Who’s the Boss?

Expert: Iran’s military has trumped its religious apparatus
IRGC forces in 2007

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.

The Great Shiite Fleet

Iran boosts navy as U.S. withdraws aircraft carrier from Gulf
Iranian Navy vessel / AP

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.

Iran Threat Escalates

New threat of Iranian-backed kidnappings of diplomats, religious leaders, officials warn
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks with IRGC commander / AP

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).

Making Mullah Mobiles

Bailed-out GM owns stake in French car company with ties to Iran
Tehran, Iran / AP

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.

Iran General: Syria ‘Red Line of the Resistance’

Blames 'Western forces' for 'terrorist' attacks against Assad regime
AP

An Iranian general declared that Syria “is the red line of the resistance movement against the Zionist regime,” according to Iranian reports.