Members of the Iraqi security forces and volunteers, who have joined the security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), shout slogans on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. Iran's supreme leader accused the United States on Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. (Reuters)
July 22, 2014
Key takeaway: Senior officials amplify anti-Zionist rhetoric ahead of International Qods Day. IRGC commander calls for a revamped Axis of Resistance to combat existential threats.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hojjat al-Eslam Hassan Rouhani at a meeting with Rouhani's cabinet, Tehran, August 28, 2013. (Fars News Agency)
The threat of a U.S. strike on Syria following the chemical weapons attack by Assad regime forces on August 21, 2013 has prompted reactions from many of the Islamic Republic's top officials. The Critical Threats Project's Iran team has compiled the most significant of these remarks. This page will be updated as new data becomes available.
Hassan Rouhani attends the 21st Veterans of Jihad and Martyrdom Conference, Tehran, July 17, 2013. (Fars News Agency)
IRGC commanders after the Iran-Iraq War. Left to right (back row): Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, Mohammad Reza Zahedi, Morteza Ghorbani, Mohammad Ali Jafari, Ahmad Kazemi, Komeil Kohnsal; (front row) Gholam Reza Suleimani, Mohammad Hassan Kousseh Chi, Qassem Suleimani, unknown, unknown. (Ahestan.ir)
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)