Donald Trump's move to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation is part of a larger campaign to isolate and weaken Iran while strengthening Israel's position in the region.
As the US and Israel galvanise support to oust Iran from Syria, Bashar al Assad makes an appearance in Tehran flaunting the strength of Syria-Iran ties.
Iran and the US have used Iraq as a staging ground for influence in the region, but the reality of the Iraqi political system is now showing the Americans the door.
The Syrian wing of the outlawed PKK, the YPG, crushed Kurdish dissent, feeding the US air force with coordinates that not only targeted Daesh but also hit houses of prominent Kurdish leaders.
Iran's Major General Qassem Soleimani flies to Moscow for talks on Russian missiles and Syria despite UN travel ban
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