Can Russia Defuse the Contribution with Iran – Jeresusalem Post

Here’s a reflective article from the Jeresusalem Post, considering Russia’s capacity and desire to curtail military aggression from both Iran and Israel. The article cites subject experts. The thrust of the article is broadly worrying. Because Iran is on the winning side, it argues that she’s claiming her right to a continued presence in Syria. But Iran military build up in Syria is a direct strategic threat to Israel. The weekend’s escalation risks triggering an escaltion to war, which could quickly become regional. Without effective intervention, war looks inevitable. I question whether US or Russian intervention will be more effective with Iran?

Trump administration moves forward with Afghanistan mining plan, despite risks – Middle East – Stripes

Here’s an important article from Stripes. It reports that President Donald Trump, who last week announced that he would be sending more troops to Afghanistan, believes the country’s estimated $1 trillion in mineral resources can be used to repay the United States for what it has spent there.

Source: Trump administration moves forward with Afghanistan mining plan, despite risks – Middle East – Stripes

Of course, the elephant in the room also means that developing the mineral wealth in Afghanistan and divert attention from opium. The US is experiencing an opioid crisis where the large cause of death for the under fifties is drug overdose.

Unfortunately, the Trump strategy seems high risk, so it would be interesting to speculate on risk mitigation options?

Thoughts?