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State Department Reassures Us Allies, but Anxiety Persists Over Iran’s Regional Influence

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil, where he promised that the US would continue working closely with the Jewish state to manage the situation in war-torn Syria and to address ongoing concerns over the expansion of Iranian influence there and throughout the Middle East. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino also underlined the commitment to containing Iran. He noted that Pompeo and Netanyahu had “discussed the unacceptable threat that regional aggression and provocation by Iran and its agents poses to Israeli and regional security.”

Turkey Shows Affinity for Iran

By Edward Carney

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled to Istanbul to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The previous day, Voice of America News declared that talks between the two leaders would be taking place at a “tense time,” given the announcement on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump would be withdrawing American troops from Syria. Despite previous indications that the White House had pivoted toward a strategy specifically aimed at obstructing the expansion of Iranian influence in and around Syria, Trump now insists that the only reason for a US troop presence during his administration was the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a fight that he now considers to be largely concluded.

Announcement of US Withdrawal from Syria Meets with Resistance

By Edward Carney

On Wednesday morning, US President Donald Trump posted a tweet in which he lent credence to rumors of a planned withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where a civil war is still dragging on among the dictator Bashar al-Assad, small and fractured rebel groups, and the remnants of the Islamic State militant group, or ISIL. Trump’s tweet declared that this latter group had been “defeated” and that this objective was the “only reason for being there under the Trump Presidency.”

Iran’s position in the regional conflicts

By INU Staff

INU- Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is a national security analyst that compiled a detailed report on the situation between Iran, its neighbours and the United States with research assistant Nicholas Harrington.

Iran’s anti-Saudi rhetoric only increases

By INU Staff

INU- The Iranian Regime’s antagonism toward Saudi Arabia has reached unprecedented levels under the presidency of supposed moderate Hassan Rouhani, according to political scientist Dr Majid Rafizadeh. But why is this the case?

The Guardian as mouthpiece for the Iranian regime

By INU Staff

INU- On Friday 9th November, British newspaper “The Guardian” published a piece by Aaron Merat. Merat, a British-Iranian citizen is known as an apologist of the Iranian regime and he has been involved with many slanderous attacks on the opposition group.

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