Saudi Arabia Forges New Relationship With Iraq at Iran's Expense

Staff Writer 29 November 2017

Staff writer, SF

Recently, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made domestic changes, ramped up tensions with Iran, and criticized the Houthis in Yemen, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon.

However, there had been a quieter Saudi campaign unfolding regarding Iraq's Shia. It appears that Saudi Arabia is attempting to mend its historically antagonistic relations with Iraq's Shia at Iran's expense. With the goal of undermining Iranian dominance in the country, the Saudis seem to be taking advantage of fissures within the Iraqi elite.

What Are the Consequences of Hariri's Resignation?

Atousa Pilger 29 November 2017

by Atousa Pilger

Saudi Arabia called an emergency meeting earlier this month so that Arab League officials could declare Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”. This came as the leader of Iran’s Quds Force - Qassem Soleimani – boasted about Iran’s victory in Syria. He was recorded crossing the Iraqi border into Bou Kamal in Syria, highlighting Iran’s increasing power in the region.

Iran Engaging in Economic Warfare With Yemen?

Armin Baldwin 28 November 2017

by Armin Baldwin

Just over a week ago, the United States’ Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified several entities and individuals that have links to an operation being led by the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds force. The department that is in charge of enforcing sanctions has also designated the entities and individuals.The operation involved printing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Yemeni currency using equipment from Europe. No more details about the plot were given, but it is expected that policymakers will keep a close eye on what Iran is doing.

Saudi-Led Alliance to Counter Terrorism

Navid Felker 27 November 2017

by Navid  Felker

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia said at the weekend that his kingdom is working to ensure that extremist ideology and terrorism is wiped out.

His comments came as he convened the very first summit of the Islamic Military Counterterrorism Alliance. Officials from around 40 Muslim countries participated.

Containing Iranian Influence

Azita Carlson 20 November 2017

by Azita Carlson

When the outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri return to Beirut, the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun will not be allowed to continue their lies about Hariri being kidnapped by Saudi Arabia.

If they attempt to complain to the UN’s Security Council, they will be asked to provide credible evidence and implement international resolutions.

Iran Regime's Factions War Over Relationship With Europe

Azita Carlson 16 November 2017

by Azita Carlson

Rival factions in the Iranian Regime are reportedly divided over their relationship towards European countries, including the opening of a new EU office in Tehran.

As the US prepares to impose additional sanctions on the Regime or walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal altogether, Europe (especially France) has been attempting to find the middle ground i.e. keeping the US in the pact, so that European trade deals aren’t scuppered, and advocating for a stricter, more regulated deal.

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