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Barzani sends his family and relatives to the UAE to save them from possible danger

Trump-Netanyahu threaten WWIII at UN

North Korea Threatens Potential Hydrogen Bomb Test Over Pacific

In reply to Swiss posters: China hits back at India

Allowed to lead: Nawaz Sharif’s successful backdoor deal

Iraqi militia ‘will fight wherever Iran’s Syed Khamenei wants’

Model town report: Are the days of Shahbaz Sharif numbered?

Palestinian President Abbas Says One-State Solution Is an Option

Who killed Benazir: Musharraf or Zardari?

Is Pakistan trying to get rid of Islamic military alliance?

US bombers fly off N Korea coast, Pyongyang calls war 'inevitable'

Saudis exporting ‘extremely radical' Wahhabism worldwide, Sanders says

South Korea Unexpectedly Approves Aid to North Korea

Tragic story of infant drowned as his family fleeing Myanmar Regime’s Genocide

Why is the Sharif family being allowed to skip accountability proceedings?

The secret behind Tunisians and Moroccans eating donkey meat

Syrian activist and daughter ‘assassinated’ in Turkey

Is Ch.Nisar still cosying up banned terrorist outfits ?

How Kim has Cornered the US

Taking the bull by horns: Pakistan refuses to fight so-called US war on terror

Uniting the adversaries : What if Saudia and Iran join CPEC?

German company bans gun sales to ‘corrupt’ Israel

Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: Not so Sovereign

Britain to stop military cooperation with Burma army

From terrorism to politics: Can Tehreek-e-Labaik and Milli Muslim league become a political threat for Political parties?

US Might Not Even be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Rockets

Muharram Security Challenge: How to foil Takfiri’s nefarious designs?

Pakistan-Turkey-Iran against military solution to Afghanistan

Is Abbas ready to end his punishment of Gaza?

Kuwait ready to commence Yemen peace talks

Donald Trump : A president or a goon?

Abbasi shakes UN by bold address: Pakistan won't be a 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

Show of poor diplomacy: A wrong message to US

Collapse of Iran deal would send a 'terrible signal': Germany

Egypt’s Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UAE and Saudi Arabia to normalize their secret relations with Israel

Dodging accountability courts: Did establishment give a safe passage to Nawaz Sharif?

Netanyahu Says Trump Promised to ‘Fix’ Iran Deal

Free Balochistan: An insider to heavily funded Indian campaign against Pakistan

95,000 patients waiting for unknown fate from the continued closure of Sanaa airport

Brutal lynching: Can Pakistan courts provide Justice to Mashal Khan?

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to al Qaeda?

Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help?

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

Such TV | Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

President Trump calls for a holocaust on the floor of the United Nations

Iran infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

United States supplying weapons worth $2.2B to Syrian terrorists organization

LUBP | How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

“Go Nawaz Go” Makes it to Speed Test Server!

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

UAE’s ambassador to the U.S considers Saudi Arabia responsible for the ruining of the UAE’s good name

Rabbani seeks official response on anti-Pakistan posters in Switzerland

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

Trump says if threatened, US will 'totally destroy' North Korea

EXCLUSIVE – Interview with Dr. S.M. Kazem Mesbah Mousavi, Imam Ali Centre Canada

More than 800 Shia pilgrims have to stay at Taftan border for a week

Five eminent Shia scholars banned from entering Gilgit under unjust policy of balance

57 accused charge-sheeted in Mashal Khan lynching case

Nisar lashes out at Khaqan Abbasi, Asif for statements on ‘internal matters’

Pakistan team kicks off training, ahead of Sri Lanka series in UAE

Bank of China permitted to start operations in Pakistan

Pakistan protests with Switzerland over ‘Free Balochistan’ posters

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Was NA-120 election rigged?

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

US’ Black Hawk Down in Yemen

Outrage in Egypt over Israeli Flag in educational book

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

Arrest warrants: Should Imran Khan present himself before ECP?

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

How CIA and Raw are funding Pakistani separatists: An Inside story

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

Myanmar says US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

Unofficial results show PML-N’s Kulsoom set to win NA-120 by-election

Is China using North Korea to break US's Super power's myth?

