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Iranian Hegemony and Influence in Africa
IRI Soft Power Game in Africa
Hassan Daioleslam
hassan.dai@yahoo.com
March 31, 2018


Hassan Daioleslam Investigative Author


Iran sponsored Al Quds Day Rally at Yola, Nigeria 2017
Nigerian Muslims carry the banner of Imam Khomeini and protest to free Jerusalem.
If Iranians wonder where their National Budget and their money goes, this is where their money goes! Iranian National Budget goes around the Middle East, Africa and the World to support the global terrorism; fund Islamist Terrorist Groups; Military Train and Arm Terrorist Groups; Build Schools, Mosques and Centers to indoctrinate and propagate Shiite Islam to export Iranian Brand of Islamism around the globe; and to expand the IRI Shiite Empire in the Middle East, North Africa and Worldwide! At the same time, Iranian people are suffering from unemployment, inflation and hunger! Thank Allah for IRI’s Domestic Islamic Economy and Foreign Policy!

IRI Islamic Centers, Schools, Seminaries and Mosques

Iranian regime is using various “cultural” and “religious” organizations to pursue a long-term strategy expanding its soft-power and influence in Africa. The “Islamic Culture and Relations Organization” (ICRO) and Al-Mustafa International University are the two main organizations responsible to carry out this mission. They organize conferences, religious and political events, work with local partners and run more than hundred Islamic centers, schools, seminaries and mosques in more than 30 African countries with thousands of students, clerics and missionaries.


One of Al-Mustafa University’s schools in Madagascar

Introduction

In February 2018, two Lebanese citizens were arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa accused of illegally buying digital components used in drones and sending them to Iran proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. In late 2017, US media reported the details of “project Cassandra”, launched by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat Hezbollah’s billion-dollar narcotic and money laundering enterprise across the globe. According to the report, US agents discovered how Hezbollah operatives used West African countries to launder drug money.

Such stories are not isolated episode as during the past several years, multiple African governments have arrested Iranian terrorist suspects, dismantled pro-Tehran networks and seized Iranian weapon shipments to radical groups in the Middle East.

For example, in 2016, two Iranians were charged in a Kenyan court with collecting information to facilitate a terrorist attack after they were caught collecting video footage of the Israeli embassy. Previously in 2012, two Iranians from elite Revolutionary Guard unit were arrested in Kenya while ‘plotting to attack U.S., Israeli and British targets.”

In 2013, US Treasury sanctioned Hezbollah finance network in West Africa. In June 2013, a Hezbollah armory was uncovered in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. In 2010, Nigerian authorities seized a huge Iranian weapons shipment containing crates of rocket launchers and heavy mortars that were allegedly destined for Hamas in Palestine.

While the news of Iran-related terrorist and smuggling activities make the headlines, other aspect of Iranian activities in Africa have remained unnoticed as it uses various “cultural” and “religious” organizations to pursue a long-term strategy expanding its soft-power and influence in Africa. The “Islamic Culture and Relations Organization” (ICRO) and Al-Mustafa International University are the two main organizations responsible to carry out this mission. They organize conferences, religious and political events, work with local partners and run more than hundred Islamic centers, schools, seminaries and mosques in more than 30 African countries with thousands of students, clerics and missionaries.

These organizations disseminate the Iranian regime’s fundamentalist ideology and generate grassroots support for its foreign policy, its position in the Islamic world and its quest to dominate the Middle East. They also provide Iran with a recruiting pool for the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force or other Iranian Institutions responsible for terrorism or military activities abroad.

While Iran’s primary target for the export of its revolution has been the Middle East, the African continent is also regarded as a strategically important region for several reasons. Nearly 45 percent of the Africa’s 1.2 billion population are Muslims, and Iran recognizes that the lack of influence in the continent could present a serious handicap to its quest to dominate the Islamic world. Furthermore, the continent provides Iran with routes for logistical support to radical groups in the Middle East. The Shiite communities in Africa have also been a source of financial support for the Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. Gaining popular support within Muslim communities in Africa could also influence the policies of African governments with regard to Iran.

