Al Quds, Al Quds Force, Baghdad, Bank Mellat, corruption, Erdogan, Giulianai, Halkbank, Hezbollah, Iran, Iran Contra, Iran nuclear, Iranian sanctions, Iranian Sanctions evasion, Iraq, Israel, MBS, nuclear, Qasem Soleimani, Reza Zarrab, Risa Sarraf, Royal Holding, Russian Laundromat, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Trump, Trump Tower Istanbul, William Barr, Zarrab
Trump reportedly had Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s al Quds Force, killed, near the Baghdad International Airport. Is this hit related to the Iranian sanctions evasion scheme, run by Reza Zarrab, who had an office in Trump Tower, Istanbul? Did he know too much and risk talking? There is at least one ongoing court case related to this scheme (HalkBank). Bank Mellat was a beneficiary of Zarrab’s scheme. Mellat is reportedly run by al Quds. Zarrab’s office was in Trump Towers Istanbul. Giuliani became his lawyer.
Iranian born Reza Zarrab (aka Risa Sarraf) who was central to the major Iran sanctions evasion scheme, was a Trump Towers Istanbul tenant and Giuliani client. “Trump Urged Top Aide to Help Giuliani Client Facing DOJ Charges” By Nick Wadhams, Saleha Mohsin, Stephanie Baker, and Jennifer Jacobs Wednesday, October 09, 2019 22:27:11, Bloomberg, https://archive.li/kUpPy As reported by Bloomberg: “Zarrab’s release was a high priority for Erdogan until the gold trader agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in New York.” So, is the whole point of Trump Tower(s) to act as nodes linking together money laundering and sanctions evasion schemes?
According to a 2007 US Fact Sheet: “Bank Mellat provides banking services in support of Iran’s nuclear entities, namely the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Novin Energy Company…. Bank Mellat has facilitated the movement of millions of dollars for Iran’s nuclear program since at least 2003. Transfers from Bank Mellat to Iranian nuclear-related companies have occurred as recently as this year” https://archive.li/zX56f
Royal Holding AS Trump Towers Tower 2, Floor 35 Mecidiyekoy Yolu Cad. No 12 Sisli Istanbul Turkey Board Members, Riza Sarraf “Reza Zarrab” https://archive.li/HP4iR
Trump Towers Istanbul Turkey
This sanctions evasion scheme connects both Trump and Erdogan to Iran. Iran, in turn, is connected to Assad and Hezbollah, as well as Russia. Is this why Trump allowed Syrian Democratic Forces to be slaughtered?
Trump Towers Istanbul Tenant-Giuliani Client, Zarrab, Was Central To An Iranian Sanctions Busting-Money-Laundering Scheme https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/trump-towers-istanbul-tenant-giuliani-client-zarrab-was-central-to-an-iranian-sanctions-busting-money-laundering-scheme/ https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-united-states-attorney-announces-superseding-indictment-charging-turkish-and
Sounds something like Iran-Contra, and many of the players are the same. Trump AG Pick Barr’s Troubling Record: Recommended Iran-Contra Pardons; Blocked BCCI Indictment; Refused To Appoint Special Counsel For Iraqgate; Shared Memo On Obstruction With Trump Lawyers https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/trump-ag-pick-barrs-troubling-record-recommended-iran-contra-pardons-blocked-bcci-indictment-refused-to-appoint-special-counsel-for-iraqgate-shared-memo-on-obstruction-with-trump-lawyers/
Turkish Government-Owned Bank Charged in US Federal Court for Its Participation in a Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme; Bank Worked with Trump Istanbul Tenant-Giuliani Client
Halkbank Accused of Largest Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme in US History; Trump, Giuliani Connection https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/halkbank-accused-of-largest-iranian-sanctions-evasion-scheme-in-us-history-trump-giuliani-connection/
Trumped claimed he didn’t know Qassem Suleimani in 2015, but he certainly knew his activities, because he replied: “Is he the gentleman that was going back and forth with Russia and meeting with Putin?” See: “Who is Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the man who stumped Trump?“, Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-iran-qassem-suleimani-20150904-story.html Trump often claims to not know people who he does know.
