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  • Suddenly, the Arab world wakes up to Yemen's rebellion

    12/18/2009 1:58:41 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 735+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/18/2009 | Jonathan Spyer
    The 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, meeting in Kuwait this week, expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The Kuwaiti emir noted that Saudi Arabia is facing "flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security by those who have infiltrated its territory." The formerly little-noticed conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government is now taking on the coloration of an additional hot front in an ongoing region-wide cold war. The conflict in northern Yemen reveals the ongoing Iranian regional effort to convert Shi'ite populations into assets...
  • Yemen closes hospital found to be Iran front supporting Shi'ite rebels

    12/11/2009 1:40:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 253+ views
    Geostrategy-Direct.com ^ | 12/09/2009 | Geostrategy-Direct.com
    An Iranian hospital in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa has been ordered shut down amid reports that the facility was used as cover by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security for support and funding of Shi'ite Zaydi rebels. The 60-bed hospital has four operating rooms and six intensive care units. The ostensible reason for the closing was the hospital’s failure to pay rent. However reports from Sanaa say it was due to the illicit Iranian intelligence activities from the facility.
  • Saudis 'in a panic mode' as Shi'ite rebels move North from Yemen

    12/06/2009 3:08:12 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 38 replies · 1,756+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE ^ | DECEMBER 06, 2009 | swampsniper
    Jordan has sent several hundred troops from its special operations forces to help the Saudi military with its many Shi'ite units contain the Yemeni Shi'ite rebellion, which has spread deep into the Arab kingdom.
  • Saudis 'in a panic mode' as Shi'ite rebels move North from Yemen

    12/05/2009 2:58:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,281+ views
    WorldTribune.com ^ | 12/04/2009 | WorldTribune.com
    Jordan has sent several hundred troops from its special operations forces to help the Saudi military with its many Shi'ite units contain the Yemeni Shi'ite rebellion, which has spread deep into the Arab kingdom.
  • Saudi forces impose sea blockade on northern Yemen

    11/11/2009 2:36:35 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 347+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | November 10 2009
    The Saudi army imposed a tight sea blockade on northern Yemen to corner Shiite fighters in the country. According to Saudi sources, the no-go zone is 10 kilometers wide along the Yemeni border and thousands of Saudi troops were deployed for carrying out this mission. Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Defense for Security Affairs Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said Tuesday that the Saudi forces will continue their airstrikes against the Shiite infiltrators until they move back from the Saudi frontier. “We are not going to stop the bombing until the infiltrators retreat tens of kilometers inside their border,”...
  • Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse

    11/04/2009 8:25:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 439+ views
    NPR ^ | 11/05/09 | QUIL LAWRENCE
    Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse by QUIL LAWRENCE EnlargeJoseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images A tomb at the cemetery of Najaf in 2008. The Wadi al-Salam, or Valley of Peace, in Najaf is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Millions of Shiite Muslims over the centuries have been brought here for burial from all over the world. text sizeAAANovember 4, 2009 Iraqi and U.S. officials have expressed concerns about the traffic of weapons and drugs across the country's porous borders, but there is also an older and more surprising commodity being smuggled into Iraq — cadavers. For centuries,...
  • Yemen army killed 100 Shiite rebels

    10/10/2009 10:05:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 430+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 10 2009
    The Yemeni army said its forces have killed 100 Shiite rebels and wounded a further 280 in the northern Saada province. "Terrorist and destructive elements yesterday evening infiltrated (areas) between military barracks and security posts in Saada province," the military said in a statement cited by Reuters. "Our armed and security forces put a stop to them and inflicted painful and heavy blows on them during which the terrorist 'Houthi' elements lost more than 100 people and more than 280 were injured," the statement said. According to official reports which can not be confirmed, in recent weeks, hundreds of Shiite...
  • Yemen army kills 29 rebels

    10/07/2009 2:05:14 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 07 2009
    The Yemeni army said on Wednesday that its forces killed 29 Shiite rebels as it presses its offensive in the northern mountains. Yemeni forces killed 12 rebels in clashes on Tuesday in the Harf Sufyan district of Amran province, 70 kilometres north of the capital, the official Saba news agency quoted a commander as saying. The other rebels died in several different clashes in Saada province further north, the commander added. According to AFP, the army said it had also destroyed five lorries carrying explosives to the rebels in Saada. A police spokesman said the seized supplies included 350 bags...
  • Heavy clashes between army, (Shi'ite) rebels in northern Yemen

    08/12/2009 1:11:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | August 12 2009
    The Yemeni army attacked Shiite rebels near the Saudi border, using artillery and aircraft, local officials said Wednesday. The government offensive, which started late Tuesday, followed reports of Shiite gunmen seizing more control of the northern Saada province. A major security committee, presided over by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, vowed to respond to the latest developments "with an iron-fist." The state-run 26sep.net reported on Wednesday the "Houthi rebels" have seized teachers, dismissed tens of students and took over 63 schools where and used them to fight the government troops. According to the AP, a health ministry official in Saada said...
  • Billion-Dollar Mystery in Iraq

    08/05/2009 3:54:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 555+ views
    The Nation ^ | 04 Aug 2009 | Robert Dreyfuss
    A multi-billion dollar mystery is unfolding in Iraq, and it may reach to the highest levels of the Iraqi government. It involves what the New York Times calls an "extremist Shiite group" that has now reconciled with Prime Minister Maliki and his regime. The group is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of five British contractors who, according to the Guardian, were installing a sophisticated financial tracking system in Iraq's ministry of finance in 2007. The story so far: Today, the Times reports: "An extremist Shiite group that has boasted of killing five American soldiers and of kidnapping five British...
  • Iran-backed Shi'ites Stockpile Weapons As They Monitor US Pullout

