Friday, November 8, 2019

Iran Is Losing Its Influence Over Lebanon And Iraq

Ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 7. Alaa al-Marjani / Reuters

Con Coughlin, The National: Tehran finds itself in a desperate battle to maintain its influence over Lebanon and Iraq

Throughout the Arab world there is a growing resistance to Iran’s attempts to meddle in their affairs.

For all Iran’s efforts to establish a powerful network of allies throughout the Middle East, Tehran’s attempts to achieve its long-held goal of regional domination are currently experiencing their most severe challenge in years as a result of the anti-government protests that are taking place in Lebanon and Iraq.

A definitive report published in London this week by the influential International Institute for Strategic Studies think tank sets out in detail how Iran has spent decades building what it calls “networks of influence” throughout the Middle East in an attempt to gain an advantage over its many adversaries.

But while the IISS’s report, “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East”, provides worrying detail about the extent of Iran’s malign meddling in the affairs of neighbouring Arab states, Tehran now finds itself in a desperate battle to maintain its influence over Lebanon and Iraq, countries which, until the recent wave of anti-government protests erupted, were key targets for Iranian attempts to consolidate its grip over vital areas of the Middle East.

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WNU Editor: This could get very bloody .... A New Arab Spring Is Unfolding in Iraq and Lebanon. But Things Could Get Bloody If Iran Gets Its Way (Bessma Momani, Time).


Jac said...

Iran, welcome to the club! You have to discover how much it is difficult to be the "main operator" everywhere. Here, we know that since 70 years, at least.

Anonymous said...

and yet the article posted just beneath this article says:

It[Iran] has a major influence - verging on a controlling influence in some cases - over the affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.
Is this quantum where either one is right or both are right at the same time?

Mike Feldhake said...

I noticed the same thing - LOL. Media stories to fill their time.

Bob Huntley said...

Keeping people interested but confused.

Anonymous said...

The protests are real and they are being cracked down on violently, but at the same time there is a strong western interest in inflating their scale and importance. Iran is still utterly dominant in both countries.