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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.

Several Arab states ‘increasingly restricting’ US action against Iran: Report

A number of Arab countries are reportedly “increasingly restricting” the United States and its allies from conducting attacks from their soil against Iran and resistant groups in the West Asia region amid the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Talks resume on US-led coalition withdrawal: Iraq

Iraq has announced that it has resumed negotiations with the United States on the future of the coalition, expressing hope that they would not be disrupted and lead to an outcome soon.

US drone attack kills Iraq-based militia leaders: CENTCOM

The US carried out a drone strike in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday night that killed three members of the Kataib Hezbollah militia, including a senior commander. The US  Central Command (CENTCOM) has taken responsibility for the raid.

Ex-US Secretary of Defense secretly involved in Yemen war: Report

Retired US Marine General James Mattis was hired in 2015 to advise the United Arab Emirates about the Saudi-led war on Yemen, the Washington Post has reported. Mattis did not publicly disclose the gig when he became secretary of defense in 2017.

Iraqi PM: US-led military coalition will ultimately wind down its presence in the country

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani has stated the US-led military coalition, purportedly formed to fight the Daesh terrorist group, will eventually end its mission in the Arab country.

Iran says not directing or controlling resistance groups in region

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has rejected allegations that Tehran provides military and financial aid for resistance groups in the region, including Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Houthis say struck US, UK vessels off Yemen’s coast

A Houthi military spokesman has said the Yemeni group fighters have conducted two operations against US and British vessels off the nation's coast, stressing their support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amidst intensified Israeli attacks.

US strikes on Syria, Iraq, illegal, violation of intl. law, UN charter: Iran’s envoy

Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations Amir Saeid Iravani has strongly condemned the United States’ recent air raids on Iraq and Syria as illegal and a blatant violation of international law and the the UN charter. He was addressing a UN Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security on Monday.

UN Security Council members slam US over airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

Some member states of the United Nations Security Council have criticized the US over last week’s air raids on several targets in Syria and Iraq to avenge the killing of three of its service personnel in Jordan.

US admits it did not give Iraq notice of attacks despite earlier claims

Washington has admitted it did not notify the Iraqi government before its recent airstrikes in the country after a top White House official claimed Baghdad had been informed in advance.

US says Iraq should do more to combat militia groups that attack American soldiers

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby has stated that the Iraqi government should work with the US to combat "the threats" posed by militia groups on its own soil.

US, UK carry out more air raids on Yemen

The United States and the United Kingdom have launched more airstrikes against Hudaydah and Sa’ada provinces in Yemen.

Yemen’s Houthis warn US-UK aerial assaults ‘won’t remain unanswered’

Yemen's Houthi movement has announced that the latest wave of airstrikes by the United States and the United Kingdom on the war-ravaged country will not go unpunished.

US, UK hit dozens of “Houthi targets” in Yemen in new wave of attacks

The US and UK say they have launched strikes against 36 targets linked to the Houthis in Yemen, targeting buried weapons storage facilities, missile systems, launchers and other capabilities.

Iraq says US attacks killed at least 16, including civilians

US airstrikes on Iraq on Friday killed at least 16 people, including civilians, and injured 25 others, according to a statement by the Iraqi government spokesperson.

Iran FM to UN envoy: US attacks on Iraq, Syria result of “failed, wrong” policy

Iran's foreign minister says the US strikes on targets in Iraq and Syria is the continuation of Washington's failed and wrong approach.

Syrian military says US raid killed civilians, soldiers, caused “significant damage”

The Syrian military has announced that the US airstrikes that targeted parts of Syria late on Friday killed civilians and military personnel and caused "significant damage".

Informed source: U.S. strikes in Iraq, Syria to have grave consequences for American forces

An Iranian source says the United States’ recent strikes on areas in Iraq and Syria will have serious consequences for Washington’s troops in the region.

Iraq condemns US air raids as ‘breach of sovereignty’

Baghdad has condemned in the strongest terms the US military’s airstrikes against dozens of sites in Iraq and neighboring Syria as a “violation of the Iraqi sovereignty".

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