Having progressed its Safavid scheme from the stage of filthy planning and preparation to the stage of disgraceful application and implementation, translating its ominous theories to reality both in secret and public, Iran has become, internationally, a theatre for gathering terrorists and a hub for recruiting them, through different means and methods varying between exploitation and ‘carrot and stick’, before using and sending them out from Iran to destabilize the security and stability of the Arab countries that are Iran’s targets.

Since its establishment, the Iranian regime has exploited the poverty and needs of the Afghan people for its own benefit, and having assigned them into terrorist groups under its control it uses them in the implementation of it plans and projects. Recently, the Iranian regime redoubled its efforts to recruit “Shiite mercenaries” in its warped ways in order to prepare them to fight in several locations, chiefly within Syria. In order to organize and train these terrorist groups, last summer Iran established a centre for this purpose in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. At this centre, several thousand Afghan recruits called the “Fatamioun” battalion have been deployed to Syria. The Iranian newspaper “Kayhan” noted that these recruits spend between 25 and 35 days in a “special training centre” inside Iran before being sent to Syria. The burial ceremonies for the dead Afghans, who fall in Syria, are usually held in the city of Mashhad, northeast of Iran.

In order to attract as many terrorists as possible, the Iranian regime has recently approved the granting of Iranian citizenship to the families of those whom the regime designates as “foreign martyrs”, those who fought alongside Iran in any conflict since the eighties until now. This decision also applies to those who are fighting alongside Iranian forces in Syria. In another approach, the Iranian regime entices the fighters with money or jobs, as each fighter might be paid for his fighting in the ranks of the Iranian forces between 500 – 700 US $ per month. Some of them are fighting in the hope of gaining Iranian citizenship, education for their children, and jobs for themselves if they return alive from the battlefields. Iran’s method of forcing these Afghans to go to war is by exploiting their presence within its territory, where they are considered as second-class citizens, which gives them denigrative legal status. Iran threatens with deportation from its territory those who refuse to join the Shiite militias that are fighting with Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

According to the statistics coming from Iran, more than 3 million Afghan nationals have settled in Iran after fleeing the persecution and conflict in their country, and only 950 thousand of them have received a refugee status, according to Human Rights Watch. The Iranian authorities still turn a blind eye to the infiltration of Afghans and Pakistanis into its territory so they can be used later as fuel to the sectarian wars it has ignited in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as part of a strategy to send poor soldiers to the battle fronts in order to reduce losses among the ranks of the Revolutionary Guards and Lebanese Hezbollah, especially after the rise of the losses suffered by the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah forces in Syria.

According to leaks from foreign Houthi prisoners, Iran is also exploiting impoverished African peoples, using money to coerce them over and turn them into terrorists. Yemeni informed sources revealed that the investigations that were carried out with African captives who were fighting in the ranks of the Houthis, (which Iran recruited through the Quds Force, the external arm of the Revolutionary Guards), enticed African groups with money and trained them to fight before being sent to Yemen to fight in the ranks of the Houthi group. Investigations indicated that they have been subjected to intensive training and arrived in Yemen as African refugees, travelling across the sea under the supervision of high security coordination between the Houthi militias and the Quds Force. This confirms the existence of bloody Iranian infiltration in the East African countries and the establishment of Iranian camps there to train terrorist groups and sent them to Yemen. Some of these camps are in Eritrea, near the port of “Asab”, in the “Sawa” region and another in the Dahlak island of Eritrea. All of these camps were set up by the Revolutionary Guard to train terrorist groups in order to later deploy them to areas with Iranian forces, in order to destabilize security and stability.

Through the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards harness religious passion to rally people and bring more men and women; to this end, it sends clerics and preachers with the aim of spreading Shiism and lure fighters through means of religious deception. They brainwash these people and fill their heads with Khomeini’s ideas and catchphrases, like exporting the delusional Revolution, and many others. They also exploit the poverty of the people and tempt them with money in exchange for the implementation of the Safavid project.

The Iranian regime has begun its terrorist process ever since it gave its support to Hezbollah in Lebanon, turning it into a terrorist group under its authority. Turning Hezbollah into a terrorist organization was the first product of the Iranian regime’s terror factory. This experiment was then undertaken in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, and it was and still is receiving Iraqi Shiites and Houthis in Iran to train them, planting the seeds of terror in their minds and then sending them back to their own countries to execute its bloody orders.

Iranian regime continued to support terrorist organizations, mainly al-Qaeda which documents have proven the strength of the relationship between its leader, Osama bin Laden and the leaders of the regime in Iran. Moreover, Tehran still maintains operational ties with al-Qaeda under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri as it trains the organization’s members on the use of sophisticated improvised explosive devices as well as funding it and giving safe haven to the leaders of this terrorist organisation and their families. Iran also brings some of the wounded military leaders of this organization to its hospitals and then returned them to the battlefields.

Iranian regime’s belief was that the presence of armed Takfiri Sunni terrorist groups on the Syrian and Iraqi territories will protect its allies Bashar and al-Maliki from the fall and the Western public opinion is going to be in their favour and in favour of them remaining in power. That was exactly the reason behind creating a terrorist group which is more dangerous than al-Qaeda, which is ISIS. The Iranian regime rushed to create the conditions for the emergence of this bloody organization by the help of Maliki’s government and the regime of Bashar al-Assad and then continued to support this organization and providing it with weapons, ammunitions and directing it until this day.

For the Iranian regime, terrorism is not only about creating groups and forming militias, however, terrorism can take an individual feature in order to implement its bloody agendas and that would come through assassinations and bombings which require individuals who are well trained to carry out such operations successfully.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

19 June 2016