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.
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
Palestinian water resources are already under strain. Population growth and climate change will make things more difficult.