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London, 7 Sep - Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior figures in Iraq, has refused to receive a delegation from the Iranian Regime, according to Iraq sources, giving more evidence to the idea that Iraq is looking to pull away from Iran’s influence.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sent the Chairman of the Iranian Expediency Council Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, to visit Iraq and meet with Al-Sistani following rising escalations among the pro-Tehran Shiite alliance.

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London, 4 Sep - Iran has been allowed a foothold in Iraq for far too long to leave without a fight, according to an Iranian regime expert.

Tony Duheaume, wrote a piece for Al Arabiya, in which he asserted that despite the promises of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, the Iranian Regime is still ruling the roost in its fellow Gulf nation, with its claws firmly sunken into the military, the “justice” system, and the government.

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London, 22 Aug - The meetings between Saudi Arabian and Iraqi officials late last month indicate that the Saudis are attempting to put distance between the Iranian Regime and the government in Iraq, according to a Middle East Expert.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and then two weeks later, he met with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

Fanar Haddad, a research fellow at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, said: "Hosting Sadr in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi shows regional rivals and particularly Iran that KSA/UAE are capable of tapping into and influencing intra-Shia politics in Iraq."

Haddad noted that Sadr is very tempting for the Gulf monarchies.

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London, 30 Aug - The US must provide aid in the Middle East following the removal of ISIS to prevent Iran from seizing power and further destabilising the region, according to an ex-CIA operative.

Frank Archibald, who was Director of the National Clandestine Service an assignment in which he led all of CIA's operations worldwide, wrote an op-ed for the Cipher Daily, in which he assessed the liberation of Mosul presented the US with an opportunity to stabilise the region and challenge the Iranian Regime.

There is a tough fight ahead for peace in the Middle East, as acknowledged by Lt. General Stephen Townsend, the senior U.S. Commander in Iraq, as he congratulated the Iraqi government for their victory in Mosul.

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London, 21 Aug - Heshmat Alavi wrote an article for Al Arabiya English is which he posited that the time has come for Iraq to emerge from under the thumb of the Iranian mullahs and take its rightful place as a leading figure in the Middle East.

Alavi wrote that the Iranian Regime seized power in Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the US, and destroyed what had made Iraq good.

He wrote: “Iraq was known as a melting pot where Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens lived alongside and in mixed societies for centuries. Prior to Iran gaining its disastrous way across Mesopotamia, this was a land where the majority of Shiites lived and prospered with their Sunni, Christian, Yazidi and all other religious minority brothers.”

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