Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 266 - Yemen War Mosaic 266

Yemen Press Reader 266: MONA Relief–Hodeida: Hafenblockade–Judith Brown u. Fuad Rajeh über Jemen–Britische Waffengeschäfte–Trump, Iran, Saudi Arabien und Terrorismus-Luftangriffe, Kämpfe-u. mehr

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MONA Relief – Blockade of Hodeida port – Judith Brown, Fuad Rajeh on Yemen – British arms deals – Trump, Iran, Saudi Arabia and terrorism – Saudi air raids and fighting – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

cp17 Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

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A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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12.2.2017 – Another Lenz (** B H)


Mona Relief is an organisation which started from a single tweet and for the past two years has fed almost 8 million people in Yemen. Mona is the name of the lady who donated the very first $1000 for the organisation to make their first delivery of food to internally displaced people in the area of Harf Sufiyan in Yemen. Mona’s generosity and spirit for humanity was infectious; she conveyed a message of positivity and compassion. Upon recognising and appreciating her spirit, the organisation was named after her.

I spoke to Dr R S Karim, the co-founder of Mona Relief, he has worked for the UN for a number of years, and his team are currently on the ground in Yemen:

“For almost 24 months Yemen has burnt under a million different fires, and endures a million different humiliations. To please the ambitions of a powerful Oligarchy Yemen has been blockaded, and its people starved to death, Its hospitals, schools, bridges, places of worship, museums, historical landmarks, factories, fields, farms have been bombed, droned, shelled and burnt down” describes Dr Karim

The situation is dire, Dr Karim’s team on the ground in Yemen report that the port of Al-Hudaydah is under a total blockade. The harbour cranes were bombed by the Saudis and four new mobile cranes brought by the World Food Program have not been allowed in and so they are currently waiting in a ship at sea. Keeping in mind that Saudi Arabia has so far bombed over 400 trucks carrying food, it is going to be vital that assurances and correct mechanisms are in place in order to ascertain uninterrupted flow of aid.

“90% of all the aid comes through the port of Al Hudaydah and transported further inland to different governorates. The roads have been bombed and are rendered useless, so that is another issue which will have to be sorted, in order to ensure a successful flow of aid delivery.”

Dr Karim explains how despite such difficult conditions Mona Relief is able to assist in the region. They are a 100% volunteer organisation and all donations collected go towards providing critical aid to the people of Yemen.

“Mona Relief has the largest network of Volunteers in Northern Yemen, our network spans through the Governorates of Sa’ada, Marib, Sana’a, Hajjah, Amran, Al-Mahwit, Al-Hodeidah and beyond, We have solely relied on private donors, and of course this has meant that our means have been limited. But we believe that in time we will manage to raise a powerful organization. Our work is a work of collaboration and social cooperation. We help communities help themselves; we use communities to assist us in our efforts, allowing for our network of local volunteers to grow.”

From the very beginning the organisation stood firm on its decision to stir free from politics, to ensure that their approach to humanitarian assistance will remain true to its goals: helping those in need regardless of their background, their ethnicity or faith.

“Mona Relief is the first and only organisation which delivers monthly aid to the community of 65 Yemenite Jewish Families and we also run an outreach program where our volunteers deliver aid house to house to the elderly and disabled, monthly food aid to a number of orphanages” he explains.

Mona Relief has also provided educational supplies, clothes, blankets and essentials to thousands of children and families. The organisation has certainly ignited a ray of hope in the lives of helpless Yemenis, but the brutal conflict continues as Dr Karim says “Unless a miracle happens unexpectedly, the chances of the conflict ending anytime soon are almost zero to none.” – by Khadija Ahmed (with photos)

12.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (** A H K P)

Blockade on Hudaydah port

deepens humanitarian crisis in #Yemen #Saudi authorities have banned 5 ships from entering port for 20 days.

10.2.2017 – BCFM Radio (** B K)

Audio: radio show, interviewed Judith Brown andYemeni journalist Fuad Rajeh on the Yemen war

The date is 10th February 2017 and the time is 18.00 and it's about an hour. If you can't find it at the bottom there is a search space and put in Tony Gosling and the list of broadcasts will appear.

12.2.2017 – The Guardian (** A K P)

Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression?

Exports to repressive regimes are under scrutiny in the high court, raising doubts about claims they are tightly controlled

When it comes to Saudi Arabia, normal UK rules don’t seem to apply. For decades the two kingdoms have quietly enjoyed a symbiotic relationship centred on the exchange of oil for weapons. Analysis of HM Revenue and Customs figures by Greenpeace EnergyDesk shows that in 2015 83% of UK arms exports – almost £900m – went to Saudi Arabia. Over the same period, the UK imported £900m of oil from the kingdom.

Now this relationship has come under scrutiny as a result of a judicial review brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which has sent alarm bells ringing in Whitehall.

