Iran has provided support to Shia and Sunni Afghan militants for four decades, increasing its presence to fill the power vacuum.
The Zeinabiyoun Brigade remains one of the least known and most understudied foreign Shia militias operating in Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent international tour – beginning with contentious meetings in North Korea and ending at the controversial NATO summit in Brussels – included a less dramatic but nonetheless very important stop in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
There was a time when Iran’s Major General Qassim Suleimani, chief of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was the ultimate kingmaker in Iraqi politics.
Just as Israel intensified its air raids against Iranian military targets in Syria, Russia began distancing itself from Iran, demanding the withdrawal of Iranian and allied Shia militias from that country.
President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that the United States is “withdrawing” from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was greeted with considerable enthusiasm by many Gulf Arab leaders.
The White House is resurrecting the idea of an Arab expeditionary force – a concept that, for decades, has surfaced periodically in Middle Eastern discourse only to quickly evaporate and then suddenly re-emerge.
After much argument and delay, American, British and French military strikes against Syrian regime targets were finally begun on Saturday morning.
These remarks were delivered on March 5, 2018 as part of AGSIW Board Member Ambassador Edward W.
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