News Alert no. 140: Top adviser to Khamenei says U.S. is to be confronted and rolled back by Tehran-led “resistance axis”

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According to official Iranian media, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that a “resistance axis” led by Iran, and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the [pro-Iranian forces in] Palestinian territories is “not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries”, but also […]

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Policy Brief no. 75: Egypt and Saudi Arabia decide to create ‘joint Arab military force’

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“Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies”, Al Jazeera is reporting on July 31, 2015. In a statement made public at the end of a meeting of very senior Egyptian and Saudi officials – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi […]

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Opinion no. 20: Very troubled waters. Grim perspectives for the Arabian (or Persian) Gulf region

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On December 29, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has published a peace of news listing the airstrikes launched, on that day, against Islamic State (ISIL) positions and forces in Syria and Iraq. The text states that “[international] coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and […]

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