Baria Alamuddin is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK. She is editor of the Media Services Syndicate and has interviewed numerous heads of state.
Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani recently traveled to Iraq and summoned together leaders of the Iran-affiliated Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi paramilitary forces. His message to them was crystal clear: Prepare for war.
There has been speculation that President Vladimir Putin could impose a union with Belarus as a ploy to retain power. (AFP)