On Geopolitics

The Race to the Iraqi Border Begins

Omar Lamrani
Senior Military Analyst, Stratfor
Jun 20, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Despite having the same finish line in sight, each actor in the Syrian conflict is driven by its own interests, and is willing to risk colliding with its rivals on the battlefield to secure them.
Despite having the same finish line in sight, each actor in the Syrian conflict is driven by its own interests, and is willing to risk colliding with its rivals on the battlefield to secure them.
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One of the best ways to track Iran's priorities in Syria and Iraq is to follow the movements of one of its highest-ranking military leaders, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. In April 2016, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC's) elite Quds Force was spotted in the northern Syrian...

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