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It's finally here!
I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
@PaulAarts2
@Adib_Moghaddam
@S_Akbarzadeh
@MadawiDr
@altoraifi
@HAmirahmadi
@abaabood
@wbeeman
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
@AnoushEhteshami
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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Estos serían los cinco iraníes que iban en el "misterioso" avión...
Algunos de ellos, según la información de inteligencia enviada a la Argentina, tendrían vínculos con la Fuerzas Quds, una división de los Cuerpos de la Guardia Revolucionaria Islámica especializada en operaciones de inteligencia militar.
Un dato no menor, este tipo de vuelos tienen una frecuencia muy alta entre Teherán y Damasco (Siria) para enviar armas con destino a Hezbolláh.

Israel realiza ataques preventivos constantemente contra los depósitos de estas armas en suelo sirio.
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#Lebanon parliamentary elections:
#Hezbollah and its allies, including the Christian of @tayyar_official won 60 seats at the Parliament, while the allies of #SaudiArabia and the #US, notwithstanding millions of dollars spent to win the majority, won 42 seats.
For more than 12 years, #Hezbollah had 13 MPs and has always won 12-13 MPs in every parliamentary election. Therefore, saying "Hezbollah lost the majority seats at the parliament" is similar to saying Neo-Nazis were evacuated not surrendered in #Azovstal.
#Hezbollah's Shia partner, the AMAL movement, has 17 seats (as agreed with Hezbollah for over a decade) & continues winning 16-17 seats in every election.

The fight was on the #Christian seat: the pro-US-Saudi-Israel group versus the US-sanctioned group led by @tayyar_official
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#lebanonelections2022
So far 12 districts announced (3 more districts to go for total 128 MPs)

#Hezbollah & Amal alliance: 32 MPs
Free Patriotic Movement: 20
Lebanese Forces Party: 18
Kataeb Party: 5
Tashnak Party: 2
Marada party: 2
Independents: 14
Civil Society [NGOs]: 11
In Beirut's first district (Achrafieh - Rmeil - Medawar - Saifi), Ghassan Hasbani, Nicolas Sehnaoui, Nadim Gemayel, Jean Taluzian, Paula Yacoubian, Agob Terzian, Jihad Pakradouni, and Cynthia Zarazir.
In the first district of the South (Sidon - Jezzine), the voter turnout was 46.6%, and each of: Abd al-Rahman al-Bizri and Osama Saad won in Sidon. And in Jezzine: Saeed Al-Asmar, Charbel Massad, Ghada Ayoub.
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My thoughts are with the brave people of Lebanon voting in the first election since #BeirutExplosion.
They deserve change.
They deserve not be ruled by an Iran-backed militia
They deserve a better future.
#lebanonelections2022
And yes, #Hezbollah is fighting for survival.
For the first time, I saw his followers on Twitter asking people to turn up and vote.
God forbid, are you worried guys?
#lebanonelections2022
Sadly, but not surprising, reports of chaos and corruption dominating #LebaneseElections
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🤪🤪INSOLITE🤪🤪

La stratégie #algerienne au service des intérêts supérieurs du #Maroc
En désignant le mouvement du #MAK comme organisation terroriste, l’#Algerie a permis à @MarocDiplomatie d’enfoncer un clou de plus dans le cercueil de la #milice #terroriste du #polisario
👇
Ainsi, en rompant les relations diplomatiques avec le #Maroc, l’#Algerie a renforcé l’appui arabe et notamment celui des pays du #Golfe à la souveraineté #marocaine du #sahara.
En s’alliant avec l’#Iran et le #Hezbollah pour former le #polisario, #Alger s’est
👇👇👇
aliéné l’#Islam #sunnite.
En refusant de reconduire le #gazoduc #Maghreb #Europe, #Alger a permis au #Maroc d’en disposer désormais souverainement mais aussi et surtout d’accélérer la mise en place de son #indépendance énergétique.
👇👇👇
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Some Middle East-themed takeaways from @ODNIgov Haines' annual threat assessment testimony, a thread:armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
2. No comment on China in Mideast, but notes "CCP is increasing its criticism of perceived U.S. failures and hypocrisy, including the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and racial tensions in the United States"
3. Russia: In the Middle East and North Africa, Moscow is using its involvement in Syria, Libya, and Sudan to increase its clout, undercut U.S. leadership, present itself as an indispensable mediator, and gain military access rights and economic opportunities.
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🇵🇸🇮🇱 #URGENT 🚨⚠️ | La journaliste Shireen Abu Akleh, une des plus connues de la chaîne Al-Jazeera, a été tuée d’une balle dans la tête par les forces armées israéliennes dans le secteur de #Jénine en #Cisjordanie occupée.
🇵🇸🇮🇱⚠️ | Shireen Abu Akleh était une Palestinienne, de confession chrétienne et âgée d'une cinquantaine d'années.

