Tensions have continued to rise in the Middle East amid fears of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran. It is important to note that Iran has not developed its capabilities and regional strength with the intention of prevailing in a conventional military conflict. Iran also uses soft power (financial, political, diplomatic, public relationship and other non-military mechanisms) to portray itself as a strong economic power which also allows it to build political support abroad and insulate its proxies and allies. How much money, economic and weapons-related, is Iran pumping into neighboring states? In Lebanon, home to Iranian-bankrolled Hezbollah, financial support is estimated to be $700 million, practically all of which goes to the militant group.
Source: Forbes May 15, 2019 10:30 UTC