Strategic Council Online—Interview: An analyst of Iraq issues says the Hashd al-Shabi march marked the celebration of the admission of this force as an independent force in future, adding that the United States has reached the conclusion that Hashd al-Shabi will be an inseparable force of Iraq military in future and that’s why their approach has changed from dissolving Hashd al-Shabi to changing its nature.
Having enjoyed the extensive reserves of gas and oil, Iraq has always been an interesting country for foreign investors and well-known and major companies in the energy field. But political-security incidents and unrests of the country within the past few decades have made it hard and even sometimes impossible for activities in the energy field. Unlike other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, not enough investment was made in Iraq especially in the energy sector.
Strategic Council Online – Ahmad Mousa al-Abadi, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, announced on Wednesday, June 16 that power transmission network lines in Diyala Province were out of service; because they were targeted by the ISIS terrorist attacks.
Alireza Majidi – Expert on Iraqi affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Subcontinent affairs in connection with the recent explosion in front of a girls’ school in Kabul that killed and injured a large number of innocent Afghan people and children, said that no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: A university professor says if tensions are de-escalated in Iraq and the central government is able to control the situation including in all military and economic centers, the Turkish government and other trans-regional governments could not be able to exert influence in that country.
Strategic Council Online – An American affairs expert said: From the Americans’ point of view, Russia is expanding its military base in Syria and making efforts to establish military bases in Libya and Sudan. It is also expanding its influence from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, he said, adding that China is also moving westward, i.e. the Middle East region, by relying on economic initiatives such as the Silk Road and One Belt One Road initiative.
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.”