ARCHIVE FOR January February March April 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SUBMIT Security | 2020-01-31 Iran's plans in Yemen in disarray after Soleimani: study Soleimani's last act was to hand over an air defence system to the Houthis, who are hoping to escalate regional conflicts in order to gain leverage in peace negotiations. Terrorism | 2020-01-30 Houthis claim attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saudi officials said their country's air defence forces last week shot down missiles aimed at Aramco oil facilities, according to the Wall Street Journal. Security | 2020-01-30 US-led training programmes raise level of security in the Middle East Joint manoeuvres and training programmes are improving security and enhancing local troops' level of effectiveness, security analysts say. Security | 2020-01-30 Months of provocation preceded Soleimani strike The US decision to eliminate the IRGC Quds Force commander came after months of attacks and threats from Iran and its proxies. Politics | 2020-01-29 UN Security Council debates new violence in Yemen: diplomats Special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths calls for an end to military escalation and warns that recent developments jeopardize progress. Refugees | 2020-01-29 Aid programme helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon enter job market The programme focuses on preserving Syrian heritage and offers training on marketable skills, enabling refugees to earn a decent living. Economy | 2020-01-28 Currency crisis brings new hardship to war-weary Yemen The Houthis triggered the crisis by banning the use of new banknotes printed by the Central Bank in Aden. Terrorism | 2020-01-27 Houthis fail to launch missile on Marib province The militia's attempt to fire a ballistic missile on the province as part of its ongoing military escalation has led to the death of one person. Terrorism | 2020-01-27 Britain expands Hizbullah asset-freezing measures The new move means the party's political wing will now be subject to asset-freezing measures, in addition to its military wing. 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. 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 | 2020-01-23 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.