Posts Tagged ‘ Yemen ’

Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes on police HQ kill 45

May 28, 2015
posted by

San Jose Mercury News    

"Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels [sic] said. ... The attacks are part a military campaign launched March 26 to try and restore [former] President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, now living in exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia." (05/27/15)

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Yemen: Fighters backing former government take southern city

May 27, 2015
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Virginian-Pilot    

"Fighters backing Yemen's exiled [former] government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels [sic] in airstrikes. The fighters took Dhale, home to the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the country's largest army unit that had been loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, in their power grab across Yemen that began last September." (05/26/15)

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Yemen: Saudi invaders shell aid office, killing five refugees

May 22, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten, a local official said. Artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Houthi militia that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks." (05/21/15)

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Yemen: Saudi-led coalition resumes war on Houthis

May 18, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels [sic] resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country's future that were boycotted by the rebels [sic]. Coalition airstrikes hit rebel [sic] positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of Aden after the cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media." (05/17/15)

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Yemen: Officials say some ground fighting after cease-fire

May 13, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"With cargo ships poised to launch a desperately needed aid operation in embattled Yemen, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire began Tuesday night, just hours after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck against Shiite rebels and their allies. There were reports of continued ground fighting in some areas, with security officials and witnesses saying fierce combat broke out about a half hour after the cease-fire began when rebels tried to storm the southern city of Dhale, firing tank shells, rockets and mortars. But no airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels were reported." (05/12/15)

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The humanitarian disaster in Yemen

May 11, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The attacking governments have been strangling Yemen with their air and sea blockade for more than six weeks, and a five-day pause in the fighting isn't going to be nearly long enough to address the enormous humanitarian needs that have been created since late March. If the Saudis resume their bombing campaign next week, any benefit to the civilian population from this cease-fire will rapidly vanish. Yemen needs much more than a short pause in the bombing. It needs the complete and permanent halt of the Saudi-led war on the country." (05/11/15)

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Yemen: Houthis claim tribal allies downed Moroccan warplane

May 11, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Rebels [sic] in Yemen claimed Monday that allied fighters downed a Moroccan F-16 warplane assisting Saudi-led airstrikes shortly before a planned cease-fire seeking to bring greater humanitarian aid in the war-ravaged country. The rebel [sic] claims could not be independently verified. Moroccan state media has reported that the F-16 went missing on Sunday, but gave no immediate indication of the possible cause. Meanwhile, a private news Web site in Morocco reported that the jet was hit by fire from anti-aircraft batteries during a reconnaissance mission along the mountainous border region -- the scene of escalating fighting." (05/11/15)

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Yemen: Army, Houthi militias accept Saudi truce offer

May 11, 2015
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"A five-day truce proposed by Saudi Arabia has been accepted by the Yemeni army. 'We announce our acceptance of the humanitarian ceasefire that will begin on Tuesday,' Colonel Sharaf Luqman said in a statement on Yemen's Saba news agency. Earlier Iranian-allied Houthi fighters said they would deal 'positively' with any efforts to lift the suffering of the Yemeni people, a sign that they will accept the five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by Saudi Arabia. A statement issued by the Houthis also asked for a political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations to resume in order to resolve the conflict." (05/10/15)

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Yemen: Saudi invaders offer five-day ceasefire

May 7, 2015
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Hindustan Times    

"Saudi Arabia offered a five-day humanitarian truce on Thursday to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of airstrikes in neighbouring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops. International concern about Yemen's dire humanitarian situation has grown as fighting, airstrikes and an arms embargo have led to civilian deaths, internal displacement, destruction of infrastructure and shortages of food, medicine and fuel. ... The offer of a truce comes days after the Houthis started shelling Saudi border towns, prompting [sic] renewed airstrikes in Yemen, and as the militia advanced into a last central area of Aden, a city whose fate is seen as pivotal to Yemen's civil war." (05/07/15)

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Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Houthi forces kill two, capture five

