By Vladimir Gujanicic – Apr 14, 2019 – When the Battle for the Middle East began in 2011 in the framework of the Arab spring process, contours of the geopolitical struggle were quickly formulated. The whole world was a witness to the grouping of states into opposing camps. The arena for this conflict was the territory of Syria and Iraq, but almost all of the world was drawn into the conflict. After more than a million died, we enter the final phase of what the war was really about, the creation of a New Middle East. The armed parties knew that there was no mediation. The Middle East would be recreated in one way or another, depending on which bloc of states won this war.
And if the war did not stop, we can see the outlines of the Middle East, which is confirmed every day. After the integration of the Axis of Resistance and the Iraqi Army on the Syrian-Iraqi border, the clearing of the remains of the Islamic State on both sides of the border has been under way for more than a year. And if there remained a negligible number in the form of cells scattered across the desert, a decision was made that the border crossing of Al Qaim or Abu Kamal, on the other hand, was put into operation, thus opening Syria’s communications on three sides of the world and re-establishing the land route with its main ally, Iran. Let’s remember that in 2012 Syria had a land route for supplies from Iran, which was practically re-established only a year ago, and has officially reopened, with a fully regulated border crossing between Syria and Iraq.
This war ended a political struggle between the Syrian and Iraqi nations, two countries with different political systems, but with a common goal. The obstacles within those states that enabled the empires to destabilize those countries are now almost completely destroyed. The linking of Syria, Iraq and Iran to the wider security and economic community is the next step, and positive news have just arrived.
The first news that arrived was the announcement on the opening of the border crossing, which was immediately followed by a statement by the Railway Director of Salih Salib al-Hussain, who stated that Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus would soon hold a summit to discuss the implementation of the rail network that will connect these three countries. Shalmcheh-Basra railroad will cost around 2.2 railway network is the natural first stage of connection, because it is also the cheapest for construction.
After the implementation of the first phase, it is expected that the three countries will be connected by road, rail and pipeline, which will encompass one large security and economic whole that will ensure the existence and economic development of the Middle East.