Donald Trump's move to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation is part of a larger campaign to isolate and weaken Iran while strengthening Israel's position in the region.
The statement from the head of Iranian parliament’s national security committee came after reports that the United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organisation next week.
President Hassan Rouhani said the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was against Iran's national interests. Zarif is a key supporter of the president who is facing pressure over Trump's shredding of a multiparty nuclear deal.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
While the Jewish state has hit militant targets in Syria multiple times, it has refrained from attacking similar groups in far-away Iraqi territory. But that could change.
As Trump administration plans to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, it remains to be seen whether Iran-backed militias will scale back or continue their operations in the region.
Iran and the US have used Iraq as a staging ground for influence in the region, but the reality of the Iraqi political system is now showing the Americans the door.
If Donald Trump pushes Iran too hard he will end up alienating ordinary Iranians and leave the Iranian government with no negotiating room domestically.
Iranian state agency IRNA quoted a representative of the Quds force as saying that the elusive leader of Daesh was dead but later the statement was withdrawn.
Supporters continue to gather in support of top cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim after the kingdom stripped him of his nationality.
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