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Saudi-led air strikes hit party headquarters of Houthi ally Saleh

Ali Abdullah Saleh

Special to Saudi-led air strikes destroyed the headquarters of former Yemeni President and Houthi ally Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party on July 5. The air strikes in Sanaa killed and wounded several people, witnesses and a party […]

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Saudi comedian breaks the code, mocks ISIL in ‘wake up call’ to intimidated nation

Nasser al-Qasabi.  /Facebook

Special to A Saudi comedian has received death threats from Islamists but praise from thousands of fans of his TV show which mocked Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Nasser al-Qasabi’s comedy show “Selfie” debuted last week on […]

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Potential Israeli dilemmas: one Saudi, one Chinese

Chinese dredging vessels at the disputed Mischief Reef.

Special to By Norman Bailey Recently the persistent rumors of informal talks between Israeli and Saudi officials were confirmed. Such meetings have been taking place for a long time and continue. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as some […]

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New world energy order: Saudis open stock market to foreign investors

A Saudi man walks at the Tadawul Saudi exchange in Riyadh on June 15.  /AP/Hasan Jamali

Special to Amid declining oil revenues, Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Shares Index, the Arab world’s largest stock exchange, allowed foreign investors to trade shares for the first time on June 15. In a notice issued on June 14, the exchange […]

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In the absence of a U.S. ‘strategy’, Middle East braces for ‘the big war’

Iraqi fighters battle ISIL on the outskirts of the Baiji oil refinery on May 25.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to U.S. President Barack Obama referred early last year to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as a JV team. ISIL’s subsequent rampage through Iraq and Syria proved Obama wrong, but analysts cited by a McClatchyDC report […]

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Poll of Saudis identifies Iran as No. 1 enemy, not Israel


Special to Saudi citizens see Iran and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as the top threats to the kingdom, a poll conducted in Saudi Arabia found. A majority of respondents also favored peace with Israel. In the […]

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Saudis hit Yemen HQ one day after shooting down Houthi-fired Scud missile

Mock missiles are mounted on a truck during an anti-Saudi demonstration by Houthi followers.

Special to A day after Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels, the Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the Houthi-held armed forces headquarters in Sanaa. “At least 20 civilians and 25 soldiers and […]

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Saudis, Iran seen on collision course over oil production

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi.  /Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

Special to Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two dominant forces in the Middle East, upped the stakes in the oil production game at the OPEC meeting of member states in Vienna on June 5. After Saudi Arabia’s insistence on […]

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Israel, Saudi Arabia held 5 secret meetings on Iran threat since 2014

Dore Gold

Special to Israel and Saudi Arabia have conducted five secret meetings since 2014 to discuss the rise of Iran and the impact on the regional balance of power. The meetings were revealed on June 4 at the Council on […]

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U.S. said to fly Houthi leaders from Yemen for talks in Oman

A Houthi militant stands amidst debris from a house of a Houthi leader Rafiq Rafiq, which was destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike, near Sanaa on May 30.  /Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Special to Amid reports the U.S. was flying Iran-backed Houthi officials in Yemen for secret talks in Oman, warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition continued to pound Houthi targets throughout Yemen. “We have been informed that there are meetings, at […]

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