doorstep indicated that Hezbollah and Iran were planning something big against Israel.

The deaths of the six Hezbollah fighters elevated tensions between Israel and the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, which recently boasted of rockets that can hit any part of the Jewish state. But it was also a significant setback, coming on the heels of a confirmation last week by Nasrallah that the organization had uncovered and arrested a senior operative who was spying for Israel.

In a statement published on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's website, Tehran confirmed that an Iranian general also was killed in the Israeli airstrike.

It said Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was on assignment in Syria, giving "crucial advice" to Syrians fighting terrorists, a reference to Sunni rebels and Islamic extremists fighting against Assad's troops.
Allahdadi is not the first Iranian general to die in Syria. Iran accuses Israel of involvement in the killing of Gen. Hassan Shateri in February 2013 as he traveled from Syria to Lebanon. Shateri was also a commander in the powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Allahdadi's presence in the Golan, however, drew further attention to Iran's deep involvement in propping up Assad and is bound to unsettle Israel.

Although he did not mention Lebanon or Syria specifically, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that "Israel is adamant that it will have the right to defend itself against all those who wish to propagate terror and other attacks against its citizens, against its territory."

Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria that have targeted sophisticated weapons systems, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles, believed to be destined for Hezbollah.
The last such airstrike was in early December, when Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus' international airport, as well as outside a town close to the Syria-Lebanon border.

Nasrallah, in an interview last week, said Hezbollah reserves the right to retaliate for those attacks. He also reiterated that Hezbollah may retaliate at any time for the assassination of Mughniyeh senior.
Also among those killed in Sunday's attack was Mohammad Issa, the only one of the six identified by the Hezbollah statement as a commander. He joined Hezbollah at the age of 15 and was among the senior cadres who headed the group's operations in Syria.
Another is Abbas Hijazi, whose father Kamal was one of Hezbollah's founders. Hijazi took part in most of Hezbollah's battles against Israel as well as inside Syria over the past decade.

Agencies, EsinIslam.Com & Several News Outlets

Iran, Hezbollah And Israel Are Partners: Enemies Of Al-Quds! Destroy Iran's Shi'ah-Majusi Empire First, Only Then We Can Liberate Al-Quds

The Top Threat Is Still Iran

By Linda Chavez

The agreement last week between the governments of Iraq and Iran to enter a formal relationship to fight the Islamic State group should be deeply troubling to the United States.The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is a grave threat to the region and is responsible for the horrifying beheading of American journalists and an aid worker, as well as the brutal slaughter of countless innocent Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq.

But as grave a threat as the Islamic State is, Iran is a much greater threat — especially if it acquires nuclear weapons.

In November, Washington decided to extend nuclear talks with the Iranians, despite stalling on the mullahs’ part. The practical effect of the decision is to give the Iranians more time to make a bomb.
Lest anyone believe the Iranians’ assurances that their desire to enrich uranium is purely for peaceful purposes, a September story on the UN Web site raises suspicion.

It says International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano “noted [that] the agency is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

Translation from diplomatic-speak: We’re not buying the Iranians’ story.

A comprehensive study of Iran’s nuclear programs was released in Brussels in November by the nongovernmental organization International Committee In Search of Justice, a group of current and former European parliamentarians and other experts.

The study shows that Iran has a dual nuclear program — a civilian side, which appears to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, and a military program, which skirts sanctions by obtaining dual-use nuclear materials or simply smuggling bomb-making materials into the country. Leadership for the civilian and military programs frequently overlaps, with scientists and others switching places between the two programs as needed.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration largely looks away, instead pursuing negotiations that will never persuade the Iranian regime to give up its nuclear weapons agenda.

The Obama administration largely looks away.

Part of the problem is that the administration doesn’t want to take on the Islamic State directly in Iraq, preferring to provide US military advisers who will play a severely limited role while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps actually provides thousands of troops on the ground.

But expediency in the fight against the Islamic State is a bad strategy for America and for the world. If — more likely, when — Iran develops nuclear weapons, those weapons not only will be used by Iran to intimidate its neighbors but also could well be put into the hands of terrorists whose reach extends far beyond the immediate region.

What should be done? I asked Maryam Rajavi , the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, to give her sense of what might actually persuade the Iranians to give up nuclear weapons. “They will only forgo the bomb if they sense that their survival is in danger and if they feel that the risk of insisting on the nuclear project outweighs the risk of abandoning it,” she told me.

Rajavi talked about the mistakes Washington has made during the negotiations, giving the regime time to improve its ballistic missile programs, as well as enrich uranium. The regime, she said, “will dodge the signing of a comprehensive agreement as long as it possibly can, unless international pressure forces it to retreat.”
Rajavi believes that the movement she leads is a direct threat to the mullahs.

“In their confrontation against a decaying tyranny,” she noted, “the Iranian people have a democratic alternative with a clear platform that seeks a secular and pluralistic republic, gender equality, a society based on respect for human rights and the abolition of the death penalty, abdication of the mullahs’ Shariah laws, providing equal economic opportunities to all, a nonnuclear Iran and peace and coexistence with the rest of the world.”

Too bad the United States has been unwilling to recognize Rajavi’s group, only taking it off the official terrorist list after the group challenged the designation in US courts.

Rajavi is no threat to America, but she may just be the biggest challenge to the real threat we face in Iran.

Aiding Kuffars or Shiite Safavids Against ISIL Is As Impermissible As Aiding ISIL!

Iran Is Forcing Poor Afghans to Fight and Die in Syria: Rebels capture reluctant Afghans in Aleppo - War Is Boring

"Come out, you donkey!" the Syrian rebel shouts in Arabic in the amateur video that appeared on the Internet in mid-October. Two other rebels are pulling something out of a pile of rubble. The outline of a human body appears from beneath dust and bricks.

The scene resembles something out of a movie—the aftermath of an entire building collapsing on the people inside. Only this is real. Twelve pro-regime fighters reportedly died in the destruction of this structure north of Aleppo in war-ravaged northern Syria.

Islamic Front fighters are no angels, but their interrogation of the prisoners, which the rebels also recorded and posted online, is a surprisingly civil affair.

One of the captured fighters sits on a sofa, a bandage on his head. The rebel sitting beside him asks where he’s from. He answers in Dari. "Afghanistan," he says.

This is not the first time Afghans have been caught fighting in Syria, for or against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad. Some Afghan fighters joined Al Assad’s forces after rebels came close to capturing the shrine of Sayydah Zeynab in southern Damascus.

A number of Afghan Shias have been living around the shrine since the early 1990s, when the Taliban started massacring Shia Afghans, forcing many to flee the country.

In early 2012, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop near the shrine. Syrian security forces claimed the truck was heading to the holy shrine itself. The apparent near-miss enraged Afghans in Syria and back home.

In late 2012, the first Afghan members of the pro-regime Al Abbas Brigade appeared in pictures circulating in jihadist social media. Afghans were going to war in Syria. In early 2013, Afghan volunteers along with Pakistani, Azeri and other Asian fighters reorganized as the Fatemiyoun Brigade.

And soon, the motivations seemed to change for at least some of the Afghans.

Videotaped interrogations of two of the Afghans the rebels captured in Aleppo reveal that, for them at least, the war isn’t about ideology anymore.

The Afghan with bandaged head says he’s from Varamin, an impoverished town near Tehran. He’s an illegal immigrant. Iranian authorities had apprehended him and offered him a monthly payment of $600 to fight in Syria. If he had refused, they would have sent him back to Afghanistan—which for a Shia could mean death.

There are an estimated one million illegal immigrants from Afghanistan living in Iran. They and their children can’t enroll in universities or work regular jobs with standard benefits and pay. Afghan immigrants tend to work in construction or as farmers.

They live in the poorest neighborhoods, suburbs and villages. Afghan communities in Iran are prone to crime, mainly drug trafficking.

It was the fall of 2013 when Afghan fighters in Syria first made headlines in Iran and Afghanistan. A large group of Afghan fighters tried to penetrate rebels lines outside Aleppo in order to help loyalist fighters trapped in the city. The rebels ambushed the infiltrators and killed 17 of them.

Pictures of the victims seemed to depict some very young men, possibly minors, although it was impossible to verify anyone’s actual age.

Considering the low living standards of Afghans in Iran, from the beginning the main assumption was that Iranian authorities had more or less forced these Afghans to fight in Syria, offering them modest pay and threatening extradition if they refused.

Afghan officials launched a formal investigation of Iran’s alleged recruitment efforts. Members of Afghanistan’s parliament including Shokriye Peykan have openly accused Iran of taking advantage of poor Afghan immigrants.

Hamed Eghtedar, an Afghan who has lived in Syria for more than six years, said he believes that while some of Afghans fight for money, there are still others who fight for ideological reasons.

Indeed, some Afghans—members of the Pashtun nationalist Mellat Party, in particular—have gone straight to Syria from Afghanistan to aid the regime, skipping Iran entirely.

Eghtedar, a correspondent for the Bokhdi news agency in Afghanistan, said he has seen Arab and Chechen fighters carrying Afghan passports while fighting for the rebels in Aleppo. They allegedly travel under Afghan aliases to avoid prosecution in their home countries.

Given the large number of Sunni Afghans fighting for the rebels, the Al Assad regime considers Afghans a possible threat. Regime troops even abducted Eghtedar and his wife near Aleppo. Al Assad’s forces tortured Eghtedar for 45 days before releasing the couple. The torturers’ usual technique was to bash his head against a wall.

Eghtedar and his wife fled Syria and and returned to Afghanistan by way of the human-smuggling route. Traffickers charge up to $1,000 to sneak a person out of Syria.

In the other video of October’s Aleppo captives, the captured Afghan introduces himself as Ali Moradli. He says he’d been sentenced to six years in prison for dealing drugs in Iran. Again, authorities offered $600 per month to fight … or extradition.

After two days in Damascus, his unit flew to Aleppo. They traveled one hour by road then hiked for eight hours to reach their front-line base. Combatants from a nearby Shia town guided Ali’s unit across the mountains and deserts north of Aleppo.

According to Moradli, the Afghan fighters numbered 450. They were organized as three 150-man battalions, each consisting of 10 squads of 15 fighters. Iranian officers lead the battalions.

Ali says his Iranian commander would have killed him if he had tried to run. But then the rebels attacked, killing the Iranian commander. The only Iranian known to have died in Syria in same time period is Brig. Gen. Jabbar Darisavi.

Moradli says his squad commander was named Khalili, but Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps members usually use aliases in the field. Tehran announced that Darisavi died in the Handirat region north of Aleppo — the exact location of the ambush.

Darisavi, a battalion commander during the Iran-Iraq war, more recently served in the Karbala Intelligence Joint Headquarters in southern Iran.

Moradli’s inadequate training plus the fact that Iranian generals are leading indentured Afghan drug dealers is indicative of Tehran’s—and the Syrian regime’s—desperation.

When Islamic State invaded Iraq this summer, Iran diverted its Iraqi militias to defend Baghdad. Likewise, Hezbollah has had to pull out of Syria and return to Lebanon in order to defend against Syrian rebels pouring out of the Qalamun Mountains.

The pro-regime forces that remain in Syria are ill-prepared and thinly spread. If the Afghans’ capture in Syria tells us anything, it’s that the regime and its allies are running out of people.
 
U.S. Iran Policy Not Blocking Tehran’s Path to The Bomb, Senate Panel Says

A number of leading Senators and national security experts criticized U.S. policy on Iran as dangerously accommodating and having failed to stop Tehran’s nuclear weapons program and its support for terrorism in the region.

The briefing, held at the historic Senate Kennedy Caucus Room, featured, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), former Senator Joseph Lieberman, Ambassador John Bolton, General Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and former White House Homeland Security adviser Frances Townsend.

Referring to last month’s extension of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, Senator Blunt said it is 'incredibly bad judgment to continue to extend the talks going on with Iran as they continue to do exactly the things we would not want them to be doing.'

Senator Lieberman said the Iranian regime 'has concluded that we [the U.S.] want a deal more than they do,' warning, 'If the U.S. agrees to a bad deal with Iran, it will not only change history in the Middle East in a bad way, but it will shake up our allies, in the Middle East, and far beyond….'

Ambassador Bolton touched on the regime’s long record of systematic attempts to acquire nuclear weapons through cheating and deception, saying, 'The ayatollahs are on a clear path to their 30 year objective of getting deliverable nuclear weapons. The talks that have been going on have achieved nothing to slow that down.'
Bolton warned, 'Verification does not make a bad deal a good deal. Verification is simply insurance, when you think you’ve reached an acceptable agreement to protect against the risk of violation.'

Underscoring the nuclear revelations by the main Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), Amb. Bolton said, 'I’m not aware of any material respect where information that the MEK has put out over the past more than 10 years has ever been incorrect.'

General Keane referred to Washington’s policy on a nuclear deal with Tehran, saying, 'I have been convinced, given my association for almost five years with this administration ... their unstated policy as it pertains to Iran is to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons. In other words, they will tolerate Iran having a nuclear weapon. '

With respect to reports hinting at Washington’s willingness to solicit Tehran’s cooperation against ISIS, the general said, 'I find that morally reprehensible that we could ever, ever sit down across the table with them and begin to coordinate an effort towards a common objective, which is the defeat of ISIS.'

In Iraq, we pulled out and provided no help where we absolutely needed help, Gen. Keane said, adding, 'We did that right on the heels of the broken promise dealing with the residents of Camp Liberty…. We would not have had ISIS if we didn’t break the promises we made in Iraq.'

Senator Blunt pointed to 'the critically important issue of what happens with people at Camp Liberty' and called on the U.S. government to keep its commitments to the residents.

Speaking to the Iranian opposition and the 10-point plan for the future of Iran as articulated by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi , Senator Lieberman said, 'You are frontline troops in the fight against radical Islam. You represent the alternative. You’re part of the hope for the future.'

 
Shiite Militants Linked To Iran In Iraq - Special Report: The Fighters Of Iraq Who Answer To Iran

Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali.

Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran. He is one of Iran’s most important representatives in the country.

His militia is one of three small Iraqi Shi’ite armies, all backed by Iran, which together have become the most powerful military force in Iraq since the collapse of the national army in June.

Alongside Asaib Ahl al-Haq, there are the Badr Brigades, formed in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, and the younger and more secretive Kataib Hezbollah.

The militias, and the men who run them, are key to Iran’s power and influence inside neighboring Iraq.

Tehran has built up its influence in the past decade by giving political backing to the Iraqi government, and weapons and advisers to the militias and the remnants of the Iraqi military, say current and former Iraqi officials.

That was clear this summer, when fighters from all three militias took on IS.

The fighters set up an operations room to coordinate with the Iraqi army, the other militia groups, and advisers from the Quds Force, the branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that handles operations outside Iran and oversees Tehran’s Iraqi militias.
Tehran’s high profile contrasts sharply with Washington’s. Both Iran and the United States are preparing for a long battle against IS. But Iraqi officials say the two take very different views of Iraq.

'The American approach is to leave Iraq to the Iraqis, ' said Sami al-Askari, a former member of Iraq’s parliament and one-time senior adviser to former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. 'The Iranians don’t say leave Iraq to the Iraqis. They say leave Iraq to us.'

The danger, Iraqi officials say, is that Iran’s deep influence will perpetuate sectarian conflict in Iraq. Many Iraqi Sunnis complain that Maliki, who was Iraq’s leader until he was forced out in August, was beholden to Tehran and prevented Sunnis from getting greater political power.

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shi’ite who left office in 2005, told Reuters that 'Iran is interfering in Iraq. Foreign forces are not welcome here. And militias controlled by foreign powers are not welcome also.'

Iraq’s Shi’ite militias have certainly fueled sectarian violence. In the past few months they have taken revenge on Sunnis, burned homes and threatened to stop Sunnis returning to their towns. Shi’ite fighters have kidnapped or killed civilians, say Sunni family members.

