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Iran Focus

London, 08 Feb - There are two elections in the Middle East, this May, which could greatly affect Iranian power in the region.

In both the Iraqi and the Lebanese elections, the Iranian proxies stand a good chance of increasing their share of the vote and consolidating their control over the government.

Iraq: Many former diplomats to Baghdad have dismissed the idea of Iran-backed Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi leader Hadi Al-Amiri as prime minister because of the high death count that he is responsible for. However, he is currently leading in the polls ahead of the May 12 election. With Al-Hashd in control of Iraq, Iran will effectively control Iraq more so than they do already.

Iran Focus

London, 18 Jan - The Druze, one of Syria’s most significant minority ethnic and religious groups, have remained on the sidelines of the contry’s seven year civil war. They have managed to keep their own survival their biggest priority, and have navigated a path that stayed between the regime and its op¬ponents.

The Druze have interests that appear to have gradually aligned with those of the regime and its allies, but remain uneasy with Iran, one of Damascus’s principal allies.

According to Syrian journalist Talal el- Atrache, there are three Druze areas in Syria: Sweida province in the south-east; Mount Hermon, in the south-west; and Jaramana and Sahnaya, which are two large suburbs south of Damascus. Pro-government militias made up mostly of Druze have waged battles when their territo¬ries were attacked.

Iran Focus

London, 20 Dec - The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has trained a proxy Shiite militia from Pakistan to help Iran prop up the Assad dictatorship in Syria.

The Zainebiyoun brigade is largely made up of fighters from the Hazaras ethnic group or the areas of Parachinar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Estimates of their numbers could be as high as 1000.

Iran is targeting poor and, disadvantaged Shia Muslims in Pakistan, who are frequently attacked by terrorist groups (who can trace their support to the Iranian Regime), for recruitment into their militias. They promise a better and safer life with protection from the terrorists, much like how the Mob can promise that you won’t be taken out by any of their guys, so long as you work for them.

Iran Focus

London, 27 Dec - At Damascus University journalism students were excited to see posters advertising: “Job Opportunity”. The posters were all over the campus, and offered 150,000 Syrian pounds or $360 (Dh1, 321) a month. This is a very good salary for journalism graduates, especially in a country where many news media channels have been closed down due to the war, now entering its seventh year.

Even news stations such as Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera have also been told they were not welcome, and have also closed up shop.

Iran Focus

London, 11 Dec - An international security conference has reaffirmed the importance of tackling the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen and all other Iranian forces who are supporting terrorism and destabilising the Middle East.

The Manama Dialogue 2017, held in Bahrain this weekend, brought together security and military experts to discuss the joint threats of extremism and terrorism.

Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa explained that the stability and security of the region faced many challenges, especially with the support that terrorists receive from Iran.

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