24 Hours in the Middle East: Tension, Shake-Up, and Geopolitics
The events of Saturday, November 4th, shook Middle Eastern politics to its core. The day began with the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, which sent officials in Beirut in disarray as pro-Iran and pro-Saudi factions began to scramble. Hours later, a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, a country in the midst of civil war backed by the Iranian and Saudi governments, was fired at the Saudi capital of Riyadh, but was intercepted by Saudi air force. Then, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, announced the arrest or firing of dozens of corrupt officials, princes, and billionaires in the kingdom. Some championed this as part of the Prince’s move to modernize the kingdom, while others grew concerned of a consolidation of power and elimination of rivals. The news comes amid the growing tensions and uncertainty following the further collapse of ISIS as regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran, longtime rivals, have begun to take more aggressive steps against each other. Some analysts are calling this a new Cold War for the Middle East.
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