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SAUDI ARA­BIA

Saudi Ara­bia is now out­right ac­cus­ing Iran of “acts of war”. The Crown Prince has the full back­ing of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

SYRIA

The re­al­ity is dawn­ing that Pres­i­dent As­sad, propped up by Rus­sia, Iran and Hezbol­lah, is go­ing nowhere.

IRAN

Iran is deeply em­bed­ded in Iraq, Syria and Le­banon. It now has a land con­duit through Iraq and Syria to Le­banon, mean­ing it can fun­nel arms and fight­ers to Hezbol­lah at will.

IS­RAEL

The grow­ing mil­i­tary strength of Hezbol­lah in Le­banon is in­tol­er­a­ble for Is­rael. It feels the time is com­ing to strike be­fore be­ing at­tacked.

IRAQ

Iraq’s po­si­tion is un­cer­tain. Will it lean to Iran, as many sus­pect, or will it be able to avoid choos­ing be­tween be­ing a Shia or Sunni na­tion?

LE­BANON

Many feel Hezbol­lah, backed by Iran, has stronger mil­i­tary re­sources than the Le­banese army and ef­fec­tively con­trols the coun­try.

RUS­SIA

Rus­sia con­trols Syria and Pres­i­dent As­sad sur­vives at Vladimir Putin’s whim. It is do­ing busi­ness with Iran, with whom it has a shadow power-shar­ing ar­range­ment in Syria. Mr Putin (pic­tured) might like Mr Trump, but de­spises West­ern in­flu­ence.

JOR­DAN

A quiet but key fighter against ISIS, Jor­dan is on the same page as Saudi Ara­bia and the US on Iran.

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