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Saudi Arabia earns Arab, Gulf support for reining in IRGC

Politics |

Saudi Arabia earns Arab, Gulf support for reining in IRGC

Arab League and Gulf Co-operation Council emergency summits in Mecca have delivered a strong message against Iranian interference.

Yemeni clerics call for caution in zakat payment

Ramadan |

Yemeni clerics call for caution in zakat payment

Those who are required to pay zakat must ensure they are not supporting organisations linked to extremist or suspect parties, clerics say.

US, Iraq disrupt massive ISIS funding network

Security |

US, Iraq disrupt massive ISIS funding network

The US Treasury has designated six individuals and one entity in its efforts to dismantle a financial network that has been funding ISIS.

Mecca summits aim to send message to Iran

Politics |

Mecca summits aim to send message to Iran

Islamic, Arab and Gulf summits taking place in Mecca aim to present a united front in the wake of Iranian threats and rising tensions.

Jordan-US military training programme fosters partnership

Security |

Jordan-US military training programme fosters partnership

Through the Jordan Operational Engagement Programme, the kingdom's soldiers have developed their expertise and professionalism.

Hizbullah imports Iran steel in breach of sanctions

Terrorism |

Hizbullah imports Iran steel in breach of sanctions

Hizbullah has been circumventing the recent US sanctions and is bringing Iranian steel into the Lebanese market illegally, traders say.

Sanaa charity kitchens feed the poor, displaced

Ramadan |

Sanaa charity kitchens feed the poor, displaced

Local volunteers have been preparing iftar meals for poor families and those displaced by the war at more than 100 temporary kitchens.

Joint training readies US, Kuwaiti forces for mass-casualty emergencies

Security |

Joint training readies US, Kuwaiti forces for mass-casualty emergencies

Kuwaiti and US troops are working together to improve operational readiness and emergency medical response during times of crisis.

IRGC establishes training base in Lebanon: US

Terrorism |

IRGC establishes training base in Lebanon: US

The US State Department has released a video in which it claims the IRGC has set up a base in a Hizbullah stronghold near the Syrian border.

Yemeni clerics intensify efforts to curb extremism

Ramadan |

Yemeni clerics intensify efforts to curb extremism

The Ministry of Endowments and Guidance has stepped up its efforts during Ramadan to prevent the spread of violent extremist ideology.

Arab banking sector complies with US sanctions

Economy |

Arab banking sector complies with US sanctions

Regional banks have issued a number of directives that ensure transparency in the fight against terror financing and money laundering.

Yemeni political parties form alliance to support legitimate government

Politics |

Yemeni political parties form alliance to support legitimate government

The National Alliance of Yemeni Political Forces aims to restore the state from the Iran-backed Houthis.

Iraqi militia leader flaunts close ties with Iran

Terrorism |

Iraqi militia leader flaunts close ties with Iran

PMF deputy head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis has announced his solidarity with the IRGC, after the US designated it as a terrorist organisation.

Iranian smugglers deliver lethal aid to Yemen’s Houthis

Terrorism |

Iranian smugglers deliver lethal aid to Yemen’s Houthis

More than 100 Yemeni fishermen have recently held protests in the middle of the Red Sea to demand the departure of the Iranian vessel Saviz.

US deploys carrier strike force to Arabian Gulf

Security |

US deploys carrier strike force to Arabian Gulf

The move comes in 'response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and interests'.

Egyptian forces gain ground against extremists in Sinai

Security |

Egyptian forces gain ground against extremists in Sinai

As part of a wide-ranging operation to secure the peninsula, 47 militants were killed and 158 'criminal elements' were arrested, the Egyptian army announced.

Foreign militias stir tensions in Iran flood aftermath

Human Rights |

Foreign militias stir tensions in Iran flood aftermath

Public anger is mounting in areas hardest hit by the flooding, as the IRGC uses funds intended for relief efforts to bring in foreign militias.

