Tag: Iraq

Challenges Facing New Iraqi Prime Minister Designate

Strategic Council Online: Adnan Al-Zurfi’s dual citizenship and his desire to align with Washington will spark opposition from some coalitions and political groups in Iraq who may prevent his government from being cleared by the parliament. Therefore, it can be said that the fate of Al-Zurfi will not be better than that of Al-Allawi and the new nominee for the prime minister must already consider his possible failure to form a government.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert

Iraqi Popular Protests and US Projection against Iran

Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asian affairs said the trend of America’s expulsion from Iraq has started, adding that the Americans were trying to accuse Iran before the public opinion of Iraq by suggesting that the attack on al-Taji camp was Iran’s work while this is a projection and escape forward. He said the Iraqi people’s protest against the US occupation in Iraq has nothing to do with Iran.

Allawi Fails to Form Gov’t, Violence May Erupt in Iraq Again

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor describing the factors that led to the failure and resignation of Tawfiq Alawi in forming the government, noted: The Iraqis by going home from the streets truly cooperated with the political groups but these groups failed to cooperate in formation of an independent government and asked for their share of the cabinet. Therefore, there are high possibilities for the people to go back to the streets and violence could erupt again.

Taliban Retreat and Ambiguities in Possible Peace with America

Strategic Council Online: Donald Trump is now in dire need of foreign accomplishments in 2020, the year of presidential elections, and if Washington can reach a deal with the Taliban and sign it, Trump could use it as bargaining chip.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Afghanistan Affairs Expert

Saudi Contradictory Policy towards Iran

Strategic Council Online: The double standards played by the Saudis to the effect that on the one hand, they say they do not seek tensions with Iran and on the other hand emphasize that they share the same positions with the US against Iran may indicate Riyadh’s contradictory approach to Tehran.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert

Revival of Terrorist Groups in NW Syria Blocks Crisis Solution

Strategic Council Online: Referring to a UN official’s warning against strengthening of terrorists’ positions and efforts to revive ISIS, a West Asian affairs expert said given that Idlib is the last hope for the terrorists and their overseas supporters, the possibility of boosting these terrorist groups exists and therefore the Idlib war will be very difficult to fight.

Annihilation of Palestine; Ultimate Goal of Deal of the Century

Two senior Iranian diplomats who attended a conference in Tehran under the theme “Islamic World and Deal of the Century” emphasized that the essence of the Deal of the Century was the annihilation of Palestine, though it had a brief look at the domestic policy of America and the Zionist regime.

New Iraqi Prime Minister Facing Complex Internal & External Situations

Strategic Council Online: One of the major challenges of the new Iraqi prime minister is his foreign policy in dealing with important regional and international actors. In particular, the shape of Baghdad’s relations with Tehran and Washington will be of great importance in determining the stability and continuity of the government of Mohammad Tawfiq Hussein Allawi.
Sayyid Reza Ghazvini Gharabi – Iraqi Affairs Analyst

Strategic Implications of US Plane Crash in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online: An Afghan affairs expert said the US military plane crash in Afghanistan could indicate that Washington has become so vulnerable in the region that it is hurt even by the Taliban. “If it is proved it is the work of the Taliban the US policy towards the Taliban is set to change.”

Strategic Dangers of Transferring US Military Bases to Iraq’s Erbil

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor says the Americans have a number of plans to boost their presence in Iraqi Kurdistan. “America has come to the conclusion that it is more desirable for them to be in Iraqi Kurdistan than Baghdad and its green zone.”

Massive Anti-American Rallies; Message of Unity in Iraq

Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq says the United States and Israel are seeking disintegration of the regional countries, adding that the formation of new regions is different from Iraq’s breakdown. There are analyzes that creation of these regions could disintegrate Iraq, but it is not a simple matter and no one can divide Iraq, he said.

US Intentions behind Increasing Troop Deployment to Eastern Syria

Strategic Council Online: Although the increase in the number of US troops deployed in eastern Syria cannot significantly affect major developments and the security order in the West Asian region due to its small number, but it could contribute to continuation of Syrian and Iraqi crises as well as affect the oil markets.
Dr. Hossein Ajorlou – Middle East affairs expert

Consequences of Economic Sanctions for US Economy

Strategic Council Online: Michigan Journal on International Law forecasts $15 to $19 billion in sanctions losses caused by losing export markets, which is equivalent to 200,000 to 260,000 jobs lost.
Reza Tavakoli – International Economic Relations Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University

Strategic Dimensions of Iran’s “Hard Revenge”

Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said that the Iranian military operation against the US military base in Baghdad was merely a blow to American grandeur and that Iran’s response will be given in due time and within the geography of the Resistance. The Americans should estimate their response within the new calculations not the previous evaluations that Iran exercised restraint.

US Withdrawal from Iraq and Obstacles Ahead

Strategic Council Online: The most important key obstacle for Americans leaving Iraq is the absence of a strong government in the country at the current juncture. The incumbent government has been severely weakened by the recent US-led turmoil and does not have the authority required to decide about territorial integrity and respect for national sovereignty in Iraq.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs expert

‘Club of Sanctioned’ Initiative to Counter US Sanctions

Strategic Council Online: In case of establishment of the ‘Club of Sanctioned’ the effectiveness of the sanctions tools, including synergies between the economies of the sanctioned countries, by using techniques such as expanding multilateral pacts, creating alternative financial messengers for SWIFT and initiating new financial platforms make these countries immune from US trade sanctions.

– Seyyed Mohammad Reza Mousavi / Political Economy Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
– Amir Hossein Arabpour / International Political Marketing Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University

Lt. General Suleimani, Architect of Regional Security, Stability

Strategic Council Online: A university professor said that the US criminal assassination of Lt. General Qassem Suleimani was the result of Washington’s desperation against Iran and General Suleimani and his braveries. He added the Americans thought that with assassination of General Suleimani they would be allowed to revive the US-led and managed ISIS.

Strategic Implications of Lt. General Suleimani’s Martyrdom

Strategic Council Online: An expert on strategic issues said that what was not included in the US calculations was the impact of Commander Suleimani’s martyrdom which simultaneously created a dramatic and unimaginable resurgence in all domestic, regional and trans-regional trends.

Reasons and Implications of US Attack on Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi

Strategic Council Online: The United States bombed five strongholds of Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in al-Qa’im near the Iraqi-Syrian border on Sunday, December 29, 2019 which left 25 martyrs and more than 50 injured. The Americans claim the attack was in response to an attack on December 27 on an Iraqi military base where a group of US troops were also deployed. During the attack, several Americans and a number of Iraqi Army forces were injured and a US civilian contractor was killed.

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