A Recent report broke the news that Iran has expanded its terrorist activities to Africa. An estimated 300 militants have been recruited thus far, as they look to weaponize this unconventional firepower to be used in attacks on the United States and other Western targets. The attacks would be for the purpose of retaliation for American sanctions against the Tehran, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
The U.S. has given Iran the label of 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.”
The first details regarding the existence of Iran’s terror cell in Africa reportedly surfaced after a series of arrests in Chad in April. At which point, investigators learned that Iranian operatives are recruiting and training men in the age range of 25 to 35 years old, in order to carry out their plan to attack 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. These terrorists present an extremely dangerous threat as they possess the simple ability to hide in plain sight.
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 – a component of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that has been designated a terrorist organization by the Trump admin – is a component of the IRGC. This designation placed further sanctions on Iran’s elite military unit.
The Telegraph noted that Quds force’s highly specialized “Unit 400” is charged with expanding Iran’s terrorist network to Africa.
It has been discovered by Breitbart News that the Lebanese Hezbollah – Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy – has already expanded it footprint into Africa by way of drug trafficking and money laundering activities in Latin America where they maintain a rather substantial presence.
Hezbollah is a group which has been known to move illicit drugs from Latin America to Europe through Africa.
Nasser Bourita, Morroccan Foreign Minister foreshadowed this terror cell launching in the country. In September of 2018 he told Breitbart News that Iran has “infiltrated” his country, home to Europe’s only land border with Africa. The minister also warned that Iran was in the process of expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa, using its proxy Hezbollah.
Moreover, a U.S. House panel report acknowledged in December 2016 that Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and money laundering activities in Latin America extended to West Africa.
“Iranian and Hezbollah operatives have been arrested in the past several years in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the United States – demonstrating the global reach of these networks,” Nathan Sales, a top U.S. Department of State (DOS) official.