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2nd May 2015 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the regional confrontation taking place in Yemen.

1st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads, Shoots 15 Yemeni Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed credit for the brutal execution of 15 Yemeni soldiers who were captured in the city of Azzan in Shabwa province earlier this month. The treatment of the captured soldiers by the Islamic State presents a stark contrast to Al Qaeda in the Arabian...

28th April 2015 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

U.S. Defense Biz Sees Cash from Mideast Chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

War in Yemen. The continued threat of ISIS. Ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Increasing Iranian influence. As America’s Middle Eastern allies watch their neighborhood burn, the U.S. defense industry is viewing increased instability as a money-making opportunity.

27th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Obama “Siding with Iran” in Yemen Conflict

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is “siding with Iran” while operating “over the heads of the Saudis” in its deliberations over the future of Yemen, Tony Badran, a research fellow for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, wrote Friday in an analysis published on the Lebanese website NOW...

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...

23rd April 2015 - FOXNews.com

On The Hunt

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the conflict in Yemen.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Heather Saul - The Independent

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Faces Backlash For Tweet

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi Prince has come under fire on social media after reportedly promising luxury Bentley cars to fighter pilots involved in bombing strikes in Yemen.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Snyder - FOXNews.com

Military Experts Fear Saudi Arabia’s Strategy in Yemen is Failing

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi-led coalition is keeping up an air campaign against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, despite an announcement to end airstrikes.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Tobias Burns - Military Times

Experts: Terrorism Groups Find New Revenue Sources

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As the number of terrorist groups around the world increases, so do the ways in which they're raising money to fund their activities, experts say.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Chaos in Middle East Could Last for ‘at Least a Decade,’ Expert Tells ‘Post’

David Andrew Weinberg

The breakdown of states throughout the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring has led the people in the region to fall back on primordial attachments, enhancing the power of sectarianism, tribalism, and Islamism, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

22nd April 2015 - Al Arabiya

Understanding ‘Operation Renewal of Hope’ in Yemen

David Andrew Weinberg

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen declared the end of Operation Decisive Storm yesterday, to be replaced with Operation Renewal of Hope effective midnight. Although coalition spokesperson General Ahmed Asiri suggested on Sunday that a “next phase” of activities was imminent,...

21st April 2015 - AM 970

The John Gambling Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses developments in the Middle East.

21st April 2015 - Politico

When Israel Helped Yemen’s Shiites

Oren Kessler

Yemen’s Houthi rebels accuse Israel of standing behind the Saudi-led military campaign launched against them in February. The charge is not unusual—blaming Israel for the Mideast’s sundry ills is a time-honored regional pastime.

20th April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iranian Support for Yemen’s Houthis Goes Back Years

David Andrew Weinberg

Iran has long supported Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, training and financing.

17th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The Islamic World’s Thirty Years War

Ali Alfoneh

Even as Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries were toppling the Shah in 1979, at the core of their thinking was that their Shia revolution should not be limited to their homeland but expand to the entire Muslim world. This approach would not only secure Tehran’s dominance but would also keep...

13th April 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

FDD Research Analyst Oren Adaki discusses the increasing U.S. involvement in the battle against Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militants.

9th April 2015 - BBC

BBC World Service Radio

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the regional implications of the conflict in Yemen.

7th April 2015 - BBC

Newsday

FDD Research Analyst Oren Adaki comments on the situation in Yemen

7th April 2015 - FOX News

DEFCON 3

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the threats posed by Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

4th April 2015 - Quoted by Steven Tomaszewski - Vice News

Will Saudi Arabia’s New King Regret the Arab Intervention in Yemen?

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who rose to power in late January after the death of King Abdullah, has already formed a coalition of countries that is currently taking military action against the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

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