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Growing Recognition for Escalating Iranian Arms Sales, Military Activities

By INU Staff 

INU - On Monday, Reuters reported that Iranian officials had responded harshly, albeit predictably, to comments from US Secretary of Defense James Mattis affirming that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains the world’s leading exporter of terrorism. Tehran used the verbal confrontation as an opportunity to shift attention toward its regional rivalry with Saudi Arabia by accusing the US of ignoring terrorist-supporting activity by the Sunni kingdom, a long-standing American ally.

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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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The Tone of the U.S. And the International Community Is Raised on Iran

Iran is beginning to feel the heat of increasingly harsh remarks made by American and international leaders. With presidential elections scheduled for May the 19th, this couldn’t come at a worst time for Iran.

U.S. President Donald Trump sent clear signal to Iran, describing it as the main state sponsor of terror.

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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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Ministry Diplomat Mustafa Zahrani Deplores Iran’s Lack of Strategy for Extricating Itself from War in Syria

 In an article published by the “Iranian diplomat” website of Sadegh Kharrazi, Iran’s former ambassador to the UN, the head of strategic affairs at the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustafa Zahrani, revealed that Iran does not have an exit strategy for the war in Syria. He said that “Syria will side with whoever can keep Bashar al-Assad in power, and in this equation, the Russians were more supportive. Although Iran has played a great role in the field, in terms of air cover and international privileges, Russia has the upper hand. Assad will turn his back on Iran and shake hands with Russia.”

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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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