'The militias are a problem,' said Askari, the former Maliki adviser. 'What do you say after Islamic State ends? Thank you very much and go home'?

ECHOES OF LEBANON

The main body funding, arming, and training the Shi’ite militias is Iran’s Quds Force. The model it uses is Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Created by Tehran in the early 1980s, and operating as both a military outfit and political party, Hezbollah has grown to become the most powerful force in Lebanon.

Coordinating the three is Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. 'His chain of command is only the Supreme Leader. He needs money, gets money. Needs munitions, gets munitions. Needs materiel gets materiel.'

Soleimani, who Reuters was unable to reach, knows the heads of the three big Iraqi militias personally, Iraqi officials say.

THE BADR BRIGADES

Iran’s oldest proxy in Iraq is the Badr Brigades, which is headed by Hadi al-Amri.

Amri fought alongside Iran’s Revolutionary Guard against Saddam’s army during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

Amri, who could not be reached for comment, is feared and loathed by many Sunnis for his alleged role in running death squads in recent years. In July, Human Rights Watch accused Badr forces of killing Sunni prisoners.

'Look at Amri’s uniform and then compare it to any Iraqi uniform ... It’s completely different,' said a senior former security official.

'Look for the uniform of the IRGC' – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - 'it’s exactly one of them.'

KATAIB HEZBOLLAH

The head of Iran’s second proxy, Kataib Hezbollah, goes by the nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes.

He began working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Kuwait in 1983, organizing attacks against embassies of countries that supported Saddam in the war against Iran.

Following the first Gulf War, Mohandes lived in exile in Iran. After the United States invaded Iraq, he returned home and was elected to parliament. Even then, it was clear where his allegiances lay. On a 2006 trip to Tehran, when protocol dictated that the Iranian and Iraqi delegations sit apart, 'he sat with the Iranians,' said Askari, the former Maliki adviser. 'This was not normal.'

Kataib Hezbollah is the most secretive of Iraq’s militias, and the only one the U.S. Treasury labels a terrorist organization. In 2009 the Treasury sanctioned Mohandes for his alleged role in committing and facilitating attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces. Mohandes group’s website features several video clips showing improvised explosive devices blowing up American Humvees.

He has a house in Baghdad’s Green Zone close to Maliki, Iraqi officials say. In recent years, he occasionally delivered messages between Maliki and Iranian officials. He frequently visits Iran, where his family lives, according to a former senior Iraqi official.

ASAIB AHL AL-HAQ

The third big Iraqi militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq.

Under leader Khazali, Asaib gained notoriety for kidnapping and killing Sunni civilians and carrying out attacks against U.S. forces.
In 2007 he was arrested by U.S. military forces for his alleged role in an attack on an Iraqi government compound in Karbala, which left five American soldiers dead.

Sunnis say Maliki allowed Shi’ite militias, particularly Asaib, to kidnap and kill ordinary Sunnis to solidify his grip on power. Some Sunnis began to see Asaib as Maliki’s personal militia.

THE SYRIA CONNECTION

In late 2011, as the Syrian conflict grew, Iran stepped in to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran helped train Kataib fighters in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, heavy machine guns, mortars, rockets and IEDs, according to Abu Abdullah, the Kataib commander.

A Reuters’ reporter met two men who spoke Farsi, the language of Iran, accompanying Asaib fighters during the battle. A third man said he had come from Iran to train police.

 
Fact: Iran Has Several Hundres F-4 Phantom Fighter-Jets (Regarded As One Of The Most Versatile Fighters Ever Built. Guess Who Supplied The So-Called Islamic Republic Of Iran ALL The Deadly Bombers. O Yes, Iran’s Own Great Satan - The United States Of America

Fact: Zionist Arms Dealers Regularly Supplying F-4 Phantom Fighter-Jets Parts To Iran On Several Occassions, According To Greece Government Kathimerini Newspaper And Several Other Media Reports 2014

Fact: Betwee 22 September 1980 And 20 August 1988 Alone Iran Used Hundreds Of Its US Supplied F-4 Phantom Fighter-Jets To Slaughter Over 800,000 Arabs (And Kurds Of Cause) Including Civilian Men And Women Children And The Elderlies. See Tampa Bay Times Reports Of Associated Press (AP) June 2007.
Mask Off America-Iran Secrete Collaboration In Fightings In Syria And Iraq: Iran Warplanes Target Mujahidun In Clearest Sign Yet Of US Partnership

When you see a warplane overhead in Iraq, and its backing Assad's Ba'thi army, Baghdad's Shiite millitia and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a battle against the Mujahidun, especially the Syria resistance power-base of Jabhat An-Nusrah and the Islamic State Of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), you automatically think of the United States. They are, after all, the one with hundreds of planes in the area doing that.

But according to news reporters, including the antiwar's Jason Ditz video released today shows that their “anti-Mujahidun coalition” isn’t the only ones, as an Iranian F-4 Phantom is seen backing Kurdish fighters in trying to retake a pair of lost towns.

The plane caught on video backing Iranian staunch ally tyrant Assad and Kurdish Ba'thist party forces clearly confrims that Iran is involved in the ISIS war is hardly news, but the use of a warplane in a traditional US role is a major story, as it is all-but-impossible that Iran would be doing so without direct coordination with the US.

The US is desperate to the point of paranoia to say they “control the airspace” in Iraq, and having other nations’ warplanes just flying around willy nilly would make no sense, and would almost certainly make those planes a target. Iran would not be sending warplanes into Iraqi airspace in mid-US war, and in the vicinity of several US warplanes, without the US having confirmed that it was okay with them.

The US continues to deny any coordination with Iran and Syria on the ISIS war, but this denial seems to be primarily a diplomatic ploy at this point, and has no bearing on the policy.

 
US House Speaker: Iranian Regime Is The Number One Threat In The Middle East

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Friday that the Iranian regime is ’the number one threat to the entire region’ and ’a state sponsor of terror’ with ’no interest in a stable Iraq.’
Congressman Boehner said the Obama administration should not soften demands on Iran to help stalled talks for a nuclear arms deal.

“Iran is a state-sponsor of terror. It has no interest in a stable, strong Iraq. The country has a deplorable human rights record, and it still has American hostages.

Furthermore, there is no evidence that Iran intends to comply with honest transparency and accountability measures over its nuclear ambitions. At a time when we are asking other governments in the Middle East to help the United States take on and destroy ISIL, we are giving a pass to Iran, which is the number one threat to the entire region.”

Western diplomats and officials of the Iranian regime said on Friday that the talks in the recent round of negotiations between the world powers and Iran held in New York made little progress in overcoming significant disagreements.

A Western diplomat told reporters on condition of anonymity: 'On the core issues we remain pretty far apart'. 'On enrichment, we are not there yet. On sanctions, we are not there yet,' he added.
The talks would likely continue in the coming weeks, though no date and venue have been set, the diplomat said, according to the Reuters.

A senior Iranian official of the Iranian regime had a similarly sober assessment of the talks, the report said.

'Despite hours of talks and meetings, there has not been progress to overcome major differences, not even one inch,' the official said.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told journalists on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York: “At this time as I speak, there is no significant progress” in talks which opened last Friday.

“We will be quickly meeting again. We regret that there has been no progress,” said Fabius.

EsinIslam.Com & Several News Outlets

 
Iran-Sponsored Terrorists Houthi's Shi'ite storm capital of Yemen

Armed Shi'ite militants of Iran-proxy terror clan, the so-called Houthis, pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the puppet army on the northwestern outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, causing further instability after weeks of fighting and protests, reports Reuters.

Residents of northwest al-Shamlan district said the Shi'ite Houthi gunmen sponsored by Tehran were advancing along Thalatheen Street, a major route into the western edge of Sanaa.

State news agency Saba also reported later Thursday that airlines had suspended flights to Sana’a airport for 24 hours pending the security situation.

One report on Al Jazeera television had said earlier that militants attacked a military checkpoint near the airport. One puppet official at the Yemeni television building also said the militants had targeted the facility with missiles on Thursday evening.

A puppet military source said Iran-sponsored terrorists Houthi gunmen had also attacked an army camp on the southern entrance of the capital, but soldiers repelled the assault.

The Shiite terror network of Houthis, who belong to the Zaydi sect of Shi’ism, have been fighting for more control and territory in the north.

In recent weeks, Houthis have been blocking the main road to Sanaa's airport and holding sit-ins at ministries calling for the ousting of the government and the restoration of subsidies cut by the state in July as part of economic reforms.

At least 42 people have also been killed in clashes involving Shiite terrorist Houthi militants in different parts of the country since Tuesday.

Experts say the Iranian mercenaries of Houthis are trying to grab power and carve out a semi-independent state for themselves in the north.

The United Nations' special envoy to Yemen meet Houthi terrorist ringleader Abdulmalek al-Houthi in Saada province on Wednesday to try and find a way out of the conflict. The three-hour meeting was "constructive and positive" Jamal Benomar was reported as saying.

The sectarian Houthi warlords said on Monday they would no longer take part in negotiations with the Yemeni government about their grievances because of what they termed "foreign intervention" in the discussions.

According to the latest information, fightings in Sana'a are taking place close to the University of al-Iman. Artillery, mortars, and heavy machine guns are using in the fightings.

EsinIslam.Com & Several News Outlets

 
Hezbollat Has Opened Gates Of Hell, It Should Perish In Its Terrorist Meddling In Syria

Last week, former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad al-Seniora said the Shiite movement Hezbollat’s “riffle” or arms have diverted in the wrong direction when it became involved in the Syrian conflict, opening “gates of hell” to Lebanon.

Following the Syria war spreading into Lebanon, the March 14th current condemned Hezbollah’s meddling in Syria and described this Iran-linked entity as responsible for what is taking place in the town of Arsal in Lebanon.

“Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria has linked Lebanon to the current wars, placing the government and people and army of this country in a dangerous situation,” said former Lebanese prime minister Foad Siniore.

Samir Jamjam, head of the Lebanese Forces party described Hezbollah taking part in the Syria war as the main reason behind the problems of Arsal and demanded Hezbollah evacuate Syria immediately.

“Until Hezbollah continues such activities the Lebanese people and army will be in grave danger and the only solution is for Hezbollah to pull back its troops,” he said.


Lebanese Hezbollah receives heavy blows from Syria rebels

Various sources say Lebanese Hezbollah has received major blows from Syria rebels in the Qalamoun region and cannot withstand any longer, according to the Middle East reports, which added that the Lebanese terrorist group’s senior members are rethinking their presence in the Syrian affairs.

The Qalamoun news center cited Syrian rebels and said Hezbollat mercenaries have suffered heavy casualties in recent clashes and are withdrawing the area and returning to Lebanon. Accord to this report at least 400 Hezbollat forces have departed Syrian soil. This number of Hezbollat forces were transferred back inside Lebanon with 7 busses and various other vehicles through the Jaroud region during the course of two days.


United Nations issues shocking report on Assad war crimes

The United Nations issued a report condemning the Assad regime and its terrorist mercenaries Hezbollah in Syria for bombing and killings at medical centers. This body referred a dossier to the Security Council containing 12 cases of hospitals being bombed in this country in the month of July alone.

A United Nations report describes missile attacks and bombings of hospitals and treatment centers by Assad regime forces and the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group as flagrant violations of human rights.

This report refers to 12 recorded incidents of bombings in the cities of Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Idlib and also Damascus, and these are just the attacks that have taken place in July of this year.

From the beginning of the Syrian people’s revolution to this day at least 526 physicians and specialists have lost their lives. They were either killed by Assad’s security forces or lost their lives under bombardment while treating patients.

The UN report refers to the Assad regime’s obstructions on permitting the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syrian soil. Last month the Security Council adopted a resolution saying this aid must be sent into besieged areas of Syria under any means possible and without Assad regime approval.

To this day these convoys have entered Syria from Turkey and relevant organizations in the United Nations are advancing this plan in order to stop the genocide by Bashar Assad. Such aid is arranged to be sent into Syria soon from other border areas in Jordan and Iraq, too.

 
Hashish Production Thrives In Hezbollah-Controlled Land

Hezbollah is controlling the majority of Marijuana plantations across Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and the government is unable to do much about it, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday.

While it is not uncommon to find marijuana plantations in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, production has reportedly surged during the conflict in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

“Local politicians know about it, police know about it, the Lebanese army is aware of it and so are authorities in Beirut. But nobody wants to, or can, fix the problem. The majority of these plantations are controlled by Hezbollah,” the Daily Beast report said.

Prior to the war in Syria, the Lebanese army had reportedly raided land used for growing the plant. But over the past two three years, the army became more focused on border security.

“The police and the army can’t stop me even if they wanted to,” a marijuana farmer from Baalbek, a Hezbollah stronghold, said.

“It is no secret to say that these networks [of hashish producers] are very well armed in order to protect their marijuana fields,” Ohannes Geukjan, professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, told the Daily Beast.

“There are some areas in the Bekaa Valley and Hermel where the government and the army have been unable to penetrate.”

Drug traffickers are reportedly using ports controlled by Hezbollah and the lawlessness in Syria to smuggle Lebanon’s cannabis, which according to the report has reached Jordan.

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Iran: The Existential Threat

By Ken Blackwell

Nothing could be more damaging to America’s long-term security interests than aligning with the murderous regime of Tehran in any way for any purpose. The phrase that best describes the theocratic regime in Tehran is hostis humani generis—enemies of all mankind. This Latin term is applied in international law to terrorists, pirates, and slave traders. It fits this regime’s rule well.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. It is a major persecutor of religion. In today’s Iran, Christians, Jews, Baha’i, Zoroastrians, and minority Muslim sects are actively suppressed and terrorized. Pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in a filthy prison, beaten and abused for “threatening the national security of Iran.” His crime: He started an orphanage!

Our own State Department reports on the full range of human rights abuses in Iran. These include:
“disappearances; cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, including judicially sanctioned amputation and flogging; politically motivated violence and repression, such as beatings and rape; harsh and life-threatening conditions in detention and prison facilities, with instances of deaths in custody; arbitrary arrest and lengthy pretrial detention, sometimes incommunicado; continued impunity of security forces; denial of fair public trials, sometimes resulting in executions without due process…”

Nor should it be forgotten that Iran publicly hangs homosexuals. Add to this catalogue of abuses even more from the State Department:

“…Violence against women, children, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity;”

What other evidence is needed to label them justly “enemies of all mankind?”

The regime’s savagery is real and growing. No other nation so regularly calls for the physical elimination of the United States or its neighbor, Israel. No other nation is so actively seeking nuclear weapons.

Do we dare to dismiss their genocidal threats as bluster?

In Paris this week, groups of Iranian exiles, U.S. and European parliamentarians, military experts, and diplomats will meet to discuss ways to neutralize or change the regime in Iran.

Event organizers have announced that American participants include Gen. George Casey, Michael Mukasey, Marc Ginsberg, Amb. John Bolton, Gov. Ed Rendell, and Frances Townsend. Topics will include: deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, Tehran’s nuclear weapons program, and the fate of Iranian refugees at Camp Liberty in Iraq.

If this conclave can reach consensus, and , if they can persuade the Western democracies to take concerted action, we may yet avert the most terrible conflict since the Second World War.

Every day the Mullahs’ regime spinning centrifuges bring them a step closer to having a nuclear weapon. Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahamdinejad publicly declared he could foresee “a world without the United States.” And he dismissed Israel as “a two-bomb country.”

The Washington Post earlier this month informed us of the stalling of nuclear talks with Iran:

Iran says such experiments--detailed in documents obtained by Western spy agencies--never occurred, but it has refused to allow IAEA officials near the site since 2005. Satellite photos in recent weeks have shown major renovation underway at the site, with several buildings razed and soil removed near the place where the alleged test chamber once stood. Iran has consistently said that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, not making weapons.

The report, which was carried by the “nuclear watchdog” group, was seemingly muffled by this dismissive treatment. Who will hear a watchdog whose bark is so dangerously disregarded?

