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"Limited movement of the coalition": Iraq began preparations for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country

"Limited movement of the coalition": Iraq began preparations for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country

The Iraqi authorities began preparations for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the territory of the state, restricting the movement of the international coalition to combat IS *. Her activities in the country will be limited to consultations, arms transfers and training for Iraqi troops, while coalition forces will leave Iraq. This decision was made after the death of Iranian General Kassem Suleimani on the night of January 3 as a result of US air strikes in the vicinity of Baghdad airport. The representative of the commander in chief of the armed forces of Iraq, Abdel Kerim Half, called the US strikes in the country stupid. Read more about "Limited movement of the coalition": Iraq began preparations for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country

Stanislav Byshok: Danger of a nuclear Iran is overestimated

Of course, everyone understands that Iran, and of course North Korea, will never attack anyone. Nevertheless, in order to maintain a public consensus, Iran, North Korea and Russia are used as bogeymen. Read more about Stanislav Byshok: Danger of a nuclear Iran is overestimated

Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another.  Read more about Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

The Rouhani Surprise

The only thing we learn from Iranian elections, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, is that we do not learn from Iranian elections. Despite their careful study of the tea leaves of Iranian domestic politics, neither the pundits nor the policymakers in the West could have imagined, even a day before the June 14 election, that Hassan Rouhani would win the polling. The same kind of monocausal analysis that blindsided the observers of Iran now risks creating misguided expectations about the implications of Rouhani's presidency. Read more about The Rouhani Surprise

Iran's Elections: 'Back to the Future'

It's a very rare moment in Iran. Once again, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad changes the equation even though he, personally, isn't part of it. Both the "reformists" and the "principalists" have a single objective in this election: defeating Ahmadinejad's candidate, Esfendyar Rahim Mashaei, or whoever makes it to the final list of candidates. Read more about Iran's Elections: 'Back to the Future'