Yemen's security apparatus remains weakened by years of war against the Iran-backed Houthis, but reward programmes and international air strikes are regularly taking down AQAP leadership.
After winning big in Iraq's elections, Muqtada al-Sadr has taken steps to draw down the militia he controls and to distance himself from others.
Tehran's crackdown on regularly occurring domestic protests will become more challenging as it contends with funding and manpower shortages, observers say.
After close to a decade of military intervention and millions of dollars spent, Iran has little to show for its investment in the Syrian regime.
The extremist alliance has been purging hardline elements and factions to soften its image and ensure it can have a say in Syria's future.
Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the IRGC's most influential proxies in Iraq, has been distancing itself from Iran as it loses favour among the Iraqi public.
A shipping CEO's remarks about how China is not allowing Iranian oil tankers into its 'major ports' suggest that it may be business as usual at smaller ports where there is less scrutiny.
The decision to hand over all of Tehran's contracts to the IRGC is the latest evidence of how the military group is taking over the public and private sectors of the country.
Increasingly isolated in the region, Tehran appears to be acting out, this time creating tensions with Baku over a military exercise on its border.
There will be no security in Iran or the region while the Islamic Republic continues to fund its endless regional scheming, say observers.