While a broader ceasefire generally holds, the battle for a small village in North Syria has important implications for the Syrian regime, the Kurds, Putin and Erdogan.
Putin’s visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE mark a significant change in the relationship, as perceptions of US decline are reinforced by Trumpian flip-flop.
The military balance shifts against Turkey and its Arab allies as the YPG strikes a deal agreement with al-Assad and Russia backs Syria over Turkey.
Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
Donald Trump is not being as inconsistent over the Middle East as the news flow may have you believe.
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.
Erdoğan/Putin rapprochement – Turkey slipping away from the West, but in Syria losing ground to Asad backed by Moscow.
Gibraltar has accepted that the detained tanker carrying Iranian oil will not breach EU sanctions on Syria, and released her. But until she sails US attempts to detain her continue.