ARCHIVE FOR January 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SUBMIT 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. 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'. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Security | 2020-01-08 Airlines suspend routes through Iran, Iraq airspace The precautionary measure was taken following Iran's attack on bases housing US troops in Iraq, international carriers said Wednesday. Security | 2020-01-08 Saudi arrests 'most wanted' fugitive in Qatif region The arrest comes amid soaring regional tensions after last week's killing in Baghdad of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike. 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. Security | 2020-01-07 Soleimani's death rattles Hizbullah: analysts Iran-affiliated militias will be feeling lost without the IRGC Quds Force commander, who controlled and directed their affairs, analysts say. Security | 2020-01-07 11 Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi missile attack The missile hit a camp in al-Dhale in the second Houthi attack to strike the province in little more than a week. Politics | 2020-01-07 NATO tells Iran to avoid 'further provocations' At a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, NATO member states called for 'restraint and de-escalation', as a new conflict would be in 'no one's interest'. Politics | 2020-01-06 Saudi calls for calm after US-Iran escalation Saudi Arabia has appealed for all actors to take the necessary steps to prevent further escalation in the wake of Soleimani's killing. Media | 2020-01-06 Houthis top 2019 list of violations against media: report The militia has committed 75 violations against the press last year, including the targeting of journalists and media organisations. Politics | 2020-01-06 Hizbullah actions may not follow rhetoric: analysts Hizbullah has little to gain and much to lose if it commits acts of vengeance after the killing of IRGC-QF commander Soleimani, experts say. Politics | 2020-01-06 Iran must refrain from military retaliation against US: experts The Iranian regime has threatened to avenge the killing of general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike. Security | 2020-01-06 Trump warns Iran of 'major retaliation' in event of attack The US president warned Iran against revenge after the Islamic Republic vowed it would respond to IRGC-QF commander's killing. Human Rights | 2020-01-06 Palestinians in Gaza pay price for Iran's interference The close relationship between top Gaza officials and the Iranian regime has deprived Palestinians of a significant portion of UNRWA's humanitarian services. Refugees | 2020-01-06 Fire risk plagues Syrian refugees in Lebanon Fires caused by candles, gas lights or heating oil are some of the most serious seasonal challenges that residents of informal camps face. Diplomacy | 2020-01-04 Inside Soleimani's plot to attack US forces in Iraq The IRGC's Quds Force has been reinforcing the arsenal of its affiliated Iraqi militias with a range of missiles and advanced weapons for months. Security | 2020-01-03 Pentagon confirms Trump ordered Soleimani killing IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad, had been 'developing plans' to attack Americans. Politics | 2020-01-03 US, allies 'committed to de-escalation' with Iran World powers and entities react to the killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy in Baghdad. Politics | 2020-01-03 Iraqis react to news of IRGC top commander's death Qassem Soleimani was largely held responsible for the recent deaths of hundreds of Iraqi protestors by Iran-backed militias. Education | 2020-01-03 Houthis attempt to prescribe student 'behaviour' The Iran-backed militia has modified school curricula to include an evaluation of students for their level of participation in its activities. Security | 2020-01-03 PMF deputy al-Muhandis killed in US strike Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis founded the hardline militia Kataib Hizbullah and had a close ideological and personal relationship to Iran. Security | 2020-01-02 UAE, US forces conclude 'Iron Union 12' drill The drill, held in the Abu Dhabi desert, was designed to enhance the interoperability of both forces and improve their combat readiness. Terrorism | 2020-01-02 Al-Qaeda attacks military checkpoint in Yemen's Abyan The attack on January 1st led to the death of two Security Belt Forces and the capture of two others. Politics | 2020-01-02 Houthis free 6 Saudi prisoners of war The release signals momentum between both sides as efforts to end the conflict gain steam. Security | 2020-01-01 US conducts missile exercise in Gulf waters The annual exercise is part of an array of deterrence measures in the Gulf region that aim to further secure maritime waters, experts say. Economy | 2020-01-01 US sanctions effective at slowing IRGC in Yemen The latest designations of Iran-affiliated entities have proven effective in reducing the IRGC's destabilising efforts to arm and fund the Houthis in Yemen.