The legal challenge comes at a crucial time for the UK’s defence industry, which makes about 20% of arms exported globally. In recent years Ministry of Defence cutbacks have led to the sector looking abroad for new sales, and the government, with one eye on the post-Brexit landscape, is keen on the strategy.

But the policy – as the Saudi case makes clear – is controversial. Many of the UK’s biggest customers have questionable human rights records and there are concerns exported weapons are used for repression or against non-military targets.

UK arms sales to the Saudis are the very large tip of a huge iceberg.

In the immediate aftermath of the uprisings, the UK parliament’s committee on arms export controls concluded that “both the present government and its predecessor misjudged the risk that arms approved for export to certain authoritarian countries in north Africa and the Middle East might be used for internal repression”.

The misjudgment may have proved embarrassing politically, but it was a money-spinner for UK arms manufacturers.

But internal Whitehall emails, released as part of the latest court case, reveal the alarm in the Foreign Office, MoD and the Department for Business as mandarins realised the extent to which the government’s commitment to the treaty and other legal obligations would be subject to forensic analysis by the judicial review. They confirm that the government came within hours of suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabiaover concerns that there was a risk they breached international humanitarian law.

A memo, marked “sensitive” and written by an MoD civil servant, revealed that the then business secretary, Sajid Javid, wanted the exports stopped.

Surprisingly, Javid dropped his opposition to the exports continuing, having secured the backing of both the foreign secretary and the defence secretary for his decision.

A government spokeswoman would not say what changed his mind

Internal Whitehall memos show the business department had concerns that a large number of the airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen were not being monitored, so there was no way of establishing if they were targeting civilians.

One memo states: “We are also concerned that FCO/MoD appear only to have insight into Saudi processes in respect of pre-planned strikes and have very little insight into so-called ‘dynamic’ strikes – where the pilot in the cockpit decides when to dispatch munitions, which account for a significant proportion of all strikes.”

The situation in Yemen became so grave that last December the MoD suggested running workshops “to provide targeting guidance” to the Saudi-led forces.

The high court ruling, expected in a couple of months, has potential implications for exports to Saudi Arabia and other members of the coalition.

On her recent visit to the Gulf, May talked about how improved trade and security ties could help “embed international norms”. The prime minister said: “We in the UK are determined to continue to be your partner of choice. I am determined that the UK will be at the forefront of a wider western effort to step up our defence and security partnership.”

But other major arms-producing countries are threatening to undermine this ambition.

“Russia is incredibly keen to sell overseas on the arms side,” said Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at Bradford University and international security consultant to the thinktank Oxford Research Group.

“What we’re not sure about yet is whether China will be big in this field. It has a very big domestic industry and it is producing some very robust hardware, both air and naval. What you might find overall is that the competition gets fiercer, and I think, in that sense, ethical dimensions, to put it politely, will diminish somewhat.”

This may be welcome news to an industry that has found the going tough in the past five years.

It seems likely that the government will now use the shifting tectonic plates to build on this success. In a submission to parliament, Amnesty International suggests that the UK leaving the EU “will lead to a flurry of new trade and investment agreements that will chart a path for decades to come”. The campaign group said it hoped that “transactions and projects that may contribute to human rights violations” will not be promoted.

Rogers said: “Leaving Europe may loosen the regulatory framework, but at the same time there will be the push to get arms sales. There will be a greater look at other markets – by Jamie Doward

10.2.2017 – Consortium News (** A P)

The Neocons’ Back-Door to Trump

By enforcing a “group think” calling Iran the chief sponsor of terrorism, Official Washington’s neocons are maneuvering the Trump administration into conforming with Israeli (and Saudi) desires, reports Robert Parry.

Close advisers to President Trump, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, appear wedded to Official Washington’s “group think” blaming Iran for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong in the region.

This “group think” requires that everyone who wants to be taken seriously in Official Washington must repeat the mantra that “Iran is the principal sponsor of terrorism.” The reason is that Washington’s establishment is locked into saying just about whatever the extremely rich Saudis and the extremely influential Israelis tell it to say.

Ironically, Flynn – when he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency – oversaw an insightful 2012 analysis that accurately traced the rise of the vicious Sunni jihadist movement in Syria to support from the Gulf states and to the Obama administration’s policies. The report explicitly warned of the possibility of “an Islamic State,” which indeed emerged in 2014 with high-profile decapitations of U.S. hostages.

Yet, now Flynn – like almost everyone else in Official Washington — focuses his rage at Iran for the mess in the Middle East.

This blame-Iran “group think” has remarkable similarities to the one that rationalized the disastrous war in Iraq, i.e., that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with Al Qaeda and was likely to give the terrorists his hidden WMDs. That fake analysis ignored the fact that the secular Hussein was a sworn enemy of Al Qaeda’s fundamentalists and they hated him, too.

So, although the Saddam-allied-with-Al-Qaeda lie was obvious to anyone who knew anything about Middle East politics, it was repeated endlessly by supposedly in-the-know Washington insiders to justify President George W. Bush’s bloody invasion of Iraq, which killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis along with nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers and spread chaos across the strategic region.

