NCRI - The Iranian Regime has always depended on its network of terrorist proxy groups to commits crimes on its behalf across the Middle East. As a result, the Regime spends billions of dollars every year - stolen from the Iranian people- to fund them.
But now, as a strong policy against Iranian aggression in the region starts to take shape, Iran and its proxies find themselves in a dire situation.
The latest sign of this policy change came last week, after the shock resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who blamed his decision on Iran-backed Hezbollah taking the country hostage and plotting to asassinate him.
Hezbollah was founded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) over 30 years ago and acts as a puppet for them to this day, actively carrying out Iranian regime’s terrorist ambitions across the Middle East and the world at large. Most notably, fighting on Iran’s behalf to prop up the Bashar Assad regime in Syria.
When the Lebanese government formed last year, all the power it put in the hand of Hezbollah-aligned groups effectively handed control to Iranian regime, and the Regime has been using this to facilitate its goal of a Shiite Crescent stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean. Following Hariri’s resignation, the legitimacy of the Hezbollah-dominated government was destroyed and Iran’s role as puppet master was exposed to the world.
His resignation comes on the back of a major policy shift in the US which aims to crack down on Hezbollah and Iranian regime’s destabilisation efforts. The House of Representatives recently imposed sanctions on Iranian regime and Hezbollah for using civilians as human shields, imposed sanctions on anyone who supports Hezbollah with money, weapons, etc, and called on the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as the US did in 1997.
Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said these measures target Hezbollah's financing and “hold it accountable for its acts of death and destruction”.
In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog, human rights activist Amir Basiri wrote that Donald Trump’s new Iran policy aims to deal with the vast array of threats posed by Iran and the IRGC to countries across the world and encouraged other countries to join the US.
He wrote: “The concerted clamp down on Hezbollah, the IRGC’s main foreign surrogate, is a vital step toward implementing this policy in earnest. It should be complemented by regional and global efforts to curb the destructive machinations of Iran’s other proxies, including the Popular Mobilization Forces, which account for crimes against humanity in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen. Cutting off Tehran’s tentacles in the region in tandem with tightening the noose around the IRGC will ensure that Iran has no loopholes to exploit.”