Saudi-led coalition conducts air strikes on Yemen's Hodeidah airport

Saudi-led coalition conducts air strikes on Yemen's Hodeidah airport

Houthi forces fought to keep control of the airport in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah on Sunday as Saudi-led coalition air strikes struck the compound, in an offensive that could be a turning point in the three-year conflict. Losing Hodeidah would deal a serious blow to the Iran-aligned Houthis, cutting supply lines from the […]

Israeli warplane strikes empty vehicle in Gaza City

Israeli warplane strikes empty vehicle in Gaza City

An Israeli warplane struck a car in Gaza City early Sunday, according to Israeli officials and eyewitnesses. Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the vehicle — which was empty at the time of the attack — belonged to a Palestinian activist responsible for launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory. “The raid comes as […]

Utah Black Hawk battalion deploys to Middle East

Utah Black Hawk battalion deploys to Middle East

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Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

WEST JORDAN, Utah – More than 230 soldiers from one of the Utah National Guard’s aviation units left for the Middle East Friday. They will be supporting Operation Spartan Shield. “This is an extremely complex mission merging nine units from seven states,” said Lt. Col. Chad Koon, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation. “We […]

74 undocumented migrants held in Turkey

74 undocumented migrants held in Turkey

At least 74 undocumented migrants have been held in northwestern Turkey, security sources said Friday. In Canakkale’s Ayvacik district, gendarmes held a total of 41 undocumented migrants, including women and children, who were trying to cross into Greece, said the sources on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. READ: Spain brings back […]

Vermont National Guard's medical unit departs for Middle East deployment

Vermont National Guard's medical unit departs for Middle East deployment

Buy Photo Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Gov. Phil Scott watch as six Black Hawk helicopters take off for a deployment to the Middle East on June 14, 2018(Photo: JESS ALOE/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo SOUTH BURLINGTON — Six Vermont National Guard Black Hawk helicopters rose into the air at 9 a.m, Thursday. Then, with hundreds of […]

Dozens dead as Hodeidah offensive enters its second day

Dozens dead as Hodeidah offensive enters its second day

Pro-Yemeni government fighters backed by Emirati forces have already entered the al-Durayhimi district (AFP) Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted areas around Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeidah on Thursday, the insurgents said, as an offensive to take the vital aid gateway entered its second day. Warplanes and battleships belonging to the Saudi-led coalition backing […]

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

Like other journalists based in Jerusalem and the region surrounding the ancient city, Daniel Estrin is often associated with one overarching, ongoing news headline: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He’s covered many of the latest developments within that continuing story during his time reporting in the Middle East. But there have been many other stories for him to tell […]

Yemen president visits UAE after months of tensions

Yemen president visits UAE after months of tensions

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi arrived in the UAE yesterday in the first such official visit after months of strained relations between his government and Abu Dhabi over its practices in Yemen’s southern and eastern regions. The governmental news agency Saba stressed that Hadi’s visit comes at the official invitation of the Crown Prince […]

Indian oil imports from Iran surge to highest since 2016

Indian oil imports from Iran surge to highest since 2016

India’s oil imports from Iran surged to about 705,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, their highest level since October 2016, according to data from shipping and industry sources, despite the threats of fresh US sanctions. From June India’s oil imports from Iran could drop because at least two refiners — accounting for about 35 per cent of Indian […]