F-16 Fighting Falcons from the U.S. and Royal Jordanian air forces, as well as an F-18 Hornet from the U.S. Marine Corps, fly over the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan May 13, 2014, during Exercise Eager Tiger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson/Released). Note the irrigated fields.
Good overview of the Mideast mess, along with some historical perspective, from yesterday's paper. By Lee Keath and Ryan Lucas, Associated Press.