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Khamenei's ambitions: exporting violence, militias and Iran’s revolution

khamenei exports violence, militias

The Arab world has faced many challenges over the last four decades, especially following the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the establishment of the system of Waliyat-e Faqih (guardianship of the jurist). The regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei seeks to export the revolution to neighboring countries by all means, including sectarian slogans and creating terrorist militias, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah.

In this context, many press reports have addressed Iran's contribution to violence and the militia industry in the region, including a report from Saudi Arabian journal Al Bayan entitled "Iranian Terrorism and the Militia Industry", which stated that Iran's clerical leadership has embraced this one project and exploited Iran’s entire economic capabilities to achieve it.

Iran considers itself an authority for Muslims

According to the report, Iran derives the legitimacy of that project from its existence, considering itself an authority for Muslims on the face of the earth. Accordingly, it has adopted its revolutionary concepts that were promoted in the context of its connection with the internationalism of the jurist state, which is free of any contractual obligations.

The report pointed out that the mandate of Wilayat-e Faqih, as it is believed and interpreted by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has several characteristics, including the imposition of its authority upon all countries and lands, obedience to it from the Muslim Ummah (community), extending its influence over everyone, not committing itself to any international law, and not abiding by the inviolability, sovereignty and independence of the neighbor.

Deployment of militias in Iraq, Syria and Yemen

The report added that Iran has also been spreading terrorist militias in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as other parts of the world, in line with the global roadmap of the Wilayat-e Faqih, which seeks to annex the entire world through its eastern and western militias, with the belief that the overthrow of Iraq will be a prelude to controlling the entire Muslim world.

The report pointed out that Iran’s leadership sought to build the incubators of extremist ideology through the bridges of communication it had established with the Arab and Islamic world in order to be means of militarization and to establish militias that are now fighting for the defense of Iran in the Arab region, including the Houthi group in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, along with dozens of militias in Iraq and Syria.

Iran's cultural subsidiaries abroad

In November 2017, a number of Algerians launched media campaigns calling for the expulsion of the Iranian cultural attaché, Amir Mousavi, for his involvement in activities to spread Shiism in Algeria. On November 28, Algeria’s Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamed Issa announced the arrest of hundreds of conscripts after their return from Iraq, who he said are trying to provoke sectarian strife in Algeria.

The Iranian regime has pursued the implementation of its project by providing scholarships to students for universities supported by the Waliyat-e Faqih. Tehran attracted many Arab and Islamic figures to train at various Shiite hawza seminaries serving as incubators of extremist thought in the Iranian city of Qom or at other educational institutions supported by Iran and spread throughout a number of countries around the world, including the Al-Mustafa International University branches, Amir al-Mu’minin Islamic Seminary, the Islamic College in London, the Islamic University College in Ghana, the Islamic Azad University and Payame Noor University.

The report also notes that the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly is also one of the main Iranian organizations involved in the indoctrination and preparation of extremists and the management of their activities worldwide. Iranian educational centers abroad adopt the curricula approved by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.

Iran's educational and cultural facilities throughout the Arab and Islamic world have enabled Iranian intelligence to find fertile ground to create militias and extremist cells as part of its expansionist program, most notably in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Levant and Yemen.

The Quds Force led by Qasem Soleimani

According to the report, the clerical leadership in Iran had assigned the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Quds Force led by Qasem Soleimani to complete this task. Through an expanded network of Shiite religious seminaries and universities, tens of thousands of extremists have been recruited in order to create a new civilization commensurate with the aspirations of Wilayat-e Faqih.

In line with these aspirations, the Quds Force trained and formed a number of Shiite militias, such as the Houthi group in Yemen, the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Fatemiyoun Brigade in Afghanistan and the Zainabiyoun Brigade in Pakistan.

Therefore, the internal movements of all Persian peoples and minorities in Iran, as well as the opposition movements abroad, remain the only way to overthrow the Iranian regime and put an end to the unstable and "crooked" behavior of the entire region.