The conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen have long been called "proxy wars", with Russia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia all involved.

And it's no secret that Iran has played its part as well, backing President Assad in Syria, advising Shia militias in Iraq, and supporting Houthi fighters in Yemen.

In an interview published in the Mashregh News, a retired commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was reported as saying that the so-called Liberation Army will be deployed to fight abroad.

A Tehran-based analyst, however, told Al Jazeera that there was a "misunderstanding" about what the force would do, saying it is not a specific organisation that will be formed.  

What does this latest development mean for conflicts in the region?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Mohammad Marandi - Professor at the University of Tehran

Khaled Batarfi - Assistant Professor at Al Faisal University and columnist with the Saudi Gazette

Kenneth Katzman - Iran expert with the US Congressional Research Service

Source: Al Jazeera