Spotlight Iran

Spotlight on Iran* (January 1 – 15, 2017)

Issued on 15/01/2017 Type Article
At a memorial service for Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters killed in Syria, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with the families of Iran commandos members killed in Syria, said if Iran had not stopped the advance of the terrorists in Syria, it would have been forced to fight them on its own territory.
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Spotlight on Iran* (December 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017)

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Hossein Salami, deputy Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, said the fall of Aleppo to the forces of the Syrian regime foiled the plans of the West to take control of the region. Iran and Russia continue consulting about developments in Syria. Iran dismissed the claims of the spokesman of the US Department of State that the visit of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, to Aleppo, was a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
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Spotlight on Iran* (December 4 – 18, 2016)

Issued on 18/12/2016 Type Article
Iran welcomed the fall of the Syrian city of Aleppo to the forces of President Bashar Assad. The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared the liberation of Aleppo was the first step in the victory of "the army of Islam" against the West, and said he hoped that in the near future Mosul in Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain would also be liberated.
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Spotlight on Iran* (November 20 – December 4, 2016)

Issued on 04/12/2016 Type Article
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said Iranian forces were not participating in the fighting in Mosul because the Shi'ite militias in Iraq did not need Iranian fighters. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, commander of the Iranian armed forces, said that in the future Iran might construct military bases along the Yemeni or Syrian coast to increase its naval capabilities in foreign waters. During the past two weeks three IRGC fighters were killed in combat in Syria.
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Spotlight on Iran* (November 7-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/11/2016 Type Article
Faysal Meqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, paid a visit to Tehran and met with senior Iranian officials. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, advisor to the speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament) for international affairs, told him Iran would continue to support Syria in its fight against terrorism. Mohammad Bagheri, the Iranian chief of staff, said that a number of years ago Iran had built a factory for the manufacture of missiles in the region of Aleppo, and that during the Second Lebanon War the missiles produced there had been used to attack Israel.
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Spotlight on Iran* (October 23 – November 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/11/2016 Type Article
Four Iranians, two of them high-ranking officers, were killed by rebels in Syria. They died during the attack begun by Syrian rebel organizations in Aleppo aimed at breaking the Syrian forces' siege of the city's eastern neighborhoods. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria, said he was particularly proud of the Iranian martyrs killed while defending Shi'ite shrines in Syria.
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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.