IRGC-QFIranian Revolutionary Guard - Qods Force (Iran)
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To be sure, the fatalities whose branch has not yet been established could reveal more IRGC-QF losses--indeed, the large number of such fatalities may reflect an attempt to obscure their service in that elite unit.
In 2012, Iran dispatched IRGC-QF operators and ICT experts, who had mastered their craft in breaking the Green Movement, to Syria to advise pro-Bashar al-Asad forces.
There is a distinction between the offensive cyber tools the IRGC-QF and Spetsnaz employed at the tactical level and those that exist at the strategic level.
Treasury Department named IRGC-QF a Specially Designated Global Terrorist
Here Iran tried and tested its cell based methodology, utilizing members of Saudi Hezbollah (21) who studied and trained in Iran to carry out this attack under the direction of the IRGC-QF.
According to declassified USG information, Azerbaijan has long been a target of the IRGC-QF because of its shared border with Iran, large Shi'a population, close relationship with the United States, and Iran's problems with its own ethnic Azeri population.
The IRGC-QF s continued cooperation and coordination with Hizballah has assisted the Syrian government s efforts to violently crush opposition to Assad s rule in Syria and highlights the combined Iranian and Syrian campaign to use their military resources and terrorist clients to inflict violence and suffering on the Syrian people and deny their legitimate democratic aspirations.
The airline, the trading company and the IRGC-QF officials were involved, respectively, in shipments of weapons to the Levant and Africa, further demonstrating Iran s determination to evade international sanctions and export violence and instability throughout the Middle East and beyond.
Based in Tehran, Yas Air is an Iranian cargo airline that acts for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF to transport illicit cargo including weapons to Iran s clients in the Levant.
For some time now, Hezbollah and the IRGC-QF have been trying to establish a presence in the northern portion of the Syrian Golan Heights in order to create a new front for proxy action against Israel.
When, more recently, Treasury blacklisted the airline's new aircraft last May, it explained that "Mahan Air works with the IRGC-QF to ferry operatives, weapons, and funds in support of the Assad regime on its flights to Syria, and also provides transportation services to Lebanese Hezbollah, which has been separately designated as a terrorist group.
that Mahan Air's "close coordination with the IRGC-QF, secretly ferrying