The Takeaway: January 8, 2020

Highlights: US-Iran diplomacy could use an assist; Russian president continues campaign to build Russian role in region amid US-Iran crisis; Iraqi Kurdish leaders in US-Iran crossfire; and more!

al-monitor US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence and military leaders in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, DC, January 8, 2020 Photo by Reuters/Kevin Lamarque.