Dans un communiqué, al-Jazeera parle d’un crime «de sang-froid» précisant que la journaliste portait une veste qui l'identifiait comme journaliste.
🇵🇸🇮🇱⚠️ | Shireen Abu Akleh avait travaillé à «La Voix de la Palestine», Radio Monte-Carlo, avant de rejoindre la chaîne al-Jazeera, où elle s'est fait connaître à travers le Moyen-Orient pour ses reportages sur le conflit israélo-palestinien.

(Le Figaro)
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#Lebanon,#Hezbollah in a show of strength ahead of the election

An impressive first election rallies for Hezbollah, with #Nasrallah delivering a speech virtually in Nabatiyeh and Tyre.

In his speech, Nasrallah mainly played the #Israeli card, boasting Hezbollah's... (1/4)
military power and the achievements of the "resistance" against Israel. This comes in response to the criticism voiced by Hezbollah's opponents this election on the issue of the illegal weapons that Hezbollah possesses, a Shiite militia that exists in parallel to the... (2/4)
Lebanese army.

Nasrallah stressed that according to surveys, Lebanese citizens are far less interested in Hezbollah's weapons and are more concerned with the harsh living conditions in Lebanon (he only forgot note that these same weapons are a contributing factor to... (3/4)
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#Suez Canal, #Egypt - 11 Egyptian soldiers dead following an #ISIS #terrorist_attack in #Sinai

Yesterday, in one of its most significant attacks in recent times, ISIS-Sinai operatives managed to kill 11 soldiers and officers belonging to the 551st Egyptian Army... (1/4) ImageImage
Battalion, critically injuring another 5.

The location of the attack is also significant - near area el-Qantara, on the east bank of the Suez Canal. Just last month, the Egyptians boasted a record-high montly revenue from the passage of ships, and that is likely why... (2/4)
ISIS Sinai chose to attack an Egyptian outpost near a water station on the banks of the canal.

Despite Egyptian marketing, ISIS Sinai expands its influence outside of its stronghold in the north-eastern part of the Sinai penninsula, moving west.

It's also interesting... (3/4)
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OK- now case of West Side Highway van terror driver Saipov, in person in 23B. Judge Broderick rushes in with suitbag, presumably containing judicial robes. So far: innercitypress.com/sdny16saipov11… Thread below Image
Judge wants pool of 1000 jurors in August. It seems potential for strong feelings is (even) higher thsn in current #Hezbollah trial of Alexei Saab (that jury still deliberating)
Judge Broderick increases his estimate of length of Saipov trial to 3 months. US says from August jury selection, tell them to be available into January, citing "penalty phase."
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Important - #Assad has appointed a new Minister of Defense today: Major General Ali Mahmoud Abbas, the nominal head of #Syria’s 4th Division.

That can only be read one way: a major consolidation of the #Assad family’s control over the SAA, using Maher al-#Assad’s favored proxy.
#pt: Under Maher al-#Assad’s command & Maj. Gen. Mahmoud’s nominal leadership, the 4th Division has emerged as a power expert in & of itself in #Syria — it’s the prime power behind #Syria’s newfound status as a Marco state, with a narcotics industry worth $10 billions.
Interestingly, the 4th Division has also remained a long-standing, loyal partner of #Iran & #Hezbollah (including in the drugs trade) — resisting years of #Russia attempts to push reform & restructuring.

