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Iran “Scaling Back” on Terror Activities as Coronavirus Outbreak Cripples Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iran “Scaling Back” on Terror Activities as Coronavirus Outbreak Cripples Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The regime is now busy covering up the extent of the outbreak. Recent satellite images show regime authorities digging up mass graves to bury victims some 80 miles south of the capital Tehran.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCaPEmrv4I

Iran is “scaling back” on terrorist activities in the Middle East due to coronavirus outbreak, the Israel Defense Forces indicated on Monday.

“There are countries who have gotten it way worse than us with this corona[virus] story, and as a result their activities are at a slower pace,” IDF Spokesman Hidai Zilberman told reporters without naming Iran.

The confirmation comes amid reports of senior commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s military arm, and the pro-Iranian Lebanese terror militia Hezbollah contracting the virus.

“Hezbollah members were reportedly infected with the highly transmissible contagion after coming into contact with affected Iranian military officials during a meeting in Beirut last week,” Israel broadcaster i24News reported.

Several IRGC top operatives have succumbed to the disease, including a senior commander, Nasser Shabani, and former head of its Political Bureau, Farhad Tazari. Mohammad Haj Abolghasem, commander of the IRGC-affiliated Basij Forces, also died of the virus. He was known as the “butcher of Tehran” for his role in the bloody clampdown of the recent anti-regime protests, in which more than 1,500 Iranian were murdered.

News website The Times of Israel reported IDF Spokesman’s remark:

The Israel Defense Forces indicated Monday its primary foe in the region, Iran, was curbing its activities as it grapples with a major outbreak of the coronavirus.

IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the military noted a decrease in the amount of activity in the region by Israel’s enemies, without specifically naming Iran.

“There are countries who have gotten it way worse than us with this corona[virus] story, and as a result their activities are at a slower pace,” Zilberman said.

Iran is among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, with hundreds of people reported killed, including a senior cleric on Monday, and at least another 14,000 people infected with the disease.

The real numbers may be even higher, as some have questioned the government’s reporting.

Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials have been infected, compounding fears about Iran’s response to the global pandemic, which has infected nearly 170,000 people worldwide and killed more than 6,500.

Iran is widely considered Israel’s main enemy in the region, controlling and funding terror groups across the Middle East, notably the powerful Hezbollah terrorist militia in Lebanon.

In recent years, Tehran has worked to establish a permanent military presence to Israel’s north in Syria, both for its own forces and for proxy militias. Israel has stated that it will not tolerate this effort and has launched hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in Syria.

Other terrorist figures infected by the coronavirus include the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, who is wanted for masterminding the 1994 car bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in which 85 people were killed.

Terrorist-turned-diplomat, Hossein Sheikholeslam, who interrogated American hostages after the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran forty years ago, has died of the disease. Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, who acted as the spokeswoman for the embassy hostage-takers, is receiving treatment after contracting the virus.

According to media reports, Iran has 32,000 cases, and more than 1,300 Iranians have so far died of coronavirus. The outbreak has now reached 30 provinces out of 31 in the country.

The IRGC is culpable for exposing the Iranian public to the Chinese virus by running flights into China despite considerable warnings, investigative media reports show. The regime is now busy covering up the extent of the outbreak. Recent satellite images show regime authorities digging up mass graves to bury victims some 80 miles south of the capital Tehran.

Video: Satellite images show the Iranian regime digging mass graves

[Cover image via YouTube]

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Comments

Scaling back terror activities. Well, everyone must do their part and give a little.

    NotCoach in reply to Whitewall. | March 17, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Yeah, even ISIS issued a travel advisory.

      Tom Servo in reply to NotCoach. | March 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

      the other thing happening to Iran is the Oil War, pushed by the Saudis. The pallets of cash are gone, the trade embargo is on, and with oil cratering Iran is dead flat broke. They had influence around the middle east because they were willing to pump million ins cash to ever bad actor in the region.

      and now all of that sweet cash is gone, and they can’t get any more. Tough to buy influence when you’re a beggar on a street corner.

