Glimmers of a Future in Iraq?

by Graham E. Fuller*– Iraqi politics are in turmoil—nothing new here. Not surprisingly, the post-invasion order is taking a long time to shake down, given the destruction of the old. Entirely new relationships had to be forged under the new, radically changed environment. What Iraq requires above all is the painful creation of a new …

THE KINGDOM’S PERFECT STORM: SECTARIAN TENSION AND TERRORISM IN SAUDI ARABIA’S EASTERN PROVINCE

By Chris Zambelis for CTC — Abstract: With Saudi Arabia now firmly in the Islamic State’s crosshairs, concern over sectarian tensions in the kingdom’s volatile Eastern Province is rapidly increasing. The Islamic State has initiated a campaign of violence and terrorism targeting Saudi Shia to create and take advantage of worsening relations between Sunnis and …

Saudi Arabia arrests Shia preacher for ‘glorifying Hezbollah’

The Levant News — Saudi security forces have arrested a Shia preacher in the east of the kingdom, charging that he “glorified” Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah online, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Hussein al-Radi was arrested after Gulf Arab states declared Hezbollah a “terrorist” group earlier this month and brought in tough new measures …