"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.
The drone attack targeted Abha regional airport, which has repeatedly been hit by the Yemeni rebel group in recent weeks.
The drone was aimed at a populated area in Khamis Mushait, which houses a major airbase used as a launchpad for the coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, says a coalition spokesman.
Saudi special forces in cooperation with their Yemeni counterparts "conducted a successful operation that resulted in the capture of the leader of the Daesh branch in Yemen," says coalition spokesman Turki al Maliki.
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.
The Senate voted to block US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, as legislators outraged with the kingdom delivered a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump.
The UK's annual report on human rights and democracy is a reminder that Britain's leadership pursues profit over principle.
Following the capture, Saudi Crown Prince said the kingdom does not want war in the region but hesitate to deal with any threat to its people or sovereignty
Saudi Arabia says its military intercepted five drones which it claims were launched by the Houthi rebels to target the kingdom.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen targeted areas around the capital Sanaa, sources say, a day after a Houthi missile attack on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen, said it will respond firmly to the projectile attack targeting an airport in the kingdom's south-west.
Politicians from both parties say they are trying to pass 22 separate joint resolutions to prevent the sales.
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