Spotlight on Iran (November 8 – 22, 2015)

Issued on 22/11/2015 Type Article
The Iranian forces continue to suffer heavy losses in the fierce battles being waged in northwestern Syria. During the past two weeks at least 17 more Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed. An IRGC officer was killed in Iraq. Iran would provide $2 million in financial support to the families of terrorists killed in the Gaza Strip.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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