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Covering #Iran & #MidEast, especially what MSM won't. Have a passion for exposing Tehran apologists/lobbyists. Blocked by mullahs' dictator @Khamenei_ir
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24 Sep
THREAD

1)
Meet @AlanKhazei who is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress #MA04.

He is endorsed by #Iran’s first official DC-based lobbying organization @paaia.

America, and the State of Massachusetts, please take this warning seriously. ImageImageImageImage
2)
Khazei:

“What matters is how do we get Trump out of the White House.”

Use young energy to “finally break the log-jam in Congress, break the back of Mitch McConnell.”

“That’s what I am talking about.”
3)
Khazei’s close relations with high-profile figures have helped him raise significant cash.

“Khazei, however, has been one of the most successful at raising cash so far, and ended March with more than $780,000 cash on hand...”
bostonglobe.com/2020/05/07/met…
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22 Sep
#BREAKING

LIVE
Iranian-Americans rallying outside the White House in support of the U.S. administration restoring UN sanctions targeting the genocidal regime ruling #Iran.

Europe should support the Iranian's aspiration for freedom & democracy

pscp.tv/w/1vOxwkaLzYPx…
Iranian-Americans are asking the int'l community to
-support their resistance against the mullahs' ruling #Iran
-calling for further sanctions against the regime
-continue arms embargo
-special attention to the regime's human rights violations
President Trump—#UNGA
"We withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal & imposed crippling sanctions on the world's leading state sponsor of terror. We obliterated ISIS caliphate 100%, killed its founder/leader Al-Baghdad & eliminated the world's top terrorist Qassem Soleimani."
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21 Sep
THREAD

1)
@RichardHaass said inviting @JZarif for a @CFR_org event is an opportunity to ask "hard questions."

Zarif used the opportunity to threaten the U.S.

"President Trump ordered the assassination of [Soleimani]... So the books are not closed."
pscp.tv/Reuters/1vOxwk…
2)
Reminder:
U.S. Treasury Dept. added Zarif to the list of "Specially Designated Nationals."

Zarif is also subject to secondary sanctions.
treasury.gov/resource-cente… ImageImage
3)
For the record:
CFR & @FareedZakaria gave a designated official of a designated state sponsor of terrorism a virtual platform to voice terror threats against US officials & nuclear threats against the int'l community. And this is just days after regime murdered #NavidAfkari. Image
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21 Sep
#BREAKING
Sec. Pompeo
-JCPOA was an abject failure, exercise in appeasement, gifted the regime billions.
-New sanctions on #Iran's Defense Ministry.
-If you violate the UN arms embargo on Iran, you risk sanctions.
-Figures key to Iran's uranium enrichment.
Sec. Mnuchin
Treasury Dept. designates individuals & entities involved in #Iran's nuclear & ballistic missile programs. Three deputy directors are sanctioned today.
Any financial institution that facilitate a transaction could be subject to U.S. sanctions.
Sec. Esper
We are ready to respond to future Iranian aggression.
Today's execution order will further disrupt Iranian efforts to import & proliferate conventional weapons.
We stand alongside our allies & partners to counter #Iran's destabilizing behavior.
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21 Sep
#BREAKING
U.S. Interagency Press Event on Iran Snapback Sanctions

Sec. Pompeo
Today I take the first action after President Trump's executive order by sanctioning Iran's Defense Ministry. Any arms trade with Iran will be sanctioned.
Sec. Mnuchin
We are targeting #Iran's nuclear & ballistic missile programs. We are also sanctioning key figures of the regime's civil nuclear program.
Any financial entities providing services to these institutions will be sanctioned.
Sec. Esper
Iran has carried out various attacks against U.S. & allied troops. We stand ready to respond to future Iranian aggression. We at the Defense Dept. will help the administration pursue its maximum pressure policy.
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20 Sep
#BREAKING
U.S. on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in #Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said.
reuters.com/article/us-usa…
#Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea, the U.S. official added on the condition of anonymity.
Important detail:
"The new sanctions also put European allies, China and Russia on notice that while their inclination may be to ignore the U.S. drive to maintain the U.N. sanctions on Iran, companies based in their nations would feel the bite for violating them."
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20 Sep
#BREAKING
Bahrain's security forces foil major terror plot supported & financed by #Iran's terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), according to the Bahrain Interior Ministry.

