On 31 October, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that intelligence veteran Hamid Mirza’i died of COVID-19. He was the Foreign Intelligence Directorate chief of the IRGC Intelligence Organization, according to an expose of last year.
The IRGC-led Afghan Fatemiyoun Division held its first “international conference” in Iran, a heavily publicized event featuring speakers from other IRGC-led paramilitary groups, as well as, for the first time, an appearance – sort of – by the Fatemiyoun’s chief commander.
An Afghan Fatemiyoun fighter has died of COVID-19 in Syria, raising questions about the virus’s spread among the ranks. Meanwhile, the Fatemiyoun buried two fighters who had died under uncertain circumstances.
Afghan fighters of the IRGC-led Fatemiyoun Division showcased their light infantry and snipers in a Syria training camp video released to commemorate an important Shiite holiday.
The slain Qassem Soleimani’s last will and testament provides key insight into his worldview and the legacy he sought.
On 14 February, Akram al-Kabi, the leader of the Iraqi Harakat al Nujaba (HAN) paramilitary group, warned during an address in Tehran that the “resistance” would “certainly” give a “military response” to the US over the deaths of commanders Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Kabi said the responses would be “corrosive and unexpected” with […]
The second-in-command of the IRGC-controlled, Iraqi Harakat al Nujaba has threatened to attack US targets in the Middle East if the US strikes “Iraqi groups.”
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Hossein Salami as the new chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on April 21, replacing Mohammad Ali Jafari after 12 years in command. Salami previously served as deputy commander to Jafari for a decade.