What is Iran's Revolutionary Guard Doing in Myanmar?

January 20, 2022


David Hutt


Asia Times

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Iranian delegations have visited Myanmar at least twice since the country underwent a military coup in February 2021, according to diplomats based in Southeast Asia. Flight data showed that a plane operated by the Iranian carrier Qeshm Fars Air landed in Myanmar on January 13 and departed a day later. Qeshm Fars Air is sanctioned by the United States for ferrying weapons from Iran to Syria on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and the plane that landed in Myanmar was one of two aircraft specifically designated by the United States in 2019 for arms trafficking. A member of Myanmar's deposed civilian government said that the flights from Iran to Myanmar are "related to military technology."