The Diplomatic Envoy

Author: Kathryn Chaney

October 20152015Opinion

What’s Behind Saudi Support for the Iran Deal?

In July, King Salman of Saudi Arabia officially announced his nation’s support for the Iran nuclear deal. In the past, Saudi Arabia and Iran have never been the best of friends, but King Salman says that President Obama assured him of the deal’s success. However, perhaps there are other reasons for Saudi Arabia’s support that lie below the surface.

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Islamic State’s War on Antiquities Targets Ancient City of Palmyra

BBC reports that the Islamic State group has recently been deemed responsible for the destruction of numerous antiquities. In light of the mass destruction, media outlets have raised the question as to the motives behind the Islamic State’s actions. One possible explanation lies in the group’s ultimate goal: forming a caliphate that represents their interpretation of the Islamic State.

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