Tehran is desperate to save face after U.S. snapback of all UN sanctions.
More details:
-"an explosive device was found that [was] intended to explode when a foreign delegation arrived in an official visit to the kingdom."
-Bahrain indicating formation of a new group called "Saraya Qassem Soleimani."

h/t: @JasonMBrodsky
akhbar-alkhaleej.com/news/article/1…
Further details:
-The goal: blow up public & security facilities & assassinate senior officials. (via @ELINTNews)

Various Iranian orgs were working to form a new terror group in Bahrain & made plans to attack several sites in the country, via Interior Min
jpost.com/breaking-news/…
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20 Sep
#BREAKING
The U.S. unilaterally proclaimed that UN sanctions against #Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them.
timesofisrael.com/defying-un-us-…
Sec. Pompeo:
-Virtually all UN sanctions returned on #Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, including permanent extension of UN arms embargo
-We won't hesitate to enforce our sanctions & we expect all UN members to fully comply w/ obligations under re-imposed restrictions
Press TV is citing @JZarif saying #Iran will insist on purchasing arms from Russia & China.

Reminder:
"... state-owned enterprises with global business behave just like other multinational corporations when it comes to U.S. sanctions compliance."
washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds…
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19 Sep
THREAD

1)
Let it be known that Reza Aslan is a member of #Iran's lobby group @NIACouncil.

niacouncil.org/board_of_advis… Image
2)
Sen. Warren officially voiced gratitude for Reza Aslan’s endorsement.

Aslan is member of #Iran’s DC-based lobby group @NIACouncil & has close relations with Tehran's regime.

Congress is considering a probe into NIAC. It is now more imperative than ever before. ImageImageImage
3)
Aslan has very close relations with Iran’s regime.

This is his picture with former Iranian regime president Mohammad Khatami.

Note:
Iranian regime officials only take pictures with people whom they fully trust & are certain of their utter loyalty. Image
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19 Sep
#BREAKING

#Iran's IRGC chief threatens to kill anyone directly or indirectly involved in the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani, former head of the IRGC Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. military airstrike on January 3, 2020, near Baghdad International Airport.
It is worth noting that IRGC chief Hossein Salami has a history of making ridiculous remarks:

"If the terrorist US Navy seeks to jeopardize the security of our civilian ships or combat vessels, that vessel or military unit must be targeted."
Salami:
"[Israel] knows that the smallest mistake onn its part would be its last because any new war will erase that regime from the political geography of the world."
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18 Sep
THREAD

1)
Iranian opposition NCRI holding an online event focusing on the importance of restoring sanctions targeting the genocidal regime ruling #Iran & holding the mullahs' accountable.

#NoImpunity4Mullahs
#DisbandIRGC
#UNGA
twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
Iranian opposition President @Maryam_Rajavi addressing the online conference and tweeting a thread on the highlights of her speech.

#NoImpunity4Mullahs
#DisbandIRGC
3)
.@RudyGiuliani
The regime is showing every indication that they’re on their last legs. Everyone knows they are a regime of terror.
For too long, the United States was sympathetic to Iran.

#NoImpunity4Mullahs
#DisbandIRGC
pscp.tv/iran_policy/1Z…
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17 Sep
THREAD

1)
@CFR_org is insisting on providing a platform to #Iran’s chief apologist @JZarif despite the horrific execution of #NavidAfkari & the following int’l outcry.

This is just a short glimpse of who CFR is inviting.

Attention: @RichardHaass
2)
CFR has a history of providing a platform to Zarif to push his lies & talking points. Here he defends Bashar Assad, the brutal dictator of Syria, and his use of chemical weapons against civilians.
3)
This is the individual that CFR & Richard Haass are so keen on inviting.
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16 Sep
THREAD

1)

Iranian opposition NCRI holds an online conference focusing on #Iran's human rights violations & calling on the int'l community to take decisive action to save lives.
twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
2)
@HoAbedini

#Iran's regime is in violation of int'l human rights laws. Yet the int'l community has failed the people of Iran & allowed the regime to enjoy impunity by refraining from holding regime officials to account.

#StopExecutionsInIran
pscp.tv/iran_policy/1Y…
3)
@Offord4Hendon
The UN has done next to nothing about the regime of #Iran. We should not allow the people of Iran to be abused by the regime and ignored by the international community.
#StopExecutionsInIran
pscp.tv/iran_policy/1Y…
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16 Sep
.@CFR_org is scheduled to host #Iran's FM @JZarif for a virtual event next Tuesday. This comes just days after Iran tortured & executed popular wrestler #NavidAfkari over participating in a peaceful protest.

The event runs afoul of U.S. sanctions laws.
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
Disgusting!
CFR leaders will not heed to calls for the cancellation of their hosting of Zarif. "Canceling would establish a precedent & a standard that could preclude us hosting officials from a significant number of countries," they say in their justification of appeasing #Iran. ImageImageImage
Iranian wrestler #NavidAfkari was executed without prior warning: Report

A new audio recording of a phone call between Afkari and one of his brothers late Friday, hours before his death, suggests that he had no prior knowledge of his imminent execution.
english.alarabiya.net/en/features/20…
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15 Sep
#BREAKING
U.S. President Donald Trump:
We are in talks with five or six others countries about signing peace accords with Israel, you will see more announcements soon.

