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I'm not blaming KSA for everything. That letter was telling Israel you better do two state solution with east jerusalem as capital. Same thing all Arab nations do. MB in Egypt allowed weapons into Gaza from Libya. Dont listen to your media, I am from Gaza and know situation on ground. Fatah is a piece of Israeli garbage. We Palestinians despise them and they do nothing but collaborate with Israel. Those are people you call 'Islam'? They're secular and hate Islam. Hamas is an Islamic movement which should be supported. Instead we have Arab nations like Egypt trying to destroy Hamas and UAE sending spies into Gaza.

I'm sorry to tell you truth but these regimes are at war with Ahl Al Sunnah. They've done nothing to benefit us. And problem in Saudi if Iran attacks , is your men aren't all religious anymore. Some people are scared of war. Which is why ,تربيه الجهاد is needed but it's not something common anymore in Arab world.
 

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I'm not blaming KSA for everything. That letter was telling Israel you better do two state solution with east jerusalem as capital. Same thing all Arab nations do. MB in Egypt allowed weapons into Gaza from Libya. Dont listen to your media, I am from Gaza and know situation on ground. Fatah is a piece of Israeli garbage. We Palestinians despise them and they do nothing but collaborate with Israel. Those are people you call 'Islam'? They're secular and hate Islam. Hamas is an Islamic movement which should be supported. Instead we have Arab nations like Egypt trying to destroy Hamas and UAE sending spies into Gaza.

I'm sorry to tell you truth but these regimes are at war with Ahl Al Sunnah. They've done nothing to benefit us. And problem in Saudi if Iran attacks , is your men aren't all religious anymore. Some people are scared of war. Which is why ,تربيه الجهاد is needed but it's not something common anymore in Arab world.
Im not listening to my media. I have Palestinians friends who tell everything to me. I don't support neither Fateh nor Hamas because both failed the Palestinian people. Instead to reconciling and cooperating to resolve the issue they are fighting one another and that exactly what boils my blood and also what Israel want. Telling Israel to do the two stats solution isn't MB idea but King Fahd of Saudi Arabia proposed in the Arab league singed by Palestine authority at that time.

UAE didn't send spies that is what the Iranian media says.

Chairman of the Local Assistance Division at the Abu Dhabi branch of the UAE Red Crescent. And the man on the uniform is former agent in the UAE Ministry of Defence, Lt. General Obaid Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi (now retired).




Saudi Arabia still the most religious people on earth and are willing to fight and die anytime the KSA leaders call for Jihad.
 

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Why wait for orders from your leaders? Your leaders aren't qualified to decide when we can do Jihad or not. In fact, no leader is present in arab world to do this. We don't need their permission, we need to start it already in syria , Iraq and go to Jerusalem. I know its much more complicated and not a game. But the way it will start is when Saudi Arabia is under threat. So it will come in a miserable manner either way, better to start in slow stages now and let it expand itself.
 

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Why wait for orders from your leaders? Your leaders aren't qualified to decide when we can do Jihad or not. In fact, no leader is present in arab world to do this. We don't need their permission, we need to start it already in syria , Iraq and go to Jerusalem. I know its much more complicated and not a game. But the way it will start is when Saudi Arabia is under threat. So it will come in a miserable manner either way, better to start in slow stages now and let it expand itself.
Because in Islam, you are bound to your leader. You cant act out of your own. Only the leader can call for Jihad.
 

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Never to late. There maybe problems behind it, but even if they overtake Aden... with the right attack plan they can easily remove them with little collateral damage as possible. Personally, my method would be to evacuate the towns and cities in their path, let them over take them and blow them all to H&*^. No civilian causalities and they can always rebuild.
 

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I found this video on BBC News that ask a very good question... who is in charge of Yemen. The former President? The Ousted President? The Houthis? Al-Qaeda? IS? How can you solve the growing issue in this country when in fact.... no one is in charge? What do you guys think should be done on that issue?

 

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‘Al-Qaeda’ suicide bombing kills nine in Yemen

A suicide attack kills and wounds dozens near an area where Houthi supporters gathered in Sanaa. (File photo: AFP)

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Friday, 31 July 2015

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint Friday, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack.

