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.
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Trump's focus on the Iran deal misses the bigger issue: the need for a U.S. strategy to persuade Tehran to play a constructive role in the region.
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.
With the United States lingering and the Islamic State developing its presence, Iran is turning more attention to its eastern neighbor.
To have serious consequences for the JCPOA, decertification requires an additional step: Congress or the White House would have to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
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.
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.
Sadr was a leader of Iraq's Shia insurgency but has rebranded himself as a government reformer trying to balance Saudi and Iranian influence in Baghdad.