NCRI-US Staff, 11 October 2017
Washington, DC, 11 October 2017–The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has just published a video detailing the IRGC’s training program, the locations of the training camps, and the regions that fighters are sent to after they are trained. The terrorists are trained to advance Iranian objectives in foreign countries by destabilizing them. New evidence reveals that the Iranian regime has expanded its terrorist training operations within its own borders.
In its video, NCRI-US presented a map of Iran with satellite imagery of the training camps and their code numbers. These camps train fighters in urban warfare, drone use, and motorcycle combat during terrorist attacks. Other fighters who were trained in Iran have been located as far as Latin America.
The NCRI’s Washington office has pinpointed at least fifteen government-sponsored training camps in Iran, established for the sole purpose of training foreign terrorists. The People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or the MEK, has used their vast network embedded within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to consistently and reliably expose the organization along with the Quds Force, the IRGC’s special forces arm tasked with terrorism.
The mullahs’ regime in Iran has repeatedly attempted to destabilize the region using the Quds Force. During the war in Iraq, the Quds trained Iraqi Shiite militias to build bombs, resulting in the loss of countless American lives as well as innocent Iraqis. More recently, the Quds have coordinated with thousands of these militia members in Syria, fighting to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.
The Quds commander, IRGC General Qassem Soleimani, conducts operations throughout Iraq and Syria. The NCRI-US further states that fourteen training camps in Iran report directly to the Imam Ali air base, and to Soleimani.
Similarly, Lebanese Hezbollah, receives weapons and monetary backing from the fundamentalist regime in Iran. Hezbollah fights for Assad in Syria, protecting Iranian interests in the country.
While the United States government denounces Iran as the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world, the NCRI advocates a much stronger stance against the regime. It has called upon the current U.S. administration to designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity.
According to the NCRI-US, the supreme leader Ali Khamenei has authorized a Quds directorate to facilitate the expansion of its training program, sending fighters to countries such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Iraq.
In a testimony before Congress, former Secretary of Homeland Security and now the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, stated that Hezbollah had been identified in Latin America and that Iran had begun directing terrorist camps in the region.
This fact exemplifies the regime’s desire to expand its reach beyond the Middle East using these camps. Until the United States recognizes the Iranian government’s terrorist training program, the camps will continue to spread and Iran’s destabilization campaign will grow stronger.
For more information, see information about our press conference revealing these sites here.