Facebook: Iranian influence operation teamed with Qatar, targeted Iraqi election and PM selection

Facebook: Iranian influence operation teamed with Qatar, targeted Iraqi election and PM selection
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Hmm.  It’s not clear what value there is in knowing this about Iran, since our expectations about Iran wouldn’t be changed anyway.  What’s the point of highlighting it?  Seems to be about the politics of the geopolitical situation, and throwing shade.]

Facebook announced last week it had identified several new influence campaigns across its platform as part of a broader Iranian effort to covertly sway public opinion in other countries. The Reuters analysis of Tehran’s influence operations uncovered an extensive network of anonymous websites and social media accounts spanning Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube in 11 different languages.

Iran has been particularly active in Iraq, where it’s working alongside Qatar to install a pro-Iranian prime minister following the country’s May parliamentary elections.

In a report published Thursday, the Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News said Qatari officials have been lobbying Iraqi officials to join an alliance between Iranian-backed Shia militia chief Hadi al-Amiri and former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki in an effort to form a new government when the new parliament convenes Sept. 3.

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