Posts tagged as Middle East

Government: Estonia supports US-led Middle East peace process

Friday, January 31, 2020

On Thursday, the government approved Estonia’s position on the US-initiated Middle East peace plan, submitted by Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Reinsalu said in a statement: “Estonia welcomes the US initiative, which provides an opportunity to revitalize the Middle East peace process to achieve lasting peace between Israel and Palestine”. Estonia believes that a lasting solution to the Middle East peace process can come from direct talks between Israel and Palestine,…

Isis starting to reassert itself in Middle East heartlands, UN warns

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Islamic State has begun to reassert itself in its heartlands in the Middle East and continues to seek opportunities to strike in the west, the United Nations has warned. A report to the UN security council based on recent intelligence from member states describes how the group is mounting increasingly bold insurgent attacks in Iraq and Syria, calling and planning for the breakout of its fighters from detention facilities and…

2020: From the Middle East to the Baltics: Geopolitical forecasts in light of US-Iran conflict

By Augusts Augustiņš on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Political experts are divided in their geopolitical forecasts for 2020, with opinions differing on the direction and dynamism: from a global nuclear war to Belarus becoming part of the Russian-initiated Union State. But one thing the majority of experts can agree on is that this will be an eventful year. With experts I mean mainly those Russian political experts and bloggers who were forced to emigrate to escape repressions and…

Soleimani Assassination to send Shockwaves through the Middle East and Beyond

By Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco on Thursday, January 9, 2020

On January 3, 2020, Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike launched by US forces at Baghdad’s International Airport. The attack was orchestrated as a response to a previous assault on the American Embassy in the same city, which had been carried out by Shiite militia members closely associated with Iran just days before. Background: Soleimani’s unique profile Former CIA Director David…

Kaljulaid: Estonia will work towards reducing tensions in Middle East

Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid reiterated support for the United States’ actions in Iran but said Estonia would be working to deescalate tensions in the region going forward including within the framework of the UN Security Council and working with allies. Writing on Facebook after a meeting on Wednesday morning with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre), Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa), Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa), and  Riigikogu foreign…

Saudi Arabia Oil Attack a Geopolitical Game-changer in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

While the attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities have exposed the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities and a precarious global economy that such attacks can trigger in the event of any suffering in the oil industry; geopolitically, there is good reason to believe they could be a game-changer in the geopolitics of the Middle East. Indeed, the attacks have ushered in a geopolitical security environment in which national security threats…

US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behavior’ by Iran

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to “hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups”, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday. The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships, which came more than a year after Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from…

Dutch Army receives 2 Milrem UGVs

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Estonian developer of unmanned vehicles Milrem Robotics delivered two THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Robot and Autonomous Systems (RAS) unit of the 13th Light Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army in April for their concept development and experimentation project. Milrem Robotics delivered the two UGVs in the middle of April for the Royal Netherlands Army’s project that looks into how to exploit the possibilities that new unmanned platforms…

Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war

Friday, May 17, 2019

Iran’s most prominent military leader has recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war”, the Guardian has learned. Two senior intelligence sources said that Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s powerful Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region. The move to mobilise Iran’s regional allies is understood to have triggered fears in…

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran

By Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said. The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser. They do not call for a…