Shi’ites establish their own version of Hezbollah
Iraqi Shi’ite leaders, backed by Iran, have fostered the establishment [...]
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is one of the fighting group that has been trying to topple President Bashar Al Assad. Although it has had the support of Western governments, the FSA has gradually been overtaken on the ground by better-organised and more determined Islamist militant groups.
The Beirut car bombing that killed Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, the head of the intelligence branch of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces’ (ISF), on October 19, robbed Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate and its chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, of [...]
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria having achieved nothing, in recent months Western nations have dropped hints that they are providing unofficial support to the opposition forces fighting Bashar Al Assad’s regime. However, despite the talk, only very [...]
Behind the military operations that pit rebels from the Free Syrian Army against government forces lies another and more secretive tug-of-war: that of supplying the two warring camps. To buy gasoline and ordnance needed by its army, Syria is forced to flout American and European sanctions and call upon its Russian ally for assistance. As for the rebels, they rely on a coalition of Western and Gu [...]
King Abdullah appointed Bandar bin Sultan as the new head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Saudi external intelligence service, on July 19, with a view to expanding the kingdom's covert operations in the region. The two objectives he [...]