Spotlight Iran

Spotlight on Iran* (July 2 – 16, 2017)

Issued on 16/07/2017 Type Article
In a first official Iranian response to the ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia, Iran's foreign ministry's spokesman said the success of the agreement depended on extending it all over Syria. The senior advisor to the speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) met with the Syrian ambassador in Tehran to discuss developments in Syria. Senior Iranian officials welcomed the liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, emphasizing the role played by the Iraqi Shi'ite militias supported by the IRGC in the victory.
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Spotlight on Iran* (June 18 – July 2, 2017)

Issued on 02/07/2017 Type Article
On June 18, 2017, in response to the June 7 ISIS attacks on the Majlis building and the Khomeini shrine, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attacked ISIS targets in the Deir al-Zor region in eastern Syria. In response to the White House threat to take measures against the Syrian regime if it carried out another chemical attack, senior Iranian officials warned the United States against escalating in Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi paid a visit to Tehran where he met with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. On June 23, 2017, the Iranians marked the annual Global Jerusalem Day.
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Spotlight on Iran* (June 4 – 18, 2017)

Issued on 18/06/2017 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials expressed concern after several Arab states (led by Saudi Arabia) suspended relations with Qatar. Senior Iranian officials exploited ISIS's twin terrorist attacks on the Iranian parliament building and the shrine of the Islamic Revolution founder's grave to justify its military involvement in Iraq and Syria, and accused Saudi Arabia of responsibility for the attacks. The Iranian media reported that fighters of the Fatemiyoun Brigade (Afghans operating under the aegis of the IRGC in Syria) had recently arrived at the Syria-Iraq border.
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Spotlight on Iran* (May 21 – June 4, 2017)

Issued on 04/06/2017 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials responded to remarks made by Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia by rejecting his claims about Iranian support for terrorism. Iran and Russia continue coordinating the military campaign in Syria. The Russian ambassador to Tehran told that Russia was satisfied with Iranian-Russian cooperation in Syria. He added that Russia was convinced the Syrian crisis could not be resolved without Iranian involvement. New photos circulated on the social networks showing Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, with Iraqi Shi'ite militia fighters on the Syria-Iraq border.
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Spotlight on Iran* (May 7 – 21, 2017)

Issued on 21/05/2017 Type Article
A commander of an IRGC brigade spoke in an interview about the IRGC's activities in Syria. An article published by the Iranian Diplomacy website claimed that Iran had no choice but to recognize the seniority of Russia's role in Syria and rely on Moscow to protect its interests in Syria.
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Spotlight on Iran* (April 23 – May 7, 2017)

Issued on 07/05/2017 Type Article
The commander of the IRGC's ground forces said his fighters would continue to serve as advisors in Syria alongside the Qods Force. Iran denounced the April 27, 2017 attack on Hezbollah arms storehouses near the Damascus airfield. Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, former mayor of Tehran, caused an uproar in Iran by publicly criticizing Iranian's military involvement in Syria. Iran denounced Turkey's aerial attacks on targets in northern Iraq affiliated with the Turkish underground on April 26, 2017. Iran and the Palestinian Authority (PA) fiercely criticized one another after an advisor to the Iranian foreign minister accused the PA chairman.
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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.