Qasim al Raymi rose from an Al Qaeda trainer in Afghanistan to taking the group's leadership in Yemen.
The drastic realignment of international alliances leaves vulnerable Muslims with few powerful friends.
The US killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani serves as a reminder to the GCC that when push comes to shove, they are all in the same boat.
The late monarch’s shadow looms as Oman prepares to navigate the uncertainties of the post-Qaboos era.
“The Royal Diwan Court wishes to inform the people that the Sultan Qaboos bin Said ... is following the prescribed medical treatment and that he is in a stable condition," says statement from the Diwan Court.
Expect the Gulf crisis to continue well into 2020, even if Saudi-Qatar relations thaw.
A number of policy setbacks have pushed Saudi Arabia to revisit its blockade of Qatar raising the spectre of a potential rapprochement.
Football diplomacy and the Saudi king's decision to invite the Qatari emir to a Gulf summit in Riyadh led to speculation about an imminent diplomatic breakthrough between Gulf rivals.
The Saudi football team flew directly to Doha despite Riyadh’s own ban on air travel to and from the Gulf emirate.
European countries quick to condemn Turkey for its anti-terror operation in northern Syria continue to deal with the Middle East's most egregious counter-revolutionary forces and are arming those responsible for the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Saudi Aramco is a massive contributor to climate change and at the same time, actively thwarts international efforts at mitigation.
Saudi Arabia has failed to devise a long-term strategy in the region while decades of Iranian planning now bears fruit.
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