My take:
#Iran's regime is terrified & feeling more isolated than ever before. Good!
#BREAKING
U.S. President Donald Trump:
"I spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia and I think positive things will happen there too."
As expected, leading #Iran apologists in the West are pushing Tehran's talking points of being a "resistance force."

For those who don't know @thomasjuneau is an associate professor at @UOttawaGSPIA in Canada.
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14 Sep
THREAD

1)
Joe Biden claims to have a "smarter way to be tough on Iran"

He & Obama had eight years & showed only weakness, emboldening #Iran's regime to further its atrocities both inside the country & abroad.

So let’s debunk Biden’s lies.
2)
Biden claims U.S. President Donald Trump “tossed away a policy that was working to keep America safe.”

Remember the $150 billion in credit & $1.8 billion in unmarked cash?

Even Kerry said, “Some sanctions relief money for Iran will go to terrorism.”
edition.cnn.com/2016/01/21/pol…
3)
It gets worse:

“Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016…”
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
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12 Sep
#NavidAfkari:
"Let everyone know that in the 21st century, with all the talk about human rights & its declarations in the UN, an innocent individual who did all he could to make his voice heard was executed."
#نوید_افکاری_را_کشتند
#NavidAfkari:
"Know that if I am executed, I will not be the first innocent victim of this system of injustice. I did all I could to make them understand that they are killing an innocent person."
#نوید_افکاری_را_کشتند
#NavidAfkari:
"Unaware that from day one of my arrest, me & my family had entered a staged show with the judges, a show in which we became their puppets. Now, I have neither a tribune nor any money..."
#نوید_افکاری_را_کشتند
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12 Sep
#BREAKING
Navid Afkari, a 27-year old political prisoner, was executed early Saturday morning, despite a global campaign calling on #Iran to revoke his death sentence.

Navid sent many message from prison saying he was tortured into confessing to crimes he did not commit.
#BREAKING
Iran's genocidal regime has executed Navid Afkari.
His family was informed by regime officials.

Let this be a lesson to those continuing to appease this regime, especially the European troika: France, Germany & the United Kingdom
Bahie Namju, Navid's mother, had desperately pleaded for help to save her innocent son's life.

The genocidal regime ruling #Iran literally needs to send innocent people to the gallows in order to remain in power.
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11 Sep
THREAD

1)
I’m often asked how Iran, being a Shiite-majority country, could have possibly been involved in Al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, attacks against the U.S.

As always, MSM refuses to properly this important subject.

#NeverForget
#September11
medium.com/@heshmatalavi2…
2)
First of all, we should take into consideration that Iran’s regime is known for supporting a conglomerate of Islamic extremist groups, regardless of their Sunni or Shiite backgrounds.
3)
For example, Shiite militias in Iraq, dispatching Shiites from Afghanistan & Pakistan to maintain Shiite Assad in power in Syria.
clarionproject.org/iran-supportin…
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10 Sep
THREAD

1)
#Iran opposition NCRI holds online panel

Iran Policy Panel: New IAEA Report, Terrorism, Belligerence & Need to Restore UN Sanctions
twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
2)
@ilanberman
The arms embargo failed due to China & Russia, which has to do with the strategic accord between China & Iran. Russia supplies 21% of all arms sold in Mid-East. They have interests that the arms embargo is not extended.
#IranSanctions
#UNSC
pscp.tv/NCRIUS/1yNGaBX…
3)
Berman:
The provisions that exist today aren’t enough to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear weapons. Iran has a tendency to cheat & hide the details of its program & slowly engage in activities that allow it to reach nuclear breakout capability.
#IranSanctions
#UNSC Image
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10 Sep
Online Event

British parliament hosts conference focusing on the horrific 1988 massacre in Iran & seeking justice after 32 years

#1988Massacre
#NoImpunity4Mullahs
twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
.@steve_mccabe
#Iran is planning new charge against Nazani Zaghari-Ratcliffe. From Nazanin’s life to nuclear weapons, we cannot negotiate with this regime. Lifting of sanctions encouraged the mullahs to think we do not care where they buy weapons from.
pscp.tv/iran_policy/1R…
.@BobBlackman
Obviously, this must change, and the UK should respectfully reject the EU’s approach on #Iran and join our American ally in exerting maximum pressure on the regime in Iran.
#NoImpunity4Mullahs
pscp.tv/iran_policy/1R…
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