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Iran between domestic and foreign threats

Following a week of protests in Iran, Hassan Nasrallah voiced his fear as well the fear of terrorist organizations, like his party, which Iran established in the region. He blamed the US and Saudi Arabia for the ongoing protests.

The Iranian protestors’ messages regarding the guardian jurist has reached Arab militia leaders and others who have been living at their expense. It must have reached Iranian-backed armed groups whose members continue to die in Syria on behalf of the supreme guide’s regime.

Iran’s protests are purely Iranian. Neither Saudi Arabia nor the US has anything to do with them. No one outside Iran has anything to do with them. This does not mean that the world will not act in the future to rescue protestors and support them if the regime continues to threaten the region’s countries by sponsoring their enemies and firing missiles towards their cities. Iran today is no longer a fortress but an open land to whoever wants to support those angry.

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What happened in Iran is very significant. Protests erupted in around 50 cities. Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Baloch, Arabs, Shiites, Sunnis and even clerics from Qom participated in the protests. The regime no longer has any popular bases, and this is one of the most dangerous aspects.

The Iranian people’s uprising terrified Nasrallah and leaders of Shiite militias in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen and leaders of extremist Shiite opposition in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Pakistan and other countries. This uprising threatens secret networks across Europe, South America and Southeast Asia.

Just like the international community collectively worked to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda, many countries now understand that Iran’s threat does not only target the Middle East and that it’s become an international problem

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Extreme ideology

The guardian jurist’s regime represents the extremist Shiite ideology. It inspires the Sunni ISIS organization’s ambition to build the extremist caliphate state. Ayatollah’s regime manages a state that consists of preachers, militias, suicide bombers, intelligence apparatuses and secret cells. It launders money and smuggles drugs to fund its operations. Its love for domination knows no limits as it continues to expand in the entire region.

Just like the international community collectively worked to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda, many countries now understand that Iran’s threat does not only target the Middle East and that it’s become an international problem.

Protests are a significant development that weakened the regime that’s now besieged by the Iranian people from inside and by international and regional powers from outside. Both parties will force it to change or it will collapse.

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Iran’s first task is to put an end to terrorist networks outside its borders and that threaten the world’s stability and drain the Iranian people’s money such as: Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Ansar Allah in Yemen, Liwa Fatemiyoun in Afghanistan, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, the League of Righteous People, the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Bahrain, Hezbollah Al-Hejaz in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan and others.

These are all huge terrorist networks managed by Ayatollah’s regime in Tehran through the Revolutionary Guards. Iran after last Thursday’s protests is different than the Iran we’ve known. It’s now subject to local unrest that’s more dangerous than America’s threats.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed.

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Last Update: Friday, 5 January 2018 KSA 11:24 - GMT 08:24
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