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Over the Heads of the Saudis

24th April 2015 – NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to the Iranians that they need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

12th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Reportedly Kills Ansar al Sharia Official in Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US reportedly killed an Ansar al Sharia official yesterday in a drone strike in an area of eastern Yemen that has been overrun by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Ma’moun Abdulhamid Hatem was allegedly among four jihadists killed in the city of Mukallah in the eastern province of Hadramout. more...

8th May 2015 – The Arab Weekly

Admiral Shamkhani, Rohani’s Iron Fist in an Iron Glove

Ali Alfoneh

President Hassan Rohani’s appointment of Rear Ad­miral Ali Shamkhani as secretary of Iran’s Su­preme National Security Council (SNSC) in September 2013 was initially seen as an attempt by Tehran to mend fences with the Is­lamic Republic’s Sunni Arab neigh­bours, Saudi Arabia in particular. more...

7th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Deputy General Manager Killed in US Drone Strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a regional branch of al Qaeda’s global network, has confirmed that a top official named Nasser bin Ali al Ansi was killed in a US drone strike in April. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Lee Keath and Maggie Michael - The Associated Press

In the Face of IS Successes, Al-Qaida Adapts, Grows Stronger

Oren Adaki

When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts. more...

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