Will the Saudi-Iran Cold War Turn Hot?

War College explores the Middle East's latest flashpoint

Will the Saudi-Iran Cold War Turn Hot? Will the Saudi-Iran Cold War Turn Hot?
Saudi Arabia executes an influential cleric who is a member of the Saudi Shia minority. Iran’s government, which sees itself as the leader of... Will the Saudi-Iran Cold War Turn Hot?

Saudi Arabia executes an influential cleric who is a member of the Saudi Shia minority. Iran’s government, which sees itself as the leader of the Shia world, doesn’t work very hard to stop an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran that follows the execution.

In response, Saudi Arabia closes its embassy and tensions between the two nations, which had been growing for years, hit a new high.

With hot wars in Yemen and Syria, billions of dollars sloshing around between governments, militias and militant groups, it’s a good time to look at what’s really going on and what’s likely to happen next.

Today on War College, The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain walks us through the Saudi-Iran split, explains how it’s a gift to the Islamic State and tells us just how worried we should be.

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