May 6, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Yemen's rebels [sic] fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia Tuesday, killing at least two civilians and reportedly capturing five soldiers, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to warn it would strike back. Saudi Arabia's state airline canceled flights into the border area of Najran as schools closed early amid the attack, the first by Houthi rebels [sic], to target a civilian area in the kingdom since the start of the airstrikes." [editor's note: Apparently the Saudis forgot to send the Houthis a memo letting them know that the invasion of Yemen was supposed to be a one-way street kind of thing ... - TLK] (05/05/15)

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Yemen: Invaders land “reconnaissance” troops

May 4, 2015
posted by

Foster's Daily Democrat    

"With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates, came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a 'reconnaissance' mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels [sic] and forces loyal to the nation's exiled president. The landing was the first of its kind since the start of the Saudi-led air campaign against the rebels [sic] and their allies -- forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh -- who have captured most of northern Yemen and marched on southern provinces over the past year." (05/03/15)

http://www.fosters.com/article/20150503/NEWS/150509820/14372  

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Iranian warships arrive at strategic strait off Yemen coast

April 23, 2015
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Middle East Eye [UK]    

"Two Iranian warships reached the Gulf of Aden just off the coast of Yemen on Wednesday, as Saudi Arabia said Iran had 'absolutely no role to play' in the impoverished country. Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported that two warships had arrived at the Gulf of Aden, a strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf with Egypt's Suez Canal and is thought to carry some 3.4 million barrels of oil daily. ... On Monday, days after the Iranian navy announced a deployment to the Gulf of Aden, the US Navy said that its aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was on its way to the region, escorted by the USS Normandy, a guided missile destroyer." (04/22/15)

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Yemen: Saudis declare end to airstrikes, then resume airstrikes

April 22, 2015
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CNN    

"Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after announcing the end of its 'Operation Decisive Storm,' a nearly month-long campaign against Houthi positions. The strikes returned after rebel [sic] forces launched an attack on a government military brigade not under Houthi control, security sources in Taiz said. The brigade quickly fell to the rebels [sic], they said. It was unclear if the fighting represented a resumption of the operation or was a short-term resumption of hostilities." (04/22/15)

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Yemen: Sanaa air strike kills at least 15

April 20, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi rebel [sic] controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that blew out windows in homes, killing at least fifteen people and wounding dozens on Monday, medical sources said. Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen's state news agency Saba, run by the Houthi movement, said the bombing resulted in 'dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded,' citing a city official. The reference to 'dozens martyred' might suggest that a larger number of soldiers at the base had been killed." [editor's note: Here we go again. In the first sentence they're "rebels." Then in the third sentence, it notes that the people who were called rebels run the state news agency. Hint: If you run the state, you're not a "rebel" - TLK] (04/20/15)

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Yemen: Airstrikes, strong explosions rock Sanaa

April 20, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Powerful explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital, shattering windows and waking residents up, as Saudi led-airstrikes target suspected weapon caches and missiles held by Shiite rebels [sic]. ... Saudi Arabia and allied countries began launching airstrikes on March 26, hoping to roll back the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, who seized Sanaa in September and have overrun large parts of the country." [editor's note: Why do the media keep calling them "rebels?" Once you've kicked out the previous government and replaced it, you're not "rebels" any more - TLK] (04/20/15)

http://www.startribune.com/world/300626351.html  

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Our enemies, the Saudis

April 20, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Let’s get this straight: Saudi Arabia is Al Qaeda. If there was any doubt about that, the Kingdom's invasion of Yemen makes it plain as day." (04/20/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/04/19/our-enemies-the-saudis  

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Yemen: Amid chaos, al Qaeda consolidates hold of province

April 17, 2015
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Yahoo! News    

"Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the country's largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an oil terminal and the area's main military base, and striking an alliance with local tribal leaders to administer the region. The gains highlight how al-Qaida has exploited the chaos in Yemen, where Shiite rebels are battling forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A 3-week-old Saudi-led air campaign in support of Hadi has so far failed to halt the rebels' advance." [editor's note: Why do western media continue to refer to the Houthis as "rebels?" They deposed the former government some time ago. The "forces loyal to exiled president ... Hadi" are the "rebels" now - TLK] (04/16/15)

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What the hell are we doing in Yemen?

