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Iran army commandos start drills near mouth of Gulf

Iranian army commandos and paratroopers started exercises near the mouth of the Gulf on Tuesday, the last full day of US President Donald Trump’s...

Egypt follows Gulf allies in reopening airspace to Qatar

Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatari flights on Tuesday and will allow the resumption of air traffic between the two countries as part of...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveil underground missile base in Gulf: state media

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards unveiled an underground missile base at an undisclosed Gulf location on Friday, Iranian state media reported, at a time of...

From embargo to embrace, Saudi Arabia pushes Gulf detente

Embracing Qatar’s ruler, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince pushed a deal to end a row with Doha at a Gulf summit on Tuesday to try...

Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf

Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in...

Egypt will protect Gulf Arabs

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the army will come to the defence of Gulf Arabs if they face any direct threats,...

Gulf states scramble for Somalia

A battle for access to seaports is underway in one of the world's unlikeliest places: Somalia, now caught in a regional struggle...

Gulf Arabs focus on short-term military procurement needs

Having rushed to war in Yemen just as oil prices sank, Gulf Arab militaries are in a thrifty mood. They are focussing...

Yemen’s Saleh says intent on power transfer

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he is intent on leaving office in line with a Gulf-brokered power transfer plan and lashed...

Oman vote masks deeper malaise as reforms stutter

This month's election in Oman may give the small Gulf sultanate a glossier democratic veneer, but it is unlikely to bury the...


SANDF youth employment commitment increasingly hamstrung

With an official youth unemployment rate of 46% for the first quarter of 2021, it’s not surprising two published pieces about military recruitment on...