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.


RussInSoCal said...

That goal may well hasten a Israel-Saudi-(Egypt?) alliance. Who knows at this point on what side the US might fall. If the US decides to even engages at all.

Jay Farquharson said...

That's not a Crescent.

I guess over time, the propaganda has to change.

Caecus said...

Qassem Suleimani, head of Irans ALL POWERFUL Quds Force.


Aizino Smith said...

Apparently, JJ Farq did not read WNU's comment.

Eventually ending up in Jerusalem would make it a crescent.

The Fertile Crescent depicted of yore was never symmetric in the 1st place.

JJ is being far too literal, which is the hallmark of a small mind.

Jay Farquharson said...

Depending on how you rank them, Israel's either ranked 3rd or 4th as a Global Nuclear Power, they have the Nuclear Triad with the ability to hit anywhere from Bejing, through London and Washington, to Moscow.

Iran ain't conquoring Jerusalem, ever, and they arn't even interested in it.

But keep checking under your bed religiously every night , Anzino, I'm sure you will find Qud's Force there any day now.