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  • ISRAEL: IRAN BOOSTS WEAPON SHIPMENTS TO HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH IN EXPECTATION OF LIFTED SANCTIONS

    04/14/2015 1:51:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2015 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On Monday, Israeli officials reported that Iran has upped its delivery of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah in the past few weeks. Channel 2 stated that the shipments have been made to both Lebanon and the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In addition, the report stated that Iran was sending weapons to Hamas chiefs in Gaza and arming Hamas members in Judea and Samaria. Channel 2 asserted that the ease in sanctions on Iran from the present nuclear negotiations would allow it to spend “billions of dollars” shipping weapons to Israel’s enemies. The increase in Iranian...
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • Syria and Iraq Are Awash With Russian, Iranian and Chinese Weapons

    04/09/2015 4:07:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 7, 2015, 1:36 PM | Jeremy Bender
    As ISIS first blitzed across northern Iraq in June 2014, the militants seized large quantities of US arms and vehicles from the fleeing Iraqi forces. Over the almost past year of fighting, however, ISIS has gone from fielding large quantities of US weapons to using a mixture of Iranian, Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and Sudanese ammunition. According to a fact sheet from the Forum on Arms Trade, citing the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and the Small Arms Survey, ISIS was largely able to acquire this ammunition from the constantly shifting battle lines of the Syrian civil war. A large amount of...
  • EU, Arab League join forces against jihadi threat

    06/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
    European Union and Arab League countries agreed Wednesday to cooperate against the terror threat posed by home-grown radicals who return home from conflicts in the Middle East, following a deadly attack on a Jewish site in Belgium by a suspected jihadi. […] Many European authorities fear that home-grown jihadists who travel to Syria and other conflict zones will come back with skills and the will to carry out terrorism. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders described returning foreign fighters as a “huge challenge.” …
  • Obama administration “declined to organize a rescue mission” for Americans in Yemen?

    04/17/2015 9:22:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The collapse of Yemen into a failed state has trapped between 3,000 and 4,000 American citizens in the country, caught between al-Qaeda and Houthi Islamists and the military action against both from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Almost until the moment that the Hadi government was put to flight, the White House has insisted that its counterterrorism efforts in Yemen had been a model of success. The final collapse appears to have caught the Obama administration so off-guard that it didn’t have time to organize an evacuation for Americans still left, and McClatchy’s John Zarocostas reports that no rescue plans...
  • Christians are forced to pray underground in war-torn Yemen, says bishop

    04/16/2015 1:45:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 15, 2015
    Smoke billows after a Saudi-led airstrike on the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) 'You are not alone,' Bishop Paul Hinder tells faithful who must remain 'invisible' in order to stay safe. The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain “invisible” in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder has told Vatican Radio.Bishop Hinder, the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia, said that it is not specifically Christians who are at risk in the conflict, but foreigners who have been...
  • UN Security Council Approves Yemen Sanctions and Arms Embargo Resolution

    04/15/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/15/15 | Joseph Klein
    If Iran defies the Yemen arms embargo. it will have demonstrated its utter contempt for any international constraints, which should give Congress and Obama administration even more pause in expecting Iran to ever allow access The United Nations Security Council approved on April 14th a resolution regarding the situation in Yemen. The resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 14 in favor, with only Russia abstaining, strongly condemned the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and demanded that all Yemeni parties resume UN-brokered negotiations on a transition to democracy. The resolution, reaffirmed the Security Council’s support for the “legitimacy” of Abdo Rabbo...
  • US Ambassador: 'We're Doing the Best We Can' for Americans in Yemen

    04/15/2015 6:21:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2015 | By MOLLY HUNTER
    Hundreds of Americans remain trapped in Yemen and escape routes are dwindling, the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti said. Various boats have sailed and motored their way into the port and Ambassador Tom Kelly was on deck to meet the most recent arrivals: 200 people including 11 American citizens, all crammed onto an overcrowded fishing boat. In the past two weeks, 150 Americans have fled to Djibouti. Kelly’s staff speaks with every American who arrives in the port.
  • Houthi troops hit by Al Qaeda bomb in southern Yemen, 15 killed

