Between Tehran and Riyadh, this is truly war

The euphoria that followed the signature of the Iran’s Nuclear Deal could be short-lived as the situation in the Middle East is complicating ever more. The Russian air force is now an active participant in the Syrian conflict, therefore increasing fears of unfortunate interference with western operations in the area, and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has brought back Sunni leaders to Aden at severe human cost, particularly for the Iran-backed Houthis.

The tension between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia has reached a dangerous level high as the former accused the latter of “mismanagement” in securing the Hajj for Iranian pilgrims and “indifference” in the repatriation of the bodies after the Mina stampede catastrophe that killed at least 849 people including 464 Iranians. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir replied that the “Iranians should be more wise instead of politically exploiting a tragedy that happened to some people.”

Worse, the Saudi-led coalition has seized a Yemen-bound Iranian boat loaded with weapons. This is one more casus belli. Actually, Iran and Saudi Arabia are already at war, and Yemen is the battlefield.