Iran’s Imperial Overreach

Nov 7, 2019 | 10:30 GMT

Protesters, some burning tires, surround the Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, on Nov. 3, 2019. Iranian influence in Iraq and its network of militia proxies have been a key complaint of the demonstrators.

Continuing street protests in Iraq and Lebanon are posing a strategic question for Iran, whose response to the unrest in the countries, where it is trying to maintain influence, may be limited by its economic straits.

(MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP via Getty Images)

As anti-government protests spread like wildfire threatening the Islamic Republic’s allies and proxies, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei faces a dilemma: use Iran’s scarce resources to stabilize regional protests or leave them to their own devices and risk a fight with the IRGC....

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