Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet personally with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, when the Russian leader visits Iran’s capital of Tehran. The official purpose for the diplomatic visit is to address “issues in bilateral relations, including atomic energy, oil and gas and military-technical cooperation”, according to Putin aid Yury Ushakov, who confirmed that […]
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.