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Iranian military units are looking to bolster Islamic extremism in the U.S. by turning local mosques into “terror command centres,” reports a senior fellow at EMPact America and former CIA operative, who goes by the alias Reza Kahlili.Kahlili reports how the plan is being rolled out by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and its unit of Quds Forces, which are responsible for managing Iranian-backed terror networks around the world:
[The groups] have created two special units to undermine the regimes in the Persian Gulf and push America out of the region.
The Guards are using Imam Ali mosques around the globe, including some in the U.S., as terror command centres.
Unit 110 and Unit of Madinah – named after the second holiest city in Islam, the burial place of the Prophet Mohammad – were established to remove the U.S from the Gulf, sources report.
We learned Kahlili’s expertise is based on his experiences as a retired CIA agent planted in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Using a pseudonym to protect his identity, he wrote the 2010 book A Time to Betray, which is used by the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy in Maryland, where he is also an instructor.
His report today, informed by an ex-intelligence officer who defected to a country in Europe, reveals mosques around the world bearing the holy name Imam Ali are “under the operation of the Guards’ intelligence office”:
Noteworthy are the ones in Stockholm and Hamburg. Other mosques are in New Jersey, New York and Ohio, the former officer said.
But this report is puzzling to Saadi Nasim, a muslim living in New York who says: “The majority of Muslim American community is Sunni. By default we don’t recognise any Iranian Mullah as a leader as they are oppressing Sunni citizens in Iran. The majority of Iranians in America who are Shiite are pro-Shah and came here to escape the Ayatollah in the late 70’s.” Nasim added if the report is true, and a specific mosque is being used for terrorist activity — “I personally will protest against in front of that mosque.”
Iran’s relative isolation from the rest of the world, coupled with economic sanctions in response to its defiant nuclear program, have led the country to find other means of funding some of its militant organisations which the U.S. deems as terror groups.
Kahlili points out that the recent news of U.S. mosques being used as Iranian “command centres” coincides with the expansion of Iranian influence beyond the Middle East:
The Guards, in collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, are working on overthrowing the military junta and creating another front against Israel and America… The Guards are also active in other African countries, where they train and arm Islamic militias and fund mosques and Islamic centres.
As reported recently, the Guards’ grand plan, “Time for The Collapse,” includes trafficking in arms, counterfeit money and illegal drugs not only to fund their worldwide terror networks but to destabilize the West through terror and drugs.
We previously reported how the U.S. has identified that Iranian-backed terror groups are expanding their networks into South America, where access to drug trafficking is a quick way to raise funds. defence Secretary Leon Panetta recently visited South America and commented, “That, in my book, that relates to expanding terrorism. And that’s one of the areas that I think all of us are concerned about.”
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