It was probably supposed to send a message to the Kurdish people fighting for independence from Iran.
However, Reza Shafiee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), argues that in actual fact, these actions only showed the Iranian Regime to be desperate. After all, this is one of the first times in recent years that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have actually claimed credit for a terrorist attack on an opposition group in Iraq.
Why would the Regime feel desperate? Well, it’s currently under intense pressure from both the Iranian people, whose nationwide uprising caught the attention of the US president, and the US, who pulled out of the nuclear deal and imposed sanctions against Iran.
The Regime also needs to distract from its multiple proxy militia campaigns.
This is hardly the first time that the Iranian Regime has targeted political opposition or dissident groups at home and abroad.
In fact, the mullahs have been targeting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iran and elsewhere, since 1979 and they will not stop until the popular opposition is destroyed.
But the Regime should understand that the rules have changed. No longer can they attack with impunity, which should have been made clear by the reaction to the missile attack.
When the Iranian uprising began in late December, the mullahs were quick to blame the MEK for inciting the protests. The MEK was helping the protesters and guiding them, but it is purely a result of the MEK and the Iranian people having the same goal: the overthrow of the Regime.
It is not, as the Regime tried to portray it, a foreign force intervening in the domestic affairs of Iran, but rather all Iranians coming together to fight a common enemy.
Shafiee wrote: “Many analysts believe that the Iranian regime will not weather its current predicament.
Economic failures as the bedrock fueled with four decades of absolute suppression are recipes for disaster.
It is certainly true but it is missing a major component, which should be taken into the consideration and that is the role of an organized resistance.”
The Iranian Regime has also been at the heart of three foiled terrorist plots in the US and Europe this year, each one targeting the Iranian Resistance.
The first in Albania, where many MEK members are refugees from attacks on them in Iraq, was foiled in March. The second, targeting an NCRI gathering in France attended by 100,000 people, was thwarted in June and an Iranian diplomat is under arrest for planning the attack.
Then, in August, two Iranian agents were arrested in the US for spying on the MEK and providing information about members to the Regime.
Next week, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly will open and allow the international community to question Iran for its actions, including meddling in the affairs of its neighbours; attacks on its opposition abroad; proliferating weapons such as ballistic missiles and suppressing its own people at home.
The UN Security Council should take the opportunity to hold Iran to account.