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20th November 2017 - Quoted by the Middle East Monitor

Images released of Iran military chief Soleimani in Syria

Pictures have emerged of the Commander of the Quds Force affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, in Abu Kamal, Syria.

13th November 2017 - Quoted by Daily Sabah

Anti-Daesh envoy McGurk key in US arming of Iranian-backed militia, officials say

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials have agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be using American-made arms and that Brett McGurk, the anti-Daesh envoy appointed during by former U.S. President Barack Obama, had a key role in enabling policies that helped arm the militants, the conservative Washington Free...

8th November 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Terror Airlines? Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps runs country’s largest airline, report says

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A new report released by an Iranian opposition group claims that Iran’s biggest airline — Mahan Air — is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Qods Force. This force is commanded by notorious Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

26th October 2017 - Quoted by Argus Media

US Congress looks to revisit Iran sanctions

Annie Fixler

A bill mandating US sanctions targeting Iran's missile program sailed through the House of Representatives today.

25th October 2017 - Quoted by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - Al-Monitor

Trump undermines Iranian debate on economic role of IRGC

The US Treasury Department’s recent move to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under terrorism authority has put the military organization back in the spotlight. The subsequent tweet by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which he declared that “all...

22nd October 2017 - Quoted Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Tillerson Warns Against Doing Business With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned global companies that they do business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “at their own risk,” remarks that will add to investment uncertainty in a country eager to reap the economic benefits of a 2015 nuclear accord.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

McMaster: Don’t Do Business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A top Trump White House official ripped Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist enabler” on Thursday and warned businesses against engaging with the freshly designated organization.

20th October 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Implications of the New IRGC Sanctions

Annie Fixler

The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its support for terrorism last Friday, pursuant to Congressional legislation. While the immediate legal implications are limited, the designation of the IRGC in its entirely sends a...

20th October 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses the IRGC and Hezbollah in Syria on The John Batchelor Show.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Hill

CIA Director Confirms Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was In Kirkuk

Juan Zarate

CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that a senior commander from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was present in Kirkuk as it was taken over by Iraqi troops, further indicating that Iran may have had some involvement in the seizure.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Democracy Digest

Soleimani ‘gets his way again’ as Iran fills strategic vacuum

Najmaldin Karim, the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk Province, will not be returning to the city that elected him in 2011 and 2014. It’s too dangerous, Bloomberg’s Eli Lake reports.

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.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ava Homa - Kurdistan 24

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as ‘counterproductive,’ warns against Iran influence

John Hannah

Senator James Inhofe on Tuesday expressed concerns about Iraq entering hostilities with the Kurdistan Region which has been “a stabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

17th October 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses President Trump's new Iran strategy on The John Batchelor Show.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans.

16th October 2017 - CNN

OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran deal and designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett.

13th October 2017 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah discusses President Trump's designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - The Conservative Review

Trump sanctions Iran’s IRGC, the lifeline of the regime

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions can have as big an impact in curbing Iran as the Iran Deal had in rejuvenating the regime.

12th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-linked bomb kills American solider in Iraq

Alexandra N. Gutowski

An explosively formed penetrator (EFP) killed an American soldier in Iraq on Oct. 1. The US and Iraqi governments haven't conclusively fingered a perpetrator, but EFPs have been used by Iranian-backed groups in Iraq in the past.

28th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

FAQ after allegations of another ballistic missile test by Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Getting the right answers on allegations surrounding an alleged Iranian ballistic missile launch requires asking the right questions. The following eight questions make sense of the English and Persian language news reporting surrounding the Khorramshahr ballistic missile.

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