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Revolutionary Guards Expand Defense Plans

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
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Activation of “Passive Defense” in Sensitive Areas

Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Islamic Republic’s Passive Defense Council said, “By the ‎end of the year, passive defense mechanism would be activated in all provinces and ‎sensitive areas in the country.” ‎

Following this news and Jalali’s remarks, the National Passive Defense Council’s news ‎office added, “The Majlis tasked the government to cover vulnerabilities in the country’s ‎infrastructure (in face of a potential military strike against Iran) in the Fourth ‎Development Plan and we have devised guidelines based on that. According to these ‎guidelines, a deputy is assigned in every executive organization as that organization’s ‎passive defense representative. In all executive organizations the requisite planning in ‎this regard has been implemented.” ‎

In military language, Passive Defense is referred to the totality of structural and ‎infrastructural measures taken to minimize damage from a potential enemy attack and ‎reduce the enemy’s precision and targeting capabilities, thus imposing higher costs on the ‎enemy. As such, factors such as concealment, camouflage, deception, division, ‎dispersion and protection are emphasized in passive defense. ‎

Passive Defense has become among the Islamic Republic’s defense plans, and according ‎to the head of the National Passive Defense Council, “The council’s first priority is to ‎disperse passive defense capabilities in the provinces.” He added, “We hope to activate ‎passive defense measures in all of the country’s provinces and sensitive areas by the end ‎of the year.” ‎

Noting the reduction in damages from a potential military attack, Jalali stressed that ‎‎“research and the implementation of programs aimed at reducing organizational ‎vulnerabilities” and while cautioning the necessity of defending such targets as nuclear ‎centers, radio and television, the Interior Ministry, provinces, Ministry of Energy, ‎Ministry of oil, Ministry of Communications and the central bank, said, “210 projects ‎have been briefed for these organizations. We also have good plans for safeguarding ‎nuclear facilities.”‎

According to the head of the National Passive Defense Council, thus far “170 billion ‎Tomans” have been set aside for such programs and “with the president’s cooperation, ‎plans are under way to dedicate 5 percent of provincial budgets to protect the ‎infrastructure of each province.” ‎

Source : Roozonline

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Revolutionary Guards Expand Defense Plans

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
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Activation of “Passive Defense” in Sensitive Areas

Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Islamic Republic’s Passive Defense Council said, “By the ‎end of the year, passive defense mechanism would be activated in all provinces and ‎sensitive areas in the country.” ‎

Following this news and Jalali’s remarks, the National Passive Defense Council’s news ‎office added, “The Majlis tasked the government to cover vulnerabilities in the country’s ‎infrastructure (in face of a potential military strike against Iran) in the Fourth ‎Development Plan and we have devised guidelines based on that. According to these ‎guidelines, a deputy is assigned in every executive organization as that organization’s ‎passive defense representative. In all executive organizations the requisite planning in ‎this regard has been implemented.” ‎

In military language, Passive Defense is referred to the totality of structural and ‎infrastructural measures taken to minimize damage from a potential enemy attack and ‎reduce the enemy’s precision and targeting capabilities, thus imposing higher costs on the ‎enemy. As such, factors such as concealment, camouflage, deception, division, ‎dispersion and protection are emphasized in passive defense. ‎

Passive Defense has become among the Islamic Republic’s defense plans, and according ‎to the head of the National Passive Defense Council, “The council’s first priority is to ‎disperse passive defense capabilities in the provinces.” He added, “We hope to activate ‎passive defense measures in all of the country’s provinces and sensitive areas by the end ‎of the year.” ‎

Noting the reduction in damages from a potential military attack, Jalali stressed that ‎‎“research and the implementation of programs aimed at reducing organizational ‎vulnerabilities” and while cautioning the necessity of defending such targets as nuclear ‎centers, radio and television, the Interior Ministry, provinces, Ministry of Energy, ‎Ministry of oil, Ministry of Communications and the central bank, said, “210 projects ‎have been briefed for these organizations. We also have good plans for safeguarding ‎nuclear facilities.”‎

According to the head of the National Passive Defense Council, thus far “170 billion ‎Tomans” have been set aside for such programs and “with the president’s cooperation, ‎plans are under way to dedicate 5 percent of provincial budgets to protect the ‎infrastructure of each province.”

