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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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Moscow fears new war threatens deal; Exiled Yemen president blasts ‘stooges of Iran’

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi speaks during the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

As Saudi-led air strikes hammered the Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Iranian nuclear talks in Switzerland said Moscow hopes fighting in Yemen does not jeopardize the talks. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov assessed chances […]

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Arab summit announces joint military for action in Libya, Yemen

Egypt's President al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman for the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force. Sisi said on March 29 that the force was needed because of the […]

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Saudi coalition’s air strikes in Yemen condemned by Iran/Iraq, praised by U.S./UK/Turkey

Yemenis search through rubble near Sanaa Airport, Yemen following air strikes by the Saudi coalition.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has praised military action against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in a phone call with Gulf Arab foreign ministers, while Iran and Iraq condemned the air strikes. […]

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