A faint smell of rotting flesh was evident throughout the Gulf region; residents were advised to remain indoors.
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both are touring states in the Persian Gulf this week, making visits that are seen in the region as an attempt by both to curry favor with the Gulf Arab countries, The Associated Press reported May 10. “We have a deep mistrust of both sides,” Mustafa Alani, of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, was quoted as saying. “Each is trying to defend his corner on major issues in the region. But neither is likely to accomplish very much,” he said.