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Reaction of Iranian officials to potential U.S. strike on Syria

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.

IRGC Messaging: Insight into a Revolutionary Regime

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari holds a press conference in Tehran, September 16, 2012. (Fars News)

Testimony: Iran’s Global Force Projection Network: IRGC Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah

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)

Iranian Influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan

This report is a product of the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for the Study of War.

America's Iranian Self-Deception

Americans are being played for fools by Iran—and fooling themselves. There is no case to be made that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. There is no evidence that Iran's decision-makers are willing to stop the nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions or anything else. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday that it has made no progress in its negotiations with Iran and that Iran continues to accelerate its enrichment operations, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and agreements with the IAEA.

Strait Talk with Iran

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits through the Strait of Hormuz, October 9, 2011. (Wikimedia)

Iran’s threat to close a vital international waterway if stricter sanctions are imposed on Iranian oil exports is more than just bellicose and provocative.  It is also a test of U.S. will and commitment in the Persian Gulf at a time when our role in the region is changing.  

Event: The Costs of Containing Iran

Event: The Costs of Containing Iran: More than the US Is Bargaining For
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Location: Capitol Visitors Center (Senate side), SVC 209-08, 1st Street NE

 

Ali Akbar Velayati: A Window into the Foreign Policy of Iran's Supreme Leader

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor for foreign affairs to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus on August 9, 2010. (Getty)

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