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Bahraini MPs back military action in Yemen

Bahraini Members of Parliament (MPs) have planned to draw up new legislation to combat sectarianism spread by supporters of Yemen's Houthi militias. They also backed strict action taken by the Interior Ministry against people

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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

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With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from US

Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, US officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived US disengagement. The Mid

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Saudi, Kuwait to strengthen security after Yemen strikes

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Gulf Opec ally Kuwait will beef up security around their oil facilities, they said, after they and other Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allie

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Arab ministers to form unified military force

Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt agreed a draft resolution yesterday (March 26) to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al

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Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border

Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, US officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East's top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

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Emergency draft plan in Bahrain wins backing

Retrired military personnel and civilians could soon be called up to serve alongside Bahrain's armed forces in the event of an emergency, after the proposal cleared its final hurdle yesterday (March 15). The Shura Council appr

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Yemen's Houthis hold exercises near Saudi border

Thousands of Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters, who control much of Yemen, held military exercises near the border with top oil exporter and Sunni power Saudi Arabia on Thursday, a Houthi commander said, adding to fears Yemen's chaos could

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US considering possible Middle East missile defence

The US military is considering sending its THAAD missile defence system to the Middle East, a senior US Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.

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US starts vetting Syrian rebels for military training

The US military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday. R

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