IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari holds a press conference in Tehran, September 16, 2012. (Fars News)
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)
This report is a product of the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for the Study of War.
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.
Bandar-e-Abbas, (Photo by Ivan Milnaric, available at Flickr)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates (Available at Wikimedia Commons)