The Iran-Terror Deception

Now, we see a similar self-deception about which country is the principal sponsor for terrorism and other troubles. The truth is that Iran as a Shiite-governed nation is on the opposite side of the region’s sectarian divide from Al Qaeda and Islamic State, the two major Sunni terror groups that have taken aim at the United States and Europe.

Indeed, Iran has committed troops to neighboring Iraq and Syria to help fight Al Qaeda and Islamic State. Yet, the misguided consensus citing Iran as the principal sponsor of terrorism continues, leading the Trump administration off into a new round of misjudgments.

With his son-in-law out-front, Trump’s approach to the Middle East is shaping up as similar to previous administrations, catering to Israel and Saudi Arabia even to the extent of wholesale lying to the American people about who is the main backer of terrorism.

Trump also may be isolating his new Secretary of State as Tillerson apparently looks to more realist options and fights to limit neocon influences in making U.S. foreign policy. But Tillerson is facing a challenge in staffing the State Department without turning to veterans of past administrations with close ties to the neocons.

The hard truth is that the neocons and their liberal-interventionist cohorts have been so successful in purging contrarian thinkers from the foreign policy establishment that there aren’t many independent-minded people left with recent management experience at the State Department.

Now, with the neocons having found a backdoor into the Trump administration via son-in-law Kushner, the prospects for a sharp break with the long reign of disastrous neocon policies in the Middle East have grown dimmer – by Robert Parry

10.2.2017 – The Independent (** A P)

Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Isis

It is therefore worthwhile asking, at the beginning of his administration, what are the chances of him becoming the next victim of the permanent state of crisis in the wider Middle East. He campaigned as an isolationist who would avoid being sucked into armed conflicts abroad, but his first weeks in office and his senior appointments suggest that he will try to take a central role in the politics of the region. The new administration projects a macho self-image devoted to “Making America Great Again” and this, combined with the demonising of its enemies, will hinder compromise and tactical retreats. Western intervention in the region has usually come to grief because of arrogant exaggeration of its own strength and an underestimation of the capabilities of their enemies.

These failings unite with a crippling ignorance of the part of foreign powers about the complexity and dangers of the political and military terrain in which they are operating.

In retrospect, these leaders [former US presidents and British premiers] may look foolhardy as they plunged into bottomless quagmires or fought unwinnable wars. Some, like Carter, were victims of circumstances, but entanglements were not inevitable, as was shown by President Obama, who did read books, knew his history and was acutely aware of the pitfalls the US needed to skirt in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond.

The Trump administration is seen by so many commentators as so uniquely awful in its contempt for the truth, legality and democracy, that they underestimate how much it has in common with that of George W Bush. After 9/11, the Bush administration famously gave the Saudis a free pass despite the many links between the hijackers and Saudi Arabia. Instead the White House channelled the popular anger and desire to hit back provoked by 9/11 into its military campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

One of the dangers of Trump’s demagogic rants and open mendacity is that they tend to give the impression that less theatrical members of his team, especially former generals like Mattis or National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, are monuments of good sense and moderation. Yet both men are set on threat inflation when it comes to Iran, though without providing any evidence for its terrorist actions.

This is all good news for Isis, though it has so many enemies committed to its defeat that a switch in US policy may be too late to do it a lot of good. But its main enemies on the ground are the Iraqi and Syrian armies, whose governments are backed by Iran, and the Syrian Kurds who fear that the US may soon give them less support in order to appease Turkey.

Given the high decibel level of the Trump administrations threats and warnings, it is impossible to distinguish bellicose rhetoric from real operational planning. A confrontation with Iran will probably not come soon; but in a year or two, when previous policies conceived under Obama have run their course, Trump may well feel that he has to show how much tougher and more effective he is than his predecessor, whom he has denounced as weak and incompetent.

This administration is so heavily loaded with crackpots, fanatics and amateurs, that it would be optimistic to imagine that they will pass safely through the political swamplands of the Middle East without detonating a crisis with which they cannot cope. The diplomatic agreements that Trump denounces as “terrible deals” for the US represent real balances of power and interests and he is not going to do any better. In four years’ time, the select club of American and British leaders who failed in the Middle East, with disastrous consequences for everybody, may have a voluble seventh member – by Patrick Cockburn

9.2.2017 – RT (** A P)

Trump is Wrong - Saudi Arabia, Not Iran is the World's 'Number One Terrorist State

Donald Trump is proving himself a President prone to unleashing inconvenient truths side by side with blatant falsehoods. One of the most scurrilous of those falsehoods is his recent claim that Iran is the “number one terrorist state.”
Throughout his campaign for the White House in 2016, and since assuming office in January, Trump has made Iran the focus of his ire, to the point where the Iranians are more than justified in preparing for the very real prospect of military confrontation with the US - and sooner rather than later.
The Trump administration’s consistent and ongoing demonization of Iran flies in the face of reality in which Iran has stood, alongside Syria, Russia, the Kurds, and the Iranian-backed Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, as a pillar against the very same Salafi-jihadist terrorism that poses a threat to the American people. It is a struggle in which the Iranians have expended both resources and blood in recent years, and as such justice demands that the world, including the United States, acknowledges that it owes Tehran a debt of gratitude.
In truth, and as most people are only too aware, the real number one terrorist state in the world today is not Iran it is Saudi Arabia, America’s friend, and ally. What is more, Washington has long been well aware of the fact.

