‘Quds Force Assassinates Iranian Dissident in Europe’

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(Illustrative photo: Pixabay)
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It appears that an Iranian dissident was killed by Iranian assassins in a European capital last week.

A report from an Iranian media outlet that regularly cites credible information from regime insiders has quoted a regime official as stating that Ahwazi Arab Ahmad Mola, who was murdered last week outside his home in The Netherlands, was assassinated by an operative from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force.

The report in Amad News quoted an unnamed officer of the Guards Corps’  intelligence division who said that the operative carried out the brutal assassination, shooting Mola three times, once in the head and twice in the chest at point-blank range .

This is not the first such assassination ordered by the regime of an Ahwazi or other dissident in exile. Such murders have been documented in the Middle East and Europe since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

The officer said the assassination was carried out in revenge for Saudi Arabia’s policies towards Iran, claiming that Mola traveled to Geneva a week before the murder for a meeting with Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, the former head of Saudi’s intelligence agency.

The Iranian regime provided no evidence to substantiate its claims about Mola, but it does suggest the Ahwazi struggle for freedom, rights and autonomy is a fabricated cause created to justify a proxy war against the regime by the Saudis as part of the current tensions between the two regional powers.

This is despite the fact that the Ahwazi people’s struggle for freedom predates the theocratic regime, dating back to the British-backed annexation of the autonomous emirate by the former Pahlavi monarchy in 1925. The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), of which Mola was a founder member, was formed in the 1999.

This attempt to smear and denigrate the Ahwazi Arab people is a standard tactic for the regime, which routinely insinuated during the 1980-88 war that Ahwazis were spies for Saddam Hussein and more recently attempted to depict the Arab minority as Wahhabi Sunnis like the Saudis, despite the fact that most Ahwazis are Shiite.



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Rahim Ahwaz

Rahim Hamid is a freelance journalist and human rights advocate and co-founder of Ahwaz Monitor website who writes about the plight of his community – the Ahwazi Arabs – and other ethnic groups in Iran. You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/samireza42

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