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Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi

On Tuesday, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that security forces had dismantled two terrorist groups in the Western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. Alavi told state TV on Monday that the terrorist groups—one of them with 12 members—were affiliated with hostile countries and arrested through intelligence operations.

Things are so bad in Iran, that the Parliament on Tuesday called in President Hassan Rouhani to explain the country’s economic crisis, and voted to reject his explanation – not a common affair in the Islamic Republic. Rouhani, naturally, blamed President Trump’s sanctions for the mess, but the lawmakers—whose election was tightly supervised by the country’s mullahs—would have none of it.

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The insulting rejection of the president followed Sunday’s dismissal of Iran’s finance minister by the same parliament, and a few weeks before the central bank governor and the labor minister. All of which has not fixed the high unemployment in Iran nor saved the rial from its deep dive (currently one US dollar gets you around 11,000 rial).

Which explains why Iran’s news agencies are trumpeting the government’s victorious man hunts yielding so many terrorist invaders, who, logic dictates, are also behind Iran’s economic disasters.

The Iranian intelligence minister said that the other terrorist group entered the country to carry out acts of sabotage and terror. During the clashes with Iranian forces, two terrorists were killed and two others arrested, he said.

Earlier this month, according to Farse News, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismantled a terrorist team in Northwestern Iran, killing at least 10.

Also, this month, Iran’s intelligence ministry announced that it had managed to foil two more terrorist attacks in Kurdistan and Khuzestan provinces in Western and Southwestern Iran, respectively. Six terrorists were arrested and their weapons were seized.

“The terrorists had six AK-47 rifles, three Uzi submachine guns, 17 pistols, eight grenades, night vision goggles, as well as a sizeable amount of ammunition,” the intelligence ministry statement said, noting that another plan to transport a big haul of explosives to conduct consecutive blasts in Iran was also foiled in the operation.

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