Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)

  • Mar- 2021 -
    5 March
    In this file photo taken on September 21, 2019, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks in capital Tehran

    Iran Guards Say Foiled Plane Hijacking

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday that they foiled the hijacking of a plane by an assailant who intended to have the internal flight redirected to a neighboring Gulf Arab country.

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  • Sep- 2020 -
    17 September
    American troops walk as a US Army C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of Mosul, Iraq

    US Troop Drawdown in Iraq Is Double-Edged Sword for Iran

    The US force reduction in Iraq reinforces the oft-used narrative that Iran is impervious to American imperialism but conversely undermines the efficacy of Khamenei’s domestically-driven “Crusader” propaganda.

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  • Jul- 2020 -
    16 July
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a ceremony in Tehran

    Two Killed in ‘Terrorist’ Attack in Western Iran

    Two people were killed and one wounded in a "terrorist" attack by "counter-revolutionary groups" in Iran's western province of Kurdistan.

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  • May- 2020 -
    28 May
    Iran's new combat vessels include speedboats, coastal patrol boats and submarines, according to state TV

    Iran Guards Warn US After Receiving New Combat Vessels

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats, and Taregh submarines, state television reported. “We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,” the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran. Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year. The latest confrontation between the arch-foes came after the United States accused the Guards of harassing its ships in the Gulf in mid-April. “Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,” said Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami. “But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,” he added, noting that Iran “will not bow down to any foe.” According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to expand Iran’s naval power until it can adequately defend “territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy.” Decades-old acrimony between the two worsened in 2018 when …

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  • 22 May
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a ceremony in Tehran

    Iran’s Khamenei: Fight to ‘Liberate Palestine’ Is ‘Islamic Duty’

    Iran’s supreme leader said it was an “Islamic duty” to fight for the “liberation of Palestine” in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Western governments and their Arab “puppets” for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day. The 80-year-old leader also appeared to confirm for the first time that Iran has helped to provide Palestinians with arms. The remarks came at the end of a week that saw Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launch a Twitter tirade against Khamenei and reports that the two sides carried out cyber attacks on each other. “The aim of this struggle is the liberation of the entire Palestinian land” and “the return of all Palestinians to their country,” Khamenei said in the speech broadcast live on state television. “The policy of normalizing the presence of the Zionist regime in the region is one of the major policies of the United States of America,” he said. “Some Arab governments in the region, which play the role of U.S. puppets, have provided the necessary preconditions for this, such as economic ties and the like; these efforts are completely fruitless and sterile. …

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    23 April
    IRGC Persian Gulf exercise

    Iran’s IRGC head vows ‘decisive response’ to any US hostility in Gulf

    The counter-threat came a day after President Donald Trump said he ordered the Navy to "shoot down" any hostile Iranian boat in the Gulf

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  • 22 April
    Iran Nour satellite launch

    Not yet clear if Iran military satellite reached orbit, Pentagon says

    The US military's second-highest official cautioned against news reports that Iran's first military satellite failed to reach orbit Wednesday

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  • 22 April
    Iran Nour satellite launch

    IRGC claims successful launch of Iran’s first military satellite

    Iran's IRGC announced they had successfully launched the country's first military satellite, the Nour, into orbit

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    13 March
    USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier

    US extends carrier strike group Middle East mission, sends Patriot missile defense system to Iraq

    The US is moving Patriot air defense systems into Iraq and deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East for the first time since 2012 amid tensions with Iran

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  • 2 March
    Idlib Russian MP

    Syria’s regime re-enters key Idlib town ahead of Russia-Turkey talks

    Syrian pro-regime troops re-entered the Idlib province town of Saraqeb amid a blitz of Turkish strikes against Bashar al-Assad's forces

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