Iran Focus

London, 26 May - The U.S. administration’s reestablished sanctions on Iran have started strong and are likely to become even stronger in the future. The US Treasury Department’s recent statement that the so-called “significant reduction waivers,” which allowed certain countries to continue buying Iranian oil in reduced quantities, were ended and that no new waivers were upcoming was a major positive development. The US terrorist designation of the Revolution Guards Corps, which in addition to their military activities control important segments of the Iranian economy, was another welcome step. The totality of US sanctions has been effective and have imposed heavy costs on Iran.

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By Pooya Stone

The buildup of tensions between the US and Iran are reaching their peak, as American lawmaker, Representative Michael McCaul, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee has pointed out.

McCaul refers to recent intelligence regarding Iran’s threat to US interests in the Middle East, that he says was extremely detailed. He told USA Today, “To the extent I can discuss it, it was human intelligence.” He added, “One of the Hezbollah cells is known for its kidnapping and killing operations, and their directive was to go in and kill and kidnap American soldiers.”

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By Mehdi

The head of the Iran’s extra-territorial military force recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war”, according to a report on Friday in Britain's Guardian.

Two senior intelligence sources told the Guardian that Qassem Suleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region.

This year, the U.S. State Department added Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).

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By Jubin Katiraie

The U.S. think tank Washington Institute released an interactive map showcasing Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East by detailing the whereabouts, operations and force deployments of Iran-backed militias in the region. Al Arabiya reported.

The institute said that the information and sources used to create the map was compiled mainly from primary source data, including contacts within militia circles and social media analysis collected for nearly ten years.

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By Mehdi

Iran has been meddling in the affairs of other nations for years. It has been responsible for one of the most serious humanitarian crises in recent times in Yemen and it has contributed to the prolonging of a very bloody war in Syria.

The Iranian ruling theocracy has a network of proxy groups and militias the whole way across the region and beyond and it has been involved in countless terrorist attacks and assassinations of political opponents.

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