Iran is intervening militarily through the Quds Force, the external arm of the Revolutionary Guard, in more than one country in the region, by supporting armed groups with weapons, ammunition and combat groups. Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen are the main battlefields where we can witness an intensive Iranian military presence. The Revolutionary Guard is considered the main backer of these groups, which work to spread chaos as much as possible, spread division and sedition and spark wars and fighting within the project of creative chaos aimed at weakening the Arab countries so it becomes easy to penetrate and control them.

The Iranian regime has wasted hundreds of billions on its interventions in the countries of the region and on supporting and funding those who destabilize the security and stability of the Arab countries. Iran has been able to create many armed groups that work to undermine Arab governments and regimes by spreading fighting and igniting crises and chaos. Iran believes that weakening the Arab countries by spreading terror and chaos serves its project in the region, however, if it failed to do so, it wastes no time to use its terrorist tools to pressure the governments of these countries. Therefore, Iran does not miss any opportunity to support any groups working against the Arab regimes, except Syria, which supported the Assad regime, one of the most important tool for the Iranian project in the region.

Iran has tampered the security and stability of the region since the inception of the mullahs’ regime in 1979 and increased its intervention after the eruption of the so-called Arab revolutions, where it found a suitable environment and an opportunity to spread its poison and expand its interventions after dominating Iraq under an American green light and established military bases and armed groups. What helped to spread the Iranian terrorism in the region was the strategic mistake of the former US President Barack Obama when he signed a nuclear deal, described as the worst of all, with the Iranian regime, which lifted sanctions on Tehran and allowed its access to hundreds of billions of Dollars. Reports later proved that these billions contributed significantly to the spread of Iranian terrorism and destabilization of the region, so that 2016 and 2017 could be described as the best years for the Iranian regime since taking over in 1979 until the end of last year.

However, the year 2018 came to be the worst for the mullahs, so that it could be described as the year of demise for the regime. Since its first days, protests have erupted for economic and political reasons, which for the first time called for the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime, broke all taboos and crossed all red lines set by the regime. These protests have confirmed that the Revolutionary Guard has failed miserably in restricting any movement against the Iranian regime. More importantly, this year saw the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and thus the return of sanctions. This means that the Iranian regime will face many financial and economic crises which will prevent it from sustaining its support for its terrorist groups in the region and thus the collapse of the Iranian role, starting from Yemen where the legitimacy and Arab Coalition forces are winning great victories in light of successive collapses of the Houthi group, the Iranian agent in Yemen. It has become certain that Iran is going to suffer a huge defeat in Yemen, and that purging Yemen of the Iranian-Houthi presence has become a matter of time.

Iran is now reaping the thorns it planted in Syria and Iraq. After all the money it has spent and the lives that have been lost in Syria, Iran is now required to evacuate Syrian territory, or it will turn into a graveyard for every Iranian element. Reports confirm that Iran has indeed begun to escape and withdraw its forces from Syria, especially after the US and Israel directed deadly blows to many of Iran’s military bases, while the rest of the forces have been instilled in the Assad forces by granting them Syrian citizenship. Moreover, in Iraq, the results of the parliamentary elections came in contrast to the Iranian desire, where the bloc of Moqtada al-Sadr won, who rejects any Iranian presence or any other intervention in Iraq and announced that he will work to bring Iraq back to the Arab sphere, which is another devastating loss to Iran during few months only.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

19 June  2018