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Radical Shi’ite threat to the Arab world and beyond PART-2

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Radical Shi’ite threat to the Arab world and beyond PART-2

Radical Shi’ite threat to the Arab world and beyond PART-2

On January 6, 2016, Bahraini security forces had dismantled a terrorist cell linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. According to the Bahraini interior ministry, the cell was planning to carry out a series of dangerous bombings in the kingdom.

India: In July 2012, prominent Indian newspaper The Times of India reported that police had concluded that terrorists belonging to a branch of Iran’s military, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, were responsible for an attack on February 13, 2012, during which a bomb explosion targeted an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi, India, wounding one embassy staff member, a local employee and two passers-by. According to the report, Iranian Revolutionary Guards have planned other attacks on Israeli targets around the world as well.

Iraq: Insurgents supported by Iran have been committing acts of terrorism in Iraq. The United States State Department said that weapons are smuggled into Iraq and used to arm Iran’s allies among the Shiite militias, including those of the anti-American groups and individuals.

During his address to the United States Congress on September 11, 2007, Commanding Officer for the United States forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus noted that the multinational forces in Iraq found that Iran’s Quds force had provided training, equipment, funding, and direction to Shi’ite militia groups. “When we captured the leaders of these so-called special groups … and the deputy commander of a Lebanese Hezbollah department that was created to support their efforts in Iraq, we’ve learned a great deal about how Iran has, in fact, supported these elements and how those elements have carried out violent acts against our forces, Iraqi forces and innocent civilians.”

In 2015, Michael Weiss and Michael Pregent accused the Popular Mobilization Units, an organization of 40 mainly-Shi’ite militias backed by Iran, of committing extensive atrocities against Sunni civilians in the course of their war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including “burning people alive in their houses, playing soccer with severed human heads, and ethnically cleansing and razing whole villages to the ground.”

Weiss and Pregent even suggested that Iran’s Shi’ite militias whole lot worse than the Islamic State.

Kenya: Aggrey Adoli, police chief in Kenya’s coastal region, said on June 22, 2012 that two Iranians, Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi, who were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, were arrested on allegations of being involved in terrorism. One of the arrested Iranians led counter-terrorism officers to recover 15 kilograms of explosives. The two Iranians admitted to plotting to attack the United States, Israeli, Saudi, or British targets in Kenya. In court, Police Sgt. Erick Opagal, an investigator with Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, said that the two Iranians had shipped over 100 kilograms of powerful explosives into Kenya.

It was later revealed that the targets included Gil Haskel, Israel’s ambassador to Kenya. During a visit to Kenya in August, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon praised Kenya for its efforts in stopping Iranian terror threats against Israeli and Jewish targets. Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya all expressed concern with Ayalon regarding Iran’s attempts to increase terror activity in Africa.

Argentina: On July 18, 1994, there was an attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds. It was Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever. Argentina accused Tehran in 2006 of being behind the attacks and indicted several senior Iranian officials, including Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ahmad Vahidi, as well as Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah.

Thailand: On February 14, 2012, a series of explosions occurred in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai authorities said that the bombings were a botched attempt by Iranian nationals to assassinate Israeli diplomats. Several Iranians were arrested and charged for the attacks, one of whom was badly injured.

France: In October 2018, France froze Iranian financial assets in response to a bomb plot to be carried out against an opposition group at a rally in Paris. This plot was made against the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which claims itself as Iran’s government-in-exile.

An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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