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Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Pentagon's first report to Congress on Tehran's military.
The report on Iranian military power provides new details on the group known formally as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), the Islamist shock troops deployed around the world to advance Iranian interests. The unit is aligned with terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, North Africa and Latin America, and the report warns that U.S. forces are likely to battle the Iranian paramilitaries in the future.
The Qods force "maintains operational capabilities around the world," the report says, adding that "it is well established in the Middle East and North Africa and recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela."
The report provides the first warning in an official U.S. government report about Iranian paramilitary activities in the Western Hemisphere. It also highlights links between Iran and the anti-U.S. government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been accused of backing Marxist terrorists in Colombia.
The report gives no details on the activities of the Iranians in Venezuela and Latin America. Iranian-backed terrorists have conducted few attacks in the region. However, U.S. intelligence officials say Qods operatives are developing networks of terrorists in the region who could be called to attack the United States in the event of a conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Its current commander is Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani.
While "little is reliably known" about the force by outsiders as of 2007, its size was estimated at 15,000 troops and operatives
The force is described as "active in dozens of countries." According to former U.S. Army intelligence officer David Dionisi, Quds force is organized into eight different directorates based on geographic location:
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan
Republics of the former USSR
Originally posted by munkey66
reply to post by jibeho
US intelligence also said Suddam had WMD's and Suddam was helping Osama, I would look at this more of a PR stunt to once again point the finger of blame at Iran and to get the mantra going, "Iran is bad and does bad things"
just like the Iraq war mantra "Suddam is a threat to our freedoms with his WMD's"
just getting the people ready for the attack on Iran so they won't fight it and say "well, they did bring it on themselves by meddeling in other countries"
Where have I heard that before????
Originally posted by LurkerMan we already know
Originally posted by itchy_tartan_blanket
Yet noone bats an eyelid when the U.S. maintiains their presence in MANY more places than Iran. The U.S. has military bases in many countries.
The U.S. just doesn't like the fact that other countries are working together without them. It's tentacles of power are receding and other countries have wisened up and realise that the U.S. are in it only for themselves really. Truth, justice and the American way? Pffffffft
I can see why Iran would find something in common with Venezuela and would be able to work together. Both countries have had political interference from the U.S. - coups and what not, both produce oil, both have been slandered by the U.S. after announcing dealing in Euros as opposed to the dollar...
Personally I think the U.S. is either going to lose it's crown gracefully or will go down fighting and plunge the world into the war of all wars.
Originally posted by drakus
Originally posted by LurkerMan we already know
Probably from the same source the op's story is from...
I live in South America, and I follow the regional geopolitical situation very closely, and nor Chavez or Venezuela as a whole want a conflict with the US, they just don't want to have any Northamerican involvement in their own country's politics. (i.e. US embassy backing the coup d'etat, the CIA giving millions of dollars to "non-profit organizations", the us-armed Colombia military ignoring the borders, etc...
Believe me, i think that most "Americans" would agree in a lot of things with Bolivarianism if they took the time of listening and reading the ORIGINAL SOURCE of the discourse and not some foxnews interpretation of the "Radical Extremist Leftie iran-honey Chavez"...
Originally posted by jibeho
and the report is based on a recently released Pentagon report contained within the source.
And No, Chavez does not want an armed conflict with the USA.