US And Israel Form "Working Group" To Overthrow Iran Government

When economic protests quickly turned into widespread anti-regime protests engulfing some 75 mostly provincial cities and towns across Iran in late December and into January, we took note of the State Department's brazen pro-revolutionary rhetoric calling for "elements inside of Iran" to lead a "transition of government"  in spokesperson Heather Nauert's own words (echoing prior statements by then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson).

We posed the question then, and raised it again with renewed unrest in Tehran and the southern city of Khorrmashahr over this past week: are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?

Indeed a high level joint US-Israeli "working group" has been meeting for months with just this goal in mind as Axios confirms in a bombshell new report: "Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country's government."

Image of Iranian paramilitary dissident group (MEK) leader Maryam Rajavi, via NCR-Iran.

Israeli journalist Barak Ravid reports for Axios that, "Two Israeli officials told me the team was formed as a part of the U.S.-Israeli framework document on countering Iran," noting the team has met "several times during the last few months" and it has oversight by none other than John "Bomb Iran" Bolton and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat.

With the 2015 Obama-brokered JCPOA now in tatters after the US pullout, and with the Assad government emerging victorious after a seven year proxy war largely aimed by Western allies at rolling back Iranian influence in the Levant, it appears the White House stands ready to bring the Syria model of covert destabilization to Syria. 

Ravid continues:

The Israeli officials told me that both the domestic situation in Iran and the work of the joint team were discussed during a meeting between national security adviser John Bolton and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat at the White House several weeks ago. Both Bolton and Ben-Shabbat think that raising internal pressure on the Iranian regime might have a positive influence on Iranian regional behavior.

"Internal pressure" is precisely code for the type of CIA-Mossad sponsored destabilization campaigns which marked much of the history of 20th century coups in the third world, and which marked the 1953 overthrow of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in the coup d'etat that brought US and UK puppet Shah to power

As we reported in May just a few days after the former NYC mayor and Trump's personal attorney  unexpectedly let it slip that "we got a president who is tough, who does not listen to the people who are naysayers, and a president who is committed to regime change [in Iran]", the Washington Free Beacon had obtained a three-page white paper that was circulated among National Security Council officials with drafted plans to spark regime change in Iran, following the US exit from the Obama-era nuclear deal and the re-imposition of tough sanctions aimed at toppling the Iranian regime. 

The plan, authored by the Security Studies Group, or SSG, a national security think-tank that has close ties to senior White House national security officials, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, seeks to reshape longstanding American foreign policy toward Iran by emphasizing an explicit policy of regime change.

And it appears that the latest Axios report on the US-Israel working group is but an early manifestation of what was outlined in the white paper, and news of Bolton's direct oversight of the working group comes the same week Rudy Giuliani again told an Iranian opposition conference "see you in Tehran next year" and "the end is near" in reference to recent internal protests in the country. 

Though we have little doubt that such covert ops actually began years ago in Iran, likely into the Bush administration, Axios reports that US and Israeli state-sponsored propaganda is in full swing

In the last few weeks, both Israel and the U.S. started using social media to convey anti-regime messages to the Iranian people. And Netanyahu has recently posted four different videos on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter — translated to Farsi — in which he speaks to the Iranian people and encourages them to protest against the regime.

Axios further identifies recent tweets by Secretary of State Pompeo as possible direct result of the working group's strategy:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote a series of tweets supporting the protesters in Iran, criticizing mass arrests of protesters by the Iranian regime and highlighting the regime's growing funding of the Revolutionary Guards Corps as controversy build over Iran's domestic spending.

Of course, such examples constitute but the tip of the iceberg, especially when one looks at the activities and funding for the controversial Iranian opposition group in exile, Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK) considered by Iran and many other countries as a terror organization (and not long ago by the US State Deptartment, though delisted as a terror group under Obama ), but now given close support by US Congresspersons and Trump admin officials alike. 

Essentially a paramilitary cult, the MEK, is suspected of conducting assassinations of high level Iranian figures, especially nuclear scientists and engineers for years, likely at the bidding of foreign intelligence services.

For example, Mossad's role in such assassinations was confirmed as far back as 2012. And crucially, a who's who of top US officials have long been cozy with the group, foremost among them John Bolton

But as veteran intelligence professionals recently explained at Consortium News, the MEK’s history of terrorism is quite clear. Among more than a dozen examples over the last four decades these four are illustrative:

  • During the 1970s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • In 1981, the MEK detonated bombs in the head office of the Islamic Republic Party and the Premier’s office, killing some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including Iran’s President, Premier, and Chief Justice.
  • In April 1992, the MEK conducted near-simultaneous attacks on Iranian embassies and installations in 13 countries, demonstrating the group’s ability to mount large-scale operations overseas.
  • In April 1999, the MEK targeted key military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff.

The newly revealed US-Israeli "working group" for ramping up "internal pressure" inside Iran is probably ready to unleash the MEK, or perhaps already has. Likely we will so more unrest to come. 



