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IRGC is preparing for provocations

2024.05.23, 16:15
IRGC is preparing for provocations

Iran-backed groups hold rare meeting with IRGC chiefs in Tehran amid Raisi mourning.

Senior commanders and representatives of Iran-backed militant groups met in Tehran as funeral ceremonies and mourning were held for president Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other officials killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash.

Hossein Salami, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – the dominant branch of the Iranian armed forces – chaired the meeting, with Hamas political chairman Ismail Haniyeh and Naim Qassem, a cleric who acts as second in command of Lebanon's Hezbollah, also present, a photo published by the state-owned Al Alam channel showed.

Yemen's Houthi militia was represented by spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam.

While commanders from Iran-backed proxy forces often meet in Tehran – particularly since war between Israel and Gaza erupted on October 7 – it is rare for so many of Iran’s closest allies to be pictured together.

In February, Mr Amirabdollahian held a meeting in Damascus with a number of Palestinian factions as part of efforts to co-ordinate their war effort against Israel.




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