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Khamenei's Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. (Reuters)
 
Executive Summary

Blame the U.S. for the Islamic State: The IRGC's View on Iraq

Members of the Iraqi security forces and volunteers, who have joined the security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), shout slogans on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. Iran's supreme leader accused the United States on Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. (Reuters)
 

Iran Situation Report

AUGUST 28, 2014

Iraq Through the Eyes of Iran's IRGC

Former IRGC Hazrate-e Mohammad Rasullah Unit Commander Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani attends a conference in Tehran, September 6, 2011. (Reuters)
 
Series Introduction

Iran's Strategic Offensive in Iraq

The Queens Royal Lancers on patrol in Maysan Province, Iraq, bordering Iran. (Source: Defence Image Database)

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.  

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