Posts Tagged ‘ Yemen ’

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)

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Our enemies, the Saudis

April 20, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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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
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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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Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

March 31, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"A series of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have shaken Yemen's capital into the early morning amid the group's campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies. The strikes Monday in Sanaa come as the rebels, also known as Houthis, pushed south toward the port city of Aden, Yemen's economic hub and the latest seat of power for those allied with embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hadi fled Yemen last week, sparking the airstrike campaign." (03/30/15)

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Yemen: Hadi flees to Saudi Arabia

March 27, 2015
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US News & World Report    

"Saudi state TV says Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Al-Ekhbariya TV reported Hadi arrived Thursday at a Riyadh airbase and was met by Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman. A day earlier, Hadi fled the southern Yemeni city Aden in a boat as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on the city. Hadi's arrival comes as Saudi Arabia and its allies launched airstrikes in Yemen against the rebels, known as Houthis, and forces loyal to Hadi's predecessor, ousted autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh." (03/26/15)

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Leave the Houthis alone!

March 27, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"What's happening in Yemen is a local problem, with causes that are strictly confined to the long and tumultuous history of that dirt-poor country. Foreign intervention, whether from the British, the Saudis, al Qaeda, or whomever, has only led to endless war and not improved the lot of the people by one iota. Now the Americans are using the 'war on terrorism' to impose their will and re-order the Yemeni polity when they can have no real understanding of what is -- or ought to be -- going on there. Washington and Riyadh are internationalizing a conflict that is Yemeni in origin, and will only be resolved by the Yemenis themselves." (03/27/15)

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Saudi Arabia, allies launch war on Yemen

March 26, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies launched air attacks early Thursday in neighboring Yemen, after Shiite rebels believed backed by Iran swept toward that country's second-largest city and forced the president to flee. The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, made the announcement Wednesday evening in Washington. He said the operation began at 7 p.m. Eastern time in order 'to prevent Yemen from falling into the hands of the Houthis,' the rebels." (03/25/15)

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Yemen: Shiite rebels fire on protesters killing six

March 25, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southwestern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war. The rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital Sanaa in September and have been advancing south alongside forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh." (03/24/15)

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US officials: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border

March 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East's top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi." (03/24/15)

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Yemen: Three dead in Aden airport attack

March 19, 2015
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Houston Chronicle    

"Forces loyal to Yemen's former president stormed a section of the international airport in the southern port city of Aden on Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle before security forces loyal to the current president repelled them and secured the hub. The fighting forced the airport's closure and passengers on a flight to Cairo were scuttled off the plane and into the terminal building. Sporadic clashes between rival units in Aden erupted later in the day in various locations inside the city itself." (03/19/15)

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Yemen: Iranian troops free abducted diplomat

March 5, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intel operation carried out on foreign soil. The official IRNA news agency quoted deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdolahian as saying that intelligence officers undertook a 'difficult and complicated operation" to secure Nour Ahmad Nikbakhat's freedom from the "hands of terrorists.'" (03/05/15)

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Yemen: US drone strike kills two

March 2, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Tribesmen and witnesses say a US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, say the suspected militants were traveling in a car when the strike took place at dawn on Monday in the Shabwa province, in an area called Markha." (03/02/15)

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Setting the stage for another proxy war in Yemen

February 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Horton  

"With the recent Houthi takeover of much of northern Yemen, there are echoes of the 1960s. There seems little likelihood of Yemen not becoming a battleground for a protracted proxy war between two regional powers: Saudi Arabia and Iran which, in contrast to the 1960s, are now on opposite sides. The Saudis are vehemently opposed to the Houthis because they are Shi'a, adherents to the Zaidi sect of Shi'a Islam. The Saudis are fearful that the Houthis' 'revolution' could spread across their southern border and embolden their own restive Shi'a minority. In April 2000, the Saudis put down a Shi'a led rebellion in the province of Najran, which borders areas that are now controlled by the Houthis. On the other side of the emerging proxy war is Iran whose material support for the Houthis is limited." (02/18/15)

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Yemen: Hadi supporters seize media buildings

February 16, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"upporters of Yemen's former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi have seized radio and television buildings in the southern city of Aden after they accused security forces of working for Shiite rebels who control the capital. Security officials say one soldier and two Hadi supporters were killed in clashes during the seizure. Hadi, a southerner, resigned in January after a prolonged power struggle with the rebels, known as Houthis, who have controlled Sanaa since September." (02/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/world/292057401.html  

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