Iran is expanding its strategic influence in Syria through the deployment of a few hundred special operators from its elite Quds Force, backed by a diplomatic effort centered at its embassy in Damascus. Though Iranian diplomats suggest that Iran’s guiding principle in the conflict is “no foreign interference,” and that their participation in the war […]
Qassem Suleimani is the commander of Quds Force, the elite faction of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is a veteran of decades of war. Since taking command in 1998 he has led more clandestine and covert operations in pursuit of Iran’s interest than anyone else.
While many focus on Sunni foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, Iranian-backed Shia militias have been as bloodthirsty and threatening as ISIS. The survival of the Assad regime is due in large part to these militias, and Iran has redeployed many to Iraq. Here’s how they recruit supporters for their terror operations.
With US forces sharing a military base with Iran backed Shia in Iraq, questions are now being raised about America’s relationship with Iran and the ethics attached to this partnership.