Iran v Saudi Arabia: it’s politics

Abu Bakr Al Shamahi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

There have been a lot of articles and amazingly fascinating fact boxes on the split between Shia and Sunni Muslims, written, I’m guessing, by people who don’t know their Karbala from their Kelloggs, in an attempt to explain the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Normally, when I read an article that says something along the lines of “the people …

How Hashd may destroy Iraq in a way ISIS never will

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Much has been said regarding the fall of Ramadi and the various rumours suggesting that Nouri-al-Maliki, former prime minister and current vice president, ordered the military to withdraw from the city thereby allowing ISIS to enter virtually unopposed. However the operation to liberate Ramadi threatens to open a new bloody, sectarian, and quite simply destructive chapter in the fight against …

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 …

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 …