Since its inception, the Iranian regime has depended on two instruments of power for survival: 1) domestic suppression and 2) export of terrorism.
The regime’s organized sponsorship of terror is a calculated and well-calibrated offensive tool to extract maximum concessions and further its expansionist designs in the region and the world. This is key to understanding the regime’s modus-operandi and calculations. Terrorism is not only an instrument of the Iranian regime’s foreign policy but far more it is part of its offensive strategy for survival.
The regime has planned, directed, and executed over 500 sophisticated terrorist attacks outside the country in the last four decades. The statistic does not include regime criminal acts of death and destruction by way of military and proxy interventions in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Yemen in recent years.
Some of the more infamous terrorist acts planned, and directed by Iran’s regime, and carried out by its agents and proxies, have been the bombing of the American Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, and the bombing of the Khobar Towers housing American service members in Saudi Arabia in 1996.
A German federal court in Berlin in 1997 concluded after four years of investigations, that the regime’s Supreme Leader, President, Foreign Minister and Intelligence Minister were directly behind terrorist attacks abroad, and a council consisting of these individuals decides on all terrorist operations. The main agencies involved in terrorist plots are the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force (QF), the Foreign Ministry and its embassies around the world.
Terror plot against Free Iran Gathering – June 2018
A brazen attempt at mass murder at the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering near Paris in France in 2018 drew international condemnation and extensive repercussions against the Iranian regime. The gathering attended by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, and hundreds of political dignitaries, including delegations from the US and various European countries, was targeted by the Iranian regime’s MOIS for a bombing attack. German authorities arrested, Assaddollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat-terrorist stationed in Vienna, on route from an explosives drop-off. Authorities arrested three others in connection with the terror plot. All are currently in jail in Belgium awaiting trial. The investigative judge rejected the Iranian regime’s efforts to release them on bail.
Prior to the Paris terrorist attempt by the Iranian regime, Albanian security services discovered and neutralized another plot to bomb a PMOI/MEK Iranian New Year gathering near Tirana, Albania, also attended by Mrs. Rajavi in March of 2018.
On August 20, 2018, the US Justice Department announced that a grand jury in the United States returned an indictment charging two MOIS agents resident in the US of acting on behalf of the Iranian regime by conducting surveillance and spying on MEK members in the US.
The exhibition puts on display this insidious and systemic use of terror by the Iranian regime with special attention to more recent operations and their strategic and tactical implications.