Elsewhere, Riyadh said four Saudi security personnel were killed in cross-border rocket fire and shelling, while Yemeni sources said nine rebels were killed in clashes with pro-government forces in Dhaleh province.

The suicide bombing took place near the city of Qoton in southeastern Yemen's vast desert province of Hadramawt, where Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operates.

The source said the dead soldiers were members of the army's First Division, loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Hadi was forced out of the country earlier this year after Shiite Huthi rebels seized the capital and large chunks of Yemen.

Separately, the source said AQAP militants flogged eight people in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, a port city of more than 200,000 people that they control.

Charged with offences including adultery and drug and alcohol use, the eight received between 80 and 100 lashes each in a punishment carried out in a public square before hundreds of witnesses.

In March, a Saudi-led coalition launched an air campaign against the Huthis and allied forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in a bid to restore the authority of Hadi, who has taken refuge in Riyadh.

AQAP, which Washington views as the extremist network's most dangerous branch, has taken advantage of the chaos gripping Yemen to make territorial gains in the south, including the seizure of Mukalla in April.

The Saudi interior ministry, meanwhile, said cross-border rocket fire and shelling killed three soldiers and a member of a paramilitary force in the Asir and Jazan regions.

The bombardment came during a day of relative calm in Yemen itself.

Government-aligned forces have since last week been expanding their area of control after recapturing the southern port city of Aden.

Nine rebels were killed in a clash with pro-Hadi forces in Dhaleh province on Friday, military sources said.

The clash and the border barrage came on the final day of what was supposed to be a ceasefire to allow in aid for Yemen's stricken civilians.

The humanitarian pause, declared by the coalition, began Monday but collapsed the next day.

According to the United Nations, the war has killed 3,984 people inside Yemen, nearly half of them civilians.

On the Saudi side of the frontier, about 50 people have been killed in skirmishes and shelling. Most casualties were members of the armed forces, but civilians have also died.

Last Update: Friday, 31 July 2015 KSA 21:36 - GMT 18:36
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Yemen currency plunges after decision to shut down port

Saudi border guard watches as he stands in boat off coast of Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jizan. (File: Reuters)

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Monday, 3 August 2015

Yemen’s riyal plunged against foreign currencies after an announcement that Al-Hudaydah port would be shut down, due to the conflict in the country, and all ships diverted to Aden’s ports.

A bank source in Sanaa said the dollar exchange rate increased Monday from 214 riyals to 236 riyals, adding that the sudden rise was a first since the 2011 revolution.

However, companies and money exchangers did not sell dollars on Monday as it was not available on the market.

Last Update: Monday, 3 August 2015 KSA 13:09 - GMT 10:09
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Saudi Arabia sends reinforcements, dozens more tanks to Yemen — RT News

Saudi Arabia has sent dozens more armored vehicles and trained troops to help the supporters of Yemen’s President Hadi fight Houthi rebels in the country following months of air bombardments, which have so far failed to break the deadlock between rival camps on the ground.

According to reports from the ground dozens of Riyadh tanks and other armored vehicles entered Yemen in the past 48 hours via Wadia, a border post in northern Yemen.

Another military source added that the new supplies were intended for the “popular resistance and the national army,” loyal to the exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to neighboring Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

The military hardware is reportedly moving toward Marib and Shabwa provinces, where the resistance continues the battle “to expel the Houthis and their allies.”

Earlier this week some 2,800 Arab coalition troops landed in Yemen. The deployment, according to reports, included Saudi special-operations forces, intelligence and logistics personnel in addition to the units from the United Arab Emirates.

It is the biggest military contingent of Gulf States sent to Yemen as the coalition has so far preferred to carry out airstrikes against the Houthis. A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out strikes since late March, but thus far the forces have been locked in stalemate.

Amid the ongoing war, Yemen is facing a serious humanitarian crisis. According to the UN, more than 1,600 civilians have been killed, over 3,800 injured and more than a million have been displaced.
 

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Yemeni president arrives in the UAE for talks

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, center right, receives Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, center left, at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Yemeni president has arrived for a visit in the United Arab Emirates, one of the key backers of a Saudi-led coalition attempting to roll back gains by Iranian-backed Houthi milita in the deeply impoverished country.

