US navy  aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and support vessels transit the Suez Canal on May 9th en route to the Persian Gulf. Photograph: Darion Chanelle Triplett/The New York Times

Saudi Arabia has said it wants to avert war in the region but stood ready to respond with “all strength” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil as(...)

A handout photo  showing the  US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passing through the Suez Canal on May 9th.  Photograph: EPA

The United States’ military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary (...)

Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran on Saturday. In Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz during commemoration of the same event, dozens of people were killed in an attack. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers in dress uniform lay prone in the street. Others, apparently heavily armed, faced the assailants, then threw themselves to the ground without(...)

Iranian women wave flags  during a rally to protest the execution by Saudi Arabia  of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Photograph: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Whether you consider it a hot war or a cold war, a direct war or one by proxy, a war of religion or simply a battle for political domination of the re(...)