Quds leader brags Ira­nian forces killed many Amer­i­cans

Pen­tagon es­ti­mates arm of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard has killed 500 sol­diers.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROWAN SCARBOROUGH

The deputy com­man­der of Iran’s no­to­ri­ous Quds Force bragged at a re­cent cer­e­mony that his op­er­a­tives have killed more Amer­i­cans than U.S. troops have killed Ira­nian fighters.

Brig. Gen. Is­mail Ghaani was re­fer­ring to Iran’s ma­jor in­ter­ven­tion in the Iraq war to sup­ply Shi­ite mili­tias with su­per­charged ex­plo­sives that could pen­e­trate U.S. ar­mored ve­hi­cles. The Pen­tagon has es­ti­mated the Quds Force, an arm of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps, killed 500 Amer­i­cans that way.

“Amer­i­cans have suf­fered more losses from us then we have suf­fered losses from them,” Gen. Ghaani said, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle by Ad­mad Ma­jid­yar, di­rec­tor of the Iran Ob­served Project at the Mid­dle East In­sti­tute.

Mr. Ma­jid­yar wrote that the boast­ing came at a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the “mar­tyred of the de­fend­ers of shrines” — Iran’s term for the mili­tias it fi­nanced and trained in Iraq to fight the Is­lamic State and in Syria to sup­port Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad.

An Ira­nian op­po­si­tion group has ac­cused Iran of com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties in Syria, par­tic­u­larly in the city of Aleppo, where thou­sands died un­der con­stant at­tacks by Syr­ian, Rus­sian and Ira­nian forces.

“This, of course, is not only a con­fes­sion but also out­right brag­ging about how the Quds Force mur­dered Amer­i­cans in Iraq,” said Michael Ru­bin, a Mid­dle East an­a­lyst at the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute. “It was the Quds Force, af­ter all, that smug­gled in ex­plo­sively formed, ar­mor-pen­e­trat­ing pro­jec­tiles into Iraq for in­sur­gents to in­cor­po­rate in im­proved ex­plo­sive de­vices.

Gen. Ghaani re­peated Tehran pro­pa­ganda that Amer­ica car­ried out the 9/11 at­tacks in New York and the Pen­tagon, not al Qaeda.

“Amer­ica, un­der the pre­text of Sept. 11 at­tacks, which it car­ried out it­self, in­vaded Afghanistan and mo­bi­lized young Mus­lims and de­ployed them to Afghanistan so that they can later at­tack Iran,” he said.

The Quds Force leader con­tended that the U.S. has spent $6 tril­lion to cur­tail Iran, but failed.

The cer­e­mony oc­curred amid Ira­nian ex­pan­sion in the re­gion, mil­i­tary moves fi­nanced in part by the 2015 nu­clear deal with the U.S. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion lifted eco­nomic sanc­tions that freed bil­lions of dol­lars in frozen as­sets and di­rectly de­liv­ered $1.4 bil­lion in cash.

Mr. Ru­bin writes in Com­men­tary Mag­a­zine that the largesse prompted Tehran to in­crease the Quds Force bud­get by $300 mil­lion.

“Uni­lat­eral sur­ren­der in the name of diplo­macy does tend to em­bolden en­e­mies,” Mr. Ru­bin told The Washington Times.

Quds Force stands as the rul­ing mul­lahs’ ex­pe­di­tionary spe­cial op­er­a­tions force that, work­ing with Le­banese Hezbol­lah, an­other Iran-cre­ated group, fought anti-As­sad rebels in Syria.

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