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Turkey: S-400 Over the F-35?

On July 6, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With No Comments

In early June, Washington issued an ultimatum to Turkey urging the country to reconsider its decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system. The Turkish Ministry of Defense acknowledged the ultimatum on June 8, two days after it was reported in the media (Kurt 2019). At that time, Turkey…

Arms Sales in the Yemeni Conflict: Who’s (Legally or Illegally) Selling Guns?

On July 1, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, By , , With No Comments

The Saudi-led coalition purchases most of its arms from the United States and United Kingdom, while weaponry for the Houthi rebels is smuggled almost entirely from Iran. United States In 2017, the American and Saudi governments agreed to a deal wherein Saudi Arabia would purchase over $350 billion worth of…

Why the United States Must Remain Involved in Yemen

On June 16, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Why the United States Must Remain Involved in Yemen

It can be difficult to determine what the United States has to gain from involving itself in the Yemeni Civil War. The humanitarian crisis and the unsuccessful Saudi and Emirati attempts to defeat the Houthis have convinced some analysts that further American engagement in the war is unnecessary and even…

Iranian Influence in Yemen: Covert and Overt Backing of Houthi Rebels

On June 16, 2019, Posted by , In Middle East, With Comments Off on Iranian Influence in Yemen: Covert and Overt Backing of Houthi Rebels

Though it continually denies any substantial involvement in the Yemeni Civil War, Iran’s support for Houthi rebels has been visible to the international community since the Arab Spring. Why is Iran supporting Houthi rebels? Iranian support for Houthi rebels in Yemen is only one part of the country’s overarching Middle…

The Rise, Fall, and Future of ISIS

On June 7, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on The Rise, Fall, and Future of ISIS

Written by Steven Tibbitts             The United States faces an enduring and potent threat from the Islamic State (ISIS hereafter) terrorist group. Any decrease in efforts to dismantle both the group and its ideology worldwide is likely to grant the group the minimal operational space and security it needs to…