The network of the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) obtained this important information.According to this new information, each month, hundreds of forces from Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan receive military training before being returned to their home countries, countries where the regime is involved in frontline combat.
Smaller groups are being trained for terrorist acts and operations in other countries where there is no open warfare. This includes Persian Gulf countries, such as Bahrain and Kuwait.
The NCRI further revealed that terrorist units of the Quds Force are trained in separate and secret units, and are dispatched to various countries.
“The destructive role of the IRGC and its involvement in terrorism is “beyond reasonable doubt” under the highest standard of a court of law,” wrote Farzin Hashemi, member of the NCRI. He adds, “Right from its inception, simultaneous with its role in suppression of the Iranian people, it has been engaged in terrorist activities throughout the region. It created Hezbollah in Lebanon in early 1980s, which took Western hostages under IRGC direction. In 1990 the IRGC set up an extraterritorial Force called the Quds Force, which aimed to further expand its meddling in other countries and its support for terrorism. There was very little European response to hostage taking in the 1980s and to increasing numbers of assassinations of Iranian dissidents in Europe. Europe certainly failed to grasp the devastating consequences of its conciliatory policies. Those consequences included but were not limited to emboldening terrorist acts by the IRGC and its affiliates. Western neglect of the IRGC effectively encouraged Sunni extremists to counter Iranian influence by taking the same path and resorting to their own terrorism in pursuit of their objectives. After all, if Iran can force Europe to make concessions by resorting to terrorism and blackmail why wouldn’t other extremists follow the same path? Today, where does Europe stand on the IRGC and its role in Syria? Where does Europe stand on the IRGC’s role in formation of paramilitary terrorist groups in Iraq or its role in Yemen helping the Houthi? Are they still failing to recognize the connection between the IRGC’s spread of extremism and terrorism and the negative impact of their own policy towards the heart of Islamic fundamentalism?”
This week the Swedish Prime Minister headed a delegation to Iran. Hashemi wrote that, “Female members of the delegation had agreed, perhaps voluntarily, to cover their hair while they were in Iran. The film of these women marching before Rouhani could only be seen as humiliating for Europeans, surrendering to the demand of a fundamentalist regime has rightly been recognized as the leading state sponsor of terrorism. It is also insulting to the true Muslims who are dismayed that their religion is being misrepresented by forcing other women to act against their conviction only to appease the mullahs in Tehran.”
The European countries seem to be eager to get into the Iranian market despite the IRGC’s conduct in Syria, and its role in domestic suppression.They are prepared to not only ignore Tehran’s behavior and its consequence for Western interests and the Iranian people, but also to risk dealing with the IRGC’s ownership of, or affiliations with, a large portion of Iranian businesses.
Hossein Dehghan, Minister of Defense, announced in early January that the government plans in regards to petroleum, gas, oil, transport, dams, water transfer, telecommunication and IT are currently assigned to Khatam-al Anbiya, which is a major corporation affiliated with the IRGC.
Reuters reported on January 19 that “of nearly 110 agreements worth at least $80 billion that have been struck since the [nuclear] deal was reached in July 2015, 90 have been with companies owned or controlled by Iranian state entities.”
A European businessman who recently visited Iran said that he could see that the decision makers are not those who were negotiating, but the quiet man in the meeting who was from the IRGC, so the Europeans are aware that they are dealing with companies affiliated with the IRGC.
The MEK has exposed the secret nuclear weapons program being run by the IRGC, as well as IRGC engagement in terrorism, missile program, as well as suppression, discrimination, and execution of the Iranian people, but so far Europeans have ignored these facts.
Europe should revise its approach to Iran and look beyond short term economic interests, and be aware of the negative consequences of helping, through business, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, and in particular, the IRGC.
Toward this end, according to Hashemi, the following steps must be taken:
1. Stop all business with the IRGC and its affiliate companies, and make all trade with Tehran contingent upon its halting executions and ending IRGC meddling in other countries and support for terrorism.
2. Call for immediate removal of the IRGC and its affiliates from Syria, or impose punitive sanctions if Tehran refuses to do so.