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Iran’s Mahan Air Used by IRGC for Terrorism

Emanuele Ottolenghi
9th November 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Iran’s largest “private” airline company is actually being run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its militant Qods Force, according to a new report by the Iranian Resistance.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated that Mahan Air, dubbed Iran’s largest commercial airliner, is far from private or commercial. In fact, the airline company is a tool for the Iranian Regime’s interference across the Middle East, including supplying arms to proxy terrorist groups like Hezbollah, and transporting troops into Syria to fight on behalf of the Bashar Assad dictatorship.

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Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington DC and an expert on Iran sanctions and its aviation sector, told Fox News: “Mahan CEO Hamid Arabnejad Khanooki and QF (Qods Force) Commander Qassem Soleimani are both Kermanis. And Arabnejad is a former IRGC commander. It is not a formal relationship, but is based on informal bonds or origin, militancy and ideology.”

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iran, mahan-air