February 26, 2014
Iran + Sabres = Rattle Rattle
Yeah yeah yeah, don't you have enough problems?.
Fact Checking FARS
US Removes Syria’s Al-Nusra Front Leader from Terror ListBut if you check the SDN list there he is.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States in a shocking move removed the Al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front militant group in Syria from its blacklist of most wanted terrorist organizations.
The US Justice Department removed Abu Mohammad al-Julani, head of the al-Nusra Front, the branch of Al-Qaeda fighting against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, from its most wanted terrorist list, the report said, press tv reported.
FARS, sucks to be them.
February 18, 2014
Syrian War Ends al-Qaeda Refuge in Iran
I mean that's pretty good news, that Iran is deporting senior al-Qaeda members who they had been providing safe haven.
A senior al-Qaeda figure with close ties to the terrorist group’s current leader has left Iran, where he had lived for years after fleeing American forces in Afghanistan in 2001, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.Even if the safe haven provided was for Iran's own self interest as a bargaining chip the fact they are no longer welcome is um, good, yeah?
Thirwat Shihata is the latest terrorist suspect to leave Iran, raising questions about the country’s motives for allowing or forcing the departure of a string of al-Qaeda members that it had sheltered over the past decade.
So where would senior al-Qaeda leader who had been hiding in Iran for ten years go? Where could he find safe passage to?
It was not clear when Shihata departed Iran, but a former U.S. official, who also requested anonymity, said he was believed to have traveled to Libya. The CIA declined to discuss Shihata’s whereabouts.
February 11, 2014
Iran Hangs Poet Hashem Shabani
The Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was reportedly executed last month as an "enemy of God," according to human rights groups. Shaabani was a founder of the Dialogue Institute, which promoted Arab culture in Iran. In a statement last week, the human rights group Freedom House condemned the execution, saying: "His judicial murder underscores two important trends in Iran: Violent repression of ethnic minorities, of which Shaabani's execution is only one among many examples, remains government policy. And the government's human rights record has not improved under President Rouhani. During the first two weeks of January, some 40 individuals were executed; Iran is believed to be second only to China in the number of executions." Al-Jazeera adds that Shaabani was reportedly hanged along with another man on Jan. 27 and that, "according to BBC Persian, officials from the Ministry of Information informed the condemned men's families that they had been hanged, and they would be subsequently informed on the location of the men's burial site."More here and here.
The Mullahs Are Coming! The Mullahs Are Coming!
By now most of you have heard about the vaunted Iranian naval force of two ships steaming straight for our Atlantic coast in an attempt to make us make fudge in our pants.
Yeah, not so much.
“From a tactical perspective, neither one of these ships are any good; they are an afterthought to the U.S, Navy from a warfare perspective,” said Christopher Harmer, senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. “From a strategic standpoint, they are very important.”
If the ships make it across the ocean to U.S. maritime waters, they wouldn't even be a match for Coast Guard cutters, Johnson said.
“The point would be that the world is a much smaller place,” Johnson said, perhaps leading to expanded political pressure stateside to increase American presence in the region. “It’s a message to their population that we’re a conventional power.”
So, it's nothing more than a publicity stunt for the Iranian people. A sizable portion of whom probably don't care because they hate their government.
February 04, 2014
Executions Up Under 'Moderate' Iranian President
As long time readers know, I find the word 'moderate' particularly annoying when applied to Muslims. Most so-called 'moderate' Muslims would be way outside two standard deviations of normal on an American values scale. There are liberal Muslims who do fit perfectly within our secular and tolerant values, and it's to these we should be reaching out to, not to the so-called 'moderates'.
Anyway, here's the story. It's not that I have a problem with executions per se. It's just that in Iran they execute you for things like apostasy, homosexuality, and political dissent. And, yes, the guy in power is more 'moderate' than the last guy. This is what 'moderation' looks like in the Iranian context:
After Amnesty International’s claim that 33 people were hanged in a single week last month, the top human rights office at the United Nations noted that “28 women and a number of political prisoners” were among those executed in 2013. The office also said the killings were based on convictions that do not meet the “most serious crimes” threshold under international law.You can read the rest here.
