The head of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force front company – Nader Talebzadeh of New Horizon, which was sanctioned by the U.S. government in 2019 – revealed that Iran’s deceased terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani “used Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)” to target American forces in Iraq.
“Who made so much trouble for them [American troops]? It was the same commander of shadows. Who trained [Iran’s terrorist proxy groups] and used the tactic of using roadside bombs, who were like stones? The Americans called these bombs IEDs,” he said.
“I remember how disturbed they were, how the U.S. media reflected this disturbance in 2003 after the U.S. occupied Iraq. Who disturbed them? Whose idea was it? The IED is the abbreviation of Improvised Explosive Device, meaning inventory explosions, so the target couldn’t recognize whether it was a bomb or a stone,” Talebzadeh added.
“The target would pass this object, then, for example, its Humvee, its tank would blow away. We saw the footages, but whose terrifying shadow was behind it, who devastated them? One day we should make films about it, and all other works he [Soleimani] had done. One of them was the IED in Iraq, for which the Americans continued blaming Iran and the Quds Force. This was one of his little initiatives to make Iraq unsafe for the Americans,” he continued.
Talebzadeh went on to boast about how Tehran’s terrorism is still a threat and that they were behind the recent attacks on the U.S. embassy in Iraq, which proves what the Iranian Resistance has been saying for ages about Iran’s disastrous impact in the Middle East, and their claims about his use of IEDs against U.S. troops, which were published last January.
“Soleimani and his proxy groups in Iraq and Afghanistan were behind the flow of IEDs to Iraq and Afghanistan. The devastating IEDs were used extensively during the war in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, and it is called the number one killer of the war [and] 17 percent of all US service personnel deaths between 2003 and 2011,” the Resistance wrote.
“The sophisticated IEDs were secretly manufactured in Iran’s military industry factories under the order of the Quds force and were distributed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later Iran’s military factories manufactured a more powerful and deadlier roadside bomb called explosively formed projectiles (EFPs). EFPs were built under a confidential order by the Quds Force in Iran. Explosively formed projectiles were advanced improvised explosive devices that were harder to detect, could penetrate thicker armor and be more lethal than traditional IEDs.”
Soleimani had also used the IEDs to target members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) in Iraq during the 1990s, including the 1999 attack on a bus full of MEK members, killing six and injuring 21.
Soleimani was killed on January 3, 2020, in a U.S. airstrike on a convoy in Baghdad.
“It is time for EU leaders to stop the appeasement policy, shut down the mullahs’ embassies in Europe, expel Iran’s agents, and sanction all the Iranian regime’s officials for their roles in terrorism and human rights violations. The EU should make it clear for Tehran that its terrorist activities will no longer be tolerated,” the Iranian Resistance said.