"In 1983, I went to Iran's chief counsel in Istanbul. He sent me to
Iran, to somebody named Ahmad Karimi. Karimi provided us with residence
and began our training courses. When we were coming back to Turkey
after having finished our training, Karimi briefed us for operations.
We received our arms from two agents named Ali and Mostapha. We kept
this weapons in various safe-houses changed frequently." Excerpts from
statement to an Istanbul court by Arfan Chaghari, mullahs' mercenary in
Turkey - Melliat newspaper, March 26, 1996.
One of the missions of the regime's different institutions formed for
exporting fundamentalism, like the Organization of Islamic Culture and
Communications, Ahl- Al-Beyt foundation, cultural attaches, etc is to
attract and select forces which would, after a preliminary training
together with primary security checks, be handed over to the Qods Force
of the Ministry of Intelligence.
The Qods Force, along with the Ministry of Intelligence, dispose of
dozens of training centers all over Iran, of which 20 are listed here.
Hundreds of safe-houses belonging to the two institutes should be added
to the list.
New recruits enter Iran in secret, mostly via third countries, through
coordination between the mullahs' Foreign Ministry and the Intelligence
Ministry and the Qods Force. The mullahs' regime provides facilities
such as passports which are also used for the return trip to the third
go-between country to make sure that true identities are kept secret.
Training normally consists of political-ideological courses, explosives
and demolition, different makes of bombs and the way to work with them,
target practice with a variety of weapons and from a moving car or
motor bike, ambush, surveillance, hand to hand combat and body building
Other courses consist of urban warfare tactics, covert war tactics, collection of information and reconnaissance missions.
Terrorists are also trained to hide information about themselves and on
their relation with the mullahs' regime in case they were arrested.
Political-ideological training comprises parts of traditional mullahs'
courses on religion. Contrary to traditional Moslem training,
terrorists are taught to do several "non-religious" deeds such as
drinking alcohol in order to hide their true beliefs, and relevant
fatwas-religious permits- are issued by ranking clergy in the regime to
legitimize such behavior.
Special courses are conceived for specific missions or special hand-picked teams.
Emam Ali training center, Tehran, Tajrish square
Bahonar training center, Karaj
Ali abad garrison, Qom
Mostapha Khomeini camp, Qom
Korit camp garrison, Ahwaz
Fateh Ghani Hosseini camp, Qom
Ghayour Asli camp, Ahwaz
Abouzar camp, Ghaleh Shahin, Ahwaz
Hezbollah camp, Varamine
Izeh training camp, Izeh
Amir Al Moemenine camp , Ban Roshan, Ilam
Kaussar training camp, Dezful
Emam Sadegh camp, Qom
Lavisan training center, Lavisan
Abyek training center, abyek
Darwish training center, Ahwaz
- Ghazanchi training center, Kurdistan
Beyt ol Moghaddass university, Qom
Navab Safavi training school, Ahwaz
- Nahavand training center, Nahavand
"After September 11, our activity is of a high sensitivity nature, and
we have been told to increase security measures in selecting people.
The United States is looking for pretexts to retaliate for the blows.
But we managed to keep training going on in spite of the sensitivities"
commander in Bahonar terrorist training camp in Karaj