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  1. The US secret agenda for tightening its vice-like grip on the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken on an apparently new form after the anti-Iran alleged assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, raised many eyebrows among experts and analysts around the world. With a strong penchant for pushing for tougher action on Iran, the Obama administration has already imposed a series of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. However, a Republican-controlled congressional committee has recently heard testimony demanding an extensive range of covert operations against the country. The operations, which range from cyber attacks to political assassinations, are speculated to be conducted under the feeble excuse that Iran was the alleged architect of an assassination plot against the Saudi envoy to the United States. By political assassination, the US congressmen unconsciously mean the liquidation of the Iranian nuclear scientists, an act they actually started long ago. Retired Army Gen. John Keane told a hearing of two key subcommittees of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday, "We've got to put our hand around their throat now. Why don't we kill them? We kill other people who kill others." Also, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) poured some pearls of wisdom over others and called for "sober, reasoned discussion." "Iran's leaders must be held accountable for their action," she said, "but we cannot take any reckless actions which may lead to opening another front in the 'War on Terror,' which the American people do not want and cannot afford." Naturally, the US government, in essence, cannot afford to wage another war at least in view of the economic woes it has wrought upon the American citizens, regardless of other influencing factors. The stone that started rolling fell into the hands of New York Congressman Peter King who made an extremely bizarre comment. He suggested that the US should kick out Iranian officials at the UN in New York and in Washington and accused them of being spies, ignorant of the fact that the UN is considered an independent international body and that the US has no authority to 'kick out' diplomats accredited there en masse. Overwhelmed with a sense of false eagerness, he renewed the anti-Iran alleged assassination ploy and said excitedly, "So you have the assassination of a foreign ambassador, you have the willingness to kill hundreds of Americans -- this is an act of war," King said, "I don't think we can just do business as usual or even carry out sanctions as usual." The volley of vitriolic words against Iran which issued from Mr. King reeks of blind enmity long egged on by other hawks in Washington. In point of fact, the anti-Iran moves practically started in 2007 when US Congress agreed to George W. Bush, the then US president, to fund a major increase in covert operations against Iran. According to the intelligence officials who spoke to the Blotter on ABCNews.com, the CIA was then given a presidential approval to commence its covert 'black' operations inside Iran. To that effect, over four hundred million dollars were allocated in a Presidential Finding signed by George W. Bush. The ultimate goal of the finding was to cripple Iran's religious government and the operations involved throwing support behind minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchis and other opposition groups as well as amassing intelligence about Iran's nuclear sites. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, the intelligence officials confirmed that Bush had signed a "nonlethal presidential finding", giving the CIA carte blanche to engage in any sabotaging activities including a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions in order to destabilize and eventually achieve regime change in Iran. "I can't confirm or deny whether such a program exists or whether the president signed it, but it would be consistent with an overall American approach trying to find ways to put pressure on the regime," said Bruce Riedel, a retired CIA senior official, an expert on Iran and the Middle East (ABCNEWS.com May 22, 2007). In June 2007, The New Yorker magazine also ran a similar story by Seymour Hersh, confirming that the finding had been signed by Bush and intended to destabilize the Islamic government. "The Finding was focused on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change," the article cited a person familiar with its contents as saying, and involved "working with opposition groups and passing money." From an intelligence point of view, the fact that the US government is resorting to covert black operations against Iran rules out the possibility of a military strike against the country. According to reports, US ambassadors in Islamabad have repeatedly asked for opening a consulate in the province of Baluchistan, a suspicious demand from the US. In 2011, the call was renewed by US ambassador Cameron Munter to Islamabad. Persistence in this demand is to be taken seriously. Baluchistan