A different kind of domestic unrest in Iran. In Ahvaz, a city only about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the embattled Iraqi city of Basra, gunmen opened fire on an Iranian military parade commemorating the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Dozens of people were killed. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but its claims have not been confirmed. The Iranian government believes it was the work of Arab separatists backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. Iran has since closed its border crossings to Iraq. There’s no evidence to suggest the violence in Basra is related to violence in Ahvaz, but considering the influence Iran has over Iraq, and considering how Iraqis buck that influence from time to time, it’s best to think about this holistically.
The latest episode of Brexit drama comes courtesy of Scotland and France. It started when Scotland asked the European Court of Justice to determine whether the United Kingdom could legally revoke its request to leave