Spotlight Iran

Spotlight on Iran* (March 27 – April 10, 2016)

Speaking before commanding officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari reiterated Iran’s support for the Syrian regime, Lebanon, the Palestinians and Iran’s allies in Yemen. This past week at least ten more IRGC fighters, two of them officers, were killed in the Aleppo region of Syria, an increase in
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Spotlight on Iran* (March 13 – 27, 2016)

Responding publicly to Russia’s decision to withdraw some of its forces from Syria, senior Iranian officials tried to minimize its importance. The Hamas ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip ordered Al-Saberin movement, which operates under Iranian aegis, to close the offices of its charitable association. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force,
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Spotlight on Iran* (February 14 – 28, 2016)

At least six members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in the fighting in Syria during the past two weeks. The commander of the IRGC’s ground forces confirmed the deployment of the Saberin elite ground forces brigade to Syria and Iraq. Iran welcomed the agreement ending the hostilities in Syria, but raised
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 31 – February 14, 2016)

Dozens of Iranians, including high-ranking officers, were killed in a ground offensive waged by Syrian regime supporters in the northern part of the city of Aleppo. After Saudi Arabia announced it was prepared to send military forces to Syria, senior Iranian officials warned the Saudi authorities not to carry out their intentions. The Iranian foreign
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Spotlight on Iran* (January 17 – 31, 2016)

Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that one of Iran’s major gains from regional developments was the enlistment of more than 200,000 men as fighters in the popular militias in Syria, Iraq and Libya. He said Iran would foil the “Zionist-American plot to divide Iraq and Syria.” At least five
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Spotlight on Iran (January 3 – 17, 2016)

An unprecedented crisis developed in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Senior Iranian officials strongly condemned the execution of al-Nimr and threatened retribution. On January 13, 2016, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) took control of two American navy ships in the Persian Gulf. There has been a certain decline in the number
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