April 17, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"The U.S. government has charged into another civil war in the Middle East. When you find yourself repeatedly asking, 'Will they ever learn?' the answer may be that the decision-makers have no incentive to do things differently. What looks like failure may be the intended outcome. Quagmires have their benefits -- to the ruling elite -- if American casualties are minimized." (04/16/15)

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UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on Yemenis, but not on invading coalition

April 14, 2015
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday blacklisted the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader, and effectively imposed an arms embargo on the [allegedly] Iran-allied Houthi rebels [sic] who rule most of the country. The council voted 14 in favour. Russia abstained, saying some of its proposals for the resolution, drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states, were not included. 'The co-sponsors refused to include the requirements insisted upon by Russia addressed to all sides to the conflict to swiftly halt fire and to begin peace talks,' Russian UN." (04/14/15)

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Yemen: Another failed US military intervention

April 13, 2015
posted by

Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"After the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush expanded his 'War on Terror' from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and started attacking Islamist militants in Yemen from the air. In 2006, AQAP was born after 23 militants escaped from prison in Yemen. Journalists, both locally in Yemen and from the West, have documented that the U.S. drone war under Bush and now Obama has actually increased the numbers of AQAP fighters. Now, because the Shi'ite Houthi group, financed by Shi'ite Iran, has taken over large parts of Yemen in a civil war, Sunni Saudi Arabia, with critical U.S. military aid, has begun a bombing campaign to attempt to halt the Houthi offensive on the ground and to destroy U.S. weapons earlier given to the now defunct Yemeni government, which are now in the hands of the Houthis." (04/13/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6355  

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Bombing Yemen won’t help it

April 10, 2015
posted by

Emma Ashford Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford  

"In today's crisis we find not only the culmination of a 10-year guerrilla war by the northern Houthi tribesmen, but also a growing insurgency in the east by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, continued popular dissatisfaction in the south, and mixed support for the transitional government by mainstream political parties. The United States plays a role, too, as drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have sparked popular outrage against the government. This is why the bombing campaign is so shortsighted." (04/09/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/bombing-yemen-wont-help-it  

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US to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

April 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The United States will speed up weapons deliveries to members of the Saudi-led coalition launching airstrikes against Iran-aligned Shiite rebels in Yemen, a top American diplomat said Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken blamed the rebels, known as Houthis, for creating political and economic instability in Yemen that Al Qaeda seeks to exploit." (04/08/15)

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Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam

April 2, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Thomas C Mountain  

"Still stinging from their last military humiliation 6 years ago at the hands of the Houthi tribal fighters in Yemen, the Saudi Arabian royal family has embarked on what is highly likely to turn into Saudi's 'Vietnam' with their latest attempt at invading Yemen. In 2009 the Saudi military's incompetence was exposed when their major offensive against the Houthis along the Saudi/Yemen border was routed and in the following Houthi counter offensive a large chunk of Saudi territory was captured by the lightly armed Houthi fighters. The last time a 'Pan-Arab Army' tried to invade and occupy Yemen, in the early 1960s, Egyptian General turned President Nasser was forced to tuck his tail between his legs and pull his army of over 50,000 out of what he was to later sorrowfully admit had become 'Egypt's Vietnam.'" (04/02/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/02/yemen-saudi-arabias-vietnam/  

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Yemen: Al Qaeda storms prison, frees 300

April 2, 2015
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"Al Qaeda militants have stormed a prison in south-eastern Yemen, freeing 300 inmates including one of their leaders, a security official has said. Khalid Batarfi, a senior Al Qaeda figure who had been held for more than four years, was among the prisoners who escaped from the jail in Hadramawt province, the official told media agency AFP. Two prison guards and five inmates were also killed in the clashes, the official said." (04/02/15)

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Yemen: 35 dead after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

April 2, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it. Wednesday’s strikes marked a week of airstrikes by the Saudi-led campaign, which aims to weaken the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and forces allied with them, largely fighters loyal to Yemen’s deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh." (04/01/15)

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