State news agency WAM says exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived Wednesday for a two-day working visit. Officials had no further details.

Hadi has been living in neighboring Saudi Arabia after he and much of his government fled advances by the Shiite Houthi rebels earlier this year.

The Emirates has been participating in a Saudi-led, American-supported campaign targeting the rebels and their allies since March. It and Saudi Arabia have supplied pro-government forces with tanks and other fighting vehicles, and the Emirates has lost soldiers as part of the campaign.

Military and security officials in Yemen say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five suspected al-Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle near the extremist-held coastal city of Mukalla.

The officials said the attack Wednesday happened east of the city. Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has made gains in the sprawling eastern Hadramawt province, capturing its capital, Mukalla, in April.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Al-Qaeda has made advances amid the civil war now engulfing Yemen. Washington meanwhile has kept up its drone attacks there targeting al-Qaeda militants, including one that killed the group's top leader in Mukalla in June.

Last Update: Thursday, 13 August 2015 KSA 09:29 - GMT 06:29
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Alleged U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills 5 al-Qaeda militants

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the deadliest branch of the global militant organization and has taken advantage of a war pitting Houthi militiamen against forces loyal to exiled President Hadi. (Reuters)

By Noah Browning | Reuters
Thursday, 13 August 2015

A suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five al-Qaeda fighters in eastern Yemen on Wednesday, officials said, as extremist groups claimed a string of attacks in the war-torn country.

The officials said the bombs hit the men in their car while they were traveling on a coast road east of the Arabian Sea port of Mukalla, which was occupied by al-Qaeda fighters in April after security forces retreated.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the deadliest branch of the global militant organization and has taken advantage of a war pitting Houthi militiamen against forces loyal to exiled President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to grab territory and operate more openly.

The chaos has also given rise to a Yemeni branch of the hardline ISIS group, which on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a bomb planted near a police car in the capital Sanaa. No one was hurt in the blast.

Al-Qaeda on Tuesday said it carried out 12 separate gun and bomb attacks on Houthi fighters in the central province on al-Baida.

It was immediately possible to confirm the claims.

The Houthis are a Shiite Muslim sect and both al-Qaeda and ISIS consider the Iran-allied Houthis apostates.

Last Update: Thursday, 13 August 2015 KSA 08:39 - GMT 05:39
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Yemen Houthis diminishing allies

Aften 10 months of Houthi rule, many of the group’s allies have abandoned the group, saying that the Houthis have not improved the situation in the country.

The Houthis took over the capital Sanaa in September 2014 with popular backing. Their backers dreamed that the lives of the impoverished would improve under a new era of economic prosperity. However, the only thing that the group has done – in the eyes of many of its former supporters – is instigate several conflicts across the country.

Abdulhameed al-Otimi, 28, a former Houthi supporter, told Middle East Eye: "When the Houthis took over Sanaa, I thought that [they] would eliminate corruption from governmental institutions, but they didn't do anything in this regard. Then I realised that all the Houthis can do is is fight and they don't have any plans for development."

Al-Otimi participated in several of pro-Houthi protests in Sanaa throughout 2014, but after a dispute with his boss, he lost his job for outward support of the Houthis.

In the past month, al-Otimi stopped supporting the Houthis, "The Houthis had time to build the country, but they did nothing but damage it, and now it [is] the proper time for them to leave Sanaa and return to their stronghold in Saada."

Throughout this year, many businesses have closed because of the economic crisis that followed Yemen’s ongoing war. Unemployment is at an historic high.



War over rebuilding

Ali Abulohoom, a journalist who fled Sanaa for Saudi Arabia in May, told MEE: "The Houthis lost their supporters because they do not feel [the] people's suffering."

The so-called revolution began on 18 August 2014 as Houthi militias capitalised on the widescale protests against a government-implemented removal of fuel subsidies.

Abulohoom said he supported the Houthis at the time because they wanted to eliminate the sheiks' ability to extort the government and private companies.

He added that he had lost confidence in the Houthis after they had waged wars in so many regions.

"Violence is the only way that the Houthis can understand [things]. They don't know what they are doing; they want to keep fighting and invade provinces until they take over the whole country."
Collusion between Houthis and ex-president Saleh

The relationship between Houthi militias and the ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh became clear when Saleh loyalists began fighting shoulder to shoulder with the militias.

