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Iran has Lost Thousands, including 10 Generals, to Syria-Iraq Wars

It has recently been reported that estimates show thousands of fighters and more than 10 generals have been lost by Iran, while they have engaged in the Syria-Iraq wars. The report analyzed many different estimates of Iranian losses that have been recently announced.

Mohammad Ali Shahidi, Director of the Martyrs Foundation, an Iranian governmental entity that receives its funding directly from the national budget, announced at a conference on martyrdom in Iranian culture on March 6, that estimated Iranian losses in the Syria-Iraq wars were at 2,100.  However, Shahidi announced a loss of only around 1,000 Iranian fighters as recently as November.

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Germany Tries Alleged Iranian Spy 

 

In January, a 31-year-old Pakistani man whose identity has not been released, as he is referred to only as Syed Mustufa H., was arrested by German authorities for allegedly collecting information on potential Jewish assassination targets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces. 

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Iran’s attempts to increase its presence in Iraq after ISIS

Assistance by U.S. airpower has helped Iraqi forces take back much of the city of Mosul from ISIS. However, the military checkpoints along the road to East Mosul aren't manned by the Iraqi army, and the flag they are flying is not the flag of Iraq. Instead of the red, white, and black Iraqi banner, a religious flag displays the face of the holiest Shiite icon, the prophet's grandson Imam Hussain. As well, the face of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini adorns a large placard tacked to a post on the road.

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Tehran "Unsettled" by Coordinated Pushback Against Its Regional Influence

By INU Staff 

INU - On Wednesday, the foreign affairs website Critical Threats reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had coordinated with the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran to obtain formal authority for the seizure of vessels that enter Iranian waters. The report notes that the effort to obtain this authority was likely undertaken as a way of retroactively justifying actions that the IRGC has already been taking.

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Getting to Know Iran's Revolutionary Guards

By INU Staff 

INU - Ever since the 1979 revolution, the Iranian regime and supreme leader needed a leverage to erect major defense lines in the face of domestic threats (protests and uprisings) and simultaneously pursue its foreign objectives. Based on this mentality, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) was established in the early days as the entity under the supreme leader’s supervision. Ever since, it has played the main role in Iran’s such campaigns.

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US-Gulf Front Proposed to Eliminate ISIS, and End Iran's Influence

An idea has about how to fight the war against ISIS that isn’t limited to additionally weaponry or forces in Raqqa and Mosul, but rather, forming a that will ferociously fight ISIS, on the condition that areas liberated from ISIS will not occupied by Iran or by militias affiliated with Iran.

In exchange for a contribution in the war against ISIS, whether in Iraq or Syria, Iran must not be inside these areas. This must be made clear to the Iraqi government. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, stated that the US will continue to support Iraq even after it’s liberated from ISIS, but all agree, there must be an end to the Iranian expansion in Arab capitals. A united front not only insists on the exit of Iranian forces from Iraq and Syria, but that also desires the end of Iranian influence. The message was conveyed by  Gulf countries and the US.

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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

 According to latest news from Iran, more than 100 families of political prisoners in Iran, in particular the families of Ward 350...

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