But even without any evidence of direct links between the Saudis and various Salafi-jihadist terrorist groups, the extreme Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam embraced by the Saudis as a state religion is near indistinguishable from the ideology of ISIS or Nusra or any of those terror organizations. Indeed the funding of mosques and Islamic centers by the Saudis across the world, places in which this extreme and perverse interpretation of Islam is preached, has become a source of mounting concern in recent years.

The barbarity and mendacity of the Saudis are beyond doubt. When they aren’t terrorizing and butchering their own people at home, they are engaged in despicable war crimes in Yemen – war crimes in which the US and UK are complicit.
So why in the face of all the evidence and acquired knowledge when it comes to Saudi Arabia’s role in supporting terrorism and fomenting extremism, does the US continue to count Riyadh as its closest and most valued ally in the region after Israel? The simple answer is commerce.
Saudi Arabia is the US defense industry’s biggest customer

Iran, to repeat, is not a state that sponsors, funds, or foments terrorism, while Saudi Arabia is. The mere fact that this needs to be pointed out to the President is redolent of a view of the world from the Oval Office that continues to be upside down – by by john wight 0

8.2.2017 – Alternet (** A P)

'Trump Will Destroy Iran!' Saudis Cheer on Anti-Muslim President

Gulf monarchies, which have long seen Iran as their greatest enemy, are rejoicing. Saudi Arabia, in particular, can hardly contain its glee. Scores of what appear to be fake Saudi social media accounts are portraying Trump as a noble gladiator, gloating, "Trump will destroy Iran!"

Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have made it clear that they are going to pursue even closer ties with Saudi Arabia.

For three days in a row, the front-page story of the major Saudi regime newspaper Okaz highlighted Trump's anti-Iranian statements. One of the most popular newspapers in the country, Okaz is closely linked to the Saudi royal family. On February 7, bold letters appeared on the front page reading, "Trump: Iran is the 'number one' terrorist."

Turki Aldakhil, head of the Saudi media giant Al Arabiya, similarly applauded Trump for ramping up aggression against supposed "Iranian terrorism."

Aldakhil was part of a wave of Twitter users—many with photos of the Saudi flag and King Salman as their profile pictures—who praised Trump for his threats against Iran. It appears that at least some of these accounts are bots or paid trolls. Many of those tweeting anti-Iranian, pro-Trump messages are full of Saudi propaganda and little other content.

Users portrayed the Trump as a brave knight in gilded armor, while depicting Iranian president Hassan Rouhani as an ant and Ayatollah Khamenei as a murdered dragon.

Some accounts even tried to link Iran to the 9/11 attacks.

While the Trump administration and his Gulf supporters may accuse Iran of being a large sponsor of terrorism, secret internal U.S. documents have acknowledged that Saudi Arabia is the largest supporter of extremist Sunni-jihadist groups in the world – by Ben Norton (with a plenty of images)

cp2 Allgemein / General

15.2.2017 – Phoenix, kommende Sendung (keine Einschätzung A H K)


Sendezeit: 21:45 - 22:15, 15.02.2017

Im Jemen leiden 80 Prozent der etwa 26 Millionen Einwohner Not und sind auf Hilfe angewiesen. Zwei Millionen drohen zu verhungern. Fast die Hälfte der Kinder ist unterentwickelt, ein Grund dafür ist Mangelernährung. Das Gesundheitssystem ist durch den Krieg schwer beeinträchtigt. Oft ist nicht einmal die geringste medizinische Versorgung gewährleistet. Die Vereinten Nationen warnen vor einer Hungersnot noch in diesem Jahr und fordern eine Waffenruhe, um humanitäre Hilfe ins Land zu bringen. Doch weder eine Feuerpause noch Friedensgespräche sind in Sicht. Die Lage scheint hoffnungslos.

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (* A K)

UN Launches a Warning on the Bombardment of Hodeidah Port

The United Nations launched on Sunday a warning to the US-Saudi coalition of the ongoing siege on Hodeidah port and the intensive air bombardment, which would hinder humanitarian operations for the entry of vital supplies of food and fuel.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, said in a statement, “Civilians were trapped and targeted during Mocha’s fighting, there is fear that the same situation will occur again. Aerial bombardment is tremendously escalating.”

“Possible war crimes have been committed repeatedly since the beginning of the Saudi air campaign on Yemen for nearly “two years, he added.