“According to the U.S. indictment, Zarrab, a dual citizen of Turkey and Iran, owned and operated a network of companies in Turkey and in the United Arab Emirates, including Royal Holding A.S., which employed Jamshidy. Prosecutors said the suspects and unnamed co-conspirators conducted hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions barred by U.S. and international economic sanctions on behalf of the Iranian government and Iranian businesses, including Bank Mellat, one of Iran’s largest banks.” See: “Three Iranians Charged With Violating U.S. Sanctions On Iran“, March 22, 2016 RFE/RL https://archive.li/SlDhe
“OCCRP revelations show that the Iranian state-owned Bank Mellat and the Iranian Oil Company benefited from Zarrab’s gold-for-oil scheme. OCCRP also discovered previously that Zarrab had used both a Russian Laundromat and an Azerbaijani Laundromat to transfer the money he made violating sanctions.” See: “US Trial: Key Witness Says He Bribed Turkish Minister” Published: Thursday, 30 November 2017, by Sinead Carolan https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/7338-us-trial-key-witness-says-he-bribed-turkish-minister
“Mellat and its multiple subsidiaries, which include an airline and construction companies, have been linked repeatedly to both the IRGC and Hezbollah as providing critical logistics and fundraising support. “Mellat is literally run by the al Quds Force,” a former Israeli intelligence official who tracks Iranian companies for lawsuits told BuzzFeed News, referring to one part of the IRGC… his statement was reinforced by the U.S. government’s clear agreement via multiple Treasury Department filings on the company justifying OFAC sanctions.” See: “Danger For Turkey’s Erdogan Grows From New York Money Laundering Case: A series of new court filings help explain why Turkey’s president is so angry over the prosecution of Reza Zarrab“. by Mitch Prothero BuzzFeed News, Brussels November 17, 2017 https://archive.li/iqREh
Possibly relevant: “Why did Soleimani blow cover of an IRGC al-Quds Force arm?” Saturday 17/08/2019, by Ali Alfoneh, The Arab Weekly: https://archive.li/NysIm
Now Iraq will likely boot the US out of Iraq, which will make Iran and Russia ecstatic. And, Trump can call it the upholding of an election promise. Trump ordered “killed the powerful commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force in an Iraqi air strike in a dramatic escalation of hostilities that prompted a threat from Tehran of “severe retaliation” and an accusation by the Iraqi prime minister of an “outrageous breach.” … Abdul-Mahdi, whose government hinted earlier this week that it could consider changes to its arrangements concerning the U.S. presence in the country, called the strike that killed Soleimani “an outrageous breach of the conditions for the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq,” according to Reuters. He called it a “dangerous escalation that will light a fuse of a destructive war in Iraq, the region, and the world,” and invited the Iraqi parliament to convene an extraordinary session and said it should take decisions to ensure Iraq’s “dignity, security, and sovereignty,” according to Reuters.” See: “Top Iranian General Killed In U.S. Air Strike In Iraq” https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-iraq-militia-attack-pmu-shaabi-baghdad-muhandis/30358151.html
Looks like all of those US troops will be sent to protect PM Netanyahu in Israel and/or MBS in Saudi Arabia. Al Quds is the Arabic (and Farsi) name for Jerusalem. Netanyahu has been indicted.
Some Members of Congress are alarmed:
Strangely titled article by NPR:
“Qassem Soleimani’s Enduring Legacy Across The Middle East” January 3, 2020 https://www.npr.org/2020/01/03/793229284/qassem-soleimanis-enduring-legacy-across-the-middle-east
Babak Zanjani https://archive.li/7KHRk
Reza Zarrab https://archive.li/8uDNF
“Trump Tower: Dictators’ Home Away From Home
Are you a dictator looking to kick back and relax between exiles? Trump Tower has you covered“, 09.30.15, By Betsy Woodruff and Tim Mak, The Daily Beast https://archive.li/DNLCJ
“Turkey Crisis Puts Jailed Millionaire at Heart of Gold Trail” Mehul Srivastava January 29, 2014, Bloomberg: https://archive.li/Ce5jB
“Fact Sheet: Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism” 10/25/2007
“Bank Melli, its branches, and subsidiaries: Bank Melli is Iran’s largest bank. Bank Melli provides banking services to entities involved in Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, including entities listed by the U.N. for their involvement in those programs. This includes handling transactions in recent months for Bank Sepah, Defense Industries Organization, and Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. Following the designation of Bank Sepah under UNSCR 1747, Bank Melli took precautions not to identify Sepah in transactions. Through its role as a financial conduit, Bank Melli has facilitated numerous purchases of sensitive materials for Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. In doing so, Bank Melli has provided a range of financial services on behalf of Iran’s nuclear and missile industries, including opening letters of credit and maintaining accounts.
