Security | 2020-01-24 Houthis target tribal elders in bid to extend control The Iran-backed militia has been detaining tribal leaders, including former supporters, for failing to supply it with funding, fighters and food. Energy | 2020-01-24 US sanctions 4 petro firms tied to IRGC Quds Force The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on four entities, based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai, that were helping to finance the IRGC-QF. Terrorism | 2020-01-23 Houthi missile attack on Yemen MP kills 2 including child MP Mossad Hussein al-Sawadi was critically injured in the attack, which comes four days after a missile strike killed 116 people at a camp in Marib. Politics | 2020-01-23 Iran's domestic woes raise questions about its external ventures As its domestic problems become clear, it would be foolish to believe Iran's regional intervention will lead to positive outcomes, experts say. Politics | 2020-01-23 Oman signals continued commitment to regional stability Following the death of Sultan Qaboos, the sultanate has signaled that it will continue its role as a regional mediator and peacemaker. Society | 2020-01-23 Iran struggles to contain air disaster fallout Iranians who are angered by the incident and the regime's handling of it have taken to the streets in Tehran and beyond in protest. Politics | 2020-01-22 Iranians hail US sanctions on IRGC general who suppressed protests IRGC units under Brig. Gen. Hassan Shahvarpour's command killed as many as 148 people during November protests against a gas price hike. Security | 2020-01-22 Yemeni forces advance against Houthis east of Sanaa The Yemeni national army has liberated a mountain range in Nahm district from the Houthis as it edges closer to the capital Sanaa. Security | 2020-01-22 Egypt foils Hasm plot to attack public facilities Militants had intended to target officials, key facilities and various places of worship on the anniversary of the January 25th revolution. Terrorism | 2020-01-21 Houthis' bloody Marib attack sparks outcry More than 100 Yemeni soldiers were killed during evening prayers at a military camp in the central province of Marib, in an attack that has drawn widespread condemnation. Security | 2020-01-21 Eight EU nations back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz Eight European nations have given their support for a new naval patrol to help avoid potential conflicts at the entrance to the Arab Gulf. Human Rights | 2020-01-21 Bekaa Valley camps flooded in winter storms Informal camps housing Syrian refugees along Lebanon's Litani river have been inundated by floodwater once again, but this time the damage was less severe. Transportation | 2020-01-21 Iran confirms 2 missiles fired at Ukraine airliner Iran's civil aviation authority has confirmed that two Tor-M1 surface-to-air missiles were fired at the civilian aircraft as it was en route to Kiev. Analysis | 2020-01-20 Esmail Qaani: loyal successor to Soleimani's destructive legacy Qaani has played a major role in feeding wars and crises in the Middle East. But it will be difficult for him to emulate his predecessor's charismatic leadership. Security | 2020-01-17 Russian incursions in eastern Syria hinder fight against ISIS The Russian military presence is obstructing the Syrian Democratic Forces' efforts to fight ISIS, officials and analysts warn. Economy | 2020-01-16 Houthis seek status, funds through sham trials The Iran-backed militia has sought to seize the property and assets of high-level government officials by manipulating the legal process. Politics | 2020-01-16 Yemen separatist chief warns against collapse of power-sharing deal Aidarous al-Zoubeidi said he remains committed to the Riyadh agreement 'under the leadership of Saudi Arabia'. Security | 2020-01-15 Houthis attack military parades in al-Dhale After suffering a string of losses and setbacks in al-Dhale, the Iran-backed militia attacked several military parades in the province. Economy | 2020-01-14 Internet blackout across Yemen as Houthis offer excuses The militia, which controls the telecommunications sector, has said the outage is due to a severed submarine cable, but experts blame corruption and mismanagement. Politics | 2020-01-14 New protests as Iran makes first arrests over downed airliner Following days of denial, the regime acknowledged a missile operator had opened fire after mistaking the plane for a cruise missile. Politics | 2020-01-13 US sanctions target top Iran officials, metals industry Sanctions have been imposed on eight Iranian officials and 17 metal producers and mining companies accused of destabilising activity. Human Rights | 2020-01-13 Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with US In a meeting between Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and the emir of Qatar, both sides agreed de-escalation is the 'only solution' to the regional crisis. Terrorism | 2020-01-13 King of Jordan warns of ISIS resurgence King Abdullah is heading to Europe to discuss regional and international developments and means of reinforcing international security. Analysis | 2020-01-10 Tehran faces mounting pressure to allow 'credible' crash investigation A growing number of countries are suggesting the crash of a Ukrainian airliner outside Tehran was caused by an accidental missile strike. Security | 2020-01-10 Yemen government, STC to withdraw forces from Aden The two sides have signed a deal to start mutual withdrawals and the collection of weaponry, in a significant step towards full implementation of the Riyadh agreement. Economy | 2020-01-10 Houthis' ban on national currency leads to suspension of salaries Tens of thousands of workers cannot receive their salaries from the legitimate government anymore after the militia banned the use of new national currency banknotes. Politics | 2020-01-09 Houthis threaten regional security at Iran's behest The militia's recent threats to target Saudi Arabia and the UAE are part of a media strategy to downplay its vulnerability, analysts say. Terrorism | 2020-01-09 Yemen forces find al-Qaeda explosives cache The 2nd Military District located and destroyed a cache of weapons that al-Qaeda had been storing in close proximity to a military site. Analysis | 2020-01-08 Soleimani killing a blow to Yemen's Houthis The Iran-backed militia will suffer a setback with the loss of the IRGC Quds Force commander, who had supplied it with arms and training.