Mar 28, 2015

Riyadh's Yemen gamble may define future regional role

Saudi Arabia’s campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels’ ally Iran. Success will establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region’s Sunni states ...

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

Mar 28, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where Shiite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited ...

Mar 27, 2015

U.S. may let Iran run centrifuges at fortified site

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run ...

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Mar 27, 2015

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Saudi Arabia led airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen as it seeks to prop up an allied government facing the loss of its last remaining stronghold. The Saudis headed a coalition of 10 Sunni-ruled nations that carried out raids around Yemen’s capital Sanaa, which ...

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

Mar 26, 2015

U.S.-led coalition said planning to carry out Tikrit airstrikes

The U.S.-led coalition is planning to carry out airstrikes in support of Iraqi operations against Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, confirming comments by Iraq’s president in an interview with Reuters. The U.S. official, speaking to Reuters ...

Iran rules out snap inspections of nuclear sites

Mar 25, 2015

Iran rules out snap inspections of nuclear sites

An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. The United States and five other world powers ...

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes 'imminent': diplomat

Mar 24, 2015

Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit airstrikes "imminent": diplomat

Iraq’s request to the U.S.-led coalition for airstrikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent,” a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition said Tuesday. If the coalition accepts the request, it would see ...

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Mar 24, 2015

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city ...