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The commander of the Iranian Quds Force’s recent visit to Iraq has raised speculations about Tehran’s agenda. Speaking to Amwaj.media on condition of anonymity, informed sources have confirmed reports that Iran is threatening a ground offensive unless Iraqi authorities deal with exiled Iranian Kurdish opposition groups. The Islamic Republic accuses the factions, which are based in Iraqi Kurdistan, of fueling the ongoing unrest in Iran. The prospect of an Iranian ground incursion could be Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ Al-Sudani’s first major foreign policy challenge since taking office last month.
However, informed sources have also indicated that the real Iranian objective could be to press Baghdad and Erbil to implement existing understandings on border security. This comes amid reports of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) having issued a 10-day ultimatum. Of further note, the IRGC says it has strengthened its presence along the “western and northwestern” borders with “armored units and special forces”...
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