Ops and Intel update, 06.26.09
Iraqi Daily Compares Speeches by Iran’s Shah and Iran’s Supreme Leader
According to the Iraqi daily Al-Sabah Al-Jadid , the sermon delivered by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Friday brings to mind the last speech by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1978. The subject of both speeches was the same. Both speeches addressed broad popular demonstrations with acts of violence, the fall of victims, and the arrest of key political figures.
Rooz Report: IRGC Issue Strong Warning To Internet Users
The online daily Rooz reported: "As the news about the post-election turmoil in Iran are widely disseminated through Iranian and non-Iranian websites across the globe, which paints a picture of the recent violence that is completely different from what the Iranian state-controlled radio and television network portrays, the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) issued a harsh warning signaling its intent to confront web users, accusing them of instigating violence on the streets..."
Karroubi: Ahmadinejad's Government Is Illegitimate
In a June 23, 2009 meeting with the editorial staff of his newspaper, the reformist daily Etemad-e Meli , Mehdi Karroubi stated that he did not accept the election results and that Ahmadinejad's government was illegitimate.
Khamenei Warns Of Anarchy, Dictatorship If Election Results Not Honored; Ahmadinejad Supporters Threaten Larijani
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said yesterday at a meeting with Majlis members that the people and the state would not submit to pressure by the demonstrators, and that if the law (i.e. the election result) was not honored, there would be anarchy that would lead to dictatorship.
Website Affiliated With Rezai: IRNA Lied To Serve Ahmadinejad
The Iranian website Tabnak, which is affiliated with presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai, has accused Iran's official news agency IRNA, which supports Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of publishing false election results in the candidates' home towns so as to create the impression that Ahmadinejad's rivals had not even managed to get a majority there.
Ayatollah Montazeri: Iranian Regime's Actions Could Bring It Down
In an announcement, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri stated that the actions of the heads of the Iranian regime, who presume to rule in the name of Islam, do not reflect the religion, and are unacceptable. He stated that the regime's repression is distancing the people from it and from Islam, and warned that the use of the military to spill the people's blood is reminiscent of the actions of the deposed Shah Pahlavi, and could lead to the regime's downfall.
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Iranian Dissident: Khamenei Is Repeating Shah's Mistakes
Iranian dissident journalist Isa Saharkhiz has stated that the "oppressing dictator" Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is imitating Shah Pahlavi, and that like him he sent military forces to deliberately spill the blood of the people.
Key Difference Between Iran, Iraq Regarding Role Of Clerics
According to the Iraqi daily Al-Sabah Al-Jadid, while the population in both Iran and Iraq are Shi'a Muslims, there is a fundamental difference in the way they view their clerics. The Iranians view their clerics as central to the political system, whereas the Iraqis think clerics should limit themselves to offering advice but should not take part in the daily political action. And these are the fundamental differences between Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iraqi religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. The Iranian constitution creates velayat al-faqih (the Rule of the Jurisprudent) and grants the supreme leader enormous power. The Iraqi constitution provides no such role to the Iraqi clerics.
Britain Freezes $1.6 Billion in Iranian Assets
Britain has frozen $1.6 Billion in Iranian assets as part of the U.E. and Security Council sanctions on this country.
Photo: Iranian Clerics Demonstrate In Support Of Mousavi
Ops and Intel update, 06.26.09