12.2.2017 – Yemeni Cruel (* B K)

Film: Saudi War On Yemen Series Episode 3

9.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (B K P)

Film: Current state of #Yemen affairs Political: Deadlock Military: Stalemate Humanitarian: Catastrophe War still on but battles/outcomes be like

11.2.2017 – Defense News (* A K P)

US beefing up Red Sea presence

Responding to a growing number of dangerous incidents in waters around Yemen, the US Navy is expanding its presence in the Red Sea, especially around the Bab el Mandeb strait at the southern entrance to the waterway.
The destroyer Cole was tasked on Feb. 3 with patrolling in the region.

Now, Pentagon sources say two more destroyers are likely to be stationed in the Red Sea, patrolling opposite ends of the 1,400-mile long body of water. A US assault ship also is staying in the region, carrying attack aircraft and Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Whether or not directly associated with tensions in the region, the entire group needs to pass through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to get to its eventual assigned operating areas.
The destroyers carry significant anti-air and anti-missile weapons as well as Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.
For the record, the Pentagon would not confirm nor deny the movements.

The region around the Bab el Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden is full of international naval and military activity. The European Union has maintained regular patrols against Somali-based pirates in the Gulf of Aden since late 2008, using warships from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom. China, Russia and Iran have maintained their own anti-piracy patrols, and China is building a small base in Djibouti to support the operations.
The US-led multi-national naval partnership of the Combined Maritime Forces provides two major operating elements around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) is responsible for maritime security and counter-terrorism, while CTF 151 is tasked with counter-piracy. Another unit, CTF 152, handles security operations in the Persian Gulf. There are 31 member nations in the CMF.
A number of nations, including the US, have military activities of various sizes in Djibouti, on the western side of the Bab el Mandeb across from Yemen. US Marine forces aboard deployed amphibious ready groups – including the ARG centered on the Makin Island – routinely exercise in and around Djibouti.
Saudi Arabia is reported as in the final stages of an agreement with Djibouti to establish a base there, and Arab media report that the United Arab Emirates, a key ally of Saudi Arabia in the anti-Houthi conflict, is building a military base at the Red Sea port of Assab in Eritrea.

My comment: And again: The Houthis themselves are no danger for international shipping. This danger is warfare. The Saudis are relentlessly bombing the coastal region by air raids, are pounding it by warships, and are bombing fishing boats and refugee boats from the air. But all that does not matter for the US.

11.2.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A H K)

Al-Anod Al-Hakmy, alone against a war

The only survivor in Sanaa, showing me a piece the bomb which killed an entire family. Hers.

Give me your hand and stand by me. I am a Yemeni orphan, Saudi-led aggression bombs fell on my house, killed my parents, brothers, sisters and destroyed every moment built in our home . Me, just me now. I am that child who lost the family and has been forced to face the pain , sadness, happiness, sickness in this life alone and without hope. My mother, Mom I miss you very much, Mom, and long to embrance with you in a huge hug. Where have you gone ? (photos)

11.2.2017 – Dr. Ba Mashmos (* B K)

Film: #Saudis deliberately bomb farms to get the starving nation hooked on food imports in #Yemen .

11.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy

Had this conversation with my son & didn't have heart to tell him ugly truth of instances airstrikes deliberately targeted children (text in image)

10.2.2017 – Anadolu (* A K)

Yemen’s Houthis manufacturing drones, SAMs: Leader

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi says group is producing long-range missiles able to strike Riyadh ‘and beyond’

The leader of Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia said Friday that the group had begun manufacturing unmanned aerial drones and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

In a statement broadcast by Yemen’s Houthi-run Al-Maseera television channel, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the group was now "manufacturing artillery shells and air defenses".

These, he said, included surface-to-air missiles capable of downing warplanes used by a Saudi-led military coalition, which continues to support Yemen’s Saudi-backed government against the Houthis and their allies.

Some of these missiles, al-Houthi asserted, were capable of hitting targets inside Saudi territory "and beyond".

His remarks came one week after the military of the United Arab Emirates -- a member of the Saudi-led coalition -- said it had shot down a Houthi drone over Yemen’s strategic port city of Mocha – By Zakaria al-Kamaali

11.2.2017 – Fars News (A K P)

Analyst: UAE, Sudan within Range of Yemeni Missiles

A prominent Yemeni analyst underlined that the country's ballistic missiles are able to target the capital cities of the Saudi-led coalition members, including the UAE and Sudan.

"Based on field information in area of the military industries, the indigenous ballistic missiles of the Yemenis can target the capital cities of certain members of the Saudi-led coalition," Amin al-Shami told FNA on Saturday.

"The range of the Yemeni missiles has stirred deep concerns in Riyadh and its supporters, including Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Sudan," he added.

His remarks came after the Yemeni local media reported on Monday a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.

11.2.2017 – Fars News (* B K P)

A Humanitarian Time Bomb: UN Titters at Black-and-White Moral Absolutism in Yemen

Question: Which Persian Gulf littoral state shares all of President Trump’s views on international terrorism, the so-called danger of Russian advance, the hypocrisy of the United Nations, the unreliability of Europe, the perfidy of the Muslim world, the need to contain Iran, and the need to destroy Yemen in order to save it?

