>> The remnants will continue, but the foundation and roots have been destroyed. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday declared the end of Islamic State, and accused the United States and Israel of supporting the group.>>
> He also criticized Arab powers in the region, while thanking members of his own country's armed forces for their services in fighting the militants.
e Revolutionary Guards are a powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billions of dollars. For several years now it's been fighting alongside Iraqi troops in support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. The guards initially kept quiet about their military role, both in Syria and Iraq, but have become more outspoken as casualties mounted.
More than 1000 members of the guards, including senior commanders, have been killed in the fights. They now frame their engagement as an existential struggle against Islamic State, which views Iran's majority population of Shia as apostates.