“The persistent execution of individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, association and affiliation to minority groups contravenes universally accepted human rights principles and norms,” said Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iran.
An analysis of statistics compiled by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center shows that in the six months since Mr. Rouhani took office, 399 people — or 66.5 per month — have been executed. In the 31 months prior, a total of 1,457 — 47 per month — were put to death.
January 14, 2014
Iranian President: Yeah, the US Surrendered to Iran
Out: Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
In: Arugala eating surrender monkeys:
Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 14, 2014
I've finally figured out why Obama deserves his Nobel Prize. You see, the fastest road to peace is surrender.
QED people. QED.
Obama's America, we're the new France!
January 13, 2014
US Citizen Charged w/ Aiding Iran
Since I grew up in LA I knew a lot of Iranians. Most of whom preferred to be called "Persians" since they detested the Mullahs and didn't want any one to erroneosly associated them with the Iranian regime. Many of them fled Iran because of the regime.
But apparently, not this guy:
The investigation against [Mozaffar] Khazaee opened in November after investigators from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) noticed a shipment that Khazaee sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight forwarder in Long Beach, Cal. Although the documentation on the shipment said that it contained household goods, inspectors found "numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material relating to the U.S. Air Force's F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and military jet engines," an affidavit attached to the complaint said.I don't think there's much of a fear that the Iranians would be able to replicate the F35. But such specifications could be used to develop weapons against them. And I don't see the Iranians keeping this info to themselves. They could easily sell it to the Russians and Chinese. And they might try to replicate our technology.
December 13, 2013
Iranian PressTV Interviews American "Expert" on Israel .... David Duke
If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. Apparently the problem is Zionist control of the media. Otherwise, Davd Duke would be hosting Nightline.
Thanks to Golem Bar.
November 27, 2013
Iran's Darth Vader to Obama's Lando Calrissian: "I'm altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
I'm just going to cut and paste an email I got from Omri Ceron at the Israel Project. He's never steered me wrong in the past, plus it's the day before Thanksgiving and there's food to be a preparin'. Also, he has an awesome Star Wars analogy thrown in
As you no doubt know, there's already a debate over whether last week's P5+1 interim agreement actually freezes Iran's uranium track the way it's supposed to. The language seems to allow Iranian scientists to continue enriching uranium, as long as they convert anything over their current stock of 3.5% into oxide. But the oxide can easily be reconverted back into material suitable for further enriching to weapons-grade levels: Mark Hibbs over at Arms Control Wonk says it only takes a few weeks, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson have similar numbers, etc. So 6 months from now Iran ends up with the same amount of centrifuges (19,000) and more nuclear material than they have now.If Iran is Vader, and Obama is Lando ... then maybe I'm Han Solo because I've got a bad feeling about this.
As far as Iran's plutonium track goes, the interim deal was supposed to halt progress on Iran's Arak facility, which has a heavy water production facility and a plutonium-breeding reactor. Per statements made overnight by Zarif, not so much.
This is becoming like a scene out of Empire. Iran keeps altering the deal and telling us to pray they don't alter it any further.
Of course it could be that they're not altering the deal at all, and they're telling the truth when they say that the initial WH description of the agreement was flat out false - either way it'd be nice to know how the deal can count as a "freeze" when Iran ends up with more uranium enriched and more progress made on its plutonium-breeding facility.
Oh, I also added some underlining and bold for emphasis.
PS -- Also, it looks like Iran is trying to become a player in Somalia of all places.
November 25, 2013
Preparing for a Nuclear Iran
I no longer think the question is if Iran goes nuclear, it's now only when. The idea that we can trust but verify in Iran is about as believable as when Clinton made pretty much the same deal with North Korea. You remember how well that worked out?
Best case scenario: Iran and Pakistan nuke each other.
Worst case scenario: Iran and Israel nuke each other.
And as often as not, the future probably will be neither extreme. Iran's pursuit of a nuke is probably more linked to their fear of regime change then it is to their fear of a Jewish state. That is, a nuclear bomb is a way for them to prolong their own power when clearly no one -- including their own people -- really thinks Ayatollah Khomeini's particular brand of Islamism has worked out very well.
