The third session of the 2020 Free Iran Global Summit, held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),  was focused on tackling the Iranian regime’s terrorism. This call was echoed by all the participants, who also advocated closing Iranian embassies and expelling Iranian agents.

In this short series, we will look at the speech given by Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi about Iranian Regime terrorism that has primarily targeted the Iranian people and their resistance. This part will focus on her comments about the regime’s terrorism over the years, focusing on the situation in Iraq.

Here are just some of the terrorist incidents mentioned:

  • Bombings in public places
  • Destruction of religious shrines/buildings
  • Assassinations of scientists and professionals
  • Kidnappings
  • Mutilations

Not only that but the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is responsible for the deaths of 608 American service members in Iraq. If this is what the regime does outside Iran, imagine what they are doing to women and minorities inside Iran.

Maryam Rajavi then described one horrific act of violence committed by former deputy Intelligence Minister Saeed Hajjarian against a member of the Iranian Resistance. She quoted a rival regime faction member as saying: “He (Hajjarian) tied the person to a tree and used a rope to tie the person’s hand to a tractor. Then he drove the tractor until the person’s arm split from their body.”

She said: “These are the methods used by the regime, and it is how the regime has held onto power over more than 40 years through suppression and terrorism. Vilification and demonization is the flip side of the regime’s terrorism because it sets the stage and paves the way for it.”

If you’re wondering why the regime does this, it’s because they fear that their grip on power will falter if they abandon terrorism and human rights abuses, which is why their terrorist plots have only grown over the past two years, since the Resistance helped the Iranian people to rise up in successive protests against the regime.

In fact, in 2018, the regime pursued two terrorist plots against the Resistance in Europe, one in Albania at the headquarters of the Resistance in March and one in France during the Free Iran Global Summit in June.

The June bomb plot was organized by the Iranian diplomat to Vienna, who is now on trial in Belgium, along with the three people he hired. Although, the true planners in Iran, who made these plans just days after the December 2017 uprisings, remain unpunished. (Apparently, they were going to blame the resistance, saying that it was the result of warring factions, which is the definition of projection.)

Maryam Rajavi said: “This shows that the regime views this Resistance and democratic alternative as the main threat to its survival. And it spares to crime to confront the Resistance; even to the extent that it uses its own formal officials to move explosives.”

One of the biggest problems is that the international community has not taken the right policy on the regime from the start. So what is the right policy to tackle the regime’s terrorism and prevent new acts? Well, that will be the topic of our next section.

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