GCC Blasts Houthis as Summit Ends

Azita Carlson 07 December 2017

by Azita Carlson

As they wrapped up an annual summit on Tuesday, the Gulf Cooperation Council blasted Yemen's Houthi rebels and Iran. However, they did not discuss the Qatar crisis, said to be the worst in the bloc's history.

In a joint declaration, the six-nation regional alliance affirmed the importance of preserving the GCC's existence, which was allegedly threatened by a bitter dispute between its members.

Yemeni Parties Reunited After Saleh's Assassination

Editor 05 December 2017

Staff writer, SF

Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh made a grave error when he believed that he could share power with the Iran-backed Houthis. He decided to step away from his alliance with the Houthis and basically signed his death warrant in doing so. Two days later he was dead.

HRW: Iran Should Stop Sending Child Soldiers to Syria

Editor 02 December 2017

Staff writer, SF

Iran should immediately end the practice of using child soldiers in the Syrian conflict, Human Rights Watch has said.

Iran can hardly claim that it must rely on children to fight, when it has maintained that its presence in Syria is limited, and advisory, HRW’s Iran Researcher Tara Sepehri Far wrote on 30 November on the human rights group’s website.

Iran's Limited Attempt to Influence the Middle East

Editor 29 November 2017

 Staff writer, SF

The initial fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq fell on the Iraqi army along with several Shiite militias. They fought a long battle to defeat IS. Iranian regime tried to exploit the situation and its advisers were embedded in the Iraqi army, and in direct control of the militias. The United States also had advisers and troops there, but Iranian regime had more influence with the predominantly Shiite army.

Militias Backed by Iran in Iraq Threatening US

Azita Carlson 28 November 2017

by Azita Carlson

The Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militia, the Arabic name for the Popular Mobilization Forces/Units (PMF/PMU) that is fighting in Iraq, has warned that US intervention is jeopardising the country’s unity.

The group is a proxy of Iran and one of its commanders commented earlier this week that the US forces that come to Iraq to back forces against the Islamic State group represent a threat to the nation.

Europe Receives Iran Threat

Editor 27 November 2017

 Staff writer, SF

Iran is no stranger to sending threats to other nations. The latest recipient of a threat was Europe. Iran warned that it is making plans to increase the range of its ballistic missiles to an extent that they will be able to reach Europe.

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