We need to remember that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan already has nukes and so far has remained in check by the prospects of Indian nukes, despite a good chunk of its own citizens believing the end is nigh so why not nuke a few billion infidels into oblivion. So, I don't see Iran nuking Israel just for spite or out of a dream of an apocalyptic oblivion. People in power generally want to stay in power, despite eschatological fantasies of hidden imams coming to save the day. Jim Jones and David Koresh are the exception, not the rule.
Since Obama's tenure in office is assured until early 2017 I don't see anything we can do to stop this deal from happening. It's a fait accompli.
The biggest irritation here is that just when Obama and the EU's policy of economic sanctions began to work, they folded. As we speak Iran is on the verge of complete economic collapse. The collapse could have actually led to regime change, but even if it didn't do that immediately it would have at least led to chaos. Maybe even the kind of chaos that Syria is going through. A weakened Iran.
But now, holding a straight flush, Obama .... folds?
Yes, elections have consequences. I fear we are about to see just how far reaching those consequences might be.
November 04, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: Iranian National Death To America Day!
But don't worry, they mean Death to America only as a figure of speech, kind of like when they talk about killing all the Jews on Earth.
Of course long time readers know what this means.
October 25, 2013
Iran May be Close to Nuke Bomb Capability
Remember when we were told not too worry too much about Iran having nuclear ambitions because they were at least five years away from the capability of developing a nuclear weapon? When was that again? Oh, yeah, five years ago:
Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new analysis by one of the USA's top nuclear experts. This assessment comes as the White House invited Senate staffers to a briefing on negotiations with Iran as it tries to persuade Congress not to proceed with a bill to toughen sanctions against Iran.I'm actually not all that sure what we should be doing with Iran. The US media almost never reports it, but trade sanctions are really hurting the Islamic Republic. Just yesterday media reports began circulating the family of Mahmoud Ostad-Mohammad, a world renown playwright, was blaming his death on lack of medical supplies due to the sanctions.
The report by the Institute for Science and International Security stated, "Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiation with Iran. An essential finding is that they are currently too short and shortening further."
It's Iraq in the 1990s all over again. I predict that in the coming months American lefties will begin to be outraged at the sanctions "murdering children". Let's hope Kerry doesn't say something stupid that he'll regret which will be used by crazed conspiracy theorist as "proof" that America doesn't care about killing children. But John Kerry's intellect is a 40w lightbulb to Madeline Albright's 60w, and look how she crammed her foot in her mouth.
It's funny how nearly a decade of increasingly harsh sanctions against Iraq have been lost down the memory hole. It's as if most Americans remember the lead up to the Iraq war as peace and harmony until one day Bush-Hitler woke up and decided to kill some Arabs.
October 17, 2013
Whole lot of practicing going on......shhh!
Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program are triggering fears within U.S. intelligence agencies that Israel is hardening its stance on Iran and could conduct a military attack to stave off what the Jewish state believes is a delaying tactic for Tehran to buy time to build nuclear weapons.Nothing to see here....move along.
The clearest indicator of growing Israeli concerns, according to defense officials, is the recent large-scale Israeli air force drill Tuesday in the northern part of the country. The exercises along the northern border and over the Mediterranean were considered unusually large.
An Israeli defense source told Israel’s Walla! news outlet: “Changes have recently occurred in the Middle East. The [Israeli Defense Force] is preparing for those changes in both the closer and more distant perimeters, and yesterday’s exercise was intended to signal the IDF’s serious intention of dealing with those problems and thwarting them.”
Additionally, Israeli air forces conducted long-range fighter exercises last week involving in-flight refueling practice.
October 07, 2013
Obama's Relations With Iran Are so Good
Maybe Obama can call Rouhani and thank him for the nice postcard?
I can't read Farsi so maybe they actually asked his help in "Death to the Jews". Jews, America its all the same to them you know.
