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Canada Iran says it has arrested a leader of a "terrorist group" based in the United States

09:25  02 august  2020
09:25  02 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Iran has nabbed the alleged ringleader of a group of Iranian exiles in California accused of carrying out terrorist attacks against the Islamic The leader of Tondar (Persian for ‘thunder’), identified as Jamshid Sharmahd, was captured in an intelligence operation, state media reported on Saturday.

Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US - based The group 's "Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran , is now in the powerful hands" of Iran 's security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

Le pouvoir iranien indique avoir arrêté le chef d'un groupe terroriste, habituellement basé aux Etats-Unis. © AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY The Iranian authorities say they have arrested the leader of a terrorist group, usually based in the States -United.

Iranian intelligence services have announced that they have found an opponent of the regime and leader of a terrorist group. The individual would be installed in the United States, further complicating relations between the two countries.

Iran claimed on Saturday that it had arrested the leader of an "terrorist group" based in the United States and accused of being behind a deadly attack in a mosque in the south of the country in 2008.

" Jamshid Sharmahd, head of the terrorist group Tondar (based) in the United States […], is now in the hands ” of the Iranian intelligence services, the intelligence ministry said in a statement quoted by state television.

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Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US - based " terrorist Iran 's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a live speech on state TV on Friday, ruled out negotiations with the United States over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes, calling on Iranians to resist US bullying.

Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a The statement did not elaborate on where or when the leader of the opposition royalist group known as Iran hanged two other convicted members of the group in 2010, who had "confessed to obtaining explosives and planning to assassinate officials".

The statement does not specify where, how or when Mr. Sharmahd, who usually resides in the United States, was arrested but referred to an "complicated operation" .

In this context, Iran attacked the United States, its enemy, for having welcomed Mr. Sharmahd, accusing them of "supporting known terrorists who have claimed responsibility for several terrorist acts inside from Iranian territory.

"This regime (the United States, Editor's note) must answer for its support for this terrorist group and other groups [...] which orchestrate armed operations and sabotage against the Iranian people from America and shed blood Iranians ”, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the Intelligence Ministry, Sharmahd organized the 2008 bombing of a mosque in Shiraz that left 14 people dead and some 200 injured.

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Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US - based The group 's "Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran , is now in the powerful hands" of Iran 's security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US - based The group 's "Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran , is now in the powerful hands" of Iran 's security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

The US State Department responded overnight Saturday through Sunday. “We have become aware of information relating to the detention of Mr. Sharmahd. The Iranian regime has a long history of detaining Iranians and foreign nationals on false charges. We urge Iran to be fully transparent and to respect all international legal standards ", a spokesperson said.

The stated objective of the Tondar group ( "thunder" in Persian), also known as the Monarchist Association of Iran, is to overthrow power in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The group advocates violence and openly criticizes the Koran.

Failure

Iranian authorities hanged in 2009 three men convicted of the Shiraz bombing, claiming that they had links with the monarchist group and that they had taken their orders "from an Iranian CIA agent installed in the United States, to try to assassinate a senior official in Iran.

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head of a United States - based " Terrorist group " accused of bombing a mosque in 2008 that killed 14 people and wounded more than 200 others in the The statement did not elaborate on where or when the leader of the opposition royalist group known as the Kingdom Assembly of Iran , known in

Iran said it has arrested a leader of US - based terrorist group , Tasnim reported. Iran has arrested the leader Tondar (Thunder). They promised to announce other details later.

In 2010, two other suspected members of the group, Mohammad Reza Ali Zammani and Arash Rahmanipour, who according to Tehran "confessed to having planned to assassinate those responsible" , were hanged.

According to the Intelligence Ministry's statement on Saturday, the Tondar group planned to carry out several "major operations" , such as detonating the Sivand dam in Shiraz or the shrine of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in Tehran. . But they failed, he said without further clarification.

The ministry then released a photo of a gray-haired man blindfolded as Jamshid Sharmahd. He did not say where or when the photo was taken.

According to the Association's website (Tondar.org), Mr. Sharmahd, born in Tehran in 1955, grew up in an Iranian-German family before moving to the United States in 2003, where he is illustrated by his statements hostile to the Islamic Republic and to Islam, on satellite channels in Persian.

Opponents arrested

In October, Iran announced the detention of another opponent formerly exiled in France, Rouhollah Zam, again without giving details of the circumstances or place of his arrest.

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Iran said Saturday it has arrested the head of a US - based The group 's "Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran , is now in the powerful hands" of Iran 's security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

Iran said on Saturday its intelligence services have detained a U . S .- based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a deadly Based in Los Angeles, the little-known Kingdom Assembly of Iran , or Tondar, says it seeks to restore the Iranian monarchy that was overthrown by

Accused of having played an active role in the demonstrations against Iranian power in 2017-2018, Mr. Zam was sentenced to death at the end of June for "corruption on earth" , one of the most serious charges foreseen by the Iranian penal code.

Iran had also captured and then hanged in 2010 Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the Sunni separatist group Joundallah ( "soldiers of God" ), at the origin of a bloody rebellion in Sistan-Balochistan in the south-east of Iran. Rigi was arrested on an airliner that flew from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan when Iranian warplanes forced his plane to land in Iran.

Long-time enemies, Iran and the United States have not maintained diplomatic relations since 1980. Their strained relations reached a new peak after the unilateral withdrawal of Donald Trump's administration in 2018 from the international agreement on Iranian nuclear power and the reinstatement of US sanctions against Tehran.

The two countries regularly exchange invectives and accuse each other of "terrorism" .

Kingston youth pleads guilty to terror charges after January 2019 arrest .
OTTAWA — A teenager arrested in an RCMP raid in Kingston, Ont., last year has pleaded guilty to a series of terrorism-related charges for trying to encourage and facilitate a bomb attack. The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, admitted to the four charges — plus another for violating his bail conditions — during a video appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville, Ont., on Tuesday. Sentencing is expected at a later date. The Crown is asking that the youth be sentenced as an adult.

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