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Four Decades in the Making: Shia Afghan Fatemiyoun Division of the Revolutionary Guards

Iran has provided support to Shia and Sunni Afghan militants for four decades, increasing its presence to fill the power vacuum.

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Using Syria as a Training Ground: The Case of the Pakistani Zeinabiyoun Brigade

The Zeinabiyoun Brigade remains one of the least known and most understudied foreign Shia militias operating in Syria.

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Regional Challenges Dominate U.S.-UAE Discussions During Pompeo Visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent international tour – beginning with contentious meetings in North Korea and ending at the controversial NATO summit in Brussels – included a less dramatic but nonetheless very important stop in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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Tehran Will Fight Hard to Keep Iraq in Its Sphere of Influence

There was a time when Iran’s Major General Qassim Suleimani, chief of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was the ultimate kingmaker in Iraqi politics.

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Iran-Russia Divide over Syria Widens

Just as Israel intensified its air raids against Iranian military targets in Syria, Russia began distancing itself from Iran, demanding the withdrawal of Iranian and allied Shia militias from that country.

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Gulf Leaders Welcome JCPOA Withdrawal but Plan B Remains Unclear

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that the United States is “withdrawing” from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was greeted with considerable enthusiasm by many Gulf Arab leaders.

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An Arab Expeditionary Force in Syria is Far-Fetched but so is a U.S. Withdrawal

The White House is resurrecting the idea of an Arab expeditionary force – a concept that, for decades, has surfaced periodically in Middle Eastern discourse only to quickly evaporate and then suddenly re-emerge.

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With the Military Attack, the US Can Finally Start to Get it Right in Syria

After much argument and delay, American, British and French military strikes against Syrian regime targets were finally begun on Saturday morning.

The Challenge With the Deter and Degrade Approach in Yemen

The Houthis see the attacks in the Red Sea as part of a broader political project that goes back decades.

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