US sanctions on Iran are taking their toll on towns in Northern Iraq, which rely on cross-border trade. People living there say their biggest fear is a war between the Americans and the Iranians.
Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy, should Ankara overstep its campaign against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. So will Erdogan have to take Trump's bluster seriously?
As protests rage in Iraq against a backdrop of unemployment, economic mismanagement and chronic underinvestment, Baghdad is looking to Beijing to offer a helping hand. China has not been slow to offer it.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sharply criticized the presence of foreign troops in the Gulf after the US deployed more soldiers to the Middle East. He also vowed to present a peace plan for the volatile region.
The Iranian government has denied any involvement in the drone attack against Saudi Arabia, but observers say that Tehran is trying to raise the stakes in its tug-of-war with Washington.
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