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Iran caught leader of US-based anti-regime group, claims Tehran

Iran has linked Jamshid Sharmahd of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran to the bombing of Hosseynieh Seyed al Shohada Mosque in Shiraz Iran Says It Has Detained A Leader Of U.S.-Based Opposition Group
Deanna Wagner | 02 August, 2020, 01:14

The IRIB news reported that the ringleader, Jamshid Sharmahd, who headed an armed act of sabotage in Iran, is now in custody of Iran's intelligence forces.

Iran said on Saturday that its intelligence forces have detained a USA -based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a 2008 bombing that killed 14, and of planning more attacks.

The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The US-based Sharmahd is "now in the powerful hands" of Iran law enforcement, the authorities said.

The report also alleged without providing evidence that Tondar, or "Thunder" in Farsi, plotted attacks on a dam and planned to use cyanide bombs at Tehran's annual book fair.

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Tondar, aka the Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, aka the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, is a royalist group seeking to enact regime change in Iran and to restore the monarchy that ruled the country prior to the Revolution of 1979.

In 2010, a suspected Iranian operative vanished before facing trial in California for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to assassinate Sharmahd.

Iranian intelligence operatives in the past have used family members and other tricks to lure targets back to Iran or friendly countries to be captured.

A 2010 USA diplomatic cable from London later published by WikiLeaks shows that a Voice of America commentator said that same operative earlier had been in contact with him. His biography on Tondar's website claims he emigrated to Los Angeles in 2003.

The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement the USA "must be held accountable for backing this terrorist group and other groups and criminals responsible for sabotage, armed and terrorist operations [.] from within the United States and shedding the blood of Iranian citizens". Iran long has maintained its program is for peaceful purposes.

Sharmahd's arrest came amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from in 2018. Iran responded by launching a ballistic missile attack on USA soldiers in Iraq that injured dozens.