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An explosive device that was seemingly implanted onto a military vehicle detonated near a school in Yemen's third largest Taiz city on Saturday.

Comment: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen takes a deep dive into what's driving bin Zayed's aggressive foreign policy agenda, the risks involved, and the future of UAE's alignment with Saudi Arabia.

The geopolitics of ports in the Horn of Africa

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

The geopolitics of ports in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: Ports in the Horn of Africa risk becoming new flashpoints in Middle East rivalries.

Clashes erupt between allied army units in Yemen's Taiz

The New Arab Staff

Clashes erupt between allied army units in Yemen's Taiz

Clashes were reported between different units belonging to Yemen's government forces, including UAE-backed fighters.

How Saudi Arabia seeks to keep Yemen divided

A Yemeni journalist

How Saudi Arabia seeks to keep Yemen divided

In-depth: The separatist takeover of Socotra island is indicative of Saudi Arabia's approval for efforts which undermine Yemen's unity.

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

Divide and survive: Ethiopia balances Gulf, Turkey ties

Ethiopia is the most coveted target of the ongoing scramble for the Horn of Africa.

Giorgio Cafiero

An Egyptian-Turkish war in Libya?

Comment: Recent geopolitical and on-the-ground developments have ignited concerns over the prospect of an Egyptian-Turkish military ...

The New Arab

Iraqi Kurdistan could emerge as Turkey-UAE proxy battleground

Turkey has launched two operations against Kurdish militants this week, raising fears of northern Iraq becoming a proxy battleground between ...

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam ...

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Courtney Freer

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Comment: The more the GCC rift spreads, the more difficult it will be to negotiate or to change the status quo, writes Courtney Freer.

Stasa Salacanin

A house divided: The battle for Yemen's south

A bid by separatists to assert control over southern Yemen has pushed the country closer to fragmentation.

Three big lessons from Yemen's five years of war

Rami G. Khouri

Three big lessons from Yemen's five years of war

Comment: Arab autocracies, Saudi-Emirati military muscle-flexing and a mythical 'international community' have all contributed to five years of ...

Gulf states spend big to buffer coronavirus crisis

The New Arab

Gulf states spend big to buffer coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic looks set to cost the Gulf states billions, just as the region looks to move into a post-oil future.

Is Afghanistan on the brink of Middle-East proxy war?

Shan. A. Zain

Is Afghanistan on the brink of Middle-East proxy war?

As the US seeks to remove troops from Afghanistan, will the country become another battleground for regional rivals, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and ...

Qatar confirms first coronavirus case amid regional outbreak

The New Arab

Qatar confirms first coronavirus case amid regional outbreak

A Qatari citizen that was repatriated from Iran has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Gerard Prunier

In Sudan, General Hemedti leads the fray

Comment: In reality, it is Hemedti, the brutal and cunning general who organised the harsh crackdown in Khartoum last June, who wields the real power in Sudan, writes Gerard Prunier.

The New Arab & agencies

Asian expat workers to be evacuated from Iran

Philippines, India and South Korea are just some of the countries preparing to evacuate their citizens from Iraq and Iran amidst increasing ...

Rauf Mammadov

Saudi Aramco stock bonanza is boosting the crown prince

The record valuation, which defied sceptics' predictions that the stock price would wallow, cheered Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had ...

The New Arab

US security agents helped UAE build 'secret spying unit'

The UAE’s DREAD programme was initially created in 2008 to track terrorist elements and had the blessing of the US, but the unit has since ...

Flights resume at notorious UAE torture site in Yemen

The New Arab & agencies

Flights resume at notorious UAE torture site in Yemen

An airport used by the United Arab Emirates as a prison has been reopened for service, taking its first flight in five years on Wednesday.

The New Arab

Gulf Cup kicks-off in Qatar with 'football diplomacy' key

The tournament is being viewed as a way of helping mend ties between the Gulf nations but the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar continues.

Warren slams US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The New Arab

Warren slams US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Her comments came following a CNN investigation revealing that a shipment of military hardware from the US had arrived at the port of Aden in ...

UAE's true ambitions in Yemen take another blow

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

UAE's true ambitions in Yemen take another blow

Comment: The deal agreed this week is just one of many obstacles to UAE's malign ambitions in Yemen, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

UAE releases $700 million in frozen Iranian funds

The New Arab

UAE releases $700 million in frozen Iranian funds

The UAE has reportedly released hundreds of millions of dollars of frozen Iranian assets amid improving 'currency relations' between the two ...

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