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  • Pentagon confirms U.S. ground operations in Yemen

    12/20/2017 2:32:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 20, 2017 | by HANS NICHOLS and MOSHEH GAINS
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time "multiple ground operations" in Yemen, while noting that the Islamic State has doubled in size in the war-torn country, where an insurgency by Houthis rebels has allowed terrorist groups to seek haven. "U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017," said a statement from the U. S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. The goal is to "disrupt the ability of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS-Yemen to use ungoverned spaces in Yemen as a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and...
  • Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen’s Houthis?

    12/10/2017 12:37:51 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | Dec 10, 2017
    Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen’s Houthis? The maiden operational launch of Iran’s Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile was apparently entrusted to Yemen’s Houthis against a UAE target. ... Yemen’s Houthi rebels last week showed on their TV channel video footage of Iran’s most highly advanced Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead. They claimed to have fired it at the unfinished Abu Dhabi power plant on Dec.3. The United Arab Emirates refuted this claim, saying that any missile reaching their air space would have been intercepted by advanced Emirati air defenses. But...
  • Saudis accuse Iran of possible ‘act of war’ as regional tensions rise

    11/06/2017 5:47:17 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2017 | Kareem Fahim and Karen DeYoung
    ISTANBUL — Questions about the aims and temperament of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince came to the fore Monday after his country issued a bellicose warning to Iran, accusing it of carrying out a missile strike on the Saudi capital that may have constituted an “act of war.” The missile was fired from neighboring Yemen on Saturday by the Houthis, a rebel group with ties to Iran that has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition. The war has spawned countless cross-border attacks — including Houthi ballistic missile launches and thousands of Saudi airstrikes across Yemen — as well as an...
  • Saudi King replaces Crown Prince in cabinet reshuffle

    04/28/2015 8:54:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    AL Jazeera ^ | 4-29-2015 | Al Jazeera And Agencies
    audi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sacked his younger half-brother as crown prince and appointed his nephew, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new heir apparent, state television said. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Jizan in the country's south, said the reshuffle was announced by royal decree via state television early on Wednesday. SNIP-- Political earthquake' Khalil Jahshan, the executive director for the Arab Centre of Washington from Fairfax, Virginia, said that the reshuffle constitutes a "political earthquake of the greatest magnitude". "The Saudi Arabia we knew a few hours ago is no longer," Jahshan told Al...
  • Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital

    11/04/2017 11:49:54 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 70 replies
    CNN.com ^ | November 4, 2017 | Tim Lister, Ammar Albadran and Eric Levenson
    A ballistic missile has been intercepted over north-east Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said
  • Suicide Strike on Saudi Frigate Was the First Carried Out by Drone Boat

    02/22/2017 11:07:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Last month, a Houthi vessel packed with explosives rammed a frigate of the Saudi Navy at high speed, killing two sailors and injuring three others. That small boat was unmanned was an unmanned drone, Defense News now reports, and this may be the first such attack by a drone boat. The attack on the Al Madinah-class frigate took place in broad daylight on January 30, in the Red Sea approximately 30 miles from the Yemeni port of Hudaydah. Three small boats approached the frigate. One got close enough to ram it, causing a large explosion. The others were "dealt with...
  • Exclusive: Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman - officials

    10/20/2016 11:13:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 20, 2016 | Yara Bayoumy and Phil Stewart
    Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war. The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which officials said include missiles and small arms, could exacerbate a security headache for the United States, which last week struck Houthi targets with cruise missiles in retaliation for failed missile attacks on a U.S. Navy destroyer.
  • U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Destroyed Three Coastal Radar Sites in Yemen

    10/15/2016 7:57:11 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 19 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, October 15, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Last weekend, a Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes against the Yemeni capital Sana’a, targeting a crowded funeral ceremony. Saudi Arabia believed that by senior Houthis rebel figures were at the funeral. The airstrike killed 140 and wounded more than 500. The number of casualties is very likely to rise. The Houthis are rebelling in order to remove the internationally-recognized government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi from power. Al-Hadi is being backed by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition against the Iranian backed Houthis in a proxy war for the control of Middle-Eastern oil. The Houthis lashed out at the USS...
  • State Department's Jen Psaki Explains Why The U.S. Will Trust Yemeni Rebels Chanting "Death to

    02/15/2015 12:00:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | february 13, 2015 | katie pavlich
    Earlier this week the United States and other western powers evacuated Yemen, citing concerns about security in the rapidly deteriorating country. On the way out of the country, U.S. Marines were instructed to destroy their weapons and U.S. vehicles were taken over by Houthi rebels.  Now, without a presence there, the State Department is arguing rebel Houthis can be trusted to keep their word and to respect the U.S. embassy until it can be reoccupied. Houthis have been seen on video calling for "death to America," just brought down the U.S. backed Yemeni government and have ties to terrorism.  Last...
  • U.S. Navy ship targeted in failed missile attack from Yemen: U.S.

    ASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was targeted on Sunday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters, saying the two missiles failed to hit the ship. "USS Mason detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period while in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said. "There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship," he said.
  • Yemen’s exiled government pulls out of peace talks with rebels

    09/13/2015 3:00:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/13/2015 | [nm/sms (AFP, AP, Reuters)]
    Yemen’s government says it won’t participate in UN-brokered peace talks with Houthis unless the rebels withdraw from conquered territory. The talks were to be the second major diplomatic push to end the war. The office of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said in a statement on Sunday there would be no meeting until the Shiite Houthis “recognize international resolution 2216 and agree to implement it unconditionally.” The United Nations resolution stipulates that the rebels must surrender any weapons taken from state institutions and withdraw from land they have seized. …
  • Ammunition for the Royal Saudi Land Forces

    08/02/2015 6:55:09 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 8 replies
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for ammunition for the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of (1,000,000) 430/M430A1 40mm High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) Cartridges, (60,000) M456A1 105mm High Explosive Anti-Tank Tracer (HEAT-T) Cartridges, and (60,000) M107 155mm High Explosive (HE) Projectiles.
  • At least 57 civilians killed in rocket attack blamed on Houthis in Yemen

    07/19/2015 5:06:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    fox news latino ^ | July 19, 2015/
    The attack, which struck a residential zone of the coastal city, also caused damage to several markets and homes in the Dar Saad neighborhood. Witnesses told EFE that the rockets were fired from the Yasuala zone, which is controlled by combatants with the Shiite Houthis and militias loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who are fighting in the rebel ranks. ... The attack took place three days after the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced the arrival in Aden of a ministerial delegation from Riyadh with the aim of reestablishing the government's seat in the city after...
  • Four Americans taken hostage in Yemen

    05/30/2015 7:29:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 5/31/15 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Houthi rebels have taken at least four Americans hostage in Yemen, The Washington Post reported Saturday. According to the report, three of the hostages were working in the private sector. The fourth is a dual citizen of Yemen and the US, whose job is unknown. An unnamed US official in the report said that a number of rescues operation have been attempted and failed.
  • Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels 'down Moroccan warplane'

    05/11/2015 6:16:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have shot down a Moroccan fighter jet that was taking part in Saudi-led coalition air strikes against them. Rebel-controlled Al-Masirah TV reported that the F-16 was hit as it flew over Saada province, and broadcast pictures of what it said was the wreckage. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces earlier said one of its planes was missing. If confirmed, it would be the first aircraft lost by the coalition since its air campaign began on 26 March. The bombardment has been stepped up in recent days ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian...
  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. “This has to be a two-way street,” Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. “We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move… to the negotiating table,” Kerry said. Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict. …
  • The truth about ‘America’s project’

    04/20/2015 10:40:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Eyad Abu Shakra
    With every day that passes, Operation Decisive Storm proves just how necessary, and hence, justifiable it is. The conspirators inside Yemen have made huge investments over the past few years in funding sectarian infrastructures, organizations, logistics, as well as tribal and interest-based relations woven with ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s “family-run militia.” The militia that has fought under his banner defends his interests and the interests of those he chooses to befriend today, only to turn on them tomorrow. These investments have been huge and long term. The investors are now well known and for a time this looked like nothing...
  • Former president Saleh proposing peace initiative to end fighting in Yemen: sources

    04/13/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by wayoverontheright
    Cairo, Sana’a and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—In the latest sign of his growing rift with the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi movement, ousted former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is proposing a peace initiative to stop the fighting in the country, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday. Saleh, who was ousted in 2012 after mass protests against his more than three decade rule, initially backed the Houthi coup in Yemen in February and their takeover of the capital Sana’a in September. Saleh allegedly helped ease the advance of the movement’s militias across the country, via elements in the Yemeni military and security establishments...
  • Yemen chaos fueling Al-Qaida, says U.S. defence secretary

    04/08/2015 10:33:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | April 8, 2015 | By: Ken Moritsugu
    TOKYO — U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that an Al-Qaida branch is making “great gains” on the ground amid the chaos in Yemen, and that the U.S. will have to rethink how it prevents the group from launching attacks in the West. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, in Tokyo to work on deepening the U.S.-Japan alliance, said the collapse of the central government in Yemen makes it harder to conduct counterterrorism operations against the group called Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to take steps to protect ourselves. We have to do it...
  • U.S. expedites arms shipments to coalition bombing Yemen

    04/07/2015 12:38:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Angus McDowall and Mohammed Mukhashaf
    Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S., a key ally of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, had also set up a coordination center in the Sunni Muslim kingdom, whose forces have led an air campaign against the Shi'ite Houthi group which rules most of Yemen. "Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force," he told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh. "As part of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the...