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Doubts about “Maximum Pressure” May Threaten Anti-Iran Alliance

By Edward Carney

On Thursday, the White House’s strategy of exerting pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran through regional partnerships faced a new obstacle when it was reported that the Egyptian government had pulled out of an emerging alliance of Middle Eastern nations, a major focus of which is curtailing Iranian influence and imperialism. The prospective coalition, known formally as the Middle East Strategic Alliance and informally as an “Arab NATO” is to be coordinated by the United States in partnership with Saudi Arabia, with the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Jordan all serving as members.

Iranian Digital Networks That Intervene in Arab Countries Revealed by Oxford Study

By INU Staff

INU- According to a study entitled, titled “Iranian Digital Interference in the Arab World,” that was published by Oxford University, Iran uses a network of websites, which are registered with "false" data, to spread its digital propaganda in the Arab world. The network’s primary target is Saudi Arabia. The study was prepared by three researchers from the Project on Computational Propaganda (COMPROP) based at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

Iraq should boot out mullahs not US

By INU Staff

INU- Earlier this month, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani visited Iraq, seeking to secure an Iran-Iraq alliance that would display Iran’s power in the region, but the way that they are seeking to undermine US policy is through the use of local Shiite paramilitary groups, at least one of which has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department.

With Middle East Tour, Pompeo Continues Pressure for Collective Action on Iran

By Mahmoud Hakamian

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday for the start of a Middle East tour that was scheduled to also take him to Israel and Lebanon. As noted by Agence France-Presse, the trip is largely focused on galvanizing multilateral resistance to the rising influence and destructive foreign policy actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran and US Both Struggle to Manage Relations Across the Middle East

By Edward Carney

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Iraq in a bid to expand relations with a country that is very much caught in the crossfire of the escalating tensions between Iran and the US. As if to underscore the role of this trip, CNBC published a report on Wednesday that declared “Washington isn’t happy” with the latest series of agreements to be signed between the neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Rouhani’s Trip to Iraq Raises Questions about US Containment of Iranian Influence

By Edward Carney

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday for the start of a three-day visit to Iraq, as the two neighboring countries continue to work toward closer economic, political, and security ties. His first round of talks with Iraqi government officials reportedly yielded several preliminary trade deals, as well as plans for a free trade zone along the border, a streamlined process of obtaining visas for business travels, and railway connection between key Iranian and Iraqi cities.

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