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Collusion between Polisario and Hezbollah Reveals Iran’s ‘Toxic Expansionism” (The Hill)

Rédigé le 18/05/2018
MAP


Washington - The collusion between the Polisario and the Hezbollah reveals Iran’s “toxic expansionism”, the US congress magazine "The Hill" wrote on Thursday.

“Iran, home to the only constitution in the world with expansionism as a founding tenet, maintains vassal states or proxy militias in four Arab countries and Gaza; terror cells in the Gulf and reservoirs of recruitment in central Asia; and a web of lethal alliances across the African continent,” the source added in an analysis by Ahmed Charai, publisher and member of the board of trustees of several think tanks.

The publication recalls that Morocco has recently decided to sever ties with Iran due to the military support provided by its ally the Hezbollah to the Polisario.

“To Moroccans, Iran is a faraway place. But for the mullahs of Tehran, Morocco is also part of the “Iranian periphery.” Libya is also and that is where Iranian agents have waged a radicalization campaign targeting local adherents to the Ibadi sect of Islam, and long funneled money to affiliates of al Qaeda,” the publication pointed out.

“While Iran has been sending missiles to North Africa in an attempt to wound Morocco, Moroccan King Mohammed VI has been presiding over a massive effort to train clerics from many Muslim countries to preach tolerance and civility to their flocks,” it said.

The US State Department has recently denounced “ the destabilizing nature of Iran's activities, including Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.”

“The United States has consistently raised concerns about the destabilizing nature of Iran's activities, including Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups,” the US State Department told MAP following Morocco’s decision to sever ties with Iran due to the military support provided by its ally the Hezbollah to the Polisario.

Iran “remains a designated State Sponsor of Terror and Hezbollah remains a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” it added.

“The United States seeks our partners’ support to neutralize Iran’s destabilizing influence, constrain its aggression -- particularly its support for terrorism and militants -- and restore a more stable balance of power,” the source pointed out.