Iran’s regime must change or be changed. There is no peace, no safety possible with such a cohort of “enemies of all mankind.” This is why we must look to the Paris talks this week as a key indicator of Western resolve.

We will observe in July one hundred years since Europe’s leaders marched “like sleepwalkers” over the cliff and into the cataclysm of the Great War.

That devastating world war left empires shattered, civilizations in ruins, and unleashed the forces of Arab nationalism and religious and ideological fury.

It cost the world twenty million dead.

But that is a lower estimate of what Iran might do if it obtains nuclear weapons. There is no crisis—not Ukraine, not Nigeria, not Sudan, not the Israeli-Arab conflict—that is more threatening than the Iranian Mullahs with nuclear weapons.

The cause is mankind. Nothing less.

This and other articles by Ken Blackwell can be read at Townhall.com

 
World's Most Wanted Hezbollat Terrorist Ring Leader Fawzi Ayoub Slain In Syria

A senior Lebanese-Canadian commander in the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollat (so-called Hezbollah) has been killed in Syria where he was fighting alongside Bashar Al-Assad's  criminal troops against Syrian freedom fighters, security sources and activists said Tuesday.

The World's most wanted terrorist leader Fawzi Ayoub, who is on the FBI's "most wanted" list for attempting to bomb Israel, was killed on Monday by the predominantly Sunni Muslim rebel forces who have been waging war on dictator Bashar al-Assad for more than three years.

Terror group Hezbollat has joined the Assad's brutal regime in an increasingly sectarian conflict that is pulling in fighters from across the region and destabilizing Syria's neighbors.

Sunni Muslim Islamist groups, some of them linked to Al-Qaeda, have joined mostly Sunni Syrian rebels against the Assad, who belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Terrorist leader Ayoub was arrested in the West Bank in 2000 and spent four years in an Israeli jail before being released as part of a prisoner swap, the sources said. He is a prominent member of Hezbollah and comes from the southern village of Ain Qaana.

He also holds Canadian citizenship and has lived in the United States. The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that Ayoub had been killed in Syria.

The sources said Ayoub was killed in Nawa, a town in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising-turned-war in which 160,000 people have been killed.
 
Iran Executes 2 Iranian-Arab Political Prisoners

Reports indicate that Iran Khomeini regime henchmen have secretly hanged 2 political prisoners who are Arab natives from the southern province of Khuzestan.

Iranian intelligence agents informed the families of Khaled Mousavi and Ali Jebishat on Thursday that they were executed.

Ali Jebishat’s brother and son were informed by the Iranian regime’s henchmen to go and visit his gravesite in Ramhormoz. The families of both political prisoners were warned by the Mullahs’ authorities not to have a large ceremony and that only his immediate family is allowed to visit his gravesite.

Khaled Mousavi and Ali Jebishat were arrested in Nov. 2012 along with number of other youth in Ahwaz. The court found them guilty of 'Moharebeh' (enmity with God), punishable with death.

Earlier this year, Amnesty International issued a statement expressing concern about the fate of these two prisoners and warned of their imminent execution by the Iranian regime.

Four of the UN Human Rights Rapporteurs had also called on the regime to halt their executions. But the criminal Mullahs’ regime ignored all pleas and finally executed those two.

Human rights organizations: Iran must stop execution of 33 Sunnis

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other organizations signed a statement calling on Iran to stop the execution of 33 Sunnis. The charges raised against most of these individuals are propaganda against the state, 'corruption on Earth’ and 'moharebe’ (enmity against God).

In this statement issued on Thursday, June 22nd, it is stated that most of these individuals were arrested in 2009 and 2010 in Iranian Kurdistan, and prior to being prosecuted in court they had been detained in solitary confinement and without access to lawyers, and most probably tortured or held in atrocious conditions.

The intelligence gathered by these organizations indicates these individuals completely deny participation in any armed actions and they are saying the reason for their arrests is their religious beliefs..

 
How Iran Uses Hezbollah To Hook Arabs On Hard Drugs

The other religion: Why so many young Iranians are hooked on hard drugs

Terror, rockets and bombs are not the only commodities imported from Iran by Hezbollah, the Iran’s proxy terror networking organization. The Lebanese ally of Ayatollahs primarily earns its profits through drug sales in Latin America, but its activities have been traced across multiple continents. The group combines its drug profits with proceeds from legitimate used-car sales in West Africa. Until it was uncovered by officials, this global money-laundering scheme effectively masked Hezbollah’s earnings.

The so-called Islamic Republic has always had its addicts. Its long border with Afghanistan, the world’s biggest opium producer which thanks to the country tradition of good religious practice have one of the world low addict. some hold the opinions that - unlike the sound methodologies of religious leaders, especially the Taliban - the Shiite tradition stigma in applying the law against drinking alcohol mean that opium and its derivatives are cheap, strong and readily available. An official youth unemployment rate of 28% and inflation running at 42% a year, both aggravated by American and European economic sanctions, have helped to turn ever more Iranians to hard drugs. According to Iran’s own figures, 2m Iranians in a population of 75m are addicted, the world’s highest incidence. Most experts put the real figure even higher.

In 2001, international intelligence sources identified Lebanese residents operating for Hezbollah in South America’s tri-border area (Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil). The area has become a major source of funding for Hezbollah’s terror activities. In October 2008, investigators took down a cocaine smuggling operation in Colombia, noting that “profits from the sales of drugs went to finance Hezbollah.”

Crack (as Iranians call it), a cheap, highly addictive derivative of heroin unique to Iran, is rife in the poorer quarters of Iran’s big cities. Home-produced crystal meth, known as shishe, meaning glass, has also entered the market. It is favoured by many poor and disheartened young men and by many middle-class women trying to stay thin. Last year a member of parliament called for action against beauty and hairdressing salons where meth is peddled to women, who are often unaware what they are buying. A report claimed that courses for teaching people to produce crystal meth at home could be bought for as little as 2-3m rials (then $70-100).

Davarze Ghar, a district south of Tehran’s sprawling main bazaar, is one of the capital’s most blighted. At its heart is a reservoir, encircled by a shabby park, where groups of men and women huddle together, smoking meth out of glass pipes or openly injecting crack-heroin. Health officials and social workers in the area complain that funds for outreach and rehabilitation programmes have—thanks to sanctions—been frozen.

Yet Iran has some of the world’s most go-ahead policies for addressing the problem, with methadone clinics, charities for tackling drug addiction and programmes for needle exchanges. At the same time, dealers are dealt with harshly. Hundreds of smugglers have been hanged and thousands of police officers killed in costly counter-narcotics operations in the past three decades.

It also no longer a religion cover up to highlights a pressing international concern about Nasrallah’s men in Lebanon selling drugs throughout the world. The shiite terror group finances its criminal activities using a sophisticated drug-trafficking operation. Despite the world’s objections, Hezbollah continues to profit from its drug sales. Stopping its drug trafficking could be a major step toward preventing its global acts of terror.

Hezbollah’s drug trafficking remains a major threat to the international community. In recent months, the group has stepped up its activities while political turmoil in Syria, a close ally and funder, has intensified.

In Germany, officials recently arrested two suspects in Frankfurt’s airport after linking four Lebanese individuals to nearly 10 million euros in drug profits. Officials accused the suspects of trading drugs and sending the proceeds to relatives directly connected to top Hezbollah officials.

If Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, can fulfil his promise to reduce youth unemployment and cure Iran of its economic malaise, he may prevent a generation of Iranians from becoming the most addled in the world.

However, the new president has already proven a failure in delivering targets both home and abroad.

 Brutalities Of Persian Khomeini Empire Unlimited - Executing More Arabs!

Verily, they ARE Majoos & enemies of Islam: Eid Ghadir, Nowrooz and Omar’s death, the Rafidhite holidays!

['Eid Al-Ghadir] is the GREATEST 'EID OF ALLAH ('Eidallah Al-Akbar!). Allah did not sent any of the Prophets except that they CELEBRATED on that day and acknowledged the greatness of this day and the name of it has been mentioned in the heavens and earth. (Wasa’el Al-Shi’a, Vol 1 p 224

[...] یوم غدیر خم افضل اعیاد امتی.

امالی صدوق: 125، ح 8.

The day/’Eid of Ghadir is the MOST SUPERIOR of all Eids of the Ummah [...]

(Amali Sadooq, Vol 8 , p)

2. عن الصادق علیه‌السلام قال: هو عید الله الاکبر،و ما بعث الله نبیا الا و تعید فی هذا الیوم و عرف حرمته و اسمه فی السماء یوم العهد المعهود و فی الارض یوم المیثاق الماخوذ و الجمع المشهود. وسائل الشیعه، 5: 224، ح

On the authority of Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) who said …


more pagan narrations ATTRIBUTED to the Ahl Al-Bayt:

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a) was asked if there was Eid for Muslims besides Friday, Adha and Fitr. Imam replied, “Yes, there is one more Eid which is most great in holiness (a’dhamuha hurmatan).” The person asked him which Eid that was. Imam said: “It is the day (i.e. Ghadir) when the Messenger of Allah declared the Chief of the Believers (Ali) his vicegerent, saying: “Of whosoever I am the Mawlaa, 'Ali is also his Mawlaa. And it is the 18th of Dhil-hijjah.”

As for one of the biggest Rafidite Shi’ite lies in history namely that the Messenger of Allah Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared Ali Ibn Abi Talib his vicegerency at Ghadir Khum on his return from his last pilgrimage, then this is nothing but a lie. NONE of the companions of the Messenger and even NON of the Bani Hashim understood Ghadir Khum as the declaration of Ali’s Khilafah, not even Ali himself who NEVER (not in a SINGLE authentic narration) used to argue for the sake of his “divine Imamate” with Ghadir. To understand the Rafidite deception and the SIMPLE TRUTH about Ghadir, read the following article .

The Rafidite regime and the Rafidite religion prefers the day of Ghadir over the greatest 'Eid of the Muslims which is 'Eid Al-Fitr. Right, they (as usual) have gone into extremes with Ali and his progeny and NOT with the Messenger (both is wrong, but their extremes are not even with the personality of the Prophet!) and thus the y regard the (so called) day of the declaration of Ali’s Imamate SUPERIOR than 'Eid Al-Fitr.

Here some news from one of the biggest Shia news websites on the net, namely Shia-News.com (Iranian based). It reports how several grand “Ayatollahs” were enraged when they heard of the news that the Iranian gov. wants to extent the holiday of 'Eid Al-Fitr (which is just 2 days off in the so called 'Islamic Republic of Iran’). They demanded that Eid Al-Ghadir must be superior even when it comes to the celebration even when it come to the days off for the holidays.

Shia -News.com reports: “Ayatollah” Makaarem Shirazi on his TV show advised the gov. to reduce the days off in the country. He mentioned this after the Iranian gov. increased the days off for 'Eid of Fitr from one to two days.

COMMENT:

Before it was ONE day of in Iran only, yet NOWROOZ the ZOROASTRIAN 'EID is worth TWO weeks off for the Rafidite regime. What about if Mr. Shirazi would have asked for a reduction of all those days and weeks of for the death of countless Imams (including Khomeini!) or a reduction of TWO weeks (actually more it’s THIRTEEN days) of the Zoroastrian based holiday! Instead he goes and attacks the TWO days for 'Eid Al-Fitr!

But it even gets worse, even the Zoroastrian 'Eid of Nowrooz has more significance to them than 'Eid Al-Fitr, we have discussed it here.

Certainly these pagans of Qom have changed the religion of Islam to some Sassanian Madhab of Yazgerd just like Ghulam Ahmad has changed HIS version of Islam to some Asian version. There is only one Islam, neither Arabic, Persian nor Asian it is the pure and orthodox Islam of the Ahl Al-Sunnah.

BTW: They have innovated so many 'Eids to Islam, they even got the “SECOND 'EID Al-GHADIR” which is the day the Zoroastrian Abu Lo’lo’a had killed the Caliph of the Muslims Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

TRANSLATION:

'Al-Mu’alla narrates from Imam Al-Sadiq : “Nowrooz is no other day but the one we [the Ahl Al-Bayt] are awaiting the reappearance [of Al-Mahdi], for it is one of our days that was protected by the Persians and carelessly lost by you.” ('Al-Du’a’ li Al-Imam Al-Zaman’, p. 94)

So the Sahaba, their students and their students (i.e. Salaf Al-Saleh) have missed to 'protect’ the holy (!) day of Nowrooz, but the Persians managed to protect this so called holy day. Look at their audacity! How dare they ascribe a Zoroastrian holiday to Islam and the Ahl Al-Bayt! Not even the most wicked Islamic has ever dared to ascribe any pre-Islamic pagan Arabic holiday (there were some) to Islam!

This is how portray the Ahl Al-Bayt i.e. Imam Al-Sadiq in the Hadith above! He literally blames the Arabs for having forgotten the Majoosi holiday of Nowrooz! A holiday that was never sanctified in Islam! Look how much Sassanian-Pre-Islamic-Persian customs have infiltrated Shiism, then they wonder why they are being called Majoos!


TRANSLATION:

[Narration attributed to Imam Al-Sadiq who is free of Majoosite Rafidhism]: 'The day of Nowrooz is the day when our Qa’im of Ahl Al-Bayt (Mahdi) and the commanders [of his army] will rise. On that day Allah will make the Dajjaal appear and he will be crucified on the church of Kufa (Iraq)’. (Bihar Al-Anwar by Mulla Baqir Al-Majlisi, vol. 52, p. 308)

Kufa? Crucifiction? NOWROOZ?! We all know that JESUS (peace be upon him) will kill the Dajjaal, not on the holy day of Shiism though, which is NOWROOZ!

All this Majoosiyyah (Zoroastrianism) is so deeply rooted in their sect that they even celebrate Nowrooz in the shrine (waste of gold and other wealth of gullible Shias) of Al-Hussein in Karbala!

In this video you can see Iranian pilgrims in Iraq (whichis basically occupied by Iran with the help of the Americans and Iraqi Shia puppets) celebrating NOWROOZ in next to the shrine of Al-Hussein Ibn Ali in Karbala’. That’s what these heretics call 'the Islam of the Ahl Al-Bayt, the true followers of the Sunnah’!

Now if you think that these are maybe some traditional Iranian Shiites who have mixed up their religion (to them Islam) with their cultural traditions then let us disappoint you. Although it is true that many Arab Shias don’t celebrate Nowrooz, yet the reality of the Shia sect is that this Persian Majoosi holiday is a PRAISED and ESSENTIAL part of their religion, to such a degree that a number of 'Shiite Hadith' in PRAISE of Nowrooz have been ascribed to the Ahl Al-Bayt and even preferred deeds that one should do on that day!

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran For EsinIslam - The Awqaf London

 
Four Sunni converts sentenced to imprisonment and mandatory participation in Shia rituals, Iran

Four Sunni converts from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority were sentenced to imprisonment and compulsory participation in Shia rituals by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz, after being accused of “engaging in propaganda against the state’s official religion [Shi'ism].”

The men, who had left Shi’ism and converted to Sunni Islam, were detained and transferred to Karoon Prison in Ahwaz after their sentences were confirmed by the Court of Appeals on 15 May 2014.

The men were also sentenced to mandatory participation in Shia rituals, and “are required to attend Shia mosques and religious places, and to participate and actively engage in their [Shia] religious ceremonies, with the approval of [Shia] community Imams and local authorities, and to report their actions for two years.”

In a worrying move, the court’s indictment appeared to criminalize the men’s legitimate religious activities and suggested that the 'real purpose’ of their activities was to commit 'propaganda’.

According to the indictment, published by the Al Arabiya Farsi news website, the men were accused of “changing their religion and orienting towards Sunni Islam as well as the Wahhabi sect.”

The Iranian authorities routinely use terms such as 'the Wahhabi sect’ and 'Salafism’ in a derogatory manner in reference to practicing Sunni Muslims, in an attempt to influence public opinion against them.

