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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with UAE and Saudi Arabia Ambassadors to the United States (White House)

Today National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with both UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Reema bint Bandar Al Saud to discuss ongoing Houthi attacks against civilian targets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia that have resulted in civilian casualties in both countries.  The Ambassadors […]

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Is Saudi Arabia entering a ‘Great Reshuffle’? (Nayib Rivera and Johannes Koettl, Brookings)

In many high-income countries, the pandemic has caused seismic shifts in labor markets. What started as an increasing shortage of workers in a few industries has become the “Great Resignation”, a record number of workers not returning to their jobs after lockdowns. More recently, it’s more clear that these workers are not necessarily leaving the […]

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Iran to reopen OIC representative office in Saudi Arabia (Al Jazeera)

Three Iranian diplomats have arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah to reopen Iran’s representative office to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Semi-official Iranian media reported on Monday that the diplomats – who were not named – had landed in the city where the 57-member organisation is based to restart operations six years after the office […]

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Saudi Arabia may run out of interceptor missiles in ‘months’ (Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia could run out of interceptor missiles for its US-made Patriot air-defence system in “months”, according to a senior US official cited by the Financial Times (FT) newspaper, prompting Riyadh to appeal to regional allies for help to replenish the stock. “It’s an urgent situation,” the American official said, adding Washington supports the moves to source […]

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Ethiopia detaining Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia, rights group says (Al Monitor)

Thousands of ethnic Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia have been detained, mistreated and forcibly disappeared in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Wednesday. Ethiopia detaining Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia, rights group says – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘terrorism’ (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has accused Saudi Arabia of exporting ISIL (ISIS) ideology and transporting cars rigged with explosives for suicide attacks to Iraq. In a televised speech on Monday, he addressed Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘terrorism’ | Hezbollah News | Al Jazeera

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Turkey’s Erdogan says he will visit Saudi Arabia in February (Al Jazeera)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will travel to Saudi Arabia next month, the Turkish leader’s first visit since the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Rocky relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia worsened significantly after the brutal killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Turkey’s […]

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Saudi-Led Coalition Accuses Iran, Hizballah Of Helping Yemen’s Huthi Rebels (RFE RL)

A Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen has accused Iran and Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Shi’ite militant movement Hizballah of helping the insurgents to launch missiles and drones at the kingdom. Saudi-Led Coalition Accuses Iran, Hizballah Of Helping Yemen’s Huthi Rebels (rferl.org)

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Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Man Sentenced for Apostasy (HRW)

A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni man to 15 years in prison for apostasy on October 21, 2021, based on comments made via two anonymous Twitter accounts, Human Rights Watch said today. The court found that the tweets were promoting “apostasy, unbelief, and atheism.” Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Man Sentenced for Apostasy | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Saudi-led coalition air raids hit Sanaa airport (Al Jazeera)

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it has carried out air raids on Houthi targets at the international airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Saudi state media reported. The air raids on Monday came just over an hour after the coalition urged civilians and United Nations agencies to evacuate immediately. Saudi-led coalition air raids hit Sanaa […]