Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Iraq affairs, commenting on the continued presence of US troops in Iraq despite strategic talks between the two countries on this issue and approval of the law on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in December 2019 said: There is no doubt that the stay of American forces in Iraq will intensify instability in that country.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Middle East affairs and assistant professor of international relations in the Human Sciences Research Center says relations between Baghdad and Riyadh have faced many highs and lows during the past several decades.
Online Strategic Council—Interview: A university professor says Iraqi prime minister is trying to resolve some of the economic and financial problems of his country through Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.
Continued military presence of the United States in Syria; leverage for obtaining political concessions
Online Strategic Council—Interview: An analyst of West Asian issues says Americans are seeking to stabilize their presence in Syria and keep parts of their forces in the north and south of Syria, saying that Americans are definitely seeking long-term plans in Syria.
Strategic Council Online – The Islamic Resistance in the region in 1399 (March 2020 – March 2021), , recorded significant growth and efficiency in terms of field capabilities despite global developments and increasing US intervention.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: When the Saudi court started the invasion of Yemen and attacked this territory from the land, air, and sea with the hope of capturing it in several days and destroy Ansarallah, the Saudis and their regional and international allies could not have even imagined that this war, despite the huge damages on Yemen, would not end in the overthrow of the Ansarallah and the occupation of Yemen and the establishment of a Saudi-allied regime, but would turn into a turning point for the mighty display of the power of the Islamic resistance and the shameful failure of the Saudi regime.
Hamid Khoshayand—international issues analyst
Strategic Council Online – Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq, emphasizing the strategic importance of Iran-Iraq relations, said: Trips at the level of the foreign minister gives the message that bilateral relations enjoy a good and promising trend.
Strategic Council Online – The former Director-General of the Middle East Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that the interests of governments and regional powers in the Middle East are in conflict and trans-regional players too are not interested in its stability and security, said: In case relations with Saudi Arabia are organized through diplomacy and differences are resolved through negotiation it would help improve the two countries’ position in the world.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Afghanistan affairs says it seems the Americans had reached an agreement with the Taliban to limit their military presence in Afghanistan, adding that the United States would prolong its military presence in Afghanistan not to lose it to its rivals like in Iraq.
Strategic Council Online – Although for a long time, governments were the most important and only players in international politics and power was the first and most important determinant of international equations, in recent decades and with the emergence of non-governmental players, we have been witness to their role-playing.
Hamid Khoshayand – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Iran’s presence and influence in the region, which is a constructive and stabilizing one that eliminates insecurity and panic, is one of the main red lines in compliance with safeguarding the strategic interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that ISIS survivors are part of the leverage of foreign powers to advance their foreign policy towards Iraq, adding: This view is especially true about the United States, which is under the pressure of the resistance groups to withdraw troops following a decision by the Iraqi parliament.
Strategy Council Online – A Middle East expert said: “Some speculations suggest that with the rise of Joe Biden in the United States, we may see an acceleration of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and some other countries in the region.”
Legacy of Martyr Soleimani: defeat of terrorism and establishment of security and stability in the region
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of West Asia affairs says efforts and measures taken by General Soleimani would be recorded in history as an utter fiasco for the United States as he played a significant role in establishing security and stability in the region.
Legacy of Martyr Soleimani; Axis of Resistance, New Political-Security Structure & Special & Lasting Military Command
Strategic Council Online – Special Assistant to the IRI Parliament Speaker for International Affairs, stating that General Soleimani was able to launch new political-security arrangements in the region called “Axis of Resistance”, noted: “Using the capacity of diplomacy and personal power in negotiations with all foreign parties, has left another unique policy in the field of negotiations from General Soleimani.”
Strategic Council Online—Editorial: The disintegration of Iraq is one of the main projects pursued by the US government in recent years and in proportionate with the conditions and requisites of the region and inside Iraq.
Hamid Khosh-Ayand—International affairs analyst
Online Strategic Council—Interview: An expert of West Asia affairs says the link between the elements of “belief” and “the management Style of Soleimani” who had pinned his trust in God resulted in the defeat of Daesh.
Strategic Council Online – Despite warnings, Ronald Trump intends to reduce the number of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of the deadline. He wants to be still influential in foreign and security policy, and intends to constrain his successor, Joe Biden. Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, without coordination and acceptance of the responsibility, could have dangerous consequences for the region as well as for the European allies of the US.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – As ISIS targets the Afghan capital with numerous missile strikes, this idea has been bolstered that it could pave the way for a continued US presence in Afghanistan and given that ISIS terrorist attacks are in line with the targets of the White House to perpetuate violence in Afghanistan and manage it, planning of those attacks has been attributed to Washington.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – senior expert on Asia affairs