24 Jun 2019

Pompeo seeks ‘global coalition’ against Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Middle East on Monday as part of a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the aim of which is to forge a “global coalition” against Iran, the official said on Sunday. The aim of the coalition will be to

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16 May 2019

In Yemen, Fighting Resumes Between Houthi Rebels and Government Forces

The fragile cease-fire in Yemen seems to have come to an end on Wednesday, as pro-government forces and Houthi fighters engaged in renewed clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. A day earlier, the Houthi claimed responsibility for a drone attack targeting two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. The

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17 Apr 2019

Yemen war: Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led coalition

As expected, US President Donald Trump has blocked legislation by Congress that aimed to end the country’s military involvement in the Yemeni civil war, which is a proxy war fought between forces supported by Saudi Arabia on one side and troops supported by Iran on the other side. The US

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28 Mar 2019

US Approved Secret Nuclear Power Work for Saudi Arabia

According to a document seen by various news organizations including Reuters and the Daily Beast, the Trump administration has authorized six companies to sell nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia as part of a wider government effort to transfer nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is planning to

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28 Mar 2019

Iran-Linked Cyberspy Group APT33 Continues Attacks on Saudi Arabia, U.S.

Symantec research shows that over the last three years, Iran-linked cyber espionage group Elfin, aka APT33, has targeted government agencies and private organizations in different various sectors across the globe, with the vast majority of attacks being directed at Saudi Arabia (42%)  and the US (34%). The targeted sectors include

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14 Mar 2019

US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

In what is seen as a firm rebuke to US President Donald Trump, the US Senate has voted to end the country’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bill, which was supported by 54 Senators including seven Republicans, is expected to pass through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives

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13 Mar 2019

Iran threatens defense overhaul to counter “suspicious nuclear projects”

Iran is considering to revise its defense strategy in the face of perceived new regional threats, a leading security official said on Wednesday. According to the official, the threats are coming from “some countries in the region [that] are spending their petro-dollars on suspicious nuclear projects that can endanger the

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11 Mar 2019

U.S. Remains World’s Top Arms Exporter, With Russia A Distant Second

A new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that the United States is still the world’s leading arms exporter. In fact, US arms exports have increased significantly as a percentage of the global total, from 30% between 2009 and 2013 to 36% between 2014 and 2018.

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20 Feb 2019

House launches probe of US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia

A report by the Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives claims that the Trump administration has actively sought to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. The report, which is largely based on testimonies from whistleblowers, states that “within the US, strong private commercial interests have been pressing aggressively for

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19 Feb 2019

Ahead of MBS visit, China seeks ‘deeper trust’ with Iran

At a Beijing meeting between the top foreign policy diplomats of China and Iran, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said that his government aims to “deepen the strategic trust” between the two countries. His Iranian counterpart stated that Iran very much values the relationship with China and that it considers “the

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