Yemen Post ex-President Saleh's death

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Houthi rebels kidnap and kill one of their officials
The Iran-backed group is killing some of its officers, indicating a rift within the militia

Ali Mahmood
January 14, 2018

The Houthi rebels in Yemen kidnapped and killed one of their security officials on Saturday, an indication of deepening rifts within the Iran-backed group fighting the internationally recognised government.

“The rebels stormed the small village of Al Ramah in the the Damt district in Al Dhale province in the southern part of the country and kidnapped security commander Abdulkareem Nashwan, who had been working with the rebels since they took over Damt district in 2015,” Ali Al Asmar, an Al Dhale-based journalist, told The National.

“They kidnapped him and five of his guards last week and executed him on Saturday after accusing him of being complicit with some of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists.”

The Houthi rebels killed Saleh on December 4 after he broke off his alliance with them and called for talks with the Arab coalition fighting on behalf of the legitimate government of Yemen’s president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi. The rebels then launched a crackdown on his supporters that has seen hundreds killed or detained.

Meanwhile, an unidentified group of armed men killed two high-ranking Houthi officers in the capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the rebels, said a Sanaa resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“One was killed in his house in the Asser area in the west of Sanaa last Wednesday and another was killed in the Sawan area to the east of Sanaa,” said the source.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni military and resistance fighters seized more areas of Al Bayda province south of Sanaa, including a strategically important mountain in Natea district.

Troops and resistance fighters, backed by air support from the Saudi-led coalition, captured Markoozah mountain after heavy clashes with the Houthis in which dozens of the rebels were killed and five arrested, the Al Bayda resistance's media centre said.

The mountain commands the entire Natea district including the Al Fadha base, the rebels' most important military site in Al Bayda.

A source said pro-government forces also liberated Jabal Al Sada and the areas of Mawr and Malih from the rebels, many of whom were killed or injured in the fighting.

Government troops also made gains on the Al Buka battlefront in northern province of Saada, the Houthis' stronghold, cutting off a rebel supply route to neighbouring Jawf province.

"The army secured Souk Al Buka and Al Buka intersection along with the international highway which links Saada city with Al Buka district and Muthalah Al Batga in Jawf," said Ismail Al Shalafi, a spokesmanfor the government forces in the area.

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UAE Armed Forces destroy Houthi vehicles in airstrikes
The two vehicles were moving to strengthen the Iranian-backed Houthi militia forces, reported Wam

January 30, 2018
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A screengrab from a video showing a military vehicle belonging to Houthi militias being bombed in Yemen. Wam

The UAE Armed Forces bombed two military vehicles belonging to Houthi militia in the Yemeni district of Haiys in the Hudayah Governorate.


A 51-second video posted on Twitter by state news agency Wam on Tuesday shows satellite footage of a Houthi vehicle stopping at a shed where men emerge.


They re-enter the vehicle which is later seen travelling along a road before it is hit by an airstrike that destroys it.

According to Wam, the first airstrike resulted in the destruction of a large amount of the militia's weapons and ammunition, while the second eliminated dozens of Houthi personnel.


The two vehicles were moving to strengthen the Iranian-backed Houthi militia forces.


On Sunday, an Arab Coalition aircraft bombed a Houthi militia military vehicle used as a platform to launch rockets into the city of Haiys.


The UAE Armed Forces, part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen, continue to carry out support operations for the legitimate forces as they move towards the Haiys district.

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UAE Armed Forces destroy Houthi vehicles in airstrikes
The two vehicles were moving to strengthen the Iranian-backed Houthi militia forces, reported Wam

January 30, 2018
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A screengrab from a video showing a military vehicle belonging to Houthi militias being bombed in Yemen. Wam

The UAE Armed Forces bombed two military vehicles belonging to Houthi militia in the Yemeni district of Haiys in the Hudayah Governorate.


A 51-second video posted on Twitter by state news agency Wam on Tuesday shows satellite footage of a Houthi vehicle stopping at a shed where men emerge.


They re-enter the vehicle which is later seen travelling along a road before it is hit by an airstrike that destroys it.

