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Political stability in Yemen is increasingly taking a hit, with Houthi rebels advancing on Aden, anti-Houthi protests raging on the streets and Saudi Arabia carrying out air strikes against the rebels

GCC launches military operation in Yemen

26 March 2015 | By

Unidentified warplanes bomb Sanaa as fears grow of wider conflict

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on 22 March. Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen's president took over the city in an escalation of a power struggle

Yemen minister calls for Gulf military intervention

24 March 2015 | By

Yemen foreign minister warns of civil war and calls for no-fly zones to prevent Houthi rebel gains

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

Saudi Arabia now largest defence spender Subscription

8 March 2015 | By

Kingdom replaces India and is expected to invest even more in 2015

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (left) met US President Barack Obama in Washington on 24 February

Qatar calls for increased security cooperation with US Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Emir warns that Middle East is near brink of collapse

Lebanon spends $1bn arms grant

Lebanon spends $1bn arms grant Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Authorities confirm weapons shipment will arrive soon

El-Sharara oil field in Libya

Air strikes near Libya’s biggest oil ports Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Forces affiliated with Libya’s elected government carried out air strikes near the country’s biggest oil terminals on 13 December as the struggle to control the country’s oil escalated.

UK warship

UK to establish navy base in Bahrain Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Mina Salman base will be first permanent presence in the region since 1971

Lebanese army

Lebanese soldiers killed in border ambush Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Lebanese army targeted by Islamist attacks

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Mena military spending aand personnel 2013

Gulf nations step up defence spending Subscription

2 November 2014 | By

The continuing conflict in Syria and the ever-present threat of domestic unrest mean the region’s governments will continue to ramp up military investment


Pushing back against Isis Subscription

2 November 2014 | By

While the US’ allies in the region have joined the coalition against Isis, each has a differing agenda on Syria. Meanwhile, Iran, the one country that could really help, is being ignored

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes Subscription

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Military police: Members of the kingdom's security forces will be housed and trained in the compounds

Security compounds Subscription

19 June 2014

The King Abdullah project aims to provide homes for security personnel

Qatar Armed Forces

Doha to ramp up defence spending Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

Qatar has introduced compulsory national service alongside a steep rise in defence spending in a bid to expand and modernise its relatively small armed forces

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Saudi Arabia: Aircraft coach works Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Rehabilitation of aircraft coaches and facilities

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