In order to expand its soft power in Africa, Iran needs to improve relations with African governments. However, for the past 37 years, these relations have not matched Iran’s ambitions and have been mired with difficulties, confusion and contradictions. During the 1980s, Iran had very limited diplomatic relations with the continent and cut its diplomatic ties with the apartheid regime in South Africa. In 1986, then President Ali Khamenei participated in the summit of Non-Aligned Countries in Zambia and made a fiery anti-US and anti-apartheid speech. In 1996, the new President, Hashemi Rafsanjani travelled to Africa and visited six countries in an attempt to expand diplomatic and economic relations with the continent. In 2006, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the African Union Summit in Gambia as a guest of honor, putting Iran on track in improving relations with Africa.

Although this diplomatic move was designed to help Iran in its long-term strategy to expand its influence in Africa, Iran was also seeking help from specific African countries to reach other immediate goals such as preventing the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions on Iran’s nuclear program, helping Iran circumvent economic sanctions, acquiring military and nuclear technology and gaining access to uranium resources in several countries.

In this context, Iran has also offered financial and economic incentives to some of these governments and has been using two of its charities, “the Iranian Red Crescent” and “the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee” to provide a wide range of free social and health services in several African countries.

“Islamic Culture and Relations Organization” (ICRO)

In January 1995, Iranian regime created a new umbrella organization in the Iranian ministry of culture and Islamic Guidance called: “Islamic Culture and Relations Organization” (ICRO) to coordinate the activities of various organizations responsible for religious and cultural activities abroad. The main organizations that are operating under the ICRO are the followings:

– The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly promotes Shiism and is responsible for relations with Shiites around the world.

–  The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, is responsible for relations with non-Shiite Muslims around the world.

– The Islamic Development Organization (IDO) which in Farsi translates as the Islamic Propaganda Organization. IDO publishes religious and propaganda materials and sends religious missionaries to foreign countries.

– The Qom Seminary Office of Islamic Propaganda involved in sending missionaries and clerics abroad.

– The Foreign Affairs Department of the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry that operates the cultural attachés  in the Iranian embassies abroad. These offices provide an essential venue for the ICRO to pursue its cultural and religious activities in African countries.  There are currently 16 cultural attaches in Iranian embassies in Africa.

The Center for Interreligious Dialogue & Civilization” (CID), is involved in holding philosophical, legal, social, political and cultural dialogue with regional and international religious figures and institutions as well as with religious minorities inside and outside Iran.

ICRO’s activities in foreign countries are either achieved under its own name or they are carried out by its subordinate organizations mentioned above. In both cases, the cultural attachés in the Iranian embassies play an important role to facilitate or organize these activities in each country and coordinate with local partners.

ICRO’s Activities

According to ICRO’s website, its activities are designed “to promote ‘pure Islam’ (a term used to define the Iranian regime’s version of Islam), publicize the Islamic revolution and increase understanding and sympathy for the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The ICRO’s deputy director has also emphasized that the organization carries out “cultural diplomacy” or the “soft-power” of the Islamic Republic. The ICRO’s Deputy Director for International Affairs has pointed out the importance of his organization in helping the regime attain its foreign policy goals and fulfil its regional and global missions such as the liberation of Palestine.

According to ICRO, its duties outside of Iran are “cultural cooperation with foreign universities and other institutions, introducing Islamic and Iranian civilization, clarifying the Islamic Republic’s polices, organizing art and cultural training courses, cultural and religious conferences and seminars, film festivals and active presence on social media to promote the Islamic Republic and its policies.” One of the ICRO’s main tasks is sending religious missionaries to foreign countries to promote “pure Islam”.

ICRO publishes a large variety of books, magazine and bulletins in different languages and distributes them through the cultural attachés and its affiliated organizations in Africa. ICRO’s main English publication is called “Echo of Islam”.

In addition to the cultural attachés, ICRO and its affiliate organizations operate a large number of Mosques and Islamic centers across Africa and collaborate with other local Islamic centers. Below are some examples of ICRO activities in Africa:

Anniversary of Islamic Revolution: Each year in February, the cultural attachés of Iranian embassies organize public ceremonies to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. In Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, the anniversary was celebrated in a mosque; in Sierra Leone, the event was held in several places including a school that is financially supported by Iran; In Accra, the capital of Ghana, the cultural attaché of the Iranian embassy organized a public event in the National Museum of Ghana; in Nigeria, it was held at the Iranian embassy; in Uganda it was held in a mosque and in Kenya, it was celebrated in a school.


