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Major powers jostling for Middle East primacy

A muddled foreign policy from Washington and rash moves by its Middle East ally Riyadh lead to an emerging strategic alliance among Russia, Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been embarking on moves that ensure his tiny sheikhdom does not become a vassal of Saudi Arabia.


KALEIDOSCOPIC changes in the Middle East have produced a constellation of power posing fresh challenges to the United States. The emerging alliance among Russia, Iran and Turkey gained its newest member in Qatar, thanks to a rash move by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also...