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Even Saudi Arabia’s Allies Are Questioning Its Mideast Power Plays

  • Pushback against Iran meets setbacks in Yemen, Qatar, Lebanon
  • U.S., Europeans are critical and some Arab allies steer clear
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Trending on Saudi social media last week was a clip of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman promising to go on the offensive against his country’s biggest rival and take the fight “inside Iran.”

The eight-month-old TV interview had taken on a new significance: Violent protests were spreading across Iran. It’s not clear whether Saudi Arabia helped stir them up, as the Islamic Republic’s leaders claimed. What is clear is that the de facto Saudi ruler has made several regional moves against Iran -- and has yet to score a win.