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On Tuesday, Iraq’s top Sunni leader said that the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias is his nation’s most important security threat, and requested U.S. military aid to Sunni forces.

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is in Washington this week for talks with Trump administration officials and congressional leaders. He hopes that the administration will make good on promises to counter Iran’s influence inside Iraq, as well as across the Middle East.

 In the latest escalation of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Houthi rebels backed by Iran made threats to attack airports and ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and in Saudi Arabia. The crown prince has since said that Iran’s aggression via the Houthi rebels is unacceptable and that it must be held accountable for shipping missiles to them. He added that this should be regarded as “an act of war”.

NCRI - Donald Trump notified Congress, on Monday, November 6, that he would be extending the National Emergency with Respect to Iran that has been ongoing since the 1979 hostage crisis.In the formal notice, Trump wrote: “Our relations with Iran have not yet normalized, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is ongoing.

BY  Diana Moukalled 

The resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is a clear indication that Lebanon is at the heart of a period of exceptional confrontation in the region, and will not escape its repercussions.There is no doubt that the power balance in Lebanon favors the Iranian empire; its proxy, Hezbollah, has a strong presence because of its weapons, power and control over political and security decisions,

BY ADELLE NAZARIAN

The Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that the United States is, “in the real sense of the word,” the number one enemy of the Islamic Republic.“The US is, in the real sense of the word, the main evil enemy,” Khamenei said while speaking to a group of Iranian students ahead of the November 4 ceremonies marking the “National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance,

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

 Arab News, 25 October 2017 - Although the US Treasury Department has been instructed by President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) because of its support for terrorism, the Iranian regime shows no signs of backing down from its violations of international laws and interventionist policies in the region, particularly in Arab nations.In fact, Tehran is ratcheting up breaches of international law, military adventurism, and expansionist policies. 

Iran’s Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the presence of Iranian forces outside its borders, by calling it “the strategic depth of the Islamic regime”.

According to the IRNA, speaking at the army’s military academy, Khamenei reiterated that Iran’s “defensive power and capabilities are not subject to negotiations and haggling.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that U.S. sanctions against Iran are targeting Iran's "destabilizing activities" -- not the Iranian people or the "legitimate" business activities of other countries.

Tillerson was speaking to journalists on October 25 following talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

by Naharnet Newsdesk 

 Prime Minister Saad Hariri lashed out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressing that the latter's comments about Lebanon were “unacceptable.”

“Rouhani's affirmation that no decision is made in Lebanon without Iran is unacceptable,” emphasized the PM replying to Rouhani's remarks in a Monday tweet.

“Lebanon is an independent Arab state that accepts no guardianship and refuses what undermines its dignity,” stated the PM.

By Tony Duheaume

Al Arabiya, 20 October 2017 - The Quds Force (QF) is the most secretive unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, tasked with the export of the Iranian regime’s own unique brand of Islamic revolution and fundamentalism, which it spreads through its proxies across the globe.Over the years, the QF has perfected the art of terrorism, a tactic it brought into the world in the 1980s,