Our regular World Cup feature with Fiona Looney in studio with John with recent world cup news updates, plus two of our club supporters Rouzbeh Razavi for Iran with Edel Meenan, for Honduras on the line to John.
To the worsening military situation in Iraq. The northern city of Tal Afar has fallen to the militants of ISIS, and this morning the BBC is reporting fighting for the city of Baquba just north of Baghdad. As you heard in the bulletin President Obama has announced the deployment of 275 American troops to Iraq. Meanwhile Iraq’s neighbour and ally Iran is sending crack troops to organise the counterattack against ISIS Shashank Joshi is a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.
Joining John on the line we have another supporter for our world cup supporters club, this time supporting the Iranian team, Rouzbeh Razavi originally from Tehran & has been working in Ireland for the past six years.
The Sunni fundamentalist group Isis has occupied a considerable amount of territory in northern Iraq, and has reportedly carried out a massacre of Iraqi government troops. The offensive has seriously alarmed the Shia-dominated central government in Baghdad. It has also raised the prospect of an unlikely cooperation between Iran and the United States, the Iraqi government’s main allies. Both are concerned to preserve the territorial integrity of a strategic but fragile state. How does Iran view the upsurge in violence in neighbouring Iraq? And the prospect of an informal alliance with the United States? To get answers to those questions ...
The election of President Rouhani in Iran has heralded a new era for this country which has been isolated internationally for the past 8 years under the reign of the former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Former advisor to Bertie Ahern and currently media commentator Paddy Duffy was invited by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to visit with a small delegation and he joined Sean this morning