is strategically important as it is a harbor for the anti-Iran terrorist group, Jundullah, in the first place and a separatist Pakistani province in the second place. In fact, Washington greatly favors the establishment of a 'Greater Baluchistan' which would integrate the Baluch areas of Pakistan with those of Iran. Military expert Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters suggests that Pakistan should be broken up, leading to the formation of a separate country: 'Greater Baluchistan' or 'Free Baluchistan' (June 2006, The Armed Forces Journal). As a result, this would incorporate the Baluch provinces of Pakistan and Iran into a single political entity which can be tailored to suit the interests of Washington. So it seems that the US harbors two main ulterior motives if this demand is answered. First, it can fulfill its dream of establishing the Greater Baluchistan, consolidate firm presence in this separatist part of Pakistan and secondly, it will be in a position to avail itself of this influence to carry out its sabotaging activities within Iran. Earlier in 2007, the Blotter on ABCNews.com revealed the role of the US government in backing the terrorist Iranian group , which is responsible for a number of gruesome assassinations of the Iranian civilians on the Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The terrorist group spares no efforts in sowing the seed of terror in the southern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan and their lust for murder and cruelty knows no remission. The victims the group has so far claimed include many women and children who have become the direct target of their killing. In July 2010, the group mounted a pair of suicide attacks on a major Shi'ite mosque in the city of Zahedan, the capital of Iran's Sistan-Balochistan Province, killing dozens of worshippers and wounding over 100 people. Although US officials deny any 'direct funding' of the terrorist group, they acknowledge that they are in contact with the leader of the group on a regular basis. A similar terroristic attack was launched by the same group on a mosque in Zahedan in May 2009, which led to the martyrdom of many worshippers. Sadly enough, Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) implicitly supports the group and reportedly shelters some of its high-profile members in coordination with the CIA. Isn't it paradoxical that Jundullah, a terrorist group and an offshoot of al-Qaeda, is directly funded by the US government which keeps bandying about its so-called 'war on terror' in the world? This is enough to cause the US to hang its head low in shame and humility. -- Ismail Salami is an Iranian author and political analyst. A prolific writer, he has written numerous books and articles on the Middle East. His articles have been translated into a number of languages. Presstv
  2. Contrary to what anti- Islamic iranian nationalists say, the old standard of Iran, the Lion and Sun, does actually have an Islamic background. The Lion stands for Ali, the sword it is holding is the zulfiqar, and the sun represents the light of God. Also contrary to what the Islamic republic sais, the emblem is not a symbol of Pahlavi regime , secularism,corruption, or foreign influence. The standard was in use in Iran way before the Pahlavis even came to power.. It was first used as far back as the Safavids and became the flag of the Qajar dynasty. It was also used by the Mughals in India and some of the Turkic states. So should Iran bring back this emblem as its coat of arms? if not the actual flag itself.I know this is a small, and by comparison of all the other bigger issues going on right now It has alot of historical value and is a matter of national pride , and in my opinion, is a very powerful and unique symbol of Iran.
  3. Is it a good time for Pakistan to leave the ranks of puppets (Saudi, Bahrain, Emirates etc..) and join countries like Iran and Turkey or after it's invaded and its nuclear arsenals looted? Act more independent and less harmful to its neighborhoods and Muslim countries? The sooner, the better~~~~~~~~~! Once invaded, the entire puppet circles will stand by the masters, not the fellow ex-puppet. Pakistani Threat Escalates as Imams Call for Jihad The United States' strained relationship with Pakistan has grown more tense after 50 influential imams and religious leaders there threatened a jihad if the U.S. attacks the nuclear-armed country. The threat came as Pakistan seemed to speak from both sides of the mouth. