The Security and Anti-Terrorism Commission of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has released a statement about the involvement of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Syria. It highlights that their presence in Syria and the transfer of weapons are both blatant violations of UNSC resolutions.
The main command centre and barracks of the IRGC is at “Fort Behuth” which is 30 kilometres away from Aleppo. This site is commanded by IRGC Brigadier General Seyed Javad Ghafari.
The NCRI say that Ghafari has experience from the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and has been in charge of the Aleppo military campaign for three years.
Several months ago he attended a meeting with Qassem Suleimani, the IRGC Quds Force commander, and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad who praised him.
The NCRI state: “There are two command centers inside this base. One is associated to the IRGC command structure, while the second center is home to senior Hezbollah commanders alongside the IRGC. This is where military operations are blueprinted. A number of Syrian army officers and commanders are also present in this base, busy coordinating their operations with the IRGC. This base is one of the permanent centers of the IRGC’s so-called “Saberin” (commando) battalions. These forces are equipped with armored personnel carriers and 107mm mini-Katiusha rockets.”
It adds that in the base each proxy group has its own section.
Fort Behuth is located near the Jabul salt lake and was seen as one of the most important centres with regards to chemical, ammunition and missile production for the Assad regime’s weapons of mass destruction.
Joint chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, General Mohammad Bagheri, said last month: “Syria has reached the point that in the past few years Iran has launched missile production units in Aleppo.”
Rahim Safavi, military advisor to Iranian regime leader Ali Khamenei and former IRGC commander, admitted in September that the IRGC and its mercenaries are coordinating the vicious bombings conducted in Aleppo.
The statement by the NCRI said: “As the Iranian Resistance has announced time and again, the mullahs’ regime and the IRGC are the main elements behind massacring the Syrian people and prolonging this crisis. By plundering money belonging to the Iranian people in the Syrian war, the Iranian regime has forced the entire region to bring of utter devastation. Last week the Iranian Resistance made public the names of 39 IRGC brigadier generals and 30 IRGC colonels killed in the Syria war.”
They also highlighted that the Iranian regime is sending weapons and manpower to Syria in a complete disregard of international covenants and United Nations Security Council resolutions. They advise that the Iranian regime needs to be removed from Syria along with the IRGC and all proxies. Failing this, Daesh will never be uprooted and there will never be peace in the region.