Riyadh and Muscat clash in private at GCC summit
Saudi Arabia and Oman's simmering differences on an array of issues exploded in a bilateral meeting during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh on December 9-10. [...]
In Yemen the Iran-backed alliance between the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been fighting the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by Western governments since March 2015 with no political breakthrough in sight. Intelligence Online reports on secret negotiations, the intelligence support and military sales associated with the conflict and sheds light on the political maneuvers of Arab and Western nations with in interest in the situation.
At a little over 30 years old, Mohammed Bin Salman has in a matter of months become Saudi Arabia's strong man. He is the all-powerful Minister of Defence, head of the royal court, director of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the supreme council of Saudi Aramco and has control over all major affairs. [...]