News from the realm of shadows: Iran's hidden power structures pulsate - They shun the public light, but work hard to spread their ideology in the world. A group of right-wing radical Islamists move in the shadows of the official power structures of Iran. The protagonists are considered as absolutely loyal to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ambitious son Mojtaba Khamenei. We will proceed in this article towards the core of the group.

Basiji - the mass that can be manipulated?

When the revolution of 1979 fell into the hands of Khomeini, a Praetorian Guard of zealous students and supporters of the revolution in Khomeini’s way was quickly set up next to the still further existing regular army. The Pasdaran, or the so called Revolutionary Guards, would and will protect and preserve the achievements of the revolution and the system of the religious Supreme Guide. Therefore Khomeini formed the Basiji out of the force of the so-called oppressed and poor, a mass organization, which also has paramilitary units. Members of this organization are used specifically for special tasks.

Ideology and money go hand in hand at this point. In accordance with a sophisticated system of grants and favors, the Basiji were ideologically tuned and assigned with office and reputation.[1] After the apparently rigged presidential election of 2009 and the open protests[2] of many citizens in the streets, the authorities have stepped up their monitoring and spying of the Iranian society. A cyber army within the ranks of the Basij has been set up and trained to use the latest technology. The Didebân Institute of research about the anti-revolutionary streams forms in intensive courses young Basiji with marginal religious knowledge to network experts and gives them cloak and turban in order to incorporate them as mullahs in the bosom of the Cyber ??Army. The tasks include also the preparation of propaganda for the next power usurpation of an extreme right-wing group of Islamists who interprets and propagates jihad as an armed struggle against every person and every state seen as non conforming with their ideas. Among other things, the ideologues of this group have identified the internet as a battlefield.


Didebân is in the center of a spider web with numerous angles. Several departments form the angles of the spider web. Spying, deceiving, laying false trails, smearing, blackmailing, threatening, committing robbery with murder are just a few ways to fight against alleged enemies. The exiled Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, for example, is being shown on websites such as Bultan News or Adyân news etc. as a Zionist. The jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is brought in connection with a prostitution ring and one can find all sorts of examples of  suggestive and manipulative claims. A ring of websites, attributable to the center, are spreading the same messages, similar in appearance and aimed at the non-informed citizens of Iran. In recent years, several enemies or groups threatening the legitimacy of the regime in Iran have been eliminated in this way. For each group, a department has been established, whose work is to promote campaigns aiming at the elimination of the respective group. The enemy groups include a.o. "false religions", "false mysticism", Bahai, the so-called Green Movement in Iran and human rights groups.

One should not underestimate the effect! As a result of these campaigns, Baha'i and dervish cemeteries were already destroyed, Baha'i and dervish’ houses and shops burned, people arrested because they are Baha'is or dervishes or converted Christians or Sunnis.
Numerous and increasingly sophisticated filter systems prevent access to information of undesirable sites in Iran. Satellite dishes are destroyed on the roofs in ever escalating campaigns. Bloggers arrested and accused of acting against national security, if they exchange information on events in Iran. Simultaneously the Cyber army ??is working to gain more teenagers and young adults for their mission and to distribute bread and dignity, if someone is willing to put themselves at the obedient service of the regime.

Mehdi Taeb, head of Ammariyoun

Mehdi and Hossein Taeb, the dark brothers
When Mohsen Ejeie had to leave as intelligence minister under Ahmadinejad, Hossein Taeb was dealed as a candidate as his successor, but Ali Khamenei had another job for him. Heydar Moslehi was the man for Khamenei's Secret Service in the Cabinet of President Ahmadinejad, while the younger brother Hossein Taeb was assigned to build a secret service within the Basiji. Iran experts consider this organization as the most powerful and most active group within the various intelligence services in Iran because it is sponsored by Khamenei and protected by his hands. The preacher (Hodschat-ol-eslam) Hossein Taeb is quite silent and active in the background. He shuns the public light. His employees have access to all archives and information available in Iran.

His older brother is Mehdi Taeb, who is also a cleric, is not shying away from making rude statements ("We must not kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., because we are in a position to liquidate King Abdullah"). He is considered to be the head of the party Ammar (Ammariyoun) (article on Ammariyoun group[3]), His companions like Hassan Abassi or Alireza Panahian are colorful characters that glorify violence and see themselves as guardians and ambassadors of the true Islam. Religious experts and Islam scholars are perplexed by the crude view of Islam that derives from and is spread by Ammariyoun ideologues. Basically, experts observe in their interpretations tribal tradition cultures[4] that stand for strict obedience and punishment programs and hold their ground with all kind of enemy notions. A.o. recruitment of suicide bombers (article on the activities of Ammariyoun[5]) is advocated and ideologically justified.

The operations in the shadow can be dangerous if they go unnoticed and no appropriate action is taken.

Helmut N. Gabel for

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[1] Aktiver Einsatz der Bassidschi wird mit barem Geld entlohnt [2] Willkür und brutale Gewalt [3] The violent line in Iran revers Imam Khamenei

[4] Not to burn but to learn

[5] Ansar-e Hezbollah: Recruiting Volunteers for Suicide Missions in Bahrain