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Houthi political chief Saleh al-Sammad killed in Saudi air raids

The political leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels has been killed in Saudi-led air strikes on Hudaida province, the group has said. The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV network reported on Monday that Saleh al-Sammad, the president of the Supreme Political Council that runs Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and other rebel-held areas, was killed on Thursday. The group said it had elected Mahdi al-Mashat…

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Diplomatic leaks: UAE disappointed with Saudi policies

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) is working on breaking up Saudi Arabia, leaked documents obtained by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar revealed. Al Akhbar said that the leaked documents contained secret diplomatic briefings sent by UAE and Jordanian ambassadors in Beirut to their respective governments. One of the documents, issued on September 20, 2017,…

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Arab leaders soundless on Syria strikes at Saudi summit

Leaders at the Arab League summit have failed to discuss the US-led strikes that came as a result of the “criminal” alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The summit took place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, a day after the coordinated attacks by the US, UK and France on three sites allegedly linked to the production of…

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels fire ballistic missile at Saudi capital

Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, saying the projectile traveled more than 800km into the kingdom on Wednesday. Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthis, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, saying the rebels fired a Burkan 2-H, a Scud-type missile, towards the Saudi defence ministry.…

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Iraqi elections to test Saudi rapprochement

Saudi Arabia’s courting of Iraq’s Shia religious and political leaders over the past year has marked a clear shift in Riyadh’s policies towards Baghdad. But this rapprochement can go in one of two directions, according to analysts. Riyadh’s efforts to engage Shia allies in Iraq could either defuse sectarianism across the country, or it could turn…

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US recall rejects Saudi command to fall 11th of September court cases

A United States federal judge has rejected a motion by Saudi Arabia to drop charges accusing the Gulf kingdom of playing a role in the September 11 attacks in 2001. Judge George Daniels says the plaintiffs’ lawsuit “narrowly articulate a reasonable basis” for him to proceed under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JUSTA).…

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US approves proposed $1bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved a possible arms sale to Saudi Arabia worth more than $1bn. The package includes a $670m deal for 6,600 TOW anti-missile tanks, a $106m contract for helicopter maintenance and $300m spare parts for military vehicles, the department said in a statement on Thursday. “This proposed sale will support US…

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US senators initiate dispute to waste US lend a hand for Saudi in Yemen battle

US lawmakers have submitted a draft resolution calling for an end to US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s war. The draft resolution, unveiled on Wednesday, is being pushed forward by Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee and Chris Murphy. The bill intends to exploit a powerful but rarely activated provision in a 1973…

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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri accepts invitation to seek the advice of with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has extended an official invitation to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in what would be his first visit since his rescinded resignation from Riyadh in November.   Saudi envoy Nizar al-Aloula, who is on a four-day visit to Lebanon, delivered the invitation in a meeting with Hariri on Monday. The latter described the talks…

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Iran denies ‘hegemon’ plans, denounces Saudi and Israel

Iran deflected accusations by Saudi Arabia and Israel that it was destabilising the Middle East, calling the two US client states who were trying to gloss over their “poor choices” and “strategic blunders”.  Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in blaming Iran for rising regional tensions at the Munich…