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Super secret Iranian Quad force PsyOps exercse

You may think this article is about the super secret Iranian Quds force. Its not. Its the same psyOps (Psychological Operations) hype we heard about the feared Revolutionary Guard in Iraq.

This is a prime example of talking up the enemy to manipulate public opinion. One would think that the military establishment would have changed their tactics after Iraq.

They havn't.

Just read the last paragraph to see just how much they know about this "super secret elite force".

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Tehran almost certainly told the Quds Force to go into Iraq," he said. "What we don't know is: Did they say something as vague as, 'Protect our interests in Iraq without actually going to war with the Americans'?

Or did they say something very specific: 'Do this, do that, don't do this.'

"We don't know."


LA Times
By netchicken: posted on 17-2-2007

OoPs I just saw that you had to be registered.

Here is the article about the dreaded Quds...

LA Times

BAGHDAD Among the myriad military and intelligence agencies that make up Iran's security forces, none has the skill and reach of the Quds Force, an elite unit nominally within the command structure of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Like the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force and its predecessors were among the semiofficial militias, charities and centers of clerical power born of the paranoia and zeal of the tumultuous years after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which brought Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to power.

Originally, the Revolutionary Guard played a defensive role. In the 1980s, Iran's Shiite revolutionaries faced a war against Iraq as well as the hostility of Iranian secular nationalists, the West and Sunni-dominated regimes of the Middle East.

The Revolutionary Guard was entrusted to protect Khomeini's theocracy. But the revolutionaries also were inspired to spread their vision abroad.

The Quds Force and its predecessors consisted of the Guard's most skilled warriors. Experts said they were highly secretive commando units sent abroad to help Shiites usurp monarchies in the Persian Gulf, gun down enemies and battle Israeli forces in southern Lebanon. They also reportedly have run operations in Sudan, South Asia and Western Europe.

Their plans sometimes coincided with U.S. interests, as when they supported Afghans fighting the Soviet Union in the 1980s and Bosnian Muslims battling Serbs in the 1990s.

The Quds Force also has been involved in Iraq. It assisted Kurdish rebels fighting Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and Shiites battling his regime in the 1990s. Even Ahmad Chalabi's expatriate Iraqi National Congress had Quds Force help, experts say.

At most, the force numbers 2,000, said Mahan Abedin, director of research at the Center for the Study of Terrorism, a London think tank.

"It's a remarkably efficient organization, quite possibly one of the best special forces units in the world," he said.

The extent to which the Quds Force is controlled by the government has been hotly debated in U.S. foreign policy circles.

"This has been a topic of debate among Iran experts inside and outside the government for 25 years," said Kenneth M. Pollack, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy. "There are people who believe the Quds Force does not move a muscle without getting explicit orders from [supreme leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei; there are other people who believe they are rogues. The weight of evidence is somewhere in the middle."

There are signs that Quds Force-linked operatives have taken orders from Tehran for overseas missions.

Most notable, Pollack said, were the 1992 killings of an Iranian Kurdish separatist leader and three associates in Berlin by four gunmen led by an Iranian agent. In 1997, a German court found that the slayings had been ordered by a government committee in Tehran that included Khamenei and then-President Hashemi Rafsanjani.

There has been evidence of rifts between Iran's government and the Revolutionary Guard and Quds Force. The Revolutionary Guard occasionally has tried to push the government into more extremist positions.

In 1998, for example, thousands of Guard troops gathered on the border with Afghanistan in what appeared to be a move against the Taliban regime. There was suspicion that the Revolutionary Guard was working independently. The government later sent conventional forces to "keep a watch" on the Guard, Pollack said.

"We do have evidence here and there, circumstantial in many ways, that the Quds Force guys and other people in the Revolutionary Guard like to push the edge of the envelope," Pollack said, speculating that the Quds Force could be freelancing in Iraq.

"Tehran almost certainly told the Quds Force to go into Iraq," he said. "What we don't know is: Did they say something as vague as, 'Protect our interests in Iraq without actually going to war with the Americans'? Or did they say something very specific: 'Do this, do that, don't do this.'

"We don't know."
By netchicken: posted on 17-2-2007

There is no need to talk it up. As a matter of fact, I believe the president should have to explain why he hasn't already hit Iran hard for continuing to support and train terrorists. All that crap about going and getting the terrorists and those who support them appears to be a bunch of hooey.

Still, this article doesn't appear to be talking up a future war (trust me, the L.A. Times would be almost the last paper to do that as it is pretty Mao Tse Tung-ish) but almost seems to be making an excuse for the Iranian government. They are saying that al Quds is as Colonel Kurtz or Apocalypse Now, an almost renegade band that is difficult for the Iranian government to keep reeled in.

Still, fact of the matter is that the Iranian president is the one who could use this line from that movie and it would sound normal coming out of his mouth:
"We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig. Cow after cow. Village after village. Army after army."
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 19-2-2007








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