Concluding that MOIS, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security is “one of the largest and most dynamic intelligence agencies in the Middle East”; the Pentagon revealed that the ministry engages 30,000 people in clandestine and covert activities that include technological theft, terrorist bombings, as well as assassination.
Although the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, also known as the IRGC, primarily handles extraterritorial operations that include espionage, sabotage, and assassinations, according to the Iranian Constitution it must comply with MOIS’ policy with regard to fighting domestic antirevolutionary dissidents. Thus the IRGC is entitled to collect and analyze, as well as to produce information to identify the anti-revolutionaries. The Quds Force operates independently, but shares its collected information with MOIS.
In return, MOIS handles the communication aspects of operations, as well as providing logistical support for the Quds Forces and their related foreign organizations, such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda (all deemed terrorist organizations by the US). Both MOIS and the IRGC report to the Supreme Leader. Together they have been involved in terrorist bombings from Argentina to Lebanon. They operate wherever Iran has interests, from A to U; Afghanistan to the United States, as well as the countries in between.