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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sits in his office beneath a portrait of his late father Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq el-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq, May 2, 2003. (photo by GETTY/Mario Tama)

What’s next for GCC-Iraq ties after Sadr's UAE visit?

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | Giorgio Cafiero, Contributor

Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has made trips to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to meet with Gulf leaders, but improving Iraq-GCC ties will be no easy task.

Saudi suppression of Shiites threatens Canadian arms deal

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

If Canada cancels a lucrative arms deal with Saudi Arabia over the use of Canadian-sold arms against civilians, it could affect Riyadh's ability to purchase US and UK arms as well.

South Yemen leader vows to continue fight against 'rebels' in north

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | Mohannad Obeid, Contributor

After his return from a tour that included Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the head of Yemen's South Transitional Council, talks to Al-Monitor about pressing local and regional issues.

Saudi Arabia engages Iraq after a quarter century

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

A resurgence of Saudi diplomacy with Iraq is aimed at keeping Iranian regional power in check.

Iran outflanking Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen has allowed Iran more influence than ever in the region.

Gaza set to become scene of Egypt-Qatar tug of war

Monday, Jul. 31, 2017 | Ahmad Melhem, Contributor

The Gaza Strip and Hamas are attracting attention from both sides as the Gulf crisis grows, but they might have to choose between longtime supporter Qatar on one side and the UAE, Egypt and Mohammed Dahlan on the other.

Kuwait-Iran diplomatic row could have wide-ranging impact

Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017 | Giorgio Cafiero, Contributor

Kuwait's expulsion of Iranian diplomats over the Abdali terror cell case may affect domestic politics, business deals and Iranian relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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