Iran’s Quds Force commander pays secret visit to Iraq

The Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Esmail Ghaani paid a secret visit to Iraq yesterday, Russia Today Arabic reported. RT cited an official from Baghdad who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that Ghaani had held meetings with Iraqi leaders to discuss the formation of a new cabinet in Baghdad.

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Iranian money and weapons in every Middle East conflict

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI’s) influence is felt in almost every conflict in the Middle East. Iranian money, weapons, and training frequently show up in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. While most of this support is covert, with money going to buy weapons that are common in the region, occasionally there are overtly Iranian forms of aid. One of the most common is the PG-7-AT, or “Nader” RPG round.

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Iran is ramping up threats to US in Iraq

Iran and its proxies are increasing their systematic and coordinated verbal threats against the US in Iraq. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that any “small mistake” by Washington would be met with force. It came as reports emerged that the IRGC Quds Force head Esmail Ghaani had traveled to Iraq. In Iraq, the Iranian-backed proxy groups Kataib Hezbollah and others have upped their rhetoric against the US in the last days.

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The Houthis and Iran’s Red Sea Strategy

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies have waged war against the Houthis, a Shiite sect closely allied with Iran, who captured Yemen’s capital Sana’a in September 2014. More than five years on, the death toll exceeds 100,000, and Saudi Arabia remains unable to vanquish its far weaker foe.

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Bahrain sentences to prison suspects in money laundering cases related to Iran

Bahrain sentenced to prison three suspects in the Future Bank case, and fined them more than 9 million dollars. The case came to light after the general prosecution revealed in February that some seven billion dollars have disappeared from Future Bank’s records and were used to finance Iranian groups

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Twitter suspends accounts of Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei

Twitter temporarily suspended early Tuesday several Twitter accounts belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei’s English, Arabic, Persian and Urdu Twitter accounts were temporarily suspended.

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