    04/13/2015 10:02:46 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    xinhua ^ | 2015-04-14 04:17:25
    ADEN, Yemen, April 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 were killed and 10 others wounded as army troops loyal to the Shiite Houthi group were hit by bombs in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Monday evening, a government official told Xinhua. "Suspected al-Qaida terrorists planted explosive device on a bicycle and the device exploded at a military site manned by pro-Houthi forces in Houta city, Lahj's provincial capital, killing 15 soldiers and injuring 10 others including five civilians," the local government official based in Lahj said on condition of anonymity. A military intelligence source in Lahj confirmed to Xinhua...
  • 140 Americans Flee Yemen as Country Sinks Deeper Into Chaos

    04/13/2015 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2015 | By MOLLY HUNTER
    Some 140 Americans fleeing unrest in Yemen have arrived in Djibouti, officials said, but hundreds of others are believed to still remain behind in Yemen. The families in Djibouti are exhausted, getting food and water and will receive "full consular services," authorities said. Americans could be seen smiling, grasping hands with U.S. Embassy staff members in Djibouti after fleeing from Yemen. Last week, more than 50 U.S. citizens filed lawsuits last week against the State Department and Department of Defense for failing to evacuate them.
  • 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...
  • President of Yemen flees by sea amid rebel advance in south [another Obama/Clinton success]

    04/12/2015 6:32:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/25/15 | AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials said. The departure of the close U.S. ally and the imminent fall of the southern port of Aden pushed Yemen further toward a violent collapse. It also threatened to turn the impoverished but strategic country into another proxy battle between the Middle East's Sunni powers and Shiite-led Iran. On Wednesday, Saudi ambassador to the United States Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said his country had begun airstrikes...
  • Sudan’s al-Bashir set to extend 25-year reign despite war crimes charges, insurgencies

    04/12/2015 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015 10:44 AM EDT | (Maggie Michael)
    Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the world’s only sitting leader wanted on genocide charges, is expected to win a landslide victory in elections this week, extending a 25-year reign in which the country has endured multiple insurgencies and the secession of the oil-rich south. Despite Sudan’s seemingly perpetual unrest, al-Bashir survived the 2011 Arab Spring. His ruling party dominates the parliament and local councils, and the massive security apparatus has left the once-vibrant opposition a husk of its former self. Al-Bashir has ruled the country since taking power in a 1989 coup, but billboards across Khartoum showing him in traditional robes...
  • Hillary Clinton State Dpt refused to brand Al Qaeda group that kidnapped 300 girls in Nigeria

    05/08/2014 8:29:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/8/2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Full Title: Revealed: Hillary Clinton's State Department refused over and over to brand Al Qaeda group that kidnapped 300 girls in Nigeria as 'terrorists' Under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, the U.S. State Department repeatedly refused to add the Nigerian al-Qaeda affiliate group Boko Haram – the organization responsible for the recent kidnapping of more than 300 young girls – to its official list of terrorist organizations. In November 2013, current Secretary John Kerry did what Clinton wouldn't. Boko Haram is the group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping hundreds of girls in Nigeria, promising to sell them into slavery. The Daily...
  • Russian Navy Ship Evacuates 308 People from Yemen15-04-12

    04/12/2015 2:34:16 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    FANAnews ^ | 04/12/2015 | QNA
    Moscow, April 12 (QNA) – A ship of Russia’s naval forces has evacuated some 308 nationals, including 45 Russians, from Yemen, a defence ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The ministry official, General-Major Igor Konashenkov, told Russia’s (TASS) News Agency that “The Russian navy ship Priazovye has evacuated some 308 people from Yemen’s coast.” “Among those evacuated from the zone of military operations near the southern port of Aden are nationals of 19 countries,” Konashenkov said, noting some 45 citizens of the Russian Federation, 18 citizens of the United States, five citizens of Great Britain, one citizen of Bulgaria, six citizens...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Marie Harf gets asked if Americans trapped in Yemen should ‘swim’ for safety

    04/10/2015 1:37:44 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 4/10/15 | Twitchy staff
    Or maybe China will rescue them?
  • 3 Saudi army men killed in Houthi attacks

