Report on Alleged Iranian Regime's Global Assassination and Terrorism Plots
In recent revelations sourced from Dr. Majid Rafizadeh's op-ed published by the Gatestone Institute, a series of concerning actions attributed to the Iranian regime has come to light. The report sheds light on Iran's alleged involvement in various plots, assassinations, and acts of terrorism on the global stage.
Cypriot Authorities Thwart Iranian Plot in Collaboration with Mossad
The Cypriot authorities, according to information detailed by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh in his report for the Gatestone Institute, recently foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate Israeli businessmen within the country. Two Iranian asylum-seekers, reportedly in contact with an individual linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, were apprehended. The operation was conducted in collaboration with Israel's Mossad security service, as disclosed by a Cypriot official on December 19, 2023. Notably, this marks the third reported instance within a year of Iranian plots targeting Israelis and Jews in Cyprus, a matter of grave concern according to the Israeli Prime Minister's office.
Alleged Global Assassination Attempts on Iranian Dissidents and News Anchors
The report further highlights allegations made by Iranian dissidents abroad, pointing to a pattern of intimidation, abductions, and assassination attempts orchestrated by the Iranian regime on a global scale. In a particularly shocking incident, Iranian operatives allegedly offered a human trafficker $200,000 to carry out the assassination of two news anchors, known as "the bride and the groom," outside their London studio. Plans to car-bomb the studios of the Persian-language news channel Iran International in West London were also reportedly uncovered, according to an investigation by ITV News.
Iran's Accusation of Attempted Assassinations on U.S. Soil
Since the Biden administration took office in January 2021, the Iranian regime has faced accusations of attempting to carry out terrorist and assassination plots on U.S. soil. Dr. Rafizadeh's report references the case of Shahram Poursafi (aka Mehdi Rezayi), who was charged on August 11, 2022, with attempting to hire an individual in the United States to carry out the murder of former National Security Advisor John Bolton. The report also mentions an alleged offer of $1 million for the assassination of former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Another incident involves a man carrying an AK-47 assault rifle appearing at the Brooklyn, NY home of Iranian-American human rights activist Masih Alinejad.
International Calls for Reevaluation of U.S. Approach Towards Iran
The report underscores the urgent calls from voices such as Sen. Joni Ernst, who is advocating for a reassessment of the Biden administration's strategy towards Iran. Sen. Ernst's proposed PUNISH Act aims to prevent the administration from providing Tehran with further sanctions relief, citing concerns about the safety of American citizens both at home and abroad.
In conclusion, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh's report, based on information provided by the Gatestone Institute, highlights the gravity of the alleged actions by the Iranian regime on the international stage. As diplomatic tensions rise, questions persist about the efficacy of current diplomatic efforts and the potential consequences of Iran's alleged state-sponsored terrorism activities.