Trump's National Security Plan Address the Iran Threat in 2018

Staff Writer 19 December 2017

by Armin Baldwin

Thousands of Iranian militia are stationed in Iraq to extinguish ISIS threats there. Now that ISIS has effectively been neutralized by U.S.-advised troops, and Iranian and Russian attacks, H.R. McMaster, the White House National Security Adviser, has a team who is developing a new post-ISIS strategy that focuses on containing the threat of Iran to Israel and U.S. forces.

Iran & Russia at Odds Over Division of the Caspian Sea

Armin Baldwin 18 December 2017

by Armin Baldwin

Spokesman of Islamic Republic’s foreign ministry, Bahram Qassemi, announced on December 15, that the legal status of the Caspian Sea issue has not been resolved, contrary to claims that an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea is “practically ready” by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Qassemi said further, that reaching an agreement was not even on the agenda of littoral states’ meeting held in Moscow on December 4-5.

Iran's Support of Syria to Be Broken

Navid Felker 07 December 2017

by Navid  Felker

It has been announced that the United States’ military will remain present in in Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State. Officials in the US believe that more than three-quarters of the Syrian regime’s forces are sourced by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Saudi Arabia Forges New Relationship With Iraq at Iran's Expense

Staff Writer 29 November 2017

Staff writer, SF

Recently, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made domestic changes, ramped up tensions with Iran, and criticized the Houthis in Yemen, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon.

However, there had been a quieter Saudi campaign unfolding regarding Iraq's Shia. It appears that Saudi Arabia is attempting to mend its historically antagonistic relations with Iraq's Shia at Iran's expense. With the goal of undermining Iranian dominance in the country, the Saudis seem to be taking advantage of fissures within the Iraqi elite.

What Are the Consequences of Hariri's Resignation?

Atousa Pilger 29 November 2017

by Atousa Pilger

Saudi Arabia called an emergency meeting earlier this month so that Arab League officials could declare Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”. This came as the leader of Iran’s Quds Force - Qassem Soleimani – boasted about Iran’s victory in Syria. He was recorded crossing the Iraqi border into Bou Kamal in Syria, highlighting Iran’s increasing power in the region.

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