SNIP: In other words, it’s business as usual.
Iran expanded its terrorist activities to Africa where it has recruited an estimated 300 militants to attack the United States and other Western targets in retaliation for American sanctions against Tehran, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
The U.S. has deemed Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
“Iran is setting up a new terrorist infrastructure in Africa with the aim of attacking Western targets,” an unnamed senior Western security source told the Telegraph. “It is all part of Tehran’s attempts to expand its terrorist operations across the globe.”
Details about the existence of Iran’s terror cell in Africa reportedly surfaced after a series of arrests in Chad in April.
Investigators reportedly learned that Iranian operatives are recruiting and training men between the ages of 25 and 35 to carry out terror attacks against Western targets in Africa.
Iran has already recruited an estimated 300 militants who have “have undergone rigorous training at Iranian-run training camps in Syria and Iraq,” the Telegraph noted.
The article came on the same day that U.S. President Trump’s administration implemented additional restriction on Iran as part of its maximum pressure campaign against the Shiite regime.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have intensified in recent months, particularly in the wake of an Iranian attack that brought down a U.S. drone.
Citing Western security officials on Monday, the Telegraph reported:
The new [Iranian] terror network [in Africa] has been established on the orders of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the elite section of Iran’s Republican Guard Corps that has responsibility for overseas operations.
The aim of the new terror cell is to target US and other Western military bases on the continent, as well as embassies and officials.
The Iranian cells are said to be active in a number of African countries including Sudan, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Gambia, and the Central African Republic.
Under President Trump, the U.S. has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization, a move that further sanctioned Iran’s elite military unit.
Iranian Maj. Gen. Suleimani’s Quds force is a component of the IRGC. The Telegraphnoted that the Quds force’s highly specialized “Unit 400” is charged with expanding Iran’s terrorist network to Africa.
Breitbart News has learned that Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy, the Lebanese Hezbollah, has already expanded its operations to Africa via its drug trafficking and money laundering activities in Latin America where the group maintains a substantial presence.
Hezbollah is known to move illicit drugs from Latin America to Europe through Africa. read more