A commander of the Iranian regime’s Bassij paramilitary forces said that the regime was near collapse during five days of intense protests in the country.
“As a person who was on the ground, I believe that only God saved us,” Abnoush said.
He called the protests “an all-out world war” against the regime blaming it on the “Zionists, the US and Saudi Arabia”.
The Commander of Bassij Operations also said that he believed there was a delay in the regime’s internet shut down but that the blackout “helped in disrupting the complicated organization” of protesters.
“I have seen miracles in seditions and the revolution but this sedition was something else,” the Bassij commander said on Thursday night.
Widespread protests started on November 16 after the regime tripled the price of gasoline. During the six days of protests in more than 144 cities, angry Iranians torched at least 100 government buildings including banks, seminaries, police stations and IRGC and Bassij bases.
Protesters also chanted against the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and demanded that the “mullahs get lost”.
Abnoush said that regime had obtained “a large amount of intelligence” on protesters during interrogations from detained protesters.
More than 7,000 protesters have been detained by security forces, including the Bassij, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), intelligence agents and the police. Jailed protesters are at risk of torture.
Security forces opened fire on protesters killing at least 251 men, women and children during the six days of protests in Iran. More than 3,700 people have been injured, some with life threatening wounds.