Is Iran’s IRGC launching special patrols to fend off rebellion?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A major commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that special patrols of IRGC’s Basij forces have been dispatched to enhance the security across the country.The decision reminds many Iranians of the brutal crackdown between 1980 and 1988, which eventually led to the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Human rights defenders fear that these patrols will, in reality, be used to prevent demonstrations, persecute activists and arrest protesters.A senior official of ...

US sanctions ‘network’ accused of forging money for Iran

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a network individuals and companies accused of forging money to help Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, officials announced. The sanctions targeted four companies and two individuals involved in printing counterfeit Yemeni currency to benefit Iran, including Iranian national Reza Heidari and Mahmoud Seif, whose nationality was not given, according to a statement. ALSO READ: US Congress orders Treasury to investigate Iranian leaders’ ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran has its eyes set on Iraq oil

Monday, 20 November 2017

Iran, sensing the increasing international isolation, has long sketched the necessary blueprints to prevent a future already becoming very bleak. For decades Tehran has maintained this entire country and its vast oil reserves in its crosshairs. Recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan prove the Iranian regime’s devious intentions and should alert the international community. The government of Iraq, jockeying to maintain ties with both Washington and Tehran, has unprecedentedly agreed to ...

Will IRGC-established militia in Syria sabotage de-escalation agreement?

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards established a new militia named Brigade 313 in South Syria, it has been revealed. Syrian opposition figures warned that the militia, which consists of young men from Daraa and which is trained and funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, aims to sabotage the de-escalation agreement in South Syria. Also read: Syria deal in the works ahead of likely Trump-Putin meeting The name of the militia is linked to sectarian concepts, which Tehran is trying to ...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards arrested at least 30 dual nationals in two years

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives, twice as many as earlier reported by local or international media.The number marks a sharp rise since 2015, when an international nuclear deal raised hopes of detente with the West. In the years before that the number of dual nationals detained at any given time was in single figures.It also points up a new trend as a ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran fueled and used al-Qaeda

Monday, 6 November 2017

Iran’s relations with al-Qaeda is under the spotlight following the CIA’s release of nearly half a million documents obtained during a 2011 raid that killed the extremist group’s leader Osama Bin Laden. How Iran at least facilitated the efforts leading to the 9/11 attacks has been discussed extensively. For decades US authorities have argued Iran-al-Qaeda ties date back to 1991, referred to in a 19-page report amongst the trove. “Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran ...

Secrets of the 1983 Beirut Bombings: The role of Iran’s IRGC

Monday, 30 October 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.The 1983 double bombing in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, left 241 American service members, 58 French military personnel and six civilians killed, alongside hundreds of others injured.21 years later in 2004 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) unveiled a “monument” in “honor” of that terrorist attack.This “memorial” ...

ANALYSIS: History of the IRGC’s grooming of top al-Qaeda members

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

There will always be those that ridicule the idea of a pact between Iran and al-Qaeda, due to the Shiite/Sunni divide, but it has been proven many times over, how Shiite Iran will side with radical Sunni groups such as al-Qaeda (AQ) when it comes to fighting a common enemy, and al-Qaeda will do the same, especially when the target is their most hated enemy the US. The belief by certain commanders in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is if they could persuade al-Qaeda to come on ...

ANALYSIS: Regional terror make IRGC expulsion more imperative

Monday, 23 October 2017

The role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the attack on Kirkuk and various cities in Iraqi Kurdistan, which displaced a large number of people in the area, once again highlighted the IRGC's destructive role in regional crises. The Peshmarga Force commander said in Kirkuk on Sunday, October 15, "The Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) are not the only ones who attack us. We have 100% accurate knowledge that the IRGC are also present among ...

US military setting new plans for Iran

Saturday, 14 October 2017

The US military said on Friday it was identifying new areas where it could work with allies to put pressure on Iran in support of President Donald Trump’s new strategy, which promises a far more confrontational approach to Tehran. Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it. He also promised to address Iran more broadly, ...

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