American forces in Syria

America’s Recruitment of Local Militias in Syria

Editor 27 November 2018 479 Hits

by Navid  Felker

America has begun to establish local militias to fight Iran’s militias and forces in Syria. Along with the new round of sanctions, Tehran is feeling the pressure.

East of the Euphrates River some 30,000 Kurdish Syrians are being recruited, armed, and trained within the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) by US forces and their allies. Most are Kurds but some are Arabs. Assad’s forces — Iran and Russia — lie west of the Euphrates River.

Federica-Mogherini-with-Javad-Zarif-in-Tehran

The EU’s Patience Is Wearing Thin Over Iran’s Behavior

Editor 26 November 2018 403 Hits

by Armin Baldwin

Europe’s support in countering the recently reimposed U.S. sanctions is vital to Iran, but at the same time, the country wants to eliminate its opposition in Europe.

Iran relies on European support to prop up the nuclear deal that was been abandoned by the United States. But in the meantime, representatives of Denmark and France briefed EU members on Iran’s role in foiled terrorist attacks against opposition groups in their countries.

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

Consider the Front in Afghanistan Against Iran

Editor 18 November 2018 421 Hits

by Atousa Pilger

In the Middle East, Iran is a key factor behind the ongoing instability. The war in Afghanistan is essential in the context of rolling back Iranian influence. Tehran supports ideologically diverse parties in Afghanistan increasing its influence and control. Iran has more options to further entrench and export Iran’s Islamist ideology.

US in Syria and Iraq

Iran Threatening the US in Syria and Iraq According to Department of Defense Report

Editor 07 November 2018 460 Hits

by Navid  Felker

According to the new Lead Inspector General report from the US Department of Defense, the Iranian threat in Syria is increasing, and may also present a threat to the US in Iraq.

This report, entitled Operation Inherent Resolve, was released on Tuesday. It analyzes the US role fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. It is a quarterly report, covering operations from July through September of this year. Iran is a growing threat to the US, according to the report, that examines how Washington is changing its posture in Syria as the mission changes.

IRGC and the Taliban

Disruption of the Iran-Taliban Nexus Is the Goal of US

Editor 24 October 2018 434 Hits

by Atousa Pilger

The US and six partner nations — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — comprise the The Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) targeting the Taliban and its allies, as well as other extremists.

The TFTC has designated nine men who have undermined the Afghan government in a move intended to disrupt the relationship between Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Taliban.

Although the two sides were at odds in the late 1990s, since 2001, the IRGC and the Taliban have colluded against their common enemies in Afghanistan.

Afghan and Pakistani fighter for Syrian proxy milita

Iran Recruits Afghan and Pakistani Fighter for Syrian Proxy Milita

Armin Baldwin 22 September 2018 591 Hits

by Armin Baldwin

It is well known that the Iranian regime has dragged in Shiites from neighbouring countries to fight (and most likely die) in the Syrian war. It is all part of Iran’s plan for a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East, where Iran controls an area stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean. Most media coverage focuses on the Iraqi recruits, but this article will cover the Afghan and Pakistani fighters in Iran-backed units in Syria.

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