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Iran Spends $16 Billion Annually to Support Terrorists and Rogue Regimes

David Adesnik – FDD “Leave Gaza, leave Lebanon, my life for Iran,” chanted a crowd of protesters at Tehran University. “Leave Syria, think of us!” demanded others. Iran does not disclose how much it spends supporting foreign “resistance” organizations and clients such as Bashar al-Assad, yet open-source reports suggest those efforts cost more than $16 billion …

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Islamic Republic Keeps Military Advisers In The Middle East

By Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan London) Despite strong protests by the international community, Iran continues to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East. “We have advisers in Yemen,” said Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [IRGC], in recent remarks. In the lexicon of …

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Will Iran under pressure go to war?

Ely Karmon – Jerusalem Post The killing of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthis, his allies until recently, should be seen against the backdrop of the clouds threatening Iran’s hegemonic status and territorial hold in the region. The assassination of Saleh serves the common interest of the …

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France’s Le Drian says ‘no’ to Iran Mediterranean axis

France’s foreign minister criticized Iran’s regional ambitions, saying Paris could not accept Tehran’s military expansion to the Mediterranean, and accused Russia of failing to use its influence to push U.N.-led Syrian peace talks and curb violence. Speaking in an interview with France 2 television to be broadcast later on Tuesday …

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The Regional Dimensions of Hariri’s Resignation: Will Iran and Hizballah Compromise?

Hanin Ghaddar – Ear on the Rocks Earlier this month, while Arab League foreign ministers gathered in Cairo for an emergency meeting called by Saudi Arabia to declare Hizballah a “terrorist organization,” Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Quds Force, was declaring victory in Syria. In a video released immediately after …

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Hezbollah and Iran in Syria

Mounir al-Rabih – Fikra Forum The sudden and surprising resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri over the weekend, blaming Iranian interference in his country, compels us to consider this tragic dilemma. Of particular interest—and importance—is the way Iran has used Hezbollah, an intrinsic part of Lebanon’s political fabric, as …

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The Key to Countering Iran

In a diplomatic dispute that seems to be growing more heated by the day, the United States has taken another swipe at Iran. On Oct. 13, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to forgo the certification of Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, just two days before the deadline, and …

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Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Jonathan Schanzer (The Atlantic) President Donald Trump is taking considerable heat for his expected announcement this week that he will “decertify” the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Critics say he is heedlessly discarding a deal that has been working, and needlessly putting America on a collision course with Iran. As it …

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Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats

James F. Jeffrey – House Foreign Affairs Committee In negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iran nuclear file, the United States bet implicitly on that diplomatic approach not only as a means to temporarily constrain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but also as a way to engender a …

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Iran’s Shadow over Lebanon

DAVID SCHENKER (American Interest) Last week, a Lebanese military court sentenced local Sunni jihadi leader Sheikh Ahmed Assir to death. Assir has been in prison since 2015 for directing clashes between his supporters and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in Sidon two years earlier in which 17 soldiers were killed. …

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