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Security Exchange Newsletter | February

01 March 2021

The February edition of InTouch Monthly covers the fresh outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, along with the rising violence in Colombia, political unrest in Haiti and the fallout from the coup in Myanmar. We also look at the anti-government protests in Thailand, the conflict in the Marib province of Yemen and the power struggle between Armenia's prime minister and the army.

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On the Brink

20 June 2019

On Thursday morning the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) shot down a US surveillance drone. The elite force said the Global Hawk aircraft was targeted by a surface-to-air missile in the southern province of Hormozgan; US officials confirmed the incident but said that the drone was a MQ-4C Triton which was brought down in international airspace. IRGC commander, General Hossein Salami, said the strike will send a “clear message” to Washington, adding that his country is “ready for war,” while US President Donald Trump said: "Iran made a very big mistake!"

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The Protracted Peace

29 November 2018

The conflict in Yemen, which started in March 2015, has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Thousands have been killed and many of those who survived face starvation and disease. The situation, which was already dire, has deteriorated since the Saudi-UAE coalition launched a major offensive on the port city of Hodeidah earlier this year. Airstrikes have supported ground offensives by pro-government troops, who are attempting to seize control of the city from the Houthi rebel group. The port is a vital entry point for aid into Yemen and the heavy fighting has frequently prevented the UN’s World Food Programme and aid agencies from delivering much-needed food and medical supplies to civilians. Long-term shortages have also pushed up prices of basic goods, putting them out of reach for most of the population.

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The Death of Saleh

06 December 2017

On Monday Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by rebel Houthi fighters near the capital, Sana’a. His death came after a fragile alliance with the Houthis finally collapsed and signals a new period of conflict in the war-torn country. It was inevitable that the two sides would turn on each other; theirs was a marriage of convenience based on a joint enmity to Saleh’s successor and former deputy, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Before Saleh was ousted in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in 2012, he had led multiple wars against his fellow northerners and his troops killed the group’s founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, back in 2004. The fact that the two sides joined forces a decade later may have been a surprise to many, but it was also evidence of Saleh’s cynical policy of divide and conquer; his 33-year-rule was defined by opportunism and duplicity. He compared ruling Yemen to “dancing on the heads of snakes” and used an informal tribal power base (and money) to placate opposition and retain power. He paid government salaries to former jihadists while at the same time publicly supporting George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’. What he lacked in principles, he made up for in political nous.

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