In the face of widespread international criticism for putting civilians at risk of starvation, Saudi Arabia began reopening sea and airports with new monitoring programs to stop the flow of Iranian weapons into the hands of rebels.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake, powerful enough to be felt on the Mediterranean coast some 660 miles away, struck the Iran-Iraq border Sunday evening, killing more than 400 people.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining and forcing the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, saying the accusations amount to a declaration of war. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly backs Lebanon's independence, says there is no evidence of Hariri's detainment.
The self-declared ISIS caliphate continues to shrink as Syrian forces pushed ISIS militants out of the city of Deir el-Zour, one of the last ISIS strongholds in Syria. In Iraq, government troops are keeping up the fight in Qaim, a border town used by ISIS to traffic weapons.
In a televised speech Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decried US hostility towards Iran and bullying on the international stage and accused President Trump of supporting terrorism in the Middle East.
Files of the 2011 raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden suggests links between Iranian funded extremist network and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Russia's proposal to sponsor peace negotiations for Syria to bring together Assad's government, rebel forces, and Syrian Kurdish leadership drew strong objections from anti-Assad forces and Turkey, which have called for UN oversight on any negotiations.
Iraqi forces have re-established control at the border crossing with Turkey, a stretch of land that has been under Kurdish authority since 2003. The contested border includes a major oil pipeline that holds economic significance for both Iraq and the Kurds, deepening tensions.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani announced his resignation as leader of the Kurdish region of Iraq. Since the independence vote, the region has seen violence, unrest, and military actions by Iraqi forces as the central government attempts to regain control.
The Sunni militant group may have lost 90 percent of its land, but many experts say that this territorial defeat will not mark the end of ISIS.
Two years after a woman disguised as a man was arrested for attending a soccer game, Saudi women will be allowed to attend games in stadiums, as long as they sit in the designated 'family' section.
The Red Cross announced that it now has access to families of suspected ISIS fighters that are being held in Mosul by Iraqi forces. Red Cross officials fear that tensions could result in illegal torture and executions of the women and children.
Iraqi Kurds press the government for talks after Kurds voted for independence in what Baghdad views as an illegal referendum. In return, the Iraqi government stipulates that the vote's outcome be canceled before any talks commence.
In response to persistent low oil prices Saudi Arabia says it will create a joint industrial and business zone with Jordan and Egypt to bring in new development and investment in energy, manufacturing, food, water, and more.