2018-05-10 Home Front: WoT||Attempted Assassination Of Iranian Dissident In New York
[FRONTPAGEMAG] Iranian dissident Mansoor Osanloo, the exiled former head of the bus driver’s union in Tehran, was savagely attacked on Tuesday, May 1, while traveling on a PATH train into New York City, and left for dead.|
Multiple assailants sprayed him with a corrosive chemical, then clubbed him in the back of the neck with what appears to have been a tire iron. He lay in a coma for several days and required 17 stitches in his neck.
I spoke with Osanloo on Monday, not long after he awoke from a coma.
"I don’t remember anything," he said. "But you can see from the pictures that I was sprayed with some kind of a chemical weapon and smashed in the head.This was a terrorist attack."
Photographs taken at the hospital show a horribly-disfugured Osanloo. The burns to his skin are reminiscent of mustard gas attacks.
Osanloo has been instrumental in planning mass protests across Iran in recent months, and is the most prominent Iranian labor leader, in Iran or in exile. He was traveling to the New York studio of Iran International Television for an interview at the invitation of broadcaster Askar Ramazanzadi.
It remains unclear who funds the new "exile" TV based in London. But it has attracted many former broadcasters from Voice of America, such as Mohammad Manzapour, who were forced to resign from VOA because of alleged ties to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
of Iran authorities.
"They knew what time I was supposed to go to their studio," Osanloo told me. "They knew what route I had to take. And then their studio published lies about what happened, claiming it was a car accident."
An initial report on the Telegram channel of Amadnews, a website that boasts of close ties to "dissidents" within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Tehran, cited a U.S.-based "associate" who claimed that Oslanloo had been the victim of an "attempted liquidation."
That report appeared on May 2nd at 2:54 pm, before any public information had been released on the attack and while Osanloo himself was still in a coma. It begs the question of whether Ahmadnews had inside information from the attackers themselves.
Amadnews next claimed that its initial information of an liquidation attempt had been "confirmed" by Iran International TV, the same channel that had invited Osanloo for the interview in New York. That report appeared at 5:09 PM.
Later, Ahmadnews cited the television as claiming that Osanloo had been injured in a car accident and had hit his head on the steering wheel.
That later Iran International TV report quoted Osanloo’s wife as saying he had been injured in a car accident.
"That is absurd," Osanloo told me. "I don’t even drive. Everybody knows this. I always take public transit."
|Posted by Fred 2018-05-10 00:00||
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