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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23 Oct 2018

UAE Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Political Enemies

The United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenary firm Spear Operations Group, comprised mostly of ex-U.S. special forces, in 2015 to carry out an assassination. This kind of contracting appears to be on the rise, highlighting the privatization of many kinds of conflict, the importance of special forces, and the change

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04 Oct 2018

US still has technological edge, but Chinese drones proliferating across Middle East

“Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones. ‘The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,’ said Song Zhongping, a Chinese

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13 Sep 2018

Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen

The Trump administration has issued a memo certifying that the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war is “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure,” although also affirming that current civilian casualty numbers are “far too high.” The memo will permit continued U.S. military

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18 Jun 2018

UN may take over besieged Yemen port

Ongoing talks between the UN and other actors are discussing the possibility of a UN-takover of Hodeidah, where it would administer the movement of humanitarian and commercial goods in and out of the port that supplies over 70% of Yemen’s essential goods. The deal would prevent the Iranian-backed Houthis from

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05 Jun 2018

Report: Trump mulling direct US military action to take Yemen port

Responding to what is considered by some to be the worst humanitarian situation in the world at present, President Trump is allegedly considering direct action to seize the country’s main port used to deliver humanitarian aid. The move has been requested by the United Arab Emirates and others who form

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10 Feb 2012

Security official killed in Yemen

“A senior Yemeni security official was shot dead Thursday evening in Yemen’s southern restive province of Lahj in an attack probably carried out by al-Qaida militants, a provincial police official told Xinhua.” (Source: Security official killed in Yemen|Middle East|chinadaily.com.cn.)

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