Tehran’s Military and Ideological Bases in the World

A local crescent that has turned into a dangerous polygon across the world.

The Islamic regime which ruling Iran (IRI) has owned military bases in many countries of the region as well as in Africa and South American countries. In Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti,  IRI directly or indirectly controls or leads dozens of military bases in the aforementioned countries. With at least 15 proxy groups in Syria and Iraq alone, Tehran has the largest proxy forces and militants around the world under its command.

More than its air force bases in the country, The Islamic regime has military and paramilitary bases in other countries. IRI is among countries such as the U.S., France, Russia, Britain, China, Germany, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey that have foreign military bases. Of course, the U.S., France, Russia, and Britain have a significant number of foreign military bases compared to the others.

Further, dozens of militia groups in the Middle Eastern countries are fighting for Ayatollahs’ interests and are under the command of Tehran.

But why have the Ayatollahs established military bases and strived to expand military forces through militias outside Iran’s borders!

The answer may be obvious, but it is complicated. Although based on the data and reports of military experts, Iran is ranked 14 of 145 countries around the world. To be sure, the estimates are logical and dialectical only on the desks of theorists and experts, but they have no place in practice and the real world and are thrown into the trash. 

In the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq, the military authorities and leaders of the Islamic Republic gained valuable experience, although at the cost of emptying the national treasury and the lives and property of hundreds of thousands of Iranians!

They realized that instead of directly confronting them with huge costs and a lot of damage, they can damage and retreat the enemy by spending less money and without direct conflict. Like what they are doing in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

In the Iran-Iraq war, the new and young commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps realized that guerrilla and partisan warfare is more fruitful. That too if it is outside the territorial borders.

In recent years, IRI has sought to expand and deepen its influence in a new region; Africa. Therefore, by arming and training rebel Shia groups in countries such as Senegal, Central Africa, and Nigeria, Tehran is trying to expand its sphere of influence beyond the Middle East.

The expansion and dispersion of the bases allows Ayatollahs to easily get weapons to their proxies without seizing the shipments. According to reports, weapons go from Iranian ports to Djibouti in East Africa, and then they are given to the Tehran-backed Houthis through civilian cargo ships. Or even the Houthis also use Lebanon as a center to buy drone spare parts from China.

One of the strategies of the Islamic Republic is to attack national governments or western allies. Tehran, with its increasing support for Morocco’s governmental and non-governmental opposition, seeks to weaken one of the staunch allies of the West, Morocco; An ally that is the basis of stability in an unstable regional neighborhood. IRI’s supply of attack drones is to the Polisario Front, a guerrilla group that has been fighting to separate the Western Sahara from Morocco for decades and has continued support from Algeria, Morocco’s regional rival. This is despite the fact that Tehran has established economic and military relations with Algeria for a long time and has acknowledged the sale of drones to Algeria. 

By expanding its sphere of influence over the militants, the IRI has advanced to the Strait of Gibraltar to get up the EU and Britain’s nose.

Although Iran is the second most powerful military in the Middle East after Turkey, Tehran prefers to use its proxies to destabilize the region rather than direct confrontation. Because it is safer and it inflicts the maximum desired amount of damage on the enemy at a lower cost.

Ayatollahs now have several strategic goals, the most important of which is Israel as one of the regional allies of the West. Quds Force, relying on “IRGC Trilogy Of Military Power” (Missiles, drones, and fast-attack boats), has determined to empower Tehran-backed proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for a possible attack on Israel in the event of a full-scale war. Hezbollah alone has 100,000 trained fighters.

Sleeper Cells

During the past two decades, Tehran has even turned to the strategy of ideological terrorism. An all-out ideological war at a much lower cost than physical war – but still using proxies.

The villain authorities like Ayatollahs, and their terrorist allies, have formed and vocalized an axis of evil, equipping to menace the peace of the world. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslim immigrants in Western countries are under the control of religious institutions and mosques, which are present as ‘Sleeper Cells’ in the host community to be activated in the appropriate situation. 

Ayatollahs have established an empire of terrorism. Many considered the threat as a joke when Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representatives and Tehran hardliners said “we turn the White House into a Hussainiya [Shi’ite Islamic center]”. But this was not a joke. It was a direct and serious threat. Tehran’s ideological-terrorism war with the West is more dangerous than world wars if we do not take it seriously. Ayatollahs have formed an empire of terrorism that its ideological forces and its “non-geographical borders”have extended from west to east. Tehran has formed an empire of terrorism that its ideological forces and its “non-geographical borders” have extended from west to east. Just remember how Muslim immigrants and refugees and even non-Muslims from Asia and Africa conquered important European cities.  Mega Pro-Palestine rallies in European capitals. At an event called “Muslim Armies’; An angry and scary speaker urged people and said “don’t care about international law! Care only for your duty to Allah”, while also rejecting a two-state solution in Gaza. Tens of thousands of migrants marched through the streets of the most liveable and strategic cities across the EU.

Haven’t you heard the alarm bells yet? They have even penetrated near your bedroom. Tehran and the Muslim forces under its command [Muslims comprise around 25% of the world’s total population] should be considered the greatest danger to the world and the globe’s security. Never forget that Tehran is  unconventional, and governed by unpredictable officials.

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