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Iran detains former ringleader of ASMLA terror outfit

Crescent International

On November 1, several international media outlets reported that Islamic Iran had arrested Habib Asyud, former ringleader of the terrorist outfit, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA).

The news was first announced by Mojtaba Zonnouri, head of Iran parliament’s national security commission.

Asyud was the mastermind of the September 2018 terror attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that left at least 25 dead, including civilians.

According to Abu Dhabi regime’s media outlet, the National News, Asyud boarded a flight from Sweden to Turkey.

From there, he was to fly to Qatar but was arrested by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iranian intelligence.

In February 2020, Tehran Times reported that “Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and the Netherlands police separately arrested and charged four members of an anti-Iran terrorist group on suspicion of spying for Saudi Arabia.”

Asyud’s arrest is the second successful operation by Iranian law enforcement agencies of foreign-based counter-revolutionary Iranian saboteurs.

In August 2020, Jamshid Sharmahd, a California-based member of an obscure exile group seeking to topple the Islamic government was detained by Iran en route to India.

While terrorists like Sharmahd and Asyud pose no serious threat to Iran, the method of their arrest highlights Iran’s strategic regional depth.

The fact that Asyud was handed over to Iran by Turkish authorities points to the fact that there is strong security cooperation between Tehran and Ankara.

It also highlights the level of political maturity of Turkish and Iranian political establishments.

Even though the two countries are on opposite sides in the Syrian conflict, they have shown great wisdom by not expanding their disagreements to other areas and regions.

This points to a simple truth: regional tensions can be avoided if governments are not imposed by foreign powers on Muslim societies.

Both Iran and Turkey have governments that are accountable to their respective publics.

Turkish-Iranian security cooperation is a positive sign for West Asia, a region plagued by NATO interference.

For long-term regional stability an alliance between the two Muslim countries is essential.

Any policy which pushes these regional heavyweights into conflict with each other would be disastrous for the region and will only benefit external neo-colonialist regimes.

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