Russian language learning has been heavily promoted in Syria, as part of Russia's soft power plan to increase its control over the Middle Eastern country.
A mass exodus of Iranians would be expected in the event of a war, and of great concern is the plight of refugees inside Iran and the potential for a regional refugee crisis.
Hizbullah's refusal to give up its weapons has helped feed a political formula of 'We protect your corruption, you protect our weapons and terrorism'.
Discontent is on the rise with more evidence that top leaders are prioritising the regime's expansionist agenda abroad over the economic well-being of its citizens.
The Iranian foreign minister levels harsh criticism at Qassem Soleimani and the IRGC's influence on Iran's foreign policy in a leaked audio file that is causing ferocious domestic backlash.
Even Iran's Supreme Leader is upset, calling the Iran-backed militias 'thieves' for the disappearance of vast sums of money destined for Tehran, and their vicious infighting over influence and money.
The Iran-backed party is undermining the Lebanese state and international entities and agreements, keeping Lebanon mired in crisis.
Tehran continues to keep the details of the deal secret, and observers fear the economic crisis Iran is facing has forced it to sign an unbalanced deal that will empower China.
Russia is vying for more influence in the Middle East. Its alliance with Iran, the Syrian regime and Hizbullah, however, has cast doubt about its intentions.
An estimated 20,000 foreign fighters -- many of them Kremlin-backed Wagner Group mercenaries -- are 'a stab in our back', the country's interim prime minister said after a historic unity vote.