Diplomacy Abraham Accords to diminish IRGC influence, experts say 2020-09-21 Iran has chastised the peace agreements brokered by the US and signed by the UAE and Bahrain, because 'peace threatens its very purpose', observers say. Environment 2020-09-21 Arab League ministers seek Yemen tanker solution The meeting, convened at the request of Saudi Arabia, sought to find a solution to the Safer issue and prevent an environmental crisis. Crime & Justice 2020-09-21 Bulgarian court sentences Hizbullah-linked duo The two were found guilty over a July 2012 bus attack that killed five tourists, including a pregnant woman, and the Bulgarian bus driver. Human Rights 2020-09-21 Iran's terror plots against foreign-based dissidents on rise The Iranian regime has killed some 360 individuals of Iranian descent in 40 countries in the course of its existence, a recent report has revealed. Politics 2020-09-18 US sanctions cyber actors backed by Iran's Intelligence Ministry Using a front company, Iran employed a years-long malware campaign whose targets included Iranian dissidents and international entities. Security 2020-09-18 US aircraft carrier completes transit through Strait of Hormuz The US and its Gulf allies are capable of deterring Iranian aggression in the Arabian Gulf and ensuring security in the Strait of Hormuz, a military expert said. Lebanese Hizbullah must disarm and leave Syria. Agree Disagree RESULTS SPOTLIGHT US aircraft carrier completes transit through Strait of Hormuz The US and its Gulf allies are capable of deterring Iranian aggression in the Arabian Gulf and ensuring security in the Strait of Hormuz, a military expert said. Security 2020-09-18 Iran's failure to manage ballistic missiles casts doubts on new radar A series of IRGC and Iranian military failures raises serious doubts about the country's management of radar, missiles and rockets. Terrorism 2020-09-17 Hizbullah withdraws hundreds of fighters from Syria The Lebanese militia has pulled back more than 2,500 fighters, experts and military commanders as it faces increasing pressure, sources say. Politics 2020-09-17 Yemen sides in Geneva to negotiate prisoner swap The talks concern the release of 1,420 prisoners -- 900 government loyalists and 520 Houthis -- as part of the Stockholm Agreement. %> Kataib Hizbullah attacks justify US pressure campaign: observers %> Intensive Russian strikes injure Idlib civilians %> Iraq sends reinforcements to Zour Kanous to pursue ISIS remnants %> Russian airstrikes devastate Syrian civilians ❮ ❯ Terrorism 2020-09-16 Amid heightened surveillance, ISIS turns to lesser-known apps As major social media networks shut down channels and pages affiliated with ISIS, the group has tried to exploit lesser-known platforms. Human Rights 2020-09-15 HRW warns of 'deadly consequences' of Yemen aid obstruction Aid delivery has been hampered by the interference of the government and the Houthis as the risk of famine looms large, the rights group wrote in a report. Terrorism 2020-09-15 Houthi mines pose continued threat to millions of Yemeni civilians Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani says the Houthis manufactured the mines under the supervision of experts from Lebanese Hizbullah and Iran's IRGC. Follow Al-Mashareq on Social Media Subscribe to Al-Mashareq's newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Economy 2020-09-14 Fuel crisis standoff continues as Houthis shut Sanaa airport The militia has shut the airport after refusing to accept a government proposal that would allow fuel tankers to enter al-Hodeidah port. Diplomacy 2020-09-14 UN Yemen envoy holds fresh talks in Riyadh During a new round of talks, government officials discussed a draft joint declaration to restore the political process in Yemen. Security 2020-09-14 4 Lebanese soldiers killed in hunt for 'terrorist': army The soldiers were killed during a raid on the home of Khaled al-Tallawi, who heads a 'militant cell', in the Beddawi area near Tripoli. MOST VIEWED Hizbullah defector exposes 'truth' about the party Yemen calls for end to southern self-administration Jordan, US continue to strengthen military ties MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah Terrorism 2020-09-11 Hizbullah hit squad 'Unit 121' still active: report According to a new report, the Hizbullah member convicted over the Rafic al-Hariri assassination was part of a top-secret hit squad. Security 2020-09-11 Saudi intercepts Houthi missiles, drones: coalition The kingdom accuses the Iran-backed militia of escalating its targeting of civilians using ballistic missiles and bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles. Environment 2020-09-11 Lebanese firefighters put out Beirut port blaze The fire reignited public anger and fears following the devastating August 4th blast at the port and another, smaller fire in recent days. Economy 2020-09-11 IRGC proxy wars stifle economy, further isolate Iran The IRGC's expansionist policies serve only to enrich itself at the expense of the Iranian people and to the detriment of the country's economy, analysts say. Politics 2020-09-10 Jordan, US continue to strengthen military ties Military co-operation between the allies was demonstrated during a recent drill to deploy a mobile command post to Jordan from Kuwait. Human Rights 2020-09-09 Over 6,000 Yemeni civilians victims of human rights violations The Houthis are responsible for a majority of 2,940 incidents of human rights violations committed in Yemen over the past year, investigations reveal. Politics 2020-09-09 US sanctions 2 Lebanese ex-ministers over Hizbullah Former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former transport minister Yusef Fenianos have been designated in a new round of sanctions. Terrorism 2020-09-08 As Yemen war drags on, AQAP sees opening to regroup The bombing of a health facility and crucifixion of a dentist in al-Bayda province by AQAP militants last month have led to renewed calls to end the war in Yemen. Politics 2020-09-08 US sanctions companies facilitating Iran petrochemicals sale In a new round of sanctions, the US Treasury and State Department have designated companies that support Iran's petrochemical industry. Terrorism 2020-09-07 Yemen aid programmes hit by lack of funds, Houthi meddling As international organisations struggle to secure the funds they need to provide humanitarian aid in Yemen, many say the Houthi militia is to blame. Security 2020-09-04 Lebanon tightens security after port explosion, arrests ISIS element Lebanese military and intelligence forces are on high alert after the Beirut port explosion to prevent ISIS sleeper cells from taking advantage of the situation. Terrorism 2020-09-03 Iran supplying weapons to Horn of Africa via Yemen Via the Houthi militia, Iran has turned Yemen into a hub for the export of ammunition and weapons to terrorist groups in Somalia, which violates UN Security Council resolutions. Human Rights 2020-09-03 Iran failing to control coronavirus spread in prisons: rights group Hygienic conditions in Iranian prisons have significantly deteriorated as disinfections stopped due to a lack of budget. Crime & Justice 2020-09-03 Saudi court sentences 7 to death for 2014 ISIS-linked killings The assailants shot dead seven people, including children, in the Shia-populated east during the commemoration of Ashura. Diplomacy 2020-09-03 US says Lebanese government must pursue 'real change' 'Real change is what the people of Lebanon are demanding, and the US is going to use its diplomatic presence and capabilities to make sure that we get that outcome,' Pompeo said.