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The Saudi Crown Prince is in Washington and Has Iran on His Mind

Behnam Ben Taleblu – FDD audi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the first stop on the prince’s two-and-half-week tour of the United States. Saudi Arabia is looking for American reassurance and support on a wide range of issues related …

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Making the Case against Iranian Sanctions Busting in Yemen

Michael Knights . The Wahington Institute On December 14, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley unveiled new evidence of Iranian arms deliveries to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. At a military hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in Washington DC, Haley and Pentagon officials exhibited missile fragments and photography showing …

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Saudi reforms put spotlight on Iran’s women’s movement

Leila Alikarami – Al Monitor   Saudi Arabia attracted significant media attention when it announced that it would finally allow women to drive as of June 2018. It was also announced later that women will be allowed into some of the country’s sports stadiums next year. Many have since drawn comparisons between Saudi Arabia and …

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The Regional Dimensions of Hariri’s Resignation: Will Iran and Hizballah Compromise?

Hanin Ghaddar – Ear on the Rocks Earlier this month, while Arab League foreign ministers gathered in Cairo for an emergency meeting called by Saudi Arabia to declare Hizballah a “terrorist organization,” Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Quds Force, was declaring victory in Syria. In a video released immediately after …

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Tensions between Iran and Saudis could draw US into another war

  Ralph Peters – New York Post While our eyes are fixed on North Korea, the Middle East threatens to explode. If it does, we’ll be drawn in — and the carnage and cost will make Iraq seem like spring break. Choose your powder keg, starting with Yemen. Ruptured by …

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Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats

James F. Jeffrey – House Foreign Affairs Committee In negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iran nuclear file, the United States bet implicitly on that diplomatic approach not only as a means to temporarily constrain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but also as a way to engender a …

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In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities

Islamic State is seeking to radicalize disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi’ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran’s offensive against the group across the Middle East. Sunni Islamic State, in decline in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for an unprecedented attack on June 7 in which suicide bombers …

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Iran’s leader lashes out at Trump, Saudis for anti-Tehran alliance

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out on Sunday against U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s leaders for their new regional alliance against Tehran, saying it would bear no fruit. Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups during his visit …

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Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

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Iran’s “Kamikaze” Drones in Yemen

According to a new report by the United Kingdom-based transparency group Conflict Armament Research (CAR), there is strong evidence that Iran is supplying Houthi rebels in Yemen with drones. “We saw one complete system, six components of systems, and one engine that had been recovered from an attack against a …

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