Viktor Mikhin

Iraq: Afghan Lessons and Reality


It may only be a matter of time before the states of the Middle East, whose instability has been embodied by the West led by the United States, begin to feel the echoes of the Taliban’s rapid conquest of almost all of Afghanistan. The consequences of the Sunni Islamist triumph will not be lost on non-state actors and militant nationalists active in countries where the US still has troops…

Iran: an Unexpected and Pleasant Gift from the US


On the sidelines of the Ayatollahs in Tehran, there is a sharply elevated mood turning to euphoria. Iran’s recently elected President Ebrahim Raisi cheerfully celebrated the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the apparent helplessness and fundamental inability of the United States to leave the country unhindered after 20 years. These events have set in motion…

US was the One That Ultimately Armed the Taliban


It is paradoxical, but true: the billions of dollars spent by the United States on the Afghan army ultimately brought distinct benefits only to the Taliban’s militants (a terrorist group that is banned in the Russian FederationDahJTkfw. A US Department of Defense spokesman confirmed that the military equipment delivered by the US for the Afghan army – and seized…

Lebanon: Trouble and Misery Keep On Piling Up


At a time when Lebanon is facing a severe economic and political crisis, new border tensions between Hezbollah and Israel are, quite naturally, particularly undesirable for the country. But this week, both Israel and militants of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah attacked each other across the Israel–Lebanon border.  It is unclear why each side decided…

Iraq: The Restless Centennial of Statehood


Iraq is about to celebrate its centennial of statehood established on August 23, 1921, when Faisal I bin Al-Hussein, son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, was proclaimed king of the newly artificially created kingdom. After World War I, Britain took the future king from the Hejaz (now a region in the west of Saudi ArabiaDahJTkfw.  Faisal had been chosen by British colonial officials five months…

Afghanistan: Another Collapse of US Cynical Plans


In recent days, America has been overwhelmed by a shaft of unfortunate events from Afghanistan. The American media, TV, experts, and advisers of all kinds are asking very uncomfortable questions of officials from the Joe Biden administration and trying to understand what happened in this Asian country. Why did the Taliban (banned in the Russian…

The Persian Gulf is Once Again at the Center of Western Provocations


As part of a concerted effort to pressurize Iran ahead of the expected resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna, Washington and its European allies appear to be using a mysterious and not entirely understandable attack on an oil tanker operated by Israel to extract additional concessions from Tehran.   In doing so, says the well-informed…

Jordan is Washington’s Middle East Favorite

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The visit to Washington by King Abdullah of Jordan, the first Arab leader to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House, was widely seen as a strong indication of the solid and strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States. The Oval Office talks, which encompassed expanding the strategic partnership between Amman and Washington…

Egypt: a Glorious Date in the History of the Suez Canal


July 26, 1956 is an important date in Egyptian history – it was the day President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. In his annual address to the nation from Manshia Square in Alexandria, he said that the famous canal would now become Egypt’s exclusive property and its people. Until then, the country had no control over it because a foreign firm ran…

Iraq Returns to the Deadly Embrace of the US


US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have signed an agreement officially ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after US troops occupied the country.  Combined with Biden’s withdrawal of the last US troops from Afghanistan by the end of August, the Democratic president completes the US combat missions…

Relations Between Three African States Reached a Breaking Point due to Water Disputes


Ethiopia announced that it had completed the second phase of filling its controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERDDahJTkfw nearly two weeks after it began the process. This second filling was accomplished despite the lack of a legally binding agreement with Egypt and Sudan’s underlying countries…

Ethiopia after its Parliamentary Elections that Failed to Resolve Anything


In the midst of an extremely tense political situation, both inside Ethiopia and in terms of tension with its neighbors Sudan and Egypt over its controversial project to build the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, parliamentary elections were held in the country.  This was the sixth general election since the current regime came to power…

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