Archive For 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 January February March April May June July August September October November December Submit Terrorism 2020-09-30 Houthis target mosques, civilian homes The militia has destroyed homes of residents who have voiced opposition to its presence and has targeted hundreds of mosques. Politics 2020-09-30 Kuwait swears in new emir after death of acclaimed ruler Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah was sworn in as emir as Kuwait enters a 40-day period of mourning for Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. Security 2020-09-29 Saudi Arabia dismantles Iran-trained 'terrorist cell' Three out of the 10 arrested cell members had received military and field training at IRGC camps in Iran, according to Saudi authorities. Terrorism 2020-09-29 Hizbullah-linked companies siphoned money from state US sanctions imposed on Arch Consulting, Meamar Construction and a senior Hizbullah official target the party's illicit financial activity. Security 2020-09-28 Lebanese police kill 9 ISIS-linked suspects in raid Police intelligence units raided a house in the northern region of Wadi Khaled where 'suspects linked to ISIS' had been holed up. Politics 2020-09-28 Yemen, Houthis agree to prisoners' release The International Committee of the Red Cross is to oversee the return of 1,081 prisoners released by the two sides to their families. Terrorism 2020-09-28 Houthis face largest wave of casualties since 2014 The militia has recently lost thousands of fighters during battles with the legitimate government, amid calls on Yemeni parents to reject Houthi efforts to send their sons to the battlefields. Economy 2020-09-25 Lebanon to compensate for Beirut blast lost homes, businesses The army and Beirut municipality would be tasked with setting up a mechanism to distribute 100 billion Lebanese pounds the government has allocated in compensations. Politics 2020-09-25 Despite concessions, Yemen peace remains elusive: president President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi accused the Houthi militia and its sponsor, Iran, of hampering peace efforts and risking a catastrophe by neglecting to tackle the Safer crisis. Security 2020-09-25 European mission to secure Strait of Hormuz Danish ambassador begins role as senior civilian representative for the European maritime awareness mission in the strategic waterway. Politics 2020-09-25 Lebanon protest movement produces new political party Taqaddom seeks to end the hegemony of the current political parties by harnessing the power of the activists driving the protest movement. Human Rights 2020-09-24 UN shuts down major humanitarian programmes in Yemen Funding shortages have forced cuts in humanitarian programmes in Yemen, where the Houthis have been interfering in aid distribution. Crime & Justice 2020-09-24 Houthis employ retaliatory justice in 'absurd' court proceedings The Houthis continue to use their illegitimate court to try to intimidate their opposition and confiscate the properties of prominent government leaders. Diplomacy 2020-09-24 Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions Iraqi and Saudi leaders have voiced concern over Iran's unrelenting effort to sow discord and continue its expansionist activities in the region. Crime & Justice 2020-09-23 Yemen court issues arrest warrant for Houthi chief Marib Military Court has issued arrest warrants for Houthi chief Abdul Malik al-Houthi and 174 other members of the Iran-backed militia. Security 2020-09-23 Blast rocks Hizbullah site in south Lebanon A military source said preliminary information showed that 'a Hizbullah centre containing munitions' was the source of the blast. Economy 2020-09-23 Recent boom in Iran's stock market 'false prosperity' Iran's stock market bubble will burst soon, economists say, while a few Iranian officials have warned the public they risk losing capital. Society 2020-09-22 France steps in to aid Lebanon after port blast France has been quick to provide emergency assistance to its long-time ally and has played a key role in co-ordinating international aid. Politics 2020-09-22 Yemen, Houthis exchange lists of prisoners The two sides are currently reviewing names on the list of prisoners each has presented during UN-backed negotiations in Switzerland. Terrorism 2020-09-22 Hizbullah's allies in Lebanon fear US sanctions US sanctions on two former cabinet ministers over support to Hizbullah have shaken some of the party's backers in the business sector. Human Rights 2020-09-21 Iran's terror plots against foreign-based dissidents on rise The Iranian regime has killed some 360 individuals of Iranian descent in 40 countries in the course of its existence, a recent report has revealed. Diplomacy 2020-09-21 Abraham Accords to diminish IRGC influence, experts say Iran has chastised the peace agreements brokered by the US and signed by the UAE and Bahrain, because 'peace threatens its very purpose', observers say. Crime & Justice 2020-09-21 Bulgarian court sentences Hizbullah-linked duo The two were found guilty over a July 2012 bus attack that killed five tourists, including a pregnant woman, and the Bulgarian bus driver. Environment 2020-09-21 Arab League ministers seek Yemen tanker solution The meeting, convened at the request of Saudi Arabia, sought to find a solution to the Safer issue and prevent an environmental crisis. Security 2020-09-18 US aircraft carrier completes transit through Strait of Hormuz The US and its Gulf allies are capable of deterring Iranian aggression in the Arabian Gulf and ensuring security in the Strait of Hormuz, a military expert said. Security 2020-09-18 Iran's failure to manage ballistic missiles casts doubts on new radar A series of IRGC and Iranian military failures raises serious doubts about the country's management of radar, missiles and rockets. Politics 2020-09-18 US sanctions cyber actors backed by Iran's Intelligence Ministry Using a front company, Iran employed a years-long malware campaign whose targets included Iranian dissidents and international entities. Terrorism 2020-09-17 Hizbullah withdraws hundreds of fighters from Syria The Lebanese militia has pulled back more than 2,500 fighters, experts and military commanders as it faces increasing pressure, sources say. Politics 2020-09-17 Yemen sides in Geneva to negotiate prisoner swap The talks concern the release of 1,420 prisoners -- 900 