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar insisted to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the government is part of the solution in Afghanistan. "Pakistan is willing to do its best with the international partners and, most notably, the governments of Afghanistan and the United States, to acquit itself of this high responsibility (in Afghanistan)," she told the 193-nation assembly. But her remarks came after Pakistan warned the United States to stop accusing it of playing a double game with Islamist militants and as it showered praise on China. Now the U.S. must deal with the threat of a jihad that security analysts warn would create serious problems for the U.S. as it tries to end violence originating in Pakistan -- and the Pakistani government can't be trusted, even if there's no alternative. The religious leaders threatening jihad are associated with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a coalition of local groups. According to Pakistani news reports, the council issued a press release declaring that it is illegitimate to call the U.S. a superpower because only Allah deserves the title. The scholars urged the Pakistani government to end the country’s role in the war on terrorism and to try to establish a new international bloc made up of China, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. An analyst told FoxNews.com that the threat should be taken seriously. “This must not be discounted,” the analyst said. “This is 50 very influential Imams and religious leaders who want a holy war against the U.S. …and they call for scholars, religious leaders to start urging the military rank-and-file to participate or prepare for jihad or holy war against the U.S. Use of Trojan horses or insiders like we have seen with the CIA will likely increase. “ Walid Phares, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert on Middle East history, told Fox News that the call by so many clerics is unusual, which means that a significant political force is behind this open call. He said that the fatwa is linked to attacks on Pakistan, which could mean that figures in intelligence circles could be behind it, too. He noted that it comes as jihadi and Taliban attacks are escalating, which could show coordination between cells on the ground and clerics. Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, linked the Haqqani network, the most violent faction among Taliban militants in Afghanistan, to Pakistan. “The Haqqani network, for one, acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s internal services intelligence agency,” Mullen said. Pakistan officials have pushed back at allegations their intelligence service was behind the June attack on Intercontinental Hotel and, three months later, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. U.S. defense officials, however, told Fox News they found the cell phones of the Haqqani network attackers who kept the Embassy under siege for 20 hours, and those phones showed the attackers were connected to the ISI. The U.S government has stopped short of calling these incidents acts of war but the State Department is considering whether to list the Haqqani network on its terror list. “Obviously, if the Pakistani government chooses not to take action, we would carefully have to consider how to proceed,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “But it is in our strong interest, we believe, and it is in Pakistan’s strong interest, and we will be most effective, if we can tackle this problem together.” Instead, Pakistani officials invited the Chinese public security minister to Islamabad, sending a message to Washington that if the U.S. pulls back and cuts off aid, estimated at $5 billion a year, others will fill the vacuum. Khar said that current tensions between Pakistan and its partners stemmed in part from the challenges they are all facing in their fight against terrorism. "Given the volatility of the situation, it is perhaps understandable that there is a high level of anxiety and emotions," she said. "But we must not lose sight of the goals," Khar added. "We must work closely and as responsible partners in a cooperative manner and not rush to judgments or question each other's intentions." FoxNews
  4. Propaganda against Ahmadinejad on New York s streets
  5. I apologise if this is in the wrong forum but does anyone know where i can buy Khamenei t-shirts or pro revolution t-shirts. Thanks
  6. Tue Sep 6, 2011 8:22AM GMT Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has lashed back at French President Nicolas Sarkozy over his recent 'threats' against the Islamic Republic. Sarkozy's latest “threats arise from ignorance and clumsiness in his choice of words, something that the French president unfortunately suffers from,” said General Vahidi on Monday, quoted by IRIB. Last Wednesday, Sarkozy warned that Iranian 'attempts' at building long-range missiles and “nuclear weapons” could lead unidentified countries to launch 'pre-emptive strikes' against the Islamic Republic. The Iranian defense minister dismissed Sarkozy's remarks as 'cheap talk' and noted that such rhetoric by the French president has long been discredited. He further identified Sarkozy's threats as an attempt to cover up the 'crimes they now commit in the world in efforts to sway public opinion over the war in Libya.' General Vahidi's comments come on the heels of Iran's Foreign Ministry's denunciation of the 'unrealistic remarks' by Sarkozy on Iran's nuclear program. Sarkozy's accusations against Iran comes as the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections on Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Iran's nuclear program has been diverted to a non-civilian application.