The indictment also claimed that the men had “engaged in propaganda against the state’s official religion” by allegedly forming groups “under the pretext of holding home meetings to read the Qur’an and holding congregational prayers.”

The indictment further alleged that the men had “engaged in propaganda” by “performing Friday prayers and Eid prayers according to the Sunni method; and [celebrating Eid] at the same time that it was announced in Saudi Arabia.”

The court also cited the discovery of books and leaflets about Sunni Islam, which it claimed “contained educational materials about the Wahabi sect”, in an attempt to justify their imprisonment.

The four men, Haider Sayahi, Hamed Sayahi, Jafar Sayahi and Tofiq Magtai Zadeh, were arrested last year along with 16 other Sunni converts.

Text from the indictment, as published by the Al Arabiya Farsi news website, has been translated into English below:

“This collection, through changing their religion; orienting towards Sunni Islam as well as the Wahhabi sect; (as mentioned in the sentence); by forming groups and communities in different regions in the city of Ahwaz, especially in the area of Zargan under the pretext of [holding] home meetings to read the Qur’an and holding congregational prayers; performing Friday prayers and Eid prayers [according to] the Sunni method; and [celebrating Eid] at the same time as it was announced in Saudi Arabia; in certain areas, [these individuals] have engaged in propaganda against the official religion of the country, and have created doubts in the people’s religious beliefs.”

“According to the Abolfazl al-Abbas security headquarters in Ahwaz, these individuals also communicated with Sunni figures (Salafi as mentioned in the sentence) in the Western provinces of the country such as Kurdistan; others encouraged and persuaded similar acts in other regions; and by supplying books and leaflets containing educational materials about the Wahhabi sect and transferring it to Ahwaz; [these individuals have] engaged in propaganda against the state’s official religion.”

“Upon this, the court turns its attention to the numerous intelligence reports and the extensive investigation. Considering the educational sessions and religious ceremonies that were held according to the Sunni method, which implies that it’s [real] purpose was propaganda, and also the discovery of relevant books and leaflets, the defendants have been found guilty.”

“And document for the record while sentencing [that in accordance with] Article 500 of [Iranian] Penal Code Act 1996, books and leaflets were discovered as tools to commit a crime, therefore each defendant is to be sentenced to imprisonment for one year.”

“In addition, in accordance with the type of crime committed, the condition and characteristics of the defendants, Article 23 of the [Iranian] Penal Code Act 2009 is cited at sentencing, to prohibit their participation in communication with Salafi and Wahabi elements, and participating in their meetings. [Furthermore,] they are required to attend Shia mosques and religious places, and to participate and actively engage in their [Shia] religious ceremonies, with the approval of [Shia] community Imams and local authorities, and to report their actions for two years.”

Sons Of Sunnah in Iran For EsinIslam - The Awqaf London

 
More conversions to Sunnism (in Ahwaz) – The impotent Ayatullats see their last chance by forcing people into Shia rituals!

Article taken from sunniprisonersiran.com. We have only bolded and underlinded some parts in this post. Please note that this is not some isolated case. Conversion to Sunni Islam is increasingly common among Ahwazi Arabs and lately even among ethnic Persians from major citiies such as Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan etc.

In this shocking court indictment you can read first-hand how the Iranian authorities attempt to criminalize Sunni religious activities such as holding Qur’an study meetings and performing congregational prayers.

Bizarrely, even celebrating Eid “at the same time that it was announced in Saudi Arabia” was mentioned by the court as 'evidence’ that the defendants had engaged in “propaganda” against the state.

The court’s blatant discrimination against the defendants’ Sunni beliefs was further illustrated by its decision to sentence the men to obligatory participation in Shia religious rituals.

Also note the court’s use of phrases such as 'Wahhabi’ and 'Salafi’, terms that are commonly used in a derogatory manner by the Iranian authorities in reference to practicing Sunni Muslims.

Iranian Sunnis complain of discrimination

The religious minority says they are treated as second-class citizens, but are hopeful for changes under Rouhani.

Farshad Mohammadi


In a recent speech made in Iran's southern city of Bandar Abbas, President Hassan Rouhani asserted that his government has promised equal rights to Shia and Sunni Iranians.

But human rights groups claim that Sunni Muslims' rights are being systematically violated in the Islamic republic. New York-based Human Rights Watch has said Iran's authorities discriminate against Muslim minorities, including Sunnis, limiting their political participation and employment and banning them from building mosques in major cities.

In October 2012, Sunni activists wrote a public letter to Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, calling for an end to discriminatory policies and their lack of civil rights. But the letter went unanswered.

Since his election, Rouhani has claimed to make efforts to improve the situation of Iran's Sunni Muslims, making a statement dedicated to minorities' rights and charging a special assistant to investigate the issue.

Sunni scholar Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi told Al Jazeera: "Sunni Muslims in Iran hope for an end to discrimination. Everybody is hopeful Rouhani can fulfil his promises and also implement the constitution and stop illegalities and stop the discrimination."

Rouhani likely had heavy Sunni support in last year's presidential elections. About 85 percent of people living in Sunni areas of Iran participated [Pr] in the polls, and Rouhani received especially high shares of the vote in Sistan and Baluchistan (73.3 percent) and Kurdistan (70.8 percent) - provinces where a large number of Iran's Sunnis live.

Ismaeelzahi said Rouhani's speeches made Sunni Muslims believe they would no longer be treated as second-class citizens. "The most important discrimination against Sunni Muslims in Iran is discrimination in assigning responsibilities to them and employment. Sunni Muslims in Iran have faced this problem since the Islamic revolution."

Approximately 10 percent of Iranians are Sunni, many living in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Khorasan and Khuzestan. It is also estimated that about one million Sunni Muslims live in Tehran.

But few have government jobs. Mohammad Hussein Gorgi, the Sunni imam of Azadshahr in northern Iran, told Al Jazeera: "Until now, in the ministries and embassies of the Islamic Republic's government, no Sunnis are employed, and they haven't taken any important positions like governor or administrator... it doesn't mean that there's no competent, principled or resourceful people among Sunnis. Rather, it shows the lack of trust towards them."

He added: "But since this government is the government of prudence and hope, we are hopeful that Sunnis will be assigned to important positions."

Iran's Sunnis are also underrepresented on Islamic TV programmes. Iranian Sunnis' public letter to Khamenei stated: "After Iran's Islamic revolution, Sunnis are not allowed to broadcast and express their opinion... even in one TV programme or one provincial media centre. Instead, national media have been free to desecrate... and offend Sunni Muslims."

The presence of radical Sunni groups has increased the government's pressure on Iranian Sunnis. In recent years, armed Sunni groups have launched attacks within Iran's borders. In response to an attack by radical groups last summer, the Iranian government executed 16 Sunni rebels and declared that the action was in response to terrorist attacks. In February, a hardline Sunni group called Jaish-e-Adl took five Iranian soldiers hostage in the border area in Sistan and Baluchistan province.

Sadegh Zibakalam, a political analyst and professor at Tehran University, believes an additional problem is that many Sunnis do not conflate their identity with Iranian national identity. "When the Islamic revolution occurred, if a few surveys had been done, the result would show that Sunnis did not have a serious, obvious identity... they were Sunni, but in the society they were mixed with the Shia majority. Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, Sunni identity became much more pronounced during these years [following the revolution]."

Zibakalam said the Islamic republic's social and cultural policies spurred Sunnis to develop a stronger sense of self-identity. "The social demands of Sunnis were not met after the revolution. The government's approach meant that Sunnis weren't attracted to the social framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

"Everyone should be able to act within the framework of his religion," said Ismaeelzahi. "That's it. It's reasonable and not excessive. We want this to be defined within the framework of the constitution. We believe that if this is achieved, then Iran will achieve national security, national unity and power."

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Iran’s war against Sunni Muslims – a letter from Sunni prisoners

Iran’s Sunni Muslim minority lives under discrimination in the Shia-dominated country, facing persecution ranging from restrictions on worship to the supression and execution of Sunni preachers. A letter, written on behalf of Sunni prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison, Ghezel Hesar prison and Evin prison, highlights the oppression faced by Sunni activists and preachers living in Iran.

All praise is to God, who does not oppress, and who has forbidden his servants from oppression, and peace and blessings of Allah upon the Prophet, a mercy and compassion, who has brought happiness to mankind.

Since the beginning of the 'Islamic Revolution’ in Iran the government’s policy has always been to eliminate and suppress their opponents, critics, and even those who own different beliefs. And they have done this against all those who peacefully oppose them. The government would never think of accepting them. They are not [treated like] citizens. And each year, they think of more restrictions, so that it has been proven to all that the minorities are always living under struggles.

Therefore, it is natural that there are a number of people who want to tell the world about the oppression they are under, and want recognition that their [religious, cultural, etc] activities are legitimate.

On the other hand, the government plots to portray them [Sunnis] as illegal and eliminate their movement, at times calling them spies, self-seeking, evil people. To 'prove’ their claims, they have puppets of the government who go forward to say that there is no oppression towards minorities. Sometimes they call them terrorists, or say they are a danger to national security. They create scenarios and incidents to make it appear as if they are extremely prevalent in the country, and attribute it to [Sunni] activists. Or in situations where there are incidents where the perpetrator is unknown, through force and torture they blame it on a Sunni activist [eg through forced 'confessions'].

Now if we look at the prisons of Iran, especially Rajai Shahr prison, we will clearly see the effect of these plots. [The government] invented an evil rumor about the young men of Sanandaj, and said that two or three of them had done unbelievable actions. The cost of being associated with [Sanandaj] is that 35 people were sentenced to death.

Or [in the case of] a murder, where the killer was unknown, they accused seven people from Mahabad for it, and they have remained for more than four years without trial.

Or [the case of] an assassination, where the killer was unknown, they accused Shaykh Naghshbandi and those around him of it, and [for it] they sentenced some to death, and sentenced some to long prison sentences and exile.

And this is the way the rulers of Iran eliminate the Sunni youth. One can clearly see that God the most High has exposed to everyone the lies of the government in the case of the prisoners, and even through the documentaries made by the government to justify their oppression, people realized [the truth of the matter].

Now, everyone knows that the government labels anyone in prison as 'bandits’ and as being a danger to national security, and they make their documentaries, where they attribute [these things] to them.

In recent events where Iranian border guards have been taken hostage, the Iranian government made a campaign to secure their release and put forward the cases of their families.

Now, the question is, why doesn’t the government make a comparison between them and the Sunni prisoners? Is it not necessary to have a similar campaign for the poor and the oppressed? Do they [Sunni prisoners] not have a family, wives, and children? Have they not been removed from their homeland? What did they [Sunni prisoners] say except that they want peace, and a quiet life? [What did they say except that] they want no worries about their people, and to freely promote their own beliefs in their own land? [What did they say except] not to assassinate our leaders, and do not insult our beliefs, and do not attack our youth and our honor, and to remove discrimination and oppression?

Whether these demands are large or not – they are the rights that the Sunnis should have.

Now, at a time when we live under these fanatical and oppressive regimes, they have condemned themselves to destruction or amendment, as the elders and scholars have said that a disbelieving government may remain, but an oppressive one will not.

The whole world has realized the cruelty and deception of this regime, and that not once during these 35 years has there been a serious decision to reform, and that every so often, the claim [of reform] is repeated only to deceive.

Not a single year has passed without adding a black mark to their own record. They arrest and kill Sunni leaders, they destroy and ban people from [Sunni] mosques, expelling Imams, creating fear and intimidation. Now, let you, the free people who stand for freedom, judge the situation.

With thanks,

On behalf of Sunni prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison, Ghezel Hesar prison and Evin prison.
 
Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to leave Syria

Seyyed Mostafa Husseini Tabatabi is a former Twelver Shiite cleric, based in Tehran, Shemiran district. He is the grandson of the famous 'Ayatollah’ Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabai. and his grandfather from his mothers side is the famous 'Ayatollah’ Mirza Ahmad Ashtiyani. The young Mostafa managed to have a huge influence on his mother (a daughter of an 'Ayatollah’ after all!) and even convince d her to abonden alot of superstitions and deviant Shiite Imamite beliefs that she was brought up with (just he like he himself) all her life.

He entered the Shia religious centre (Hawzah) of Qom and by the age of twenty he received Ijazat (permission) of Ijtihad. Nevertheless he refused to wear the Shia clerical clothing and never wore it to this very day (Al-Hamdulillah). Raised in a religious family he studied Arabic (he mastered Arabic), Fiqh, Usool Al-Fiqh, Hadith, Tafsir, history and Philosophy under his grandfather ('Ayatollah’ Mohammad Tabatabai).

Paternal grandfather of Mostafa Tabatabai, 'Ayatollah’ Mohammad Tabatabai was one of the leaders of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution

Maternal grandfather of Mostafa Tabatabai was the late 'Ayatollah' Mirza Ahmad Ashtiyani

During his early youth (after the Hawza) he started questioning many Shia beliefs, realising that the Shia (Twelver) sect is infested with numerous heresies and superstitions (all in the name of 'following the Ahl Al-Bayt’), so he decided to combat these Khorafat (superstitions). He particularly stressed the important of Tawheed, friday prayers and other Sunan (plural of Sunnah) that have been almost completely neglected in among twelver Shiites. This is where his real struggle begun, suppression, prosecuation (and even an assasination attempt!) and various accusation ('Wahhabism’ etc.) were leveled against him and his friends and brothers in belief, who just like him, started questioning Twelver Shiism and its heretical and superstitious nature and actively and fearlessly combated the heresies that Shia 'Ayatollahs’ were propapating among the masses in the name of 'Islam of the Ahl Al-Bayt’.

Ayatollah Abal-Fadhl Al-Borqei was also known as the Idol-Breaker and Ibn Hazm of Persia

Among these friends were were Haidar Ali Qalamdaran (another former Twelver Shiite cleric from Qom who wrote an epic book in refutation of the Shiite Imamite belief, it’s available in Arabic and Persian) and the famous Ayatollah Abal-Fadhl Al-Borqei (whom some Shia due to their ignorance question his existence or others, especially Farsi speakers who know they can’t just wipe away this reality, claim that Al-Borqei was an ignorant, although he had Ijazat from over a few DOZEN 'Ayatollahs’ and Maraji’ of his time!) started to question (as an 'Ayatollah’!) his own belief after he encountered the smart and intelligent Mostafa.

Al-Borqei was impressed by Mostafa Tabatabai and according to Borqei’s own words, Mostafa once entered Al-Borqei’s Mosque in Tehran while Al-Borqei was giving typical Batini-heretical Shia Tafseers. Mostafa Tabatabai had a discussion with Al-Borqei and prove the Shiite Tafseer of Al-Borqei wrong (arguing based on the Arabic languages and other factors. Al-Borqei was so impressed that he acknowledged his fault, and this in return impressed Tabatabai who said that until then he never encountered a Shia scholar who (in public!) let himself be corrected by an 'commoner’ (obvsiously Tabatabai was not wearing the clerical clothing).