According to Wam, the first airstrike resulted in the destruction of a large amount of the militia's weapons and ammunition, while the second eliminated dozens of Houthi personnel.


The two vehicles were moving to strengthen the Iranian-backed Houthi militia forces.


On Sunday, an Arab Coalition aircraftbombed a Houthi militia military vehicle used as a platform to launch rockets into the city of Haiys.


The UAE Armed Forces, part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen, continue to carry out support operations for the legitimate forces as they move towards the Haiys district.

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UAE-backed separatists seize control of military base in Aden
By Sara Shayanian
Jan. 30, 2018
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Armed members of the separatist Southern Movement patrol a street Tuesday after a cease-fire agreement was reached in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. Photo by EPA

Jan. 30 (UPI) -- UAE-backed southern separatists took control of a military base in Aden, Yemen, after an emirates fighter jet bombed the area.

Fighters from the Southern Resistance Forces -- a group seeking secession for southern Yemen -- captured the base on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported.

This comes despite a cease-fire that was agreed upon by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates hours earlier.

"A plane from the Arab coalition, that said it had come to support legitimacy bombed the base of the Fourth Brigade. What a farce," Mukhtar al-Rahbi, an official in Yemen's government, said.

The seizure of the military base, which is located in Aden's northern Dar Saad district, is the largest gain for the separatist group since fighting began Sunday.

The separatist group reportedly fought its way to the gates of the Al-Mashaiq Palace where Yemen's government resides.

Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and several ministers were still in the building.

Fighting began after the Southern Transitional Council, the main group of the Southern Resistance Forces, ordered Yemen's President, Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to fire his prime minister and his Cabinet.

The council accused Hadi's government of "rampant corruption" that resulted in a "deteriorating economic, security and social situation never before witnessed in the history of the south."

Fighting has killed 36 people and wounded 185.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/01/30/UAE-backed-separatists-seize-control-of-military-base-in-Aden/3261517335037/?nll=1
 

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UAE shoots down Houthi missile over Mocha, Yemen

The UAE Armed Forces Patriot missile system intercepted the ballistic missile in Mocha

The National
February 18, 2018
Updated: February 18, 2018 10:41 PM


UAE air defences shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen's south-eastern port city of Mocha on Sunday.
A Houthi mobile ballistic missile launcher near Hodeidah airport, about 160 kilometres north of Mocha, was also destroyed, state news agency Wam reported.

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, of which the UAE is a key member, destroyed another launch site near the airport last week as the rebels were preparing to fire a missile at Mocha.
A coalition intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 to support the internationally recognised government against the Iran-backed rebels.

Sunday's attack on Mocha comes as the United States, France and Britain are pressing the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of the Houthi rebels and commit to taking action over the sanctions violations.

The draft text of a resolution to renew UN sanctions on Yemen for another year would also allow the 15-member council to impose targeted sanctions for “any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen”, according to a copy seen by Reuters.
Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir voiced support for the resolution on Sunday, saying it would help hold Iran accountable for what he described as its "exports of ballistic missiles" to the Houthis.

Iranian missiles were regularly used by Houthis "to target civilians in Yemen as well as inside Saudi Arabia", he told Reuters.

Britain drafted the resolution in consultation with the United States and France before giving it to the full council on Friday, diplomats told Reuters. The resolution, which needs to be adopted by February 26, is likely to face resistance from Russia. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass.

Mr Al Jubeir said he hoped Russia could be persuaded to support the measure.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has been lobbying for months for Iran to be held accountable at the United Nations, while at the same time threatening to quit a 2015 deal among world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear programme if “disastrous flaws” are not fixed.

“Since the signing of the nuclear agreement, the Iranian regime’s support of dangerous militias and terror groups has markedly increased. Its missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones all across the Middle East,” the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, wrote in an essay published in the New York Times on Saturday.

Iran denies supplying the Houthis with weapons but independent UN experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen reported to the Security Council in January that it had “identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo”.

