Iran

Spotlight on Iran (January 12, 2023 – January 26, 2023)

The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs arrived for a visit in Lebanon during which he met with senior Lebanese government officials, alongside the secretary generals of Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Following his visit to Lebanon he traveled to Syria where he met with senior Syrian regime officials .The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Iran met in Tehran with the Syrian minister of defense. Sources monitoring international maritime traffic reported that two Iranian oil tankers sailing from Iran are en route to the Banyas Port in Syria. The commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arrived in.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 29, 2022 – January 12, 2023)

Iran condemned the attack carried out against several targets in Syria on the night of January 2, which has been attributed to Israel. The Iranian minister of foreign affairs spoke to his Syrian counterpart, and discussed with him bilateral ties. In early January, the Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah, Naim Qassem, arrived for a visit in Tehran. During his visit, he met with the Senior Adviser on International Affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran. Iran condemned the visit of the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir.
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Kata’ib Hezbollah: A Dominant Iraqi Pro-Iranian Militia

Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) is one of the most dominant pro-Iranian militias operating in Iraq. The militia was established in March 2003 as a result of a union between several pro-Iranian groups following the US invasion of Iraq. The militia works to promote the regional and international interests of the Iranian regime in Iraq and the region.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 15, 2022 – December 29, 2022)

Additional strikes attributed to Israel were carried out in the area of Damascus and al-Qsair Military Airport west of Homs city. Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) significantly increased the salaries of fighters and civilians serving within the pro-Iranian militias in eastern Syria. A Lebanese news website reported, that Iran is willing to provide fuel to Lebanon.The Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, declared that Israel is in dire straits, and soon enough, the Palestinians will expel Israel from Palestine.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 1, 2022 – December 15, 2022)

The Saudi channel al-Arabiya reported that the Iranian Airline Meraj, which is linked to the IRGC, began operating regular direct flights to the Beirut International Airport from Tehran. Israel is concerned these flights would be used to smuggle weaponry from Iran to Lebanese Hezbollah. An Iranian oil tanker, previously detained by Greece owing to American pressure, approached the shores of Banyas. The American Navy stopped a fishing boat in the Gulf of Oman, which was en route from Iran to Yemen, and was carrying over one million bullets as well as components to manufacture rockets, intended to reach the Houthis in Yemen
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Spotlight on Iran (November 17, 2022 – December 1, 2022)

A senior officer in the Aerospace force of the IRGC was assassinated in Syria. The IRGC statement alleged that he was assassinated by Israel and vowed to avenge his death. A Syrian pro-opposition outlet reported that an Iranian surface to air missile system was recently deployed in the area of Damascus following recent airstrikes against targets of the pro-Iranian militias in Syria. The strikes have been widely attributed to Israel. In late November, the Iraqi Prime Minister arrived for a visit in Iran.
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Iran

Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian Revolution’s original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and more than that – dominance of the Muslim world. To that end, Iran has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shiite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond. In the Middle East, Iran is leading an anti-American and anti-Israeli Shiite axis struggling against the Middle Eastern Sunni countries led by Saudi Arabia. The Iranian axis (the “Axis of Resistance”) includes Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain. In these countries, Iran handles proxy organizations operating to promote Iran’s 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.

To implement its anti-Israeli policies, Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran instigates 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. It is also developing long-range missiles and warheads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East, and Europe.