Mohammed bin Salman has purged his rivals and is trying to check Iran’s influence in Lebanon and Yemen, while setting the stage for closer cooperation with Israel.
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Over the weekend, Mohammad bin Salman purged his potential rivals and escalated Saudi Arabia’s cold war with Iran.
Kurdish Leader Resigns Under Pressure from Iraq, Benghazi Militant Captured, Saudi Arabia Gives Investors Futuristic Sales Pitch
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan resigns, the Trump administration is using the Obama playbook for a terrorist captured in Libya, and Saudi Arabia’s plans for reform keep getting more ambitious.
Kurdish national aspirations in Iraq are collapsing, Trump decertifies the JCPOA but won’t say what he wants to change, and the Islamic State loses its de-facto capital.
Trump to Decertify Iran Deal, U.S. and Turkey Cut Off Travel Visas, Saudi Arabia Scores Arms Deals with Russia and United States
Trump will send the Iran debate back to Congress, Turkey-U.S. feud over visas has roots in coup attempt, and King Salman’s big trip to Moscow.
Saudi Women Granted New Rights, Kurdistan Under Pressure after Referendum, Egypt Targets Dissidents and Minorities
Saudi Arabia softens some of its most extreme conservative laws, Kurdistan’s neighbors close ranks, and Egypt’s latest crackdown goes after gay men.
Backlash to Kurdish Independence Referendum Begins, Trump Has Made Decision on Iran Deal, Russian and U.S.-backed Forces Converge in Syria
Iraq and its neighbors mobilize against Kurdish referendum, Trump won’t tell his allies his plans for the JCPOA, and Russia bombs Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir El-Zour.
Kurdish Independence Referendum Draws Criticism and Threats, Saudi Arabia’s “Authoritarian Upgrading” Strategy, and the Gulf’s New Outreach to Israel
Iraq braces for the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, Saudi Arabia's economic reform project reaches a critical juncture, and the Gulf states seem to be changing their posture toward Israel.
Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Deal, Rebel Coalition in Yemen Bends but Doesn’t Break, U.S. and Hezbollah Fight over Islamic State in Syria
The IAEA disagrees with the Trump administration about Iran’s compliance, Houthi and Saleh loyalists involved in Sanaa streetfighting, and an Islamic State convoy is trapped between Syria’s frontlines.
New Qatari Royal Enters Gulf Feud, Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Confused by U.S. Policy, and Diplomats Try to Prevent Kurdish Independence Referendum
Saudi Arabia is grooming a royal rival in Qatar, the Trump administration’s latest diplomatic tour in the region has officials scratching heads, and officials are trying to give Iraqi Kurds a reason to postpone next month’s vote on secession.