  7. http://www.presstv.i...ail/195008.html Think 50 years later they're gonna admit their role in Iran's 2009 unrest too :)
  8. Iran Has/Wants Nuclear Weapons? To date, no concrete evidence has been presented about the existence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran. Each and every inspect report by the IAEA and the National Intelligence Estimate has confirmed that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. Leader of Islamic Revolution has denounced nuclear weapons as un-Islamic and stated unequivocally that Islam forbids the “production and stock piling of nuclear weapons.” The Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons is a registered document with the UN. Iran has been the only country to lobby for a nuclear-free Middle East. In contrast, Israel has yet to agree to a single IAEA inspection, and its nuclear weapons plant in Dimona is an open secret used to intimidate the Palestinians and neighboring countries. Iran Threatened to Wipe Israel off the Map? The world hears incessantly how Iranian president Ahmedinjad threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” yet, not a single translation of this speech has been made to clearly prove he made this statement. In 2005, the newly-elected Ahmedinjad was giving a speech at a conference in Tehran about Zionism. He quoted the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini, and said, “Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.” A direct translation of this is: “The Imam [Khomeini] said [the] regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.” The words “wiped off the map” are not to be found in that sentence, and any amateur translator will tell you nagsheh, the Persian term for map, is not found in that sentence. In the speech, Ahmedinjad further stated that just as the Soviet regime had fallen, the Zionist one would too. He did not say Israel was going to be wiped off any map. Obviously when the Soviet regime collapsed, was Russia wiped off the map? In the same infamous speech, Ahmedinjad called for a Middle East where Muslims, Jews, and Christians would live in a real democracy and in liberty. For the record, Iran has not launched an attack on any nation in the past 300 years, but it has defended itself against assaults by other countries. Compare this track record to that of the biggest war monger in the Middle East, the same one that uses cluster bombs to take out innocent children. The Iranians are Eagerly Awaiting the Arrival of “US Democracy”? American-style democracy has taken over the Middle East; just ask the Iraqis and Afghans how happy they are post-American liberation of their countries. Operation Iraqi Freedom has only cost 1.3 million Iraqi lives to date. In the last Iranian elections, an overwhelming 85 percent of voters turned out to pick the next president, and practically every pre-election poll showed President Ahmedinjad with a significant lead over his opponents. However, the West continues to claim Iran is not a democratic country despite it being the only Middle Eastern country with transparent elections and a fully functional parliament. Western hypocrisy of this magnitude must be respected, and the West has yet to call its allies (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia) for throwing political opponents in jail and never holding elections. By all instances, Iran is a democratic society, but to the United States and its allies, the very existence of a democracy in Iran is a threat. They removed this threat in 1953 when they overthrew the democratically-elected government and put in the totalitarian Shah. Speaking of democracy and sovereignty, the US would know a thing or two about those terms, considering for the past 30 years we have tried to overthrow the Iranian government and laid siege upon siege on the Iranian people. More recently, Congress voted to allocate 120 million dollars for anti-regime media broadcasts into Iran. It doesn’t end there. The US also generously donated 60-75 million dollars to fund and support violent underground extremist groups MKO, one of the largest anti-Iran terrorist organizations. Democracy in the Middle East is synonymous with murderous and catastrophic regime change. Iran Is Five Years Away from a Nuclear Bomb? Every few months, the United States and Britain try to scare us out of sleeping at night by saying Iran is five years away from a nuclear bomb. Here’s the problem: Iran has been “five years away from a nuclear bomb” for the past four decades. Obama was asked by a Washington Post reporter if he would “call on Israel to declare its nuclear program and sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.” The usually eloquent Obama stuttered his way through a response once he finally regained his composure and stated, “And, as far as Israel goes, I’m not going to comment on their program.” Maybe he should leave Iran’s peaceful program alone and worry about the nuclear warheads Israel and India have. http://shervinandpol...-few-questions/
  9. Obama’s Administration has been trying so hard for regime change in Iran and investing a lot of money in Persian channels which speak lies against Iranian government all the time. But it doesn’t end in there, Obama also has started sending Iranians Nowruz message in the last 3 years, which is usually ignored by most of Iranians because of Obama’s lack of manners and the fact that most Iranians go for tours inside Iran or outside of Iran in Nowruz, and the ones who stay at home stick to religious leader and president’s Nowruz messages and other exciting programs and movies. 