SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Key takeaway: Iranian officials continue to echo Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s opposition to joint efforts with the US in combatting ISIS. Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades announced plans for an upcoming operation to “clear” a village near Amerli, Iraq.
In recent months, the Iranian regime has reinvigorated its use of hard and soft power tactics in Iraq as a means to undermine the American presence in Iraq and exert greater influence over the Iraqi government’s policies. Through its actions Iran is demonstrating that it is willing and capable of both exploiting the Iraqi state and killing Americans.
Iranian officials and state-run publications have often claimed that the Iranian regime does not seek nuclear weapons. This position contradicts the historical evidence and recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports citing concerns over nuclear weapons activities that, according to the head of the IAEA, “may have continued until recently.”