Iran

Profile of IRGC Fighters Killed in Syria during the Past Month (Updated to November 16, 2015) - Dr. Raz Zimmt*

Issued on 16/11/2015 Type Article
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Qods Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), under the command of Qasem Soleimani, has led the effort to keep Damascus and strategic Syrian strongholds in the north from falling into the hands of the rebels, and to prevent the collapse of the Syrian regime. The Iranians have supported the Syrians with arms and guidance, and have sent Iranian advisors and fighters to Syria for close cooperation with the Syrian army and security forces.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 5 – 11, 2015)

Issued on 11/11/2015 Type Article
According to media reports from the battle zones, the Syrian Army’s ground offensive, with Iranian and Russian air support, has been halted. Additional information published in the media reinforces the conclusion that the Russian plane was downed in Sinai as a result of the explosion of an IED, planted on board in Sharm el-Sheikh. In the meantime, ISIS continues to establish its control over the important city of Sirte, in northern Libya.
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Spotlight on Iran (October 26 - November 8, 2015)

Issued on 08/11/2015 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, repeatedly stressed Iran's commitment to defending the Assad regime. Iran's active participation in the ground offensive in northern Syria continued to claim many Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) victims. Mohammad-Ali Jafari, the IRGC commander, hinted at the existence of a disagreement within the Iranian administration over Bashar Assad's political future. In the meantime
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Portrait of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force, Instigator of Iranian Subversion and Terrorism in the Middle East and around the Globe By Dr. Raz Zimmt*

Issued on 29/10/2015 Type Article
Major General Qasem Soleimani (Haj Qasem) was appointed commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force ("Jerusalem Force") during the period between September 1997 and March 1998. It is one of five IRGC arms, the strongest security force in Iran and the regime's main prop.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 22 –28, 2015)

Issued on 28/10/2015 Type Article
This week as well, the Syrian Army’s ground offensive was concentrated in the rural area south of Aleppo. The attack was directed against the rebel organizations, including ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front. It appears that the Iraqi Army, assisted by Shiite militias, is gradually completing its takeover of the oil city of Baiji, located north of Baghdad, halfway to Mosul. This week, ISIS continued to issue videos calling its supporters to kill Jews. The “innovation” of the week was a video showing a (fairly fluent) Hebrew speaker.
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Spotlight on Iran (October 11-25, 2015)

Issued on 25/10/2015 Type Article
Iran increased its forces in Syria to support the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters in the ground offensive in the northwestern part of the country. Qasem Soleimani, commander to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force went to Syria to oversee the deployment of the Iranian forces and foreign fighters operating under the aegis of the IRGC. Iran's involvement in the ground offensive in northwest Syria has taken a heavy toll of the IRGC.
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Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian revolution's original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and dominance of the Muslim world, and to that end has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shi'ite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond.
As one of Iran's main tools for exporting the revolution, Iran supports countries and organizations using terrorism to attack Israeli, American and Western interests; Iran seeks to destabilize and subvert pro-Western regimes to promote its own interests.
Israeli-Iranian relations had their ups and downs. During the reign of the Shah of Iran the two countries were allied politically. After the revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran revoked its recognition of Israel and ended all official relations with it. Khomeini often publicly expressed his extremist anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist positions even while living in exile. Relations between Iran and Israel became even more strained when Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005. The regime in Iran repeatedly states its intention of destroying Israel and its policies, which include Holocaust denial, are both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.
To implement its anti-Israeli policies Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran encourages the terrorist organizations, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, to attack Israel, and finances and arms both organizations. In recent years large shipments of weapons from Iran have been intercepted as they were en route to the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
To promote its regional and global interests and aspirations, Iran is developing military nuclear capabilities and developing long-range missiles and war heads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East and Europe.