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

Editor 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.

Iran Engaging in Economic Warfare With Yemen?

Armin Baldwin 28 November 2017

by Armin Baldwin

Just over a week ago, the United States’ Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified several entities and individuals that have links to an operation being led by the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds force. The department that is in charge of enforcing sanctions has also designated the entities and individuals.The operation involved printing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Yemeni currency using equipment from Europe. No more details about the plot were given, but it is expected that policymakers will keep a close eye on what Iran is doing.

Saudi-Led Alliance to Counter Terrorism

Navid Felker 27 November 2017

by Navid  Felker

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia said at the weekend that his kingdom is working to ensure that extremist ideology and terrorism is wiped out.

His comments came as he convened the very first summit of the Islamic Military Counterterrorism Alliance. Officials from around 40 Muslim countries participated.

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