Question: Which Persian Gulf littoral state is Donald Trump trying, with the help of the Military-Industrial Complex, to re-arm that the Obama administration denied to them on human rights grounds, with a shipment that contains bombs and weapons guidance systems worth billions of dollars that would allow to target marriage parties, funeral halls, marketplaces, town squares, schools, and hospitals in the south west corner of the Arabian Peninsula?

If you answered 'Saudi Arabia' to both of the above, you know more about International Law, political and international irony than the sitting president at the White House. You also know full well that from the very moment of its birth, the United Nations was a microcosm of West-East spying and double standards.

Clearly, it’s a waste of time for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Children's Fund, and the World Food Program to issue a joint statement that says more than two-thirds of Yemenis are struggling to feed themselves under an incessant barrage of bombs being dropped by US-backed Saudi warplanes. As previously, the regime changers will never allow any emergency food assistance to reach Yemen, where the UN says the number of food insecure people has risen by three million during the past seven months, reaching an estimated 17.1 million people and exceeding two-thirds of the entire population of 27.4 million.

To verify on that, President Trump says he has every intention to make the situation worse. All signs are that Yemen is in for more suffering at Trump’s hands.

As the war grinds on and civilian casualties mount, the Trump administration must answer for its support for the Saudi campaign at the UN, which is prolonging the conflict. Even if Saudi Arabia balks at ending its airstrikes, it can’t keep up the war without US weaponry, intelligence, and logistical help. The Trump administration can stop this bloodshed.

As for the UN, the suffering in Yemen will not stop unless the world body stops supporting Saudi Arabia with top seats at the Human Rights Council and tacit consent. Yemen needs more than joint statements and emergency food aid appeals. UN statements need to follow with actions and aid has to reach the Yemenis now, not tomorrow, not a month from now.

This entire war has gone by without much comment and resolution at the Security Council.

True, hushed conversations have taken place at the Security Council about calls for a ceasefire, but there has not been an outcry since the US provides diplomatic cover to Saudi Arabia.

In these difficult times, the people of Yemen should realize that no one is going to help them if they don’t help themselves.

There is now almost no hope of a UN-brokered agreement, as the Saudis and their Western allies will never agree to give the Yemeni people anything.

11.2.2017 – Al Waght / ABNA (* A P)

Why Mansur Hadi Seeks Federalization of Yemen?

The resigned Yemeni president Abed Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has officially talked about plans to introduce a federal system of governing to the country, a plan that more than Yemeni people will serve interests of Saudi Arabia, the US, as well as the Israeli regime in the region.
The argument about federalization of Yemen dates back to twenty years ago, namely five years after reunion of the former South and North Yemen governments.

The proposal of shifting to a federal system of governing for the country’s political system was put forward with support from Saudi Arabia. Breaking Yemen into six states or regions, the proposal won backing from Saudi Arabia, the US, and other Western sides. But at home it failed to garner advocacy, and other than the Yemen’s Muslim Brotherhood, that are majorly advocates of the Saudi Arabian policies, major parties have come against the suggestion.

Separation of Yemen to six states was put forward by Saudi Arabia with two key objectives: firstly, to restrict Ansarullah resistant movement to a new state called Azal, the ancient name of the city of Sana’a, the modern-day capital of the country. The aimed area has no access to the oil sources or the coasts. This deprivation was meant to eventually to undermine and obliterate the Yemeni resistant movement. Secondly, to give independence to the southern Hadhramaut province to ease the job of Saudi Arabia which wants to deepen its influence in the area to construct its oil pipelines from its deserts to the Arabian Sea and from there to the Indian Ocean.
The disagreement over the proposal between Ansarullah movement, which witnessed apparent conspiring by the foreign parties to eliminate it from the country’s political scene, and the government of Mansur Hadi at the end of the road culminated in what we are today seeing as a unceasing bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia in the form of an Arab coalition against Yemen.

When the United Nations raised efforts for peace in Yemen early this year, the federal system implementation was triggered afresh by the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The plan for introducing the federal system to the country once more was raised by Mansur Hadi on Tuesday, February 7, with an emphasis on confronting what the ousted president called the “Iranian influence”. The leading aim is to partition Yemen. The plan is overwhelmingly upheld by Saudi Arabia, the US, and the Israeli regime. According to the scheme not only Yemen will be split but also with achievement of sway in the so-called six states of a federalized Yemen by the Western allies of the Israeli regime the dangers that pose threats to Tel Aviv will be eliminated. =

Comment by Judith Brown. A perspective on the federalisation scheme in Yemen. It seems to me this scheme that was opposed by the South and the Houthis was a problem because of the shape of the federations, rather than the idea of a federal state in Yemen. Either way, Hadi rejected any criticisms of his scheme and intended to impose it onto Yemen. I guess it's a bit late for discussing this now.

