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Geopolitics / Middle East

The U.S. Is Using Saudi Arabia To Expand Its Influence In Iraq

Nov 08, 2021 at 15:28 | Simon Watkins

Ever since its occupation of Iraq in 2003 began to turn sour, the U.S. has been fighting a rearguard action against Iran cementing its influence in the neighboring…

Saudi Forces Thwart Houthi Attack On Oil City

Sep 17, 2021 at 09:03 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia has prevented yet another attack by the Yemeni Houthis, this time in the city of Jazan, which is home to extensive Aramco oil infrastructure. Reuters reported the…

Aramco On Lockdown After Houthi Missile Attack

Sep 06, 2021 at 09:24 | Charles Kennedy

Saudi Arabia had intercepted a ballistic missile attack on facilities owned by state oil major Aramco in the Eastern Region, Reuters has reported, citing the Saudi defense ministry. Earlier

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Oil Field

Aug 16, 2021 at 07:34 | Irina Slav

An attack with an explosive device on an oil field in the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk was blamed on Islamic State militants, according to an unnamed source who

France Pressures Iran To Rejoin The Nuclear Deal

Aug 09, 2021 at 12:05 | RFE/RL staff

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Iran to resume talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers but Iran's new hard-line president, Ebrahim Raisi, says that…

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After Tanker Attack

Aug 02, 2021 at 12:03 | ZeroHedge

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm…

Biden Faces Major Challenge As China Zeroes In On Iraq

Jul 26, 2021 at 13:10 | Simon Watkins

A series of deals between China and Iraq in the run-up to this week’s visit of Iraq President Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Washington, including the latest involving China’s build-out…

Iran Opens Export Terminal To Bypass World’s Biggest Oil Chokepoint

Jul 22, 2021 at 10:28 | RFE/RL staff

Iran says it has opened its first oil export terminal in the Gulf of Oman to allow Tehran to avoid using the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route…

Iran Claims Nuclear Deal Draft Is Incompatible With New Iranian Law

Jul 20, 2021 at 10:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The draft agreement between Iran and world powers over the possible restoration of the so-called nuclear deal is incompatible with a recently passed Iranian law, a government spokesman in Tehran…

Lebanon On The Brink As Fuel And Electricity Shortages Grip The Country

Jul 09, 2021 at 12:54 | Global Risk Insights

On the last day of the month, armed protesters took to the streets of Tripoli. They were outraged by the power outages and the story

Nuclear Talks Teeter On The Brink As Iran Restarts Uranium Enrichment

Jul 07, 2021 at 09:06 | Irina Slav

Iran has begun the production of enriched uranium metal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said in a statement, prompting the three Western negotiators in the Iran…

UN Urges US To Lift Iran Oil Sanctions Before It’s Too Late

Jul 01, 2021 at 09:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United Nations political affairs chief has called on the United States to either lift or waive the American sanctions against Iran as the Islamic Republic, the U.S., and the…

U.S. Warns Gulf Allies: Don't Normalize Relations With Assad

Jun 28, 2021 at 14:50 | ZeroHedge

For the past couple months there's been persisting reports and rumors that Saudi Arabia is preparing to restore diplomatic ties and normalized relations with the Syrian government under Bashar…

U.S. Denies Agreement With Iran To Lift Oil Sanctions

Jun 24, 2021 at 08:58 | Irina Slav

The U.S. State Department has refuted a statement made by a senior Iranian official that the country had agreed to lift all sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industry. "During…

Oman Is Vital To Iran And China’s Energy Agenda

Jun 16, 2021 at 14:10 | Simon Watkins

Although Oman’s fiscal breakeven price per barrel of Brent crude oil has fallen to US$61 this year, the fact that it was over US$90 on average for much…

Could Energy Ties Bring Saudi Arabia's Conflict With Iran To An End?

Jun 14, 2021 at 14:25 | Simon Watkins

The relationship between the two great indigenous powers in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Iran – has become significantly more nuanced in the past few weeks…

Secret Meeting Between Saudi Arabia And Iran May Trigger Major Policy Change

May 24, 2021 at 18:17 | Simon Watkins

A number of peculiar things have happened in the Middle East in the past few weeks involving the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, all with some sort of focus…

The U.S. Shouldn’t Hold High Hopes For A Pro-West Iranian President

May 17, 2021 at 17:48 | Simon Watkins

The U.S. and Iran have been engaged in on-off talks about the resuscitation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the ‘nuclear deal’ – for some months now…

Conflict In Gaza Threatens U.S. Middle East Strategy

May 14, 2021 at 14:09 | Simon Watkins

The starting point for all sound intelligence analysis of a particular action is to identify who gains from it and what it is that they gain. As the new tit-for-tat…

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

May 14, 2021 at 11:10 | ZeroHedge

Hamas' militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced earlier this week that it is deliberately targeting Israel's secretive Dimona nuclear reactor site, known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear…

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