A reading into the Saudi ‘last moment diplomacy’ to save the GCC from division


by Abd-al-Bari Atwan

the reasons behind the three-member Saudi delegation’s surprise visit to Doha; what is the secret behind the numerous visits and ultimatums? Why will the Jedda meeting on Saturday be decisive on all levels?”

Now that the Israeli military war on Gaza has ended with an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire agreement, another diplomatic war that is perhaps not less vicious is expected to erupt between the axis that groups Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United

Isil a creation of the war on terror



It is an immense irony that US meddling is unwittingly behind the unprecedented chaos in the Middle East and the most dangerous terrorist entity of modern times

By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf NewsPublished:



The battle to halt the rapid expansion of the Islamic State now informs both regional politics and Western foreign policy in the Middle East.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has replaced Israel at the top of Washington’s

Gaza triumphed and has every right to celebrate

Abdel Bari Atwan




Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people, its martyrs…Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people,

Erdogan’s Caliphate Dilemmas

By Abdel Bari Atawn

Erdogan will be re-inaugurated as President of Turkey next Thursday… But regional developments threaten the future of Turkey and the map of alliances is changing rapidly according to the advances of the ‘Islamic State’. How will Erdogan respond?

 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former Prime Minister of Turkey, will become President on Thursday, having won the presidential ballot with a resounding victory unmatched since that of the founder of modern

Israeli Sabotage of Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The issue of sabotaging the national reconciliation between Fatah and HAMAS movements and the resulting formation of a consensus government led by Dr Rami al-Hamdallah occupies the most prominent rank among the Israeli objective, which stands behind the current aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 2,000 people, one quarter of whom are children, in addition to the wounding of 10,000 others, and the destruction

The Real Terrorist State On The Shores Of The Med

By Abdel Bari Atwan


Writing about the Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron warned – in an article published in this week’s Sunday Telegraph – of a ‘terrorist state’ on the Mediterranean coast which represented a real and present danger to the UK.

Cameron was worried about this terrorist state’s ‘expansionist plans’ and it is true that the Islamic State already covers an area the size of the United Kingdom

Iraq crisis: Chickens come home to roost for the West [Abdel Bari Atwan in Gulf News]

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News
  • Published: 20:00 August 17, 2014
  • Gulf News

At the beginning of last week, a full scale military intervention by a US-led ‘Coalition of the Willing’ looked likely. Under the banner of delivering ‘humanitarian relief’ to thousands of terrified Yazidis — who fled up Northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar as the murderous brigades of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) entered their villages — US planes were flying 100 sorties a day

Recent Victories For Assad Regime Overshadowed By Growing Threat From Isis

By Abdel bari Atwan

Events in Syria have been overshadowed by news from Iraq and the Islamic State’s advances there in recent weeks. The geographical expansion of the Islamic State and the threat it poses to the oil rich environs of Kurdistan has absorbed all Western attention and is at the top of its foreign policy agenda.

Recently, the Syrian Army has been making something of a comeback after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Islamic State in the provinces of Al-Raqqah

If KSA Wants To Avoid Islamic State Threat It Must Change Its Gaza Stance

 By Abdel bari Atwan

Nearly a month after the beginning of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Sa’ud al-Faysal abandoned his silence when he said at a press conference he convened at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC]; “Israel has no right to self-defence, because it is an occupying entity.” Al-Faysal pointed out that Saudi Arabia “considers the Palestinian cause as its primary

Change of Iraqi PM: Too Late To Halt Islamic State?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It comes as no surprise that all external parties back the Iraqi President Fuad Massum’s move to replace Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with another figure from the same Dawa’a party, Haidar Al-Abbadi.  For two consecutive terms, Maliki was Iran’s man in Iraq and Tehran supported him and ensured his political survival. The rise of the Islamic State has changed all equations and turned regional diplomatic and political relations