My comment: Judith Brown is right, I think. Hadi just was dirty tricky and tried to misuse the shaping of the federal regions to marginalize his internal foes. It’s evident that such a politics cannot work and just discredits the idea of federalism. But I think that on the long run federalism will be the only idea to save the unity of Yemen. The differences between north and south, the desire of separation in southern Yemen have increased in a way that only a federate state can be a solution. Of course it must be shaped according to local needs and desires and not as an instrument of one president’s political strifes.

And, of course – as this article points out – it must be secured that foreign powers cannot misuse federal structures for their own political goals – concretely: Saudi Arabia and the UAE trying to break Hadramaut out of Yemen, or to stimulate any other separatist moves. In Switzerland, in the 19. century they had civil wars, it finally ended with federalisation. Switzerland, Germany, Austria will not be bad models for a federate state.

11.2.2017 – Channel 4 (* B H K)

Film: Yemen situation catastrophic and on verge of collapse

Channel 4 News 8 February 2017

10.2.2017 – Antiwar (* A H K)

Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Port, Threatening Civilians

Damage to Port Hindering Aid Deliveries

Throughout the two year Saudi invasion of Yemen, many of the biggest trends in the Saudi air campaign have been deliberately trying to soften up the civilian population in Shi’ite areas, either through targeting civilian infrastructure, or hindering humanitarian aid deliveries to the Houthi-held regions.

Today’s attacks centered on the northern port of Hodeidah, materially the last port in Houthi territory, further hindering the ability of the UN and other aid agencies to get badly needed humanitarian aid into the northern part of the country.

This has been a recurring problem, as early in the war the Saudis destroyed the main airport in Sanaa to prevent aid deliveries direct to the capital city, and forcing the use of the port at Hodeidah instead. This wouldn’t be so bad, if the port wasn’t being attacked by the Saudis intermittently, and a Saudi naval blockade has made any deliveries to the area very difficult.

UN aid coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said that the current UN focus is on getting some new mobile cranes into Hodeidah to help unload aid. Cranes at the port have been damaged in the past, and the hope is that the mobile units will be easier to move out of the way of such air campaigns – by Jason Ditz

19.10.2016 – The Young Turks (* B K P)

Yemen's Civil War EXPLAINED

A U.S. navy destroyer in the Red Sea recently fired on Yemen, how did the United States military get involved in Yemen's civil war? What's going on in Yemen? Hasan Piker gives you The Breakdown on the civil war going on in Yemen.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

12.2.2017 – Khalid Ahmed Alradhi (A H)

My nephew Ahmed, struggled for months 2 take him out of Sanaa 4treatment, arrived 2Egypt 2 days ago & died today (photo)

Ahmed Faisel Mashli Zaid Alradhi 19 years old Died of hepatitis

Comment: You want to know what is a siege, how it stops you from having anything close to a normal life?
Ask thousands of #Yemen-is in this same situation.
RIP Ahmed. Forgive us.

12.2.2017 – Blick (* A H)

Film: Alle zehn Minuten stirbt ein Kind an Unterernährung

Der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen trifft die Jüngsten besonders hart. Viele Kinder haben ihre Eltern im Krieg verloren und müssen auf der Strasse betteln.

12.2.2017 – Medium (A H)

We’re getting questions about Yemen. Here are some answers.

In February, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (known as OCHA) launched a new aid appeal.

My comment: A short survey.

12.2.2017 – Dubai Eye (A H P)

Emirates Red Crescent to drill 18 wells in Yemen

A project for drilling wells in Yemen has been launched by the Emirates Red Crescent.

The initiative aims to benefit people living in the desert of the Hadramaut Governorate, where people face frequent water shortages.

Eighteen wells will be drilled in total, and will also include the installation of pumping units to deliver water to different areas.

The project is part of the charity’s efforts in solving water scarcity problems in Yemen, and comes in line with the UAE’s efforts to improve infrastructure in the country.

My comment: That’s in the southeast of Yemen – while they bomb water wells and water drills in Northern Yemen.

11.2.2017 – NZZ / SRF (* A H)

Film: 2 Millionen Kinder im Jemen hungern

Der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen trifft die Jüngsten besonders hart. Viele Kinder müssen auf der Strasse betteln gehen.

Im Jemen droht nach fast zwei Jahren Bürgerkrieg eine Hungersnot. Mehr als zwei Millionen Kinder und gut eine Million Erwachsene sind bereits akut unterernährt.

10.2.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (* A H)

GIEWS Country Brief: Yemen 10-February-2017

Conflict endangers agricultural livelihoods despite good rainfall

In the country, owing to a variety of natural conditions, agricultural activities vary greatly depending on the location. However, as a result of persistent conflict, almost all governorates are reporting shortage of agricultural inputs as well as high price of inputs with implications for the current agriculture season. The severity of the impact varies across the country. Agricultural activities, particularly irrigated agriculture, suffer from high fuel prices. Many rural households rely on casual labour as a source of income. In conflict situations and to cope with increased costs of production, hired agricultural labour is usually replaced by family labour.