The 4th Div. also maintains a chemical weapons R&D program.
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The month of April witnessed several forced displacement waves of Syrians, as part of #Assad regime, #Iran & #Russia's demographic change scheme in #Syria, and one of most striking examples was that in #Madaya and #Zabadani, under what was known as 'Four Towns Agreement'. 1/ 🧵
The 'Four Towns Agreement' – in its amended version – was signed between representatives of some opposition factions on one hand, #Iran and #Hezbollah, on the other hand, under the coverage of #Assad regime, yet in isolation from the UN, who was present in the first version. 2/
However, the second version that was signed completely disregarded the obligations of #Assad regime and #Iran in the first version, which included releasing a large number of detainees (1500 detainees) and not forcing the residents of the region to leave their homes. 3/
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Iran via #Iraq deployed many dozens Warcraft( stuff to us in war like missiles launchers rocket+drone & jets to #DeirEzzor #Homs after the #Russians reduced it’s troops here & at same times dozens of loyal #Resistance from #عراق joins #IRGC here & #Russia wants to keep pressure
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Russia wants to keep it’s pressures on zionizt fake state to not be involved in Ukraine!!

That’s the best option to masterpiece minds #Putin!

Tsw #Russian out of #Homs #DeirEzzor & if isrhell airstrikes #IRGC than #Iran ll answer

Why Iran not wish to finish #Idlib? Continues
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Coz #Sultan_Erdogan ll be happy if #IRGC & #SAA #Hezbollah #AAH #Nujuba #Fatemiyoun getting to have clashes w #ypg #pkk servants of zionizt + #uk #usa but #Turkey not wish see it’s #al_qaeda /#hts #isis getting to be injured😂

Also Iran #Syria wants to face🇺🇸 in #Hadskah! CNTU
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#Iran becomes the only foreign government so far to come out to openly endorse Prime Minister #ImranKhan's claim about a #US conspiracy to topple him. Tehran's state-run channel suggests that #Pakistan's opposition parties are executing American agenda:
Three weeks ago, #Nasrallah the chief of #Iran's main militant group #Hezbollah, globally designated as a terrorist organization, praised PM #ImranKhan in a TV speech. Pakistani @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL broadcast clips from militant chief's speech.

#Iran's state media is encouraging PM #ImranKhan to take on the West [], which serves no Pakistani interest, while #Tehran is busy negotiating a deal with Western powers that includes economic cooperation.
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Today, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu announced that there are more than 16,000 volunteers ready to support and fight in #Lugansk and #Donetsk if #Russia requests it.
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#Ukraine #USA #NATO #EU #UK #Biden
This announcement was not surprising to me or to those familiar with the scene in #Syria in particular and the Middle East in general. In my opinion, #Moscow is able to mobilize more than double that number and has already started accepting recruitment requests.
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There are two types of militias in the Middle East, one part carrying a religious ideology (like #Hezbollah), and another part in the form of security companies, among which the fighters volunteered for economic reasons (25th Brigade in #Syria).
3/11
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For what it’s worth, *IF* #Assad’s regime begins sending troops to #Ukraine, they’ll be no more than cannon fodder in a battle & environment that’s completely alien to them - it’ll be like “sending Martians to fight on the Moon,” as I told @WSJ:

wsj.com/amp/articles/r…
When, on the rare occasion, #Assad needed capable urban warfare fighters, he turned to #Hezbollah — NOT his own military.

#Syria’s military was good at brutal, sustained sieges, indiscriminate bombardment, horrific [sectarian] violence, mass torture & organised crime. That’s it.
Within months of #Russia’s military intervention in #Syria in Sept 2015, #Putin furiously reacted to the poor performance of #Assad’s forces — they simply couldn’t take advantage of Russian backing.