Mosfata Tabatabai is now in his seventies, since his early twenties he is defending the religion of Islam against Shiite, Christian, Zoroastrian and Atheist heresies (he is an expert in all these fields). Al-Borqei died (a natural death, albeit caused by the injuries he faced when he was shot more than once, in several assassination attempts!) in the late ninetees, nevertheless they never stopped preaching, be it under the Shiite 'Ayatollah’ regime or even in the Shah regime, where both used to preach Tawheed in a Mosque (and were thus accused of 'Wahhabism’!). The blind-followers of the heretical 'Ayatollahs’ (who feared the truth as the Rabbis of Madinah feared the truth of Islam and Tawheed) were incited more than once (even in the Shah’s time!) to disturb and even attack the Tawheed and Tafseer classes of Al-Borqei and Tabatabai. In one incident they (desperate Twelver Shiites) even destroyed a sign that was put up in front of the Masjid (where Al-Borqei and Tabatabai preached) with the Qur’anic verse:


وَأَنَّ الْمَسَــــاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللَّهِ أَحَدًا


“And the places of worship (Masjids/Mosques) are for Allah (alone): So do not invoke anyone beside Allah.” (Qur’an 72:18)

That was simply to much to bear for them. Ever since he started to oppose Twelver Shiite beliefs, he (just like Borqei and every other Muslim scholar) was known for his speeches about Tawheed (monotheism) and that Allah, the creator must be worshipped alone. He stressed most of his lectures based on the concept of Tawheed (and Tafseer of the Qur’an) and abondened literally every single Shiite Twelver belief that is considered clear-cut heresy according to orthodox Islam. Amongst these beliefs are:

  • His rejection of the Shia belief in divine appointment of Imams of the Imams of Ahl Al-Bayt ('Wilayah/Imamah’)
  • His rejection of the Shia belief in the infallibility ('Isma) of the Imams.
  • His rejection of the Shiabelief in Wilayah Al-Takwiniyyah/Tasarruf Al-A’immah (also called Tafwidh, it’s the belie that Allah created the Imams and then delegated the ruling of creation and giving sustenance to the universe to them)
  • His rejection of the Shia belief of belief in Raj’ah. This is the alien Twelver belief that the Imams of the Ahl Al-Bayt and a number of their enemies will return to this life to rule and be tortured (Abu Bakr, Omar, Aishah etc.!)
  • His rejection of the Shia (and extreme Sufi) belief of the concept of Hadhir wa Hadhir (Omnipresence of the Imams i.e. they are All-seeing and All-hearing, based on that Shias call upon their Imams for all sorts of needs).
  • His rejection of the Shia belief in the superiority of the Imams over the Prophets
  • His rejection of the Shia belief that the Imams (and even Fatimah!) received REVELATION (not just ilham, but revelation in form of books etc.) after the demise of the Final Messenger of Allah (عليه الصلاة و السلام)
  • His rejection of the Takfir, Tafsiq and Tabdi (declaring someone a Kafir, wretched and an innovator) of the absolute majority of the Prophet’s companions by the Twelver Shia sect and its scholars.
  • His rejection of the negative Shia stance towards the absolute majority of the Prophet’s companions, especially Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman. He always refers to ALL four Caliphs as Khulafa’ Al-Rashideen (the rightly guided Caliphs). Tabatabai defends Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali and argues that Ali (despite any difference he had with his brothers the Sahaba), he sincerely gave the pledge of allegiance to all Caliphs before him and never believed to be a 'God-chosen’ Imam. Tabatabai even wrote a book in defense of the Sahaba called: بین النهرین در روزگار خلفای راشدین (“Between the rivers in the days of the Rightly Guided Caliphs”. This book is all about Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman, Ali and Hassan Ibn Ali).
  • His rejection of innovated and heretical forms of Tawassul , Istishfa', Istighatha (different forms of (intercession and supplication) etc. such as supplicating directly to saints (Imams, Prophets) as it is common amongst the Twelver Shiites (and other polytheists such as the Catholics, some Sufis etc.). He argues that the Prophet and his Household prayed only to God, directly with no intermediates AND taught others to do so as well (according to Sahih narrations in Shia books). He opposes Shiite and (some extreme) Sufi beliefs alike in regards to this matter.
  • His rejection of taking oaths, swearing and slaughtering for others besides Allah (a common Shia Twelver trait)
  • His rejection of the reheprensible Shia innovation called Turbah (a piece of clay Shia put their foreheads on during prayer). He wrote an excellent treatise named “Is prostration on other than soil/earth persmissible?” (آیا سجده بر غیرزمین جایز است؟) proving the Sunni position right, namely that prayer is allowed on everything that is clean and pure (even if it isn’t made of earth) and that the Shiite belief which states that praying on anything which is not made from earth invalids (!) the prayer was never thebelief of the Ahl Al-Bayt, let alone the even stranger and more hideous Shia claim that praying on clay from the soil of Karbala’ is actually the preferred Sunnah. He considers the later position clear-cut misguidance.
  • His rejection of the 'Ja’fari’ Fiqh (of course he – just like all of Ahl Al-Sunnah) doesn’t believe that the Rafidi Twelcer sect has got anything to do with Ja’far Al-Sadiq), i.e. the Twelver Imamite Fiqh. Normally he never mentions the Twelver Fiqh position when analysing Fiqh issues, he normally only quotes Sunni schools of taught (not even the Zaydis). This is a clear indication that he doesn’t even see any benefit in the Shia Twelver Fiqh (let alone their Aqidah). So Fiqh wise he is closer to the Ahl Al-Sunnah than even the Zaydi Shiites.
  • His rejection of the pagan and barbaric Shia self-flagellation rituals and other innovated mourning ceremonies in his treatise “A statement of truth in regards to impermissible mourning rituals” (بیان حقیقت دربارة عزاداریهای نامشروع).
  • His rejection of the Mut’a (temporay) marriage
  • His preference for the Sunni method of Wudhu (ablution)
  • His rejection of the heretical Shia belief (in clear-cut opposition to the Qur’an) that friday prayers are not obligatory (some Shia scholars even deem it impermissible until the ’12th’ Imam appears from his everlasting occultation). He always stressed the importance of the friday prayer and how it is neglected amongst Twelver Shiites (even in Tehran, there is only ONE Friday prayer, which is more like a political theatre than a true spiritual friday prayer according to the Sunnah). He sometimes prayed the friday prayer with two people only (in his house, since the regime prohibited him from preaching in Mosques, let alone having an own Mosque.

His pro-Shia beliefs (Shia in the mildest form possible, similar to many Zaydis):

He beliefs in the superiority of Ali Ibn Abi Talib over all companions (nevertheless, as stated before he doesn’t believe in divine appointment of ANY Imam. He says that the maximum that can be proven is that Ali and other Imams claimed Imamate on the basis of their superior knowledge and not divine appointment.

He holds some Mu’tazilite (sometimes Asharite) like beliefs in regards to the names and attributes of Allah, a belief mostly found amongst Zaydis, Twelver Shiites and other groups who deviated in this matter. Nevertheless he is not a full blooded Jahmi, one has to understand that this man was raised a Shia most of his life and has been heavily influenced in these theological field.

He can be basically described as a Tafdhili Shiite (similar to Ahmad Al-Katib), a Sunni in general sense, without a shred of doubt.

All these information can easily be extracted from his lectures (all in Persian) and articles in books. Tabatabai also used to be a friend of the current Revolutionary Leader Ali Khamenei (before the Revolution, Khamenei was much more open minded, he even translated books of Sayyid Qutb!). Khamenei was even about to publish one of Tabatabai’s books. This is because Tabatabai – who is extremely intelligent – is one of the academically strongest persons when it comes to refuting and debunking the polemics of Iranian Anti-Islam polemicists.

In fact, Tabatabai is the first and only Iranian who refuted the manifesto of Ali Dashti. Ali Dashti was ironically a Shia student at various Hawza’s in Iran and Iraq who then apostated and wrote a book named “23 Years, A Study of Prophetic Career of Muhammad“. To this very day, this book is used by Iranian extreme nationalist and Islam ciritiques to question Islam. Mostafa Tabatabi who wrote a few volume refutation of Ali Dashti book. His refutation is so strong and well written that his own enemy who put him in the big prison called Iran (the Iranian regime) published his book (you can download it here).

Currently, he is the only Iranian Muslim intellectual who is confronting notorious Iranian Atheist, Neo-Zoroastrians, Christian-Evangelical crusading (ALL without a single exception are former Shiites!) pastors and other enemies of Islam (such as Bahram Moshiri) with several written rebuttals and video lectures on various topics (so called distortion of the Qur’an, Islam and slavery, women rights in Islam, the reality of pagan Zoroastrianism etc). He had even a number of debates with several Iranian Islam critiques (all available on his website and YouTube) and encountered all their attacks on Islam, something you will never see from the 'Ayatollahs’ of Qom. As stated before, he is basically under house arrest, he is not even allowed to leave Tehran, let alone Iran, he is in his seventies know and is suffering from ilnesses, yet he is active as usual and regularly puts new videos and articles on his website:

www.tabatabaie.net

If you speak Farsi we highly recommend you to listen (and recommend) to his lectures (especially those in refutation to Atheist and Christians) and if you’d like to spread the word of this man and his likes, then contact us (leave a comment) and help us translating his articles and lectures, In sha Allah. Here the only translated English article of him:

The Burning of Holy Koran With a Disastrous Result

We ask Allah to preserve Sayyid Mostafa Husseini Tabatabai who are a means for the awakening of many Iranian Shias who are fed up of the heresies of the Twelver sect and their empy claim of 'following and loving the Prophet’s household’.

 
Iranian Shia intellectual questions the core of Shiism and the 'Ayatollahs’ go nuts!

The situation for reasonable Shiite insides Iran who are tired of the with heresies and superstitions infested sect of Twelver Shiism (which has been condemned throughout centuries by Muslim scholars) is not easy. Criticising the 'Ayatollahs’ and certain Shia beliefs and practices alone will get one in huge trouble, let alone declaring openly ones conversion to true Islam (Sunnism) or denouncing the core of Shiism.

A Shia intellectual and scholar, Dr. Seyyed Ali Asghar Gharavi caused a stir when he indicated that the Sunni belief in regards to Ali Ibn Abi Talib (the fourth righteouss Caliph to the Sunnis and first 'infallible’ direct successor of the Prophet by the Shiites) is the correct one i.e. that leaders are NOT chosen by God, neither the Shia 'infallibles’ nor any other ruler (except the Prophets). Dr. Seyyed Ali Gharavi studied in Iran and Lebanon and holds doctorate in Islamic philosophy. He is from a major religious Shiite family, his father is the late Ayatollah Seyyed Jawad Gharavi who was also known for his reformists thoughts and opposition to many Shiite beliefs, which he (just like his son) considered heretical and superstitious.

Ali Gharavi’s father was in fact a friend of Ayatollah Al-Borqei who mentioned him (Ayatollah Borqei) in his autobiography. Ayatollah Jawad Gharavi back in his times was already accused of 'Wahhabism’ (merely for speaking against some Shia practices and beilefs he believed to be heresies!), and today it seems to the turn of his son, who has been imprisoned for writing a small academical article on the topic of Imamate.

Bahar published the article that sealed its fate on Oct. 28. In “Imam Ali, a Political Leader or a Religious Model?” the writer, Ali Asghar Gharavi, claimed that the religious role of the first Shiite imam was more important than his political role. He wrote, “He [Ali] is not just the political ruler for a few days of passing power in this world. Ali, more than being the commander of the faithful, is the imam and the role model for humanity.” The article appeared one day before the innovated 'Eid Al-Ghadeer’ in Iran.

Iran on Monday arrested Ali Asghar Gharavi, the author of a controversial article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shiite Islam, a prosecutor general said. “In regards with the banned newspaper (Bahar), the author of that article was arrested yesterday,” prosecutor Mohseni Ejeie was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. In late October, the pro-reformist Bahar daily published an opinion piece penned by Gharavi, which drew heavy criticism from the authorities.

Judiciary chief Ayatollah (of course an Ayatollah …) Sadegh Larijani has warned his department will “act with determination against those who falsify the history and try to undermine the fundamentals of the regime.” A single article has shaken the thrones of the Shia clergy and their whole belief system and they know very well that their whole existence is based on the heretical Shiite belief called 'Imamate’, because with no Imamite, there is no justification for the innovated velayat-e faqih system.

The establishment in Iran is stressing the point that the velayat-e faqih [guardianship of the jurist] is in fact the continuation of the rulership [velayat] of Imam Ali. Knowing this fact, Gharavi still emphasized the point that Imam Ali was more of a spiritual leader than a political one. In other words, he has questioned the position of Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei as the political leader.” In one part of the article Gharavi wrote, “Imam Ali repeatedly mentions in Nahj al-BalaghaI [a book of quotations and sermons attributed to him] that political rule can only be achieved by people voting and paying allegiance.”

But what was the crim of Dr. Gharavi? In his article, Dr. Gharavi mentioned that leaders are appointed through Shura (Quranic Sunni belief) of the people not divinely. He discuses the verses that Shia use to prove the appointment of Ali Ibn Abi Talib and refuted them. His article angered many 'Ayatollahs’ who asked the government to punish him and shutdown the newspaper (that’s their intellectual strenght when dealing with critics).

426988_478He was arrested on Sunday in Isfahan and transferred to a prison in Tehran. Not only that but even the newspaper, Roznameh Bahar, that published his article has been forced to shutdown. Note that Gharavi did not use any harsh words, let alone profanity, he simply criticised a Shiite belief that is already being criticised for ages by orthodox Muslims (i.e. the Imamite belief), yet instead of discussing with him, his opponents resorted to prosecution and even even shut down a newspaper (because of a single article!)

After his arrests, a few Shia scholars popped out and wrote 'refutations’, knowing well that the arrested Gharavi can’t defend himself when being put in prison by the very same Mullahs. It is to no suprise that nearly all the other newspapers, TV and radio (which are in the hands of the Mullahs) started a war on Gharavi and repeated the lie that Gharavi 'insulted and disrespected’ Shiism, in fact they went so far to speak for the whole nation and accused Gharavi of having insulted the whole Iranian nation (as if all Iranians are Shiites!).

'Ayatollah’ Makarem Shirazi and 'Ayatollah’ Hamadani are two major Shia Marja’s of Iran who literally called for the prosecution of Gharavi and everyone who dares to question Shia beliefs. Makarem Shirazi said (as reported by the state owned FARS news agency):

“نویسنده گستاخ در این روزنامه حرف‌های بسیار زشتی نوشته بود، روزنامه توقیف شده است ولی نباید به این هم قناعت شود.”

'The 'Gustakh’ (Persian religious term, referring to people who do not give due respect to religious sanctities) author of this (Bahar) newspaper uttered very terrible words in and (thus) the newspaper has been shut down, but we shouldn’t be satisfied with that (this is not enough).’ He further said “Some people shouldn’t think that since there is a new government they can say anything they want”.

Another frightened 'Ayatollah’:

'Ayatollah’ Hossein Nouri Hamedani, who has a substantial following as a marja – source of emulation –joined in the condemnation of the article, asking (as reported by Qomnew.ir),

“Why should a newspaper permit itself the temerity and audacity to insult and malign sacred religious beliefs, the Ghadeer, the imamat, and the guardianship [of the supreme leader]?”

Arresting someone for criticising Shiism (in an academic article) and shutting down the entire newspaper is not enough to this 'Ayatollah’, he wants more prosecution, probably to intimidate futures 'Gustakhs’. Shia are so proud that Iran is majority Shia, of course it’s gonna be majority Shia if doubting the Imamite belief itself in a respectable way will get you into so much trouble.

The shutting of the paper is an unlawful and unethical measure especially when the newspaper even released an apology and three refutations of Mr. Gharavi’s article. This did not stop the Iranian regime and the Shia clergy to prosecute everyone who was involved in the release of a single article, most probably to give out a message for future thinkers, of how the Shia clergy will deal with those who dare to question the Shia creed.

Mr. Gharavi’s article did not contain religious insults or slander, or even negate the necessities of religion, to deserve being labeled criminal and be banned. It is noteworthy that the article was written by a Shiite. Even if we suppose that it may have been written by a Sunni person then how does one reconcile the fact that just a few months ago, prior to the June presidential elections, the sitting president had gone to the Sunni provinces of Iran to get the votes of this 10-15+ percent minority and support in the June elections and through this act recognized their civil rights while the right of the Sunnis to express their thoughts and opinions through an article results in the closure of the newspaper where it was published?

Some government officials who tried to rationalize the malicious closure of Bahar and stamp it as a peaceful act have said such articles incited the religious and sectarian differences. But a close look at what has been happening to the Sunnis reveals the source of the differences and conflicts: They do not have the right to have their own mosque in the capital of their own province and they face layers of political and security restrictions! It is these discriminatory and insulting acts that fuel religious and sectarian differences and not the publication of an article that happens to be different from the official Shiite narrative.

