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Iranian conservatives predict limited US strike on Syria

The war of words between Russia and the United States has escalated following the recent suspected chemical attack on Doumaand the Israeli airstrike on the T4 air basein Syria, which left seven Iranians dead. Iranian media are extensively covering and analyzing these developments. While conservative outlets generally opine that a US …

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5 reasons Iran is staying out of eastern Ghouta

Hamidreza Azizi  – Al Monitor After weeks of heavy fighting between the Russian-backed Syrian army and rebel groups in eastern Ghouta, the Syrian government has managed to bring over 90% of the strategic Damascus suburbunder its control. The development comes as the result of a dealbetween Russia and the rebel …

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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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AFTER THE WEEKEND’S IRAN-ISRAEL ATTACKS, A BURDEN ON TRUMP TO CONFRONT RUSSIA AND ENGAGE EUROPE

Dennis Ross – Washington Institute Early Saturday morning, Iran crossed a threshold in trying to carry out a direct attack against Israel from Syria. Using its T-4 airbase in Homs province—a base used by the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its head Qassem Soleimani—the Iranians launched a …

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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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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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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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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Hamidreza Azizi  – AlMonitor The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently turned into a diplomatic hub, with dialogue over the Syrian crisis now serving as its main international attraction. On Nov. 22, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey attended a …

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Iran May Double Down on Foreign Militias After Its ‘Victory’ Against the Islamic State

Farzin Nadimi – The Washington Institute On November 21, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), sent a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in which he declared victory over the Islamic State (IS) “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq. In his reply, Khamenei called …

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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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