TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces have identified and dismantled a hostile counterrevolutionary group in East Azarbaijan province in the country’s northwest, the IRGC Intelligence Organization announced on Saturday.
The group, dubbed Hoboot Iran (Fall of Iran), had been seeking to bring together various anti-Iran movements against the Islamic establishment since early 2018, it said.
It was masterminded by foreign-based monarchists and funded by certain Western countries and Saudi Arabia, it added.
According to the report, members of the counterrevolutionary group disguised themselves as members of Iranian armed forces and recorded videos in which they claimed to be defectors and read out statements instigating people to take to the streets in protest.
However, forces of the IRGC Intelligence Organization successfully identified and arrested them and delivered them a coup de grace.
Explaining about his measures to deceive people, one of the members of the group said he had been active on social networks, including Instagram, and posted videos in the armed forces’ uniforms and pretended that the armed forces are not happy with the performance of the Islamic establishment.
He admitted that he then got in touch with foreign-based monarchists and continued his activities.
Meanwhile, police have disbanded a gang of criminals involved in illegal online weapons trade, deputy commander of the Iranian police General Qassem Rezaee said Saturday.
The network was involved in weapons trade over the internet, he said, adding police forces detected the network and captured all members in less than two weeks.
All the weapons on sale were made in the United States and smuggled into Iran from Turkey which has been asked to take necessary measures to stop the flow of illegal arms into Iran, Rezaee said.
The IRGC Ground Force’s Quds Base announced in a statement released on April 24 that its forces had destroyed a team of terrorists in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
It added that the terrorist team had entered the region to carry out acts of terror and was dismantled earlier in the day during intelligence operations, and noted that three members of the team were killed during the clashes.