Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei “has become a hostage” of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite branch of Iran’s army that has quietly consolidated its economic and political power, a top Iran analyst said Tuesday.
Iran is significantly expanding its naval capabilities as the U.S. Navy removes one of its two aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf due to budgetary constraints.
The United States government is concerned about new threats of Iranian-backed terrorism against diplomats and high-profile religious leaders in the Middle East from operations by Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
A French car manufacturer that is partially owned by the taxpayer-funded General Motors Company (GM) claims to have ceased its longtime business dealings with Iran, though experts have cast doubts on this claim.
A senior military adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Israel had brought itself “one step away from the cemetery,” according to Reuters.
An Iranian general declared that Syria “is the red line of the resistance movement against the Zionist regime,” according to Iranian reports.