After eight years of fighting the bloodiest of wars, Iraq and Iran eventually agreed upon a cease fire.
That war killed half a million and injured and disabled hundreds of thousands. The war ended, but enmity remained between the two neighbors. On the other side of the border, an extremist Islamist group which hates its neighbor, Shiite majority Iran, took over authority in Afghanistan. In 1997, the Taliban kidnapped and killed Iranian diplomats in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The two countries almost went to war as a result. Since it has many enemies, it seems Iran is surrounded by a group of countries whose consecutive governments have adopted the same policy of opposing Iran.
Best friends forever?
Iran is now capable of isolating Israel thanks to Russia and the Ukrainian semi-revolutionCamelia Entekhabi-Fard