Tension in the Middle East The Groundwork Is Laid for a Vast New Conflict

The Middle East appears to be sliding into a war that may have already begun. At its center are archrivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, their proxies and U.S. President Donald Trump. Regional stability hangs by a thread. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Tensions are rising in the Middle East.

Tensions are rising in the Middle East.

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A satellite image taken after the strike on the Abqaiq oil facility in Saudi Arabia.

A satellite image taken after the strike on the Abqaiq oil facility in Saudi Arabia.

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This satellite image shows where the damage was done at the Abqaiq site.

This satellite image shows where the damage was done at the Abqaiq site.

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Houthi fighters in Yemen. The Houthis tried to take credit for the attack on oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, but nobody really believes them.

Houthi fighters in Yemen. The Houthis tried to take credit for the attack on oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, but nobody really believes them.

Foto: Hani Mohammed/ AP
Repair work at Abqaiq began almost immediately.

Repair work at Abqaiq began almost immediately.

Foto: Hamad I Mohammed/ REUTERS
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