There are so many resemblances between Shiism and Catholicism – especially the clerical caste, saint worship etc. – that one shouldn’t be really suprised that the Shia clergy act similar to the medieval Catholic priests and church who suppressed their opponents within the Catholic church in the name of Inquisition i.e. combating heresy, a scenario quite similar to what Shia thinkers and reformists face in Iran today.

For a Muslim, there is no doubt that the Catholic church is based on the essence of heresies and those Christian reformers in the medieval times who tried to purify it (from at least some heresies) were no doubt closer to the truth and original Christianity than the Catholic church who (according to Islam) distorted the true message of Jesus (peace be upon) much more than the protestants for example.

The situation of Shia reformists in Iran is quite similar (and there are many in Iran, not just Gharavi who happen to be a known Shia intellectual in Iran, Isfahan), for they too are the real victims and real reformers who have realised and acknowledged that the current Shia twelver sect is nothing but a sect infiltrated with the most hideous heresies and innovations. They too are being suppressed and silenced by the (Shia) clergy who are in fact the true propagators of heresies (just as the Catholic church) even if they claim to combat heresies (just as the Catholic church). They too are being thrown into the dungeons of the Shia church for merely writing academical articles in refutation of Shia Twelver beliefs whom they believe (just as the Sunnis) of not being the true beliefs of the Shias (supporters) of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, in this case, the belief in the 'Imamate/Wilayah’ of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (upon which many other misguided Shia bliefs, including the Takfir of the Prophet’s companions are based upon).

Throwing Mr. Gharavi into the dungeons of the regime and THEN releasing some 'rebuttals’ by a number of Shia scholars is an easy task (how shall someone reply from his cell anyway, where he is most like being terrorised and tormented for questioning Shiism?!) and apparently in accordance to the Shia religion, as for Islam, it even encourages the discussion with non-Muslims (let alone Muslims):

Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will).

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. (Qur’an, 16:125)

Refuting, discussing and arguing (in the best manner) is what Islam teaches and encourages (for the educated, not laymen) even with the Christians and Jews, let alone with fellow Muslims. The Safavids of today are only exposing themselves and proving their desperation if they deal so harsh with a single academical article. They are only proving that they are no different to their mass-murdering forefathers, who (by force and mass-executions) turned a majority Sunni Persia into Rafidi Persia with similar methods.

During the Safavid era, after a genocide of the Sunni population of Khorasan/Persia, Shah Ismail (the Safavid) arrested the Sunni Mufti of these lands, the Allamah Taftazani, and urged him (Taftazani) to leave Sunnism and embrace Shiism. Taftazani gave a condition. He said that Shah Ismail should bring his Shia scholars, and if they can refute him (Taftazani) then he is ready to become a Shiite, but if he (Taftazani) refutes them, then they (including Shah Ismail) have to become Sunnis. Shah Ismail consulted with the Shia scholars but they refused and said: “There is no discussion with these people”. Thereupon Shah Ismail ordered the worst form of execution for Taftazani (and other Sunni scholars).

('Tarikh Rashidi’, page 367-368, by Mirza Mohammad Haidar)

This is why Mohammad Aref Espanagheshi (Iranian historian) writes: “Every Sunni scholar in those times (Safavid era) who challenged the Shia scholars for debates and discussion was facing execution. This is why some Sunni scholar kept silent (did not speak out) and other left the country.”

('Inqilab Al-Islam bain Al-Khawaas wa Al-Awaam’, page 48 by Mohammad Aref Espanagheshi)

And today, the descendants of the Safavids, the 'Ayatollahs’ also claim to be upon the truth and the religion of Islam and Ahl Al-Bayt, yet the way they deal with their opponents WITHIN themselves is not much different to the classical Safavids, except that ordering mass-executions of Sunni scholars and Shias who question Shiism are not as easy today as back then. Nevertheless, as we can see in the case of Mr. Gharavi, the 'Ayatollahs’ try everything to suppress the voice of any opposition, they are in fact afraid of an awakening amongst the Shias of Iran. Yes, an awakening, and it is not an exaggeration to claim so, for what is going behind the scenes is much bigger than most of us (particularly non Persian speaking ones) could have ever imagines. Ali Asghar Gharavi is NOT an isolated case (as been mentioned before), Iran is full of his likes, who try to reform Shiism from within (some leaving it completely, others opposing literally every heresy and superstition that Shia scholars today propagate as the 'school of thought of Ahl Al-Bayt’. Amongst them are the likes of Ahmad Kasravi, Musa Al-Musawi (Iranian), Ahmad Al-Katib (Iraqi of Iranian origin),Ustad Qalamdaran, Ayatollah Al-Borqei (Iranian), Mostafa Husseini Tabatabai (Iranian), Shaykh Al-Muayyad (Iraqi) and many others.

Here his article that has shaken the thrones of the Rafidi Shia Mullahs

(That’s a translation of just some of his points, i.e. not the complete translation of the original article):

This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. [Maida:3]

- The verses before and after shows that Allah (swt) gives the Prophet (saw) the responsibility to convey the message, nothing should stop him from doing his job and He shouldn’t worry about the opposition from the disbelievers. From the way and style of the verse it becomes clear that the “completion of favor” is the divine revelation (Quran) and Islam. Meaning, now that revelation has been conveyed to the people without any defects, the favor has been completed.

- If the verse “Convey that which we have revealed upon you” [Madia: 67] was about introducing Ali (as) for caliphate, Allah would have mentioned it clearly right here in the verse. Allah is wise.

- Ali (as) himself in Nahj al-Balagha emphasize that a political government comes through Bayah and vote. For example Amir al-Muminin says to Muawiah in letter 6 of Nahj al-Balagha:
Verily, the people who payed allegiance to Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, have payed allegiance to me based on the same principles as the allegiance to them. So anyone who was present has no right to go against his pledge of allegiance, and anyone who was absent has no right to oppose it. And verily Shura (consultation) is only the right of the Muhajirs and the Ansar. So if they decide upon a man and declare him their Imam, then it is with the pleasure of Allah.
The words of Ali clearly shows that caliphate is not something divine, rather the political successors of the Prophet (saw) must be appointed through people.

- Ali (as) never talks about his divine appointment and his appointment by the Prophet (saw). Even when he wants to defend his right for caliphate, he emphasizes on his merits and his suitabilities and informs the people about these points so that they don’t make mistake in appointing their leader. In entire sermons of Nahjul Balagha “awareness and selection (of leader)” is so clear that it leaves no doubt what opinion of Ali (as) was about a government.

- The behavior of Ali (as) towards the three caliphs especially Abu bakr and Omar, as mentioned in many history books, clearly shows that he didn’t consider them to be people who would disobey the command of the Prophet (saw) and usurp the government. The cooperation of Ali (as) with Khulafa, which he himself have mentioned many times is so compassionate that leaves no room for doubt.

For example in the book al-Gharat al-Thaqafi Shi’i Amir al-muminin Ali (as) says: “When the Prophet (saw) completed his mission, Allah took him from this world, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, then the Muslims appointed two worthy men (Abu Bakr and Omar) as his successors and those two leaders acted upon the book and the Sunnah and did not deviate from the Sunnah and ways of the Prophet (saw). Then Allah took their souls. May Allah have mercy on them.”

- If Amir al-Muminin was divinely appointed after the Prophet (saw), would his courage stop him to unleash his sword to implement the order and justice of Allah? Was it not expected from the gate of knowledge to explain the truth in time when needed?

…and the article continues.
 
Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to leave Syria

A commander from Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been killed in Syria, media said Saturday, a disclosure that runs counter to Tehran's insistence it is not fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Reports that Abdollah Eskandari died while fighting the Muslims at a Shiite shrine emerged earlier this week but neither the elite military unit nor Iran's foreign ministry have passed comment.

Abdollah Eskandari had travelled to Syria, allegedly to fight around the Sayyida Zeinab shrine in Damascus, a Shiite center of pilgrimage, Iranian news website Payvand reported.

Hardline Iranian news website Rajanews reported that Eskandari had been “martyred” on May 26, while other sources state that he was killed on May 22. His body has not been returned to Iran, reports said.

Syrian news websites circulated a photo of a young man holding what was purportedly Eskandari’s decapitated head in his hand.

However, the Fars news agency reported that a funeral service would be held for the commander Sunday in the city of Shiraz.

Since the conflict's outbreak in March 2011, Iran has provided Damascus with intelligence, material and military advisers.

But Iran insists it has never sent combat troops to Syria, rejecting such claims made by mostly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.

Despite the denials, Iranian media occasionally reports the deaths of Iranian volunteer fighters killed in Syria.

Among them was Guards commander Mohammad Jamali Paqale who was killed in November while "defending" the Shiite holy site of Zeinab shrine in Damascus.


Ongoing deaths

Eskandari is one of more than a dozen individuals from Iran who have been killed participating in the three-year-long conflict, according to Iranian media, some with the sole purpose of defending the shrine, which sits outside the war-wracked nation’s capital.

Radio Zamaneh, a Netherlands based radio station, reported that over 60 Revolutionary Guards officers have been killed in Syria since 2011.

Iranian officials continually reject accusations that their government is sending military forces to Syria to prop up embattled President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

As a key ally of Syria, Iran says it provides Damascus with military and financial support.

However, Iranian media from time to time report the deaths of Iranian volunteer fighters there.

Earlier this month, U.S. newspaper the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was offering Iranian residency and $500 monthly stipends to thousands of Afghans to fight Syrian rebels – claims dismissed “completely unfounded” by Iran’s foreign ministry, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The claim of the U.S. paper is completely unfounded and is aimed at damaging Iran's reputation in Afghanistan,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement carried by Iranian media.
 
Syria Islamist fighters the Islamic Front bomb tunnel, kill 20

Islamist rebels, who planted explosives in a tunnel under the Syrian’s army position in Aleppo, have killed at least 20 regime soldiers and pro-regime militia on Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported a monitor as saying.

“Islamist rebels detonated a tunnel near the Zahrawi market in the Old City of Aleppo, killing at least 20 army soldiers and pro-regime militiamen,” according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoted by AFP.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic Front, Syria’s largest rebel alliance, which counts as its members thousands of fighters across the war-torn country.

The Front posted a link to a video on its Twitter account, showing a huge blast throwing a massive cloud of debris up into the air.

The Old City is a flashpoint area that sees daily fighting, and the army has set up multiple positions there.

The historic Old City area has also seen horrific violence ever since a major rebel offensive on Aleppo in July 2012.


Fighting after the bombing

After the explosion, fighting broke out, leaving at least one rebel killed, said the UK-based Observatory.

In recent weeks, the Islamic Front has frequently used tunnels to plant massive amounts of explosives beneath army positions.

The tactic has been used mainly in Aleppo and neighboring Idlib provinces.

The latest blast came a day after the Observatory said some 2,000 people have been killed since January in regime bombing of rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and nearby towns and villages.

Syria’s war has killed more than 162,000 people, and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes.
 
Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to leave Syria

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman on Saturday urged Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria to avoid future repercussions on the tiny Arab state that suffered through 15 years of its own civil war.

Suleiman made his comments in the mountain village of Brih during a ceremony on reconciliation between the Druze and Christian community in the area that witnessed deadly sectarian violence during Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war.

"I appeal for the return to Lebanon and to withdraw from neighboring arenas to avoid future repercussions on Lebanon," said Suleiman, a critic of Hezbollah backing Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Hezbollah, which openly joined the battles in Syria last year, is not likely to abide by Suleiman's call. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to keep his fighters in Syria as long as needed to shore up Assad's struggle against Syria's rebels.

The Hezbollah fighters have been instrumental to Assad's success on the battlefield, and support from the Iranian-backed group appears to have tipped the balance into the government's favor - especially in areas on the border with Lebanon and near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Suleiman's comments came a week before his six-year term ends.

Meanwhile in Syria, members of al-Qaida breakaway group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant beheaded a local rebel commander of a rival group, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Ahrar al-Sham commander known as Abu al-Miqdam went missing four days ago. It said the man was found beheaded Friday in the central province of Hama.

Many rebels referred to Abu al-Miqdam as the "tank sniper" for his role in firing rockets at Syrian army tanks, according to opposition websites.

The Islamic State and rival Islamic groups including Ahrar al-Sham have been fighting each other in northern and eastern Syria since January. Activists say the internal fighting killed more than 6,000 people.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a cut in water supplies in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that he said has deprived at least 2.5 million people of access to potable water. In a statement released by his office late Friday, Ban noted that denying civilians essential supplies is a breach of international and humanitarian law.

Rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front shut down the main water pumping station in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, nearly two weeks ago to punish civilians living on the government-controlled side of the divided metropolis, the Observatory's Rami Abdurrahman said.

Abdurrahman, whose group collects information from activists inside Syria, said that the Nusra Front has tried to restart the water station, but that supplies are erratic and remain largely cut.

"They don't have specialists to deal with the pumps, and they've damaged the station," Abdurrahman said. "They've tried to resume pumping. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The water comes and goes, but until now it's not flowing as usual."

Some residents have resorted to drinking polluted well water distributed in buckets and plastic jerry cans.
 
Can Iran's ideal vision become a reality? The phase of absurd tension which lasted for three decades and which neither the Arabs nor the Iranians benefited from

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

The important op-ed written by Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and published in Asharq al-Awsat on Thursday is worthy of reading and as a topic of discussion.

In the article, Zarif said that Iran's presidential elections provided a unique opportunity to resolve the nuclear issue but that the neighbors - i.e. the Gulf countries - have, unlike the rest of the world, voiced their concern that reconciliation may be reached at their expense. The minister insisted on stating that despite negotiations with the West, his country's priority, in terms of foreign relations, is the Gulf States.

There is one sentence that can be interpreted differently, however: "Unrest in the region proved that no country can live isolated and that luxury cannot be attained at the expense of others' poverty and security cannot be achieved at the expense of others' insecurity .We either win together or lose together."

We must recall when Western warships arrived in the region in these massive numbers. This started at the beginning of Tehran's confrontation with the U.S. and after Iran targeted Kuwaiti oil tankers


He suggested a plan, saying: "The core of any regional comprehensive arrangements must be limited to the eight coastal countries. Adding any other country will increase [the number] of complicated issues. This will overshadow the region's current problems and will further complicate [issues]."

He warned that "the presence of foreign forces have throughout history led to domestic instability in the host countries. It also increased tension between the [latter] countries and other regional countries."
Must we read between the lines or does the headline say it all?

A perfect vision

As a writer, there isn't much that I disagree with him on. It's a perfect and realistic vision. The problem will appear when this vision is interpreted by different parties. No one wants Iran to produce one million barrels of oil per day while others are producing 10 millions. But Tehran is to be blamed for this because its weakness is a result of its former decisions to oppose the West which owns the technology, the money and the market. Its weakness has nothing to do with the Gulf. Iran's poverty is also a result of its policies which reflect the nature of its revolutionary rhetoric as it is more concerned with military structuring and foreign political activity.

Unlike Iran, the luxury of the Arab Gulf is a result of governmental policies which are less interested in foreign adventures. This is what Iraq's Saddam Hussein failed to understand. He thought that attacking Iran in the 1980s and invading Kuwait in the 1990s would provide him with the power and revenues he needed.

Zarif's suggestion of an arrangement limited to eight countries - that is the six Arab Gulf countries in addition to Iraq and Iran - should be the logical result reached when Iran proves that it has really stopped inciting unrest against countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Unless the latter is proven, what Zarif is practically suggesting is a mere council which Iran, along with its ally, Iraq, has control over. Arrangements will only yield a trusteeship council and that will be impossible to accept.

We agree with him on his rejection of the presence of foreign powers and his warning that this is a source of unrest. But we must recall when Western warships arrived in the region in these massive numbers. This started at the beginning of Tehran's confrontation with the U.S. and after Iran targeted Kuwaiti oil tankers to drown them and thus forced Kuwait to resort to the American navy for help. It began after Iran's attempt to violate Saudi airspace in the 1980s and following the explosions in Khobar, then Riyadh and then Manama and after Iran's occupation of UAE's islands in the 1990s.