        And too bad for them, there is no traitorous scumbag like Obama to prop them up again. What a piece of shit.

        beagleEar in reply to Tom Servo. | March 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        If we were smart, we’d start filling the SPR to capacity with half price oil. Last time, we did nothing of benefit to the USA with the situation.

        Wait, Trump is actually buying cheap, and we’ll have it when needed?
        #Winning!

    michaelalan in reply to Whitewall. | March 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    They have a bunch in leadership infected or dead. Those poor poor guys. Looks like no virgins for you. You can’t see me but I do NOT have a smile on my face..

Mass graves for only 1300 deaths in a country of 81 million?

Either there are far more dead than are being reported, or they expect many more to die.

Barry Soetoro | March 17, 2020 at 9:41 am

Those are not mass graves, i.e., a trench in which bodies are buried together. Those are rows of individual graves.

JusticeDelivered | March 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

This is a good warmup for Iran, helping them deal with death on a large scale.

As Joe Biden would say “Man, cut it out. It is fake news.” Just like it is real news that Russia has only has 114 cases. “Man, I tell ya. get your facts straight”

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Interesting that the African countries do not have a higher count. I thought there was a lot more China immigrants there.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MarkSmith. | March 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Africa likely does have a much higher count, it just is not being reported. A month or so ago I read that at that time no one in Africa had the capability to run the test.

      You have to go to a doctor to get counted. Most people, especially poor people don’t go to the doctor for cold or flu symptoms unless it gets really bad.

      Also, if the Chinese living in Africa didn’t go home to Chinese New Year, the didn’t get infected.

      Another factor in Africa’s favor is that only rich people can afford to travel there, which limits the spread of this new infection.

I wish they would take a flu test at the same time. I would be curious how many have the flu too. The more testing will give a better picture.

Iran’s leadership has been hard hit by WuHan corona virus. What a surprise!

This sort of thing is to be expected when you live in a gerontocracy. The Democrat party should be very worried.

If “you sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas”

Comanche Voter | March 17, 2020 at 11:23 am

Well dying from corona virus is a little slower than a Hellfire missile in the ear. Some of those Iranian honchos should sign up for the Hellfire option.

While the people of Iran deserve a bit more sympathy, I’m finding it very difficult to have any for the leadership and the terrorists.

(Could we claim that bombing every Iranian terror stronghold in the world was simply a method at plague containment? Would we get approval instead of opprobrium from the UN doing it?)

In places like Africa, this is just noise. Look at what really kills people.

TB, AIDS, malaria, and a host of diseases first worlders can’t even pronounce.

So, what did you do at work today?

Some of the funniest guys I ever knew were forensic pathologists and investigators who worked aviation accident scenes. Nothing shocked them but it was grim work and they used levity as situations presented.

I guess that the Iranians have some reason for exhuming and relocating bodies. At least a better reason than Bobby Kennedy Jr showing up with a backhoe and moving his ex-wife from the family burial plot.

Oh, those damned Kennedys. Is there nothing anything they would not do?

The mass graves may or may not indicate mass deaths from Wuhan virus. Qom is a holy city, and the religious types prefer to be buried there. In Islam, dying is central to life. How you die more than how you live is crucial to gaining status (goats, slaves or whatever) in their imaginary heaven. So for an old highly religious Muslim, catching Wuhan in Qom and being buried there counts as a win. If they can pass it on to an infidel it’s a triple win – death while injuring or killing the infidel is the highest calling in Islam.

I did not know it could be transmitted by goats.

I shared this post and FB deleted it claiming it was spam. Happen to anyone else?

Given Iran’s history, I would ask why we are assuming these graves are for those who died from the disease. They could easily be from those who contracted the disease, political dissidents, and others that the government was looking to eliminate. The Covid-19 pandemic could simply be an excuse used by the government to accomplish their goals without anyone being the wiser.

In these otherwise grim days, it is a pleasure to have good news about Iran.

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