Iran Increases Aid to PFLP Thanks to Syria Stance http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/iran-pflp-gaza-palestine-syria.html
High-level PFLP sources at home and abroad revealed to Al-Monitor
that Iran has resumed its financial and military support for the group
in recent months in order to strengthen its alliance with the
“Palestinian resistance forces” and not limit itself to only supporting
Islamist movements such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Al-Monitor that several meetings were held between the PFLP leadership abroad and Iranian officials in Beirut, Damascus and Tehran under the auspices of Lebanonese Hezbollah. Those meetings resulted in reviving direct support to the PFLP.“Following the resumption of Iranian support, there will soon be a dramatic increase in the strength of the PFLP’s military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, after the internal reorganization of the group is completed,” the sources said.The PFLP has come out in support of the Syrian regime and Hezbollah’s position on the Syrian crisis. PFLP officials have made pro-regime statements and held Gaza rallies in which participants raised pictures of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Abu Ahmad Fouad, a PFLP political-bureau member and former PFLP military official, said that the group might retaliate toward Israel if the United States bombs Syria. “We are not exaggerating our capabilities, but we will be in the anti-occupation and anti-aggression resistance trench. We will use the available resources, and we will try to gather the energy of all forces and factions in the face of this aggression, mainly against the Zionist occupation. Our capabilities are found in our occupied country and we will be on the side of our brothers in Hezbollah if they gave us a role in resisting the occupation,” Fouad said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV last week. Rabah Muhanna, a PFLP official in Gaza, said that the group intersects with Hezbollah, Iran and Syria because the PFLP supports “resisting the Israeli occupation” and Hezbollah, Iran and Syria “support the various Palestinian resistance forces, including the PFLP.” In a discussion with Al-Monitor, Muhanna did not confirm nor deny the return of Iranian financial and military support for the PFLP. Al-Monitor met with Abu Jamal, the official spokesman for the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, to understand the nature of Iran’s support. “We call on all countries of the world to provide us with financial and military support and we do not oppose it at all,” he said, denying a change in Iranian support for the PFLP. “We have received and continue to receive military training for our personnel in Damascus and Beirut at the hands of Hezbollah trainers, and maybe also from Iran, but I have no information on any other type of support,” Abu Jamal added.
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