Temperature Rising: Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Wars in the Middle East

Temperature Rising: Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Wars in the Middle East

by Nader Uskowi


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Iran is a country at war – in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. The founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, always told audiences that the revolution was not about Iran, but the whole region. To establish an arc of Shia influence across the Middle East, the Islamic Republic created the Quds Force, the extraterritorial branch of its Revolutionary Guards. Hundreds of thousands of Shia youths were recruited, trained, armed, and organized in militia groups across the region. The book tells the story of how the Quds Force and its Shia militias fought on the three fronts to advance the Islamic Republic’s militant interpretation of Shia Islam and create a contiguous land corridor linking Iran through Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, and the Israeli northern fronts. The Iran-led operations are creating enormous political and security challenges for the Sunni Arabs and all regional powers, creating further instabilities in an already turbulent Middle East, with specters of direct military conflicts looming, pitting Iran against the Arab states and Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538121726
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/16/2018
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 754,767
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nader Uskowi is a subject matter expert on the Islamic Republic of Iran and its military strategy. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He has served as the Senior Policy Advisor to United States Central Command, the branch of the U.S. military whose area of responsibility includes Iran and the Middle East, focusing on geopolitical and military developments across the region. Uskowi has recently testified before Congress, and published articles, appeared on Radio and TV news programs, and presented papers to seminars and symposiums on Iran. He lives with his wife, Patti, in Reston, VA.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Revolution Is Not About Iran-It's About the Whole Region xiii

1 Iran at War: The Push for Primacy in the Middle East 1

2 The Shia Liberation Army 17

3 The Years of Revolution and War 33

4 Gateways to Afghanistan and Iraq 49

5 Uprisings, Civil Wars, and Insurgencies 63

6 Land Corridor to Syria 77

7 The Iraqi Campaign 97

8 Sanaa Calling 115

9 Unfinished Business in Afghanistan 129

10 Resourcing the Quds Force Regional Campaigns: Military and Financial Support Network 139

11 Long Road, Uncertain Future 161

Conclusion 177

Notes 183

Selected Bibliography 195

Index 199

About the Author 207

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