On October 22, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Iraj Masjedi, the Iranian regime’s ambassador to Iraq, also known as Iran’s “secret governor of Iraq.” The designation of Masjedi once again underlines how the mullahs’ regime uses its embassies for terrorism. Thus, it is imperative to close all the regime’s embassies and expel its diplomat-terrorists, particularly in Iraq, where Masjedi operates as the regime ambassador, implementing the regime’s warmongering policies.
Today's designation of Iraj Masjedi is a stark reminder that the United States will continue to disrupt the IRGC-QF’s attempts to threaten the security, sovereignty, and prosperity of Iraq and its people. https://t.co/eggrnf6VA1 https://t.co/cWOlBSypvt— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) October 22, 2020
“Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating Iraj Masjedi, a general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq, for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF. A close adviser to former IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani, Masjedi played a formative role in the IRGC-QF’s Iraq policy. In his decades of service with the group, Masjedi has overseen a program of training and support to Iraqi militia groups, and he has directed or supported groups that are responsible for attacks that have killed and wounded U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.
In his current capacity, Masjedi has exploited his position as the Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq to obfuscate financial transfers conducted for the benefit of the IRGC-QF,” read the U.S. Treasury’s statement on Thursday.
“The Iranian regime threatens Iraq’s security and sovereignty by appointing IRGC-QF officials as ambassadors in the region to carry out their destabilizing foreign agenda,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to employ the tools and authorities at its disposal to target the Iranian regime and IRGC-QF officials that attempt to meddle in the affairs of sovereign nations, including any attempts to influence U.S. elections.”
Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s secret governor of Iraq
Iraj Masjedi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi, Secretary General of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Nujaba” of Iraq – June 25, 2018
In an exclusive report on November 15, 2019, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed how Masjedi uses his diplomatic cover to implement the mullahs’ warmongering polices in Iraq. This report shed light on how the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Brigadier General, and top commander of the IRGC Quds Force, acts as the regime’s “Secret governor of Iraq.”
In this regard, the NCRI wrote in its report: “Before his appointment as the Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq, state-run media outlets presented Iraj Masjedi as the senior advisor to Qassem Soleimani. Masjedi participated in the memorials of the IRGC forces killed in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.”
“On December 15, 2018, Iraj Masjedi participated in the Iraqi National Assembly and when the chairman of the session asked the participants to rise in respect of the Iraqi martyrs, Masjedi left the parliament. Many Iraqi media outlets described Masjedi’s departure as offensive to the Iraqi people,” the NCRI added.
“Masjedi had secretly gone to Iraqi cities such as Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Basra, Najaf, and Karbala and met with the Quds Force’s Iraqi agents, including Hadi Ameri, Abu-Mehdi Al-Mohandess, Hashem-al Moussavi, Abu Bilal Adib, Hassan-al Sari and another leader of Iran-backed Shiite groups. Through them, Masjedi carried out the regime’s interventionist policies and expanded its influence in Iraq,” read the report.
Masjedi’s role in oppressing Iraqi people’s uprising
Since last October, the people of Iraq started nationwide protests. Their core demand has been expulsion of the Iranian regime and its paid agents, who control top positions in Iraq, as well as all the terrorist forces of the IRGC. The Popular Mobilization Forces, created by the Iranian regime under the pretext of fighting the Islamic State, have attacked and assassinated many Iraqi protesters since October 2019.
In this regard, the NCRI’s exclusive report added: “During the time of Masjedi’s appointment as the Iranian regime’s ambassador to Iraq, many Iraqi political movements and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf called Masjedi as a war criminal. Yet Falih Alfayyadh, the Iraqi government’s National Security advisor, said the Iraqi government agreed with the appointment of Masjedi as ambassador because he ‘participated in the creation of the PMF.’”
