Iraq is in the midst of a worsening multisided domestic crisis that contradicts “conventional” thinking about the country’s most well-known fault lines, and it’s very possible that it might become the “next Syria” if its many problems aren’t properly resolved soon enough.
Iraq has intimate socio-economic and energy links with Iran that are impossible to sever without dealing disastrous damage to the country, though the US is nevertheless trying to pressure it into complying with its sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
IS/Daesh’s drone achievements have important implications for future drone use & hybridized threats, as the group’s drone feats could serves as a model or inspiration for other terrorists and/or nation-states and proxy groups that are developing their own hybrid warfare strategies.
The “rolling back” of Iran’s “strategic depth” in the Levant will make Iraq an even greater priority for it, especially after al-Sadr’s victory and his consequent “balancing” of the Islamic Republic and the Wahhabi Kingdom that his country’s wedged between.
Since Iraq, one if the Arab world’s most developed countries, was laid waste by US bombing, and since the war was deemed a big mistake, who is responsible for trying to repair Iraq to its pre-war condition?
If a “regime change” does indeed take place in Iraqi Kurdistan, whether by electoral or militant means, then it might throw all Barzani-era international contracts into question.
The renewed diplomatic offensive that’s being waged against Iran’s regional interests might have a majorly unintended effect in strengthening Tehran’s political will to support its allied militias abroad.
Iraq has most likely coordinated its response with its Turkish and Iranian neighbors, both of whom are confronting their own armed Kurdish separatists as well.
Moscow steadily works to replace the leadership void that the US is leaving in the “Greater Middle East”.
Iran and Saudi Arabia must find a temporary compromise in their Mideast-wide rivalry and cooperate in keeping Iraq together as the most visibly tangible sign of any forthcoming détente.
If Afghanistan was an ‘occupied’ country during Soviet dominance from 1979 to 1988, how did it become a free country after Americans entered in 2001?
Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that according to information, the leader of the Islamic State, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, had reportedly been killed as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Russian aircrafts on a southern suburb of Raqqa on May 28. And today, Rami Abdul Rahman of the Syrian […]