Clashes erupted today between Iraqi forces and Hezbollah Iraq branch in Baghdad. The militia is part of the Popular Mobilization Units. After liberating ISIS-controlled areas, the Iraqi PM said all militias will be dissolved or merged with the Iraqi Army.
In response to a plea from Iranian reformists to engage in dialogue with the US, the head of the #IRGC said any deal with the US "means the death of the Islamic Republic". Could this division in #Iran hinder renegotiating a new nuclear deal?
While the US plans to transform its mission in #Iraq into a longer-term one, it also plans with #NATO to make their mission a multinational campaign to train and advise Iraqi forces to prevent a recurrence of ISIS threat. Will that help stabilize Iraq?
Saudi and UAE-backed Yemeni forces control Hodaydah airport and prepare to advance to the city. A development expected to weaken the Houthis by cutting their supply lines from the Red Sea.
The Iranian government announced today that it will keep its share in OPEC production despite US sanction on #Iran and at a time when #KSA and #Russia are planning to propose a plan to increase oil production quota among #OPEC members and Russia.
Good article discussing the rise of Muqtada AlSadr in the recent Iraqi elections and how a former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.
If Iran, Venzuela and Iraq vetoed Saudi's predicted plan to increase oil production by OPEC countries, KSA might find a way out to pursue its plan backed by Russia and other OPEC members.
#OilPrice #OPEC #KSA
#GIF new commentary by Prof. Linda Papas Funsch exploring the centrality of women’s contributions to Oman historically, within the private sphere, and currently, in the public arena.
#Oman #Women #ArabGulf
CEO of French carmaker Renault said his company will stay in Iran while taking measures to avoid the risk of penalties for breaching renewed US sanctions. Recently, dozens of European companies decided to leave Iranian markets fearing from US sanctions.