Tag: Houthis

Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are […]

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable […]

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New U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia Will Include 200 Troops

The United States military is sending roughly 200 troops, a surface-to-air missile battery and several advanced radars to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said in a statement Thursday, after well-orchestrated attacks this month on a Saudi oil refinery that United States and Saudi officials blamed on Iran. The small deployment of defensive military hardware is tepid […]

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Attacks Expose Flaws in Saudi Arabia’s Expensive Military

WASHINGTON — For the past half-century, the United States has trained and supplied the Saudi military, selling the wealthy kingdom more than $150 billion in dazzling high-technology weapons, including fighter jets and air defense systems. And yet, the kingdom could not protect a prized national asset — its oil installations — from a recent attack […]

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Vows ‘All-Out War’ if U.S. or Saudis Strike

A military strike against Iran by the United States or Saudi Arabia would result in “an all-out war,” Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Thursday, repeating his government’s denial of responsibility for an attack last week that damaged Saudi oil facilities. The Houthi rebel faction in Yemen — supported by Iran in its […]

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The Trump Doctrine, Revealed

Thomas Jefferson warned against entangling alliances. John F. Kennedy was ready to pay any price and bear any burden. Teddy Roosevelt advised us to speak softly and carry a big stick. And then there’s Donald Trump. Locked, half-cocked, and probably bluffing. That’s the lesson Iran’s leaders appear to have drawn following a carefully calibrated sequence […]

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The End of Saudi Arabia’s Illusion

The missiles that struck last weekend in Saudi Arabia did not just destroy oil tanks. They also dealt the final blow to a doctrine that has been fading for years: the belief that the United States maintains a security umbrella able to protect the oil-rich Persian Gulf states from their enemies — and, especially, from […]

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The Future of War Is Already Here

It seems like the opening of a techno-thriller novel or (spoiler alert!) a scene from the latest Gerard Butler movie: In the dead of night, a swarm of robotic planes sneaks past a billion-dollar defense system and then takes out one of the world’s most valuable targets in a fiery blast. But it is no […]

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Iran’s President May Skip U.N. Meeting, Blaming U.S. Obstacles

Iran’s president and other officials might not attend a United Nations gathering in New York next week because of obstacles raised by the United States, an Iranian state news outlet reported on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a tense standoff over an attack on Saudi Arabia this past weekend for which American […]

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Who Really Attacked Saudi Arabia?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump is saying that Iran appears to be responsible for the weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. We look at where things are likely to go from here. [For an exclusive look at […]

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Saudi Arabia Says Iranian Weapons Were Used in Strikes on Oil Facilities

Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons were used in aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production, and that the attacks were not launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility for the them. The claims, made without supporting evidence, appeared to move the […]

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Houthi Forces in Yemen Warn of More Attacks on Saudi Oil Systems

The Houthi rebel faction in Yemen warned on Monday of more attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, two days after strikes that interrupted much of the kingdom’s production heightened tensions between Iran and the United States and raised fears of a wider armed conflict. United States officials have said that Iran was responsible for the […]

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Iran Rejects U.S. Accusation It Is Responsible for Saudi Attacks

Iran on Sunday forcefully rejected charges by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was responsible for drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry dismissing his remarks as “maximum lies.” The attacks on Saturday, which hold the potential to disrupt global oil […]

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Drones Strike Big Saudi Refineries, and Houthis Claim Responsibility

The war that has devastated Yemen reached into Saudi Arabia early Saturday, with drone strikes on two major Saudi oil refineries, and a claim of responsibility from Yemen’s Houthi rebel faction. There were no reports of casualties and the extent of the damage was unclear, but the attacks struck deep within Saudi territory, at the […]

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen Kill More Than 60 in Prison, Rebels Say

SANA, Yemen — Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen hit a university used as a detention center in a southwestern province on Sunday, killing at least 60 people, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said. A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said the death toll could be […]

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Ally Attacks Ally in Yemen’s War Within a War

CAIRO — Yemen’s government accused the United Arab Emirates of bombing its troops on Thursday as they tried to retake the southern city of Aden from Emirati-backed separatists. At least 25 soldiers were killed and 150 wounded in the airstrikes on Thursday morning, a government commander said by phone from the scene of the attack. […]

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The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open

JERUSALEM — Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel’s defenses. The attacks represent a new escalation in the shadow war between Iran and Israel, which has broken […]

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Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday that it had launched 10 drones in the “biggest attack” on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, but a Saudi official said it had caused only a “minor” fire and no casualties. Speaking to Houthi-run television […]

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Yemeni Separatists Oust Government in Key City, Complicating Peace Efforts

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Yemeni separatists took over most of the southern city of Aden on Saturday, a major blow to the country’s internationally recognized government and to efforts by Saudi Arabia to put it back in control of all of Yemen. The takeover followed four days of intense fighting that terrified residents, killed dozens of […]

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America Should Talk to the Houthis

In the fifth year of a pitiless war between Ansar Allah, the Iranian-supported movement known as the Houthis, and the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-backed coalition, Sana, the capital of Yemen, doesn’t see many American visitors. For good reason. The Houthis control Sana and about a fifth of the country’s landmass in all; a majority […]

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Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.

From the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, it was Prince Mohammed’s war. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, then 29 and in his third month as defense minister, was shown in official photographs surrounded by generals, poring over maps, inspecting a helicopter and even wearing a pilot’s headset while riding in the back of a […]

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