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Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is en route to the Gulf of Aden. / U.S. Navy

Special to Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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Arab army chiefs reconvene on joint military force as Yemen crisis heats up

From left, Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month in Egypt. / Mohamed Samaaha / AFP

Special to As U.S. warships monitored an Iran convoy suspected of carrying arms to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, the Gulf Arab state military chiefs were gathering in Cairo. The ostensible purpose of the meeting on April 22 […]

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Saudis reject talk of Yemen ceasefire as evidence cited Iran is backing insurgency

A girl runs for shelter during an air strike in Sanaa, Yemen on April 8. / Khaled Abdullah Ali / Reuters

Special to The coalition air strikes led by Saudi Arabia with U.S. assistance continued on April 12 with no indication a diplomatic settlement was near. “How can Iran call for us to stop the fighting in Yemen?” Saudi Foreign […]

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Iran denies report its military advisers were captured in Yemen

Houthis protest Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on April 10. / AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has denied reports claiming that two Iranian military advisers were captured by local militiamen in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on April 10. Iran’s Fars news agency quoted an unnamed […]

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U.S. expands military involvement in Yemen’s proxy war between Iran, Saudis

Yemenis search in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, on April 4. / Hani Mohammed / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials said the Pentagon has expanded weapons shipments to the Saudi-led Arab coalition now conducting an air campaign against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. By taking an active interest, the United States […]

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Iran’s Zarif in Pakistan where parliament is debating Saudi request to join fight in Yemen

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Islamabad on April 8 for talks expected to include the situation in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is launching airstrikes targeting Shiite Houthi […]

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Wars galore: Russia joins Red Cross in appeal for pause in Yemen fighting

Air strikes continued in Yemen against Houthi strongholds.

Special to UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama said in early 2013 at his second inauguration that “a decade of war is now ending.” Two years later, Russia has just endorsed a Red Cross appeal for a “humanitarian pause” […]

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Pro-Iran militants reach Yemen base at strategic Bab Al Mandeb waterway

Bab Al Mandeb waterway.

Special to Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen have captured a military base along one of the world’s major oil lanes, the strategic Bab Al Mandeb waterway between the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. Egypt last month threatened military action […]

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Iran demands ‘immediate halt’ to Yemen air strikes as Saudis launch artillery attacks

Air strikes continued in Yemen against Houthi strongholds.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has called for an “immediate halt” to the Saudi-led military operation against Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen, warning that the “attack” endangered the whole region. Speaking in Kuwait on March […]

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