[Strategic Intel] Report: Iranian regime near-panic over spreading protests

The theocratic Iranian regime appears to be extremely concerned about its ability to control protests which are spreading around the country.

According to a leaked memo, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with political leaders and heads of the country’s security forces to discuss how to tamp down on the deadly nationwide protests.

The memo covered several meetings held until Dec. 31 and was given to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Translated from Farsi to English, it said the unrest has harmed or disrupted every sector of the country’s economy and now “threatens the regime’s security. The first step, therefore, is to find a way out of this situation.”

““Religious leaders and the leadership must come to the scene as soon as possible and prevent the situation (from) deteriorating further,” the report said, continuing: “God help us, this is a very complex situation and is different from previous occasions.”

As the protests spread, the total number dead rose Monday to at least 13, including a police officer shot and killed with a hunting rifle in the central city of Najafabad.

Slogans heard during some protests include, “Death to the dictator,” and “the leader lives like God while the people live like beggars.” [source]

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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