The Islamic Republic and Iran are the two main protagonists of the conflict in Iraq.
In 2016, the Islamic State (IS) and the Iran-backed Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were in a war of attrition that saw the Islamic state capture vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, while Iran and its ally, the Lebanese Hezbollah, pushed the Shiite-dominated PMF back.
Both forces are in the throes of internal struggles, as Iran is facing an internal Sunni backlash against the Islamic revolution that has brought an end to its nuclear program.
But the Islamic republic and Iran have also found common ground on a variety of issues.
The Islamic republic, with its vast oil wealth, has long been seen as the guarantor of regional stability, but with the rise of the Islamic extremists, its influence has become ever more apparent.
The Iranian regime, on the other hand, is accused of being behind a range of regional problems, including a wide range of corruption and human rights abuses, and has come under international criticism for its alleged support of terrorism and extremism.
The two parties have engaged in various negotiations on various issues, but their relationship has remained largely transactional, with the Islamic regime providing Iran with an important piece of oil.
Now, Iran and Iran-aligned groups are looking to deepen the relationship and see it as a means to maintain their geopolitical position and maintain regional influence.
With the emergence of the Syrian civil war and the rising influence of Iran, there is a growing concern in Tehran that its regional and economic position will be eroded.
As the two countries seek to regain their position as the regional superpower, it is important for Iran to understand the potential for a renewed relationship between them.
Iran’s relations with Iraq and Iran’s relationship with Syria have long been intertwined, and the relationship has often been seen to be a proxy war.
Iraq and Iraq-Iran relations are a complex and dynamic relationship, and their relationship with the West and its allies is likely to remain a source of friction in the future.
But despite the difficulties, the two nations should not lose sight of their common interests, especially as the situation in Iraq evolves.
In Iraq, the United States is committed to its long-term security and to the security of its key partners in the region, namely the United Kingdom and France.
The U.S. is determined to protect its strategic interests in Iraq, including the Iraqi-Iranian border.
In Syria, Washington is committed both to maintaining the integrity of the Bashar al-Assad regime and the political stability of Syria.
In the years since the conflict between the Assad regime and protesters began in 2011, the Syrian government has been fighting ISIL, the group that has claimed responsibility for attacks in the United Nations, and ISIL and its affiliates in Iraq and elsewhere.
The United States and its regional partners are committed to working with all parties to secure the Syrian-Iraqi border and ensure that the country remains free of terrorism.
Iran and the United Arab Emirates have a long history of cooperation in their mutual defense, and both countries are engaged in cooperation and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
This partnership has also been a source to increase their security, as both countries have a common interest in preventing terrorist organizations from using their territory and resources to attack the region.
With this in mind, Iran has been in constant contact with the Iraqi government since 2016, and in May 2018, the Iranian government hosted the first joint security conference for Iraq and the U.A.E. The summit in Baghdad focused on improving security cooperation and sharing intelligence, which included a discussion of the potential of a joint Iranian-Iraqan security team to combat the Islamic extremist threat in Iraq at a time when ISIL is still expanding its footprint in the country.
In August 2019, the leaders of Iraq-U.
A-E.-Iran Joint Committee met in Baghdad to discuss a joint program to develop cooperation in border security, including cooperation in intelligence, maritime security, maritime surveillance, and intelligence sharing.
This cooperation is also expected to be strengthened in the coming months and years, with a common strategy to ensure the security and stability of the region and to reduce tensions between Iraq and neighboring countries.
This article is based on the author’s research for the Journal of the Royal International Society for the Promotion of International Relations.
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