– The Washington Times – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Iran’s hard-line Islamic regime has escalated its overseas terrorist operations, establishing a network of over a dozen internal training camps for foreign fighters, the regime’s largest resistance group said at a press conference on Tuesday in Washington.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran issued its intelligence report specifying the camps’ locations and the countries represented.
The council’s largest member is the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK). It boasts an extensive spy network inside the mullah-run government, including the all-powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its special forces wing, the Quds force, and has a track record of exposing clandestine parts of the Iranian national security apparatus.
The Quds force played a significant role in the Iraq War by training Iraqi Shiites on how to make bombs that killed scores of American troops. The Quds force is now directing thousands of Iraqi Shiite militia members in Iraq, some of whom have gone to Syria to fight for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The U.S. calls Iran the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism. However, neither the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps nor the Quds force is on the State Department’s list of designated terrorist organizations. The Treasury Department in 2007 designated the Quds force as a material supporter of terrorism, but National Council of Resistance of Iran officials say the U.S. government should go much further.
Report: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Expands Terrorist Training Camps Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time, on Tuesday, a group of Iranian dissidents revealed an intelligence reportspecifying the scope of terrorist training camps run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Forces within Iran, and called on the Trump administration to designate the group as a terrorist organization.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) report detailed information about the camp’s alleged locations, the countries they poach recruits from, and the structure of the camps themselves. Members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), collected the information within Iran about the IRGC and Quds Forces. Alireza Jafazadeh, deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office, presented the information.
“The IRGC is actually the entity that runs the whole show when it comes to terrorism,” Jafarzadeh said. “You cannot do the separation. You cannot have the Quds Force designated as a terrorist entity, but not the IRGC,” he added, noting that the two are “essentially the same entity.” He explained how Iran is training Afghani and Pakistani recruits and bringing them to Syria and Iraq.
The report states that “every month, hundreds of forces from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Lebanon – countries where the regime is involved in frontline combat – receive military training and are subsequently dispatched to wage terrorism and war.” The IRGC reportedly also recruits people from Shiite-majority but Sunni-governed Bahrain,
Since 2012, the IRGC has invested more into its terrorist camps for the purpose of training foreign nationals for deployment into the Persian Gulf – as well as Asian, African, and Latin American countries – where the regime seeks to continue expanding its influence. Breitbart News has previously reported on the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Latin America.
The report identifies fourteen IRGC and Quds Forces training camps throughout Iran, which belong to the “Training Directorate.” Eight of them are allegedly are located in Tehran. These camps are designed first to indoctrinate, and then train, foreign nationals as fighters to carry out the mission of the IRGC and the Iranian regime, which seeks a caliphate of its own, concludes the report.
Although the report only mentions fourteen terrorist training camps, they are likely not the only ones, and the number of such camps confirmed to exist may increase in the coming months.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that President Donald Trump’s administration may designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization. Tuesday’s revelations could act as a catalyst to expedite the move.
According to NCRI’s report, IRGC terrorist trainees first are sent for ideological indoctrination at the Imam Ali Academy in Tajrish, Tehran. After that, Iran sends them to one of these camps for training in specific areas: