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A look at three decades of Iran’s secretive Quds Force | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

A new leader, Ismail Qaani, has been appointed command of the Quds Force following the death of Soleimani, who Ali Khamenei believes to be a martyr. The Quds Force is one of the eight branches in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Force that officially started in the late 1980s. Operating as an off-shore unit, the Quds Force has often been seen interacting ... Read More »

Germany partially withdraws troops from Iraq | DW

A press release has cited growing regional security concerns as the reason for Germany to partially withdraw from Iraq. Germany’s presence will be temporarily thinned out, with the troops ready to deploy back into the area if necessary. The troop transfer to move to neighboring countries largely came out of Baghdad and Taji, with most of Germany’s troops begin stationed ... Read More »

Beyond Soleimani: Implications for Iran’s proxy network in Iraq and Syria | Nakissa Jahanbani, CTC Perspectives

In one airstrike on January 3, the U.S. removed two of the most “critical actors” in Iranian regional strategy: Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi politician and militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. This strike came at a time that tensions between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq were at their highest. Soleimani “cultivated” ... Read More »

Military officials identify two service members killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan | WMUR

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The U.S. Department of Defense has identified the two paratroopers that were killed by an IED in Afghanistan on Saturday: Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, and Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois. The Taliban claimed responsibility, but the incident is still under investigation. Two service members were injured in the incident. As part ... Read More »

U.S. forces tried to kill senior Iranian official in Yemen | The Seattle Times

According to U.S. officials, on the same day the U.S. military killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, another mission was carried out against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen. The top secret mission was a strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a key commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who have been active in Yemen. The operation was unsuccessful and did ... Read More »

Video apparently showing flight PS752 missile strike geolocated to Iranian suburb | Bellingcat

A video of the flight PS752 missile strike has been geolocated to a residential area in Parand, a west suburb of Imam Khomeini International Airport. The Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) had just departed to Kyiv when it was supposedly struck by a Russian-made Iran missile. The source video shows many geographic elements that can also be seen with ... Read More »

No cellphones, laptops were allowed to go with Army 82nd paratroopers deploying to Middle East | Army Times

3,500 paratroopers from 1st Brigade Combat Team left Fort Bragg to deploy to Kuwait throughout the first week of January. They were not permitted to bring any cellphones, laptops, tablets or anything else that qualified as a personal electronic device.  Lt. Col. Mike Burns commented on how the decision was made for the safety of the soldiers and the mission. ... Read More »

Iran didn’t kill anyone in missile attack, spurring hopes for de-escalation | Military Times

There were no apparent U.S. casualties after Iran’s missile barrage, giving “cautious” optimism inside and outside the Pentagon. Confirming details from earlier reports, President Trump said “only minimal damage was sustained.” He bolstered the sentiment after saying, “Iran seemed to be standing down and that the U.S. seeks peace with willing nations.” Despite the sentiment, he still warned the regime ... Read More »

Iran investigation says airliner caught fire before crash, Ukraine outlines theories | Reuters

Shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, the Ukrainian International Airline’s Boeing 737-800 crashed just southwest of the region. The crash left all 176 people on board dead. On Thursday, Ukraine announced four potential scenarios that could explain the crash, one of which includes a missile strike and terrorism. An Iranian report that included witnesses said the aircraft ... Read More »

David Petraeus: ‘Impossible to overstate’ significance of Soleimani strike | CBS News

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has called the airstrike and death of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani bigger than the death of Osama bin Laden. He says this without a positive tone, however, discussing the extreme consequences and retaliation efforts that are likely to follow. President Trump has said he authorized the attacks as a means to stop “imminent” attacks on ... Read More »