Masjedi’s crimes against the people of Iraq are not limited to his time as the regime’s ambassador to Iraq. “After Nouri-al Maleki attacked the people’s sit-ins in Al-Anbar province in Iraq in 2014, Masjedi, along with other commanders of the Quds Forces entered Iraq and carried out their oppressive plans to slaughter or relocate Sunni residents of this province. In this regard, Hassan Danai-Far, then the regime’s ambassador to Iraq and a Quds Force officer, worked under Masjedi’s supervision,” read NCRI’s report in this regard.
The solution: Shut down Iran’s embassies of terror
The blacklisting of Masjedi comes in the wake of the trial of another of the regime’s diplomat-terrorists, Assadollah Assadi, who was arrested in 2018 with three other terrorists in Europe. They were trying to bomb the NCRI’s annual “Free Iran” gathering. Like Masjedi, Assadi used his diplomatic cover to transfer explosives to Europe and hand it over to his accomplices.
According to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), he also did a stint as the third secretary in the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was actively involved in the Iranian regime’s terrorist plots against the MEK and coalition forces.
Recently international media outlets revealed Assadi has threatened Belgian authorities with terrorist attacks by the regime’s proxy groups should he be convicted. Many such groups operate in Iraq and Syria.
Assadi’s threats and his trial coupled with the recent sanctioning of Masjedi once again show how the mullahs’ regime uses its embassies as emissaries of terror and espionage. It also highlights the need for the international community to take an immediate firm action and close all the regime’s embassies in the region and Europe and expel all the regime’s agents. This is the only answer to the regime’s organized terrorism.
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The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, and said that he used his diplomatic position to obscure the financial transfers made in favor of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
The United States also accused the Iranian ambassador to Iraq of "overseeing a training and support program for Iraqi armed groups and directing or supporting groups responsible for the attacks that killed and wounded US and coalition forces in Iraq."
Who is Iraj Masjedi, the ambassador of the Iranian regime in Iraq?
Iraj Masjedi is the field commander of the Iranian regime, the man of the guide of the Iranian revolution, Ali Khamenei in Iraq, and the third official in the terrorist Quds Force forces.
And 36 years ago, Iraj Masjid had a hand in interfering in the affairs of Iraq, and all the Iraqi militias linked to Iran, such as the Badr Corps, the Dawa Party, and the Kurdish currents under its command and leadership and received their salaries from it.
In recent years, Iraj Masjedi played a direct role in establishing the popular crowd from the regime's mercenary militias, and he currently plays a direct role in leading and controlling these groups.
According to reports from within the Iranian regime, the repressive forces of the Iraqi uprising that opened fire on the demonstrators, which include the Popular Mobilization Forces and the security forces, are all operating under the leadership of Iraj Masjedi.
Iraj Masjedi was born in 1957 in the city of Abadan in Khuzestan province. He has been working for 37 years in the Revolutionary Guard Corps and after the formation of Ramadan headquarters in 1983 to intervene in the affairs of Iraq, my mosque became chief of staff for this headquarters.
All Iraqi militias, including the Badr Corps, were formed under the command of Ramadan Headquarters.
After the war between Iran and Iraq and the formation of the Quds Force in 1990, and given the importance of Iraq, Iraj Masjedi became the commander of the First Corps in the Quds Force to intervene in Iraq and carry out various terrorist acts.
Between 1992 and 2003, the regime forces of the Ramadan headquarters command carried out 146 terrorist acts against the Mujahideen-e-Khalq on Iraqi soil.
Since 2003, after the overthrow of the former Iraqi regime, Iraj Masjedi has managed to distribute his men to Iraqi lands.
After ISIS seized Tikrit and Mosul in 2014, Iraj Masjedi settled in Iraq and assumed direct command of the IRGC in Iraq, and he organized Iraqi mercenary groups in the form of the Popular Mobilization Forces.
After 2017, he was officially appointed ambassador to Iran. In this way, this person, who carries a long history that extends to 30 years of interference in the affairs of Iraq and has a long hand in terrorist operations and the formation of Iraqi mercenary groups, was brought from behind the scene to the front, to manage all political, economic, military, security and even cultural affairs in Iraq. .
