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Iraqi forces clear ISIS from huge swath of western desert

Security |

Iraqi forces clear ISIS from huge swath of western desert

Joint Iraqi forces have cleared ISIS remnants from 30,000 square kilometres of the western desert stretching up to the border with Syria.

Iran's supreme leader is a wealthy man: experts

Economy |

Iran's supreme leader is a wealthy man: experts

Reports reveal that Iran's claim that the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ali Khamenei is a man of simple means is vastly exaggerated.

Under IRGC pressure, Deir Ezzor natives leave

Refugees |

Under IRGC pressure, Deir Ezzor natives leave

As Iran-affiliated militias consolidate their presence in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, residents have been heading for other areas.

Iran Air services decline as sanctions take effect

Economy |

Iran Air services decline as sanctions take effect

The national carrier's increasingly dilapidated fleet is facing a range of challenges, from maintenance issues to problems refueling.

Lebanon working to keep Syrian refugee children in school

Refugees |

Lebanon working to keep Syrian refugee children in school

A recent study on child labour found that 75% of surveyed school age children work in agriculture under gruelling conditions.

From crafts to Kalashnikovs: arms souk thrives in Yemen's Taez

Society |

From crafts to Kalashnikovs: arms souk thrives in Yemen's Taez

The city's old souk used to sell mainly handicraft items, but when the war erupted, most merchants turned to selling weapons.

Security Belt Forces pursue al-Qaeda cells in Abyan district

Security |

Security Belt Forces pursue al-Qaeda cells in Abyan district

The UAE-backed force has increased its efforts to enhance security and combat al-Qaeda remnants and cells in Abyan's al-Mahfad district.

Jordanian, Emirati armed forces train together

Security |

Jordanian, Emirati armed forces train together

Joint drills including the recently concluded 'Solid Constants/1' strengthen the co-operation between regional allies to face threats.

Britain says Iran tried to 'impede' UK tanker in Gulf  

Politics |

Britain says Iran tried to 'impede' UK tanker in Gulf  

Iranian military vessels tried to 'impede the passage' of a UK oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz but were warned off by a British warship.

Iran exaggerates its defence system capabilities, experts say

Security |

Iran exaggerates its defence system capabilities, experts say

An Iran-produced surface-to-air missile defence system is not likely to perform as advertised, military experts tell Al-Mashareq.

Yemenis demand repeal of Houthi-imposed death sentences

Human Rights |

Yemenis demand repeal of Houthi-imposed death sentences

Yemeni and international activists are calling on the Iran-backed militia to overturn the death sentences it handed to 30 alleged spies.

US puts Hizbullah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time

Politics |

US puts Hizbullah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time

The officials are accused of leveraging their positions to facilitate efforts by Hizbullah and Iran to undermine Lebanese sovereignty.

Australian frigate counters drug, arms smuggling in regional waters

Security |

Australian frigate counters drug, arms smuggling in regional waters

HMAS Ballarat, which is set to conclude its 9-month deployment in the region in July, has been key to the Combined Maritime Forces' successful illicit drug seizure missions.

Lebanon raises awareness about online extremism

Security |

Lebanon raises awareness about online extremism

A new online cybersecurity campaign is being conducted in co-operation with the education sector and civil society organisations.

Saudi cities face growing threat of Yemen Houthi drones

Terrorism |

Saudi cities face growing threat of Yemen Houthi drones

The rise in drone warfare targeting Saudi Arabia follows the prevalence of ballistic missiles by the Iran-backed houthis.

Militias pay Iraqis to take part in pro-Iran protests, events

Society |

Militias pay Iraqis to take part in pro-Iran protests, events

As Iraqis become increasingly weary of the Iran-backed militias, the latter have been resorting to bribing poor people into attending events that serve Iran's agenda.

Houthis fire missiles from civilian areas in Sanaa

Security |

Houthis fire missiles from civilian areas in Sanaa

Iranian experts and members of the Houthi militia were killed as they were attempting to launch a ballistic missile from Sanaa, in further evidence of Iran's interference in Yemen.

Al-Qaeda’s recapture of Abyan districts impossible: security official

Security |

Al-Qaeda’s recapture of Abyan districts impossible: security official

The Security Belt Forces in Abyan have confirmed their readiness and ability to protect the province against al-Qaeda.

Iran nuclear deal breach challenges international community

Politics |

Iran nuclear deal breach challenges international community

Iran's announcement that it is breaking the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal has elicited international statements of regret and warning.

Houthi attacks on Saudi civilian airport inflame regional tensions

Security |

Houthi attacks on Saudi civilian airport inflame regional tensions

A string of attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia launched from Yemen by an Iranian proxy group has escalated regional tensions.

US, Jordan boost security via large-scale drills

Security |

US, Jordan boost security via large-scale drills

Jordan will host the Eager Lion 2019 joint military exercise in August, with 30 international partner nations slated to participate.

Abyan urged to step up security amid IED attacks

Security |

Abyan urged to step up security amid IED attacks

Yemen's Interior Ministry issued a series of directives to the province's officials that aim to enhance security and co-operation with local residents.

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