Sunday, October 9, 2016
Iran's Long Term Strategic Goal Is To Secure A Path To The Mediterranean
Martin Chulov, The Guardian: Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean
Militias controlled by Tehran are poised to complete a land corridor that would give Iran huge power in the region.
Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic State, but they have not been given a direct role in the coming attack to free Iraq’s second city from its clutches.
Instead, while the Iraqi army attacks Mosul from the south, the militias will take up a blocking position to the west, stopping Isis forces from fleeing towards their last redoubt of Raqqa in Syria. Their absence is aimed at reassuring the Sunni Muslims of Mosul that the imminent recapture of the city is not a sectarian push against them. However, among Iraq’s Shia-dominated army the militia’s decision to remain aloof from the battle of Mosul is being seen as a rebuff.
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WNU Editor: Make no mistake about it .... the Iranians are supporting their religious allies. But I cannot help but feel that their ultimate goal/target/dream/desire is to be at the gates of Jerusalem .... not the Mediterranean.