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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 4, 2022 p.m.

AFGHANISTAN What the US and its allies left behind in Afghanistan. Amin Saikal, The Strategist: The Afghanistan war is over for the United States and its allies. But the suffering of the Afghan people has multiplied under the extremist, repressive rule of the Taliban in the name of Islam. No country today is in as […]

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How the Biden administration can assure regional partners in the wake of the Houthi attacks on the UAE (William F. Wechsler, Atlantic Council)

The recent attacks on January 18 and 24 by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen on the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi clearly demonstrate, yet again, Tehran’s unique policy of routinely giving precision weapons to non-state proxies so that they can intentionally target civilians across borders. It’s worth reminding all objective observers in Washington—no […]

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UAE says intercepted and destroyed Houthi missiles (Al Jazeera)

The United Arab Emirates says it intercepted and destroyed two Houthi ballistic missiles that were targeting the country, and there were no casualties. “The remnants of the intercepted ballistic missiles fell in separate areas around Abu Dhabi,” the defence ministry said in a statement on the state-run WAM news agency on Monday. UAE says intercepted […]

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Houthi Strike at Abu Dhabi Hirak (Jyoti Das, VIF)

The Houthi attack using ballistic missiles and drones at an oil refinery in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah Industrial City that killed two Indians and one Pakistani national on 17 January 2022 has drawn attention to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s role in the Yemen conflict. The commentary seeks to identify the reasons for Houthis’ direct confrontation […]

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President Biden mulling re-designating Houthis as ‘terrorist’ group (Al Jazeera)

US President Joe Biden is considering re-designating Yemen’s Houthi group as an “international terrorist organisation” following drone and missile attacks on the United Arab Emirates that were claimed by the group. The announcement at a news conference on Wednesday came shortly after the UAE ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, urged the Biden administration to restore […]

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How the Yemen conflict flare-up affects its humanitarian crisis (Al Jazeera)

The flare-up in the Yemen conflict, with the Houthis targeting an oil facility in Abu Dhabi and a retaliatory attack by the Saudi-led coalition on Sanaa, has raised fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis in the country where the situation is already dire. The latest escalation came after the Houthis launched a deadly attack against several targets inside the United Arab […]

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Saudi-led coalition launches deadly air raids in Yemen’s Sanaa (Al Jazeera)

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out air raids in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing more than 12 people, according to residents, a day after the Houthi rebel group launched a deadly attack in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who […]

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New year brings no hope of resolution to Yemen conflict (Al Monitor)

The seven-year war in Yemen has not subsided, and it appears to be escalating further in 2022. The recent spike of airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the movements of the armed forces in southern Yemen have killed Yemenis’ hopes for peace this year. New year brings no hope of resolution to Yemen conflict – Al-Monitor: The Pulse […]

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Iran ‘likely’ smuggling weapons to Yemen: UN report (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations found thousands of weapons recently seized in the Arabian Sea likely came from a single port in Iran, evidence Tehran is exporting arms to Yemen and elsewhere, The Wall Street Journal newspaper has reported. Yemen has been racked by war since 2014, pitting Iran-backed Houthi rebels against the internationally recognised government and a Saudi […]

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Yemen war: The oil fields of Shabwa have become the new battleground (Middle East Eye)

With its highly prized oil fields, the coastal province of Shabwa in Yemen’s south has moved centre-stage in the ongoing war in recent months. The country’s third-biggest province has largely stayed out of the spotlight during the course of the conflict, as major battles raged elsewhere. But after a bitter dispute erupted in Shabwa between fighters backed by […]

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Yemen’s Houthis accuse Saudi-led coalition of diverting fuel ship (Al Monitor)

Yemen’s Houthis accused the Saudi-led military coalition on Wednesday of diverting a fuel ship bound for the rebel-held port of Hodeidah as the coalition carried out airstrikes in the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa. Yemen’s Houthis accuse Saudi-led coalition of diverting fuel ship – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East