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INU- On Tuesday, American voters went to the polls and gave control of both houses of Congress to the Republican Party, dividing the government between this legislative branch and the Democratic presidency. Foreign policy was barely an issue during this election cycle, but the Republican Party is largely at odds with the Obama administration over topics like Iran and the negotiations over its nuclear program.

By Amir Basiri

American Thinker

Until a few months ago, the Iranian regime had fed off the chaos in the region to further its dream of forming a “Shiite Crescent” extending through Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The West’s nonintervention and retreat policy alomg with failure to address the faltering situation in Syria and Iraq, had provided an expansionist Iran with a windfall, allowing the Iranian regime to assume full hegemony in both countries. Iranian authorities brazenly bragged about Iran’s growing influence in the region.

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INU - Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s latest encouragement of open warfare between Israel and Palestine, following his meeting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is one piece of evidence that current US policy is unrealistic about the level of cooperation that can be expected from the Islamic Republic.

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INU - While some Iranian regional ambitions have been pursued through trade agreements and arguably through economic imposition on weaker neighbors, its more notable regional imperialism has been purely military. Critics of the regime allege that its presence in Iraq, fighting the Sunni militants of the Islamic State, only serves Iran’s goal of keeping hold on a Shiite government in Baghdad.

By Raymond Tanter

THE HILL - Despite U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), moderate Syrian rebels complain that the focus on ISIS frees ISIS to drop barrel bombs against rebels in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. Syrian Kurds express being abandoned; they are the kind of vulnerable minorities President Barack Obama protected in Iraq—political moderates.

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INU - Following the Saudi Foreign Minister’s statement on Monday calling for Iran to withdraw from Syria, Reuters ran a report on Tuesday calling attention to the mutual growth in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which stand in contrast to historic meetings between the two rival nations over the summer. Reuters points out that these tensions are exacerbated by each country’s regional entanglements, with Iran backing the Shiite rebels that recently overtook the government of Yemen, and Saudi Arabia supporting the Sunni government in Shiite-majority Bahrain.

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