Islamic Jihad says late Iranian general Soleimani gave ‘direct orders’ in Gaza

A senior figure in the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad said the organization received “direct orders” from the late Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani up until his assassination in a US airstrike last year, and that rockets supplied by the Iranians were used to attack Israel.

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Iran expands its sphere of influence with Iraqi energy deals

Iraq announced two deals with countries that Iran hopes can be gradually moved further into its sphere of influence. One of the two, Lebanon, is already seen by Tehran as a key player in the Shia crescent of power that it has been meticulously developing for years – as a counterpoint to the U.S.’s own sphere of influence centred on Saudi Arabia – that stretches from Syria and Lebanon through Iraq and Iran and then south into Yemen.

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