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The Houthis are a dead case now. Yemen will not be ruled by the Mullah type of government period.
 

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A Western-backed Saudi-led coalition scored its first major gains in Yemen since former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday when local fighters captured an area on the Red Sea coast from Houthi rebels, residents said on Thursday.
Houthi fighters attend the funeral of their fellow who were killed during the recent clashes in Sanaa, Yemen December 7, 2017. REUTERS /Mohammed Al-Sayaghi
Saleh, who had made common cause with the Houthis after they captured the capital Sanaa in 2014, switched sides in an announcement last week that plunged the country deeper into turmoil.
Residents said southern Yemeni fighters and allied local forces captured al-Khoukha district located some 350 km (220 miles) south-west of Sanaa after heavy fighting over Wednesday night which also involved coalition forces.
Houthi forces control Sanaa and much of the rest of the impoverished country, where three years of war has killed more than 10,000 people and brought it to the verge of famine.
Saleh had helped the Houthis win control of Sanaa and much of the north and his decision to abandon them had major implications on the battlefield.
The Houthis crushed a pro-Saleh uprising in the capital and shot him dead in an attack on his convoy on December 4.
Saleh’s body remained at a military hospital in Sanaa while the Houthis - who control the capital - and members of his party sparred over burial plans, sources close to the family said.
The sources said the Houthis had demanded that Saleh’s body be buried in a family ceremony at his home village of Sanhan, south of Sanaa, while the family was insisting that the Houthis hand over the body without any conditions.
The Houthis said they had found stashes of gold and cash at Saleh’s residence, which they had over-run and seized before his death on Monday, and confiscated it for the benefit of the state treasury. The group gave no details on the amount and the report could not independently be verified.
U.N.-appointed investigators said in 2015 that Saleh was suspected of having corruptly amassed as much as $60 billion, equivalent to Yemen’s annual GDP, during his 33 years in office.

ESCALATING STRIKES

The U.S. and U.K.-backed Saudi-led coalition has stepped up air strikes on Yemen since Saleh’s death as Houthi forces have tightened their grip on the capital.
Residents said fighters known as the Southern Resistance, together with other local forces and backed by coalition advisers from the United Arab Emirates, launched attacks on al-Khoukha on Wednesday.
At least 25 people from both sides were killed before Yemeni fighters captured the town of al-Khoukha and a small fishing port.
A spokesman for the Houthi movement could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Houthi-run Saba news agency has reported heavy air strikes by the coalition on Sanaa and in the Saada province in northern Yemen, but made no mention of any ground offensive in al-Khoukha area.
Saba reported at least seven members of the same family killed in an air strike on their house in Nihem district outside Sanaa, including three children. It was not possible to independently verify the report.
A Saudi-led coalition air strike on al-Khoukha in March killed at least 22 civilians.
When Saleh switched sides he announced he was ready to end a nearly three-year-old war - widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran - if the Saudi-led coalition agreed to stop attacks on the country.
 

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UAE and Saudi Arabia hold talks with Yemen's Al Islah party
by Ali Mahmood
December 14, 2017

It comes as the dynamics of Yemen's war have become more complex with the collapse earlier this month of the alliance between Houthi rebels and supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have held talks in Riyadh with Yemen's Islamist Al Islah party.

It comes as the dynamics of Yemen's war have become more complex with the collapse earlier this month of the alliance between

Houthi rebels and supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh was killed on Monday last week by the Iran-backed rebels who have since gone after members of his General People's Congress party. The two sides had joined together to fight pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the UAE.

During the meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed and Prince Mohammed reviewed the latest developments in Yemen with Al Islah chairman Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Al Yidoumi and secretary-general Abdulwahab Ahmad Al Anisi. The four men also discussed efforts to achieve security and stability for the Yemeni people, according to state news agency Wam.

Al Islah fighters have been fighting alongside forces loyal to Yemeni president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi in Marib province, east of Sanaa, for three years.

The war in Yemen began in September 2014 when the Houthis captured Sanaa before later advancing south and forcing Mr Hadi's internationally recognised government to relocate to the southern city of Aden. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 and has since helped pro-government forces to retake much of the south. The Houthis still hold Sanaa, however, along with large areas of the north.