    06/15/2009 12:14:58 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 6 replies · 376+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | June 17, 2009 | Bill Gertz
    BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has assessed that Iranian-backed Shi'ite forces were engaged in a military buildup in Iraq. Officials said the military has determined that Shi'ite forces financed and sponsored by Iran were accelerating weapons acquisition to prepare for a civil war in Iraq. They said Shi'ite militias, particularly the Mahdi Army, have concluded that the weapons would be required against Sunni forces financed by Saudi Arabia in a renewed power struggle. "Right now, everybody is waiting to see whether and how fast the United States withdraws from Iraq," an official said
  • Iran: Bomb at Mosque Kills 15

    05/28/2009 9:47:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 21 replies · 1,046+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | NAZILA FATHI
    A blast at a Shiite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, near the border with Pakistan, killed 15 people and wounded more than 55 on Thursday evening, the news agency ISNA reported. The bomb went off at 7:45 p.m. at Ali-ibn-Abitaleb, the second largest Shiite mosque in the city. ISNA said the bomb had been hidden in a bag in the men’s section of the mosque.
  • Analysis: Two Muslim camps fighting the Middle East's new cold war

    04/19/2009 4:01:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies · 851+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Updated Apr 20, 2009 1:03 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    It's official - Cairo and Hizbullah are fighting a full-fledged media war. The Egyptian press and government officials have, for several consecutive days, been hurling insults at the Shi'ite group, in one instance comparing its leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to a monkey.
  • Saudi authorities arrest Baqer tiger

    03/16/2009 6:30:58 AM PDT · by harwood · 3 replies · 519+ views
    Tiger said in his Friday sermon at the University of Imam Hussein in Awamiya: "It is ready to enter the prison and with the severity of torture and even murder," adding that "refuses to respect the Shiite," he said.
  • Epicenter

    01/10/2009 2:24:51 PM PST · by appleseed · 8 replies · 744+ views
    Epicenter - Tyndale ^ | 2006 Updated 2008 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    The best way to understand Ahmadinejad's brand of Shitite eschatology (end-times theology) is to listen to Iranians describe it themselves. Amir Taheri is a European-based columnist who used to serve as the executive editor of "Kayhan", Iran's largest daily newspaper. In an April 2006 essay entitled "The frightening Truth of Why Iran Wants a Bomb," Taheri wrote that just before announcing to the world that Iran had "gatecrashed 'the nuclear club," President Ahmadinejad "disappeared for several hours" to have a secret meeting with the Islamis messiah, a figure known as the twelfth Imam or Mahdi. Taheri wrote, "According to Shia...
  • Ashura Bloodletting Ritual Provides Debate for Iraqi Shiites (ROP Alert)

    01/07/2009 5:15:51 PM PST · by Dengar01 · 7 replies · 594+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 01/07/09 | Fox News
    Hundreds of Shiite men in Iraq struck the heads of boys with daggers in an annual ritual to mark the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein at the 7th century battle of Kerbala, Reuters reports.
  • Mohamed Sifaoui: 'Islamism is Fascism'

    11/22/2008 12:24:15 PM PST · by Righting · 11 replies · 781+ views
    meforums ^ | Spring, 2008
    Print Send RSS Mohamed Sifaoui was born on July 4, 1967, and spent most of his childhood in Algeria. He holds a master's degree in political science and studied theology for two years at the University of Algiers and for two additional years at Zeitouna University's Institute of Theology in Tunis. In 1994, he began work for the Algerian daily Le Soir and survived a February 11, 1996 bomb attack at Le Soir's headquarters at the Maison de la Presse. In 1999, the French government granted him political asylum after he received death threats both from Algerian Islamists and...
  • Obama and Ahmadinejad

    10/26/2008 6:40:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    forbes ^ | Oct.26, '08 | Amir Taheri
    Is Barack Obama the "promised warrior" coming to help the Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims conquer the world? The question has made the rounds in Iran since last month, when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and the basis of modern Shiite Islam. According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the...
  • Waiting For The Gift From Nowhere

    10/04/2008 9:22:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 630+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 10/4/2008
    October 4, 2008: Increasingly, Sunni Arab clerics are agreeing with their Shia counterparts, that Iran and the Sunni Arabs are on a collision course. It's not just about which version of Islam is to be dominant, but which Islamic country will control the most sacred Islamic shrines, and, in effect, become the spiritual leader of the Islamic world. No one has held that position for about a thousand years. Saudi Arabia controls the key shrines (Mecca and Medina), but the Saudis are not accepted as the leader of the Islamic world. To most Moslems, the Saudis are a bunch of...
  • Iran-trained Shiite Iraqis returning to launch bombings: police

    09/20/2008 7:13:38 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 159+ views
    afp ^ | 9/20/08 | afp
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - Groups of Shiite extremists trained in Iran are returning to Iraq with plans to bomb high-profile targets, the chief of Dhi Qar province's police said Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT Brigadier General Sabah al-Fatlawi told AFP "Special Groups" (Shiite extremists) of around 10 fighters each are returning by crossing the border from Amara, the capital of Shiite Maysan province in the south. "The Special Groups are returning from Iran after receiving training in using new tactics. We have seized 20 motorcycle bombs in Nasiriyah. Some groups have arrived in Nasiriyah," Fatlawi said, referring to the capital of Dhi Qar,...