While the experts said they had “no evidence as to the identity of the supplier, or any intermediary third party” of the missiles fired by the Yemeni rebels into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, they found Iran had violated sanctions by failing to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of the missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles to the Houthis.

The Security Council has banned the supply of weapons to Houthi leaders and “those acting on their behalf or at their direction”. It can also blacklist individuals and entities for threatening the peace and stability of Yemen or hindering aid access.

Ms Haley took her Security Council colleagues to Washington in January to view pieces of the weapons in a bid to boost the US case against Iran. Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the visit that he does not believe there is a case for United Nations action against Iran. Iran has described the arms displayed in Washington as “fabricated”.

“Some members of the United Nations don’t want to hear it because it is further proof that Iran is defying Security Council resolutions, and the pressure will be on the UN to do something about it,” Ms Haley wrote in the New York Times.

Meanwhile, eight soldiers and 19 suspected members of Al Qaeda were killed on Sunday, as the army continued an offensive against key outposts of the extremists in Yemen's oil-rich Hadramawt province.

General Faraj Al Bahsani, the provincial governor, told Agence France-Presse the army had taken control of Wadi Al Masini west of Mukallah city.

Mukallah was the most populated Yemeni city under direct Al Qaeda control from 2015 to 2016, when government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition seized control of the southern port city.

Special forces trained by the UAE launched the offensive, codenamed Al Faisal, against Al Qaeda cells in Hadramawt over the weekend.
Two soldiers were killed on Saturday in the offensive, which targets the Masini and Amed valleys — both in the vast province of
Hadramawt and home to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The two valleys are critical to control over Yemen's south-eastern coastline.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in the Yemen war since 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition joined the government's fight against the Houthi rebels.

Radical groups, including AQAP and ISIL, have flourished in the chaos of the war, regularly launching attacks on government and military targets.

The United States, the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen, has ramped up a long-running campaign against AQAP since President Trump took office in 2017.

On Yemen's western coast, coalition forces continued to attack Houthi strongholds and conduct air raids on vital areas between Haiys and Al Garahi districts in the south of Hodeidah province in support of the Yemeni army and resistance fighters battling the rebels.

A source from the resistance told Wam that coalition air raids on Saturday night hit areas where the rebels were gathering in Al Hamely, Mawza District, and east of Khalid bin Al Walid camp, destroying their military equipment and weapons.

The source said coalition forces were still clearing pockets of rebel resistance in areas between Eastern Mocha and Haiys district.

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Yemeni forces secure key Al Qaeda stronghold
Al Faisal Operation was successful in limiting Al Qaeda's presence in Yemen on Sunday as the army continues its campaign against key outposts

Ali Mahmood
February 19, 2018
Updated: February 19, 2018 02:21 PM

Dozens of Al Qaeda members were killed and many more captured in Yemen as the army looks to expel the terrorists from key outposts in the Hadramawt province.

This comes as part of a Saudi-led coalition campaign — which includes the UAE — looking to drive terrorists from eastern Yemen and areas considered Al Qaeda strongholds.

Gen Faraj Al Bahsani, the commander in charge of the campaign in Mukalla, announced on Sunday the Al Faisal Operation has been successful in driving out the militants from the province.

The operation, which was launched last Friday by special forces trained by the UAE, was successful in securing the key province, which shares an almost 600 kilometre border with Saudi Arabia and is home to several key coastal cities to the south.

Two soldiers were killed on Saturday in the offensive, which targets the Wadi Al Masini and Wadi Al Amad — both in the vast province of Hadramawt and home to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The two valleys are critical to control over Yemen's southern coastline.

Read more: Arab coalition launches offensive to drive out Al Qaeda in Yemen

Col Saddam Abu Saleh, one of the operation commanders, told The National the army stormed the main Al Qaeda stronghold in the valleys through air strikes and a ground offensive.

"We still must deal with the western corridor in the area where the terrorists deployed a number of explosive cars and planted thousands of landmines to hinder our progress,” he said.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula largely withdrew from Mukalla in Hadramawt in 2016 when government and Emirati soldiers seized the city that had been used by the extremists to amass a fortune amid the chaos of civil war.