Maged Al Da'arri, a political analyst and the editor of Yemen's Hadramout newspaper, said Sheikh Mohammed and Prince Salman met the Al Islah party leaders to provide them with the opportunity to prove their good intentions in terms of working with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

"Mohammed Bin Salman had met Al Islah party leaders two months ago and he met them again yesterday with [Sheikh] Mohammed bin Zayed," Mr Al Da'arri told The National on Thursday.

"That means that the Gulf leaders are trying to combine the different sides in Yemen to work collaboratively in order to be able to liberate the provinces that are still held by the Houthis."

Al Islah has close links with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed as a terror group by both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/me...ld-talks-with-yemen-s-al-islah-party-1.684549
 

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Yemeni forces storm last Al Houthi-held town in Shabwa
Government forces now in full control of the important oil and gas rich province of Shabwa
by Saeed Al Batati, Correspondent
December 15, 2017
Last updated 6 minutes ago - December 16, 2017


Al Mukalla: Yemen’s government forces have stormed Bayhan town, Al Houthi’s last urban bastion in the southern province of Shabwa, local government and military commanders said on Friday.

Backed by intensive air cover from the Saudi-led coalition, army troops and allied resistance fighters seized control of most of Bayhan after taking complete control of the neighbouring Ouselan district, for the first time since the beginning of the the war.
“Dozens of Al Houthis have been either killed or held by the national army and the resistance fighters,” a local government official who requested anonymity told Gulf News by telephone.

Several resistance fighters were also killed in the fighting on Friday.

Iran-backed Al Houthis have been in full control of Bayhan and Ouselan districts since the early days of their rapid expansion across Yemen in early 2015.

Government forces have tried many times to recapture Bayhan from Al Houthis.

The official said that government forces succeeded on Friday morning in pushing the militants from strategic mountains in Ouselan district and quickly pushed toward Bayhan.
“Al Houthi forces crumbled in the face of the offensive by government forces. Many militants surrendered as others fled to the province of Baydha,” the official said.

Videos and photos posted on social media showed a line of armed vehicles rolling into Bayhan as soldiers flashed the victory sign.
Local commanders said that their forces would comb farms and houses for Al Houthi militants as experts would defuse hundreds of landmines planted by the defeated militants.

If Bayhan falls, government forces would be in full control of the important oil and gas rich province of Shabwa.

Military experts believe that months of fierce strikes by coalition fighter jets and deadly clashes with government forces have greatly eroded Al Houthi forces and morale, which set the for Friday’s victory.

Elite Shabwani Forces—security units trained and armed by the UAE—have cleansed many areas in the province from Al Qaida and Daesh militants who exploited the current war on Al Houthis to gain a foothold in the province.

Meanwhile, on the Red Sea frontline, government forces pushed back an offensive by Al Houthis aimed at recapturing the region of Khokha and other areas in the province of Hodeida.

Local army commanders said that Al Houthis withdrew to their previous positions in Hays and Tehaita towns after many of their men
were killed.

Last week Al Houthis suffered a major setback in the province of Hodeida after government forces took control of key cities, a military camps and are now laying siege on Hays town.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/yemeni-forces-storm-last-al-houthi-held-town-in-shabwa-1.2141472

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Yemeni army pushes Houthis from outpost in southern Yemen
December 15, 2017 / Updated 19 hours ago

ADEN (Reuters) - The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country’s south, military sources and local officials said.

The forces advanced into Bayhan, about 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, killing dozens of the militants in clashes, the sources said.

Bayhan is important in Yemen’s war because it is located on a major road linking Shabwa province with Houthi-held Maarib province to the north. The army’s advance means that the Houthis have been expelled from Shabwa, sources said.

Yemen’s more than two-year-old war pits the Iran-allied Houthis, who control Sanaa, against a Saudi-led military alliance that backs the government now based in the southern port of Aden. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

The government-run Sabanew agency said the remaining Houthis had fled after battles for strategic positions in the Bayhan area which had left hundreds of them dead and wounded.

The agency said the army also seized other positions in the area, where the movement of heavy artillery had been difficult because of sand dunes.

This month the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by U.S. and British weapons and intelligence, intensified air strikes after the Houthis killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh when he switched sides in the civil war. There has been relatively little change in positions on the ground around the capital.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-from-outpost-in-southern-yemen-idUSKBN1E91YS