Things in the Middle East are still changing rapidly.
I remember a conversation once when I was a teen where a couple of adults were discussing why John was marveling at the woman riding the Beast and why people in general were marveling. It was suggested that it was because things came together so quickly once the final events began to unroll that the speed of developments were dizzying.
There will remain tension between Europe and the Middle East, even when it appears that there is a relative calm. However, that relative calm will be violently disrupted in the worst world war that we humans have ever seen.