Dr Nabil al-Sarjabi, a political science professor at Hodeida University and an expert on crisis management, told MEE that the Houthis don't know how to manage the country, and added that they are acting like a tool for Saleh.

"Saleh wanted to use the Houthis to eliminate his opponents that ousted him in 2011," al-Sharjabi said.

He went on to say that Saleh did not help the Houthis with managing the government because he does not want them to take over the country - he wants them to fight his opponents.

Hundreds of Houthis fighters have been killed in the war in Aden and Taiz provinces, but the Saudi-backed “Popular Resistance” movement has freed Aden from the Houthis, while clashes are still ongoing in Taiz.

Al-Sharjabi confirmed that what is happening today is the opposite of last year’s developments: "Last year, Houthis gradually took control of several provinces, but today they are losing their supporters and leaving the provinces gradually."

However, Houthi activist Hussien al-Boukhaiti denied that the Houthis had lost their supporters, saying that the mass protest on Tuesday against "the foreign occupation" was a clear indication that their forces remain strong.

"We can say that Ansarallah [Houthis] lost control of some areas in the south but we cannot say that the Houthis have lost their supporters," al-Boukhaiti said.

Even if al-Boukhaiti denied that the Houthis have lost their supporters, talk to anyone in Sanaa, and they will say that Houthi support used to be strong, but today it has dissipated greatly.
 

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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/08/22/world/middleeast/ap-ml-yemen.html?_r=0

Al-Qaida militants have seized control of key areas in and around Yemen's port city of Aden, high-ranking security officials said Saturday, a major gain for the group which has been making inroads amid the chaos of the country's civil war.

The move, part of a weekslong expansion in Aden in the wake of major fighting there between Shiite rebels known as Houthis and pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia, shows how the organization still holds formidable clout despite its relatively low-profile role in the country's raging civil war.

Fighters took Tawahi district, home to a presidential palace and Aden's main port, and were patrolling the streets, some carrying black banners, the officials said. The militants also took parts of Crater, Aden's commercial center, and parts of the town of Dar Saad, just north of Aden, including an army base that their fighters turned into a training camp, they added.

Security officials near the seized base, in Dar Saad's al-Lohoum district, said it is now training some 200 militants.

The officials, who hail from the military, security forces and police, all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.

Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi, now based in Saudi Arabia, did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Yemen's conflict pits the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and troops loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, against an array of forces including southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants as well as troops loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The conflict gained international attention when the Houthis took over the capital, Sanaa, last September, and escalated in March as a Saudi-led coalition started launching airstrikes against Houthi positions.

Backed by heavy airstrikes, the coalition forces pushed the Houthis out of Aden last month, and have been pursuing them further to the north. They had been making rapid advances in armored columns until earlier this week, when rebels ambushed them in a major battle near the entrance to Bayda province.

Al-Qaida appears to have taken advantage of a security vacuum in Aden to ramp up its presence. It also has forces in the cities of Breiqa, west of Aden, and al-Khadra, the officials added.

Omar al-Sobeihy, a resident of Dar Saad, said that while al-Qaida fighters are moving freely in the area, "we haven't felt any harassment from them so far."

In the Tawahi district, resident Taha Faris described a similar situation.

"They are spread out in Tahawi and we can say they have the area under their control. So far they aren't harassing people, trying instead to gain support, though I fully realize they are waiting for the right moment to attack and control all of Aden," Faris said.

Washington considers al-Qaida's Yemen branch to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network.

In Tawahi, al-Qaida destroyed the main state security building on Saturday with a powerful bomb that was heard around the city, security officials said. The group has been trying to attack the site for several years, they added. Meanwhile, an official with port security said one of their boats was set ablaze by suspected al-Qaida militants.

Al-Qaida, which had only a minor role the war against the Houthis, also has been on a major recruitment drive, adding hundreds of young men to its ranks and stockpiling weapons, several officials said.

Washington, meanwhile, has kept up its drone attacks targeting the militants, including one in June in the city of Mukalla that killed the group's top leader. Al-Qaida has been in control of Mukalla, the capital of the Hadramawt province which borders Saudi Arabia, since April.

