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Omar Hajjar is a journalist based in the UK. An investigative reporter, he has lived in 3 different countries in the Middle East over the past 10 years.

President Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was opposed by several of the president’s top advisers. President Trump has vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have ended American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s civil war in Yemen. According to the New York Times, the president rejected an appeal by lawmakers to withdraw the United States from bloody foreign conflicts. President Trump used his power to block legislation passed by…

Doha has taken legal action against the UAE’s First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Saudi Arabia’s Samba Bank and Luxembourg-based Banque Havilland. Qatar has filed lawsuits against three major banks after discovering plots to undermine its currency and bonds. According to Al Jazeera, Doha has taken legal action against banks from Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg and the UAE at their offices based in London and New York. Legal documents show that the cases name the UAE’s First Abu Dhabi…

“It will be the peoples of those two lands who resolve this,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mystery still surrounds the Israel-Palestinian peace plan touted by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. The long-awaited Israel Palestine peace plan During a congressional committee this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked when is the United States going to unveil the long-awaited plan. “I think we can say in less than 20 years,” Pompeo said, laughing.…

Energy Bank will target private sector and government energy projects, both at home and abroad. Qatar has announced that it will launch the largest energy-focused Islamic lender in the world – Energy Bank. According to Reuters, Qatari authorities have confirmed that they will launch the bank later this year with a targeted capital of US$10 billion to finance both domestic and global projects. The World’s largest Islamic energy-focused lender During an Islamic Finance conference in…

American sources reveal that the torture campaign was conducted by the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group and has been involved in at least a dozen operations. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters, it has been revealed. According to The New York Times, the Prince sanctioned the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens more than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. American officials who…

Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates has been fined $150,000 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for “fans’ unruly behaviour” during their AFC Asian Cup semi-final match against Qatar in Abu Dhabi in January 2019. During the game, Qatar players had to dodge shoes thrown by some spectators at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. The fans also made “insulting sounds” during Qatar’s national anthem in the politically charged game played amidst a 18-month…

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with the country. FIFA has ruled that Gulf countries would have to end the blockade of Qatar to be eligible to co-host the 2022 World Cup. According to an 81-page feasibility study, FIFA’s ruling council is in favor of supporting an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams despite…

Hamza bin Laden is believed to be leading global anti-Western jihad. Hamza bin Laden: Osama bin Laden’s “favorite son” In documents seized by the US in 2011 during the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Osama bin Laden referred to Hamza bin Laden as his “favorite son”. The former leader of al-Qaeda put a lot of hope in him. Hamza bin Laden, who is believed to be in his thirties, is portrayed as a key leader of al-Qaeda,…

In 2017, banks were warned that doing business with Qatar would lead to consequences, but now the tide has changed. With Qatar’s emergence as a major player on the world stage, bankers have criticized the GCC dispute stating it’s bad for business. Initially choosing to chase Saudi Arabia, leading banks are now trying to repair ties with Doha’s financial district. According to Bloomberg, executives from HSBC Holdings Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other global…

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will continue to pursue its missile programme to defend the country from external threats. On February 11th 2010, Iran celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution up and down the country. The Iranian people took to the streets to mark the momentous occasion as they renewed their allegiance to the country’s Islamic principles amid rising political and economic pressure over US sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the crowds…