Iran Goes Deep with Ground Troops in Syria

While the government of Iran is officially denying it has deployed ground troops in Syria, Iranian media is reporting that more than one dozen Islamic Revolution Guard Corps officers have died there in the past three years.

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Iranian General Soleimani Promotes US-ISIS Alliance Conspiracy Theory

A well-heard narrative appeared Monday that high-ranking Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani took shots at President Obama and U.S. foreign policy, with outlets such as Reuters and the Associated Press (AP) featuring his comments as a blistering rebuke of the United States’s presence in the Middle East. Unlike the selective comments indicated, Soleimani was not condemning a lack of effort against ISIS on America’s part, but implying that President Obama was intentionally aiding the terrorist group.

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US To Control The Skies Over Tikrit… While Iran Takes The Ground?

Two weeks ago, the seemingly effective Iraqi operation to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS ground to an abrupt halt, the “final push” delayed for an indefinite period out of concerns over collateral damage, according to Iraqi officials. It was widely speculated the more pertinent problem was that Islamic State forces proved to be much harder to dislodge than anyone wanted to admit, so time was needed to bring up reinforcements and prepare the battlespace.

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Top Iranian Commander Boasts of Dominating Jordan

In a youth conference in Tehran, Iran’s top military commanders assured the crowd that Jordan would soon be controlled by the mullahs, as they have already spread their malevolent influence into Iraq and Lebanon with terrorist forces, Haaretz reports.

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Report: Covert Iranian Cell Delivers Weapons to Terrorist Groups

A new report details the horrific exploits of “Unit 190,” an even more shadowy unit of the already-shady Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Unit 190, according to Western intelligence sources quoted by Fox News, has for many years been smuggling arms to terrorist groups in conflict zones across the Middle East, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the new masters of Yemen, the Houthis.

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