It's a long story, your Excellency. Despite that, you and your new president may be the ones to launch a new history with your neighbors and thus end the phase of absurd tension which lasted for three decades and which neither the Arabs nor the Iranians benefitted from.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Nov. 24, 2013.

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40-year-old Sunni prisoner beaten in front of other prisoners and transferred to new ward, Bandar Abbas, Iran

A Sunni prisoner of conscience, 40-year-old Ahmad Mohammadi, was beaten by prison guards in front of fellow prisoners at Bandar Abbas Central prison, southern Iran.

According to reports, prison guards raided the ward without explanation and began beating Ahmad Mohammadi, as prisoners looked on in shock.

According to the human rights group 'HRDAI', the guards inflicted a number of injuries on Ahmad. He was handcuffed and shackled, before being transferred to section 2 of Bandar Abbas prison.

Ahmad Mohammadi is from Qeshm Island, an island with a Sunni-majority population, located off the southern coast of Iran.

He was arrested in a raid in 2011, by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence. After several months in solitary confinement, under physical and psychological torture, he was forced to make false confessions.

He was detained for more than a year in Gohardasht prison in Karaj (also known as Rajai Shahr prison), before being transferred to Bandar Abbas Central prison, where he is currently being held in ward 2.

Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and even executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.

In 2011, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that "Sunni Muslim leaders regularly are intimidated and harassed by intelligence and security services and report widespread official discrimination."

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A letter on behalf of our respected brother, Timor Naderi Zadeh, awaiting execution, Iran

Timor Naderi Zadeh, awaiting execution, Iran

This is a letter written on behalf of our respected Sunni brother, Timor Naderi Zadeh, awaiting execution in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj, Iran. The letter is from a trusted source, who can not be named due to security reasons.

(Original letter in Farsi at the end of this article)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,

Timor Naderi Zadeh worked as a farmer. At the age of 45, on June 8, 2010, he was arrested whilst he was at work on his farm.

He was kept in solitary confinement in the Intelligence agencies in Sanandaj and Zanjan. Throughout this time, despite being under physical and mental torture, he did not give in to the interrogators demands to make a false 'confession'.

It is important to note, that Timor had two sons. The first, [Irfan Naderi Zadeh] who was born in 1991, was arrested when he was 19 years old. He is currently [with his father] in Rajai Shahr prison.

Whenever he sees his father, the son's heart is pained, but what can he do, he is also held captive by the Iranian regime.

And likewise, when the father [Timor] sees his son, he is grieved, as by now his son would have been in college, and the father would have loved to see him progress.

But, alas, the Iranian regime wants to destroy the youth of the Sunnis, and will never give permission for them to progress.

Additionally, Timor's son-in-law [Ibrahim Moradi] was killed by the Iranian regime, and after his death his child [called Abdul-Rahman] was born.

The boy never saw his father.

The only way the boy knows his grandfather is as a voice on the phone, when Timor calls and speaks to his grandson, Abdul-Rahman.

Abdul-Rahman, who is now four years old, [talks] with a sweet [innocent] tongue.

Abdul-Rahman, with his childish language and his childlike heart, has the thought that one day his grandfather will return.

When he speaks to his grandfather, he says, "When you return can you buy me a bike, and can you buy me a car, and can you buy me such and such.."

And with a desolate heart the grandfather replies, "okay, Abdul-Rahman my beloved, okay."

Abdul-Rahman is unaware of those who killed his father, and he has been deprived from paternal love. This time, the case of his grandfather has been decided, and the name of his grandfather has been drawn [like a lottery].

Abdul-Rahman has never met his father and did not have paternal love. This time, they [even] want to take the voice away that he only hears on the phone, as it is customary for them to disconnect the [Sunni] Muslim people.

Pray for Abdul-Rahman; Abdul-Rahman who has never seen his grandfather, Abdul-Rahman, who, for him, 'father' is a strange word, and if [he hears] someone calling their father he wonders who is his father.

Pray that Abdul-Rahman is at least not deprived from his grandfather's love, and to fill the vacancy left by his father.

This family is one of hundreds of traditional families that are being torn apart by the Iranian regime.

Timor Naderi Zadeh was sentenced to death in Iran, with two other Sunni men, after being accused of supporting Salafi groups - a 'crime' which the Iranian regime claims is 'Moharabeh' (enmity against God).

However, a source told HRA News Agency, "it is believed that [their] arrest and death sentence is because they were promoting [Sunni] Islam."

Actively spreading Sunni Islam can be dangerous in Iran, a Shia-ruled country, where ethnic and religious minorities face discrimination and persecution.

Many Sunni scholars and students of knowledge have been imprisoned and even executed after unfair trials using 'confessions' obtained through torture.

"He spent two months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency, and [also] spent 12 months in solitary confinement in the Information Administration in Zanjan," a source told HRA News Agency, "[he was] then transferred to Rajai Shahr prison."

The men are now awaiting execution in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj.

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Six Sunni prisoners awaiting execution in Iran have been transferred from solitary confinement to a new ward

Six Sunni political prisoners have been transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison, Tehran, after being held for more than a month in solitary confinement in ward 240 of the prison. They had been on hunger strike for more than two weeks.

They had been held under intense pressure whilst in solitary confinement.

Prison guards psychologically tortured one of the prisoners, Shahram Ahmadi, by simulating his execution on a number of occasions.

He was also only given one meal in the morning, and forced to remain hungry until the following day.

Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi and Mokhtar Rahimi were also held under psychological pressure, and had been kept in their solitary cells for 24-hours a day. They had not been allowed to use the shower or get fresh air.

There is still no news on the conditions the remaining men were kept in, but it is likely that they were forced to endure the same treatment.

The six men are now being held in ward 350, which houses political prisoners.

The families of the men are growing increasing worried that their death sentence will be implemented soon.

A source told the HRA News Agency, "each of the six people are facing execution. Their families are worried that after the [Islamic calendar] month of Muharram ends, their death sentence will be implemented."

The Islamic calendar month of Muharram ends in early December, 2013. Last year, six Sunni prisoners were hanged at the end of Muharram in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj.

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UPDATE: Concerns growing for six Sunni prisoners awaiting execution in solitary confinement, sixteen days of hunger strike, Iran

Concerns are growing for six Sunni prisoners awaiting execution in Evin prison, Tehran. They have been in solitary confinement for over a month, and are under extreme pressure and psychological torture.

The six men, Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi, Mokhtar Rahimi, Kaveh Sharifi, Shahram Ahmadi, Talib Malaki and Behrouz Shah Nazari have been on hunger strike for the past sixteen days.

The families of the men are growing increasing worried that their death sentence will be implemented soon.

A source told the HRA News Agency, "each of the six people are facing execution. Their families are worried that after the [Islamic calendar] month of Muharram ends, their death sentence will be implemented."

The Islamic calendar month of Muharram ends in early December, 2013. Last year, six Sunni prisoners were hanged at the end of Muharram in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj.

"Since their transfer, so far they have only been allowed to make one telephone call," he said.

"When they tried to talk about the bad conditions in the prison, the telephone line was disconnected," he said.

The men have been detained for more than a month in solitary confinement in ward 240 of Evin prison, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence.

These wards are used as interrogation and detention wards for 'security' suspects. By operating outside the control of the prison authorities, the Ministry of Intelligence is able to operate without any concern for the law. The wards are notorious due to allegations of torture and unauthorized detention.

Prison guards psychologically tortured one of the prisoners, Shahram Ahmadi, by simulating his execution on a number of occasions.

He was told that he would be executed, and was taken to the execution ground and made to believe that he was about to be hanged. The prison guards did this a number of times.

He was also only given one meal in the morning, and forced to remain hungry until the following day.

Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi and Mokhtar Rahimi were also held under psychological pressure, and had been kept in their solitary cells for 24-hours a day. They had not been allowed to use the shower or get fresh air.

There is no information on the conditions faced by the remaining three prisoners, but it is highly likely that they are suffering similar treatment.

These brothers are respected Sunni scholars and students of knowledge, many of them have memorized the entire Qur'an and are highly knowledgeable about Islam.

Those who actively propagate Sunni teachings in the Shia-dominated Iran face persecution and imprisonment. Many prominent Sunni activists and scholars have been imprisoned and, especially those who criticize the regime, many have been executed.

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Sunni political prisoner awaiting execution is denied medical treatment after suffering multiple asthma attacks, Iran

Arash Sharifi, Sunni political prisoner awaiting execution, Iran

Arash Sharifi, a Sunni political prisoner awaiting execution in Iran, has been denied medical treatment after suffering multiple asthma attacks.

Arash, who is 24-years old, is currently held at Kashan Central prison, Kashan. According to reports, the prison authorities have refused to give him medical treatment.

One of his relatives told the HRA News Agency, "[Arash] has become ill, and he suffers from chronic asthma with severe asthma attacks,"

"These days in Kashan prison, he had multiple asthma attacks, and was suffocating, but the authorities did nothing to treat him and they have not transferred him to the medical center," he said.

"The environment in Kashan Central prison is extremely polluted," he said, "and the allergens are causing the [asthma] attacks."

The symptoms of asthma can usually be easily managed through the use of medication. However, if left untreated, an asthma attack can be life-threatening.

The refusal of the authorities to provide medical treatment to Arash highlights the ongoing mistreatment and neglect faced by Sunni political prisoners in Iran.

Arash was arrested in October 20011, and was held for 12 months in solitary confinement in the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj. He was severely tortured using various methods, including floggings and electrocution.

He was sentenced to death in September 2013, by judge Mohammad Moghisseh, in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court.

Arash was accused of association with Salafi groups, and was sentenced to death under the charge of 'Moharabeh' (enmity).

A Sunni Muslim, he was active in practicing Sunni Islam and in preaching his views. His older brother, Kaveh Sharifi, is also facing execution after spreading the teachings of Sunni Islam.

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Profile: Barzan Nasrollah Zadeh, awaiting execution, Iran

This is our Sunni brother Barzan Nasrollah Zadeh, awaiting execution, Iran.

He was shot and arrested by Iranian Intelligence agents whilst on his way home from school in 2010.

He suffered a serious bullet-wound to his abdomen. Despite the severity of his injuries, he was only admitted to the local hospital for one hour, before being transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj.

Due to the deliberate medical negligence by the Iranian authorities, Barzan suffered permanent, life-long damage. The extent of his injuries were so severe that he lost his entire spleen.

Barzan was only 17 years old at the time of his arrest. Although he was suffering from serious injuries, he was tortured mercilessly whilst in detention. He was held in solitary confinement for 18 months.

Due to his young age, the interrogators also psychologically tormented him by forcing him to watch the torture of other detainees in the Intelligence Agency.

Under intense physical and psychological pressure, he was forced to make a forced video 'confession', where he 'admitted' that he had been in contact with Salafi groups.

It was for this 'crime' that he and two other men, Farshid Nasseri and Timor Naderi Zadeh, were sentenced to death for 'Moharabeh' (enmity against the state).

Barzan was still in education when he was arrested, and although he was young, he was active in teaching people about Sunni Islam.

Those who actively propagate Sunni teachings in the Shia-dominated Iran face persecution and imprisonment. Many prominent Sunni activists and scholars have been imprisoned and, especially those who criticize the regime, many have been executed.

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Timor Naderi Zadeh - sentenced to death, Iran

Timor Naderi Zadeh was sentenced to death in Iran, with two other Sunni men, after being accused of supporting Salafi groups - a 'crime' which the Iranian regime claims is 'Moharabeh' (enmity against God).

However, a source told HRA News Agency, "it is believed that [their] arrest and death sentence is because they were promoting [Sunni] Islam."

Actively spreading Sunni Islam can be dangerous in Iran, a Shia-ruled country, where ethnic and religious minorities face discrimination and persecution.

Many Sunni scholars and students of knowledge have been imprisoned and even executed after unfair trials using 'confessions' obtained through torture.

"He spent two months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency, and [also] spent 12 months in solitary confinement in the Information Administration Branch," a source told HRA News Agency, "[he was] then transferred to Rajai Shahr prison."

The men are now awaiting execution in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj.

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URGENT - Sunni political prisoner collapsed in prison, officials refused to send him to the prison infirmary, Iran

Hamed Ahmadi, a Sunni prisoner of conscience awaiting execution in Iran, collapsed and fell unconscious on Monday in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj.

According to reports, prison officials refused to take him to the prison infirmary.

Hamed, who has been on hunger strike since November 4th, 2013, was said to be in a serious condition. His health had been deteriorating due to internal bleeding from the stomach and injuries caused by being beaten by prison guards, coupled with the effects of the hunger strike.

Hamed and five other prisoners began a hunger strike on November 4th 2013, to protest against the news that they would be transferred to a new ward. There were fears the transfer was in preparation for their execution.

They were violently moved to solitary confinement on Wednesday 6th November, and suffered injuries when they were beaten by guards.

One of the men, Syed Hadi Hosseini, was transferred back to section 4, Unit 3 of the prison, after his health deteriorated rapidly due to suffering from seizures.

In recent days, the remaining five men were transferred to a new section of the prison, where they remained on hunger strike.

According to reports, there is increasing concern that the men will be executed soon. The six prisoners were all scheduled to be executed in September this year.

Their execution was postponed for a month by the authorities, and they are now once again in danger of execution.

A source told HRA News Agency , "officials from the Ministry of Intelligence informed [the families] that the death sentences for the six men was binding, and would be implemented soon."

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UPDATE: Seven Sunni prisoners of conscience face continued uncertainty about their case, Iran

Seven Sunni prisoners, Davud Abdullahi, Khosro Besharat, Kamran Sheikha, Mamousta (Sheikh) Farhad Salimi, Ghasem Abeste, Ayub Karimi and Anvar Khezri, face ongoing uncertainty about their cases.

The men were summoned to branch 6 of Moghadis court, on November 3rd, 2013, after being held for four years without trial. Three have been acquitted of all charges, yet have still not been released

The men, who had endured torture, solitary confinement and the threat of execution, were informed that the reason they had not faced trial yet was because their case had been archived by the Ministry of Intelligence.

"The prosecutor [Mr Naseri] stated that their files have been archived by Intelligence and security service, and that was what prevented the court from processing the case," a source told the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), "[he] promised to summon them [back to court] within 10 days."

Three of the men, Kamran Sheikhah, Khozro Besharat and Anvar Khezri were acquitted of all charges by branch 28 of the courts on September the 15th, yet they remained imprisoned in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj, under orders from the Intelligence Agency.

Despite the seven men not being convicted of any crime, the Iranian authorities seemed intent on pressing charges that would carry the death penalty.

In September, several prominent Sunni scholars were forced to announce their approval of the death penalty being enforced on the prisoners.

Sources confirmed that the Iranian authorities arrested and threatened a number of Sunni scholars from the town of Mahabbad, who were forced to sign a petition supporting the death penalty for some of the men, leading to fears that the men would face execution.

The men were detained in solitary confinement for 8 months in Urmia prison, then transferred to solitary confinement in wards 240 and 209 of Evin prison. After 6 further months of solitary confinement, they were transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

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URGENT: Three Sunni prisoners of conscience sentenced to death, Iran

Farshid Nasseri, sentenced to death, Iran

Three Sunni prisoners of conscience, Farshid Nasseri, Timor Naderi Zadeh and Berezan Nasrollahzadeh have been sentenced to death in Iran.

They were convicted of Moharebeh through the support of Salafi groups, and were sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh, in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court.

One of the prisoners, Berezan Nasrollahzadeh was arrested in 2010 at the age of 17.

"Berezan was attacked by plain-clothed Intelligence agents as he was returning from school. He was shot in the abdomen," a source told HRA News Agency.

