Global Iranian Arms Smuggling to Terrorist Groups Detailed by WikiLeaks

In December 2010, Western nations charged Iran uses “complex and complicated” methods to trade in arms and explosives, in order to bypass EU and UN sanctions. Martin Briens, France’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, said Iran was behind “a considerable flow of arms and other dangerous material” and that “worrying new routes” for shipments were found in Africa. [1]

In October 2010, Nigerian agents in Lagos seized 13 containers of weapons originally loaded at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and reportedly destined for The Gambia.

US government cables released by WikiLeaks revealed that Egypt, fearing both Iran’s influence in the region and an Iranian nuclear bomb, told US officials Iran was trying to “recruit Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula to smuggle arms into the blockaded Gaza Strip”. The WikiLeaks cable reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak thinks “the Iranian nuclear program is a strategic and existential threat to Egypt and the region”. What seized Mubarak’s “immediate attention are Iran’s non-nuclear destabilizing actions such as support for Hamas, media attacks, weapons and illicit funds smuggling, all of which add up in his mind to ‘Iranian influence spreading like a cancer from the GCC to Morocco’”. [2]

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