"28 pages" on Saudi Arabia's potential involvement are expected to be declassified soon—but may not offer a smoking gunby Rupert Stone / June 7, 2016 / Leave a comment
These are trying times for Saudi Arabia. In January the Iranian nuclear deal went into effect, granting Iran a limited ability to enrich uranium along with significant sanctions relief. Unsurprisingly this raised concerns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, that the kingdom’s main rival in the region was moving closer to a nuclear weapons capability. Moreover, freed from heavy economic sanctions, Iran might soon have more cash to strengthen its already-potent network of Middle-Eastern proxies. In Syria, Iran’s long-time ally Bashar al-Assad remains in power, despite years of Saudi opposition to his regime, and shows no sign of leaving anytime soon. Likewise in Yemen, the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels seized control of the the country’s largest city Sana’a in a coup. Despite a military intervention by Saudi Arabia last year, they still haven’t budged.
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