ARCHIVE FOR 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September October November December SUBMIT Terrorism 2019-11-29 Iran-backed militias strain host countries, Iranian people Through its vast and costly network of affiliated militias, Iran has exploited the resources of other countries to fund its regional ambitions. Security 2019-11-28 IMX 19 shows success of US, Gulf co-operation in protecting waterways During the International Maritime Exercise, US military personnel trained Gulf allies to protect the region's troubled waterways against common threats. Politics 2019-11-27 Arab coalition set to free 200 Houthi prisoners The coalition says it plans to release prisoners and facilitate flights from Houthi-controlled Sanaa for people in need of medical care. Security 2019-11-27 For Yemen's sake, Houthis must pursue peace: analysts It is time for the militia to break away from Iran and reconcile with the Yemeni people by seeking a peaceful settlement to the war. Protests 2019-11-27 Iran 'deliberately' suppressing death, arrest tolls: HRW The human rights watchdog says Iranian authorities are 'deliberately covering up the scale of the mass crackdown against protestors'. Security 2019-11-26 GCC states affirm their security partnership GCC defence ministers meeting in Oman stressed the need to protect the freedom of international maritime navigation in Gulf waters. Health 2019-11-26 Yemen now fighting epidemic of dengue fever: Red Cross More than 3,500 people have reportedly come down with the fever, with 50 deaths reported in al-Hodeidah. Economy 2019-11-26 Yemen PM instructs government to pay salaries to military Members of the army and police had staged a sit-in to protest the suspension of their salaries since August. Economy 2019-11-25 IRGC rakes in funds as Iranian people suffer A network of top tier IRGC leaders exercise control over hundreds of major companies in Iran and front companies abroad, experts say. Politics 2019-11-25 Houthis' al-Hodeidah attack sabotages peace process The Houthis' November 24th attack triggered an escalation in violence between the warring sides that threatens a fragile truce in the Red Sea port city. Protests 2019-11-25 Lebanon protestors defiant despite Hizbullah attack At around midnight Sunday, Hizbullah and Amal supporters brandishing party flags attacked peaceful demonstrators in Beirut. Politics 2019-11-25 Iran online dissident shot dead in Istanbul: reports Massoud Molavi helped run a channel on Telegram which published corruption allegations against members of the Iranian government. Politics 2019-11-22 Vaunted Iranian leader's image 'inflated': experts IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been touted as a mastermind by pro-Iran media, but his achievements tell another story. Terrorism 2019-11-22 Houthis violate ceasefire terms in al-Hodeidah The militia's actions threaten the stability and security of the port city, which serves as a key entry point and conduit for humanitarian aid. Security 2019-11-22 US seeks to reassure Gulf allies with military presence The US military has taken action to emphasise its long-standing presence in the Gulf region, where it has deep strategic partnerships. Protests 2019-11-22 US says it will sanction Iran 'abuses' against protestors An internet shutdown has made obtaining information on bloodshed difficult, but Amnesty International says the toll may be over 100. Economy 2019-11-21 Basra protestors push back on Iranian interference Residents of the southern province taking part in the ongoing protests say they have been angered by the intervention of Iran-aligned militias. Terrorism 2019-11-21 Hizbullah faces financial strain from sanctions The Lebanese militia denies the sanctions have had a significant impact on its operations, but the reality on the ground tells a different story. Security 2019-11-21 Aden to improve services, fix infrastructure The move comes as part of the implementation of the new power-sharing agreement between the government and southern separatists. Protests 2019-11-20 UN 'alarmed' dozens may be dead in Iran protests At least 106 protestors in 21 cities have been killed in the five days since Iranian forces were ordered to 'crush' the demonstrations. Security 2019-11-20 US aircraft carrier transits Strait of Hormuz The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group sailed through the strategic strait without incident as part of a scheduled movement. Health 2019-11-20 Iran shows no concern for its people: analysts Time and again, the Iranian regime has called in excessive force to suppress protests, showing little regard for the concerns of its own people. Security 2019-11-20 Yemen’s Security Belt Forces repel al-Qaeda attack The UAE-trained force repelled a dawn attack in Abyan's Mudiyah district and removed an IED that had been planted on the road. Politics 2019-11-20 Saudi king urges Iran to quit 'harmful' expansionism Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged Iran to abandon 'its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people'. Security 2019-11-19 US envoy praises Hadramaut security efforts Ambassador Christopher Henzel met with the province's local officials and reviewed the progress achieved so far to restore normal life after the ouster of al-Qaeda. Terrorism 2019-11-19 Yemen's Houthis seize South Korean, Saudi vessels The Houthis acknowledged they had seized three ships in the Red Sea and detained 16 crew members. Security 2019-11-19 US is committed to Gulf's long-term security The support the US has provided to the Gulf states is an indication of its long-term commitment to the region's stability, experts say. Politics 2019-11-18 Twitter suspends Hizbullah affiliated handles Observers welcomed the suspension, saying the militia had been using Al-Manar linked accounts to stir up sedition and incite violence. Terrorism 2019-11-18 Egypt court sentences Libyan to death over 2017 attack Sixteen policemen were