IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari holds a press conference in Tehran, September 16, 2012. (Fars News)
Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Assad, and Hezbollah's Nasrallah appear together on a poster in Damascus, Syria. (Inter Press Service News Agency)
This is a joint publication by AEI's Critical Threats Project and the Institute for the Study of War.
IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, the father of Imad Mughniyeh, the former commander of Hezbollah's external operations killed in 2008, and Kazem Darabi attend a February 19, 2013 mourning ceremony for Quds Force Brigadier General Hassan Shateri in Tehran (Young Journalists' Club)
Funeral for Hassan Shateri, Semnan, Iran, February 15, 2013 (ABNA)
Iranian hostages released by Syrian rebels arrive at a Damascus hotel, January 9, 2013 (Reuters)
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Brigadier General Gholamreza Baghbani. (Left) Date and location unknown, (Right) Campaigning for parliament in Sistan va Balouchestan Province, February 2012
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2007 (Wikimedia Commons)