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How Will Iraq Contain Iran’s Proxies? According to Ranj Alaaldin (The Atlantic) Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani may be the only man who can, but he’ll need help. The Popular Mobilization Units “seem poised to translate their wartime popularity into political gains in the coming elections in May”.
Russia has blocked a UN resolution that would have established a 30-day ceasefire and humanitarian deliveries in eastern Ghouta, saying that widespread reporting of heavy civilian casualties in the besieged area on the edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus, was a product of “mass psychosis”, writes Julian Borger (The Guardian).
Divergent goals of the major players in Syria, along with the apparent evolution of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, could all wind up strengthening al-Qaeda, Anton Madrasov writes on Al-Monitor.