Celebration of Prophet Muhammad birthday in the Shiite seminary of Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania

Death Anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini: Each year in June, the Iranian cultural attachés and other ICRO affiliated organizations hold ceremonies to mark the death anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic who died in 1989. In Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, the event was held in Arrupe College. In Tanzania, a conference titled “Human Rights and Justice in Imam Khomeini’s Thinking” was organized in a mosque. In Kenya the event was held in an Islamic center in Nairobi and was titled “Imam Khomeini and Islamic Awakening” and in Nigeria, the ceremony was held at the Iranian embassy.

Religious Events: The ICRO regularly holds religious ceremonies across Africa. The most common event is Prophet Muhammad’s birthday which gives Iran the opportunity to reach out to non-Shiite Muslims in Africa.  In the Ivory Coast, the event was held in the ICRO affiliated Islamic Center of Al-Sadigh. In Burkina Faso, the event was organized in a public square which several hundred people attended. In Madagascar, the ceremony was held in a hotel attracting a large crowd including high dignitaries of the country.

Ashura in Africa

In the countries with Shiite populations, ICRO and other Iranian affiliated organizations hold mourning processions for Ashura, marking the death anniversary of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and the third Imam of Shiites. These are the reports of Ashura processions in Madagascar, Sierra Leon, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and in Tanzania. There is also the Arbaeen procession to commemorate the end of the 40-day mourning period for the killing of Imam Hussein. This is Arbaeen in Burkina Faso and similar ceremony in Nigeria.


The “Women in Islam” Conference organized by the Iranian Cultural Attaché in Uganda

Islamic Unity Events: Since the vast majority of Muslims in Africa are Sunnis, ICRO and other Iranian regime-affiliated organizations stage various “interfaith” and “Muslim unity” conferences and events across Africa, a move designed to create a friendly relationship with Sunni communities and present Iran as the defender of the Islamic Ummah (community). Some examples of these Iran-sponsored events are the interfaith conference in Zimbabwe, the Muslim unity conference in Conakry, Republic of Guinea, the “Islamic identity and the challenge of globalization” conference in Senegal, the Islamic unity event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the “peace promotion” conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, the “Islam religion of peace and fight against extremism” conference in Zanzibar and the “extremism and world peace” conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Al-Mustafa University in Africa

Al-Mustafa international university is Iran’s most important “religious” institutions responsible for export of regime’s ideology in the Islamic world. Founded in 2007, Al-Mustafa trains foreign clerics, scholars and missionaries. Its main campuses are in Iran and has more than one hundred branches around the world. The Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is the highest authority of Al-Mustafa University.

Al-Mustafa has over 40.000 students, half of them studying in University campuses in Iran. There are nearly 10.000 female students. Since 2007, nearly 40.000 clerics and Islamic scholars have graduated from Al-Mustafa, a good portion of them have been hired by the university as teaching staff or missionaries sent to different countries around the globe.


Iranian Hegemony in East Africa Map - Centers of IRI Hegemony and Indoctrination
Al-Mustafa University has branches in 17 sub-Saharan African countries


Iranian Hegemony in West Africa Map - Centers of IRI Hegemony and Indoctrination
Al-Mustafa University has branches in 17 sub-Saharan African countries

Al-Mustafa has 17 main branches in sub-Saharan Africa and runs nearly one hundred schools, mosques and seminaries in 30 African countries. There are nearly 5000 Africans students in Al-Mustafa University. In an interview in July 2015, Alireza Aarafi the President of Al-Mustafa  emphasized the importance of the continent as “strategic depth” for “pure Islam” which means the version of Islam promoted by the Iranian regime. He declared that “5000 African students are studying at the University and there have also been 5000 Africans graduates from Al-Mustafa. We have tens of schools and seminaries in Africa and we are somehow present in 30 different countries in the continent”. According to one of Al-Mustafa’s representatives in Africa, the university has 18 main centers on the continent that manage activities in neighboring countries.

Students at Al-Mustafa’s Islamic University, College of Ghana (IUCG)

From the approximately 5000 African students of Al-Mustafa, nearly 2000 of them study in its campuses in Iran, 1200 of whom study at the Mashhad campus. According to the Iranian press, African students are sent as missionaries to their native countries several times each year.

