Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry In Africa: Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia Part Ways With Tehran As Riyadh Influence Grows

January 7, 2016 As tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalated Thursday, a growing number of Muslim countries in East Africa have started to choose sides. Sudan, Djibouti and now Somalia are standing by Riyadh and cutting ties with Tehran, a move that signals a shift away from Iranian influence in the region and a [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan|

Bahrain and Sudan sever diplomatic ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran in crisis over cleric's execution; other nations follow suit. January 4, 2016 Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sunni ally Saudi Arabia and severed relations with Iran, as the political crisis deepened over the execution of Nimr al-Nimr , the dissident Shia cleric. [...]

By |January 4th, 2016|Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Sudan|

Bahrain, UAE and Sudan rally to Saudi side in Iran row

January 4, 2016 Saudi Arabia's regional allies have stepped up diplomatic pressure on Iran, breaking or downgrading relations with the country following an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, which followed executions in the kingdom. Bahrain announced on Monday that it was closing its embassy in Iran, and called upon Iranian diplomats to leave [...]

By |January 4th, 2016|Bahrain, Sudan, UAE|

Iran, Sudan fall out over Yemen

April 22, 2015 When Saudi Arabia announced its coalition for the bombing campaign of Yemen nearly a month ago, the inclusion of Sudan must have raised eyebrows in Tehran. Iran and Sudan, while never strategic allies, have in the last few decades established varying degrees of military, economic and religious ties, much to the discomfort of [...]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Sudan, Yemen|

Iran in the Horn of Africa: Outflanking U.S. Allies

July 12, 2012 By Jeffrey A. Lefebvre Summer 2012, Volume XIX, Number 2 During the Cold War, the Horn of Africa emerged as arguably the most highly penetrated regional subsystem in the world.1 Not only the two superpowers, but Middle Eastern regional powers intervened in interstate and intrastate conflicts there.2 Three geostrategic factors drew foreign [...]

By |July 12th, 2012|Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen|

The Iran/Hezbollah Strategic and Terrorist Threat to Africa

  Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) March 28, 2012 by Karmon, Ely (Dr.) Abstract This paper summarizes the information concerning the Iranian, and Hezbollah, presence and activities in Africa and attempts to evaluate the importance of Africa in the overall [...]

By |March 28th, 2012|Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan|

Hezbollah Finances: Funding the Party of God

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) February 1, 2005 By Matthew Levitt Introduction It is a painful reality that no counterterrorism technique or effort, however extensive, international, or comprehensive, will put an end to terror attacks or uproot terrorism. There will [...]