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Iranian Militia Groups: The Epitome of Terrorism and Extremism

After a historic emergency Arab League Summit where the Saudi king urged world leaders to rein in Iran, Arab leaders pledge solidarity with UAE and Saudi Arabia at Makkah summits.

For years now the Iranian Shia armed groups have left a trail of terror and despair throughout the Middle East and abroad. These Iran-backed militia groups have impacted the geopolitical and socio-economic prospects of the region in a horrifying way. Iran, Lebanon, and Syria being the hub of these organizations, these countries are also the ones to suffer most from their deeds. The most recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities were a prime example of the connection of these militia groups to Iran. It was a clear message to the concerned parties (primarily the U.S.), that if Iran is facing sanctions and isn’t allowed to export oil then it will make sure that others are also not able to do so. Although the country never takes responsibilities of using these Shia groups for its needs, it gives signs every now and then that are enough for any common man to understand what is going on.

The first attack by the Iranian extremists can be traced back to the 4th of November, 1979, where an armed group of 500 took around 90 hostages after storming into the American Embassy. They occupied the embassy for around 444 days and demanded $24 billion in frozen assets from the American government to release the hostages. They would later settle on $8 billion after conceding the first blow in ever demolishing reputation of the country. The employees that were taken hostages sued the Iranian government however, the government was able to flee any penalty.

In the September of 2015, Bahraini security forces uncovered a large bombing factory which was alleged to be run by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which is a government-backed militant group, who were planning a large-scale terrorist attack in the country. In response to Iran’s unprovoked act to spread hegemony, the government decided to ban Iran and asked the country’s in-charge of affairs to leave the country immediately.

The following year the government again arrested a number of group leaders who were planning a series of bombings in the kingdom and dismantled a terrorist cell. The group was allegedly linked to the same revolutionary guards and the Hezbollah.

On 13th February 2012, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out a bombing in New Delhi, India which targeted the Israeli diplomat and left a number of people injured. The Times of India also made claims that similar attacks were planned in other parts of the world too which shows that wide scope of the extremist propaganda of these militant groups.

In December 2018, the Albanian government expelled the Iranian ambassador and diplomat from the country, stating that they were violating the status of the country and were involved in terrorist activities in the state.

Iran’s regime openly expresses its hatred towards Israel and does not consider it as a state and provides support to militant groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. These militant groups have a long list of terror attacks being attributed to them and are well-known extremist organizations.

The extent of terrorism by Iranian Shia and militant groups is tremendous and have spread chaos throughout the country. Iran has continued to provide training and weaponry to these Shia groups and have exploited them for its own means. Iraq has become a hub of multinational terrorist forces and Iran’s Quds force has continued to provide support to them. These proxies have carried out their Anti-American agenda in the reason and have killed more than a thousand U.S. troops up until now.

More than 40 groups of Shia mullahs have committed atrocities of the severest extent, leveling villages, raping women, burning people alive and playing football with the heads of the victims, all in the name of making the world a better place. The Sunni population of the country of Iraq has been a major target of these groups and have suffered a lot over the course of this war.

Even countries like Kenya are not free of the terrorism of these Shia militants who have tried to get Israeli, US, Saudi or British targets in the country. The country has captured Iranian terrorists who were planning a number of high-profile attacks and have expressed concerns over Iran’s growing terrorist activities in the region.

In July of 1994, the deadliest bombing attack in the history of Argentina took the life of 85 people and left several injured. After 12 years of investigations, the government blamed Tehran for the attacks and even implicated several of their officials to be involved in the atrocity.

These are just a few in a long list of terrorist and extremist activities sponsored by the Iranian Shia militants. Iran has continued to carry out and implement its agenda in the region by depending upon these militant groups and this dependence is only bound to grow.

After facing freshly built sanctions from the US, it will not be surprising if we see a surge in the goings-on of these Iranian mullahs. The concern shown by the US and its European allies is genuine in the sense that Iran is the last country that you would want to have its hands on nuclear weapons owing to its tarnished history and unsatisfactory intent. These militant groups are well-established and fully funded which Iran would use to get a better deal out of Trump. Although peace is the best way forward, the US can end up playing themselves into Tehran’s hands. It is also paramount that the world recognizes the need to pressurize Iran to leave its shady business and get a commitment out of Iran to show better conduct in the future. It is probably the only peaceful solution to this every complicating problem.

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