BEIRUT (Reuters) - A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported on Sunday.www.reuters.com
After helping Iraq stifle a Kurdish push for independence, Iran is now positioning itself to take control of oil exports from the region's giant Kirkuk field, with the first deliveries expected within days, officials and trading sources said.U.S.
On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. It appears that the Iranians saw an opportunity to extend their influence in Iraq. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard ...www.washingtontimes.com