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Baria Alamuddin

Baria Alamuddin is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK. She is editor of the Media Services Syndicate and has interviewed numerous heads of state.

02 December 2019 02:20 PM

Iran’s proxies in Iraq, Lebanon signing own death warrants

With 400 already dead, the killings in Iraq escalated horrifically at the weekend following the torching of Iran’s consulate in the holy city

19 November 2019 11:35 PM

Tehran’s control over Iraqi leaders — the smoking gun

Our worst fears about Iranian dominance of Iraq have been proven true in the form of large quantities of leaked Iranian intelligence documents.

03 November 2019 10:42 PM

Failure not an option as Iraq, Lebanon rebel against Iranian influence

With the disintegration of their respective governments, Iraq and Lebanon have passed the point of no return. Yet furious protesters won’t accept

28 October 2019 01:08 PM

Time is up for Iraq and Lebanon’s sectarian systems

When Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah asserted that protests could provoke “chaos” or “civil war,” was this a warning or a threat? Within minutes

20 October 2019 10:55 PM

Iran finalizes its regional corridor of control

Everything Tehran touches dies. Iranian leaders repeatedly trumpet their dominance over four Arab capitals: Damascus, Sanaa, Baghdad and Beirut

06 October 2019 10:38 PM

Corruption, Iranian influence force Iraqis into line of fire

Is cutting access to the Internet, imposing curfews and violently breaking up protests supposed to calm the anger felt by Iraqis in all corners

30 September 2019 11:36 AM

The world has failed to confront Iran – so what next?

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Iran can strike the oil installations of its neighbors, but its own infrastructure would

26 August 2019 06:49 AM

Mafia militias in Iraq reopen Pandora’s Box

The new Iraq war is already underway. For several weeks Israel has bombed sites under the control of Iran-backed Shiite militants. Paramilitaries in turn have attacked US diplomatic and military targets, and regional oil infrastructure.

19 August 2019 10:07 AM

Iran thrusts Iraq into the line of fire

For the first time since a 1981 airstrike destroyed Saddam Hussein’s clandestine nuclear capabilities, Iraqis find themselves under attack from Israel.

22 July 2019 12:19 PM

Syria’s returnees out of the frying pan into the fire

Lebanon doesn’t have a particularly good record for the sympathetic treatment of refugees.

15 July 2019 03:25 PM

Iran only a threat if the world allows it to be

Iranian Army Brig. Gen. Alireza Fard said this month: “Our deterrence and secret weapons have stopped the filthy enemy 200 miles away in the Strait of Hormuz.”

08 July 2019 02:19 PM

Iran’s proxies defy Iraqi PM’s anti-militia decree

Combatants must stay out of politics.

25 June 2019 12:26 AM

Iran’s high-stakes game of chicken

Barack Obama’s 2013 failure to police his own red lines following the gruesome murder of about 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons is widely perceived as the moment when the course of the Syrian conflict altered irretrievably, an article wrote in the Arab News read.

16 June 2019 04:46 PM

Iran threatened to block Hormuz. Will we now take it seriously?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran on June 13, hoping to ease tensions between Iran and the US. When Abe offered to convey an Iranian reply to a message from President Trump, Khamenei declined.

15 June 2019 03:02 PM

Iran threatened to block Hormuz. Will we now take it seriously?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran on June 13, hoping to ease tensions between Iran and the US.

10 June 2019 12:41 PM

ISIS demonic second coming stronger than ever before?

Allow me to make a bold prediction: Within a few years, not only will ISIS return to prominence, but it will become exponentially more vigorous and difficult to defeat.

03 June 2019 08:26 PM

Rewarding Iran’s hostage-taking puts others at risk

An extraordinary dispute broke into the public domain last week. The UK’s Foreign Office has long prioritized the case of detained British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, since then-Foreign Secretary (and current prime ministerial candidate, God help us) Boris Johnson made some ill-informed comments that provided Tehran with a pretext for increasing her unjustifiable sentence. It was revealed that the Foreign Office has been quietly lobbying the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to release £400 million ($505 million) paid by the former shah of Iran for a tank sale that was cut short by the 1979 revolution.

12 May 2019 09:23 PM

Why transition in Iran requires a global effort

Given Bolton’s ultra-hawkish reputation, observers speculate that he and like-minded hardliners could trigger momentum toward a confrontation, even if Donald Trump apparently wants to avoid this.