Saudi outreach to Israel ‘faces setbacks’ after Khashoggi crisis

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WSJ says Saudi effort to forge ties with Israel is sputtering after crown prince was implicated in journalist’s murder. Prince Mohammed’s role has weakened after Khashoggi’s murder, the Wall Street Journal wrote [File: Sergio Moraes/ Reuters] A covert US-backed initiative … Read More

Khashoggi’s brutal killing could lead to charges against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Khashoggi’s brutal killing could lead to charges against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under international law. But experts say the Saudis will ‘never go along.’ A composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Associated … Read More

Idlib and Beyond – The Vultures are circling in Syria

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Wreckage from an airstrike by pro-Assad forces near Idlib Province, September 8, 2018  AMER ALHAMWE / AFP / Getty Over the past several weeks, the war in Syria has crept back into the headlines, even competing with the drama and … Read More

Coalition led by anti-U.S. cleric wins Iraq election

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Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference in Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday. (Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters) ​A political bloc led by populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has … Read More

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Israel has a ‘right’ to homeland

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Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader has explicitly acknowledged Israel’s right to its own homeland, a first for a senior official from the kingdom. However, he also made a bizarre comparison between Hitler and Iran’s leader. Israel has a “right” to … Read More

Trump Administration Backs Saudi Crown Prince’s Housecleaning

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his administration are offering a public vote of confidence for Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince who, in just days, has upended the royal family, ramped up the kingdom’s confrontation with Iran and issued war … Read More