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28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control." more...

21st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Qods Force counterfeit cash operation

Amir Toumaj

The US Treasury Department designated a counterfeit ring that has procured material and equipment to help finance the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) operations in Yemen. This announcement answers an important question about at least one of force's method of financing its operations in Yemen. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi militia publicizes Iranian Qods Force chief by Syrian border town

Amir Toumaj

The Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba has posted photos of its Iranian commander, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani, inspecting positions near Al Bukamal in Syria near the Iraqi border. more...

19th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Russia and Iran help capture Syria’s al Mayadeen from Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Russia have spearheaded the operation to capture the Islamic State-held city of al Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down. more...

11th October 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran, Amir Toumaj

President Donald Trump is reportedly about to extend a terrorism designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety. The IRGC is both the dominant force inside Iran and the instrument through which the Islamic Republic projects power abroad. Operating throughout the region, the IRGC is deeply entrenched in Lebanon; the domain of Hezbollah. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC promotes more drone strikes against the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

This week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Corps (IRGC) publicized more drone strikes in eastern Syria, allegedly against Islamic State positions by the Iraqi border. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Tensions mount as Iraqi militias boost numbers in contested areas while Kurds hold referendum

Amir Toumaj

As tensions mount between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, several Iranian-backed group have deployed more troops to contested areas near Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu. As both sides remain steadfast in their claims to the oil rich province, tensions continue to mount and the risk of military escalation rises. more...

21st September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran highlights Qods Force commander killed by the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran has divulged more details about a senior officer from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force who was killed in Syria last month. The 32-year old Col Morteza Hosseinpour-Shalmani (AKA Hossein Qomi) died afteran Islamic State ambush near Jamouna, which is about 37 miles northeast of the US base of Tanf by the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The operations commander of the Iranian-led Iraqi contingent in Syria, he was leading a unit of Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades that included Iranian-embedded soldiers. more...

19th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah publicizes commander’s role in defending Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

After pro-Syrian regime forces broke the siege of Deir Ezzor city this month, Lebanese Hezbollah media outlet Al Mayadeen released a rare interview with Hezbollah field commander “al Haj Abu Mustafa,” crediting the gray-bearded, southern Lebanese native with playing a key role in leading the defense against the Islamic State. more...

15th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-led Afghan militiamen hoist flags in Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

An Iranian-controlled Afghan Shia militia advertises its role in the battle for Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. more...

9th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

The IRGC touts drone strikes against the Islamic State

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has promoted its drone strikes against the Islamic State near the Iraqi border in Syria. The IRGC says the strikes were carried out as “revenge” for an Iranian soldier who was beheaded by the so-called caliphate. more...

30th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US airstrike prevents Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

The US-led coalition carried out an air strike to block Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria after they were evacuated from Lebanon. As part of the deal, the Islamic State was to hand over the body of an IRGC fighter who has become a household name in Iran. more...

25th August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran and Turkey Agree on Opposing Kurdish Independence, but Not Much More

Merve Tahiroglu, Amir Toumaj

Last week, Iran’s top military commander Major General Mohammad Bagheri made an unprecedented appearance in Ankara, where he met with top Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is expected to visit Tehran in the upcoming weeks. Bagheri’s visit came as Iraqi Kurds prepare to hold a controversial referendum for independence on September 25, which is opposed by all neighboring states as well as Washington. more...

10th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US to designate the IRGC, affiliates as terrorists

Amir Toumaj

The milestone marks the first instance the US will designate the military branch of a foreign country for terrorism. more...

8th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled militia accuses US of strike to hide Islamic State raid near Syrian border

Amir Toumaj

The Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades, an Iraqi-Shiite militia controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed yesterday that its forces came under fire from American artillery shells in the vicinity of Jamouna, Syria. more...

22nd July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC tries to appropriate Mosul victory

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are running a propaganda campaign to appropriate victory in Mosul and the broader war against the Islamic State as their own, and omit US military support, which has been critical in the campaign. more...

13th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Qods Force chief calls Iraqi militia commander a ‘living martyr’

Amir Toumaj

At a ceremony commemorating a Revolutionary Guard commander recently slain in Iraq, Major General Qassem Soleimani hailed victory in Mosul against the Islamic State on July 10. more...

6th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani boasts of Tehran’s expanded footprint throughout Middle East

Amir Toumaj

Soleimani praised the Islamic Republic’s decades-long effort to take the mantle of the Palestinian cause and boasted that Tehran’s influence in the Middle East has expanded as a result of the Syrian war. more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. more...