Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.
Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.
As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.
Weeks after reportedly telling his generals to draw up plans for a withdrawal from Syria, the US president finds himself being pulled back in.
An attack on Manbij would put President Erdogan in direct conflict with the US military and its Syrian allies.
Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.
Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.
The Assad government hammers Eastern Ghouta, Japan ups its order of F-35s, and a state of emergency is extended in the Maldives.
In a further escalation of the Syrian civil war, Damascus has vowed to help the Kurds of Afrin repel the advance of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch.”
Tensions left to simmer for most of the war are now boiling over as Israel grapples with the possibility of a long-term Iranian presence in southern Syria.