"It's very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy," according to one UAE official. Diplomats said Abu Dhabi preferred to have its forces on hand should US-Iran tensions escalate further.
Houthis attacked Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition battling the rebel group in Yemen said. Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported the movement targeted Abha and Jizan airports with drones.
In a statement on its website, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said an RQ-4 Global Hawk type drone was shot down after entering Iranian airspace in the country's south. US military says it had no drone over Iranian territory.
As the first chief rabbi for Jewish migrants in the United Arab Emirates, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna could be used to smooth over its poor human rights record, say critics.
UNICEF said that militias allied with the Saudi-led coalition fired at Houthi-held positions in the hills surrounding the Yemeni city of Taiz, killing at least seven children.
The claim to have "liberated" Qatabah city in Yemen’s southern Dhale province comes as fighting escalated in the region over the past few weeks.
The US has deployed military equipment and pulled non-essential staff from its embassy in Iraq amid tensions with Iran.
Critics warn that warmer Gulf-Israel ties will hurt the Palestinians, who are under pressure to accept the Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for the Middle East.
Earlier this month, the US Congress had voted for the first time to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop US involvement in a foreign conflict.
Houthi rebels say their leader, Abdul Malek al Houthi, met with Griffiths on Sunday to discuss the implementation of peace deals from December talks with Yemen's internationally recognised government.
Yemen's warring parties have failed to pull troops from the country's main port under a month-old UN-sponsored truce, reviving the threat of an all-out assault on Hudaida that risks cutting supply lines and unleashing famine.
Both sides in Yemen's devastating four-year war agreed to a series of confidence-building measures, including an exchange of thousands of prisoners.
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