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

UK arms sales benefiting most from Middle East wars

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

US policy shift: Would Pakistan turn into another Iran for US?

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

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Is Pakistan trying to get rid of Islamic military alliance?

1396/7/2 | 02:24
Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir informed Senate on Friday that the 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) will not take part in unrelated military operations.     In a written reply submitted to the upper house, Dastgir said that the alliance has been formed to fight terrorism across the world and while the terms of reference (ToRs) for the alliance are yet to be finalised, it has been said that "it will not take part in unrelated military operations"     Dastagir's reply was in accordance with Foreign ...

Saudis exporting ‘extremely radical' Wahhabism worldwide, Sanders says

1396/7/2 | 02:24
Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders has asserted that the US foreign policy towards Iran and Saudi Arabia is wrong, blaming Riyadh for promoting “extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine” worldwide. In his interview with The Intercept published on Friday, the former presidential candidate also stated that he does not consider Riyadh an ally because it supports terrorism.   It is not just that many of the 9/11 bombers came from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “What I think is more significant is their … continuing to fund madrasas ...

95,000 patients waiting for unknown fate from the continued closure of Sanaa airport

1396/6/30 | 02:24
  The General Authority of Civil Aviation and Meteorology launched a call to the United Nations, international and humanitarian human rights organizations and the Human Rights Council to move quickly to lift the ban on Sanaa International Airport to save the lives of thousands of sick and disabled people.     The Spokesman for the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology, Dr. Mazen Ahmed Ghanem, reiterated the call by the United Nations and human rights organizations to act quickly to stop illegal and inhumane practices ...

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

1396/6/29 | 02:24
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is working to “westernise” the Kingdom and change people’s mindsets when it comes to Israel, Twitter user Mujtahidd has reported.   The account, which is believed to be reporting from inside the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, wrote: “Arrangement among the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is wider than our expectations. Israel and American bodies linked to Trump are involved.”     “The plan is complete. It is based on unifying the bases of security, media, culture ...

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

1396/6/27 | 02:24
  The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Jeddah.   The trip also saw the Russian FM meeting the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz who is scheduled to visit Moscow in October to be the first Saudi monarch to visit Russia since the two countries established their diplomatic relations in 1991.     At the end of Lavrov trip, the differences on such cases as Syria’s conflict and Qatar’s diplomatic row between the two sides were ...

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Off Visit to Paris for Fear of Popular Uprising

1396/6/26 | 02:24
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman cancelled his upcoming visit to Paris after activists in his country called for wide public protest rallies in coming days.   The Arabic-language Arabi 21 news website quoted a Saudi source as stating that Bin Salman was due to visit Paris to meet with President Emanuel Macron but repeated demands for holding protest rallies in Saudi Arabia by the 'September 15 Movement' postponed the trip to an unspecified period of time. According to the report, the Saudi people were due to hold protest rallies on ...

Saudi Arabia, Sudan banned from Labour party conference

1396/6/25 | 02:24
  The Arab League has cancelled its annual reception at the Labour party conference at the end of the month after Saudi Arabia and Sudan were allegedly rejected from attending the event.   Cancellation of the reception was confirmed in a letter sent to all MP’s and peers on Wednesday by the Arab League’s London Office. “Unfortunately, the council of Arab Ambassadors has taken the decision to cancel its annual reception and buffet dinner,” the letter stated.   “Our council has decided to refrain from attending the ...

China Backs UN Call for Justice in Yemen; US, Saudis Object to Move

1396/6/24 | 02:24
Calls by the UN human rights chief to set up an international inquiry into war crimes committed in the Saudi War in Yemen are nothing new. A sudden endorsement of the move by China may give this effort a new lease on life, however, after being quietly killed in recent years.   This is the third straight year right chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had made such a call, and the last two times, the US and Saudi Arabia buried the idea, agreeing the Saudis could investigate themselves in the war. The civilian deaths have continued to mount.     The ...