J S Bach johngaltfla Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

"U.S. & Israel For Satanic Cabal To Overthrow Iran Government".

Just remember, folks... every single one of these villainized nations that we have been coerced into fighting DO NOT have Rothschild-controlled central banks.  Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea.  Does your thinking brain see a pattern here?  The (((puppeteers))) want it all.  Not ONE nation of the world can be left alone to follow its own financial and moral tenets.  EVERYTHING has to be controlled and milked by the parasitic self-chosen tribe of Beelzebub.

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giovanni_f Mementoil Wed, 07/04/2018 - 05:05 Permalink

isn't it just wonderful how many times it has to be explained to some Zio-shill here on zerohedge that it was the CIA, you know, that overthrew Mossadeq, the democratically elected president of Iran. See, it was the US to enthrone the Shah with his most repressive regime, torture chambers included, you know, that was replaced, believe it or not, by a genuine islamic revolution. 

But even if the current government in Iran was just "repressive" by its own device, without the contribution of the US and UK, understand, it still is fucking none of your fucking problems, you dumbass. 

P.S: How is the weather in Tel Aviv? Or are you blogging out of Langley? 

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Posa Mementoil Wed, 07/04/2018 - 20:18 Permalink

Hey jackass: No one is endorsing the mullahs; we're endorsing peace and avoidance of war. What happens when China- Russia enter the scene? Ready to go to war with them tough guy? And for what? To do Israel's dirty work? No thanks. But you can volunteer to join the IDF for their Iran invasion. Keep the US out of it.

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CPL Expendable Container Wed, 07/04/2018 - 06:57 Permalink

Could just ship them all back to Somalia where there Jews are actually from.  According to their book that's not where there are supposed to be anyways by their own talmudic law and Jews only come in one colour according to their books as well.  Black Somalian since the original ISREAL is Mogadishu and is in no way remotely close to their current sand box. 

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DorjeShugden Dickguzinya Thu, 07/05/2018 - 06:05 Permalink


the mullahs are assholes . anyone who cut a deal with Obama and then paid him off on the backend

deserves to eat a dick straight up and die .

I support the end of the current Iranian regime . anything that Obama does, the correct course of

action is to automatically do the opposite or reverse Obama's original action ...


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WillyGroper serotonindumptruck Tue, 07/03/2018 - 21:04 Permalink

iran works w/iz on drugs & money laundering.

obonono flew in pallets of cash.

kerry was not only there, but his daughter married into a fambly.

there's a good chance none of this is what it appears.

in other news, glencore subpoenaed.

edit:  In President Trump’s Executive Order signed on December 21, 2017, his list of individuals include many connected to the Clintons. But the major individual, who stands out is Dan Gertler, international businessman and billionaire, main business partner Glencore, whose founder Marc Rich was on the FBI’s most wanted list until pardoned in 2001 by Bill Clinton.

Gertler is tied to Fleurette Properties Limited. Fleurette has partnerships with Glencore. Glencore is Marc Rich. Marc Rich is the backdoor to the Clinton Foundation. This is how Trump is getting to the Clintons???

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DingleBarryObummer dirty fingernails Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:32 Permalink

So, about that "global peace breaking out" trope..

I know you are being facetious but I just wanted to make a point:

Peace doesn't "break out," like it's a case of genital warts. 

Peace is climbing up a flag pole and trying to balance on the tippy top with one foot.  Like, being slim and in-shape doesn't "break out."  It's constant effort and discipline. 

I think you get the point.

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Dickguzinya J S Bach Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:21 Permalink

Get your rest.  Tomorrow's a busy day for you:

7 am:  Circle Jerk warmup with your anti-semitic, Israel hating scumbag boyfriends

8 am:  Pig pen pile up with two of your childhood pedophile priests who groomed you to be the Jew hating, pedophile you have become today.

9 am:  Skinny dipping with your scuzlim boyfriends.

10 am: Train (You know exactly what this is, so don't play coy).

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J S Bach Dickguzinya Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:25 Permalink

I don't usually respond to inane and immature commenters like you, sir, but I must admit... you are VERY entertaining.  And you display to all of the dear ZH readers what deep retorts (((your))) side has to the truth.

Since I have your attention... please put aside your childish name-calling for 30 kilobytes and tell me... do you honestly have any kind of substantive counter argument to my initial post?  I truly am open minded and will humbly admit when I am proven wrong.  I beg, please do so if you have the ammunition.  I am up against the wall... blindfolded... cigarette in mouth... awaiting my execution.  Fire away!

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J S Bach W270 Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:48 Permalink

Whaaaaa? 🤔

If this is an insult or death threat, I am clueless.  I know it's coming up on a holiday, but you guys need to cut back on the hallucinogens.

Rather, I prefer a good old-fashioned and honest debate - mind-to-mind - on any given topic of dispute.  Are you capable of that or is it all the typical leftist modus operandi... obfuscation, distraction, insults, etc...?  I must admit, it is so tiring NOT having any mature debatable counter-advocates.

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