10 Apr 2020

Saudi Arabia declares ceasefire in Yemen over coronavirus

In Yemen, the Saudi led coalition has declared a two-week ceasefire as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceasefire between the Saudi coalition and the Houthi rebels, who have been fighting for almost five years, is set to begin Thursday. The move was prompted by the United Nations Secretary-General

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07 Feb 2020

U.S. Operation Kills Qasim al-Raymi, Leader of al Qaeda in Yemen

In a drone strike earlier last week, the United States was successful in killing the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch Qasim al-Raymi, who also served as deputy to the organization’s global leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. President Trump confirmed the reports on Thursday, although he did not provide many details about

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05 Dec 2019

U.S. warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

On Wednesday, a US Navy warship stopped a boat linked to Iran containing advanced missile parts. The Trump administration has been pressuring Tehran to limit its activities in the Gulf region. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that on November 25, the US had retrieved the missile components on a stateless vessel,

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06 Sep 2019

Cracks in Saudi-UAE coalition risk new war in Yemen

The conflicting interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia could end the countries’ coalition against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and add a new chapter to the Yemeni civil war that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country. In 2015, the UAE and Saudi

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10 Jul 2019

US plans coalition of allies to patrol waters off Iran and Yemen

The United States aims to build a military coalition to “ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab” a US military official said on Tuesday. The Strait of Hormuz, located between the south of Iran and the Arabian peninsula, connects the Persian Gulf and

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16 May 2019

In Yemen, Fighting Resumes Between Houthi Rebels and Government Forces

The fragile cease-fire in Yemen seems to have come to an end on Wednesday, as pro-government forces and Houthi fighters engaged in renewed clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. A day earlier, the Houthi claimed responsibility for a drone attack targeting two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. The

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17 Apr 2019

Yemen war: Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led coalition

As expected, US President Donald Trump has blocked legislation by Congress that aimed to end the country’s military involvement in the Yemeni civil war, which is a proxy war fought between forces supported by Saudi Arabia on one side and troops supported by Iran on the other side. The US

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14 Mar 2019

US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

In what is seen as a firm rebuke to US President Donald Trump, the US Senate has voted to end the country’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The bill, which was supported by 54 Senators including seven Republicans, is expected to pass through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives

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18 Feb 2019

Land Mines Block Saudi-Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians

In an attempt to thwart the advance of Saudi-led forces in the civil war in Yemen, Houthi fighters have laid over one million land mines. Since the Yemeni population does not exceed 30 million citizens, this represents the highest concentration of landmines in a single country since World War II. For

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31 Dec 2018

Yemen’s Shiite rebels hand over control of Hodeida port

“Yemen’s Shiite rebels on Saturday handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the country’s navy and coast guard under U.N. supervision, security officials said, in a significant step in the implementation of a deal reached during peace talks in Sweden earlier this

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