DEBKAfile (Link) (July 31, 2011)
A team of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) officers has just finished setting up Hamas’ first commando unit especially trained to combat any Israel military force entering the Gaza Strip, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. The new “Al Qods Brigades” unit of 400 men is to be the first of three. A week ago, July 23, the first unit held a passing-out parade and leave-taking ceremony from its two Iranian instructors.
DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report that the pair arrived in the Gaza Strip in the latter half of May on Iranian passports which gave their cover names as Morteza Rahban and Hojjat Safar-Zadeh.
Their journey took them from Sudan through Egypt and Sinai where they were led by Bedouin smugglers to the contraband tunnels accessing the Gaza Strip. They went back to Tehran by the same route.
The two officers were members of the IRGC’s notorious Al Qods Brigades which undertakes overseas terrorist and covert activities on behalf of the Iranian regime. For the Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Suleimaini, setting up a Hamas commando force in Gaza was a high and immediate priority.