In this photo taken Thursday, April 16, 2015, a billboard in support of the Saudi-led coalition's military action against Houthi rebels in Yemen, is seen in a street in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the U.S. is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy, which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.The U.S. administration appears increasingly caught in a game of whack-a-mole as it confronts a series of complex challenges, with Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen just the latest complication in a regional tinderbox pitting Sunnis against Shiites, and even Sunni against Sunni.As a June 30 deadline for a deal with Iran on its nuclear program nears, U.S. President Barack Obama has convened a summit of Gulf leaders seeking to allay their fears over any U.S. rapprochement with the Shiite Islamic republic, and to brainstorm on how to douse regional fires.The U.S. administration contends that reining in Iran's suspect nuclear program will make the region inherently safer, removing an imminent threat of an atomic bomb, and perhaps bringing the regime a step closer to international reintegration.Saudi-U.S. ties frayed badly last year amid dismay in the Sunni majority Gulf kingdom at the lack of U.S. action in Syria.
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