|Founded||1988as an independent force|
|Type||Special operations force|
|Role||Extraterritorial operations, Unconventional warfare, Military Intelligence|
|Part of||Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps|
1982 Lebanon War
South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000)
Battle for Herat
Syrian Civil War
2014 Northern Iraq offensive
Military intervention against ISIL
|Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani|
|Deputy Commander||Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh|
The Quds Force (Persian: نیروی قدس, romanized: niru-ye qods, lit. 'Jerusalem Force') is one of five branches of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations. U.S. Army's Iraq War General Stanley McChrystal describes the Quds Force as an organization analogous to a combination of the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the United States. Responsible for extraterritorial operations, the Quds Force supports non-state actors in many countries, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Yemeni Houthis, and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei. After Qassem Soleimani was killed, his deputy, Esmail Ghaani, replaced him. The U.S. Secretary of State designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 2019 based on the IRGC's "continued support to and engagement in terrorist activity around the world." This was the first time that the U.S. ever designated another government's department as a FTO.