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24th April 2017 - RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

12th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Boeing Trying to Sell Planes to Leading Official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

U.S airline manufacturer Boeing is coming under renewed criticism following disclosures that its latest deal with Iran is being inked with a senior regime official and leading member of the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has sponsored terrorism across the Middle East and is...

11th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the...

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - Cnsnews.com

Expert: Not Designating Iran’s IRGC for Terrorism ‘Would Hold American Policy Hostage’

Mark Dubowitz

Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for terrorism would not violate the nuclear deal, and the U.S. should make clear that if the deal falls apart as a result, Iran will be to blame both for walking away and for sponsoring terror in the first place, U.S. lawmakers...

3rd April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gets a Raise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian parliament passed two pieces of legislation this month with wide-reaching repercussions for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Approves Massive Raise for Islamic Revolutionary Guards

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s parliament voted for a massive increase in funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the nation’s missile development program, Saeed Ghasseminejad, an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), wrote in a policy brief Monday.

2nd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani reportedly spotted in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

A photo surfaced on Friday claiming to show Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch aka the Qods Force, in the northern countryside of Syria’s central province of Hama. Meanwhile, a senior Guard commander and two...

29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

28th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC members killed in Syria’s Hama province

Amir Toumaj

At least two Iranians have been killed in combat in the central Syrian province of Hama, according to Iranian officials. The Assad regime and its allies are attempting to counter a major insurgent offensive, which was launched earlier this month in the northern part of the province.

24th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Assad regime bolstered in Hama province by Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba announced today that it is joining pro-Syrian regime forces in the battle raging in Hama province. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and Free Syrian Army-branded rebels launched an offensive in the northern Hama countryside. This...

23rd March 2017 - War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia deploys to eastern Damascus battle

Amir Toumaj

The Tehran-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba has announced its participation in a battle raging east of Damascus, joining pro-regime forces in the Jobar and Abbasin districts. Earlier this week, jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a...

22nd March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Latest Iranian Threat: Drones in Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons.

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Iran-backed Bahrainis as terrorists

Amir Toumaj

The US State Department recently announced the designation of two Bahraini nationals affiliated with Iran-backed militant group the al Ashtar Brigades as global terrorists. Their designation comes amidst repeated attempts by Tehran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to foment...

19th March 2017 - The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout...

14th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Announces New Charges Against Iranian-American

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran announced new charges against an Iranian-American and his Iranian wife on Sunday, accusing them of promoting “corruption on Earth” and founding a “cult.” The move represents a direct challenge to the Trump administration, which has pledged to secure the release of...

14th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Has Hezbollah developed a domestic arms industry with Iranian support?

David Daoud

On Saturday, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sources revealed to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that the IRGC has built weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon and handed them over to the Shiite organization. This comes one week after Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan declared...

12th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Iraqi militia forms ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’

Amir Toumaj

The Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba this week announced the formation of its “Golan Liberation Brigade.” While it is not uncommon for entities to name themselves after areas they aim to “liberate,” the militia’s spokesman has said that the unit could assist the...

8th March 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSnews.com

Profits Funding Terror: New Reports Examine Financial Tentacles of Iran’s IRGC

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has exclusive control over nearly half of the country’s official shipping docks and uses them to evade sanctions, export arms to proxies in violation of international embargoes, and carry out other illicit activities.

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