Refugees With Lebanon in crisis, Syrian refugees head home 2020-07-13 Faced with the double impact of Lebanon's economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, some Syrian refugees have decided to go home. Politics 2020-07-13 Yemen officials skeptical of Houthis' reversal on Safer FSO The Iran-backed militia has finally given permission for UN inspectors to board the troubled oil terminal, just days ahead of a crisis meeting. Politics 2020-07-13 Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing A high ranking Ukrainian official said the announcement lacked credibility, noting that Iran had given many different versions of the story. Politics 2020-07-10 Iran and proxies face mounting setbacks: experts The network of regional allied militias nurtured by the IRGC has faced increasing setbacks as Iran's ability to funnel support to them declines. Politics 2020-07-10 UN Security Council to discuss corroding Yemen oil terminal The council will discuss what to do about the disintegrating Safer terminal, moored off the coast of Yemen, and the crude oil stored on board. Economy 2020-07-10 Growing concern in Lebanon as IMF talks stall The government pledged reforms and started talks with the IMF to unlock billions in aid. But 16 meetings later, the negotiations are stalling. Are Iran explosions the result of sabotage or negligence? External sabotage Internal sabotage Negligence RESULTS SPOTLIGHT IRGC funds dwindling, regional influence in decline Middle East observers say dwindling funds, due to biting sanctions on Iran, likely resulted in the declining influence and popularity of the IRGC and Iranian leadership in the region. Health 2020-07-09 Yemen on brink of famine amid war, COVID-19 The pandemic has driven up food prices and triggered displacement as Yemenis flee areas seeing spikes in infections and military clashes. Politics 2020-07-08 Nasrallah serves Iran at Lebanon's expense: experts Hizbullah has harmed Lebanon and its people by participating in regional conflicts that serve Iran in violation of its policy of dissociation. Security 2020-07-08 Houthi leaders on trial in Yemen military court The 175 defendants face charges that include staging a coup against the government and entering into a treasonous relationship with Iran. %> Iraqi forces kick off 4th phase of 'Heroes of Iraq' campaign %> Russian reinforcements deploy in Deir Ezzor %> ISIS propaganda video hints at vulnerability of terror cells: analysts %> Coalition airstrikes pound ISIS hideouts in Salaheddine ❮ ❯ Politics 2020-07-07 IRGC funds dwindling, regional influence in decline Middle East observers say dwindling funds, due to biting sanctions on Iran, likely resulted in the declining influence and popularity of the IRGC and Iranian leadership in the region. Security 2020-07-07 Mysterious blasts in Tehran area, nuclear site A mysterious incident on July 2nd badly damaged a building at Iran's Natanz nuclear complex and sparked speculation over the cause. Youth 2020-07-06 Houthis open summer camps despite COVID-19 spread The camps aim to indoctrinate Yemeni children and prepare them to fight on the front lines, observers say. 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 Security 2020-07-06 Moscow mercenaries continue to back Libyan warlord as civilian deaths mount Despite major losses to military strongman Khalifa Haftar, the Wagner Group continues to sow chaos and death, and is vying for a share of Libya's oil fields. Politics 2020-07-03 Khamenei leadership mired in miscalculation: experts Iran's global relations are suffering due to the Supreme Leader's missteps, but he continues to put the Iranian people at risk, experts say. Politics 2020-07-02 IRGC erects statues as Iranian people suffer As hardships mount inside Iran, the regime continues to place priority on its foreign agenda and on financing the IRGC, political analysts say. MOST VIEWED Russia's new front in Libya serves as warning to the world Hizbullah faces mounting death toll in Syria Mahan Air pilot interview highlights IRGC's global manipulation efforts MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah Security 2020-07-02 Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen's Houthis The operation comes in response to the militia's targeting of the kingdom with missiles and drones in recent weeks. Health 2020-07-02 WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' in virus numbers The organisation urged governments to 'strengthen healthcare systems' as the region records over a million coronavirus infections and more than 20,000 deaths. Terrorism 2020-07-01 Hizbullah faces mounting death toll in Syria The Lebanese militia is seeing its fortunes fall as tension between its backer Iran and fellow regime ally Russia leave it vulnerable. Security 2020-07-01 Arab coalition intercepts Iranian arms shipments bound for Houthis Two recent operations have led to the seizure of hundreds of various weapons intended for the Iran-backed Houthis, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Politics 2020-06-30 Only peace can restore Yemen's state institutions: analysts Government agencies fractured by the Houthis' coup can only be restored to full service if the warring sides reach a peace deal. Security 2020-06-30 Saudi Arabia, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo Lifting the ban would 'embolden' Iran and could trigger a regional arms race, a senior US official said. Analysis 2020-06-29 Mahan Air pilot interview highlights IRGC's global manipulation efforts An interview with a Mahan Air pilot carrying Qassem Soleimani aboard his flight in 2013 has once again drawn attention to the IRGC's destabilising actions in the region. Security 2020-06-29 Cautious truce in Yemen's Abyan as observers deploy The ceasefire will enable observers to carry out their tasks and implement the Riyadh Agreement, signed between the government and STC. Terrorism 2020-06-29 Egypt executes Libyan militant for deadly police attack Abdel Rahim al-Mismari was convicted for a 2017 shootout in the Western Desert between police and militants, which left 16 police dead. Health 2020-06-26 Sanaa cemeteries overwhelmed with COVID-19 dead The Houthis have been criticised for under-reporting coronavirus infections in the city and failing to make precautionary measures mandatory. Politics 2020-06-26 US sanctions Iranian metal companies, merchants Sanctions are part of a crackdown on companies believed to fund either Iran's IRGC or the country's 'destabilising behaviour' worldwide. Security 2020-06-25 Lebanon tightens border control as sanctions take effect The Lebanese army has been closing illegal border crossings with Syria as US sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad take effect. Security 2020-06-25 Arab coalition observers monitor Yemen truce The Arab coalition has deployed observers to monitor the ceasefire in Abyan and oversee the separation of STC and government forces. Politics 2020-06-25 US sanctions 5 Iranian ship captains over Venezuela oil delivery 'Mariners who do business with Iran and Venezuela will face consequences from the United States of America,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Media 2020-06-25 Iran must end 'forced confessions' of prisoners on TV: rights groups Forced confessions broadcast by state-owned media have been used by the Iranian authorities to repress dissent for decades.