Monday, February 11, 2008

Iran Significantly Increasing Qods Force Build Up In Iraq

According to a report released by the MEK, Iran is significantly intensifying its actions in Iraq.


A new intelligence report on the significant enlargement of Iran's war in Iraq has been issued by the MEK, the same organization that brought to light Iran's nuclear program in 2002:

New information was brought to light Thursday revealing "an overwhelming amount of intelligence indicating a political-military buildup by Tehran's mullahs, targeting not just the south, but the heart of Iraq."

This information, collected by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (also known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or the MeK), was made public by Alireza Jafarzadeh, president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc., an outfit based in Washington, D.C. with close ties to the MeK.

According to Jafarzadeh this latest move by Tehran "can only be interpreted as indicating an aggressive buildup, by an aggressive regime with an aggressive agenda."

Iran's plan, according to Jafarzadeh, is to expand its terrorist network in Iraq through the deployment of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' elite units – the Qods Force.

Considered one of the world's most dangerous groups operating in the shadows, the Qods (Jerusalem) Force is reported to have established a regional command headquarters in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah. Located along the Iran-Iraq border, the headquarters is divided into three operational directorates: northern, central and southern.

Each operational sector has been assigned its own border-crossings and arms smuggling networks, and each has been tasked in managing a terror network within its assigned sector in Iraq.

Iranian opposition forces claim the Qods Force command HQ is based in the Kenesht valley in Kermanshah in a base camp known as Velayat-Faqih, and is under the command of a high-ranking Qods Force officer named Haj Amiri. A veteran Qods officer, Amiri was previously assigned to the command of IRGC Brigadier General Reza-Seifollahi, where he managed Badr Corps agents deployed into Iraq during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. . . .


Kermanshah's Kenesht Valley

Two bases located about 10 miles from the Kenesht valley and two miles from each other are used for training Iraqis affiliated with the Qods Force, according to the report released by Jafarzadeh. The latest information from the Iranian resistance indicates that nearly 2,000 persons are training in these two bases.

Jalil Abad Base in Varamin near Tehran

The Jalil Abad base is reported to be one of the most active training bases of the Qods Force where recruits undergo training in bomb-making and how to fire rocket propelled grenades, Russian-made Katyusha rockets, as well as surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles. In August 2007, nearly 300 Iraqis from Abu-Mehdi Mohandes' network crossed into Iran along the southern border and were transferred to Jalil Abad Base. They were still there in early October 2007.

According to the same sources, Iran's Qods Force have agents operating from the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad.

. . . [The] Bank Melli branch in Baghdad . . . is used by Qods Force agents from the embassy as a front for money laundering.

"The Qods Force has restructured its operations to adjust with the new realities of its neighbor, i.e. the surge and the formation of the Awakening Councils," said Jafarzadeh.

While it remains impossible to independently confirm this latest report, previous intelligence provided by the MeK has proven accurate. It was the MeK that exposed Iran's clandestine nuclear weapons program by revealing the nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak in 2002.

Read the entire article. It should be noted Sadr is now studying the Guardianship of the Jurist - Iran's Khomeinist brand of political Shia'ism. I strongly suspect that Sadr's embrace of Khomeinism and the significant increase in Iranian acts of war in Iraq are directly related.

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