Source : Roozonline

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New Deputy in Every Election

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
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Rumors of Deputy Interior Minister’s Dismissal ‎

Rumors of the imminent dismissal of Deputy Interior Minister commander Afshar are heard at a ‎time when the ninth administration seems to be close to setting a new record, according to which, ‎in the three years since the administration came to power, each year a new deputy has found his ‎way to the tall skyscraper on Fatemi Street. Thus far, the ninth administration has administered ‎every election under a different Deputy Interior Minister, who is, in effect, the chief elections ‎administrator. ‎

News sources close to the administration, including Fars news agency, Reporters’ Club and ‎Borna news agency announced on Friday that commander Ali Reza Afshar, the interior ‎ministry’s political deputy, has resigned from his post at the ministry and left the ministry. ‎Nevertheless, on Saturday Ali Reza Afshar told the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) that he ‎has not resigned from his post. He also noted that “I had the pleasure to serve in the ninth ‎administration by Mr. Ahmadinejad’s invitation and will continue to be of service for as long as ‎and at position he deems appropriate.” ‎

Although, as predicted twenty days ago by the Tabnak news website, conflicts of opinion ‎between Afshar and newly appointed Interior Minister Kordan may be sufficient for Afshar’s ‎departure, yesterday’s remarks by this former Revolutionary Guards commander were of interest ‎in their own right. In reiterating that he was invited to serve by the president, Afshar was ‎insinuating that his presence at the ministry is outside the boundary of authority of the new ‎Interior Minister. Nevertheless, Kargozaran newspaper reported on Saturday that denials of ‎Afshar’s resignation are not “serious,” noting that, in previous instances as well, whenever an ‎administration official was removed, denials were issued shortly prior to that official’s removal. ‎

Now rumors of Deputy Interior Minister’s removal are abound even though the position is the ‎most important deputy-position in all ministries, because it oversees election administration. ‎Afshar’s change would mark the third change in deputy Interior Minister position in the past ‎three years. The first Interior Minister of the ninth administration was Mostafa ‎Pourmohammadi, who initially appointed Ali Jannat as the ministry’s political deputy, but when ‎it was found that Jannati had supported Hashemi Rafsanjani in the presidential election, ‎agitations began to remove him. As a result, Ahmadinejad personally picked the Deputy Interior ‎Minister, so that, on the eve of the third round of city council elections, Ali Jannati was ‎appointed as Iran’s ambassador to Bahrain and a figure closer to Ahmadinejad administered the ‎elections. As a result of these developments, and on the eve of the third round of city council ‎elections, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, Ahmadinejad’s high advisor and confidant was appointed ‎as Deputy Interior Minister in September of 2006. ‎

This time, Samareh Hashemi’s removal was initiated by the president’s order, and Mostafa ‎Pourmohammadi said, “We would have liked to continue our cooperation with Mojtaba Samareh ‎Hashemi as Deputy Interior Minister but due to pressure of work and his position as president’s ‎advisor, Dr. Ahmadinejad did not agree with his stay at the Interior Ministry.” ‎

As such, on the eve of the third elections administered by the Ahmadinejad government – eighth ‎Majlis elections – in August 2007, Commander Alireza Afshar was appointed as the ministry’s ‎political deputy; the same person whose dismissal rumors are now abound in the media. ‎

Ali Kordan, who last week approved the resignation of the Interior Ministry’s reconstruction ‎communication deputy, is yet to react to news of Afshar’s resignation and only told reporters, “I ‎know nothing about this issue.” ‎

Source : Roozonline

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Stop Lying!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
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Nateq-Nouri’s Criticism against the Administration:

Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, head of Supreme Leader’s Audit Office, blasted on Saturday ‎those who purport to communicate with or know of the time of return of Imam Zaman, ‎the twelfth Shia Imam currently in occultation, calling them liars. The remarks were ‎made despite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated claims in various speeches that his ‎administration is guided by “Imam Zaman.” On at least one occasion, Ahmadinejad has ‎claimed that the time for Imam Zaman’s return is near. ‎