    04/11/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    RIYADH, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of three Saudi military personnel and injuries of two others by Houthi attacks, Saudi Press Agency reported. Source of the defense ministry highlighted that the case occurred as part of the repeated skirmishes between Saudi land forces along the southern border and the Houthi militias originating from Yemen. The Houthis fired mortar shells on a border control site in Jazan Region.
  • Thinking the unthinkable about Obama's Middle East Policy

    04/11/2015 1:35:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 11, 2015 | Lee DeCovnick
    I am not generally given to doomsday fantasies, but I'm starting to get unnerved by where I see President Obama’s Middle East diplomacy taking us. Now that Israel’s Prime Minster Bibi Netanyahu has been re-elected, with Obama’s knife is still firmly lodged in his back, we can reasonably expect the long anticipated Middle East regional wars to become a no-holds-barred slugfest. Just to recap, we have the Saudis already bombing the hell out of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Egyptians are bombing ISIS jihadists in Libya who slaughtered Coptic Christians. There are credible reports of Iranian troops massing...
  • Yemeni militiamen say captured two Iranian officers in Aden

    04/11/2015 10:20:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2015 | Mohammed Mukhashaf
    Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Friday evening. Tehran has denied providing military support for Houthi fighters, whose advances have drawn air strikes by a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's main rival for influence in the Gulf. If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, who the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, would further worsen relations between Tehran and Riyadh who are vying for dominance in the region. Three sources in the southern port...
  • Obama’s Gulf remarks draw strong reactions (citizens dismayed)

    04/09/2015 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:31 April 7, 2015
    Many dismayed by Obama’s lack of understanding of Gulf politics Dubai: Reactions among Gulf citizens to President Barack Obama’s comments on the region were disparate, covering the gamut between derogatory and laudatory, but shock and dismay were the strongest emotions. Obama in an interview said that Gulf countries had legitimate grievances about external threats menacing them, but insisted that the biggest threats they faced were “not from Iran” but from within. “They have some very real external threats, but they also have some internal threats — populations that, in some cases, are alienated, youth that are underemployed, an ideology that...
  • Preventing Christian Persecution: A Failed Foreign Policy

    04/09/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joshua Holdenried
    At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast this week, President Obama addressed a room full of Christian leaders. What was clearly scripted to be a general Easter address came dangerously close to political posturing. During his remarks, the President shared that, “on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day.” What followed was spirited laughter, as Obama’s quip was largely understood as a reference to...
  • Desperation for Americans in Yemen as U.S. refuses to mount rescue

    04/10/2015 3:14:22 AM PDT · by csvset · 51 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | April 9, 2015 | Hannah Allam
    WASHINGTON — A Michigan family with two toddlers and an infant was stranded in Yemen after being forced from its home by rebel gunmen. A California woman tried to flee through an arrangement with the embassy of Djibouti, but failed. A mother of four from New York also tried that route, at the State Department’s suggestion, only to hear the same reply: There would be no help. These accounts are among dozens presented in a lawsuit filed Thursday by Arab and Muslim civil rights groups seeking to force the Obama administration into taking action to bring home U.S. citizens who...
  • U.S. Gov’t to Americans Trapped in Yemen: Call India

    04/09/2015 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 7, 2015 | Aaron MacLean
    The State Department is telling U.S. citizens fleeing the fighting in Yemen to contact the government of India or an international NGO dedicated to migrant rights for help, according to the website for the abandoned U.S. embassy in Sanaa and statements by Indian government officials.
  • Iran sends navy vessels to waters off Yemen, raising stakes

    04/09/2015 12:37:27 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/08/15 | AHMED AL-HAJ and SARAH EL DEEB
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran dispatched a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen on Wednesday, raising the stakes amid a Saudi-led air campaign targeting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels fighting forces loyal to the country's embattled president. The Iranian maneuver came as the U.S. deepened its support for the Saudi-led coalition, boosting weapons supplies and intelligence-sharing and carrying out the first U.S. aerial refueling mission of coalition fighter jets. The Iranian warships were sent to the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait as part of an anti-piracy campaign to "safeguard naval routes for vessels in the region," Iranian Rear Adm. Habibollah...
  • Applying Lincoln to our Culture's Civil Wars

