The Southern Front: Why Saudi Arabia, UAE Gave US$130 Million to Africa Force

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have followed the United States in funding a five-nation armed force designed to stop the march of Islamist extremists in Africa. But why is the Sahel, a semi-arid region just south of the Sahara Desert, causing alarm? Saudi Arabia pledged US$100 million December 13 towards a special anti-terror force …

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South Yemen Will Regain Independence If It Follows These Six Steps

Independence is once again attainable for South Yemen so long as prospective peace talks result in a coalition-enforced “buffer zone” with North Yemen and a “federal” transitional period that precedes an internationally recognized (re-)independence vote, and the restored country could avoid becoming a UAE satellite if it grants a third-party such as Pakistan a naval …

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE Forge New Military Alliance

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have formed a new military and trade partnership separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The move came on the eve of the GCC summit in Kuwait, which opened on Dec.5. The top-level meeting was supposed to last for two days but was closed in a few hours to end …

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Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance fire from a tank west of Marib city in November 2015 (AFP)

For Saudi Arabia, It’s been Operation Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Remember the name the Saudis gave their operation in Yemen when they launched it on 25 March 2015? Operation: Decisive Storm. By 21 April, the storm was officially declared over. The air strikes continued, of course, but the strikes on hospitals, schools and, in one notorious incident, a wedding party in Sanaa, were now part of an operation …

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Saudi Prince Muhammad’s Achilles Heel: Misreading Tea Leaves in Washington

Emboldened by perceived White House support, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman appears to have stepped up his risky, so far faltering effort to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East. The kingdom, despite Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri complicating Saudi efforts to curb the political and military power of Hezbollah, the country’s Shia militia, …

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Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Plan to Wage Financial War on Qatar — and Steal the World Cup

A plan for the United Arab Emirates to wage financial war against its Gulf rival Qatar was found in the task folder of an email account belonging to UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba and subsequently obtained by The Intercept. The economic warfare involved an attack on Qatar’s currency using bond and derivatives …

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Passports for Sale: How Storm-Hit Caribbean Islands Court Arab Investors

Caribbean states devastated by recent hurricanes are selling citizenship to Middle Eastern investors to raise funds to help their recovery. But some officials warn that the islands’ rival schemes have fuelled a "race to the bottom" in which prized passports are being handed out cheaply. Islands badly hit by last month's storms included Dominica, where …

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U.S. Hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula and the Secret War Against Yemen

In March of 2015, Saudi Arabia and their allies launched an airstrike campaign along with a full-scale military intervention and occupation of Yemen with the goal of propping up the Saudi-backed puppet government of President Hadi after revolutionary forces took control of Yemen’s capital. The World’s War Against Yemen In the past 900 plus days, …

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Leaked UAE Emails: Saudi Arabia Came Close to ‘Conquering’ Qatar

Saudi Arabia came close to “conquering” Qatar, according to a recent email purportedly sent by the Emirati ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba. The claim came in a new batch of leaked emails, released online overnight on Wednesday, by an unknown party. In a May 2017 email thread with former US diplomat Elliot Abrams, Otaiba …

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