2009 2010 2011 Obama talks about anything that he wants in a Nowruz message, but is that also how he wishes everybody a merry Christmas? he continues it with talking about bad stuff? nobody wants to ruin his Nowruz times with listening to this man’s message. I never responded to Obama’s nowruz messages before, but right now, here as an Iranian, I want to make a response to Obama’s all 3 Nowruz messages. Hi, Mr. president, as you have mentioned in your Nowruz messages, in the last three decades Iran US relations have been strained, but wasn’t it the US government the one who completely broke its relations with Iran? Iran showed that it is ready to recover its relations with the US with asking for airlines between two countries. Why did you reject to talk directly to Ahmadinejad when you were first elected and when he sent you a message and congratulated you? I’m sorry but Iranians don’t trust you and believe that you’re being completely influenced by the Zionist lobby AIPAC, how do you expect Iranians to believe you when it was the US government who overthrown democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh back in 1953 before Islamic Revolution? how do you expect Iranians to believe your words when you just earlier threatened Iran with nukes? Mr president, weren’t you the one who repudiated the use of nukes against non-nuclear states with the exception of Iran which you termed an “outlier” along with North Korea, isn’t Iran a member of NPT unlike North Korea? Mr. president, your nukes don’t harm Iranian nation? to date, no concrete evidence has been presented about the existence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran,each and every inspect report by the IAEA and the National Intelligence Estimate has confirmed that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program, while you invest millions of dollars on the next generation of nuclear weapons, and my question is that why do you insist that Iran’s pursuing nuclear weapons? as you know that most Iranians want Iranian government to continue its peaceful nuclear activities, so please drop it. Iranians want the United States to drop its support for dictators all over the Middle East and North Africa and join nations, all the people in the world are aware of the US’s big support for Mubarak former dictator of Egypt, just like how they were aware of the US’s support for Saddam before he invades Iran, we are tired of hearing your concern over human rights in Iran, as the US army is bombing hundreds of civilians in different countries every month, and you easily allow Saudis to invade Bahrain and oppress people who are protesting kingdom and asking for their rights such as free elections. We are tired of American news media spreading hate on Muslim nations, we want Americans to be free and have the right to speak freely about anything that they want, without having the fear of going to jail, so many people were jailed or lost their job in universities only because of questioning holocaust, the states police waged a war on cameras trying to cover the truth about how brutally police treats with people in the states, and we also want you to keep your promise and seize Guantanamo and Abu Ghorib disgusting prisons where a lot of people get abused and tortured without being tried or anything. Mr. president, are you listening to yourself? your Nowruz message is full of hate, with all due respect, how pathetic you’ve become since you had to mention names in your latest Nowruz message, but you see, no one needs to make a list of names of people who were sentenced to death, jailed and tortured in the US without being tried or the civilians who were murdered by American illegal weapons in Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza. Iran’s a free society, 85% of Iranians joined last Iran presidency election, and practically every pre-election poll showed President Ahmedinjad with a significant lead over his opponents. Iran is a country with transparent elections and a fully functional parliament, we have laws and rules here, no one under legal age gets executed, no one gets to be put in jail for no reason, we have courts in which people can defend themselves against charges, ninety percent of execution cases belongs to drug-smuggling cases, thanks to the insecurity, the only thing that the US army so far have caused in Afghanistan and the growth of producing drugs, punishment for drug smugglers in here is death and if it wasn’t because of that, God knows what Iran was turned into. Iranian nation feels a threat from the US, and that is not only because flight 655 tragedy, or your baseless sanctions or operation eagle, but because of the US’s support for Saddam to invade Iran and death of 300,000 Iranian soldiers in that war and the fact US was never sorry for it, because of Iranophobia and the fact the US never apologized for its bully and aggressive acts toward Iran, and you still as the current president of the United States, consider military options against Iran, you cannot gain trust with beautiful words, but with action, Mr president. Can this Iranian woman who has been kept in the US jail over something that her husband did and is being tortured hear your Nowruz message too? mr president I am amazed by the way you compared the people in Tahrir square in Cairo with the people in Freedom square in Tehran, as you know those people in Tahrir square were protesting against former dictator Mubarak, the US’s strategic ally, and the people in Freedom square were celebrating the anniversary of Islamic Revolution. Mr president, I want you to know that Iranians know what does the term “dictator” means and the fact no one in Iran is in power without being elected by people directly or indirectly, unless you want to name people again lol. Mr president, I do want to know how is your government working for global justice with causing tensions in Korea, arming Saudi kingdom, bombing defenseless people in Libya and Afghanistan and torturing people in secret prisons all over the world? Iran is a great civilization with a very rich history, and that is not gained with wars and invasions, but with loving other nations, respecting other cultures and mutual respect, and the measure of that greatness is demonstrated ability to build and create and when necessary to deter and destroy outsider aggressive enemy. Iranians are not eagerly awaiting the arrival of “US Democracy”, just ask the Iraqis and Afghans how happy they are post-American liberation of their countries. Only operation Iraqi Freedom has only cost 1.3 million Iraqi lives to date, and death toll in Afghanistan keeps going up. Mr president, the beauty of a civilization is not to wage wars, but to prevent them. Right now as you sit in your office and make a hateful Nowruz message for Iranians , people are dying in their own countries by their own kingdoms and three-decades presidents inside their own country, and your government is doing nothing but killing people in Libya and Afghanistan, let me remind of you of some words written by Saadi centuries ago… “Tokaz mehnate digaran bi ghami – nashayad ke namat dahand adami” “You who are so uncaring toward others’ suffering is not qualified to be called human being” Thank you and Eide shoma Mobarak too as well http://shervinandpol...obamas-failure/
