As Russian and Iranian forces race to lay claim to the spoils of war in Syria, the Syrian people will suffer the consequences.
By undermining Iraq's sovereignty and funding armed militias, Iran seeks to sow sectarianism and expand its regional influence.
Hardliner Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami is to succeed Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari as the commanfer-in-chief of Iran's IRGC.
During its first meeting in four years, held in Seiyun, Yemen's parliament elected Sultan al-Burkani as speaker with a majority of votes.
As Hizbullah faces fresh sanctions on a network of its financiers, it is also suffering the impact of the new terror designation of the IRGC.
The designation will help to block the malign activities carried out by the IRGC, both directly and through the armed groups it supports.
Iran-aligned militias and political parties are using leverage they gained during the ISIS fight to impose their will and serve Iran's interests.
The Lebanese militia is under increasing financial strain as a result of international sanctions and its designation as a terrorist group.
Lebanese officials expressed relief over the decision, saying they hope it will spur economic growth by revitalising the tourism sector.
Economists welcomed the government's policy statement but stressed the importance of implementation for achieving its goals.