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Profiles of Leading Iranian-Backed Militias

Amir Toumaj, David Adesnik – FDD’s Iran Project Iran has built a network of Shiite militias, now fighting across the Middle East, whose fighters number in the tens of thousands. These militias include battle-hardened fighters as well as poorly trained recruits. They hail from countries across the Muslim world and have …

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Top adviser to Khamenei says Iran’s regional influence ‘inevitable’: Fars

The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday the country’s leadership had no intention of reining in its influence across the Middle East despite U.S. pressure to do so, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. U.S. President Donald Trump, who sees Iran as a rising …

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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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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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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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Are Shia Dynamics in Iraq and Lebanon Turning Against Iran?

Hanin Ghaddar (The Washington Institute) Despite Hezbollah’s powerful influence over Lebanon, much of the country’s Shia community looks to the Iraqi holy city of Najaf for religious guidance and leadership. Although Najaf was never politically involved in Lebanon the way Iran is, the Shia institutions that call it home were …

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Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

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Destructive role of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Middle East

An extensive study on conduct of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) over the past three decades has established that the IRGC has been meddling in the affairs of all 14 Muslim countries in the region. These activities demonstrate different forms and degrees of intervention. The joint study by the …

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Hezbollah Losing Its Luster Under Soleymani

Hanna Ghaddar (The Washington Institute) The deteriorating relations between Hezbollah and Syrian regime fighters are no longer secret. Lebanese social media platforms affiliated with Shiite supporters of Hezbollah are replete with mockery of the Syrian army’s incompetence, corruption, clumsiness, cowardice, and lack of resources. Bashar al-Assad’s forces are often blamed for …

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Iran’s Hezbollah Franchise in Iraq: Lessons from Lebanon’s Shiite Militias

Iran’s Hezbollah Franchise in Iraq: Lessons from Lebanon’s Shiite Militias Yousuf Kalian (Fikra Forum) As Shiite militias in Iraq attempt to become potent political actors, they may follow Hezbollah’s Lebanese model: using military leverage over the government to wrestle power on Iran’s behalf. Following the rapid spread of ISIS in the …

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