Kurds Seek Independence After Iran Missile Strikes
With Iran not approving the Erdogan, Putin, Naroduchi negotiations to leave Idlib unharmed and intact suggests the rebel territory may be saved in order to compel the rebels to confront Iran or hold Iranian forces check. Meanwhile, the Kurds are moving closer to political independence. From this position, they could carefully negotiate peace even if temporarily with Assad and Putin while continuing to engage Iran or Iranian installations in Syria. Iran recently targeted Kurdish leaders with missile strikes.
The Iran-Russia alliance is weakening. “Russia is in the interests of its national interests and in coordination with the United States and other regional powers,” said Yadullah Islami after noting Russia’s restraint following the recent Israeli strikes on Latakia targeting Iranian forces, facilities, resources.
Anti Iran Sanctions in Iraq
In Iraq too, tension is burning among riots involving the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) intervention in protests in Basra. Congress is threatening Iran-backed groups in Iraq with sanctions as the US has amplified its presence there with the recent announcement of the “Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act.” Iraq’s protests continue to point to the lack of infrastructure and poor quality of life.
Before Sadam Hussein’’s regional aggression against neighbors like Kuwait, Iraqi education especially in mathematics was among the top scores internationally. Now, the country ranks towards the bottom on TIMMS and PLRS international education tests showing another symptom of the dramatic decline in living standards compared to prior decades for average Iraqi households. Iraq’s current government is struggling to appease dissent while juggling its powerful neighbor.
The Washington Institute asserted, “many in Congress and the Trump administration see no prospect of either [the Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN)] transforming into a political actor that prioritizes Iraq’s interests over Iran’s.”
While Iran still awaits the matter of sanctions at the Hague, Twitter conversation is buzzing with Iran’s continued rise in inflation. The housing market in Iran is expected to drift back into a recession. Iran’s economy may not have time to wait on the International Court of Justice. The UN can whip up a peacekeeping force faster than it can process a claim.