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The only thing surprising about the terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which seems likely to have been carried out by the Islamic State (IS), is that it had not happened before.

 

Into the cauldron of Middle East and Gulf politics, the militant Islamic State group has once again inserted itself with potentially terrifying consequences for a region already mired in tension, conflict and war.

 

A series of bizarre events has been unfolding in the Arabian Peninsula over the past few days. On Monday, led by Saudi Arabia, a number of Gulf and Arab states cut ties with the tiny but gas-rich emirate of Qatar over what they said was Doha’s support for ‘terrorism’.

 

With Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cutting off ties with Qatar, the Arab world has plunged into further turmoil.

 

The dramatic decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar could have far-reaching economic and geopolitical consequences.

 

The dramatic decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar could have far-reaching economic and geopolitical consequences.

 

After months of silence, government finally stated in the Senate that Pakistan would pursue a balanced policy in its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

 

What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.

 

The Iranian question continues to keep the geopolitical sands of the Persian Gulf and much of West Asia fluid and unstable.

 

Iran was sidelined in the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh this weekend. This is not the first time that the Muslim World under the influence of Saudi Arabia has cornered Iran, and the repercussions will be felt in Syria and Iraq. The country was also previously ignored while talks of a Muslim NATO were underway.

 


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