Despite increasing attacks led by Iran-backed Shia militias in Baghdad, Washington wants to avoid a major escalation of tensions ahead of the crucial US elections. Tehran has its own reasons to de-escalate.
Iran seems to be quietly backing Armenia in the conflict.
It all began with a tweet from an anonymous male user smacking of sexual perversion.
Houthi rebels will free 400 people, including 15 Saudis and four Sudanese, while the Saudi-led coalition will free 681 Houthi fighters, sources say.
The Kremlin has been building influence in the Iraqi energy sector and propping up anti-US forces in the country as part of its objectives to counterbalance US hegemony in the region.
Pakistan is caught between several power players in the region and its diplomacy leaves much to be desired.
Iran's Foreign Ministry has accused the kingdom of supporting terror groups and "distorting ground realities" in a bid to avoid accountability.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz calls for a comprehensive solution and a firm international position on Iran in his pre-recorded address to the 193-member General Assembly.
Demanding EU allies follow suit, US reimposes sanctions on Tehran after the Trump administration's unilateral weekend declaration that all UN penalties that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal have been restored.
While some Arab countries like Algeria and Qatar strongly oppose any normalisations with Israel, others, like Saudi Arabia, are holding back their official position and treading cautiously.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran has thrown the US into "maximum isolation".
General Hossein Salami says Tehran will avenge the death of General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike earlier this year.
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