Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Venezuela's Chavez Denies Iran Troop Presence, Iran's Quds Force the overseas operations arm of the Elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has a presence in Venezuela.
Venezuela's Chavez Denies Iran Troop Presence but members of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF) currently are operating in Venezuela.
CBS/AP) President Hugo Chavez rebuffed a Pentagon report that found that an elite unit from Iran's Revolutionary Guard has a presence in Venezuela, warning that the United States could be looking for an excuse to attack his country.
Chavez on Monday called the 12-page report that was delivered to the U.S. Congress last week "a disgrace," saying "these are the things they raise and repeat in reports to later justify anything."
In the report, the Pentagon concluded that Iran's Quds Force, an elite unit within its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is well established and increasing its presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela. "It's totally false," Chavez said of the report's findings.
The unclassified Pentagon report did not include more details on what an increased presence by the Quds Force might entail. Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has strengthened ties with Iran. The two countries have signed a wide range of cooperation agreements including the construction of an auto-assembly plant and agriculture projects in Venezuela.
A recently published U.S. Department of Defense report claims that members of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF) currently are operating in Venezuela. Sources claim that the relatively limited number of IRGC-QF in Venezuela are focused on intelligence operations, paramilitary training for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and security assistance for the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Though the IRGC-QF presence brings certain benefits to the Venezuelan government, Chavez also has an interest in keeping their proxy militant focus on Colombia.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates submitted a report to Congress in April on the current and future military strategy of Iran. Included in the report is a claim that the Quds Force, the overseas operations arm of Iran’s elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has developed a significant presence in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela. Sources connected to this Iranian military unit have confirmed a small but notable presence in Venezuela.
Though IRGC-QF members in Venezuela are believed to be providing some security assistance to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader does not appear interested in incurring reprisals from the United States and is consequently trying to direct the anti-U.S. activities of the IRGC-QF toward neighboring Colombia with FARC rebels.
As the Pentagon report states, IRGC-QF members usually are stationed in foreign embassies, charities and religious or cultural institutions as intelligence officers to develop ties with the Shiite diaspora and other potential allies. The U.S. military even has labeled incoming and outgoing Iranian ambassadors to Iraq as IRGC-QF members. On a more narrow scale, the IRGC-QF arms, funds and trains various paramilitary groups as an extension of Iran’s well-developed militant proxy arm.
The IRGC-QF is believed to have worked with proxies to orchestrate major attacks against U.S. and U.S.-allied targets, including the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and a number of insurgent attacks targeting U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. By keeping this elite unit in reserve in various pockets of the globe, Iran has the ability to carry out attacks under plausible deniability. The reality of Iran’s retaliatory options — made possible by the IRGC-QF — has factored heavily into U.S. war-gaming exercises against Iran.
Iraqi Shiite Terror Squads Receiving Training by Iran Quds Forces, "special group criminals" who took part in the Karbala Raid of Jan 2007. WASHINGTON — Iraqi Shiite explosive and assassination teams are being trained in at least 4 locations in Iran by Tehran's elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah.
The Karbala raid in Jan 2007 was a Iraqi Shiite Terror Squad who had Trained in Iran by the elite Quds Force, "special group criminals. A senior U.S. military intelligence officer in Baghdad also said the fighters planned to return to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as well as U.S. and Iraqi forces. The intelligence officer described the information Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Arrested leaders of the "Special Group Criminals" in Iraq during 2007 were Ali Musa Daqduq, Qais Khazali and Layith Khazali, they were the Iranian operatives who helped plan a January 2007 raid in Karbala in which five American soldiers were killed, as per a American military spokesman in Iraq. The attackers carried forged identity cards and wore American-style uniforms, they drove 6 white GMC Suburban SUV's. One American died at the start of the raid, but the rest of the American soldiers were abducted before they were killed.
General Bergner declined to speculate on the Iranian motivations. But he said that interrogations of Qais Khazali, a Shiite militant who oversaw Iranian-supported cells in Iraq and who was captured several months ago along with another militant, Laith Khazali, his brother, showed that Iran’s Quds force helped plan the operation.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM