As the political arena in Iraq returned to a degree of normality post-ISIS, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi took advantage of this opportunity to issue a 10-point statement announcing his decision to integrate the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria into the regular Iraqi army.
The renowned Iranian poet Nizami Ganjavi wrote five massive works of epic poetry. The fourth of these, written in 1197 and named “Haft Peykar” (The Seven Beauties), was written in praise of the ruler of Maragha, Ala-al-Din Korpe Arslan.
Many questions are being raised about the future of Iran’s role in Syria. For instance, how is it being affected by the rapidly shifting positions and alliances among the parties to the Syrian crisis? What about Iran’s expansionist ambitions in Syria, the US’ demands, and the intensive Israeli raids aimed at pressuring Tehran to pull its militias out of the country? Dr. Mohammed al-Sulami wrote in the Arab News.
In a move that surprised some, the US has decided not to renew the exemptions it previously granted to eight nations to continue importing Iranian oil despite the sanctions imposed on Tehran’s oil sector.