Al-Mustafa is a formidable tool for the Iranian regime to recruit candidates for the Iranian Institutions responsible for terrorist or military activities abroad. Since the start of civil war in Syria and the Iranian military intervention to save the Bashar Assad regime, there have been numerous reports in Iranian media about the funeral services for Al Mustafa’s students killed in Syria.  In March 2016, one of Al Mustafa’s directors declared that “some of the foreign fighters deployed by Iran and sent to Syria were Al-Mustafa’s students and clerics.” Alireza Tavassoli, the chief commander of Fatemiyon, the Afghanis division of revolutionary guards fighting in Syria who was killed in 2014, was one of Al Mustafa’s clerics. According to Mashregh, a website affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, the founding members of Zeynabiyoun were Pakistani students in Qom seminaries. Panjereh Weekly has also confirmed that the first group of Zeynabiyoun members were the Pakistani students of Al Mustafa International University.


Iran sponsored Al-Quds day rally in Burkina Fasso, 2016

Al-Mustafa’s network spread the Iranian regime’s anti-American views and promotes the Iranian regime’s self-proclaimed mandate to “liberate Palestine” and “eradicate Israel as a symbol of Western presence at the heart of the Islamic world”. In this context, Al-Mustafa and Islamic Culture and Relations Organization” (ICRO) work together to organize Al-Quds rallies in Africa. Here are the reports of these events in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda.

Below is a short list of Al-Mustafa branches in Sub-Saharan African countries:

Nigeria: Al-Mustafa’s most important centers in Africa are located in Nigeria, a populated country with several million Shiites. According to Ali Zaroumi, Al-Mustafa’s director for Nigeria, the University operates five schools and seminaries with nearly 1000 students from Nigeria and neighboring countries. The crucial presence of Al-Mustafa and the large number of students in Nigeria is explained by the existence of the powerful “Islamic Movement in Nigeria”, a pro-Tehran Shiite organization with thousands of members.

In December 2015, during a bloody government crackdown, the Nigerian army invaded the movement’s centers, killed hundreds of its members and arrested their leader Sheikh Zakzaki. Since the crackdown, the activities of Al-Mustafa in Nigeria have been under government scrutiny and will predictably decrease in the future.


Shiites in Nigeria rally in support of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, jailed leader of Islamic Movement


Shiites in Nigeria women’s rally in support of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, jailed Islamic leader

In October 2017, the Vice-President of Iran Broadcasting foreign language services announced the launch of Iranian owned “Hausa Satellite TV” in early 2018 with programs in Hausa language, spoken by more than 40 million people in Nigeria and several other West African countries.

Ghana: In order to compensate its weakening position in Nigeria, the Iranian government is dedicating more resources to strengthen Al-Mustafa’s presence in West Africa, notably in Ghana. In February 2016, the President of Ghana was warmly welcomed in Iran and met with the Iranian Supreme Leader. During his visit, two economic Memorandum of Understanding were signed with the Iranian government promising more economic support to Ghana. The President of Ghana also met with the Al-Mustafa’s vice-President in Tehran and discusses the University’s activates. Iran hopes that its generous economic support to Ghana will facilitate Al-Mustafa’s expansion in the country.


Al-Mustafa’s Islamic University Exterior, College of Ghana (IUCG) in Accra, Ghana


Iran Sponsored Al-Mustafa’s Islamic University, College of Ghana (IUCG) in Accra, Ghana


IRI Sponsored Al-Mustafa’s Islamic University, College of Ghana (IUCG) in Accra, Ghana

Al-Mustafa runs the “Islamic University, College, Ghana” (IUCG) that has nearly one thousand students. Al-Mustafa has also a Shiite seminary in Accra with 120 clerics from Ghana and neighboring countries. In 2015, Al-Mustafa launched the “Fatima” religious schools for girls in Accra. The Ahl-al-Bayt Mosque in Accra hosts some of public events organized by Al-Mustafa or ICRO in Ghana.

Burkina Faso:  Al-Mustafa has its main branch in the capital city of Ouagadougou. The branch was visited by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in 2012.  Additionally, Al-Mustafa runs the “Al Ghadir” center with nearly 100 students, mostly women.  Al-Mustafa has a working partnership with “Imam Ali seminary” and the Ahl Al Bait Center”, both established by Al-Mustafa graduates. This is the mourning ceremony of Ashura at Al-Mustafa branch in Burkina Faso.


