Britain, US failed to cause Iran unrest, claims Khamenei

Protests in Iran spread to more than 80 cities. (Handout via Reuters)
Updated 09 January 2018
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Britain, US failed to cause Iran unrest, claims Khamenei

BEIRUT/LONDON: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed on Tuesday that Iran had foiled attempts by the US and Britain to create unrest during a wave of protests across more than 80 cities.
“The enemy now repeatedly makes moves and they are defeated each time,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by state media, according to Reuters. “It’s because of the resistance, because of the strong populist and national dam.”
Khamenei tweeted, “Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too’.” 
The protests were widely linked to the economic and political situation in Iran as well as its foreign policy.
A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman declined to comment on Khamenei's claim, referring to a previous statement by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Johnson said on Jan. 1 that there should be “meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising.”
He added: “People should be able to have freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully within the law. We regret the loss of life that has occurred in the protests in Iran, and call on all concerned to refrain from violence and for international obligations on human rights to be observed.”
Protests in Iran spread to more than 80 cities since late December and at least 21 people died.
An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of the protests, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released, according to AP.


US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

Updated 19 September 2018
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US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

  • The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism
  • The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened

WASHINGTON: The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East.
The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism released on Wednesday said Iran and its proxies are responsible for fomenting violence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened from the war in Syria and with valuable battlefield experience they seek to leverage elsewhere.

"Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Lebanon," he said.
All three -- Daesh, Al-Qaeda and Iran -- "have both the capability and intent to strike the United States and our allies," State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales said.
The report indicated a general increase in global cooperation to fight terrorism, including tracking and blocking financial flows to the groups.
But this remains a challenge, Sales noted.
"You have got to stop the flow of money to these organizations."
"You have got to stop terrorist travel" as well, he added, pointing to the spread of airport detection systems like biometric face identification as a potent tool.
In addition, the survey reported a 24 percent decrease in attacks around the world between 2016 and 2017. That was due mainly to a sharp decline in the number of attacks in Iraq, where the Daesh group has been largely displaced.