Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Sudan – despite some continuing violence formal agreement reached between the military and protesters. Bashir on trial.
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.
Bahrain – two Shia “terrorists” executed. Bahrain an international venue. Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
US Congress has passed a watered-down bill opposing BDS. Local action in the UK against an Israeli weapons company.
US troops returning to Saudi Arabia after 16 years absence. No details. Political consequences in USA and KSA.
Yemen – some agreement at a UN meeting between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, the first for months. Dangers of a wider conflict.
Fragile agreement eventually reached between military and protesters. Outlook uncertain.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
The seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar highlights the fuel crisis in Syria and EU policy.