Iran’s Proxy Wars: Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories/Gaza, Syria, Yemen

Since its inception in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has aggressively sought to export its Islamic Revolution and remake the Middle East under its dominion. Iran’s primary method to empower itself has been to anchor loyal proxies in the region, which it has done most successfully with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and more recently in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Gaza.

Where its proxies have failed to take root, Iran has engaged in subversive activities to undermine its rivals and enhance its influence, as in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

Iran’s quest for regional dominance has ultimately triggered immense suffering and instability throughout the Middle East, inflaming sectarian divisions and triggering devastating wars that have left hundreds of thousands dead.

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