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Iran Focus

London, 09 Apr - Iran relies on three militias to export its Islamic revolution across the Middle East: Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the Houthis in Yemen.

Of these terrorist groups, Hezbollah is undoubtedly the strongest and most successful. It controls a section of the Lebanese Parliament and has other Hezbollah factions around the world. This is due, in large part to the astronomical amount of funding they receive from Iran – billions of dollars every year. Another factor is that former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri approved the disarming of all factions after the civil war, except for Hezbollah, who then had complete control over Lebanese territory.

Iran Focus

London, 07 Apr - Iran’s Adviser for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, has rejected a discussion of ballistic missiles and Tehran's regional role with the West, calling it “an Iranian internal affair.” Velayati added, “There is no doubt that the Islamic Republic of Iran never seeks anyone's permission in its defensive sector.”

After a meeting with Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Velayti defended Iran's policy in the region, saying Tehran continues its support and active presence in the region, indicating that it will support allies.

Iran Focus

London, 05 Apr - The Governor of Hadramout in Yemen has denied allegations of secret prisons in his province and said that Iran and Qatar are making these claims for political reasons.

Major General Faraj Salmeen al-Bahsani said that human rights groups who visited the region had seen the prisons and commended the government on the conditions inside, which means that the prisons can’t be secret.

While on an official visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Iran and Qatar are promoting these allegations. We have very advanced facilities … and the groups hailed the services they offer.”

Iran Focus

London, 05 Apr - In October of last year, a car bomb claimed the life of Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. One of the 47 libel suits against her was quietly dropped at a county court in the US the next day.

Proceedings were filed against Caruana Galizia earlier last year by Maltese private bank, Pilatus Bank and its owner, Iran-born Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, known as Ali Sadr. It came after a series of stories published on Caruana Galizia’s website claiming that Pilatus had laundered funds from allegedly corrupt schemes on behalf of offshore companies and individuals. They included Keith Schembri, chief of staff to the Maltese prime minister, Joseph Muscat.

Iran Focus

London, 04 Apr - Many are calling for a quick, peaceful, resolution to the Yemeni Civil war, which should indicate that they are willing to work on a political solution, but the problem is that so far all we’ve heard is rhetoric.

The international community needs to find a solution that would guarantee the security of Yemen and its Gulf neighbours, but it has suggested nothing that is workable.

Before the Iran-backed Houthi rebels ever took control in Sana’a and forced the legitimate government to flee, Saudi Arabia sponsored internal negotiations to come up with a local solution in 2013. But this was literally shot down and triggered an armed response.

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