    04/09/2015 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | April 9, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, as radical Islamists slaughtered 148 Christian students at a Kenyan university, America’s faithful celebrated Easter and Passover in tranquility, demonstrating why religious liberty is not the eccentric uncle in the human-rights family — it’s the matriarch. Yet with demonic evil spanning the globe, and religion a life-and-death matter, punishment for defending one’s faith is now acceptable in America. Our “live and let live” ethic is increasingly imperiled. Witness the firestorm after Indiana became the 20th state to enact its version of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In our morally upside-down world, we accommodate the nuclear ambitions of...
  • US Begins Aerial Refuelling for Saudi-led Air War

    04/08/2015 11:41:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    newindianexpress.com ^ | 09th April 2015 | PTI
    The United States has started daily aerial refuelling for warplanes in the Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen, the Pentagon has said. The first refuelling flight took place on Tuesday night with a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker providing fuel for a F-15 fighter jet operated by Saudi Arabia and an F-16 flown by the United Arab Emirates, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters yesterday. "We will have a tanker sortie every day," Warren said, adding that all flights will be outside of Yemeni air space. Pentagon had announced plans for aerial refuelling earlier and officials say American...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • The Middle East’s Franz Ferdinand Moment

    04/08/2015 11:59:03 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 12 replies
    ForiegnPolicy.com ^ | 04/08/15 | J.M. Berger
    Why the Islamic State's claimed attack in Yemen could spark an Arab World War. Did the Islamic State start a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran? The crisis in Yemen is one of the more complicated stories to emerge from a complicated region. It involves a cyclone of explosive elements: religious extremism, proxy war, sectarian tension, tribal rivalries, terrorist rivalries, and U.S. counterterrorism policies. There is little consensus on which element matters most, although each has its fierce partisans.
  • 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...
  • Iran Deploys Warships Off Yemen's Coast: Report

    04/08/2015 7:18:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 8, 2015
    DUBAI — Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Tehran-allied Houthi movement. The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in comments cited by Press TV. Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies have imposed an air and naval blockade on Yemen as part of a two-week campaign to oust the Houthis, who have taken most of...
  • Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to Yemen + Pics

    04/07/2015 12:04:56 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies
    Reports say Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to southern Yemen to help the forces loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. Local media said late on Monday that Saudi aircraft airdropped the paratroopers as well as arms cargos to the port city of Aden and parts of neighboring Ad Dali' Province. The official said that the army and naval special forces have provided the militants in Yemen with “coordination and guidance” against popular committees. Ansarullah fighters have taken over state matters, citing the inability of Hadi’s former government to properly run the affairs...
  • Pakistan parliament resumes debate on joining Saudi-led Yemen operation

    04/07/2015 8:42:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    First Post ^ | 04/07/2015
    Pakistan's parliament resumed debate on Tuesday on whether the country should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, a day after the defence minister revealed Saudi wanted Pakistani warplanes, warships and soldiers. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main Sunni Muslim power, has asked Sunni-majority Pakistan to join a Saudi-led military coalition that began conducting air strikes last month against largely Shi'ite Houthi forces in Yemen. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has hedged his bets. He has repeatedly said he will defend any threat to Saudi Arabia's "territorial integrity" without defining what threat that could be, or what action he would take....
  • StuckInYemen.com Website Offers To Help Americans Trapped In Yemen

    04/06/2015 10:58:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    GPB News / NPR ^ | 4-6-2015 | Jackie Northam
    NPR — Several Arab-American groups have launched a website to help U.S. citizens trapped by the fighting in Yemen. StuckInYemen.com was created after the advocacy groups began hearing from mostly Yemeni-American citizens who reportedly were being told by the U.S. State Department that there are currently no evacuation plans for Yemen. "We're hearing from people that are stuck all over the country," says Zahra Billoo, executive director of Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Within the past week, she says, there have been more than 200 entries on the website from people seeking help. "We imagine there...
  • The Crisis in Yemen Intensifies as Houthi Fighters Push Deeper Into Aden

