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23rd April 2018 – Real Clear Defense

The Senate’s Blind Spot on Terrorism in Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pressed hard on top administration officials to justify U.S. support for the Saudi war effort in Yemen, where hunger and cholera cause tremendous suffering. Senators certainly should be asking these tough questions, yet their narrow focus resulted in a missed opportunity to ask equally important questions about the opaque U.S. mission to fight terrorism in Yemen, which the Trump administration has conducted with growing intensity. more...

10th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Bahraini Bank Investigations Offers Powerful Example for Treating De-listed Entities

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Varsha Koduvayur

The Bahraini government last week disclosed evidence detailing how the now-shuttered Future Bank participated in a multi-billion dollar sanctions-evasion scheme benefiting Iran. Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, stated that Future Bank was involved in “supporting and funding terrorist entities and organizations” and concealed at least $7 billion in transactions from 2004 until 2015. more...

9th April 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Retail Therapy: Isolated Qatar Hopes Spending Will Spur New Alliances

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Varsha Koduvayur

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani is set to visit the White House on April 10 where he will meet with President Trump. The emir’s visit comes as Qatar – isolated regionally by a Saudi-led blockade – is in the midst of a major charm offensive designed to repair relations with the United States. But while the recent U.S.-Qatar strategic dialogue and the emir’s upcoming visit signify the centrality of America to Qatar’s geopolitical calculus, Doha is concurrently hedging its bets and diversifying its international support. more...

8th April 2018 – Fox News

Trump should confront Qatar on its support for Hamas in upcoming White House meeting

Varsha Koduvayur

As Qatar’s leader – Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – prepares for a White House meeting with President Trump on Tuesday, Qatar’s lobbyists are warning Congress not to pass a sanctions bill that targets the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and its supporters, including Qatar. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: An Iranian SAM in the Arabian Peninsula

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last week, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington D.C. released a nine-page primer on Iran’s continued support to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Buried within the same document was photographic evidence of Saudi Arabia’s latest charge against Iran: the provision of the Sayyad-2C surface-to-air missile (SAM) to Houthi rebels. more...

1st April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden warns of Shiite expansion in the Middle East

Thomas Joscelyn

In his latest message, Hamza bin Laden warns that Shiites are expanding throughout the Middle East and claims that the Saudi government is incapable of stopping them. Hamza calls upon Muslims to support the jihadists in Yemen. He also criticizes the relationship between the Saudis and the US. more...

29th March 2018 – The Hill

The US can breathe easy on Russia-OPEC deal

Boris Zilberman, Varsha Koduvayur

In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD’s deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman and senior research analyst Varsha Koduvayur explain why a potential long-term pact extending cooperation with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) between Saudi Arabia and Russia does not threaten an abandonment of the strong Saudi-U.S. alliance – and why the agreement might actually benefit oil producers in the U.S. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

A peek inside Houthi Rebel’s recent missile strikes in Saudi Arabia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Pro-Houthi media outlets like Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported that at least three types of projectiles were fired into the Kingdom. They include the Burkan-2H, the Qaher-2M, and the Badr-1. Both the Burkan and the Qaher have been used multiple times in the Yemeni theater, while the Badr was only unveiled last week. more...

12th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Saudi Arabia Sought to Buy Israel’s Iron Dome System

Benjamin Weinthal

Saudi Arabia’s government expressed interest in purchasing Israel’s antimissile Iron Dome system to stop attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, according to a report in the Swiss paper Basler Zeitung this week. more...

10th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Saudi-led coalition turns the tide in Yemen conflict

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Backed by Saudi air power, Yemeni forces are advancing on a number of critical fronts including Yemen’s northern border and western coast. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Houthis fire another missile on Riyadh

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Houthis claim the missile used was a Burkan-2H, which recent evidence suggests is Iranian-supplied. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seeks to incite violence after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general leadership and regional branches have released statements denouncing the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. more...

4th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Yemen’s Saleh killed by former allies

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh follows a strain in the opportunistic cooperation between his forces and the Houthis. more...

29th November 2017 – The Washington Times

The man who would be Saudi king

Clifford D. May

Mohammad bin Salman is a young man in a hurry. When I visited Saudi Arabia back in February he was only the deputy crown prince. Nevertheless, it was he — not 81-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and not the crown prince, 58-year-old Muhammad bin Nayef — who was the talk of the town. more...

9th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport. more...

7th November 2017 – The Hill

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ might play right into US interests

John Hannah

Most of us have told our kids that the ends don’t justify the means. But what if your objective is something as audacious as rapidly modernizing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? What if your aim is to break the kingdom’s support for the extremist form of Islam — known as Wahhabism — that has served as the essential source material for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the jihadist ideology that American troops have been at war with since 9/11? How much centralization of power, even absolutism, would you put up with to see that revolutionary program succeed? more...

11th August 2017 – The Hill

What Congress can do about extremism in Saudi textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

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6th August 2017 – Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s non-Islamist forces about Qatar’s sponsorship of extremists in the war-torn country. And while the meddling in Libya doesn’t get a lot of coverage, it remains one of the key grievances of Qatar’s foes in the current diplomatic crisis. more...

2nd August 2017 – The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous conduct. more...

26th July 2017 – The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet. more...

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23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.