There's long been a fierce rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with both nations jostling for regional dominance in the Middle East. The two countries are engaged in a proxy war in Yemen … and a growing crisis in the small nation of Lebanon.
The bipartisan bill to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen will now move to the House of Representatives, where it's likely to pass. However, President Trump has vowed to veto the resolution.
The Saudi crown prince's visit to India and Pakistan comes during a flashpoint between the South Asian arch rivals. Riyadh maintains friendship with New Delhi, despite its long relationship with Pakistan's military.
Iran sealed their place in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as Carlos Queiroz's side claimed a 2-0 win over Vietnam. Iraq and Saudi Arabia also booked their spot in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
1979 was a significant year for the Middle East, and not only because of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Elsewhere, political Islam was beginning to show its might. The consequences still shape the region today.
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