    04/06/2015 1:50:29 AM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Time ^ | 4-6-15 | David Stout
    Saudi-led air strikes have failed to reverse the rebels' momentum Houthi militia inched closer Sunday to capturing the port city of Aden, where Saudi-backed forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi continue to hold out. The Shi‘ite rebels unleashed artillery barrages on residential areas in the city and targeted a pro-Hadi television station with mortar rounds, forcing it off the air, reports AFP. “There are bodies in the streets, and we can’t get close because there are Houthi snipers on the rooftops. Anything that gets near, they shoot at,” an unidentified medic told Reuters. Houthi militants continue to...
  • Arab intelligence: Iran's military is ready to close Strait of Hormuz if nuclear talks fail

    04/05/2015 12:55:40 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 62 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/5/15 - 2:50pm | IsraelBreaking
    Arab intelligence agencies tell European countries that Irans military is ready to close Strait of Hormuz if nuclear talks fail. - Ch. 10
  • Attrition: Saudi Arabia Destroys The Yemen Air Force

    04/05/2015 2:15:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 4/02/15
    April 2, 2015: In late March Saudi Arabia destroyed the Yemeni Air Force. How that came to be is a strange tale indeed. Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Yemen on 25 March 2015 in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized Yemeni government. The call for help was triggered by a rebellion by northern Shia tribes, seeking more power for themselves and less corruption overall. Over the last year the Shia rebels have gradually taken control of over a third of the country. The elected government was preoccupied fighting Islamic terrorists and separatist Sunni tribes in the south...
  • Why Two States West of the Jordan?

    04/04/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. It’s a phrase endlessly repeated since 1989. It’s been on the lips of Western diplomats, especially our own State Department types, for a quarter century: “Two-State Solution.” We must have a Roadmap to Peace and that destination must embrace a state for the Israelis and a state for the Arabs of Palestine. Anyone who questions that formulation is in danger of being marginalized. How can you oppose what Secretaries of State of both great American political parties have embraced? How can you say there are any people on earth who are...
  • Poland thanks Russia, China for help in Yemen evacuation

    04/03/2015 12:10:58 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    RADIO POLAND ^ | 4/3/2015
    Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna thanks the governments of China and Russia, which helped in the evacuation. “The situation is under control, we have information that for now everything is going well,” he said. Russia air lifted 20 Polish citizens from the capital of Yemen, Sana’a to Moscow on board two aircraft, while the Chinese navy took four Polish citizens across a narrow strait from Aden to Djibuti. Yemen has recently been invaded by a Saudi-led coalition set up to dislodge the Shia Houthis who have taken over the capital city. (an)
  • Iran’s Takeover of Yemen

    04/03/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/03/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Chaos, disaster and death that will remain ongoing for as long as this administration remains in charge, chasing its self-aggrandizing "historic" legacy Adding an exclamation point to the folly of the “deal to make a deal” outcome of the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Iran-backed Shi’ite rebels in Yemen in the coastal city of Aden. Houthi rebels had fought their way through the commercial district of the city before taking over the Maasheeq palace, the former home of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hadi fled the country for Saudi Arabia last month, when it became apparent the Houthi advance was succeeding....
  • Officials: Al Qaeda fighters free 270 from Yemeni prison

    04/02/2015 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:02 AM ET, Thu April 2, 2015 | Hakim Almasmari and Don Melvin, CNN
    Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)—Al Qaeda fighters attacked a prison in the coastal Yemeni city of Al Mukallah early Thursday, freeing at least 270 prisoners, a third of whom have al Qaeda links, a senior Defense Ministry official has told CNN. Khaled Batarfi, a senior al Qaeda figure, was among the escapees, officials said. Dozens of attackers took control of government buildings, including the city's Central Prison, Central Bank and radio station during the assault early Thursday, according to officials. Government troops arrived early Thursday and clashed with the al Qaeda fighters, and most of the militants fled, the officials said. Last...
  • Evaluating the Pan-Arab "Joint Army"