"Despite his insistence, he was only admitted to the local hospital for one hour, and then transferred to Sanandaj Intelligence Agency," he said.

"Due to the severity of his injuries and the lack of care he received, he lost his entire spleen," the source said.

"[Berezan] was severely tortured," he said, "finally, he made a [forced] video confession that he had contact with Salafi groups."

Speaking about the second Sunni prisoner sentenced to death, Farshid Nasseri, the source said, " [he] is a 26-year old Sunni from Sanandaj. He was arrested in November 2010 by the Ministry of Intelligence, and spent a period of thirteen months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency. Then he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj."

The third Sunni prisoner sentenced to death, 48-year-old Timor Naderizadeh, was arrested on June 10, 2010, in Sanandaj.

""He spent two months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency, and [also] spent 12 months in solitary confinement in the Information Administration Branch," the source told HRA News Agency, "[he was] then transferred to Rajai Shahr prison."

"All three men were sentenced to death for 'Moharabeh' (enmity) through the support of Salafi groups," the source said, "while throughout the trial they denied all the charges."

He continued, "it is believed that their arrest and death sentence is because they were promoting [Sunni] Islam."

Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.

In 2011, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that "Sunni Muslim leaders regularly are intimidated and harassed by intelligence and security services and report widespread official discrimination."

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Five Sunni prisoners of conscience moved to new ward after nearly two weeks in solitary confinement, Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj

After nearly two weeks in solitary confinement, five Sunni prisoners of conscience awaiting execution have been moved to a new section of Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj. They are still on hunger strike.

Six prisoners, Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jamshed Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Seddigh Mohammadi and Syed Hadi Hosseini began a hunger strike on November 4th 2013, to protest against the news that they would be transferred to a new ward. There were fears the transfer was in preparation for their execution.

They were violently moved to solitary confinement on Wednesday 6 November, and suffered injuries when they were beaten by guards.

One of the men, Syed Hadi Hosseini, was transferred back to section 4, Unit 3 of the prison, after his health deteriorated rapidly due to suffering from seizures.

The remaining five men have now been transferred to a new section of the prison.

"[The ward] is one of the filthiest wards in the prison. All of the detainees there are engaged in services and manual labor," a source told the HRA News Agency.

"[The men] have refused to end their hunger strike, and they want to return to their previous section [section 4 of Unit 3]," he said.

"Jamshed Dehghani's physical condition is very bad because of the hunger strike," he said, "In addition, two of his fingers were broken when he was attacked and beaten by guards on the 6th of November. The prison has given him no treatment."

According to reports, there is increasing concern that the men will be executed soon. The six prisoners were all scheduled to be executed in September this year.

Their execution was postponed for a month by the authorities, and they are now once again in danger of execution.

A source told HRA News Agency , "officials from the Ministry of Intelligence informed [the families] that the death sentences for the six men was binding, and would be implemented soon."

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Serious concerns for 11 Sunni preachers in solitary confinement awaiting execution, Iran

Eleven Sunni political prisoners are currently being held in solitary confinement awaiting execution, Iran.

Fears for their welfare are growing, and there has been no recent news about many of them. They are all under pressure, with some being tortured, beaten and mistreated.

Top row (from Left):
1. Mokhtar Rahimi (Evin prison)
2. Seddigh Mohammadi (Ghezel Hesar prison)
3. Talib Malaki (Evin prison)
4. Kaveh Sharifi (Evin prison)
5. Hamed Ahmadi (Ghezel Hesar prison)
6. Shahram Ahmadi (Evin prison)

Bottom row (from left):
1. Jamshed Dehghani (Ghezel Hesar prison)
2. Jahangir Dehghani (Ghezel Hesar prison)
3. Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi (Evin prison)
4. Behrouz Shahnazari (Evin prison)
5. Kamal Molayee (Ghezel Hesar prison)
Ghezel Hesar prison

According to reports, there are fears that the men will be executed soon. The five in solitary confinement, and a sixth prisoner in Unit 3 of the prison (Seddigh Mohammadi) were all scheduled to be executed in September this year.

Their execution was postponed for a month by the authorities, and they are now once again in danger of execution.

A source told HRA News Agency, "officials from the Ministry of Intelligence informed [the families] that the death sentences for the six men was binding, and would be implemented soon."

The men in solitary confinement have been on hunger strike since November 4, 2013, in protest at being transferred from their cells. There are worries that the transfer is in preparation for their execution.

Prison guards violently removed them from their cells to transfer them, and they were harshly beaten. According to sources, the men were badly injured.

Two of the men, Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshed Dehgani, are in a very bad condition. They are suffering from internal bleeding from the stomach in addition to injuries caused by the guards and the effects of the hunger strike.
Evin prison:

There has been no recent news about the six prisoners in Evin prison, and there are serious fears for their welfare. They have been in solitary confinement for more than a month.

They are held under extreme pressure, and the prison is notorious for its torture and ill-treatment of detainees.

Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi and Mokhtar Rahimi were able to contact their family and inform them about the pressure they were under. They also said that they had no news about the condition of the four other brothers.

Shahram Ahmadi had been psychologically tortured by prison guards, who would regularly simulate his execution.

They would tell him that his execution will be carried out, and they would even take him to the execution ground until he believes that he is about to be executed. Then they return him to his cell. This has been repeated on a number of occasions.

He was only being given one meal in the morning, and was forced to remain hungry until the following day.

There has been no news about the remaining three brothers, but it is likely that they are being held under similar pressure.
These brothers are respected Sunni scholars and students of knowledge, many of them have memorized the entire Qur'an and are highly knowledgeable about Islam.

They were active in peacefully teaching their people Sunni Islam, and calling them to follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah. Actively calling to Sunni Islam can be dangerous in the Shia-ruled Iran.

Many preachers who actively spread Sunni Islam or speak against the regime are harassed, imprisoned and even executed.

Please keep our brothers in your du'a.

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Sunni preacher detained for nearly two years in solitary confinement, tortured, without trial, Iran

Sanandaj Central prison, Sanandaj

Showan Sharifi, a Sunni preacher from Paveh, Kermanshah province of Iran, has been moved to Sanandaj Central prison after being held in detention for almost two years without trial.

He was arrested on December 25, 2011, by officers from the Ministry of Intelligence.

He was detained in the Ministry of Intelligence detention center, where he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement for 18 months. He has now been transferred to Sanandaj Central prison, Sanandaj, where he is still being held without trial.

"Shawan used to teach religious classes in subjects such as the Tafseer of the Qur'an [and] Riyadh as-Saliheen," one of his relatives told the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

"He graduated with a degree in computer science from the University of Hamedan, and then returned back to Paveh [his native city] to serve the oppressed Sunni people."

He continued, "however, when he started the religious classes, the Ministry of intelligence arrested him, due to their longstanding history of enmity and hostility towards the Sunnis. In a cruel action they arrested him on baseless accusations."

Showan was detained in solitary confinement for 18 months in the Ministry of Intelligence detention center. The Ministry of Intelligence operates various detention centers throughout Iran, plagued by widespread reports of the ill-treatment of detainees.

Many detainees are forced to admit to false charges after enduring physical and psychological torture from intelligence agents during interrogation.

"Shawan Sharifi spent 18 months in solitary confinement in the custody of the Ministry of Intelligence, [subjected to] various types of torture and harassment," a member of his family said.

"Finally he was transferred to the general ward of Sanandaj Central prison. All this time, not even once has he been summoned to court," he said, "so far he has been kept in a state of uncertainty in prison."

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Two Sunni prisoners transferred to Rajai Shahr prison after a month of severe torture and solitary confinement, Iran

Two Sunni prisoners, Foad Rezazadeh and Moslem Marivani, have been transferred back to Rajai Shahr prison after being held for over a month in solitary confinement in Kermanshah Intelligence prison, Iran. They had been removed from Rajai Shahr prison over a month ago.

According to reports, the men were beaten and tortured during their time in solitary confinement, in order to extract false confessions.

"Both of them were in solitary confinement for the whole time they were in Kermanshah Intelligence [prison]" a source told HRANA, "they were put under severe pressure and treated in a viciously bad way, to force them to sign confessions."

Foad Rezazadeh, a Sunni Muslim who was active in spreading the teachings of Sunni Islam, was subject to such an unbearable level of persecution from the authorities that he felt forced to sell his house and leave the country.

He had been threatened many times by security forces, and had already been imprisoned for 18 months in Rajai Shahr prison. He was re-arrested shortly after his release.

"Foad Rezazadeh was summoned and threatened many times by the Ministry of Intelligence, until it reached the point that he [decided] to leave the country," a source told HRANA.

He continued: "Foad sold his house and had the money with him when the plainclothes [agents] arrested him. His money was confiscated by the agents and [this] was not mentioned in the dossier."

The second Sunni prisoner, Moslem Marivani, was arrested 14 months ago in Marivan, Kurdistan province of Iran.

He was held in solitary confinement for 10 months in the Kermanshah Intelligence Bureau detention center (known as 'Naft square' detention centre) and in Evin prison, before being transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Both men are now held in the infamous Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, which holds at least 130 Sunni scholars, preachers and students.

Actively spreading Sunni Islam can be dangerous in Iran, a Shia-ruled country, where ethnic and religious minorities face discrimination and persecution. Many Sunni scholars and students of knowledge have been imprisoned and even executed after unfair trials using 'confessions' obtained through torture.

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Prisoner profile: Hamed Ahmadi, Sunni political prisoner, awaiting execution, Iran

This is our Sunni brother, Hamed Ahmadi, awaiting execution, Iran.

Can you imagine his heartache? - He has a four-year old daughter who he has never met. She was born just after he was imprisoned in 2009.

Imagine his sorrow as he sits in solitary confinement, missing his beloved daughter who he has never been given the chance to see.

How must he feel, knowing that he may be executed without ever seeing his child?

How can we not cry over his situation, and the injustice he is facing! He has committed no crime, and the charges against him are baseless.

Hamed is from the city of Sanandaj, where he was a knowledgeable and righteous member of his community. He was active in spreading Sunni teachings and calling people to follow Sunni Islam, and he was particularly involved with the local Sunni mosque. It is for this reason that he caught the attention of the Iranian authorities.

He was arrested in July 2009, by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence. He was taken to an underground interrogation room, where officials tortured him severely, in an effort to extract a false 'confession'.

After unbearable physical and mental torture, and fearing for the safety of his family after they were also threatened, he was forced to sign a false confession.

He was sentenced to death in April 2011, in a case involving ten other Sunni preachers. Their court case lasted only ten minutes, and they were handcuffed, blindfolded and shackled throughout.

Six of the Sunni prisoners were executed in December 2012.

Hamed Ahmadi and four other brothers are now in solitary confinement in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj, where they are awaiting execution.

Their execution was scheduled for the 26th of September, 2013, but it was postponed at the last moment for a month. According to reports, the men are now at risk of imminent execution.

Hamed has endured regular torture since his arrest four years ago, and the mistreatment is continuing to this day. In a recent example, in September this year, he was tortured in Ghezel Hesar prison by guards who subjected him to electric shocks whilst he was in solitary confinement.

His condition is now rapidly deteriorating. He is suffering from injuries caused by torture and the effects of a hunger strike that the men started November 4, 2013, in protest at being transferred from their cells. There are fears the transfer is in preparation for their execution.

Prison guards viciously beat Hamed Ahmadi and the other men whilst transferring them to solitary confinement. According to reports, they are suffering from severe injuries.

Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshed Dehghani are both also suffering from internal bleeding from the stomach.

There are serious concerns for the men's health, yet they refuse to be taken to the prison infirmary, fearing abuse from the guards. On a previous occasion when they were taken to the infirmary, the guards made them return naked and demanded things that can not be said.

Fears are growing for the men, after the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj informed the families that the death sentence for the six men was binding, and would be implemented soon.

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Sunni political prisoners were hanged while saying: "God is the greatest" and "down with dictatorship", Balochistan, Iran

16 Sunni prisoners were executed in Zahedan prison on October 26, 2013, in 'revenge' for the deaths of border guards who had been killed in clashes the previous night, according to the public prosecutor, Mohammad Marzieh.

According to eyewitness reports, the men showed no fear and were hanged whilst shouting, "God is the greatest!" and "Down with dictatorship!"

The prisoners who were executed had no involvement in the clashes, and the cases against many of the men were marred by allegations of torture and judicial irregularities. The men said they were forced to make false 'confessions' under severe torture.

A leaked report from a Sunni prisoner who witnessed the execution of the sixteen men was published by 'Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran' (HRDAI). The prisoner was also taken to the gallows with the men, yet his execution was postponed at the last moment. The following is a translation of his eyewitness account:

"At around 12 o'clock midnight, in a secretive, deceptive and hurried fashion, the political prisoners were removed from their various cells and quarantined in solitary confinement. None of the prisoners knew the reason for their transfer.

Most prisoners were in their pyjamas. They [guards] did not let them wear their clothes in case their cellmates noticed that they were being transferred.

It was around 05:00 am when all the prisoners were removed from quarantine in solitary confinement and were taken to the execution ground.

All were astonished, they said, "This must be just a mock execution [as a form of torture]. If they [really] wanted to execute us, we would have had a last meeting with our families."

The people present were: The public prosecutor of Zahedan province, Mohammad Marzieh [and] head of branch 1 of the Revolutionary court; Babaee, head of the province's prisons; Khosravi, the head of the prison; Bahrami, the head of the Intelligence prison; and our interrogators who tortured us whilst we were in detention in the Intelligence agency were [also] standing there.

They took us to the place of execution and the public prosecutor of Zahedan, Mohammad Marzieh, put the ropes around our necks and went back to the rows of the officials.

Here we realized that the execution sentence was certain. All of us guys were in high morale, as if we were not afraid of death - a strange force was over us.

Mohammad Marzieh took a few steps forward, and he was speaking to one of the prisoners who had a noose around his neck and his hands and feet bound, like us all.

A very loud cry broke the silence of the night, began [to shout], "Allahu Akbar!" [God is great]. Another political prisoner began [to shout], "Death to dictatorship!"
Their screams were so loud that I think the whole prison learnt what was happening.

Mohammad Marzieh and the other officials there panicked for a moment, not knowing what to do. Then Mohammad Marzieh was very angry, and ordered to [pull] the stool of the first person who began shouting "Allahu Akbar" [to hang him]. Then all the stools were pulled [from underneath them and they were hanged].

To my surprise and disbelief, they [did not execute me]. Ever since I have returned to my ward, the scene of them and the sound of "Allahu Akbar" has not left my ears. My life has changed completely."
According to the public prosecutor, Mohammad Marzieh, the execution of the sixteen men was in 'retaliation' for the killing of Iranian border guards during clashes the previous night in Saravan.

Despite the numerous allegations from the prisoners, documenting the shocking catalogue of abuse they were forced to endure, the Iranian regime still upheld the death sentence for the men.

In a further act of injustice, the Iranian regime executed the men with little warning, as an act of revenge following the death of Iranian border guards.

"What kind of justice system hangs 16 prisoners 'in response' to a recent killing of security officials, with no indication that they had anything to do with these crimes," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

The executions are the latest in a long list of Sunni Baluchi Muslims who have been executed in 'revenge' killings for events they were not involved in.

Mass revenge executions took place in 2006, following the deaths of Iranian guards in 2010 in Tasuki, south-eastern Iran. According to the October 2010 report by the International Federation for Human rights (FIDH), in response to the attacks, "scores of Baluchis were reportedly hanged, often after summary trials." The report further stated that "many were not perpetrators of the attacks but had family ties to those in the Jondollah"

The Baloch people, who are mostly Sunni Muslims, face a double burden of persecution due to being both a religious and an ethnic minority group. They report widespread political, cultural, religious and economic discrimination.

Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.

In 2011, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that "Sunni Muslim leaders regularly are intimidated and harassed by intelligence and security services and report widespread official discrimination."

Serious concerns remain about the fate of countless other Sunni Muslims facing execution in Iran following forced confessions and unfair trials.

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