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Explainer: Tensions between the US and Iran have reached the highest point in decades, with the killing of a leading Iranian general by Washington. But how did it all start?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has promised 'severe revenge' for the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

After Aramco attack: Middle East closer to '1914 moment'

International Crisis Group

After Aramco attack: Middle East closer to '1914 moment'

Comment: Washington's strategy of withdrawing from the nuclear deal and devastating Iran's economy was bound to provoke Tehran, bringing the region to the brink of all-out war, argues the ICG.

Iran-GCC energy relations in the sanctions era

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

Iran-GCC energy relations in the sanctions era

Analysis: Iran could easily export cheap gas to GCC nations, but only if it improves political relations with arch-enemy Saudi Arabia, notes ...

US and Germany clash over Iran deal and Syria

The New Arab

US and Germany clash over Iran deal and Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice-President Mike Pence have clashed at a security conference in Munich.

The New Arab

Bahrain to reopen Damascus embassy after UAE move

The concerted moves by Bahrain and the UAE come seven years after Gulf Arab states recalled their ambassadors and shuttered their embassies in Syria to isolate Assad.

The New Arab & agencies

Europe struggling to set up post-sanctions Iran trade vehicle

Europe will struggle to continue to trade with Iran following tough new US sanctions.

James Reinl

Saudi-backed art festival in NYC blackballed over Khashoggi

American cultural and education bodies are distancing themselves from Riyadh amid global anger over the disappearance and alleged brutal murder ...

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite them all ...

Saudi-led coalition recruiting, striking deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen

The New Arab

Saudi-led coalition recruiting, striking deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition, which has boasted of victories against al-Qaeda in Yemen, made secret deals with the militant group, an AP ...

Sam Hamad

Trump: Russia's junior partner in the White House

Comment: With Trump and Putin closer than ever, things can only get worse for Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

US complicity in Daraa rubber stamps Assad's genocide

Sam Hamad

US complicity in Daraa rubber stamps Assad's genocide

Comment: The US has washed its hands of Syria's rebels, thereby supporting Assad's conquest of 'liberated' areas, writes Sam Hamad.

Erdogan's re-election is good news for Syrians in Turkey

Sam Hamad

Erdogan's re-election is good news for Syrians in Turkey

Comment: The main opposition forces in Turkey have been ramping up rhetoric and racist propaganda against Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Iran lawmakers demand Rouhani cut ties with UAE

The New Arab

Iran lawmakers demand Rouhani cut ties with UAE

A group of Iranian lawmakers have called on the country's leader to review relations with the UAE.

End of the Iran deal 'no big deal'

Diana Alghoul

End of the Iran deal 'no big deal'

Trump's decision to revoke the Iran deal has few implications for Arab civilians, analysts from Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon tell The New Arab.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Attempts to move on after IS

In-depth: Our round-up of this week in Iraq

The New Arab & agencies

France's Macron agrees with Riyadh on curbing Iran 'expansionism'

France's president has said he agrees with Saudi Arabia on the need to curb Iranian "expansionism" in the Middle East.

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Iran's support for Assad must end

Comment: The peaceful ideal Zarif describes for the region amounts to misleading rhetoric that ignores the facts on the ground, writes Robin ...

Sylvain Cypel

Interview: Even under Trump, 'American isolationism' is a myth

Interview: Contrary to popular belief, US policy is not isolationist. It is characterised by permanent military interventions, just like the ...

Iran bans English lessons at primary schools

The New Arab

Iran bans English lessons at primary schools

Iran's culture ministry has warned of the 'cultural threat' posed by Western powers, leading authorities to ban English language lessons in all ...

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a graveyard ...

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

Austin Bodetti

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air ...

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Gareth Browne

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious ...

US influence wanes as King Salman visits Russia

Tallha Abdulrazaq

US influence wanes as King Salman visits Russia

Comment: With Saudi Arabia's reliance on an increasingly unreliable Washington at an all-time low, Riyadh is diversifying its allies to include ...

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