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Explainer-Why Yemen is at war

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have launched two missile attacks at the United Arab Emirates in the last week, raising the stakes in a ruinous and complex conflict. Monday's…

Hezbollah, Amal end boycott of Lebanon’s cabinet amid economic crisis

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Powerful Lebanese groups Hezbollah and Amal said on Saturday they would end a boycott of cabinet sessions, opening the way for ministers to meet after a three-month…

Iran Seeks to Cool Tensions in Iraq

Iran is intervening in Iraq to quell destabilising internal unrest stirred up by Iranian-backed militias. The actions come as Tehran seeks to preserve its deep influence in the country while…

By Reuters and Chanakya Forum

Saudi UN envoy: Iran playing “games” in talks with kingdom

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's envoy to the United Nations said the kingdom wanted more substantive talks with Iran but that Tehran was so far biding its time and playing…

Iraqi cleric Sadr says he is dissolving armed faction loyal to him

CAIRO (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he was dissolving the Promised Day Brigade, an armed faction loyal to him, and closing its headquarters, according to…

Kuwait detains 18 suspected of financing Lebanon’s Hezbollah – media

Cairo (Reuters) -Prosecutors in Kuwait have detained 18 people suspected of financing Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the newspapers Al-Qabas and Al-Rai reported on Thursday. Al Qabas said the…

Blast hits Shi’ite area of Afghan capital Kabul

(Representative Image) KABUL (Reuters) -A magnetic bomb attached to a passenger minivan exploded in a heavily Shi'ite area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, causing an unknown number of…

Blast in eastern Afghanistan mosque before Friday prayers wounds several

KABUL (Reuters) -An explosion hit a mosque just before Friday prayers in the Spin Ghar district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, wounding at least 12 people including the imam…

Drone Attack on Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al Khadimi Will Complicate Iraq’s Complex Politics

For fairly long the attention of the world has been focused on Afghanistan and the various shenanigans related to the Taliban 2.0. A presumption seemed to prevail that all was…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Explainer-How Hezbollah widens Iran’s Middle East reach

(Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has worked hand in glove with Iran across the Middle East since it was established in 1982. Here's what you need to know…

Explainer-Why is Lebanon such a mess?

By Maha El Dahan and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least six people were shot dead in Beirut on Thursday as demonstrations related to a probe into last year's…

Shi’ite cleric Sadr comes first in Iraq election – officials, sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party swept an Iraqi election on Monday, coming first and increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results,…