Thus, Khamenei's man in Iraq assumed the field command to suppress the uprising of the Iraqi people.
In order to cover up the criminal and terrorist history, present him as an ambassador for the regime, and give him immunity, Ijj Masjedi was identified on the official website of the embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a different and very different way from what is published about its history on the regime’s websites and media.
In this definition, no reference was ever made to the slightest thing about the military and security history of my mosque in the IRGC and his leadership of Ramadan headquarters. On the contrary, he was presented as an expert, political strategic researcher, and university professor.
And the regime's Mizan Agency wrote on January 16, 2017, coinciding with the spread of news about the possibility of installing Irj Masjedi as ambassador to Iraq: “Some media are talking about Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, the Supreme Adviser of the Jerusalem Forces, as the new ambassador for Iran in Iraq. Brigadier General Masjedi, the potential ambassador to Iran in Iraq, assumed the position of chief of staff of the only headquarters of the Guard forces outside the borders during the period of the Holy Defense (Ramadan headquarters).
The forces of this headquarters, which were mainly made up of the elites, who fought in the war in Kurdistan and the countries of the region, had to travel long kilometers on foot, going up and down the mountains to reach the target point and carry out guerrilla operations.
The mission of the headquarters was to carry out guerrilla operations on Iraqi lands in cooperation with the Iraqi Kurdish opposition forces.
Irj Masjedi was introduced before his appointment as the regime’s ambassador to the state media as a senior advisor to Qasem Soleimani and participated in the funeral ceremonies for the dead of the Guard forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
The approach and method of operation of Irj Masjedi in Iraq was similar to the behavior of a ruler of Khamenei in Iraq and a representative of an occupying power. There are several examples:
My mosque participated in the ceremony of the Iraqi National Council (Parliament) on December 15, 2018, when the session chair asked to stand in respect of the martyrs of Iraq, while he left the meeting. Several Iraqi media outlets described this behavior of my mosque as an offensive attitude and action to the Iraqi people.
Masjedi proved through his statement on September 26, 2019, that Iran would target the American forces in Iraq if the regime was attacked by the dimensions of the Quds Force intervention in Iraq and sparked widespread Iraqi protests.
My mosque has been in direct contact with many leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, take a look at some examples:
The history of Ramadan headquarters and my mosque during the Iran-Iraq war
Mohsen Rezaei, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Guard Forces, spoke about the date of the formation of the headquarters of Ramadan and said: Following the approval and welcome of the country's officials of the draft commander of the Guard Forces, he quickly formed the Center for Unconventional Wars under his direct supervision in 1983, and these formations were launched in conjunction with the advent of Ramadan Al-Mubarak, and it was named «Ramadan Residence».
After the Iran-Iraq War, Ramadan became the headquarters of the First Corps of the Quds Force, and its mission was to intervene in Iraq, and Iraj Masjedi was the commander of the First Corps in the Quds Force.
Ramadan headquarters after 2003 and the occupation of Iraq
The fall of the former regime in Iraq opened a new chapter in the behavior and actions of the "Quds Force," where Iraj Masjedi played a decisive role in advancing the regime's criminal lines.
Al-Harsi has frequented my mosques repeatedly to Iraqi cities, including Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Basra, Amara, Najaf and Karbala, and was linked to Iraqi Quds Force agents such as Hadi al-Amiri, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Hashem al-Musawi, Abu Bilal Adeeb, Hasan al-Sari and other leaders of Shiite groups affiliated with the Iranian regime. He was encouraging and forging ahead with policies of intervention and expansion of influence in Iraq.
Tens of thousands of agents of the Iranian regime exposed in Iraq
On January 26, 2007, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed during three major press conferences in Paris, London and Berlin, a completely secret document from within the Revolutionary Guard Corps that includes the names and specifications of 32,000 agents and mercenaries affiliated with the mullahs' regime in Iraq.
These mercenaries were all affiliates of the Ramadan headquarters of the Quds Force, who had been paid by the regime in Iran for years.
