"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.
Iran is likely to use the Houthis to give Saudi Arabia and by extension the US, a bloody nose - ruining any chance for peace in the process.
Houthi rebels claim drone attacks a response to Saudi "crimes" in Yemen. The assaults are the latest in a series of security challenges faced by the Middle East, following the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off UAE coast.
The United Nations says that redeployment of the Yemeni rebels from key Red Sea ports was proceeding as planned after the government accused the Houthi rebels of faking the pullout
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have a long history of counter-revolutions in the Muslim world - are they gearing up for another in Sudan?
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi is on a three-day visit to the US and experts view it as a much needed outreach for the former military general who's facing international criticism for his increasingly authoritarian approach.
Protests in Sudan won't fade away and the country's leader is fast running out of options.
European countries see the summit is all the more important as the United States "disengages" from the region while Russia and China make inroads.
The Horn of Africa appears to be geared towards a new order set off by global competition over strategic interests.
Saudi and Houthi media said drones belonging to the rebels hit a parade in Lahaj province, killing at least six soldiers. Eyewitnesses say high-ranked officials including Yemen's deputy chief of staff were wounded in the attack.
Fighting continues in Red Sea port of Hudaida, with 21-day redeployment deadline looming.
Houthi rebels have blocked roads linking the cities of Taiz and Hudaida, denting efforts to provide aid in a war-torn country where almost 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine.
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