    04/01/2015 2:58:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Austin Bay
    A pan-Arab military coalition has begun waging war in Yemen, ostensibly on behalf of deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Is this Arab League-approved "joint army" a credible combat force? That depends on who emerges as the joint army's central actor and commander. So far, Saudi Arabia has served as the coalition's most prominent public advocate and actor. The Saudis contend Iran backs the Houthi insurgents who overthrew Hadi. Strong evidence supports their contention. Yemen's war involves sectarian sympathies. Ayatollah-led Iran, the world's great Shia Muslim power, supports the Shia Houthi movement. Saudi Arabia's Wahabi-sect leaders have concluded that...
  • Control of southern entrance to the Red Sea the next Mid-East flashpoint

    04/01/2015 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 16 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 1, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Israeli intelligence blog Debka File reports that pro-Iranian Houthi troops have taken over control of the strategic straits (Bab el-Mandeb) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. This choke point threatens all commercial and military maritime traffic from the oil rich nations bound for the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean. "Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade loyal to the former Yemeni President Ali Saleh handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions trained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This is revealed...
  • Middle East engulfed by war

    03/31/2015 2:04:40 PM PDT · by Borges · 19 replies
    With the launching of the US-backed military intervention in Yemen, virtually the entire Middle East is engulfed by military conflict, a state of affairs that has no precedent, with the possible exception of the two world wars fought in the 20th century. Washington’s pursuit of policies from one conflict to the next that are seemingly at odds with one another has provoked mounting expressions of concern from major US think tanks and editorial boards—not to mention nominal allies in Europe—over “strategic incoherence.” To describe as glaring the contradictions that riddle US foreign policy in the Middle East does not do...
  • Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’

    03/31/2015 9:10:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 70 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Lazar Berman
    The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. Militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that the offensive it is leading in Yemen “will have a fate like the fate of Saddam Hussein.” Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
  • Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is Racist

    03/31/2015 4:02:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is RacistPosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 31, 2015 @ 1:03 am In The Point | No Comments “Something something racist.” A Democratic argument from 2008 to 2016.Juan Williams is back and he wants you to know that Boehner’s trip to Israel is racist. Also all trips are racist. And all planes. Especially white planes. The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject.The...
  • Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in terrifying clash with Iran

    03/30/2015 7:28:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Jew News ^ | MAR 29, 2015 | ELIYOKIM COHEN
    On the brink of a new Middle Eastern catastrophe: Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in a terrifying clash with Iran leaving region at boiling point Religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims erupted into conflict Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels 18 civilians were injured after Saudi warplanes targeted Sana’a in Yemen Britain and America supported the Saudi-led military intervention Coalition deployed 100 fighter jets and 150,000 soldiers to fight in region Truly, it is a terrifying development. The great religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims that dominates the Middle East has erupted into...
  • Evil designs of Iranian regime should be exposed, say Saudi intellectuals

    03/30/2015 7:27:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    arabnews.com ^ | SHARIF M. TAHA
    Dr. Mahmoud Zaini, former member of the Makkah Literary Club, said the Yemeni campaign came to ward off dangers not only to Yemen but to the Gulf region as a whole, and whose leaders felt posed a direct threat to their security and stability. The operation has stopped the situation in Yemen from deteriorating further and will accelerate the political process in the country as demonstrated by deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh who called for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis promising that he would not run for presidential elections, Zaini said. For his part, Awadh Al-Jimaie, professor of...
  • As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves

    03/31/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | March 30, 2015 | By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    CAIRO — As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks. Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region....
  • Iran Calls for Talks on Yemen: Deputy Foreign Minister denounces Saudi Arabia, allies for airstrikes

    03/31/2015 9:24:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/31/2015 | By HAKIM ALMASMARI in San’a Yemen, and RORY JONES in Dubai
    Iran called for political talks between all parties in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday extended its campaign of airstrikes against Houthi militants in provinces across the country. Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said intervention in Yemen wouldn’t solve the country’s problems and that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies “were putting themselves in a very difficult position” by launching airstrikes. “We believe that the situation in Yemen should be resolved through political means only,” he said in a Monday interview with the Russian state-run news channel Russia Today, the first such Iranian comments since Saudi Arabia began...