Russia is vying for more influence in the Middle East. Its alliance with Iran, the Syrian regime and Hizbullah, however, has cast doubt about its intentions.
An estimated 20,000 foreign fighters -- many of them Kremlin-backed Wagner Group mercenaries -- are 'a stab in our back', the country's interim prime minister said after a historic unity vote.
The UAE will invest in and alongside Israel across sectors including energy, manufacturing, water, space, healthcare and agri-tech.
Robust efforts have been made to resolve Lebanon's crises, but the stalemate will not be shifted while Hizbullah's hegemony continues, and many Lebanese are appealing for outside help.
The Kremlin's increasingly close relationship with the hostile Iranian regime undoubtedly will hobble Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Gulf countries this week.
The rapid growth in private security firms linked to Russia, Iran, and Bashar al-Assad's brother comes amid a near total absence of Syrian regime-affiliated military and security institutions.
A social media campaign pushing Wilayat al-Faqih, the system of governance that would make Iraq subservient to Ali Khamenei, was met with widespread derision and anger.
Lebanon's March 8 Alliance must dissolve for real reforms to take place and for aid to reach the beleaguered country, observers say.
The reopening of airspace and of land and sea borders between Qatar and the other Gulf states has been greeted with relief and elation.
Faced with international pressure and a decline in financial support from Iran, the party is scrambling to hold onto its power and base, which is beginning to voice dissatisfaction.