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19th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Ali Alfoneh, Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups.

12th January 2015 - Business Insider

Iran’s ‘Reformist’ President Is Shielding Powerful Revolutionary Guard From Anti-Corruption Campaign

Ali Alfoneh

A joke is making the rounds in Tehran.

31st December 2014 - VOA Persian

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Saeed Ghasseminejad

FDD Associate Fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad discusses the IRGC's role in Iran's economy.

28th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills Qods Force General in Central Iraq

Bill Roggio

Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi served as an "adviser to the [Iraqi] Army and the popular mobilization of the Iraqi people," a reference to the Shiite militias.

22nd December 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Repressive Apparatus Gets a Raise

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

To pay for it, Rouhani will have to tax a disgruntled middle class. Luckily he’ll have well-paid Guards to quash any potential unrest.

17th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Cleric: Iran Will Use ‘Suicide Operations to Send its Message to the World’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A hardline Iranian cleric affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has used “suicide operations” in the past and will use them again “to send its message to the world,” according to a translation of his original Farsi remarks.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Message to World: You Need Us to Fight Islamists

Ali Alfoneh

In the fight against Islamic extremists, the commander of Iran’s secretive special forces is turning into an unlikely celebrity.

7th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief Backfires, Benefitting the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions relief, according to the White House and supporters of the current negotiating strategy with Iran, empowers the pragmatic and allegedly moderate camp in Tehran, which in turn paves the path for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

30th September 2014 - Gooya News

Pressure On the IRGC Increases the Chance of a Nuclear Agreement

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

پيام غرب به ايران بايد واضح باشد: مذاکره به قصد مذاکره منجر به کنار گذاشتن تحريم‌ها نمی‌شود. تحريم امپراتوری اقتصادی سپاه، توافق موقت با ايران را نقض نمی‌کند،...

19th September 2014 - Business Insider

If The US Wants A Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Nuclear negotiations with Iran are now in their final stretch. But serious gaps remain.

18th July 2014 - The National Interest

Time For A Strong U.S. Effort To Cripple the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Though a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program is unlikely to take shape in Vienna before Sunday’s self-imposed deadline, the U.S. should make it clear in the negotiations over an extension of the diplomatic talks that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps cannot stand to benefit from...

2nd July 2014 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Iran’s Top Spy Is The Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré‘s Villainous Mastermind

Reuel Marc Gerecht

What the head of Iran’s Quds Force has in common with the greatest Soviet spy who never existed.

27th June 2014 - Quoted by Al Jazeera

Analysis: Iran’s Double Game In Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

As the fireball exploded on Iran's western border and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept through northern Iraq at a startling pace, a sense of urgency shrouded Tehran.

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Jessica Hume, Toronto Sun

Label Iran’s Basij as Terror Organization, Group Urges Canada

Mark Dubowitz

The Canadian government should designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as well as its feared plain-clothes police service, the Basij, as terrorist organizations, the...

21st April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Growing IRGC Challenge to Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

Since his election last June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been laboring to edge the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) out of the economy.

11th April 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Scare Tehran, Please

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Obama’s threat of preventive military action against the Iranian regime’s nuclear program credible? Would a one-year, six-month, or even three-month...

31st March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

“Resistance Economy” Regains Resonance in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s top clerics have recently been busy urging the embrace of something called a “resistance economy” from the pulpit. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei...

19th March 2014 - International Business Times

Sanctions Against Iran Should Focus On Powerful Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Hassan Rouhani’s election as the new president of Iran in June 2013, the Islamic Republic has been on a ‘charm offensive.’ Rouhani and his team captivated large...

21st February 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Rouhani Away From Nuclear Glare Can’t Move Domestic Agenda

Ali Alfoneh

Away from the glare of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani has endured a series of setbacks and retreats on his domestic...

13th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Challenges Rouhani on Missile Tests, Pyongyang Visit

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired the latest generation of its laser-guided surface-to-surface missile on February 11, as well as a new...

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