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Standing up to oil market terrorism

At times, previous administrations have tolerated the Islamic Republic’s provocations in the Gulf, hoping restraint would prevent a direct conflict. It never worked then and is not working now.

Oil Shock

The September 14 attack on Saudi targets in Abqaiq and Khurais was the most comprehensive blow against the global energy sector since Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent destruction of both countries’ energy infrastructures. Now, as then, US and international commitment to the security of global energy supplies is being tested.

Behnam Ben Taleblu on Iran-Saudi tensions

AIJAC guest Behnam Ben Taleblu, fellow at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, discusses Iran's Australian detainees and tensions with Saudi Arabia on SkyNews "The Kenny Report", 16 September 2019.

Who’s behind the Saudi oil facility attack?

Only one country stands to gain from the attack on Saudi oil processing facilities and that's Iran, according to Iran expert Behnam Ben Taleblu.

Attack on Saudi oil facility shows Trump was right to pull...

The attack, which knocked out more than half of the Saudi oil output, may force the U.S. to tap into its own oil reserves to keep the markets well supplied.

Hamas’ Global footprint

While Hamas is often discussed solely in the context of its rule over the Gaza strip, it retains a wider regional and even global presence.

Jordan’s Jerusalem Dilemma

For months, the US has been pressuring Jordan to give Saudi Arabia, or at least share with it, guardianship over the third-holiest site in Islam – the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Chess Match

On the ground, the Middle East looks more like a chessboard, with Iran and its allies and proxies facing off against American allies.

Khashoggi and the fate of Turkey’s journalists

Erdogan is engaged in a global crackdown against his critics, one that hasn’t abated since Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago

Scribblings: Don’t give Turkey a pass in Khashoggi affair

Turkey sees Saudi Arabia as a key rival and is attempting to milk the Khashoggi murder to inflict as much damage on Saudi Arabia as it can, as well as pump up the international status of the Islamist Erdogan government in Ankara