Imam Zaman is the twelfth Shia Imam. According to Shia theology, he is in occultation ‎like the Messiah, and will return at “the end of time” to reform the earth. In his critical ‎remarks, uttered at Ayatollah Khomeini’s burial site, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri said, ‎‎“Anyone who says I know when Imam Zaman is returning is lying, and anyone who ‎claims to be communicating or know that Imam Zaman is returning in near future days or ‎years is talking nonsense. Then it is mentioned that some are falsely claiming to have ‎seen or communicated with Imam Zaman. Anyone who claims that I have seen Imam ‎Zaman or communicate with him and he has given me messages is a liar.” ‎

This prominent conservative figure who had previously criticized the Ahmadinejad ‎Administration’s economic policies, reserved the last part of his speech for more pointed ‎criticism of the ninth administration’s religious claims, noting, “There is no doubt that ‎this country is the country of Imam Zaman, a Shia country that is a Islamic Republic and ‎governed based on Islamic principles; but that does not mean that everything we do is ‎coming from him [Imam Zaman]. Why are we spending on Imam Zaman’s behalf?” ‎

In an implicit reference to Ahmadinejad’s remarks earlier noting “Imam Zaman’s ‎management” of the country’s affairs, Nateq-Nouri said, “When our actions are carried ‎out in Imam Zaman’s name, people say that perhaps he would manage things the same ‎way when he returns; therefore this is better. I take this issue to be very dangerous.” ‎

Nateq-Nouri’s criticism of the ninth administration’s religious ideas on Saturday is ‎publicized despite the fact that, ever since coming to power, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ‎touted “speeding up Imam Zama’s return” as the political agenda of his administration. ‎Nonetheless, serious rifts emerged between him and major Islamic jurists last spring ‎when, at a speech in Mashhad, Ahmadinejad promised that he “sees Imam Zaman’s hand ‎in all affairs.” He even attributed his “successful” appearance at Columbia University – ‎despite “obstacles” manufactured by American politicians – to Imam Zaman’s help and ‎claimed that 500 million people watched his speech on television.

Source : Roozonline

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Official Apology to Mousavian

Saturday, September 20th, 2008
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Ahmad Tavakoli: Accusations of Espionage Were Lies

While the recent apology offered by Tehran Majlis representative Ahmad Tavakoli to ‎Hossein Mousavian, Iran’s former nuclear negotiator has been received warmly, the ‎president’s office asked Tavakoli to announce his repentance for his second gaff, a ‎reference to the latter’s apology. ‎

Tavakoli is a member of Iran’s parliament and the head of the Majlis’ research center ‎operating a website under the name of Alef. He recently made a public statement that the ‎report on the website against Mousavian (who had been accused of espionage for Britain ‎by the government in connection with the nuclear dossier) was “complete fabricated” and ‎he apologized to himself and Tavakoli’s family. In response, Mousavian wrote him a ‎letter in which he wrote, “Until now I had remained silent in the interests of the country ‎and the regime, and I want to continue this. I am confident that after studying relevant ‎documents and speaking with appropriate officials now understand the secret of my ‎silence.”‎

In his letter Tavakoli had explained that, “Almost all the news in this regard were either ‎direct quotes from state officials, such as the president, the administration spokesperson, ‎minister of intelligence or the spokesperson for the foreign relations committee and the ‎national security committee of the Majlis, or other sources. The defense attorneys for the ‎suspect had asserted that most of the charges against their client that appeared in the ‎media were not factual and neither the ministry of intelligence nor the attorney general ‎had not reported them in their documents.”‎

The Response of the Presidential Office
Following the news of the apology, allies of the ninth administration have said there is ‎another story behind the regret. The president’s office too issued a statement protesting ‎Tavakoli’s letter and even called asked him to repent his new mistake, a reference to the ‎apology letter. This statement was published by Fars News Agency the president’s office ‎wrote, “If a new coalition is forming in the process of new political arrangements, ‎mistakes committed in the past should not be attributed to the president, and so it is ‎necessary that you repent your new mistake.”‎

Quoting this news, Shahab News website wrote that “The presidential offices’ statement ‎implicitly claimed that Tavakoli’s apology from seyed Hossein Mousavian and his ‎insistence on the error in the media accusations brought against Mousavian were because ‎of the new political coalitions (among conservatists opposing the government) taking ‎place.” ‎