October 03, 2013
Cyber War Not so Cyber in Iran Anymore
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving Cyber Commander. It'll probably turn out to be petty crime, but why don't we go ahead and just blame the Juice? They're going to get blamed anyway:
Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country's ballistic missile programme have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations.I, for one, hope it was the Mossad.
Ahmadi was last seen leaving his home for work on Saturday. He was later found with two bullets in the heart, according to Alborz, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps. "I could see two bullet wounds on his body and the extent of his injuries indicated that he had been assassinated from a close range with a pistol," an eyewitness told the website.
If it was the Juice, what does this say about cyber operations? I just had a lengthy argument with a fellow academic about just how bad cyber attacks were. My point was that in a cyber attack no one gets killed, hence there is a lot of overreaction in the security community to the threat.
But if the Mossad thinks your unit is doing enough damage that it merits an assassination (assuming it was an assassination) then maybe the bad guys are getting better at doing harm then I'm giving them credit for.
September 18, 2013
All Your Skyscrapers Are Belong To US
The United States is set seize control of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper prosecutors claim is secretly owned by Iran, the justice department said, though the ruling is to be appealed.
The seizure and sale of the 36-story building, in the heart of New York City on Fifth Avenue, would be "the largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture," the statement added.
A federal judge ruled in favor of the government's suit this week, saying the building's owners had violated Iran sanctions and money laundering laws.
Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara said the decision upholds the justice department claims the owner of the building "was (and is) a front for Bank Melli, and thus a front for the Government of Iran."
June 15, 2013
"Reformist" Winning in Iran?
The official results aren't in, but word out of Tehran is that the "reformist" candidate has enough of a lead that there might not be a runoff election. But what is glaringly missing from the WSJ article on the Iranian presidential election is the fact that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gets to personally approve each candidate on the ballot. And this isn't just some formality, a lot of opposition candidates were "disqualified" from the ballot this year, and each and every candidate must swear loyalty to the Islamic Revolution.
So, rather than being a true reformist, Hassan Rohani is just another Islamist with slightly different views than the current Islamists in power. He doesn't want to separate mosque from state. He doesn't want secular government. He does not believe in freedom of religion, speech, or of the press.
Think of the differences between the "conservative" and "reformist" candidates as the difference between Marxists and Maoists, or between Stalin and Trotsky.
So, no, I'm not hopeful that if this guy's elected things change in a big way. If the guy truly was a reformist, as the media keeps insisting, he simply wouldn't have been on the ballot. The fact that he's on the ballot at all suggests that the the Mullahs in power give him the stamp of approval.
May 29, 2013
US Treasury Targets Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities
You can read it all at Internet Haganah
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the globe from Europe to Asia.Meanwhile, missiles stand ready in Israel with the the mad mullah's names on them.
“As long as Iran continues to pursue a nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, the U.S. will target and disrupt those involved in Iran’s illicit activities,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue to work with our international partners to intensify this pressure and tighten sanctions on Iran’s energy sector as it provides much needed financial support for the Iranian regime’s proliferation activity.”
Fourteen of the entities and individuals being designated today are part of Iran’s international procurement and proliferation operations. These designations are being made pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters. The designations focus on entities and individuals supporting previously designated entities within Iran’s proliferation network as well as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), and Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). These organizations are at the center of Iran’s continued proliferation activities. Today’s designations include companies supporting IRGC attempts to clandestinely ship illicit cargo around the world, including to Syria. They also target the Deputy Defense Minister and Dean of Malek Ashtar University, who is responsible for significant contributions to Iran’s missile program, as well as companies and individuals supporting Iran’s nuclear program.
May 22, 2013
New and Interesting Stuff
From Internet Haganah.
Having previously granted themselves a license to provide services to designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, cloudflare.com now comes to our attention as service provider for warez.ir:
Explosion at Iranian Military Chemical Complex. Don't you just hate it when that happens?
Ronen Solomon 9/5/2013 - The explosions that occurred two days ago apparently destroyed a facility suspected throughout the past decade as part of an Iranian program for developing chemical weapons and producing fuel for surface-to-surface missiles
April 11, 2013
Sith Lord Steals Laptop
A man in the UK's laptop was stolen, it ended up in Iran in the hands of a Sith Lord!
