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This current event was taken from the NYT on January 5, 2016; but it will be current for many years because it contains important background information that can help your students understand the conflicts in the Middle East better. Our tense relationship with Saudi Arabia and complicated association with Iran are the focus of this article. This current event is about the execution of a Saudi dissident cleric who challenged the royal family and how Iran got involved in this internal affair in Saudi Arabia. The Iran Nuclear deal is mentioned in this article and the concerns in which Iran might have broken that deal are mentioned. This article comes with 21 comprehension questions and eight vocabulary words for your students to define before reading this article. It has 11 Internet activities to help your class further understand the complex issues that face our country in the Middle East. My current event products are designed to turn your class on to what is happening in the news and improve their comprehension skills at the same time.