But the publication of this statement which indicates the anger of the president’s office at ‎Tavakoli, took place while some website affiliated to the government such as Melat News ‎had published news reports apologizing their false news reports about the false ‎accusations against Mousavian, and said he was the victim of political games.‎

Along with Hassan Rowhani, Mousavian was a key negotiator on Iran’s nuclear team. He ‎gradually lost his position as Larijani was appointed as the new chief negotiator and ‎Ahmadinejad came to the national political front. He was arrested after President ‎Ahmadinejad and his minister of intelligence publicly accused him last year of being a ‎spy, having relations with foreign embassies in Tehran and other security issues and sent ‎to prison. He was released after 10 days and the payment of his bail, as the administration ‎publicly declared its displeasure with his release. And when some talk was heard of a ‎pardon for Mousavian, Ahmadinejad warned the judiciary in a speech that if it went ‎ahead with its pardon, he would publish certain documents. The chief executive never ‎pursued on his threat and the judiciary threw out the espionage charges against him, ‎condemning him to 2 years of suspended prison and ban from any diplomatic position in ‎the government.‎

Source : Roozonline

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Persian Gulf under Revolutionary Guards’ Guardianship

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
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Military Formation More Pronounced ‎

While a month ago, in response to the growing military threats against Iran, an Islamic Republic ‎official announced the possibility of “closing the Strait of Hormuz” for an “unidentified” period ‎of time, the Islamic Republic News Agency yesterday published an exclusive interview with ‎Seyyed Yahya Safavi, former Passdaran Revolutionary Guards’ commander, in which he said ‎that “the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards will be in charge of defending the Persian ‎Gulf.” ‎

As announced yesterday by the former Passdaran Revolutionary Guards commander, moving ‎forward, “according to the latest decision,” the conventional army (Iran’s classic marine corps) ‎will be in charge of defending the Sea of Oman and Caspian Sea and the Revolutionary Guards ‎will defend the Persian Gulf. In his interview with IRNA, Rahim Safavi also expanded on the ‎scope of the Revolutionary Guards’ defense of the Persian Gulf, noting, “The Islamic Republic ‎Revolutionary Guards’ missiles are able to cover the entire width of the Persian Gulf and no ship ‎passing through is outside our range of fire.” ‎

Safavi added, “With their defensive capabilities including missile capabilities, air force, navy and ‎marine missiles our armed forces are able to control the Strait of Hormuz.” In addition the ‎current commander of the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards also raised the possibility of blocking ‎the Strait of Hormuz. ‎

This commander went even further and by first recalling a story said, “After the Americans ‎became aware of this decision, they announced to their ships not to get close to the Iranian ships, ‎given the Passdarans’ responsibility of defending the Persian Gulf, because they would not ‎hesitate in rapidly confronting the invaders.” Ayatollah Khamenei’s advisor, however, did not ‎clarify when or how the American forces became aware of this decision. ‎

In addition, as reported by IRNA, this former commander commented on the “Zionist regime’s ‎threats and the possibility of that regime’s strike on Iran,” noting, “The Zionist regime does not ‎have the political, economic or social capabilities to start such an enormous war.” Regarding ‎America’s threats, special advisor to the Supreme Leader noted, “In such a case, 200 thousand ‎American forces who are stationed in the region would be placed under serious danger and ‎certainly the Americans would not commit to a fourth front in addition to engagements they have ‎in Afghanistan, Iraq and Georgia. The Islamic Republic’s armed forced including the ‎Revolutionary Guards, army, and eleven million Basijis are fully prepared to respond to any ‎aggression.” ‎

The announcement of the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards’ pronounced presence in the ‎Persian Gulf region was made last month by the current Guards chief. While announcing the ‎testing of a new missile, which, according to him, were “designed to target enemy ships and ‎vessels in the Persian Gulf area within a 300 kilometer radius,” General Mohammad Ali Jafari, ‎commander of the Guards, announced that the Strait of Hormuz may be blocked for an ‎unspecified amount of time. ‎

Commander Jafari had warned last June regarding a possible military attack on Iran, insisting, ‎‎”The enemy will be looking for a short encounter but we would move to prolong the war to use ‎our missile and non-missile capabilities to destroy enemy targets.”

Source : Roozonline

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