Suicide bomber kills security personnel in a Saudi Mosque in Abha

Insights Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia, World Politics

06 August 2015 – A suicide bomber has reportedly killed at least 13 after bombing a mosque in Abha, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia. The dead are believed to be from the security forces. Abha is situated not far from the Yemeni border and is initially being treated as being linked to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is a key …

Yemen: The Human Story

BaraashIban Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

It has been 46 days since the Saudi-led air strikes started targeting Houthi bases across Yemen, instigating a heated debate between all political factions of the country on the legality and necessity of such an act to save a President and government that came to power after 33 years of dictatorship. In the midst of this debate, the human story is usually forgotten.

‘Iran is an empire and Baghdad is its Capital’ – a statement of truth

Sami Hamdi Iran, Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Ali Younsi, advisor to President Hassan Rouhani on religious and minority affairs, stated that Iran is now an empire and Baghdad is its Capital. Such a brazen statement appears to have generally been ignored as fanciful and wishful thinking at best. However, in reality, Ali Younsi’s statement carries much truth as Iraqi forces, led by Hadi al Amiri publicly and …

King Salman moves despite US ‘reassurances’ over Iran

Insights Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

On 5 March 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Riyadh and met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in order to allay fears over the potential of a nuclear deal with Iran. The message was that any deal will not compromise the security of the Gulf States and that the United States is aware of all of Iran’s activities …

Hadi does not possess the strength to oust Houthi, and Obama knows this

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The stage is set; Houthi backed by Iran in the north, and Hadi in Aden backed by the international community. Many have rushed to claim that the idea that Iran will continue to support Houthi despite international pressure and recognition of Hadi in Aden in its bid to place greater pressure on Saudi Arabia is fanciful at best. These critics …

Interview with Laura Kasinof, author of ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen’

Sami Hamdi Discussion, Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

On 9 December 2014, Editor Sami Hamdi interviewed Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the Middle East. From 2011-2012, Kasinof reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering anti-government protests and conflict that was part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab World. Kasinof has recently authored her new book Don’t be Afraid of the …

Editor’s Piece: Iran at Saudi Arabia’s doors

Sami Hamdi Iran, Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

On Friday, Sadr al-Din al Qabanji in Najaf criticised the Saudi verdict to execute the Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, one of the most influential figures amongst the minority Shia population to the east of the Kingdom. Following the verdict, Iran and its proxies – Houthi in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon – issued a series of threats prompting concerns of …