Saudi Arabia has responded to the rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels – a Shiite movement reportedly backed by Iran – by forming a 10-nation Sunni military alliance against them, according to David Ottaway in the latest edition of the Wilson Center Middle East Program’s Viewpoints series.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began conducting airstrikes in Yemen against the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement that has controlled the capital city Sanaa since September 2014.
On March 20, suicide bomb attacks on two Houthi Shiite mosques killed at least 135 people and injured more than 300 others in Sanaa, Yemen.
On March 18, militants attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunis and killed more than 20 people, most of whom were European tourists. The attack drew strong condemnation across Tunisia, including from Islamists.
On March 11, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter discussed U.S. strategy against ISIS before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
The Islamic State’s ideology is rooted in jihadi-salafism, a distinct movement in Sunni Islam, according to a new report by Cole Bunzel at the Brookings Institution.
To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center compiled viewpoints from more than 40 female activists, academics, and politicians about the outlook on women’s rights in the Middle East.
According to a new report by J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan at the Brookings Institution, ISIS has at least 46,000 Twitter followers, and one fifth use English as their primary language.
On Feb. 26, 2015, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on global threats to the United States.