Iran's allies in Iraq, Yemen threaten U.S. over intervention in Israel
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In Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah, a powerful armed faction with close ties to Iran, said it would target U.S. bases with missiles, drones and its special forces if Washington intervened in the conflict.
U.S. officials have accused the group of previous attacks on U.S interests in Iraq. The group has denied the claims.
The United States currently has 2,500 troops in Iraq - and an additional 900 in neighbouring Syria - on a mission to advise and assist local forces in combating Islamic State, 2014 seized swathes of territory in both countries.
China is disregarding U.S. sanctions by significantly buying Iranian oil, generating billions in profits that Tehran can then channel to its anti-Israel allies, notably Hamas.
According to the “October 2023 Iran Tanker Tracker” by United Against Nuclear Iran, the Islamic republic has exported over $80 billion worth of oil since the Biden administration began. The analysis highlights China as the primary buyer, despite U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil sale profits and secondary sanctions on companies involved in shipping Iranian oil.
China’s average purchase was around 1 million barrels per day in October, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report.
China plays a massive role in increasing Iran’s oil exports.
The CRS report suggests the Biden administration may be willingly ignoring China’s purchases of Iranian crude, speculating that the administration does not want to escalate tensions with Beijing.
Serious reductions of Iranian oil exports could raise global crude prices, the CRS noted.
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