Daily Memo: US vs. Iranian Proxies, Russia vs. the West

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GPF Staff |September 13, 2018

The United States is moving against Iran’s proxies, which Washington blamed for recent attacks on U.S. buildings in Iraq. The U.S. Senate is studying a proposal that would impose sanctions on militias controlled by Iran and track those that received assistance from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Using these kinds of groups is a hallmark of Iranian foreign policy. Through them Iran can exert influence without taking direct action, all while maintaining plausible deniability. Hezbollah is the most well-known, but dozens more are operating in Iraq. Even now, there are reports from the Center for Advanced Defense Studies that Tehran is supporting Pakistani separatist groups in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces to escalate a proxy war with Saudi Arabia. This probably explains why the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as well as the secretary-general of the Arab League, recently expressed their support for Morocco, where Hezbollah, and thus I

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