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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 |

Jordanian, Emirati armed forces train together
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.

Security |

Security Belt Forces pursue al-Qaeda cells in Abyan district
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.

Security |

Iran exaggerates its defence system capabilities, experts say
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.

Politics |

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

Human Rights |

Yemenis demand repeal of Houthi-imposed death sentences
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.

Security |

Australian frigate counters drug, arms smuggling in regional waters
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.

Politics |

US puts Hizbullah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time
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.

Security |

Lebanon raises awareness about online extremism
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.

Terrorism |

Saudi cities face growing threat of Yemen Houthi drones
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.

Society |

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