It is only natural. She stole your laptop and you wanted revenge.
Hat Tip: Robert.
March 21, 2013
Gauss Aimed at Iranian Banking System?
Money in an Iranian bank? Might be safer in Cypress.
Gauss. A novel scheme encrypting one of its main engines has so far defied attempts to crack it, generating intrigue and raising speculation that it may deliver a warhead that's more destructive than anything the world has seen before.Just sayin'.....
Gauss has the ability to steal funds and monitor data from clients of several Lebanese banks, making it the first publicly known nation-state sponsored banking trojan. It's also programmed to collect a dizzying array of information about the computers it infects—including its network connections, processes and folders, BIOS, CMOS, RAM, and both local and removable drives.
But the most intriguing characteristic of Gauss is an encrypted payload that has so far remained undeciphered, despite the best efforts of cryptographers who have already tried millions of possible keys.
"Given how careful the attackers were to make sure the Gauss payload doesn't fall into the 'wrong' hands, we can assume it is very special."
March 15, 2013
Iranian Movie Critic Reviews "Argo," Calls It A 'War Crime'
Wow, I haven't felt that way about a movie since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn...
March 08, 2013
Former Iranian Official Launches 'Countdown To An Attack On Israel'..
Via the Free Beacon
An ally of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has launched a “countdown to an attack on Israel” following the Jewish state’s launching of an operation to destroy weapons in Syria last month.It would be a shame if Foghani met with a terrible accident or something.
Alireza Forghani, a Khamenei confidant and former governor of Iran’s Kish province, published an article arguing that Tehran and Syria should launch a tag-team attack aimed at the total “eradication [of] Israel from the planet.”
“There remains no excuse for not [waging] a total multipartite attack on Israeli soil, with hopes of completely eradicating Israel from the planet (Allah willing),” Forghani wrote, according to a new translation of his Jan. 29 essay by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Attacking and completely eradicating Israel from the planet is the only solution to this problem,” Forghani wrote. “If this problem isn’t resolved with this golden opportunity, it is not known when there may be another.”
Iran Sheltered al Qaeda's Management Council
"He was never an operational commander in al Qaeda, but in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, he was the voice of al Qaeda,'' said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University. His biggest intelligence value now, Mr. Hoffman said, is to provide insight into what he called the "very perplexing and enigmatic" relationship between Iranian authorities and al Qaeda.Also raising an eyebrow is that aspiring NATO member and alleged moderate Islamic state of Turkey, who is the main source of aid to the Syrian rebels, also refused to turn over Abu Ghaith to the US.
U.S. officials have long been trying to figure what Mr. Abu Ghaith and other al Qaeda figures were doing in Iran and how much leeway the Iranian government was giving them to operate their terrorist network.
U.S. officials believe that Iran last year gave new freedoms, including the option to leave the country, to Mr. Abu Ghaith and other members of what was known as al Qaeda's management council in Iran. He was detained in Ankara, Turkey, last month on suspicion of entering that country with a false passport.
With friends like these.....
March 02, 2013
"News": Iran Torturing, Executing, Amputating, Flogging in Public
This is .... news? Eh, maybe to people like Michael Moore:
Iran has stepped up executions of prisoners including juveniles as well as arrests of dissidents who are often tortured in jail, sometimes to death, the United Nations reported on Thursday....Oh, it's a UN report. This would be news to them.
"The Secretary-General remains deeply troubled by reports of increasing numbers of executions, including of juvenile offenders and in public; continuing amputations and flogging; arbitrary arrest and detention; unfair trials, torture and ill-treatment; and severe restrictions targeting media professionals, human rights defenders, lawyers and opposition activities, as well as religious minorities," Ban reported.
February 23, 2013
Nigeria: Iranian IRGC Agent Azim Aghajani Heads To Court
And Is Guarded By The Juice
Weaponry, that is:
The guards are carrying Israel Military Industries made Tavor Assault Rifles (TAR-21).
Oh the horror!
