By Gilles Munier
Source: France-Irak Actualité
On the 14 July 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group (US, France, UK, Russia, China and Germany) signed the Vienna nuclear agreement, lifting the Iranian sanctions – on paper at least.
Following this, not only have the Americans been reluctant to implement the agreement, but they are again attempting to overthrow the Islamic regime with the help of their Western and regional allies – Israel and Saudi Arabia – still with the idea of dividing the country into regions.
A few months ago, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spiritual guide of the Iranian Revolution, met the parents of Revolutionary Guard troops who had been killed in Syria and Iraq. He declared that their children had given their lives to prevent the destruction of Shia Muslim holy sites, that they had protected the populations of these countries and that they had fought to ensure that Iran will not have to fight the same enemy tomorrow “in Kermansha, Hamadan and in other provinces.”
Ground Troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
ISIL is, of course, one the main enemies threatening Iranian internal security. But there also local armed groups (jihadist and/or separatist) which operate mainly in the border regions.
Djihadist and Separatist Threats
In recent weeks, there have been violent clashes between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and terrorist groups in Kurdistan, Sistan and Baluchestan, West Azerbaijan and Khuzestan:
- Following Masoud Barazini’s decision in March to revive the Kurdish separatist movement, which has lain dormant in Iran since 1996, the Peshmerga from the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), led by Mustafa Hijri, have been attempting to get a foothold in the mountainous regions and the towns close to the Iraqi border. The hostilities have now reached the stage where Mohammad Pakpour (Brigadier-General and Commander of the IRGC) is threatening to intervene in Iraqi Kurdistan if the Kurdish fighters are not given the order to withdraw. Given that Barzani has not embarked upon this mission without CIA and Mossad backing, the situation can only get worse. Especially since, according to Stratfor, Mustafa Hijri now wants bring all Iranian separatist movements together in a Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI).
- On 20 June, Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani (Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran) revealed that Iranian intelligence had thwarted “one of the biggest terrorist plots” hatched by djihadists “who planned to carry out suicide attacks in Teheran”. This is the first time this have ever happened !
- On the 22 June, six members of the GAMO (The National Army of South Azerbaijan) were arrested in Iranian Azerbaijan for possessing “sensitive documents and information intended for a foreign power.”
- On the 23 June, several groups of saboteurs were arrested in the oil producing province of Khuzestan. The insurgent group Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) demands the independence of this region.
- On the 10 July, an armed group from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) – linked to the Turkish PKK – had wounded an Iranian MP and a commissioner and killed their driver in an ambush in the Kermanshah province.
- On the 21 July, 40 people, preparing to attack “important military and defence targets in Khash” were arrested in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan. They were members of Jaish ul-Adl (Army of Justice), a Sunni insurgent group based in the Sistan-Baluchestan province, which had taken over from Jundallah (Soldiers of God), largely disbanded following the arrest and execution of its leader Abdolmalek Rigi on 20 June 2010. According to several Western newspapers, the Jundallah was, in particular, financed by Mossad whose agents posed as members of the CIA so as not to embarrass its Islamist partners!
The “late” Massoud Rajavi
On the 9th July, during the annual meeting of The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI – a group opposed to the Iranian government linked to American and Israeli neo-conservatives), the Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal (former head of the secret services and former ambassador to Washington) caused much consternation when he pointedly implied that Massoud Rajavi, founder of the PMOI, was dead.
We can imagine the embarrassment of his energetic wife, Myriam, who took over the leadership of the group ever since his mysterious and unexplained disappearance.
Myriam Radjavi is expected to deny that Massoud Rajavi is dead and prove that he is alive or confirm that he is dead and, in this case, explain the circumstances of his death and why she had not reported it. Would there perhaps be a few foul deeds to conceal? The legitimacy of her leadership hinges on this matter.
That said, everybody understood that the PMOI is officially supported by Saudi Arabia which, until now, was an open secret.
Towards a remake of the Iran-Iraq war ?
The current resurgence in subversive activities in Iran is redolent of 2007, when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney planned to overthrow the Iranian regime by means of ethnically and religiously motivated assassinations followed by a bombing campaign. The scheme was postponed without any consideration for the armed separatist groups who had believed that the US would go ahead with their plan … and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was triumphantly re-elected two years later.
Do these attacks against Iran foreshadow the outbreak of a new Arabic-Persian conflict? Was the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) set up with this in mind ?
These questions are being asked by those who listened to the speech made in January by Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale. They were surprised to hear him paying homage to the orthodox Christian, Michel Aflaq, “great thinker of Pan-Arabism”, neglecting to point out – no doubt deliberately – that he was said to have “secretly” converted to Sunni Islam prior to his death.
1 August 2016