#Iran may direct its proxies to attack American and partner targets in the Middle East in the coming weeks. 1/7 criticalthreats.org/analysis/irani…
Iran and its proxies are responding to a growing political crisis in Baghdad that they have also been fueling. IRGC Quds Force Commander Esmail Ghaani traveled to Baghdad on July 27 to deescalate tensions but reportedly (and evidently) failed. 2/7
Ghaani likely seeks to achieve at least four objectives in attacking US and partner forces: 3/7
1. Unify #Iranian-backed political parties by rallying them around attacking the US and its partners. 4/7
2. Pressure American political leadership to withdraw US forces from the region. 5/7
3. Contain #Turkey. #Iran has directed a proxy military campaign to contain growing #Turkish economic, political, and security influence in #Iraq since 2021. 6/7
4. Pressure #Sadr to support or at least work with the Coordination Framework against the US or #Turkey. 7/7

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