Qatar and Turkey: Partners in Islamism

With Ankara facing a worsening economic situation, it turned to fossil-fuel-rich Doha, which stepped in to save the Turkish lira from freefall, expanding on a 2018 bailout-cum-investment deal. Burak Bekdil explains what’s behind the alliance between these two nominal U.S. allies:

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More about: Islamism, Politics & Current Affairs, Qatar, Turkey

The War in Yemen Isn’t about Local Grievances, but Iran’s Bid for Regional Dominance

In 2004, a group called Ansar Allah—also known as the Houthis, after the tribe that dominates the movement—launched an insurgency against the government of Yemen, and in 2014 seized the capital city of Sanaa. Since then, a bloody civil war has engulfed the country, with Iran backing the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and (until recently) the U.S. backing their opponents.

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More about: Al Qaeda, Anti-Semitism, Iran, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen