"Over the past year, the IRGC-QF
has moved oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars or more through this network for the benefit of the brutal Assad regime, Hizballah and other illicit actors," OFAC said.
(5) The coordinated drone attacks underline KH's graduation as the third major militant force alongside IRGC-QF
and Lebanese Hezbollah in Iran's "axis of resistance." Iraq's large population, weak government, and powerful level of IRGC-QF
penetration make Iraq the most consequential and fastest-growing arena for Iran's expansion of malign influence in the Middle East.
SWRC and the two associates have "covertly facilitated the IRGC-QF
's access to the Iraqi financial system to evade sanctions," the statement said.
"New Horizon Organization hosts international conferences that serve as a platform for the IRGC-QF
to recruit and collect intelligence from attendees," a U.S.
Samad allegedly also visited a training camp in Birjand, Iran, where the IRGC-QF
was training Taliban fighters to attack a proposed pipeline in Afghanistan.
Iran's Central Bank was complicit in the IRGC-QF
's scheme and actively supported this network's currency conversion and enabled its access to funds that it held in its foreign bank accounts.
The losses indicate a continuing trend in Iran's deployment patterns in Syria: namely, the expanded use of IRGC Ground Forces in addition to or in place of the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF
), the elite branch normally used for expeditionary operations.
Task Force 16 went after al Qaeda in Iraq, the group that eventually would spawn ISIS, while Task Force 17 was dedicated to countering Iranian influence', chiefly by killing or capturing members of Iraq's Shia militias though in some cases, it even arrested operatives of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF
) who were arming and supervising those militias' guerrilla warfare against coalition troops...two-thirds of all American casualties in Iraq in July 2007 were incurred by Shiite militias.
2011 for providing financial, material and technological support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF
In addition to naming the 21 companies, the Treasury cited leaders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF
) for providing financial support to the Taliban and other groups.
(9) The AAH was initially formed in late 2004 as an elite JAM group with the support of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF
The US has directly linked Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF
)--a paramilitary wing of the government that is also heavily involved in business in Iran--to financing, arming and training such groups.