“Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars,” leftist Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said. “Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.”
Esmail Ghaani was born August 8, 1957 in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. He grew up during the last decade of monarchy. He joined the Guard a year after the 1979 revolution. Like Qassem Soleimani, he first deployed to put down the Kurdish uprising in Iran that followed the shah’s downfall. Who is Esmail Ghaani? Esmail Ghaani Biography and Profile.
Qasem Soleimani, born 11 March 1957. He bears resemblance to Sean Connery. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, once called him a “living martyr of the revolution.” For Iranians whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergy, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani widely represented a figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of U.S. pressure. Who is Qasem Soleimani? Here’s Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani Biography and Profile.
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told Arab leaders on Saturday that Russia is no replacement for the United States in the Middle East following Moscow’s military intervention in Syria.
“Russia’s presence in the region cannot replace the longstanding, enduring, and transparent US commitment to the Middle East,” Mattis told a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.
Mkhaimer Abusada, a Palestinian analyst, said he thinks the Khashoggi killing will have a "huge effect" on the crown prince's own behavior as well.
"I think from now on, he is going to count his steps carefully and stop being that impulsive," he said. "The Palestinians will reject the U.S. peace plan when it's officially on the table and MBS will not be in any good position to wield any pressure on the Palestinians to accept it."
Oil is the real reason behind all conflicts in the Middle East while Syria is just the latest victim of this struggle, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the UN General Assembly in a speech she started in Arabic. The very existence of the modern Middle Eastern states have been “shaped by oil business,” Kneissl told the UNGA.
Whatever happens to the rebels in Idlib province, Russia is determined to keep Syria solidly anchored in its sphere of influence over the long term — both as a foothold in the Middle East and as a warning to the U.S. and its allies against future interference.
“Russia wants … a new Mideast security order,” said Emile Hokayem, Middle East security expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.