government loyalists and 520 Houthis -- as part of the Stockholm Agreement. Terrorism 2020-09-16 Amid heightened surveillance, ISIS turns to lesser-known apps As major social media networks shut down channels and pages affiliated with ISIS, the group has tried to exploit lesser-known platforms. Terrorism 2020-09-15 Houthi mines pose continued threat to millions of Yemeni civilians Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani says the Houthis manufactured the mines under the supervision of experts from Lebanese Hizbullah and Iran's IRGC. Human Rights 2020-09-15 HRW warns of 'deadly consequences' of Yemen aid obstruction Aid delivery has been hampered by the interference of the government and the Houthis as the risk of famine looms large, the rights group wrote in a report. Economy 2020-09-14 Fuel crisis standoff continues as Houthis shut Sanaa airport The militia has shut the airport after refusing to accept a government proposal that would allow fuel tankers to enter al-Hodeidah port. Security 2020-09-14 4 Lebanese soldiers killed in hunt for 'terrorist': army The soldiers were killed during a raid on the home of Khaled al-Tallawi, who heads a 'militant cell', in the Beddawi area near Tripoli. Diplomacy 2020-09-14 UN Yemen envoy holds fresh talks in Riyadh During a new round of talks, government officials discussed a draft joint declaration to restore the political process in Yemen. Economy 2020-09-11 IRGC proxy wars stifle economy, further isolate Iran The IRGC's expansionist policies serve only to enrich itself at the expense of the Iranian people and to the detriment of the country's economy, analysts say. Environment 2020-09-11 Lebanese firefighters put out Beirut port blaze The fire reignited public anger and fears following the devastating August 4th blast at the port and another, smaller fire in recent days. Terrorism 2020-09-11 Hizbullah hit squad 'Unit 121' still active: report According to a new report, the Hizbullah member convicted over the Rafic al-Hariri assassination was part of a top-secret hit squad. Security 2020-09-11 Saudi intercepts Houthi missiles, drones: coalition The kingdom accuses the Iran-backed militia of escalating its targeting of civilians using ballistic missiles and bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles. Politics 2020-09-10 Jordan, US continue to strengthen military ties Military co-operation between the allies was demonstrated during a recent drill to deploy a mobile command post to Jordan from Kuwait. Politics 2020-09-09 US sanctions 2 Lebanese ex-ministers over Hizbullah Former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former transport minister Yusef Fenianos have been designated in a new round of sanctions. Human Rights 2020-09-09 Over 6,000 Yemeni civilians victims of human rights violations The Houthis are responsible for a majority of 2,940 incidents of human rights violations committed in Yemen over the past year, investigations reveal. Terrorism 2020-09-08 As Yemen war drags on, AQAP sees opening to regroup The bombing of a health facility and crucifixion of a dentist in al-Bayda province by AQAP militants last month have led to renewed calls to end the war in Yemen. Politics 2020-09-08 US sanctions companies facilitating Iran petrochemicals sale In a new round of sanctions, the US Treasury and State Department have designated companies that support Iran's petrochemical industry. Terrorism 2020-09-07 Yemen aid programmes hit by lack of funds, Houthi meddling As international organisations struggle to secure the funds they need to provide humanitarian aid in Yemen, many say the Houthi militia is to blame. Security 2020-09-04 Lebanon tightens security after port explosion, arrests ISIS element Lebanese military and intelligence forces are on high alert after the Beirut port explosion to prevent ISIS sleeper cells from taking advantage of the situation. Terrorism 2020-09-03 Iran supplying weapons to Horn of Africa via Yemen Via the Houthi militia, Iran has turned Yemen into a hub for the export of ammunition and weapons to terrorist groups in Somalia, which violates UN Security Council resolutions. Diplomacy 2020-09-03 US says Lebanese government must pursue 'real change' 'Real change is what the people of Lebanon are demanding, and the US is going to use its diplomatic presence and capabilities to make sure that we get that outcome,' Pompeo said. Human Rights 2020-09-03 Iran failing to control coronavirus spread in prisons: rights group Hygienic conditions in Iranian prisons have significantly deteriorated as disinfections stopped due to a lack of budget. Crime & Justice 2020-09-03 Saudi court sentences 7 to death for 2014 ISIS-linked killings The assailants shot dead seven people, including children, in the Shia-populated east during the commemoration of Ashura. Health 2020-09-02 Lebanon's health sector on verge of collapse Many hospitals have been unable to maintain operations in light of the port blast, coronavirus pandemic and political and economic crises. Human Rights 2020-09-02 Amnesty accuses Iran of 'widespread torture' after protests Testimonies reveal 'a catalogue of shocking human rights violations', including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture. Politics 2020-09-02 Lebanon PM designate bids to form crisis cabinet within two weeks The Beirut port explosion has created intense pressure for swift reforms to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades. Politics 2020-09-02 Yemen, STC resume talks on new government The separatists agreed to come back to the table and proceed with talks on the formation of new government after a brief suspension. Politics 2020-09-01 Yemen asks UN to relocate mission office from al-Hodeidah The government accuses the Iran-backed Houthis of restricting the movement and freedom of the UN mission in its current location. Politics 2020-09-01 Iranians pay for regime's costly proxy wars With the Iranian economy facing currency and inflation problems, the IRGC continues to spend money on failing proxy wars. Security 2020-09-01 Egypt army kills over 70 'terrorists' in North Sinai Security operations were conducted between July 22nd and August 30th in the peninsula, where Egyptian forces have been battling ISIS. Politics 2020-09-01 Macron in high-stakes Lebanon reform drive Macron said Tuesday he is ready to host a second aid conference next month, as he pressed his drive for political change in Lebanon.