Syria – fighting continues, mainly in and around Idlib between the Syrian army and jihadis. International complications.
Morocco’s right to exploit the resources of the Western Sahara is contested by Polisario and its supporters. Elsewhere on the Atlantic littoral, Mauritania has cooperated successfully with Senegal over shared water and gas resources.
Sudan – 60 demonstrators killed, talks between the military and the protesters stalled.
Syria – IS eliminated as a territory. Regime still seeking full control, but (about) five other armies have their own agendas.
Haftar’s offensive halted around Tripoli. A Trump bombshell.
Haftar’s forces face resistance around Tripoli. International condemnation but some external support for Haftar continues.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
Army chief administers coup de grace on Bouteflika. A second Republic?
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.