  10. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has strongly condemned the violent treatment of British protesters by police forces in the United Kingdom. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad referred to British protesters as “opposition” and condemned the killing of demonstrators by the British police, IRNA reported. The true opposition in Britain is the people that are pushed to the ground and beaten on London streets and slain and yet "no one hears their voice," he added. He stated that the main issues facing the world today include discrimination, wars and the type of management in societies, and said the ongoing global problems are rooted in “misguided management.” The Iranian chief executive also said that the world has witnessed the worst management during recent centuries, noting, “The current era is even worse than the era of slavery.” President Ahmadinejad added that over 100 million people have been killed in wars over the past century, as wrong policies have created a deep income gap and millions of people are suffering absolute poverty and are on the threshold of death. The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a Black man, Mark Duggan by the police. However, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol in Britain's worst rioting since the 1980s. Protest outbreaks were also reported in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, and Oxford. Turmoil is now threatening to sweep across Britain as the mayhem and looting has also spread to the central city of Birmingham, the western city of Bristol, the northwestern city of Liverpool, and south London neighborhood of Brixton. British authorities said hundreds of people had been arrested as the unrest entered a fourth night.
  11. In the wake of Iran's firm operations against the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the terrorist group is close to being eliminated. “With regard to the fine measure taken by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the PJAK terrorist cell will definitely move towards disintegration and deterioration,” Moslehi told reporters on Wednesday. He added that the Islamic Republic has thwarted many plots that the terrorist group intended to carry out inside the country, IRIB reported. The PJAK's conditions are such that we feel it is on the verge of collapse, the Iranian minister said. Members of the PJAK terrorist group -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. PJAK launches its attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Kurdistan Regional Government. On July 17, the IRGC disbanded a terrorist cell linked to the PJAK, killing at least five members of the group. During another operation on July 25, IRGC forces killed 35 members of the terrorist group, and captured some of the PJAK members. IRGC has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
  12. The City Council of Tehran has announced that a street in the Iranian capital will be named after the American activist, Rachel Corrie. During a session on Tuesday, the council ratified a proposal to name a street after the activist, who is viewed by many as an epitome of resistance against Israel, Fars news agency reported. According to the proposal, the 27th street of Tehran's municipal District Six will be named after Rachel Corrie. Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist from Olympia, Washington, and a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was crushed to death in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003, when she intervened to prevent a Palestinian home from demolition. The Israeli Army claimed her death was due to the bulldozer driver's restricted angle of view. Eyewitnesses, however, say there was nothing to obscure the driver's view.
  13. Ayatollah Khamenei said on Sunday that the Islamic Awakening in the region has been unprecedented since the Islamic Revolution. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution made the remarks addressing the Heads of the three Branches of Government, Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Leadership Experts, a number of Iranian parliament members and military commanders, and many other senior officials of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the Islamic Republic has proved that it can thwart all the plots hatched by the enemies of the country, noting: “We faced many threats during the past 32 years; political threats, security threats, military threats, and economic threats.” The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also mentioned the people's trust in the Islamic Republic as another point of strength for the country, saying that there are not many countries in the world whose people have such a great deal of confidence in the government. The Leader also hailed Iran's steady progress despite the sanctions against Iran as another point of strength for the country, stating that the country's advancements have frustrated the pressures imposed by the West on the Islamic Republic. “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is known as a respected, influential, and credible country in the arena of international politics,” the Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei also spoke about the deteriorating image of the United States in the Middle East, noting that Washington is also facing serious challenges at home, including a deepening economic crisis.
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