Due to factors such as the presence of DAESH, in-fighting, supply and foreign support shortages, the Syrian rebels are losing ground in Idlib.
The embargo imposed upon Qatar, Mohammed bin Salman becoming the Crown Prince, dismissals within Saudi Arabia and the Jerusalem decision could be interpreted as signs of a new order.
While Putin’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria was to convey the message that Russia had won the war and is withdrawing most of its military personnel, the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2018 and Putin, naturally, wants his “victories” to serve him in the election.
As a result of its alliance with the US, the PKK expanded territories it captured and began to consolidate its territorial control in the Middle East.
The Balfour Declaration granted the international legitimacy for Zionist settler colonialism and sowed the seeds for the future dispossession of the native, Palestinian, population.
The assassination of Ali Abdullah Saleh has driven the Saudi-Iran proxy war on to a different level, and there is no doubt that the Riyadh administration will intensify military operations in Yemen.
Following the resignation of Masoud Barzani as president of the KRG, relations between the Baghdad and KRG administrations have entered a new era in which the semi-independent status of the KRG has become something of the past. The much spoken about Kurdish ascendance in the Middle East has inevitably proved to be a mirage.
While the rivalry between the United Arab Emirates and Turkey has deepened since the 2011 Arab uprisings, the two countries have achieved positive relations in industries such as defense.
Approval of the UN’s roadmap for peace in Libya, proposed by UN Special Representative in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, will give start to a political process that will thwart Haftar’s strategy of “militarizing the state.”
Announced on November 4, the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri shook the country and sent a shock wave across the region. Saudi Arabia’s offensive against Iran is now expanding on all fronts with all the relevant risks. But does the young Crown Prince, at the initiative of this strategy, have the means of his policy?