The Assad regime backs the Kurds fighting Turkey’s intervention, corruption investigations of Netanyahu conclude with recommendations for indictment, and Iran tries to contain a currency crisis.
Israel intercepts an Iranian drone and retaliates, U.S. troops attacked by the Assad regime, Egypt launches a new counterterrorism offensive, and Iraq raises funds to recover.
U.S. draws down its forces in Iraq, Mohammed bin Salman tries carrots and sticks with royal rivals, and Israeli and Palestinian officials are at an impasse.
Turkey continues its offensive against the Kurds in Afrin, one challenger will be allowed on Egypt’s ballot in March, and Yemen’s pro-government coalition is falling apart.
Tillerson’s new Syria strategy is silent on Turkey’s intervention, Vice President Pence receives a warm welcome in Jerusalem, and Egypt prepares for presidential elections in March.
Trump gives the JCPOA a “last chance,” Turkey prepares to attack U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria and the U.N. stops short of accusing Iran of providing missiles to Yemeni rebels.