Arab Media Coverage of Iran Opposition Unveiling IRGC Activities in London Press Conference
NCRI - The Iranian opposition held a press conference in the UK Parliament on Tuesday to reveal details about the smuggling of arms and ammunition by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) through Iran’s southern docks to Gulf countries. These new revelations gained widespread coverage in international and Arabic media.
Al Akhbariya, Saudi Arabia, 8 March 2017
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) shed light on the widespread arms smuggling carried out by the IRGC, providing aerial images and documents proving the role of IRGC commanders in this regard.
“This evidence we have has been obtained through a network of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) supporters associated with the NCRI. This new information has been gathered from inside the Iranian regime’s military apparatus and the IRGC itself,” said Hossein Abedini. “This evidence proves three IRGC-associated companies are in charge of smuggling arms to Yemen.”
“The timing of this information is important because it is provided after a new US administration is in power and the West’s attitude regarding Iran is changing. Eyes have now opened to Iran’s actions and there is a serious leniency to punish Tehran as the leading sponsor of terrorism,” said Qassan Ibrahim, an Arab journalist at al-Akhbariye.
Al Arabiya TV, 7 March 2017
A study shows the IRGC has, for more than three decades, meddled in the internal affairs of 14 regional countries. This review shows the type and volume of this interference, and the support terrorist groups receive in pursuing Iran’s expansionist objectives.
The evaluation of the IRGC activities show Iran’s meddling, especially in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, has increased since the Iran nuclear deal.
“The IRGC sends arms, ammunition and military equipment to Yemen and groups fighting as proxy forces on behalf of Iran in order to provoke divides in the Middle East. These reasons show Iran uses the IRGC to spread terrorism in the region and it is important these forces be designated as terrorists,” said Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association.
Included in the evidence gathered in this comprehensive study is the IRGC’s use of front companies to manage 90 docks - 45% of Iran’s piers, with an annual revenue of $12 billion. The effort to smuggle weapons from Iran to neighboring countries and from there to associated militias is aimed at disrupting regional stability.
This study ends with recommendations calling for actions against Iran’s IRGC, and most importantly, based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 on stopping missile-related activities and smuggling weapons to neighboring countries and their militias, especially Syria and Iraq.
Alqud al-Arabi TV, 8 March 2017
The NCRI in the UK made another call to the international community to place Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list. The report emphasizes the IRGC has 12 terrorist groups in 12 countries.
Iran is taking advantage of the current struggle against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria to pursue its own plans and agenda in the region.
Al Tagheer TV, 8 March 2017
The Iranian opposition unveiled information about docks controlled by the IRGC. This information, provided for the first time by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), highlights the fact the IRGC must be placed on the terrorist list. The Iranian opposition emphasized the time has come to hold this regime accountable because Tehran has committed crimes in the region, in particular the execution of 120,000 dissidents.