Saudi security: detained preachers are members of spying cell

1396/6/24 | 02:24
  A number of prominent Saudi preachers, who were arrested earlier this week, are members of an espionage cell, AlKhaleejonline.com reported yesterday.     Saudi security services have announced the arrest of a number of prominent Saudi preachers, including Salman Al-Awda, Awad Al-Qarni and Ali Al-Omari.     Saudi activists took to social media to say that Saudi authorities had arrested around 20 preachers over their silence regarding the Saudi-led siege on Qatar. Roughly 30 preachers, academics, poets and writers ...

Saudi Arabia’s role in removing Nawaz Sharif revealed

1396/6/23 | 02:24
  Media sources announced the Saudi government has played a key role in recent Pakistani political developments especially in dismissal of its prime minister.   Saudi Arabia planned to replace Sharif with one of his ministers temporarily and then, his brother Shahbaz Sharif to be his successor. According to media reports, Sharif who was once “the number one man in the kingdom” is now not trusted by the Saudis. Because he proved that he has no use, any more.   Saudi Arabia asked for help from Pakistan in a number of vital ...

Saudis Arrest Key Dissidents Amid Rumors of King’s Abdication

1396/6/22 | 02:24
Saudi Arabian security forces have begun a campaign of arresting high-profile opposition figures, including high-profile clerics Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, and Awad al-Qarni. The clerics were believed to have been arrested primarily for publicly advocating Saudi rapprochement with Qatar.     Both clerics are also seen as opponents of the Saudi royal family. Such detentions are expected to continue throughout the week, as a major rally against the royal family is reportedly planned for Friday, and which is expected to be an unusually large ...

The danger of relations between Israel and Sunni Arab states

1396/6/22 | 02:24
  While the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gloated in the past about the great development in the relations between Israel and what he calls the Sunni Arab states during his rule, he made sure during his speech last week during the Jewish New Year to highlight how far these countries have gone in their mission to improve cooperation with Tel Aviv.     In his speech, Netanyahu said: “What is actually happening with the Arab states has never happened in our history, even when we signed agreements. The cooperation ...

Disappointed Saudis seek face-saving Yemen war exit

1396/6/21 | 02:24
  The Saudis cannot win the war they launched against the neighboring Yemen two-and-a-half-Year ago due to the resistant nation's strong inclination to maintain its dignity.     Saudi Arabia’s decision to launch a bloody aggression on Yemen was a disastrous mistake, and its expenses are increasingly dragging the Arab kingdom into a dormant economic crisis and forcing the wealthy princes and the investors out of the country. The outcome is a set of consequences causing popular discontent at home.   The country witnesses ...

Did a Saudi prince secretly visit Israel?

1396/6/21 | 02:24
    Member of Saudi royal family reportedly makes secret trip to Israel for high-level talks - despite his country's ban on Israelis.   A member of the Saudi royal family visited Israel during a secret trip last week, despite his country’s refusal to recognize the Jewish state.   According to a report by the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, a senior member of the Saudi royal family held high-level talks with Israeli officials during a clandestine trip to the Jewish state.   “A prince from the Royal Court visited ...

Yemen President: Military option to end conflict is ‘firmly on the table’

1396/6/21 | 02:24
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said that the military solution is “firmly on the table” to end the crisis in his country, adding this is “due to the rejection of the Houthis to peaceful solutions”.   “The US administration wants to strike Iranian interests in Yemen by supporting a military solution, but Europe wants a political solution, not a military one,” Hadi said in an interview published in Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper today.     “We and Saudi King Salman and his crown prince, want a solution that ...

Hajj 2017 went well, but the Rohingya matter not a jot in Saudi Arabia

1396/6/19 | 02:24
  The House of Saud will, no doubt, be quite pleased with itself that the Hajj 2017 has concluded without any setbacks or hitches worth reporting.   In fact, it will pat itself on the back rather cynically that in addition to a smooth, incident-free pilgrimage, its enormous team of bureaucrats — including intelligence and security forces — ensured that the compartmentalisation of the Hajj as a purely spiritual-religious ritual did not stray onto “other” areas, the “other” being politics.     Saudi Arabia ...