Al-Qaida and Islamic State members were also present in al-Houta, capital of Lahj province, according to witnesses and security officials.

A group of activists in Aden warned Hadi in an Aug. 11 letter that the town of al-Sheikh Othman in Aden province had become a center for arms dealers, voicing their frustration over the security vacuum. The well-known activists, who campaign for more autonomy for the south, said al-Qaida and other sleeper cells were buying and storing weapons from that market.

A high-ranking military official said the authorities in Aden wrongfully gave weapons to al-Qaida when they randomly distributed them to pro-government forces in Aden in March and April while pursuing the Houthis. Al-Qaida captured other weapons in clashes, according to the official.

High-ranking security and military officials met Saturday in the office of Aden's governor to discuss ways to quickly absorb pro-government fighters in the military, officials in his office said. Officials from Aden, Lahj, and Abin provinces attended the meeting.

The officials discussed the increasing reach of the attacks by al-Qaida, including taking over some official government buildings in Aden and the bombing of the city's state security building.

Yemeni transport Minister Badr Bassalma told The Associated Press that Aden's ports were secure and operational, without elaborating. He spoke from Saudi Arabia, where Hadi fled to in March as the Houthis seized Aden. Some Yemeni officials are currently in Aden but the government remains in Saudi Arabia.
 

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Al-Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen drone strike

In Yemen, tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike, that targeted suspected al-Qaeda militants on Feb. 3, 2013. (Reuters)

AFP, Aden
Sunday, 23 August 2015

Four suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in an apparent U.S. drone strike in Mukalla, the southern Yemeni city that the extremist group overran in April, a local official said Sunday.

The four were travelling in a car on the tarmac of Mukalla's Al-Rayane airport that was struck by a missile fired by an "American drone", according to the unnamed official, killing them instantly.

The night strike follows a similar attack on Friday which killed three al-Qaeda suspects as they travelled through the central Marib province, tribal sources said.

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, and strikes have continued on suspected militants even as the country has been battered by months of fighting between pro- and anti-government forces.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), viewed by Washington as the extremist network's most dangerous branch, has taken advantage of the chaos to seize Mukalla, capital of the vast desert Hadramawt province.

The group admitted in June that its leader in Yemen Nasir al-Wuhayshi had been killed in a drone strike.

Two senior AQAP commanders were killed in similar attacks in April.

A local official told AFP on Saturday that AQAP militants had planted a bomb that destroyed the headquarters of the secret police service in second city Aden, a possible sign of the extremist group's growing reach in Yemen.

Last Update: Sunday, 23 August 2015 KSA 10:41 - GMT 07:41
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Drone strike kills four suspected militants in Yemen

The United States has acknowledged using drones but declines to comment on specific attacks. (File: AP)

By Reuters | Sanaa
Saturday, 12 September 2015

A drone attack killed four men suspected of belonging to al Qaeda in northern Yemen on Saturday, tribal sources said, as a U.S. campaign against the militants goes on amid a wider civil war in the country.

Two missiles hit the men’s car, killing all of them, tribesmen in the province of al-Jawf said by telephone. The four men were not immediately identified.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken advantage of a war pitting Houthi militiamen against forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to grab territory and operate more openly.

The group has carried out attacks against the Yemeni state for years of bomb, plotted to blow up U.S.-bound airliners and claimed responsibility for January’s attack in Paris on a French magazine that killed 12 people.

The United States has kept up a drone campaign against the militants, although it evacuated the last of its military and intelligence personnel from Yemen in March. Its attacks have killed some of AQAP’s top leaders, including its chief, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, in June.

The United States has acknowledged using drones but declines to comment on specific attacks.

Meanwhile, war between the Iran-allied Houthis and Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led military coalition continues across the country. The alliance kept up a week of bombing on the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday, pummeling military bases and rocket depots.

Yemen’s warring factions will meet for peace talks in neighboring Oman next week, the United Nations and Yemeni officials said. The talks are the second major negotiations effort aimed at ending the war, which that has killed over 4,500 people and spread hunger and disease in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.

Last Update: Saturday, 12 September 2015 KSA 15:40 - GMT 12:40
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