Widespread spontaneous protests in Iraq, over a hundred killed. Scandal of “pleasure marriages”.
Saudi Arabia – an alleged defeat in Yemen, a murder close to the King, a fire, and a speech by MBS.
The practical and political consequences of the Abqaiq raid still not worked out. Iran blamed.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
The supertanker released from Gibraltar delivers her Iranian oil to Syria. US frustrated, media confused.
Unusual Israeli attacks on both Lebanon and Iraq – a mixed reaction from the US.
Kuwaiti Amir taken ill, no details. Kuwait keeping out of regional disputes.
Israeli drones strike Hizbullah and Palestinians in Lebanon, first time since 2006. Tension rises.
UAE rethinking policy, with drawdown in Yemen and jaw-jaw with Iran.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.