Saudi newspaper defends Suu Kyi, terms Rohingya's terrorist

1396/6/18 | 02:24
  A renowned Saudi newspaper has defended the Aung San Suu Kyi and termed Rohingya Muslims as terrorists. Alsharq al Awast a Saudi based daily also defended the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.   The daily published the statement of Suu Kyi about misinformation and said that Suu Kyi is right in her assertion that news of genocide are false and Muslims are spreading misinformation about it. It is worth mentioning that Asharq Al-Awsat in the past has termed Rohingyas as terrorists and defended the Budhgs. Paper also defended Suu Kyi ...

Saudi prince visits Israel in secret

1396/6/18 | 02:24
   A Saudi prince visited Israel in secret over the past few days, Voice of Israel radio reported yesterday.    The radio station quoted its correspondent saying: “A prince from the Royal Court visited the country in secret over the past few days and discussed the idea of pushing regional peace forward with a number of senior Israeli officials,” according to Russia’s Sputnik news agency.     “The prime minister and Foreign Ministry offices refused to comment on this matter,” it continued. The radio station had reported ...

Saudis treat Hajjis from poor Islamic nations harshly + pictures

1396/6/15 | 02:24
  There are pictures released in cyberspace that show Saudi officers misbehavior toward the poor African Muslims.   Although the Saudis are trying to take advantage of the chance to conduct Hajj ceremonies to improve their political situation. But recently, pictures have been published in cyberspace that show the inhuman and ugly approach of Saudis toward pilgrims from African and poor countries. According to the report, the Saudis spent a lot to instill proper management of the Hajj ritual. But reality and images are different from ...

Iran confirms Saudi delegation plan to visit Tehran

1396/6/14 | 02:24
Iran has confirmed a report that a Saudi Arabian delegation will travel to Tehran, less than two years after the kingdom unilaterally ruptured its relations with the Islamic Republic. The confirmation by Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday came after Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida said the Saudi officials would take the trip following the Muslim festivities of Eid al-Adha, which will end on Monday. “The Saudi delegation simply comes to visit diplomatic buildings because the buildings have been empty after the two countries broke ...

Saudi Arabia, Flirting with the Zionists, Fighting with the Muslims

1396/6/13 | 02:24
  We are ready to give Russia a stake in the Middle East so it would be much stronger than the Soviet Union”. This was such a surprising and absurd proposal coming from the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubair. The Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah responded with an unequivocal humiliating answer: “Are you crazy?   Anyone who has little understanding of the developments and the politics of the region known that you are not in a position to share, distribute, deal or bargain or impose your conditions on ...

Saudi Crown Prince Orders Preparations for succession to power as the new King

1396/6/13 | 02:24
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has formed a team of aides to prepare the country for celebrating his succession to power as the new King after his sick father steps down from power in probably the near future, a Palestinian newspaper reported.   The Arabic-language al-Manar daily quoted sources close to the royal family as saying that King Salman is due to step down from power for his physical conditions and feebling health and name his son, Mohammed, as the new king. They said that a number of world leaders will also be invited ...

Saudi Arabia’s $10bn IMF loan and its implications

1396/6/12 | 02:24
The news that Saudi Arabia is applying for a $10 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is shocking. The country is the world’s largest exporter of oil, so why does it need a loan from the IMF? This move is likely to cause the collapse of the Saudi economy slowly but surely.     The past few years have already given an indication that the economy in Saudi Arabia is in trouble, and that there shall soon be a need to shift it toward non-dependence on oil. The price of crude oil has been the biggest contributor to ...

Remove Wahhabism from Saudi in return of $15, 000: Saudi Embassy

1396/6/8 | 02:24
  According to the reports, the topic of Wahhabism has become a cause of trouble in Belgium.   This problem has increased due to a leaked email, it seems that the France 24 reporter Marc Perelman has become its first victim.   France 24 reporters have been mailed from Saudi Embassy in Paris that they should not associate Wahhabism and terrorism to Saudi Arabia in return of $15,000.   Saudi Embassy has mailed Marc Perelman in which he has been told that Wahhabism has no relation with Saudi Arabia, he has also been advised ...

