The Middle East Ticker reviews 2017's biggest news stories about the region.
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The National Security Strategy and the Middle East, Trump's Jerusalem Mess, and Riyadh's Nuclear Plans
The NSS illustrates the administration’s waning influence in the Middle East, Amb. Haley doubles down on recognizing Jerusalem at the United Nations, and why Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of nuclear power plants matters.
Ousted Yemeni President Killed, Trump Administration Considers Moving Embassy in Israel, Turkish Officials Go on Trial
Ali Abdullah Saleh finally found his end, the Trump administration’s partners are driving a hard bargain with the Palestinians, and Erdogan implicated in sanctions trial.
Attack in Egypt, U.S. and Turkey Spar over Trial and Arming Kurds, Saudi Arabia Tempers Its Power Play
Islamic State militants kill hundreds at an Egyptian mosque, U.S. policy in eastern Syria in flux amid spat with Turkey, and the state of Saudi Arabia’s shake-up.
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.
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.
Iraqis and Kurds Compete for Oil Deals, Gulf States Still Fighting PR War in Washington, Deadly Ambush in Egypt
Iraqi forces look to consolidate control of Kirkuk, a former Trump official undercuts the State Department on Qatar diplomacy, and an attack on Egyptian troops leaves dozens dead.
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.