Iran Focus

London, 23 May - It has been reported that the United States has been indirectly in touch with Moqtada Al Sadr following the Iraqi election result that surprised many. Al Sadr – a former foe, has forced the US to work with his political bloc to ensure its interests in Iraq are safeguarded.

Al Sadr – a Shiite cleric – gained victory in the parliamentary elections meaning that he will be in a position to greatly influence the formation of the new Iraqi government and the appointment of a new prime minister.

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Iran Focus

London, 14 May - Iraq is currently facing many obstacles, including unemployment, ethnic conflict, and religious intolerance, but one important issue that needs to be immediately addressed is the extent of its illegal drug trade, and Iran's role in it.

The Saudi television channel al-Arabiya reported in April 2017, that Hezbollah, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and Iranian-linked elements of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were smuggling drugs from Afghanistan through Iran, Iraq, and Turkey to Europe. The report alleged further that Italian law enforcement agencies had dismantled a nine-member Iraqi PMF cell working as part of a wider operation headed by IRGC general Gholamreza Baghbani.

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Iran Focus

London, 13 May - Last week, Israel attacked 50 positions in Syria that were managed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The attack was in retaliation for Iran’s firing of 10 missiles toward Israel.

In an attempt to explain the situation, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa said on Twitter, “Since Iran violated the status quo in the region and violated countries’ (sovereignty) via their forces and missiles, then any country in the region, including Israel, has the right to defend itself by destroying the sources of threat.”

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Iran Focus

London, 14 May - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has urged the international community to ramp up the pressure on Iran to respect the UN Charter, stop giving ballistic missiles to the Houthis in Yemen, and stop meddling in the affairs of Arab nation-states.

ON Sunday, GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said: “The GCC countries want a Middle East free from all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”

Zayani noted that, despite Iran’s struggling economy, the mullah’s have ploughed their resources into destabilising the region, including supplying the Yemeni Houthis with weapons to use against Saudi Arabia.

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Iran Focus

London, 7 May - Iran has been uncannily silent in the aftermath of the April 29 attacks on two Syrian military bases that contained Iranian and allied Shia militia forces, that are suspected to have been carried out by Israel.

The state-controlled media in Iran played down the incident, which provides an interesting insight into the conflict between Iran and Israel: Iran is fine with engaging the Jewish state in low-intensity conflicts and using its proxy Hezbollah against it, but it does not want an all-out war with Israel. Considering how often Iran calls for the destruction of Israel, this is surprising, until you remember that Iran is not equipped for all-out war, and would certainly lose.

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Iran. November, 2018. Protest Gathering of Ahvaz Alloyed Steel National Group Workers

Yasuj, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

Torbat-E Jam, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

Yazd, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

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