8 min

Crisis Brief: The Risk of an Iranian Military Response in Iraq Overwatch

    • Daily News

The leader of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) stated that it intends to provide security for the Arbae'en pilgrimage, signaling that Iran may deploy this force to Iraq. The LEF helped the Assad regime attempt to suppress the Syrian rebellion. Iran has used it to quell domestic protests, and the unit may assist Iran’s proxies in Iraq to do the same. Critical Threats Project Iran expert Nicholas Carl discusses this possibility and its implications with ISW’s Research Director Jennifer Cafarella.

The leader of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) stated that it intends to provide security for the Arbae'en pilgrimage, signaling that Iran may deploy this force to Iraq. The LEF helped the Assad regime attempt to suppress the Syrian rebellion. Iran has used it to quell domestic protests, and the unit may assist Iran’s proxies in Iraq to do the same. Critical Threats Project Iran expert Nicholas Carl discusses this possibility and its implications with ISW’s Research Director Jennifer Cafarella.

8 min