killed and 13 others were wounded in the October 2017 shootout following an ambush in the Western Desert. Society 2019-11-18 Yemen's prime minister returns to Aden under deal with separatists Moeen Abdulmalik's return, which follows a November deal with the Southern Transitional Council (STC), heralds the government's return to Aden. Politics 2019-11-15 US sanctions target Khamenei's inner circle Nine aides to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have been designated, accused of 'repression' at home and exporting 'terrorism' abroad. Security 2019-11-15 Gulf, US militaries strengthen interoperability Joint air and missile defence exercises strengthen military-to-military relationships and present a unified front to deter any threat in the Gulf. Politics 2019-11-15 US, Gulf states go after IRGC funding sources The seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre have sanctioned 25 entities that support the IRGC and Hizbullah. Security 2019-11-14 Yemenis call for investigation into Marib attacks Yemeni experts are calling for a probe into two attacks on a military base in Marib that have been blamed on the Houthis. Security 2019-11-13 US deploys strategic bombers to Saudi air base The deployment of B-1B strategic bombers to Prince Sultan Air Base is another sign of US commitment to Gulf security, experts say. Security 2019-11-13 Yemeni forces protect government facilities in Aden Under the Riyadh agreement, Yemeni forces under the supervision of the Arab coalition are charged with securing government facilities. Politics 2019-11-12 Yemen ministries resume work from Aden Pursuant to the recently signed Riyadh agreement, Yemeni government ministries have been gradually resuming their duties in Aden. Politics 2019-11-12 Saudi condemns Iran 'deception' over nuclear programme In a new report, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that uranium particles had been detected at an undeclared site in Iran. Human Rights 2019-11-12 Saudi humanitarian relief flows into Yemen Since 2015, the kingdom has funneled $16 billion in humanitarian aid into all regions of Yemen, with 'transparency and impartiality'. Environment 2019-11-11 Garbage crisis brings cholera to Yemen's historic Taez The south-western city, which suffers under Houthi siege, has become a breeding ground for mosquitos and diseases. Security 2019-11-08 US marines provide security during strait of Hormuz transit The US does not seek conflict, but will be prepared to defend itself and respond to attacks on US forces and interests, the commander of US Naval Forces in the Middle East said. Human Rights 2019-11-08 Yemen's Bahai fear further abuses under Houthis The religious minority has faced systematic persecution under the Iran-backed militia and has raised concerns that this will escalate. Security 2019-11-07 US-led coalition launches operation to protect Gulf waters The operation is a defensive measure aimed at protecting Gulf waters 'as long as the threat looms', according to a US naval commander. Protests 2019-11-07 Lebanon's army helped keep protests peaceful Lebanese activists and civilians praised the army for the critical role it played in maintaining public safety throughout the recent demonstrations. Terrorism 2019-11-07 6 killed in Houthi attack in Yemen's Mokha The Iran-backed militia launched four ballistic missiles and drones towards a military position in Mokha, killing six people, including four civilians. Security 2019-11-06 US navy prepares allies to protect navigation in Gulf The International Maritime Exercise (IMX) involves 5,000 personnel, 40 vessels and 17 aircrafts from 50 countries deployed to the strategic waterway that separates Iran from the Gulf states. Politics 2019-11-06 Atmosphere of optimism follows Yemen deal A power-sharing agreement signed between the Yemeni government and southern separatists could pave the way for a wider peace deal. Youth 2019-11-05 Arab Coalition turns over 12 child soldiers to Marib police The boys, who had been fighting for the Houthis, will take part in a rehabilitation programme before being returned to their families. Politics 2019-11-05 Attacks on Saudi oil a 'strategic blunder', experts say If the September 14th attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities were intended to strengthen Iran, that plan has backfired, experts told Al-Mashareq. Politics 2019-11-05 Yemen government, southern separatists sign power-sharing deal The deal would propel efforts to end the wider civil war that has devastated the country, the UN special envoy for Yemen said. Security 2019-11-05 Egypt army reports killing 83 militants in North Sinai Between September 28th and November 4th, the armed forces have killed 83 militants, destroyed 14 of their hideouts and 115 of their vehicles. Politics 2019-11-04 Yemen government, separatists to sign power-sharing deal on Tuesday Under the 'Riyadh Agreement', the Southern Transitional Council (STC) will hand over a number of ministries and the government will return to Aden. Terrorism 2019-11-04 Al-Baghdadi's death deals ISIS Yemen branch a blow ISIS was on the back foot in Yemen before the death and replacement of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and seems set to face further decline. Religion 2019-11-04 Houthis exploit religious celebrations to extort Yemenis The militia has been forcibly collecting fees from businesses to fund extravagant celebrations marking the Prophet Mohammed's birthday, residents told Al-Mashareq. Terrorism 2019-11-01 Troubled Uighurs lured to Syria by extremist recruiters The Muslim minority from China's Xinjiang province has suffered persecution at home, a situation that was exploited by al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Terrorism 2019-11-01 ISIS names little-known al-Baghdadi successor Little is known about 'Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi', whose name was seldom mentioned as a possible successor to al-Baghdadi.