Work Place Accident
@lationgpacific: Explosion kills 4 in NE Tehran apartment 35.7495, 51.528383 http://bit.ly/Wgyw58 cause cited as 'stored explosives.'
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected Of Spying For Iran
...According to a press release from the Spanish police cited by media outlets, the suspects allegedly infiltrated a Spanish NGO that aids asylum seekers, and communicated to the Iranian secret services the identities of people who fled the country for ideological reasons. The police suspected the three of violating the confidentiality of data and information of Iranians who fled the Islamic Republic and expressed interest in seeking asylum in Spain[...]h/t @El_Grillo1
The three people detained in Madrid include: the NGO's legal adviser, the interpreter and an embassy employee. [More...]
February 18, 2013
adamakha.com: IRGC Agitprop Site Targeting USA, UK, Israel
Name: adamakha.comMad Mullah's have many fingers, so to speak.
Domain name registrar of record: PDR Ltd. d/b/a publicdomainregistry.com, India
Registration service provider: Mahdi Moazedi d/b/a KEYANA IT CO. LTD., Turkey
-- 18.104.22.168, Hetzner Online AG, Germany
-- 22.214.171.124, Hetzner Online AG, Germany
Domain name registrant(s): This domain is and has always been registered to Mahdi Moazedi, d/b/a Keyana IT Co. Ltd. Moazedi is also d/b/a Fayfal Ltd. In the incorporation papers for Fafal Ltd. he is identified as a Georgian national residing in the UK, d/o/b 09 April, 1978, while whois records for Keyana IT Co. Ltd. place him in Istanbul. Moazedi is known to be involved in the operation of an official Hizballah website, as well as the website of IRGC organization International Union of Unified Ummah.
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Network access provider: IRGC, via the Information Technology Company (a/k/a Datacommunications Company of Iran), Iran, of which IRGC now holds a controlling share.
Comments: The provider of name service and presumptive host of adamakha.com is Esmaeil Jahanshahi d/b/a fanafzar.net, of Trondheim, Norway. Jahanshahi, like Mahdi Moazedi, is also involved in the operation of an official Hizballah website. Jahanshahi works in partnership with Majid Moradi (email@example.com), Tehran, Iran, who shares that email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Ehsan Irani a/k/a Ehsan Khosravani. Khosravani claimed an address in France circa 2011..
February 14, 2013
Iranian General Killed in Lebanon by the "Zionists" or Syria by "Terrorists"
It's funny because it's .... well, let's just leave it at it's funny:
An Iranian independent news website is reporting that a senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed in LebanonKilled by the Zionists, eh? Not so fast. According to the Iranians, Shateri wasn't killed in Lebanon. He was killed in Syria:
The website — mashreghnews.ir — says Gen. Hassan Shateri was killed by “mercenaries of the Zionist regime,” but provided no details about his death.
Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV says the man was killed in an attack by Syrian rebels. This is the first report of an Iranian official killed in the Syrian civil war.So, what is the devious J-O-Os? Or was it the dreaded anti-Assad "terrorists"? Either way, this is the time at The Jawa Report when we dance!
Update by SH: There appears to be a problem with his name as well as where he was eliminated: His name? Good question...
Ain't that a shame for the grieving widow/widows.
The Martyrdom Of Vaja.ir, Official Site Of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence [MOIS]
It's not often that one gets to gloat over the demise of the site of a hostile foreign intelligence service, so just for old-times' sakeNow where did I put that nasheed.
Once upon a time it looked like this:
Oh well, this will have to do:
Oh wait, they don't celebrate Valentines Day.
I know I have that nasheed around here somewhere...
February 13, 2013
Report: A Senior Commander In Iran's Revolutionary Guard Was Eliminated (?) In Lebanon
TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian independent news website is reporting that a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed in LebanonAin't that a shame.
The website — mashreghnews.ir — says Gen. Hassan Shateri was killed by "mercenaries of the Zionist regime," but provided no details about his death.[More...]
