International Crisis Group’s analysis on Middle East’s Coming War

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SHAFAQNA Regional rivalries and heighten the risk of open conflict among the Middle East’s dominant players maybe will devolve into yet another war in the region involving regional and global powers like the United States.

The Belgium-based International Crisis Group in a statement sent to Newsweek Tuesday describes its “U.S.-Iran Trigger List” as “an early-warning platform to monitor, analyze and provide regular updates on key and increasingly flashpoints between Iran and the U.S. or their respective allies that could lead to a direct or indirect confrontation, or generally to a dangerous regional escalation.” It currently includes nine flashpoints with varying degrees of severity, the highest being “Critical,” across the Middle East and its periphery, Newsweek reported.

Middle East watchers warn that Trump’s decision to abandon the nuclear deal emboldens Israel and Saudi Arabia to take a more aggressive stance against Iranian forces and proxies in the region, CNBC reported.

“In Yemen, where the battle for [the city of] Hodeida is reaching the point of no return and Houthi ballistic missile launches against Saudi Arabia are on the rise; and in the Golan Heights, where the dangerous tit-for-tat between Israel and Iran continues,” the International Crisis Group claimed.

According to Modern Diplomacy, the Saudis continue their devastating war on Yemen, backed by Trump’s administration, which is also negotiating an arms deal worth billions to take an aggressive stance towards Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and Iran. Further, Israel have expanded its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, at unprecedented levels.

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. essential objective is eliminating the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance. In addition, they aim to re-establish themselves as the hegemonic power in the Middle East, with absolute control over the natural resources including oil, gas and water.

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