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The Middle Eastern cauldron and Turkey

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The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri – likely as a result of Saudi Arabian pressure - threatens to unleash a new cycle of sectarian violence in the Middle East.

The Saudis’ current moves against Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon appear to correlate with U.S. President Donald Trump’s new hardline stance on Iran. Trump ordered Congress on Oct. 13 to review former President Barack Obama’s flagship nuclear deal and called on European states to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. At the moment the EU only considers the group’s military wing a terror group.

In a similar vein, Trump sided with Riyadh when the Qatar crisis broke out five months ago, criticizing the close ties between Doha and Tehran.

The latest crisis, which culminated in al-Hariri’s resignation and the missile attack on Riyadh by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, includes messages of U.S. and Israeli solidarity with Saudi Arabia. This would indicate that Hezbollah is next in the firing........

© Hürriyet Daily News