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On Friday, mass protests continued throughout Iran after having started the previous day in reaction to rising rates of inflation and other uncontrolled economic conditions that had contributed, for instance, to a doubling of the price of eggs in just one week’s time.

Late last week, The New Arab website reported that Iraqi military sources had seen convoys passing through their country on the way from Iran to Syria, consisting of units from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary, which is one of numerous regional paramilitary organizations that are backed by Iran.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump presented his administration’s first National Security Strategy, a 68-page general overview of the approach that the White House intends to take in guarding against major threats to the American homeland. Initial reactions to the document suggest that there is little surprise about it contents.

On Friday, the international media began to report upon the reactions of various world leaders and policy analysts to the previous day’s presentation of declassified information related to Iranian interventions into areas of regional conflict. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, spoke in Washington on Thursday in order to present policymakers with evidence that Iran has been funneling weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, among other non-state actors across the Middle East.

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an editorial by Thomas Friedman in which he highlighted the growing “obsession” with Iranian power-projection among regional adversaries and the United States, as well as other states with active interests in the Middle East. A number of other recent articles have similarly emphasized that there is growing international cooperation against Iran’s imperialism.

On Tuesday, a day after former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in an attack on his vehicle outside the capital of Sanaa, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps publicly celebrated his death, suggesting that an international conspiracy against Iran-backed forced had been “nipped in the bud” as a result. General Mohammad Ali Jafari specifically pointed his finger at Saudi Arabia, which is at the head of a coalition of Arab states fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen and, by extension, against Iranian influence in the region. According to the Associated Press, Jafari accused the Saudis of operating on behalf of the United States and Israel in this respect, adding that all three have an “important role in creating insecurity”.

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