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Algeria on the verge of a complete break

1396/6/7 | 02:24
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Algeria left Algeria with the intention of going to Riyadh after the visit of Foreign Minister of Algeria on Jan 22, 2017.     This happened while an Algerian political source has recently revealed that Algeria and Saudi Arabia relations were on the verge of being cut off in the last months of 2015, following Saudi Arabia’s support for Morocco’s position on the Western Desert crisis. But the UAE has prevented a complete break in the relations. On the other hand, Algeria has announced its decisive ...

Poor, rich gap widens in Saudi Arabia as royalty fritter away national wealth

1396/6/6 | 02:24
  On Tuesday, a fresh controversial news on the wealth of a member of the Al Saud ruling family triggered reactions on the social media across the Arab world and also inside the Arab kingdom itself.     Mujtahed, a Saudi activist who is known for his eristic Twitter posts that give insider news about the Saudi royalty, in his latest post on the ruling family revealed the wealth of the late chairman of the Saudi Allegiance Council Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, saying that his total fortune equaled the annual budgets of many ...

Saudia Nawaz inner conflict: Kingdom to reveal Nawaz Sharif’s assets in Saudi Arab

1396/6/4 | 02:24
  Returning Hajis may have the honour of returning on the same flight as some very important documents, the contents of which could make or break the Sharif family’s political careers.       This is because the Saudi government is likely to respond to a mutual legal assistance (MLA) request regarding Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Establishment made by the Joint Investigations Team that probed the Sharif family’s offshore assets.   Recently an official of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior had made ...

Saudi foreign reserves hit lowest level since 2011

1396/6/4 | 02:24
  New figures show that Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserves have hit their lowest level in the past six years as the kingdom is struggling with a budget deficit caused by low oil prices. According to the figures released by the Saudi central bank on Thursday, the country’s net foreign assets dropped by $6.3 billion from June to $487 billion in July, their lowest level since early 2011. The Saudi reserves also fell 12.8 percent from a year earlier, the figures indicated. Riyadh began liquidating its assets in late 2014. In June 2017, ...

Signs of a rapprochement as Iran and Saudi exchange diplomatic visits

1396/6/3 | 02:24
  Tehran declared yesterday that delegations from Iran and Saudi Arabia will soon exchange diplomatic visits, which signals a possible improvement in the relations between the two regional rivals since they severed diplomatic relations last year.     Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told the Iranian Student News Agency that the visits could take place after the end of Hajj season in the first week of September.     “The visas have already been issued to both groups… we are waiting for ...

Saudis' destructive policies harming region, kingdom itself: Iran’s FM

1396/6/2 | 02:24
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Saudi Arabia's policies have harmed not only the region but also the kingdom itself.   He said that Iran seeks a “secure, powerful and convergent region... in line with the interests of the country as well as those of the region," adding that this framework has defined the Islamic Republic’s policies vis-à-vis interaction with regional states, including Saudi Arabia. On the contrary, Saudi Arabia has been seeking to create tensions in the region to fulfill its own interests, the ...

Qatar 'Looking for a Defense Cooperation' With Russia Amid Gulf Row

1396/6/2 | 02:24
  Qatar is interested in cooperation with Russia in the defense sector, especially in modern Russian technologies, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said Wednesday. The minister stressed Doha would like to purchase Russian technologies for production of air defense systems. Qatar has repeatedly turned to Russia amid its standoff with the Arab countries countries since. In June Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting ...

Canadian daily slams Saudi regime’s bid to justify crackdown on minority Shiites

1396/6/1 | 02:24
  A Canadian newspaper rebuked Saudi Arabian embassy's attempt to justify regime's heavy-handed crackdown on minority Shiite civilians in the oil-rich country's eastern region of al-Qatif.       Mocking a statement published by Saudi embassy in Ottawa as a ‘lame attempt”, Ottawa-based Globe and Mail newspaper said, “Riyadh is on the defensive after video footage came to light last month showing Saudi forces using Canadian-made light-armoured vehicles against Saudi citizens in the eastern region of al-Qatif.   The ...

Saudi jets kill Hadi loyalists by mistake

1396/6/1 | 02:24
Saudi Arabian warplanes have mistakenly killed three troops loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed former president and injured eight more. The friendly fie incident took place on Tuesday as the Saudi jets mistook a group of troops loyal to the former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for members of the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement in the central province of Ma'rib.   The Saudi-led war is aimed at reinstating Hadi -- a staunch ally of Riyadh -- and undermining the Ansarullah movement. The Houthi movement has been running state affairs ...

