Libya – descent into civil war. Oil revenue and drinking water supplies under threat.
Syria – IS eliminated as a territory. Regime still seeking full control, but (about) five other armies have their own agendas.
Four oil vessels damaged off Fujaira. Little detail – no casualties or pollution. No claims of responsibility.
Yemen – Houthi withdrawal in Hudaida a small first step. The war goes on. Some unease among the arms suppliers.
US military task force to the region. Pompeo tells Iraqis there is a threat from Iran to US forces there.
Trump moving to blacklist the Muslim brotherhood – likely consequences including Turkey and several Arab states.
Saudi Arabia criticised for women and Khashoggi trials, mass execution of 37, etc. but big business and Trump still loyal.
Haftar’s offensive halted around Tripoli. A Trump bombshell.
Haftar moves against Tripoli.
The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.