Britain tries to get back in with Gulf palaces and armies
Weakened by Brexit and Angela Merkel's tough stance on German exports to Saudi Arabia, British defence companies are feeling their way in the Gulf. [...]
In Yemen the Iran-backed alliance between the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been fighting the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by Western governments since March 2015 with no political breakthrough in sight. Intelligence Online reports on secret negotiations, the intelligence support and military sales associated with the conflict and sheds light on the political maneuvers of Arab and Western nations with in interest in the situation.
Two weeks before the failed coup to overthrow Gabon's President Ali Bongo, it emerged that a commando of former French soldiers were in the country. In the light of Gabonese concerns over the affair, the French authorities have launched a discreet investigation into the group. [...]