Spotlight Iran

Spotlight on Iran* (June 20 – July 3, 2016)

The Iranian media reported that Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, had recently returned to southern Aleppo in the wake of intensified fighting. In a speech marking 40 days since the death of Hezbollah operative Mustafa Badr al-Din, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the organization received its funding from Iran, as it received
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Spotlight on Iran* (June 6-19, 2016)

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps suffered heavy losses in Syria. Ali-Akbar Velayati, international advisor to the supreme leader, said the political-military balance in Syria was changing in favor of the Syrian government and its allies. The Iranian foreign minister said that Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, was currently in Iraq acting as
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Spotlight on Iran (May 22 – June 5, 2016)

Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force, speaking at a conference of Iranian clerics in Qom held on May 23, 2016, said that without Iran’s support for the Syrian regime, ISIS would today control all of Syria. Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, said Iran was determined to
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Spotlight on Iran* (May 8 – May 22, 2016)

Senior Iranian officials reacted strongly to the rebel attack on Khan Tuman (south of Aleppo, Syria). Senior Iranian officials reacted strongly to the death of senior Hezbollah operative Mustafa Badr al-Din, some of accusing Israel of responsibility for his death. General Ramazan Sharif, IRGC spokesman, said at a press conference that the IRGC was experiencing
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Spotlight on Iran (April 24 – May 8, 2016)*

The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian army said the deployment of regular Iranian army forces to Syria had been authorized by the supreme leader and would continue as long as needed. At least fifteen additional Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in Syria during the past two weeks. Most of them
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Spotlight on Iran (April 10 –21, 2016)*

For the first time since regular Iranian army forces began deploying in Syria, seven special force officers were killed. In addition, during the past two weeks at least six more Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed. Iraqi sources reported that Qasem Soleimani visited Baghdad last week following the deteriorating political crisis between the
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