Yemen's increasingly confident pro-Emirati STC launches influence campaign in Washington
Saudi Arabia has been lobbying in Washington to promote its vision for Yemen for a while. Now, the Southern Transitional Council, which has a growing footprint on the ground and a stronger presence in Yemen's legitimate governing entities, is also looking to ensure its voice is heard during the US-sponsored peace negotiations.
Saudi and UAE officials struggle to patch up differences between MbS and MbZ
As Mohammed bin Salman pushes forward with his diplomatic agenda, competition is stepping up with the UAE's Mohammed bin Zayed in several strategic areas, prompting ever chillier relations.
Collapse of Yemen's precarious truce worries Washington
Five months since it was set up, the Political Leadership Council mandated by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to bring calm to Yemen is undergoing its first existential crisis. With armed conflict increasing between factions of the anti-Houthi coalition vying for control of the south of the country, Washington is bracing for that side's conflict with pro-Iran militias to worsen.
Yemeni presidential council leader Rashad Al Alimi launches military security apparatus project
Two months after Yemen's presidential council was founded, its leader Rashad Al Alimi has launched much-awaited military and security reforms while cultivating support across the region.
Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency counts on Moscow to mediate in Yemen conflict
Increasingly involved in Yemen, Russia has mobilised its external intelligence service to cooperate with Riyadh in identifying how Iran is getting weapons to the Houthi militia forces.
Oman's spymaster Mohammed Al Numani marks turf as mediator in Yemen talks
As the conflict in Yemen enters its eighth year, Muscat, with strong support from Washington, is trying to hold on to its role as chief mediator, to the annoyance of Riyadh which would like to steer the process.
TotalEnergies keeps an eye on Hachid tribal confederation
TotalEnergies, which is involved in Yemen's Balhaf gas complex, is trying to find a way to get out of the Yemen LNG consortium that runs it. The French state, which could find itself directly involved in the consortium's financing, is closely following the new balance of power in the Hashid tribal confederation, as well as seeking new solutions.
Abu Dhabi imposes its control of Red Sea on Aden
Keen to gradually take control of strategic positions on the Red Sea, Abu Dhabi is speeding up its agenda in Yemen and is unhesitant about acting alone without consulting Riyadh.
Houthis brainstorm new tactics as ceasefire ends
After Saudi Arabia rejected the Houthis' demands for extending the ceasefire that first took effect in April, the Iran-backed rebels have not given up on their military operations.
Spy Way of Life
Azal Mandi, an understated restaurant for Yemen's top brass in exile in Dubai
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens, where they meet contacts and hold discreet conversations. This week, Intelligence Online explores one such establishment, Azal Mandi in Dubai, an unpretentious restaurant frequented by Tarek Saleh, a former senior Yemeni army officer in exile in the city.
BND in Kyiv, Patrushev in Tatarstan, GUR, Yemen
Appointments, reforms and key issues: every Monday, Intelligence Online serves up snippets of news, big and small, from the global intelligence community. This week we hone in on Kyiv, Tatarstan and Yemen.
The Intelligence Gazette
Truce in Yemen, Russian executives, Transnistria, Rosfinmonitoring
Appointments, reforms and the issues at stake: every Monday, Intelligence Online serves up snippets big and small from the global intelligence community. This week, we home in on Saana, Moscow and Tiraspol.
YemenAnsarullah still vindictive despite truce
RussiaTemporary lease of life for top security officers
MoldaviaTransnistria, on the lookout, barricades itself
RussiaFinancial intel service keeps its staff happy
Together with Abu Dhabi, Riyadh sets up a new Yemeni Presidential Council
While still trying to find a way out of the Yemeni conflict, Riyadh - in close cooperation with its Gulf allies - has just set up a new council made up of the highest ranking senior loyalists.
Saudi strategists sceptical of Yemen truce
While the month of Ramadan is meant to deliver an unprecedented halt to hostilities in Yemen, regional intelligence services remain on alert, fearful of future actions by Houthi militiamen.
Pro-UAE Yemenis enlist services of adviser in Washington
The Southern Transitional Council, which readily asserts its position among Yemen's anti-Houthi forces, has sent an envoy to the US capital to advocate on its behalf and report back to both Aden and Abu Dhabi.
Pasdaran tries to engage Popular Mobilization Forces in Houthi rebellion
With Yemen's Houthi forces feeling the strain of heavy losses, Iran is struggling to find new recruits for the conflict locally and is now hoping to send in Iraqi fighters.
Egypt sends troops to Yemen in hopes of protecting Suez Canal
Anxious to back its ally, the UAE, Egypt has agreed to send ten soldiers to Yemen to help government forces combat the Houthi fighters. The move is also aimed at improving maritime security near the important shipping lane.
Ali Al Shamsi sent to Washington to draw up anti-Houthi axis
The Emirati spymaster has been picked to discuss with top US security officials ways to counter Yemen's pro-Iran Houthi militia as the UAE urges Israel to join the alliance, not the least by means of its US contacts.
Houthi militia take aim at UAE presence in Socotra
The Emiratis' growing hold of the strategically located territory through a mix of military action and humanitarian work has clearly put the Houthi fighters on edge, prompting the seizure of a UAE boat heading back from the island.
Iran appoints top military official Abdul Reza Shahlai following ambassador's death
Iran is determined to keep on top of the strategic battle for Marib and has appointed Abdul Reza Shahlai, a senior military official who will not be given a diplomatic title, to replace Hassan Erlou, its ambassador in Sa'ana, who died in mysterious circumstances last month.
AQAP finds fresh strength under the leadership of Khaled Bartafi
The Yemeni subsidiary of Al Qaeda, which had been virtually given up for dead since 2017, is determined to return to the fray under new leadership. It plans to carry out a major recruitment drive and set up an efficient counter-espionage service.
Houthis appoint new general staff in battle for strategic town Maarib
Still determined to seize the strategic town of Maarib, the Houthis are reorganising their troops and counting on their spymaster Abu Ali al-Haqem to ensure infiltration of the local tribal community. Meanwhile, loyalist forces are moving quickly to redeploy troops from Hodeida to Maarib in order to prepare a solid defence.
As battle for Maarib intensifies, Houthi intelligence pursues support in Damascus
The Houthi rebels are taking advantage of their recognition by Bashar Al Assad's regime to conduct active diplomacy in Damascus, and to strengthen cooperation in terms of intelligence, including a 17 October meeting with the head of Syrian military intelligence, Kifah Al Melhem.
Riyadh and Washington back Oman as mediator in Yemen conflict
As they continue to search for an impossible ceasefire in Yemen, Riyadh and Washington have given themselves until the end of the year to reach an agreement. Both capitals are relying on the mediation of Omani spymaster Mohammed Al Naamani, who is ready to talk to all parties.