The Saudi economy is smoldering down with Yemen’s fire; figures and facts

1396/5/31 | 02:24
  Saudi Arabia now has a complex crisis on more than one level, perhaps the heaviest burden on the Saudi citizen, or the quickest one is the economic crisis.   The continuation of the war on Yemen, the increase in arms costs and the low oil prices increase the negative effects on the struggling economy.   Studies by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirm that the Saudi war in Yemen has cost Riyadh a heavy price, not only in smearing Saudi Arabia’s already distorted reputation for its crimes in Yemen and its support ...

Foreign Policy magazine: A UN report confirms the failure of the Saudi alliance in Yemen

1396/5/31 | 02:24
  For almost two and a half years, Saudi Arabia and its allies, equipped with US-made aircraft and precision guided missiles, have launched one of the most advanced air force campaigns against one of the world’s poorest countries.   But the military supremacy of the Saudi-led coalition has brought no victory in Yemen. Instead, it has strengthened Yemen’s political disintegration and deepened a humanitarian crisis that has plunged the country to the brink of famine and fueled widespread public discontent in response to major human ...

Saudi Arabia Courts Iraq Alliance, Offering Reconstruction Aid

1396/5/30 | 02:24
v  Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia reopened the Arar border crossing with Iraq, for the first time in 27 years. The move marks a significant turning point in the two nations’ relationship, and points to Saudi efforts to try to set up an alliance with the Iraqis.     Iraq would be a strange ally for Saudi Arabia, as the Sunni kingdom keeps its distance from most Shi’ite-dominated states. From the Saudi perspective, the main goal appears to be to split Iraq from its main ally, Iran, who the Saudis consider their primary ...

With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

1396/5/28 | 02:24
It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shia Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington’s main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq. For Sadr, who has a large following among the poor in Baghdad and southern ...

Egypt reassures Israel of Saudi’s vow to uphold peace treaty

1396/5/28 | 02:24
  Egyptian media revealed yesterday that three letters were exchanged between the Egyptian foreign minister and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Riyadh’s commitment to the existing arrangements regarding the Tiran Strait and the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir which Egypt recently ceded to Saudi Arabia.     In April 2016, during a visit by Saudi King Salman to Cairo, the Egyptian government signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia stipulating the handover of the two islands to Saudi sovereignty, which ...

Changing face of Syrian war: Saudi-Qatar row proves a big blow for terrorists

1396/5/28 | 02:24
Russia deployed its military police in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus last month to try to enforce a de-escalation zone it said it had agreed with the Syrian opposition.   The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday in the rebel-controlled region near the capital.   The agreement basically ends the fighting in the war-torn countryside of the Syrian capital, lifts a four-year siege and pardons the rebels, but it also keeps the entire territory firmly in the hands of Damascus. All rebel hopes of ...

Saudi-Iranian détente: A slap in the face of US

1396/5/28 | 02:24
  Iran has re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, for a second term. Trump, huffing and puffing and pouting at the negotiated nuclear deal promptly blew it off the table before imposing unilateral sanctions on Tehran.     Yet the biggest news to come out of the hood is the rumour of a possible détente between the Saudis and the Iranians. Trump has thus far not said a word about it. But when he does — the world will be listening to see if he apportions the blame equally between both sides.     No one ...

Why is Saudia keen to invest in CPEC and Gawadar?

1396/5/27 | 02:24
  Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Pakistan Nawaf Ahmad Al Malkiy  said his country is mulling to invest in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port projects.   While talking to state media, the ambassador said that the CPEC is a huge project, which would create many investment opportunities.   He further said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are fully engaged to strengthen and enhance their cooperation in military, economic and other sectors to benefit the people of both countries as they enjoy ...

Cholera bomb: Who would save Yemen from mass annihilation?

