Spotlight on Iran* (October 9-23, 2016)

Issued on 25/10/2016 Type Article
Hassan Firouzabadi, senior military advisor to the supreme leader and former chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, told that the presence of Iranian advisors in Iraq and Syria, and Iran's support for Yemen and Hezbollah, manifested its revolutionary and religious ideology. Basij commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi said it was Iran's duty to fight for the liberation of Palestine. As to the Iranian presence in Syria, he said if Iran did not fight in Syria, it would be forced to fight terrorists on its own soil. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security, said Iran would continue providing the Palestinians with weapons.

Hostility towards Israel continues to be a fundamental element of Iranian foreign policy - Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 13/10/2016 Type Article
Iran's diplomatic charm offensive, which began in the summer of 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president, and the nuclear agreement signed with the Western powers in the summer of 2015, raised the question of whether Iran's foreign policy towards Israel had become more moderate.

Spotlight on Iran* (September 25 – October 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, spoke at a ceremony held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hossein Hamedani, a senior official in the IRGC killed in Syria. He said the Iranians fighting in Syria defended not only Syria but Islam and the Islamic Republic. He added that the main reason for Iran's support of Syria was Syria's support for Iran in the Iran-Iraq War. Chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said Iran had recently attacked targets in Iraq and Syria using long-range UAVs.

Spotlight on Iran* (September 11 – September 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/09/2016 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials accused the United States of responsibility for the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria. Jaberi Ansari, Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, visited Syria last week, where he met with President Assad and the leaders of Palestinian groups in Syria. Iran rejected Saudi Arabian accusations that it had sent arms to the forces fighting in Yemen. Iran also denied reports that the United States had signaled Iran that Washington and Moscow would like to discuss the crisis in Yemen with Tehran.

Spotlight on IranSpotlight on Iran* (August 29 – September 11, 2016)

Issued on 11/09/2016 Type Article
enior Iranian officials recently stated that Iran would not agree to cut off the support Iran gave through the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the "resistance front" as part of the negotiations held with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). At least six IRGC fighters were killed in Syria during the past two weeks, two of them high-ranking officers. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, went to south Aleppo this past week and met with fighters from the Iraqi Shi'ite Harakat al-Nujaba militia to discuss the military campaign waged by supporters of the Assad regime.

Spotlight on Iran* (August 14-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/08/2016 Type Article
Iran allowed the Russian air force to use its base at Hamedan (western Iran) for air strikes in Syria. A high ranking commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Iran had established a "Shi'ite liberation army" operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen under the command of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. He said the objective of the "liberation army" was to ensure that Israel would not exist within 23 years. Osama Hamdan, responsible for Hamas' international relations, claimed the relations between Iran and Hamas had improved. He denied a report in a Saudi Arabian-sponsored newspaper that Tehran had conditioned Iran's continued financial support of Hamas on a pledge of loyalty to Iran.
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