February 12, 2013
I Bet No Would Care
The United States is taking a number of actions today that tighten sanctions on Iran’s access to its oil revenues and further expose the Iranian government’s continued abuse of human rights. Key provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA) that go into effect today, expand the scope of sanctionable transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions by restricting Iran’s ability to use oil revenue held in foreign financial institutions as well as preventing repatriation of those funds to Iran. The U.S. Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the U.S. Department of State, also designated one individual and four entities for their involvement in the Iranian government’s censorship activities. These censorship activities restrict the free flow of information in Iran and punish Iranian citizens who are attempting to exercise freedom of assembly and expression.Asymmetric Warfare: It's not just for the other guys.
February 09, 2013
Official #Iran Broadcasting Channel Claims Syrian Air Raids On Israel
[Internet Haganah]Seriously.The Mad Mullah's have totally gone off the deep end or fell into the well or something.
And why would they lie?
So far this farce is only known to be on the IRIB Italian radio website, but it may be elsewhere as well[...]
My [Aaron's...ed] copy of the video:
February 08, 2013
Out: Potemkin Villages
In: Potemkin ... Fighter Planes
The first sign that your new "stealth fighter jet" might just be an elaborate hoax meant to scare the Great Satan? You designate it an "F" for fighter, which is the English term for ... um ... fighter. Then, instead of using the Arabic alphabet so people in your country can read it, you put a big letter "F" in the Latin script on the side of "plane" so only outsiders can.
The only problem? The Great Satan isn't buying any of it:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world...Kind of makes you wonder what else the Iranians are faking?
But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.”
January 31, 2013
Mad Mullahs/Assad: How dare The Juice Interrupt Our Transfer Of WMD To Our Beloved Hezbollah..
[ZIP]In Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday as saying the raid on Syria will have significant implications for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.Related: Syria Crosses Israel's WMD Line
[FPM]On Sunday, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio that the country’s top security officials had held a special meeting and warned that the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons to Hezbollah would be crossing a line that would mean action.To.be.continued.
It was not the first time that Israel had warned Assad not to follow in the footsteps of his former ally, Saddam Hussein, but it was the sharpest warning to date. The warning was clearly meant to head off a specific course of action by Syria. But true to form, Bashar Assad did not listen.
January 28, 2013
Snicker: Explosion at Underground Iranian Nuke Facility
To paraphrase some dude in The Hunt for Red October, "Machmood, have you lost another nuclear laboratory?":
Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and that 200 workers had been trapped inside.Gremlins: They're everywhere and they're Jooish!
Israel believes the Iranians have not evacuated the surrounding area. It is unclear whether that is because no harmful substances have been released, or because Tehran is trying to avoid sparking panic among residents.
The Fordow plant is buried deep underground inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. It is thought to be Iran's most heavily fortified facility and is regarded as impervious to Israeli airstrikes. Many of Fordow's 2700 nuclear centrifuges are stored deep below ground in bunkers.
Thanks to 44 Guy
Irantastic: Iran 'Successfully' Sends Ahmadinejad Into Space
January 27, 2013
#Holocaust Film 'Genocide' Covertly Beamed Into #Iran
Well played, well played. Good on them:
On Friday, an opposition Iranian satellite channel based in London aired “Genocide,” an Academy Award-winning 1980 documentary on the Holocaust produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The sobering film, aired with subtitles in Farsi, was shown in order to combat the Iranian regime’s frequent denial of one of history’s most tragic events.h/t @MrsDigger
The Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization which also is home to the Museum of Tolerance, Holocaust museums in Los Angeles, Jerusalem and New York, coordinated the showing to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.
Genocide,” or “Nasl Keshi, in Farsi, has been aired around the world, but Friday’s viewing was the first time Iranians have been able to see the film. The film aired on Iran’s NTV Simay Azadi, on satellite and streaming online[...]
“Any opportunity to learn the truth is well-received in a country like Iran where the truth is in short supply,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, who watched the airing into Iran live from his office in Los Angeles, along with the center’s founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier.
“It’s a payback for the Iranian regime,” Hier said. “They want to lock society. They want to deny the Holocaust, and now their whole population can see the truth and there’s nothing the Ayatollahs or Ahmadinejad can do about it.”[More....]
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