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Emergence of a new alliance between Iran and Palestinians

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, US troops, Syria, Iraq, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Daesh, Palestinian, Arab, Israel, Houthis

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Emergence of a new alliance between Iran and Palestinians

While there is a growing parallel between the Taliban’s objectives in Afghanistan and Iran’s objectives in the Middle East, in other part of the region, Iranian regime is seeing its key ally within Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas. Such alliance not only would pose gravest threat to the national security of the State of Israel, it will ultimately become a major headache for the Middle Eastern nations, including Saudi Arabia. Joining hands with the Palestinian terrorists, Iran will push forward its Shi’ite terrorist agenda into a number of Arab nations, whereas Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Houthis in Yemen will help Tehran in accomplishing its evil desire of establishing Shi’ite dominance thus jeopardizing the existing regimes in the Middle Eastern nations.

As Biden administration is enthusiastically pushing forward the its agenda of appeasing Iran by returning to nuclear negotiations by granting billions of dollars of financial incentives to the rogue mullah regime, Iran is silently developing its nuke power while is also flexing muscles in the region. The year may have only just started, by US troops in Iraq and Syria have already come under attacks by Iranian drones three times. Iran is taking full advantage of the decrease in US presence in those countries. According to statistics, in Syria, there are mere hundreds of US troops left in the northeast of the country for counterterrorism purposes. In Iraq, the number is below 2,500 and troops have ended active combat to shift into an advisory role. In both countries, the main goal is now focused on fighting Islamic State or Daesh, yet most of the attacks against them are coming from Iranian-backed armed groups. According to analysts, it is clear that Tehran is directing these attacks to push its message and apply pressure on Washington. The mullahs are convinced that the US will not retaliate or respond strongly to avoid any escalation. The use of weaponized drones is very efficient in its asymmetry and capacity to create irritation without being important enough to provoke a strong military response. It is also an effective communication tool from Iran that underlines its capacity to rain drones and missiles and make life even more difficult for the US.

With the help from the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hamas in Gaza, Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iranian regime’s agenda is to push for a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Iraq. Tehran is comfortable in its thinking that, through pressure in the negotiations in Vienna, as well as through the official political voices from the Iraqi and Syrian governments, it can corner US forces. America has already noticed that, since its withdrawal from Afghanistan, it now has difficulty assessing the counterterrorism risks, especially concerning the links between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and what the implications are for US national security.

Although American military strategists already understand that a withdrawal from Iraq and Syria would mean more difficulties when it comes to its counterintelligence missions in both countries, it also understands that Joe Biden’s abrupt withdrawal of anti-missile system from Saudi Arabia had already made Tehran encouraged in pushing forward its terrorist agendas targeting the Kingdom. Iran also understands that Saudi Arabia’s shyness in coming out of decade-old taboo and delay in normalizing relations with Israel is one of the strongest strategic advantages for the Tehran regime as normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel would ultimately become a difficult challenge to Iran and would significantly counter Tehran’s hegemonic ambitions. On the other hand, Palestinian terrorist groups, such as Hamas are becoming increasingly dependent on Iran as Tehran too is giving importance to its alliance with Sunni terrorist groups in the region. By deepening relations with Iran, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist entities can gain significant military strength and pose greater threats to the State of Israel. Such alliance would also greatly empower Hamas, which would enable it is finally waging an all-out war against Fatah and other Palestinian groups, thus expanding Hamas territory beyond Gaza thus taking full control of the territory.

While during his first year in office, Joe Biden has already received series of criticism for failures in its Middle East and Afghanistan policies, it is anticipated that similar blunders may continue to repeat in other parts of the region, thus finally granting a favorable atmosphere for terror-patron Iran and its proxies in the Middle East and neighboring nations.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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