Shortly after the fall of the former regime in 2003, these forces were organized into large groups and entered Iraq through the Iran-Iraq border crossings under the direct leadership of the major terrorist leaders in the Quds Force, including Qassem Soleimani, Iraj Masjedi, Ahmed Foruzandeh, and Hamid Taqawi.
Tens of thousands of mercenaries have been stationed in Baghdad, in all major Iraqi cities, and in all aspects of military, political, partisan, administrative, economic, and cultural life, etc., in all vital regions of Iraq.
The aim was to turn Iraq this lost treasure into a republic of Khamenei's "Union of the Islamic Masses".
All of these people had Iranian and Iraqi names, an Iranian account number, their own code, an amount of salaries in Iranian currency, and so on.
Date of Ramadan headquarters
On December 1, 2007, the Mujahid newsletter, which speaks for the PMOI, MEK, revealed the terrorist interventions of the Quds Forces in Iraq under the command of Ramadan headquarters.
This headquarters established four field command headquarters in the Iranian provinces bordering Iraq, that is, in Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Khuzestan, and named them, in order, Nasr, Raad, Zafar and Dawn. Ramadan's headquarters was pursuing the implementation of its wide terrorist activities in Iraq through it.
Through these headquarters, the regime has transferred thousands of paramilitary forces to terrorist camps in Iran to receive military training. Some of these camps are dedicated to training Iraqi militias, and part of them is to train terrorists who are sent to various countries around the world.
The role of my mosque in forming the popular crowd:
After the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki attacked the popular sit-ins in Anbar Province in 2013, my mosque, accompanied by leaders of the Quds Force, came to Iraq and carried out repressive plans to kill and exterminate the Sunnis in this province.
In this regard, Hassan Danaei, the regime’s ambassador to Iraq at the time, who was himself an officer in the Quds Force, was working under the command of my mosque.
My mosque played a major role in the formation of the Iraqi criminal militia known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
On the mechanism of action and the approach of the Popular Mobilization Forces, he said that this force is a force affiliated with the Wilayat al-Faqih, and it must always be in the service of the Wilayat al-Faqih and the sacred ideals of the Islamic Republic in Iran.
Several IRGC officials have spoken of the Hashd al-Shaabi several times as the "Guard Forces in Iraq" or as the "Iranian Basij" in Iraq.
Also, the entry of these militias to the areas of the Sunnis under the pretext of fighting ISIS and the killing of innocent people in the various regions of the Sunnis was under the full supervision of my mosque. Later, these massacres and crimes were exposed by human rights organizations and the news media in detail.
In addition to Iraq, my mosque has played a major role in carrying out crimes, fueling the war in Syria and sending Iraqi militias to it.
In 2017, on the anniversary of the killing of a number of guards in Syria, my mosque said: “Yesterday, the front line on our fronts extended from Arundrod, Shalamjah, Mehran and Hajj Omran. Today, this front line has been moved to Damascus, Aleppo, Mosul and Fallujah.
After Iraj Masjedi was appointed ambassador to Iraq, and at a time when many Iraqi political currents and many Arab countries spoke about Irj Masjedi and described him as a war criminal, the Iraqi government’s National Security Adviser Faleh Fayyad said that the Iraqi government agreed to appoint my mosques as Iran's ambassador to Iraq. Faleh al-Fayyad stated that my mosque had “participated in forming the popular crowd”.
In a session held under the title (Thank you Iran) on April 24, 2019, the Popular Mobilization Forces thanked the role of the mullahs' regime. The meeting was attended by Iraj Masjedi with a number of leaders of the Quds Force, accompanied by the leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces, including Hadi al-Ameri, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Faleh al-Fayyad.
From the above, it is clear that the ambassador of the Iranian regime, Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, plays the role of the hidden ruler of Khamenei in Iraq, and he was, in fact, a deputy to General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, who was killed in an American raid, and in this context, he gives orders to mercenaries trained to kill and slaughter the Iraqi people.
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