Bank Melli also provides banking services to the IRGC and the Qods Force. Entities owned or controlled by the IRGC or the Qods Force use Bank Melli for a variety of financial services.
From 2002 to 2006, Bank Melli was used to send at least $100 million to the Qods Force. When handling financial transactions on behalf of the IRGC, Bank Melli has employed deceptive banking practices to obscure its involvement from the international banking system. For example, Bank Melli has requested that its name be removed from financial transactions.
Bank Mellat, its branches, and subsidiaries: Bank Mellat provides banking services in support of Iran’s nuclear entities, namely the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Novin Energy Company. Both AEOI and Novin Energy have been designated by the United States under E.O. 13382 and by the UN Security Council under UNSCRs 1737 and 1747.
Bank Mellat services and maintains AEOI accounts, mainly through AEOI’s financial conduit, Novin Energy. Bank Mellat has facilitated the movement of millions of dollars for Iran’s nuclear program since at least 2003. Transfers from Bank Mellat to Iranian nuclear-related companies have occurred as recently as this year…
IRGC Individuals: Treasury is designating the individuals below under E.O 13382 on the basis of their relationship to the IRGC. One of the five is listed on the Annex of UNSCR 1737 and the other four are listed on the Annex of UNSCR 1747 as key IRGC individuals.
* General Hosein Salimi, Commander of the Air Force, IRGC
* Brigadier General Morteza Rezaie, Deputy Commander of the IRGC
* Vice Admiral Ali Akhbar Ahmadian, Most recently former Chief of the IRGC Joint Staff
* Brigadier Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, Most recently former Commander of Bassij resistance force
* Brigadier General Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the Qods Force
Other Individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile programs: E.O. 13382 derivative proliferation designation by Treasury of each of the individuals listed below for their relationship to the Aerospace Industries Organization, an entity previously designated under E.O. 13382. Each individual is listed on the Annex of UNSCR 1737 for being involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program.
* Ahmad Vahid Dastjerdi, Head of the Aerospace Industry Organization (AIO)
* Reza-Gholi Esmaeli, Head of Trade & International Affairs Dept., AIO
* Bahmanyar Morteza Bahmanyar, Head of Finance & Budget Department, AIO…
IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF): The Qods Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC; aka Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), provides material support to the Taliban, Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).
The Qods Force is the Iranian regime’s primary instrument for providing lethal support to the Taliban. The Qods Force provides weapons and financial support to the Taliban to support anti-U.S. and anti-Coalition activity in Afghanistan. Since at least 2006, Iran has arranged frequent shipments of small arms and associated ammunition, rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, 107mm rockets, plastic explosives, and probably man-portable defense systems to the Taliban. This support contravenes Chapter VII UN Security Council obligations. UN Security Council resolution 1267 established sanctions against the Taliban and UN Security Council resolutions 1333 and 1735 imposed arms embargoes against the Taliban. Through Qods Force material support to the Taliban, we believe Iran is seeking to inflict casualties on U.S. and NATO forces.
The Qods Force has had a long history of supporting Hizballah’s military, paramilitary, and terrorist activities, providing it with guidance, funding, weapons, intelligence, and logistical support. The Qods Force operates training camps for Hizballah in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and has reportedly trained more than 3,000 Hizballah fighters at IRGC training facilities in Iran. The Qods Force provides roughly $100 to $200 million in funding a year to Hizballah and has assisted Hizballah in rearming in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
In addition, the Qods Force provides lethal support in the form of weapons, training, funding, and guidance to select groups of Iraqi Shi’a militants who target and kill Coalition and Iraqi forces and innocent Iraqi civilians.” https://archive.li/zX56f