To solve that, #Russia had to send in SOF ground troops & work with #Hezbollah.
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Breaking: @STLebanon appeal chamber reverses acquittals & convicts Merhi & Oneissi, including on charge of conspiracy aimed at committing a terrorist act, ie #Hezbollah murder of #RafiqHariri
2. The @STLebanon Appeals Chamber does, however, find that the Trial Chamber committed an error of fact by failing to find that Mr Badreddine was a #Hezbollah military commander in 2004 and 2005
3. The @STLebanon Appeals Chamber also finds that the Trial Chamber erred in both law and fact by holding that written statements from unavailable witnesses showing that the Green Network was a #Hezbollah network were not corroborated
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Ep 5 of ‘Breaking Hezbollah’s Golden Rule’ dropped today. We start by discussing #Hezbollah’s shadow war with the West, foiled attacks in #Cyprus, a bus bombing in #Bulgaria, and LH’s shifting modus operandi
@WashInstitute
A thread ...
washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysi…
2. On Feb 12, 2008, Imad #Mughniyeh was killed in a joint @CIA -Mossad op near Damascus. A bomb was placed in his car’s spare tire. Fearing he would be next, #Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan #Nasrallah warned Israel to expect an “open war” Image
3. #Hezbollah was desperate to avenge Mughniyeh’s death. The problem was, they weren’t very successful. Operations in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and West Africa were all foiled
washingtoninstitute.org/hezbollahinter… Image
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🇹🇷🇮🇱 | Le président israélien #Herzog arrive en #Turquie pour une visite officielle. C’est la première visite de ce type depuis 2008.

#Erdogan avait déclaré en début d’année qu’une « nouvelle ère pourrait commencer dans les relations israélo-turques » lors de cette visite.
🇹🇷🇮🇱 | #Erdogan accueille #Herzog à Ankara.

Les deux présidents ont échangé sur le domaine de l’énergie, de la défense, ainsi que sur les relations commerciale.
🇵🇸 #Hamas :
"Le Mouvement suit avec une grande inquiétude les visites des responsables et des dirigeants de l'entité sioniste dans un certain nombre de pays arabes et islamiques, dont la plus récente est la visite d'"Isaac Herzog" dans un certain nombre de pays."
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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In this month’s cover of @CTCWP I look at the who/what/where/when/why/how of Iranian external assassination, surveillance, & abduction plots, based on a personal dataset. ctc.usma.edu/february-2022/

A thread 🧵👇 Image
2. This study is based on a dataset that includes 98 cases of assassination, abduction, attack, & surveillance plots by the #Iran regime from Dec 1979–Dec 2021 Image
3. WHO is targeted by #Iran? Of the 98 cases, 42 target dissidents, 31 target Jews/Israelis, 24 target diplomats, 24 target Western interests, & 7 target Gulf interests (note: some cases target multiple) Image
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#Iran 🇮🇷: #IRGC "#Saberin Special Forces" relesed a video of their training during snowy terrains after the #Hezbollah's video.

The unit seems to be armed with Iranian Sayyad 5.56 rifles (M16 copies), PKM-T80 machine guns, Sa'aban-1 LMG (modified RPK) and "Ashtara" sniper rifle.
As usual, the unit seems to be using Iranian weapons mostly.
The video is very similar to the video released by the Radwan Unit in #Lebanon.
The link of the thread about the #Radwan Unit's video can be found below.

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[THREAD]
#Lebanon 🇱🇧: #Hezbollah's Special Forces "#Radwan Unit" has released a video of their training in snowy terrain ❄️.

The video shows various interesting scenes including usage of snowmobiles & skis along with shooting and hand-to-hand combat trainings.

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In general, the unit appears to be using 5.45x39mm AK-74 & AK-74M rifles mostly —sourced from #Syria.

Rifles seem to be equipped with various scopes and accessories including Aimpoint CompM4 RDS, 1-6x24 scope, GP-25 UBGL, UAS-AK stock and FAB Defense GL-CORE AR15 stock

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In addition to these an AKS-74U carbine and PKM machine gun can be seen as well.

This GPMG seems to be equipped with a locally-added foregrip and Aimpoint CompM4 red dot sight as well.

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