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Spokesman: Yemen’s Houthis shoot down US MQ-9 Reaper drone

The military spokesperson for the Houthi movement says the Yemeni fhighters have shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone while it was conducting hostile activities in the airspace over the central province of Bayda.

US admits strike killed civilian, not al Qaeda leader, in Syria last year

The Pentagon has acknowledged that it mistakenly killed a civilian in a 2023 air attack in northwest Syria after U.S. service members misidentified the victim as a senior al Qaeda leader.

Yemen’s Houthi says struck several vessels, including US warships, in Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthi fighters say they have hit two US warships among others in the Red Sea in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are enduring a genocidal war by Israel.

US top diplomat to travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss Gaza war

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Saudi Arabia next week to discuss a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, the State Department announced on Saturday.

Persian Gulf states warn US not to conduct attacks against Iran from their territory or airspace

The Persian Gulf monarchies have called on the US not to use American military bases on their territories to launch military operation in response to any potential Iranian attack on Israel, sources told Middle East Eye.

Baghdad, Washington hold talks on ending coalition’s mission: Iraqi army

Baghdad and Washington held talks on ending the presence of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, the Iraqi military has announced.

Houthis say dozens killed in US-UK airstrikes on Yemen since January

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi group has claimed that American and British air raids on his country since January have killed 37 people and injured 30 others.

Axis of Resistance has foiled US schemes in West Asia: Iran Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised the anti-Israel military operations by resistance factions in Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq. He stressed that the Axis of Resistance has demonstrated its potential and effectively disrupted the US strategic calculations in West Asia

US, UK conduct new airstrikes against 2 Yemen’s provinces

The United States and the United Kingdom have launched a string of air raids against targets in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz and the strategic western province of Hudaydah as the Houthi movement continues its maritime operations against Israeli-linked vessels in the Red Sea.

US dispatches 1st ship with equipment to build temporary pier to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza

The United States has sent the first ship with equipment to establish a sea corridor for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the US Central Command announced on Sunday.

US pier plan to deliver aid to Gaza ‘step in right direction’: Hamas

A spokesperson for the Palestinian group Hamas has told Al Jazeera that the US plan to build a temporary port off Gaza's coast to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave “is a step in the right direction”.

Yemen’s Hothis say struck US vessel, destroyers with naval missiles, drones

The Yemeni Houthi movement said on Saturday it has targeted a US vessel and several destroyers with naval missiles and drones in the Red Sea in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

US says in process of preparing troops to deploy in Gaza pier mission

The United States is in the process of preparing to deploy forces for the Gaza pier mission to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave, Defense Department spokesperson Pat Ryder has stated.

Gaza ceasefire By Ramadan “looking tough”: Biden

US President Joe Biden has warned that it would be "tough" to reach a ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Popular attitudes toward US souring across West Asia: Survey

Negative attitudes towards the United States in West Asia have reached a record-high level amid Washington's support for Israel’s ongoing military onslaught against the Gaza Strip, The Financial Times (FT) has reported, citing data from the Arab Opinion Index.

Yemen’s Houthi attack kills three sailors in first fatal strike on shipping: US

At least three seafarers have been killed in a Houthi missile attack on a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden, the United States military has announced, marking the first fatalities reported since the Yemeni group began strikes against shipping in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes over Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip.

Pentagon chief admits 25k Palestinian women and children killed in Gaza

During a congressional hearing on Thursday in Washington, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that since 7 October, more than 25,000 Palestinian women and children have been killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

US officials grilled over lack of congressional approval for military operation against Yemen

The administration of US President Joe Biden came under fire from lawmakers over the lack of congressional approval to conduct military strikes against Yemen’s Houthis and defend foreign ships in the Red Sea.

Iran FM to UN chief: US escalating tensions in West Asia

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, in a meeting with the UN Secretary General Antoni Guterres, strongly condemned the US’ attempts to escalate tensions in the Red Sea and Yemen, warning that Washington's actions will ruin joint efforts by Tehran and the United Nations to bring calm to the region.

Yemen says era of US, allies’ control of international waters ‘over’

Yemen’s defense minister has praised the ongoing naval operations by the country’s military against Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea in support of Gaza, stressing that the era of “hegemonic influence” of Washington and its allies on international waters is over.

US-UK joint strikes on Yemen to intensify regional insecurity and instability: Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani strongly condemned the fresh round of air attacks by the US and the UK against Yemen. He stressed that the joint move will only escalate insecurity and instability in the region without any achievement for Washington and London.

US, UK say hit several Houthi sites in Yemen amid Red Sea tensions

The United States and the United Kingdom have bombed more than a dozen Houthi sites in Yemen, officials said, as the Yemeni group stepped up its attacks on ships in the Red Sea in protest against Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip.

US admits use of force against Yemen’s Houthis not working: Report

US officials are increasingly questioning the effectiveness of military methods in combating the Houthi fighters in Yemen, who continue their military operation in the Red Sea in response to the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict, CNN reported, citing US officials in the know.

US drops opposition on Gaza ceasefire: Report

US President Joe Biden’s administration has reportedly changed its position to a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and proposed a UN resolution calling on Israel to cancel its planned military operation in the besieged enclave’s last refuge for displaced civilians.

Pentagon says Yemen’s Houthis deployed underwater drone for the first time

Houthi fighters have attempted to use a submersible drone for the first time, but it was destroyed in yet another wave of US-led coalition attacks on Yemeni soil over the weekend, the US Central Command has claimed.

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