By: Reza Shafa
No surprise, Quds Force sent new guidelines to its agents in Badr Brigade to begin arming the tribal militias close to the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) and at same time resist disarming its own forces.
There has been a new directive from the Quds Force Headquarters in Tehran to SIIC and Amar Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, son of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim as well as Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr Brigade militia and a member of Iraq’s parliament. In the absence of his father, Amar runs the SIIC.
It is reiterated by the Quds Force that the SIIC should prevent the efforts by the Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I) from succeeding in dissolving the militias and also arming the Iraqi Sunnis tribes. Hence, the Quds Force gives specific instructions to establish new front associations for covering the force’s trials in Iraq.
Since the SIIC is running the costume service and border crossing’s offices in Iraq it can be highly effective in providing cover for the Quds Force operations.
As an example, more than one thousand square meter of ceramic tiles supposedly for renovating Shiites holy shrines in Karbala entered Iraq. However, the consignment has been used as a cover by the Quds Force to send weapons to Iraq. One of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders, Brig. Gen. Ali Sabori, head of the Shiites Holy Landmarks Reconstruction Management in the southern city of Shiraz is directing the operation. He is dispatching 80 clergies close to IRGC and the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with the shipment. Once in Iraq, they have the mission to lay the foundation for more terrorist activates by the Quds Force nationwide.
According to the information, parallel to preparations for terrorist activates, the Quds Force has ordered the SIIC to engage in propaganda campaign targeting certain Iraqi individuals and parties.
In line with the instructions, On July 19, 2007, Amar Hakim on the anniversary of Baqer Hakim’s death in the holy city of Najaf delivered a speech in which he insisted on maintaining the structure of Iraqi police and army intact and he even called for their reinforcement. He said that the problem with Iraq’s security lies with providing more funds and equipments to the current apparatus.
Amar Hakim went on to say that he would support security committees similar to those established in the beginning of the Iranian revolution in late seventies.
This simply means that he wants to maintain the current status quo in order for the militias close to the Iranian regime to operate with the cover of Iraqi police and other security apparatus.
Hadi Al-Amiri, head of the Badr Organization who is also a veteran Quds Force commander in Iraq and is on the IRGC payroll receiving a salary equivalent to a Bridger General agreed with Hakim and said, “Continued presence of the MNF-I without a time table for their departure from this country is not acceptable.” He opposed arming other tribes by the MNF-I in order to rebuff the death squads and called it playing with fire. Amiri demanded that Bar Brigade and Mahdi Army must be given full recognition by the U.S.
It is quite clear that both SIIC and Badr Brigade pave the way for Quds Forces terrorist operations in Iraq. Let us not forget who we are dealing with.
Reza Shafa is an expert on the Iranian regime’s intelligence networks, both in Iran and abroad. He has done extensive research on VAVAK (MOIS), IRGC’s Intelligence Office, and Quds Force among others. Currently he is a contributor to NCRI website.