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A delegation of Egyptian intelligence officials have arrived in the Gaza Strip to meet with Hamas representatives after suspending their visits for several months, The Times of Israel reported Feb. 10.
The financial wealth of Gulf Cooperation Council states could disappear by 2034 if the countries continue their large public spending programs amid low oil prices, according to an International Monetary Fund study, Reuters reported Feb. 6.
A rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Jan. 26 injured at least one person, AP has reported. The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, wouldn't confirm any casualties, while no party has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
On the heels of Soleimani's death, pending elections will likely yield a more decisively hard-line parliament. But lingering economic anxieties and anti-government sentiment will limit its effectiveness.
BP has decided to pull out of an oil field expansion project in Kirkuk, Iraq, after its $100 million contract for technical studies expired at the end of 2019 without an extension, Reuters reported Jan. 21.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis fought Saddam Hussein, engineered attacks on Western embassies and took on the Islamic State. His death in the same strike that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani increased local hostility to the U.S. presence in Iraq.
Should hostile U.S.-Iran relations keep the prospect of a regional war alive, states along the Persian Gulf will be among the first to suffer the economic consequences, as well as potential physical attacks.
Recent U.S. actions against Iran are allowing Israel to ease off its own threats. But it's only a matter of time until a less hawkish U.S. strategy reinstates Israel’s place as the most likely actor to strike Tehran and potentially spur a regional conflict.