Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Iranian tanker reportedly attacked off Jedda, but facts and responsibility unclear. More US forces to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt – peaceful protest continued in the second week but has been crushed. Government concessions on austerity and restoring subsidies though limited will alarm foreign investors and the IMF. No effective external support for the protests.
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.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
The practical and political consequences of the Abqaiq raid still not worked out. Iran blamed.
Discussion of BDS in Congress stalled. Some action in England. For Germany BDS is anti-Semitic.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
With a transitional government in place Sudan at last faces up to its problems of economic collapse and tribal conflict.