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Iran Is Still Using Pseudo-Civilian Airlines to Resupply Assad

Farzin Nadimi (The Washington Institute) While some international sanctions against Iranian civil aviation have been lifted, Tehran’s insistence on using Mahan Air and other companies to send personnel and weapons to Syria may jeopardize the industry’s future. As the aviation community and international media fixate on recent Boeing and Airbus orders …

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What role will Iran-linked militias play once IS leaves Iraq?

raqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said recently that any group taking up arms in Iraq outside the state’s official framework will be considered outlaws. However, it seems at least some of the factions fighting under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq would not obey Abadi’s order. On March 22, Abadi spoke at …

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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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Netanyahu tells Putin that Iran must not replace IS in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that his talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin were focused on keeping Iran from filling the vacuum left by the Islamic State in Syria and combating Iranian-sponsored radical Islamic terrorism. “One of the things that we are fighting against together is radical …

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The Strategic Convergence of Russia and Iran

By Christopher Kozak (ISW) The Trump administration reportedly seeks to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran in Syria. Officials have suggested that the U.S. could exploit natural tensions between the two states and persuade Russia to check Iran in the Middle East. This notion assumes that cooperation between 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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Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s Celebrity Warlord

Sina Azodi (Atlantic Council) Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds (Jerusalem) Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is among the most popular public figures in Iran, where supporters see him as a selfless national hero who has been fighting Iran’s enemies. For his critics, however, Soleimani is a notorious …

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Trump Team Aims to Test Russia’s Alliance With Iran

By Eli Lake (Bloomberg) As the Trump administration begins planning its outreach to Moscow, one question for the new president will be whether he can persuade Russia to turn away from Iran. The two countries have grown closer since 2015, when a group of nations lifted some sanctions on Iran in exchange …

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Talks expose limits of what Russia, Turkey and Iran can achieve in Syria

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Kazakhstan were a coup for their international sponsors, but exposed the limits of what Russia, Turkey and Iran can achieve in their efforts to resolve the six-year-old war. It was the first time in nine months the two sides had come …

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Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course

Today’s competition between Turkey and Iran is the latest iteration of an old power game: a struggle their progenitors, the Byzantine and Persian empires, started over the control of Mesopotamia — today’s Iraq and Syria. While the rivalry outlived their transformation from empires to nation-states, they have managed to keep …

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