Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is embarking this weekend on a five-nation tour of the Middle East.
From his first stop in Egypt to his last in Turkey, Tillerson will confront crises with partners and allies that threaten military success against the Islamic State group.
The other stops are Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon. In each, he’ll confront unease over the Trump administration’s Mideast strategy, particularly its approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran.
U.S. officials expect most of Tillerson’s discussions would be difficult. They say diplomacy is necessary to cement anti-Islamic State gains and restore regional stability as the administration presses other nations and private companies to spur post-war reconstruction.