Saudis Are After the Muslim Brotherhood, and Turkey’s in the Way

Peace and Freedom

July 3, 2017, 2:46 AM EDT
  • Gulf feud brings Turkey, Qatar closer as Brotherhood backers
  • Trump wanted clarity in Middle East conflict. He hasn’t got it
Amr Darrag.

 Photographer: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

To listen to Donald Trump, speaking during his recent trip there, the Middle East splits neatly into opposing camps and it’s obvious which one harbors the good guys.

It didn’t take long for that notion to be publicly debunked. Within a couple of weeks of the president’s departure, a crisis over the Gulf state of Qatar had U.S. allies at loggerheads. More than that, it showed that there aren’t just two power blocs in the region. There are at least three.

An alliance led by Saudi Arabia apparently enjoys Trump’s full support. Iran heads a coalition of America’s enemies. But a third bloc, looser and harder to classify…

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