Report: Iran Dispatching Anti-riot Forces to Venezuela to Quell Popular Uprising


Sources from within the Iranian government report that the Khomeiniist regime is dispatching special anti-riot units accompanied by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commanders to Venezuela in order to quash the anti-Maduro protests. This elite group of commanders is said to be traveling as oil consultants.

In December the Islamic regime announced that it will likely deploy a new-generation of warships, the Sahand destroyer — which can carry helicopters, fire torpedoes and shoot down airplanes —to Venezuela. The deputy commander of the Iranian navy, Rear Admiral Touraj Hassani Moqaddam, told Reuters: “Our plans for the near future include sending two or three ships, with special helicopters, to Venezuela on a South American mission that could last for five months”.

The Sahand destroyer can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply and has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.

Tehran’s provocative actions are already raising serious concerns among analysts. Rocio San Miguel, Director of Control Ciudadano, a NGO that monitors Venezuela’s armed forces said: “The arrival of these Iranian ships would upset the regional order. This is going to bother neighboring countries and generate an undesirable situation.” 

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (L) speaks next to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during an agreement-signing ceremony in Tehran September 6, 2009. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout 

Over the past 20 years of Chavistas have become invaluable to Tehran, both strategically and ideologically. The two regimes have signed economic and military agreements valued in the billions of dollars.

Whether Moqaddam’s claims are real or bluster, as reasoned by analysts, Tehran will protect its ‘assets’ in the South American country by any means necessary.

Source: Isicrc



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