Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 The top commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the governor of Irans southern province of Khuzestan issued a stern warning to the United States and Britain on Thursday to stop meddling in Irans internal affairs and creating insecurity in the province, the heart of Irans oil industry. Iran Focus
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 The top commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the governor of Irans southern province of Khuzestan issued a stern warning to the United States and Britain on Thursday to stop meddling in Irans internal affairs and creating insecurity in the province, the heart of Irans oil industry.
For the past two weeks, America has stationed a brigade of its forces on the borders of Khuzestan [and Iraq”>, despite the fact that the military responsibility for the region from al-Amara to Basra had been given to the British, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi told a gathering of senior commanders of the Bassij militia in the volatile city of Ahwaz, provincial capital of Khuzestan.
This action shows that either the Americans dont trust the British or these two have problems with each other, Safavi said. We warn the U.S. and Britain not to meddle in Irans internal affairs.
The top Revolutionary Guards commander said the United States was the principal enemy of Muslims around the world, adding that Americas hands are stained with the blood of Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Safavi claimed that members of the Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin (also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq or MeK), had been stationed alongside the U.S. brigade in the south as part of the campaign to destabilise Khuzestan Province.
We have to be sufficiently prepared to counter the plots being hatched by these enemies, Safavi said.
Speaking at the same meeting, the governor of Khuzistan Province, Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Hayat Moqaddam said security in the province could only be established by expanding the Bassij forces. The Bassij is an arm of the Revolutionary Guards composed of Islamist zealots.
As we all know, 65 percent of Irans oil and gas, 15 percent of thermal electricity, 88 percent of hydro-electric power, and a third of our countrys agricultural produce come from Khuzestan Province, the governor said, underlining the unique position of the oil-rich province in Irans economy.
We dont believe that the insecurity in Khuzestan Province is an indigenous issue, the general said. This is a foreign-driven crisis that has its roots in the conspiracies of America, Britain, and Israel against the Islamic revolution, the Islamic Republic, and the people of Iran.
Khuzestan Province has been the scene of unremitting anti-government protests since early 2005.