Iran's financial woes curb its expansion in Syria

Terrorism |

Iran's financial woes curb its expansion in Syria

Russia has been helped in its efforts to expand its influence in Syria by Iran's inability to fund the IRGC and allied militias and initiatives.

Syrians pay the price for Russia, Iran intervention

Politics |

Syrians pay the price for Russia, Iran intervention

As Russian and Iranian forces race to lay claim to the spoils of war in Syria, the Syrian people will suffer the consequences.

Security forces in Abyan monitor al-Qaeda movements

Security |

Security forces in Abyan monitor al-Qaeda movements

Al-Qaeda elements in the southern province's Mudiyah and al-Mahfad districts have been under close surveillance, a local official says.

Coalition partners secure navigation in Gulf waters

Security |

Coalition partners secure navigation in Gulf waters

Naval mine countermeasure exercises such as the recently concluded Artemis Trident in Bahraini waters support freedom of navigation.

Mosul ferry disaster investigators face pressure from militias

Society |

Mosul ferry disaster investigators face pressure from militias

Members of the committee investigating the Mosul ferry disaster have faced pressure from Iran-backed militias to absolve certain figures.

Saudi tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' in Gulf

Security |

Saudi tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' in Gulf

Mysterious attacks on four commercial vessels in the waters off the emirate of Fujairah include the sabotage of two Saudi oil tankers.

Iran’s warning to shut Strait of Hormuz 'mere rhetoric': Omani experts

Security |

Iran’s warning to shut Strait of Hormuz 'mere rhetoric': Omani experts

An IRGC commander's recent threat to close the strategic shipping route is nothing more than 'media hype', one expert said.

Yemen’s al-Riyan airport prepares to reopen

Economy |

Yemen’s al-Riyan airport prepares to reopen

The airport, which was damaged by al-Qaeda and closed for four years, has been rehabilitated and will resume flights 'very soon'.

Security Belt Forces in Abyan disarm al-Qaeda IEDs

Security |

Security Belt Forces in Abyan disarm al-Qaeda IEDs

Two concealed improvised explosive devices had been placed at an intersection in al-Mahfad district and set for remote detonation.

Lebanon boosts military capacity with US help

Security |

Lebanon boosts military capacity with US help

US support has been instrumental in helping Lebanon's military enhance its readiness, rout ISIS and secure its borders, experts say.

Iran diverts humanitarian aid to IRGC coffers: experts

Economy |

Iran diverts humanitarian aid to IRGC coffers: experts

While Iranians affected by last month's devastating floods await assistance, the Iranian regime has been channelling donor money to the IRGC.

Yemenis decry al-Qaeda attack in Hadramaut

Terrorism |

Yemenis decry al-Qaeda attack in Hadramaut

To ensure public safety during Ramadan, local officials say, security and religious authorities must each work to confront extremism.

Iran lays foundation for long-term influence in Syria

Religion |

Iran lays foundation for long-term influence in Syria

By consolidating its military, economic, cultural and religious presence in Syria, the Iranian regime seeks to ensure its influence will endure.

Reward offer will disrupt Hizbullah's finances: experts

Crime & Justice |

Reward offer will disrupt Hizbullah's finances: experts

A $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the party's financial system offers an incentive for members or collaborators.

Iran-backed militias in Iraq demand 'protection money'

Society |

Iran-backed militias in Iraq demand 'protection money'

Militias like Asaib Ahl al-Haq have been operating like gangs, extorting Iraqi business owners for money under the pretext of protection.

After ISIS collapse, extremists head to Afghanistan to plot attacks

Terrorism |

After ISIS collapse, extremists head to Afghanistan to plot attacks

ISIS seeks to assert a regional influence after the loss of its self-proclaimed Middle East proto-state, and as South Asia reels from a series of devastating attacks.

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in five years

Terrorism |

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in five years

Even if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and well, ISIS's territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria was a crushing strategic and psychological blow.

Houthis lob 'empty threats' at GCC states: analysts

Security |

Houthis lob 'empty threats' at GCC states: analysts

Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi recently threatened to strike 'vital facilities' in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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