01 Sep 2021

Houthi strikes on Yemen base kill at least 30, spokesman says

At least 30 soldiers were killed and an additional 60 wounded on Sunday due to a Houthi strike on a Yemeni military base belonging to a Saudi-led coalition. The base is located in the southwestern region of the country, according to a spokesman for southern forces Mohamed al-Naqeeb. The Houthis

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07 May 2021

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan visits Saudi Arabia to reset ties

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is making an effort to reset relations with Saudi Arabia after tensions in recent years. Khan arrived in Riyadh on Friday is the beginning of a three-day visit. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman invited Khan in a significant move. Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar

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09 Apr 2021

What’s the China-Arab State Data Security Pact Really Mean?

Beijing’s March 2021 China and Arab States Data Security Agreement is supposed to strengthen cooperation in communications and information technology. While details have yet been published, the document focuses on ensuring the integrity of data and production chains that drive the digital economy. This is not the first time that China and the Arab nations have collaborated, having engaged one another in emerging technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence. However, it is noteworthy as this partnership makes the Middle East the first region to have engaged in a data security initiative with China, according to China’s Foreign Minister.

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01 Apr 2021

Biden Trimming Forces Sent to Mideast to Help Saudi Arabia

President Biden has directed the Pentagon to begin removing some military forces from the Gulf region of the Middle East, marking the first steps in an effort to steer the US global military footprint away from the Mideast. The changes come as Saudi Arabia continues to endure rocket and drone

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23 Mar 2021

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes, hits grains port

Dozens of airstrikes were launched at Houthi military targets by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen earlier this week. According to the coalition, the military targets were located in the capital of Sanaa and the port of Salif, located on the Red Sea coast. The military alliance has been at

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12 Mar 2021

As Biden pushes for peace, Yemeni rebels ramp up strikes on Saudi Arabia

Yemeni rebels have increased attacks on targets inside Saudi Arabia in the past month. Since mid-February, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for dozens of armed drones and missiles into Saudi Arabia. The rebels are backed by Iran and have claimed responsibility for attacks on at least 13 days. Saudi

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08 Mar 2021

Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port

On Sunday, Iran’s Houthi rebels announced that they had attacked a major Saudi Arabian oil port located on the Perian Gulf. The Iranian forces reportedly used drones and missiles to conduct the attack. Saudi authorities claim that the strike caused no casualties or damage to the facility. The Saudi Energy

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13 Jan 2021

Arab countries agree to end years-long feud with Qatar that divided Gulf

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies agreed to restore relations with Qatar. This move ends a three-year boycott of the nation as flights to and from the country will be restarted. In 2017, the diplomatic ties of Qatar were severed with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates

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07 Jan 2021

At least 22 killed in attack on Yemen’s Aden airport after new government arrives

On Wednesday, several explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport as new power-sharing government officials arrived from Saudi Arabia. The bombs killed roughly 22 people and injured dozens more. All cabinet members have been declared safe, according to a statement made by Yemen Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek. It remains unclear whether the

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21 Dec 2020

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm’s spyware

Israeli spyware has allegedly been abused by the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates leadership to hack the phones of dozens of Al Jazeera journalists. The unprecedented cyber attack stems from a private intelligence firm in Israel that appears to have sold the powerful tool. The Citizen Lab at the

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