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Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict

As we predicted, trouble has flooded across Saudi Arabia’s eastern border with Yemen. On 22 May, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi’ite mosque here, with several killed and scores wounded. This was in the village of al-Qadeeh. The battle between Saudi forces and Yemen’s Houthi forces has significantly intensified since the Saudis launched their bombing campaign eight weeks ago, and we’re looking a lot of carnage here, with no visible results for either side. The main border crossing has been destroyed. If it goes too much farther, this proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia could turn into an actual war. The Saudis will use this to try to derail a P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. The fact remains, though, that Washington has a number of grievances with Saudi Arabia that have been piling up since 9/11. In the meantime, if the Islamic State (IS) ever manages to force a regime change in Syria, the next target would be Saudi Arabia. This kingdom will eventually fall—and the desperation is increasing exponentially, as made clear by its horrendous foreign policy.

And, back to the IS … they have taken approximately one-third of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as of mid-last week. This is the ‘pearl’ of the Ancient Silk Road, which means it has strategic value as Syria’s central crossroads. What it means is that IS—if it manages to definitively take Palmyra—will…

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