"Dozens of the terrorists were killed and dozens other arrested by our forces. Among those were Ethiopians and Yemenis who used to be soldiers in the Yemeni army as indicated by the identification we found on them," said Colonel Sadam.

AQAP militants were highly equipped with heavy weaponry such as anti-tank guided missiles and mortars, said Colonel Khaled Al Zubaidi, another commander involved in the operation.

Colonel Khaled Al Zubaidi told The National the coalition was able to target "enormous ammunition storehouses which were destroyed by the Arab Coalition jets air strikes".

Sky News Arabia said the coalition along with Yemeni forces killed 38 Al Qaeda members.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in the Yemen war since 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition joined the government's fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The United States, the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen, has ramped up a long-running campaign against AQAP since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.

Mukalla was the most populated Yemeni city under direct Al Qaeda control from 2015 to 2016, when the army and its regional military allies seized control of the port city.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-forces-secure-key-al-qaeda-stronghold-1.705937?mc_cid=4dc107f22f&mc_eid=fb1f092842
 

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Houthis are dead and Iran abandoned them @HRK A lesson to be learnt.
I know .... and I am sure you also know KSA was in contact with him through back channel for political resolution of the Yemen crises so it a lost of contact at minimum for KSA
 

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I know .... and I am sure you also know KSA was in contact with him through back channel for political resolution of the Yemen crises so it a lost of contact at minimum for KSA
"Him" = who?
 

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"Him" = who?
with President Saleh of course, here there were news that KSA were near success in dialogue with him and before his killing his ceasefire appeal was supposedly the result of that backdoor negotiations
 

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with President Saleh of course, here there were news that KSA were near success in dialogue with him and before his killing his ceasefire appeal was supposedly the result of that backdoor negotiations
Not "near success", but "had success," that is why the Houthis murdered him. President Saleh's loss actually eroded Houthi support. The Houthis/ Iran miscalculated, and are now paying for it. Pls go through this thread when you can.
 

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46 Iranian-backed Houthi militants killed in Yemen's Red Sea coast front
Sat 17:35 PM
24-02-2018

HEIS, 24th February, 2018 (WAM) -- Some 46 Houthi militants were killed in air strikes launched by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, with the support of the UAE Armed Forces, in the areas north of Heis, as well as the road leading to Al Jarahi, Yemeni military sources said on Saturday.

According to sources, the Arab Coalition's fighters launched air strikes on the farms used by the militias east of Al Jarahi. They also bombed reinforcements that were heading to the militias in Al Jarahi.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militants moved the bodies of those killed and the wounded fighters to Al Alfi Military Hospital, the 22nd May Hospital, and the General Hospital in Zubaid.

The source added that the Arab Coalition continued their strikes on the Houthi pockets in the Red Sea coastal areas of Yemen.

The UAE Armed Forces provide fire and logistical support to the land, air and naval operations of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces to rid Yemen of the Iranian terrorist plot, executed by the Houthi militias. This support is also coupled with humanitarian operations to assist the Yemeni brothers who are enduring difficult conditions. The humanitarian efforts follow the liberation of the areas controlled by the militias and include rehabilitation programmes to bring life to normalcy in the liberated areas.

The liberation of Heis came as a crucial step in the road to liberating entire Yemen from the subversive Iranian agenda in the country.


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http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302669829
 

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The video captures the moments of the explosion of two cars,

In the first episode, as a result of a pickup in a mined area, at 0:15 it can be seen that the driver is lying on the steering wheel, the car caught fire and completely burnt out. The second episode was also accompanied by an explosion, a defeat palpable. In the end it is clear that there is no movement in the cabin.

 

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The video captures the moments of the explosion of two cars,

In the first episode, as a result of a pickup in a mined area, at 0:15 it can be seen that the driver is lying on the steering wheel, the car caught fire and completely burnt out. The second episode was also accompanied by an explosion, a defeat palpable. In the end it is clear that there is no movement in the cabin.

Saudi forces do not wander around in such vehicles. Its either the Houthies or pro government army.
 

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