Sunday 29 March 2015

Arab summit agrees on unified military force

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars. Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified


Fighting, airstrikes spread throughout Yemen

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun battle in the cen


Iran, powers struggle to break nuke talks impasse

The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top US and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal. The negotiations, in p


Arabs ground forces 'likely needed in Yemen'

Arab ground forces may be needed in the next phase of a Saudi-led operation against Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said on Saturday. Asked at an Arab League summit in Egypt whether ground troops would be required, he told reporters:


Bahrain backs pan-Arab rapid force

Bahrain yesterday (March 28) backed the establishment of a pan-Arab rapid intervention force to defend regional security and stability. "The task of the military force is to intervene promptly to deter any threat endangering the security, stability and sovereignty of any Ara


Saudi Arabia to restore ambassador to Sweden

Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country's human rights record. Sweden's foreign ministry could not confirm the news but said a Swedish envo


Yemen attacks to continue till targets achieved: Saudi king

Saudi King Salman said on Saturday the country's military campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters would continue until its targets are achieved. Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes


Saudi-led air strikes target fresh Houthi military advance

Saudi-led air forces struck a convoy of Yemeni Houthi fighters advancing on Aden from the east on Saturday, residents said, and the Saudi navy evacuated diplomats from the southern port city. The Iranian-allied Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters, seeking to overthrow the Western-


Diplomats, UN staff flee Yemen amid heavy fighting

Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations pulled out international staff on Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the


Air strikes hit Houthi military convoy in Yemen

Saudi-led air forces attacked a convoy of Houthi armoured vehicles, tanks and military trucks travelling on the coastal road from the Arabian Sea town of Shaqra towards Aden in southern Yemen, residents said. The Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels on Friday opened a

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