The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East has been ongoing for decades, and a bipartisan resolution is urging the Biden administration to crack down on Iran-backed militant groups in the region.
The resolution, which was passed by both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, raises the alarm over Iran-backed militia groups – in particular, groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Popular Mobilization Forces – citing their alleged role in violent attacks against civilians, violent oppression of political dissidents, and perpetuation of instability.
The resolution also requests the Biden administration to uphold human rights and international law by taking “all necessary steps” to prevent these groups from acquiring weapons, money, and influence. This includes lobbying international allies, imposing sanctions and other financial penalties, and using diplomatic pressure to ensure compliance.
Furthermore, the resolution urges the Biden administration to take a more proactive stance in speaking out against violations committed by these groups, such as the displacement of civilians and reported torture of those in detention.
The resolution potentially marks a shift in the U.S. policy towards Iran-backed militia groups. The influx of weapons and funds have been linked to increasing destabilization in the region and suffering of the civilian population. The bipartisan resolution sends a clear message that controlling these militia groups is a top priority for both parties in the House, and that any progress toward stabilizing the Middle East must include a crackdown on these groups.
It remains to be seen what steps the Biden administration will take to comply with the House’s resolution and bring an end to the violence of Iran-backed militia groups. It is essential to ensure that the Biden administration takes active steps to curtail their influence and provide support to those affected by their actions.