Al-Mustafa in Burkina Faso
Iranian Clerics, Instructors and Staff, Indoctrinate Africans, convert them to Shiite Muslims and Radicalize them to Fundamentalist Islamists.

Cameroon: Al-Mustafa has one small branch in Cameroon and two seminaries, one for men and another for women students. Al-Mustafa ’s graduates have an association and actively collaborate with the university as teaching staff or missionaries for smaller cities in Cameroon.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Al-Mustafa has a main branch in Kinshasa that until March 2015 was called UNICO. According to an official report, the school has 120 students. In March 2015, the President of Al-Mustafa travelled to Congo and participated in the graduation ceremony of students who became clerics and most of them were hired as missionaries. Al-Mustafa ’s branch in Congo organizes religious events for Muslims in the country, such as the Eid- al-Fitr prayer, the mourning procession for the third Imam of Shiites, Friday prayer or a book fair.


Al-Mustafa in Congo
Iranian Cleric reads Namaz Prayer in front, and the Faculty and Staff, and then the Students follow the Mujtahed, Shiite Style! Iranian Clerics, Instructors and Staff, Indoctrinate Africans, convert them to Shiite Muslims and Radicalize them to Fundamentalist Islamists.

Guinee: The Ahl-al-Bayt school is Al-Mustafa’s, branch in Guinea. This is the photo gallery the Ashura procession event organized by Al-Mustafa in the ahl-al-Bayt school in September 2017.

Ivory Coast: Al-Mustafa runs the Shiite seminary of “Ahl-al-Beit” with 120 students. Some of the teaching staff are graduates from the Al-Mustafa branch in Lebanon. The University also has the “Zeynab” seminary for women with 40 students. According to an official report, the women’s seminary begun its activities in early 2014.  This is a public event at the seminary for men.

Madagascar: Al-Mustafa has a branch in the capital city of Antananarivo and the school year starts in December. The last graduation ceremony of the school was held in November 2016 for 150 graduates. In addition to the Al-Mustafa branch, the University runs several mosques and Islamic centers in Madagascar such as “Imam Sadjad” Mosque, the “Rassoul Akram” mosque and the Islamic Center of “Dar al-Quran” in the city of Mahajanga. Al-Mustafa has also working partnerships with several mosques and Islamic centers such as “Imam Reza” center. According to an official report, there nearly 700 students in Al-Mustafa branch and affiliated centers in Madagascar. This is the Eid al-Adha event organized by Al-Mustafa in August 2016.

Malavi: Al-Mustafa has a branch in the capital city of Lilongwe that regularly organizes religious events for the Muslim community.

Mali: Al-Mustafa has a small branch in Mali. The school regularly organizes religious events and mourning procession for Ashura.

Niger: Al-Mustafa has a branch in the capital city of Niamey. The construction of the school’s new building begun in March 2013 and the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visited the construction site in April of that year. The school has a YouTube portal. This is the graduation ceremony of students held in a famous hotel in the capital of Niger and this is a public reception organized by Al-Mustafa for Muslim community.

Senegal: Al-Mustafa has a main campus in Dakar that runs a Facebook page and a YouTube portal. In the last graduation ceremony of Al-Mustafa in December 2015, the Iranian ambassador and other Iranian officials were present. During the summer, the Iranian cultural attaché and Al-Mustafa organize a summer camp for children for more than 60 Shiite school children.

Sierra Leon: Al-Mustafa’s branch is called “The international Institute of Islamic Studies (I.I.I.S) and is located in the capital city of Freetown. Al-Mustafa is also running the “Imam Hossein Seminary” in the city of Makeni which begun its activities in November 2016. In January 2017, Al-Mustafa graduates inaugurated the Imam Reza Mosque in Freetown.


Imam Hussein Seminary in Sierra Leon

South Africa: Al-Mustafa’s branch in South Africa is located in Johannesburg. It begun its activities in 2011 and has nearly 100 students. The school also has a Facebook page.  In addition to the Al-Mustafa branch, the Islamic center of Ahl al-Bayt in Cape Town belongs to Iran. The Center collaborates with Al-Mustafa and is under the authority of Tehran based Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly, a subordinated organization of ICRO.  The center holds pro-Iran activities such as the commemoration of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic.

