The US has indicated no involvement after accusations from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which said an American drone strike killed two of its military advisers helping the Iraqi forces fight against the radical Islamist organization Islamic State.
The strategic agenda of Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen is to prepare for a ground operation by disabling the Houthis’ military might and getting them to withdraw from military bases, Yemen-based journalist Yousef Mawry told RT.
Speaking ahead of Iran nuclear talks on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists he is “not paid to be optimistic.” Though yet another deadline to reach a deal is fast approaching, no decision was announced over the weekend.
The possible signing of a deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program is “dangerous” as it may be the only thing Tehran lacks to establish control over the whole of the Middle East, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.
Arab leaders hope to fulfill a long-held dream of creating a joint military force as they meet in Egypt this weekend. The project has been given more impetus in the wake of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen to battle Shia Houthi rebels.
The US has put the highest priority on a possible Iran nuclear deal as it might restrict its nuclear breakout capability to a minimum of one year and, help develop trust between Iran and the West, says Paul Heroux, Middle East expert.
The risk of political instability in Saudi Arabia always goes along with a spike in the oil price as it has been the largest producer of crude oil in the world, Amir Handjani, lead director at RAK Petroleum, told RT.
One of the poorest and most violent countries in the Middle East, Yemen is also an area of strategic importance for regional players – and some of the world’s most dangerous terror groups. RT explains the underlying reasons behind the nation's conflicts.
The US announced Thursday that coalition forces had carried out 17 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit ahead of an assault on the city by the Iraqi army and Shia militiamen from the Popular Mobilization units, now under way.
Iran and Russia have called on Saudi Arabia to halt airstrikes on Yemen as supporters of Yemen’s ruling Houthi militants stage demonstrations throughout the country, protesting against the Saudi-led military intervention.