The IRGC in Crimea? The Russia-Iran model for Syria moves to Ukraine - analysis

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The IRGC in Crimea? The Russia-Iran model for Syria moves to Ukraine - analysis
The Iranians reportedly went to Ukraine to aid Russia’s war effort and help with technical issues relating to the drones. They help the Russians learn to fly the drones.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: OCTOBER 19, 2022

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has long been known as a threat across the Middle East. Now, reports from Al Arabiya, The New York Times and elsewhere indicate that Iran may have sent IRGC members to Crimea to aid Russia’s drone war against Ukraine. The Iran-Russia connection and the role of the IRGC are important because they have a legacy in the Syrian conflict.

IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani played a key role in developing the organization and its networks across Iraq, Syria, and into Lebanon and Yemen. He also reportedly encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene in Syria in 2015.

The IRGC was already in Syria aiding the regime, and with Soleimani’s prodding, Russia intervened to back the regime. This helped Syria reclaim territory and enabled Hezbollah and Iranian-backed groups to move closer to the Golan Heights and threaten Israel.

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