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All Men in Iran Village Executed

The village was full ethnic minorities who were put to death for "drug trafficking" -- but Iran's Revolutionary Islamic government is the major figure in the region's narcotics trade, using opium to expand terrorist networks and export jihad.

BY CounterJihad · @CounterjihadUS | February 26, 2016

A member of the Iranian cabinet says that his government has executed every man in one of the country’s villages. The Daily Beast reports:

Shahindokht Molaverdi, an official responsible for the Islamic Republic’s division of women and family affairs, said violence could explode in the undisclosed area of the Sistan and Baluchestan province as a response to the executions. “The children of the executed criminals are also already drug traffickers,” she said. “They want to avenge the deaths of their fathers.” The total number of men killed has not been released.

The Iranian regime’s use of its sharia-inspired drug laws to execute regime opponents is infamous.  Yet the Praetorian guard of the Islamic Republic, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, is actually the major figure in the narcotics trade both in Iran and in the region.  The IRGC controls the majority of the flow of opium from Afghanistan into the Levant and the Middle East generally.  Illegal activities are a major source of the IRGC’s operating budget, of which narcotics are only one.

Drug trafficking is another major area of the underground economy that the IRGC controls. Iran’s long border with Pakistan and Afghanistan is one of the the world’s busiest drug smuggling corridors.  Iran’s interior minister recently declared that the value of narcotic  drug sales in Iran is $3 billion per year, not including commission from transporting the drugs from Afghanistan to other transit points, like the Balkans. The US Department of the Treasury has placed Quds Force Commander Esmail Baghbani on the US sanctions list for his role in drug trafficking. The IRGC also has close ties with the drug cartels in the South and Central America through Hezbollah.

As the report notes, the IRGC’s control of the opium flow has allowed the terrorist group Hezbollah to infiltrate Latin American drug cartels by providing cheap heroin.  One of Iran’s oldest and most successful proxy forces, Hezbollah has managed connections with both governments and drug cartels in Latin America.  Hezbollah’s access to the IRGC’s opium stream has made its heroin operations in Lebanon chief among its many fundraising schemes.  US prosecutors in 2011 named Hezbollah as a major participant in money laundering operations between the Middle East, America, and West Africa as a result of the heroin trade.  During the civil war in Lebanon of the 1980s, Lebanese migrants to South America became a bridgehead for Hezbollah into that continent.  Hezbollah’s access to hashish, and its capacity to create and ship heroin, allowed it to build important supply relationships to the drug cartels it found in South America.  This allowed Hezbollah access to other drugs coming from South America, broadening its capacity to raise money off the drug trade.  Cash and drug smuggling operations between Hezbollah and Latin America have been recently tied to Nicaragua, Panama (on multiple fronts), Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, and Argentina.

The drug trade is thus a key part of Iran’s attempt to export jihad and its own Islamic revolution.  Yet with the next breath, “drug trafficking” is used to justify genocidal acts against its own ethnic minorities.

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