Tanzania: While Al-Mustafa’s presence in East African countries is generally weak, the University has a noticeable presence in Tanzania that operates as a center for neighboring countries. In the capital city of Dar Es-Salaam, Al-Mustafa has a small branch with 30 students and a seminary called “Imam Sadigh” with 150 students.


Al Mustafa Teaching Faculty and Staff in Tanzania
Iranian Mullahs at the back and African Staff around them.

Al-Mustafa also has a partnership collaboration with “Ghaem” Seminary in the city of Tanga and Al-Itra Islamic center in Dar Es-Salaam. This is a public event at the Ghaem Seminary in Tanga.

Uganda: Al-Mustafa’s Islamic College in Uganda begun its activities in 2011 and has nearly 100 students. This is the graduation ceremony of Al-Mustafa in 2014 and this is the ceremony in 2016. The graduates are active in “The “Association of Graduates from Al-Mustafa in Uganda” and are generally hired by the University as staff members for its branches in Uganda and neighboring countries or they are sent on missionary assignments.

Iran’s Health and Social Services in Africa

The Iranian Red Crescent (IRCS) provides health and medical services in several African Countries. In August 2015, the organization’s deputy named 12 countries where Iran has clinics and medical facilities. They are Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Comoro Islands, Niger, Mali, Sierra Leon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Comoro and Uganda. The IRCS also has clinics in Somalia and Nairobi. Some of its most publicized activities in Africa are in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Ghana.


Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif inaugurates Iran financed Clinic in Uganda, October 26, 2017
Iranian Hegemony in Africa - Centers of IRI Hegemony and Indoctrination Continent-Wide

In Kenya, the “Iran Medical Clinic” begun its activities in 1998 and currently has three fully equipped facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa providing free and low-cost services to more than 30,000 people every year (See videos).  Moreover, the Iranian Red Crescent operates two orphanages in the country and supplies free medicine to other Kenyan clinics.


Iran Clinic in Accra, Ghana

In Zimbabwe, the Iranian Red Crescent has one facility in Harare called the “Iran Clinic” that opened its door in 2005. According to the IRCS’s representative in Zimbabwe, the organization provides additional services throughout the country, such as relief assistance and support to orphanages.

In Ghana, the Iranian Red Crescent operates the “Iran Clinic” in the capital Accra. The clinic’s new building was inaugurated by the Iranian ambassador and the Ghanaian President in September 2014. This fully equipped facility was visited by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in July 2016.

In the Comoro Islands, Iran has two clinics, the first one which is well equipped, opened its door in 1996. According to the Iranian Red Crescent, it has one fully-equipped clinic in the capital city of Niamey and two smaller centers in the cities of Zinder and Baleyara that reportedly provide medical services to more than 70.000 patients each year.

In Tanzania, IRCS has one clinic in Dar es Salaam which begun its activities in 2012.


Iran Clinic in Zimbabwe
Iranian Administrators, Doctors and African Staff
Iranian Hegemony in Africa - Centers of IRI Hegemony and Indoctrination Continent-Wide

Imam Khomeini Relief Committee

The Imam Khomeini Relief Committee (IKRC) is an Iranian regime’s charity organization which has extensive presence in the Middle East and several African countries. IKCR’s branch in Lebanon is sanctioned by US Treasury for its support to Hezbollah, designated as a terrorist organization.  In Africa, IKRC provides free social and relief services such as pension, loans, housing and food to the poor. The examples of Somalia, Comoro Islands and Sierra Leone, demonstrate the activities of the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee in the continent.

For the past several years, the IKRC has been very active in Somalia where famine and drought have created a widespread crisis. IKRC has been providing relief assistances to the affected areas especially those living in the camps. The Iranian government’s English language Press TV has been providing regular reports about IKRC’s activities in Somalia. (123456)


Imam Khomeini Learning Center in Comoros
Khomeini’s Export of Islamism continues
Iranian Hegemony in Africa - Centers of IRI Hegemony and Indoctrination Continent-Wide

According to Iranian government press, IKRC operates 3 main relief centers in the Comoro Islands that cover 320 villages providing financial and living support to poor families. According the IKRC’s report, it has 22 learning centers on the islands providing professional training in 16 fields to more than a thousand students. They support orphans and the poor and provide them with wide range of assistance including business loans and housing.

In Sierra Leone, IKRC has several relief units and professional learning centers. This is a report about the graduation ceremony for 200 students at these centers.

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