Wednesday May 24, 2017

Iran: IRGC Funding to Be Increased

The Iranian parliament has voted for a large increase in funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Politicians have also voted for an increase in funding for the country’s missile development program. 

Iranian state media confirmed that two military bills were approved. The first one provides $7.4 billion to the IRGC’s defence budget – an increase of almost 25 percent. The other bill outlined a development plan for the next five years regarding the country’s missile program. It requires the government to guarantee a minimum of 5 percent of the budget to defence.


Campaign to Force Iran out of Syria

An internet campaign has been set up with the aim of getting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to leave Syria. It was set up by activists from both Syria and Iran.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has been involved. Over the years its involvement has increased as the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad got stronger. When Iran realised that there was a chance that Assad could be overthrown, it started to send in large numbers of troops to prop the Syrian president up.


Iran Supporting and Arming Bahraini Militants

In September 2015, a bomb-making facility was discovered in a warehouse in Bahrain. Officers found chemical precursors and military-grade explosives. 

They found armour-piercing projectiles that could slice its way through a tank and there were a large number of boxes of C-4 (military explosive). 

Investigators in the country said that items like this had never been seen before there. In a report about the arsenals seized, investigators said that the firepower and caches found were a “game-changer”. The investigators also said that up against lightly armed police, the amount of arms seized was “overkill”.


Iran Terror Plot Foiled in Bahrain

Last weekend, authorities in Bahrain arrested several people that are part of a terrorist cell backed by Iran. They were accused of planning to assassinate senior government officials and are suspected of being involved in a bus bombing last month that wounded numerous policeman.

A large quantity of domestically-manufactured explosives were found during the raid on Sunday, as well as numerous weapons and communications equipment.


Numerous People Arrested by Bahrain for Links to Iran-Backed Terrorist Plots

On Sunday 26th March, members of a terrorist cell sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran were arrested by members of the Bahrain security forces. 

The cell is suspected to have been involved in the bus bombing that killed a number of policemen last month. They were also charged with plotting to assassinate senior government officials. 

The news comes from the BNA – Bahrain’s state news agency – and it also reported that the IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) provided military training to six of those who were arrested. Five other suspects are said to have been trained by the Iraqi Hezbollah and three others received training in Bahrain.