TKMS blocks Naval Group's pan-Arab navy dreams
Although France recently landed an order from the UAE for Gowind frigates, its German rival has also secured a berth on the Red Sea via Egypt. [...]
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. [...]