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  1. Quds Force Spy Captured in Germany, Says Intel Agency

    July 13, 2020 Benjamin Weinthal According to a report by Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, German police arrested a suspected operative for the Quds Force, an arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in the state of Hesse in Februar ...

  2. Iran's IRGC Trying Illegally to Take Ownership of Major Steel Producer

    July 11, 2020 The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is attempting to take control of Khuzestan Steel Mill Company, the biggest producer of steel bars and second-largest producer of un-milled steel in Iran. The IRGC already oversees the company' ...

  3. In Likely Provocation to Russia, Iran Lays Hand on Syrian Air Defenses

    July 11, 2020 The head of Iran's armed forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, and Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub signed a military memorandum of understanding under which Iran will help Syria improve its air defense systems. The agreemen ...

  4. Iranian Military-Owned Conglomerate Sets Up Shop in Venezuela

    July 5, 2020 Ian Talley and Benoit Faucon Etka, an Iranian company subordinate to the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces (MODAFL) and tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has established a retail supermarket in Venezuela. Etka is ...

  5. Iran Maintains Local Arms Industry despite Embargo

    June 23, 2020 Seth J. Frantzman Iran's Ministry of Defense claims to produce 70 percent of the parts needed for its aircraft and helicopters domestically. This domestic production has enabled Iran to continue building drones and missiles despite inte ...

  6. Iran's Central Bank To Merge Several Military-Owned Banks Amid Economic Crisis

    May 25, 2020 Two banks owned by Iran’s armed forces, Mehr Eghtesad Bank and Hekmat Iranian Bank, will be merged into Sepah Bank. Mehr Eghtesad Bank was established in 1993 as Basijian Fund to provide banking services to Basiji paramilitary force members. ...

  7. Iranian Friendly Fire Kills 19 in 2nd Missile Accident of Year

    May 10, 2020 Farnaz Fassihi An anti-ship missile fired from an Iranian Navy frigate struck another naval vessel in a friendly fire episode during military exercises in the Sea of Oman, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15. The frigate, called the Jamaran, s ...

  8. Officials: U.S. Seeks Indefinite U.N. Arms Embargo on Iran

    April 28, 2020 Edith Lederer and Matthew Lee The United States is circulating a draft U.N. resolution that would indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its current October 2020 expiration. According to U.S. officials, the resolution will be pr ...

  9. U.S. Issues Fresh Iran Sanctions Targeting IRGC’s ‘Web of Front Companies'

    March 26, 2020 Elizabeth Hagedorn The United States sanctioned 20 companies and individuals with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the IRGC-Quds Force, and Iran-backed militias in Iraq. The sanctions target a network of front companies ...

  10. Iranian National Extradited to Texas after Allegedly Exporting 'Military Sensitive Items' to Iran

    March 17, 2020 Justine Coleman Merdad Ansari, an Iranian national and United Arab Emirates resident, has been extradited to Texas, where he will face federal charges for his role in a scheme to sell military sensitive items to Iran from 2007-2011 in viola ...

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