The Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, The Deadliest in Iraq
Fox News, October 24, 2006
An elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards might be
responsible for these terror attacks inside of Iraq: a
unit now training more terrorists for more attacks in
Iraq and possibly in Lebanon and Syria. Alireza
Jafarzadeh is the author of The Iran Threat: President
Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis. He’s also a
Fox News Foreign Affairs Analyst and welcomed here.
Interesting and intriguing topic, welcome to you.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you.
The group is called al Qods. How close are they to
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, Ahmadinejad was a top commander of the Qods force for many years. He got all his training as a commander of the Qods force. The Qods force is one of the five forces within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards but it’s the deadliest force; it’s responsible for all the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime: whether it’s in Iraq, whether it’s in Lebanon, or whether it’s terrorist activities as far as the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Argentina or the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
Bill Hemmer: So let’s try to sort a few things out here. “Qods” is spelled “Kods” or “Kuds”; it translates from Arabic into Jerusalem in English. How strong is this force? How many members?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: There are thousands of members of the Qods force, but it’s the training and the quality and the agenda that makes them an extremely deadly force.
Bill Hemmer: So you’re saying they’re good at what they do.
Oh, absolutely, they’ve been trained for many years. All
they do is terrorism outside the country. During the war
in Lebanon there were some eight hundred members of the
Qods force who were stationed in Lebanon; an additional
six hundred were added. They sent money, arms, and
explosives there. Now in Iraq they’re heavily involved
in training the pro Iran militia groups that are engaged
in bombing the- roadside bombs, killing the American
troops. The Qods Force is involved in training the
insurgents in Iran, sending them back to Iraq. They’re
heavily involved in sending explosives under different
covers in Iraq. So, I would say the most visible force,
the most deadly force in Iraq now is the Jerusalem
force, the Qods force.
Bill Hemmer: You say they also help Hezbollah in Lebanon. You say a recent intercept shows that they have sent millions of dollars to support Hezbollah in Beirut and elsewhere. How much money?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: We’re talking about millions of dollars, Bill. They’re sending increments anywhere between one to four million dollars in each transfer. Only in July, eight hundred thousand dollars was sent first and then an additional two million dollars. Before that, three million nine hundred fifty thousand dollars was sent. They used the state-run Bank Saderat of Iran to transfer money to the Bank’s branch in Europe and then transferred it to Lebanon, using Iranian front companies associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Has Tehran been faced with these charges and if so how
have they been founded?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Not really. Very recently, the Bank Saderat of Iran was sanctioned by the Treasury Department but that has very little effect. Iran has not really paid any price for all its terrorism: whether it was in Buenos Aires, whether it’s their terrorism right now. Bombs that are killing Americans and Coalition forces in Iraq are built in a factory near Tehran in Satari Industries. The information is available but Tehran has not paid the price. I think it’s extremely crucial, that in order to see success in Iraq, to hold Tehran responsible because they are the main source of instability in Iraq. If we want to see success in Iraq, we need to contain the Iranian regime’s influence and meddling in Iraq; that’s the single most important source.
You say Ahmadinejad used to be connected, a member of
this group right?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Absolutely Bill, Ahmadinejad was a commander of the Revolutionary Guards. He was involved in a number of terrorist activities outside of Iran. He was involved in assassinating Iranian dissidents abroad and then he turned up as the mayor of Tehran. Basically the Iranian regime groomed Ahmadinejad for years for this new position he has now.
Bill Hemmer: All right, I’m out of time. A lot of information to chew on there, Alireza Jafarzadeh. Thank you for your time today.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you.