The Week in Review: January 5th – January 12th

Jan. 12 – Kata’ib Hezbollah, a radical armed group in Iraq, said Iran regime-backed Iraqi militant groups like its own would help Lebanese Hezbollah fight Israel if Hezbollah became a target.

The Israel-Hamas war, which began on Oct. 7 following a deadly attack in Israel, is seen by Israel as an Iran regime-backed conflict through its funding of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis.

The militant groups have claimed responsibility for several attacks in the region in recent months, including increasing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

Alireza Akhondi, a Swedish lawmaker of Iranian descent, has urged the World Economic Forum to revoke its invitation to Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian saying it would be “a slap in the face” to Iranians fighting for their freedom in the country.

The request was made over concerns that Amir-Abdollahian has ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and its Quds Force, whose members attended meetings in the Middle East just before the Oct. 7 attack.

And Iran’s government released the detained German-Iranian Nahid Taghavi, and placed her on temporary furlough in her apartment in Tehran.

Taghavi has been given an ankle monitor to wear and is only allowed to move up to 1,000 meters from her home, according to a post published by her daughter Mariam Claren on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Taghavi was charged in 2021 with several national security-related offenses, which she has always denied, and sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison.

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