Analysis & Commentary


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...

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...

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.

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.

31st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi government announces liberation of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government announced the liberation of Tal Afar in northern Iraq earlier today. The offensive to retake the city began on Aug. 20 and progressed quickly. Three Iraqi army divisions, the Counterterrorism Service, Federal Police, the Popular Mobilization Forces and Kurdish Regional...

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.

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.

9th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force-linked Taliban commander leads insurgency in central Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban commander who was targeted by the US military in an airstrike nearly a decade ago and who has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force remains a key player in the insurgency in central Afghanistan. The Taliban commander, known as Mullah Mustafa, was...

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.

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.

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.

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.

23rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization.

20th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces an ‘important and blessed phenomenon,’ Khamenei says

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al Abadi arrived in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian government officials.

19th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian media reports missile strike in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor.

16th June 2017 - The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best.

14th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani allegedly spotted in Syria near the Iraqi border

Amir Toumaj

A Lebanese Hezbollah media arm released a photo of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani today “by the Syrian border with Iraq.”

13th June 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress can agree on Iran and Russia sanctions, at least

Mark Dubowitz

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

8th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian officials offer disjointed response to Islamic State terrorist attacks in Tehran

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s government has scrambled to explain Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, the first major attacks by the Islamic State on Iranian soil, leading to contradictory messages.

7th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Fatemiyoun Division operative killed near US base in southeastern Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iranian media announced the death of an Afghan militiaman in the vicinity of Tanf military base in southeastern Syria on Monday, where coalition forces are training Syrian insurgents fighting the Islamic State.

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