Iran has adopted Hamas and Hizbullah as the leading proxies of the
Teheran regime. The opposition sources said Hamas agents, recruited in the
Gaza Strip, Jordan and Lebanon, were used to
attack Iranian dissidents and student protesters since 2001.
About 5,000 Hizbullah and Hamas fighters have been deployed to quell the
anti-government protests, the sources said. They said Hizbullah and Hamas
operatives, waving truncheons, were heard shouting in Arabic as they rushed
groups of demonstrators.
Both Hamas and Hizbullah were said to have a permanent presence in Iran.
The sources said IRGC has been training more than 500 Hamas and Hizbullah
operatives a year and often pulled them out of courses to help in internal
IRGC was also said to have used Hizbullah tactics against the
government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora in 2008. At the time,
Hizbullah employed groups of armed fighters in motorcycles to overrun
political parties aligned with the pro-Western coalition of Siniora.
"It [Iran] must adopt the Hizbullah method of organizing large public
demonstrations to confront the supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi," Lebanese
analyst Anis Nakash, a supporter of the Teheran regime, said.
The sources said the use of motorcycles by Hizbullah, said to have been
developed in 2006, was seen in IRGC and Basij operations against
pro-Moussavi demonstrators in Teheran and other cities. They said
motorcycles enabled anti-riot squads to move quickly from one area to
another through the crowded alleys of Iranian cities while reducing their
vulnerability to attack.
Hizbullah has also taught anti-riot tactics to the Hamas regime in the
Gaza Strip. The sources said Basij officers with Palestinian accents were
seen shooting toward protesters. Other suspected Palestinians were said to
have been ordered to beat demonstrators on university campuses.
"They [Hamas agents] are given jobs that Iranians won't do because they
are either too ashamed to do this or scared they will be identified,"
another opposition source said.