1396/5/27 | 02:24
  The Yemeni people — amongst the poorest in the Arab world — have to face bombings as well as starvation as the infrastructure in their country lies in a state of shambles.    While a power struggle had long been brewing between the Houthi forces — who captured the capital Sana’a in late 2014 — and their local opponents, the situation was exacerbated when Saudi Arabia intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015.      Since then, Yemen’s condition has gone from bad to worse, with none of the belligerents ...

Al-Awamiya and beyond: Is Bin Salman looking for internal achievement?

1396/5/26 | 02:24
  After months of the siege of the al-Musawwarah quarters in Awamiya, Saudi forces finally managed to enter the heritage district of the bodies of dozens of martyrs from the region who were turned over by the Saudi media machine to terrorists only because of their inability to destroy their centuries-old heritage and homes.   The Saudi justification initially (they say) the implementation of the project to develop and rehabilitate the historic walled neighborhood, and later become after the beginning of the siege to prosecute and eliminate ...

US: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Fail to Respect Religious Freedom

1396/5/26 | 02:24
An annual US State Department report on religious freedom is strongly criticizing key US allies, notably Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, for their lack of religious freedom and admonished Israel to respect its non-Orthodox citizens.   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared unusually willing to go after Saudi Arabia and Bahrain about the matter, saying both nations need to stop discriminating against their substantial Shi’ite minorities and embrace a greater degree of religious freedom for all citizens.   Bahrain has struggled ...

Saudi Arabia denies seeking mediation with Iran

1396/5/26 | 02:24
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that it is seeking mediation with regional Shia rival Iran.An official Saudi source said today that the current Iranian regime “cannot be negotiated with”.   “Saudi Arabia has not requested any mediation in any way with the Republic of Iran,” the source said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency. The denial came after Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji said Riyadh has officially asked for Iraq’s mediation to ease tensions with Tehran. The Saudi source renewed accusations that ...

Saudi-led siege can’t bring Qatar to its knees: Senior official

1396/5/25 | 02:24
  An adviser to Qatar’s foreign minister says the Saudi-led quartet of boycotters has failed to bring his country to its knees, adding that Riyadh’s anti-Doha “smear campaign’ is only reminiscent of the kingdom’s own ideological support for the Daesh Takfiri terror group. Mutlaq Majed al-Qahtani, the Qatari foreign minister’s special envoy for counterterrorism and mediation, made the comments in an opinion piece titled “Qatar Will Not Be Intimidated,” which was recently published in The Wall Street Journal. Saudi Arabia, ...

WikiLeaks leaks new details on the normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel

1396/5/25 | 02:24
Documents issued by several bodies in the Saudi regime published by WikiLeaks revealed that there has been an attempt to normalize relations between the regime and the Israeli occupation entity for a long time.   The website published a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Saudi regime revealed the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, where the statement confirms that the system began discussions on normalization with the entity of occupation since the launch of the so-called “Saudi peace initiative” ...

Details emerge of Saudi Arabia’s kidnapping of defecting royals

1396/5/24 | 02:24
New details have emerged of Saudi Arabia’s kidnapping of three members of its royal family from Europe and the United States in order to silence their opposition to the ruling regime. The BBC is to air a documentary titled “Kidnapped: Saudi Arabia’s Missing Princes” on Tuesday, offering details on the kidnapping of the princes, who have not been heard of since their disappearance. The Guardian had originally broke the story about the kidnappings back in March 2016. Prince Sultan bin Turki But a report on the BBC’s website used ...

Saudi crown prince ‘wants out’ of war on Yemen: Leaked emails

1396/5/24 | 02:24
Purported emails recently leaked show that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seeking an exit from the war that Saudi Arabia has been waging against Yemen on his initiative, more than two years into a conflict the Riyadh regime has been unable to win. The heir to the Saudi throne, who also serves as defense minister, raised the subject in a meeting with ex-US national security adviser Stephen Hadley, and Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, the Middle East Eye news portal reported on Monday. The details of the meeting ...

Baghdad urged to mediate between Riyadh, Tehran: Iraqi minister

1396/5/23 | 02:24
A senior Iraqi official says Saudi authorities have asked Baghdad government to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran more than a year after the two Muslim countries broke off relations following the execution of well-known Saudi Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. Speaking in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had officially asked him to facilitate bilateral talks between Tehran and Riyadh, ...