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The Challenges Of Terrorism - Part 35 - OIC's Sunni Front Moves On Iran's Iraqi PMF.

The Saudi-led Sunni front in the 57-state Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), where Iran's theocracy is the only Shi'ite member with a two-faced strategy: (1) exporting its Safawi "revolution" through taqiya (deception) to four Arab states it calls "external provinces" - Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen - as key to its ambitions; and (2) allowing moderate President Hassan Rowhani to project Iran's softer face. Among many other things, the harder face led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has formed an armed branch in each of these are states. In Iraq, its external arm the Quds Force (QF) guides the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which groups over 50 Safawi militia gangs. Its leaders claim the PMF controls Iraq; the Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans and other minorities are fighting back to prove them wrong.

In Lebanon, the QF has Hizbullah which is not doing well (see news18LbHizb31Oct16); Syria is a dangerous quagmire in which Russia and Iran are in trouble (see news19RusIrnSyr7Nov16); and in Yemen, QF's Zaidi Shi'ite clients of the Houthi-Saleh front are split by a UN peace plan, with the war's Saudi-led GCC side watching (see news20YmnSaleh-HouthiSplit14Nov16).

As the IRGC-headed Safawi extremist opponents of the July 14, 2015, nuclear pact with the US-led 5+1 powers, had warned, Iran is countering American interests in the Greater Middle East (GME) - using taqiya (see its definition via Google). As promised, Rowhani's Iran is opening up to foreign investors. This contradiction is a carefully thought-out policy pursued by Supreme Leader Khamenei (see Part 34, sbme4SafawiTaqiya31Oct16).

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Publication:APS Diplomat Strategic Balance in the Middle East
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Date:Nov 7, 2016
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