Below-average cereal harvest gathered in 2016

Total 2016 cereal production is estimated at 480 000 tonnes, including 220 000 tonnes of sorghum and 150 000 tonnes of wheat, about 11 percent below previous year’s harvest and 37 percent below the five-year average. Agricultural production and livelihoods were affected by the ongoing conflict as well as torrential rains resulting in flash floods and landslides in July 2016.

Relatively stable import requirements

On average, total domestic cereal production covers less than 20 percent of total domestic cereal utilisation (food, feed and other uses). The country is largely dependent on imports from the international markets to satisfy its domestic consumption requirement for wheat, the main staple. The share of domestic wheat production on total food utilisation in the last 10 years is between 5 to 10 percent, depending on the domestic harvest.

The import requirement for cereals to guarantee a sufficient calories intake in the 2016 marketing year (January/December) was estimated at about 4.1 million tonnes, including 3 million tonnes of wheat, 700 000 tonnes of maize and 420 000 tonnes of rice. Actual amount of imports is below the import requirement. In 2016, a total of 1 157 280 tonnes of wheat (of which 1 034 553 tonnes of wheat grain and 122 727 tonnes of wheat flour) were imported through Al Hudaydah. A smaller amount of 28 952 tonnes of wheat (19 034 tonnes of wheat grains and 9 918 tonnes of wheat flour) was imported through Al Mukalla port between May and November 2016.

As of January 2017, following the crisis in the Central Bank which led to a shutdown in trade finance and stopped wheat imports, the in-country commercial wheat grain stocks was estimated at some 940 000 tonnes (including flour), sufficient to satisfy country’s requirements for 3 months. In addition, continued fighting around the port city of Al Hudaydah, the main entry point for about 70 percent of the food import in Yemen serving the northern governorates hinders imports.

Some 17 million people are estimated to be food insecure towards the end of 2016

The latest multi‑agency EFSNA, using data, collected in November 2016, estimated that over 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure, with an increase of 3 million from the last available Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) from June 2016. Some 65 percent of Yemeni households are estimated to be food insecure, compared to 41 percent in the pre‑crisis period (2014). Out of 17 million food insecure, about 7.3 million people are estimated to be in need of emergency food assistance.

About 75 percent households report that the current economic situation is worse compared to pre‑crisis. The cost of living is now 40 percent higher than pre‑crisis, with income levels significantly deteriorating due to disruptions in livelihoods and salaries of public employees not being paid. High food prices continue to limit household access to food.

As of January 2017, there were approximately 2.025 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, with the highest number residing in Hajjah, Taiz, Amanat, Al Asimah and Sana’a governorates. Reports indicate that IDPs are putting strain on host communities which are struggling to cope with already stretched limited resources.

The majority of Yemenis have little access to Government services and support. Many people do not have access to clean water and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Water and sanitation issues likely contributed to the cholera outbreak announced in October 2016. Basic service infrastructure is near collapse, with fewer and fewer people able to access life‑saving assistance, basic health care and education. Children and women have been the hardest hit.

Official exchange rate remains stable at 250 YER/USD, while the prevailing rate on the parallel market reached 350 YER/USD in February 2017. Households relaying on remittances to improve their purchasing power report that lack of currency makes access of their remittances more difficult. and in full: = and just as a reminder: . What the world had done to fight the reasons of malnutrition in Yemen since that time? Nothing.

8.2.2017 – UN (* A H)

Film: Yemen humanitarian crisis: two years in two minutes

Without urgent action, Yemen faces a very real possibility of famine. More than half of health facilities are not functioning. Over 2 million people remain displaced from their homes.

7.2.2017 – Save the Children (* A H)

Film: A Yemeni boy who was badly burnt in an airstrike in Yemen

7.2.2017 – UN Children's Fund, Nutrition Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen Nutrition Cluster: Operational Presence as of 7 Feb 2017 and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Eyewitnesses: Houthi leader’s son militants clash with Ibb University security guards

Eyewitnesses said on Sunday that two college girls in Ibb University, central Yemen, went into comma due to clashes erupted between the security guards of Ibb University and Houthi militants.

The source told Almasdaronline that Houthi gunmen opened the fire on the university students and the security guards of the university gate when the latter prevented them from entering the university campus with their arms.

“The security guards of the university prevented militants following the son of the prominent Houthi leader Hameed Antar, brother of the Ibb Political Security Department Director Adel Antar, after they have asked them to hand over their arms if they wanted to enter the university.”

Antar’s son was going to attend a Houthi event organized in Ibb the university.

However, the militants insisted on entering with their arms, and clashed with the security guards causing a state of chaos and panic inside the university campus.

12.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

UNESCO demands to investigate into death of Yemeni journalist

UNESCO on Saturday called for investigating into the death of the investigative reporter Mohammed al-Aabsi in the capital Sana'a.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called on the authorities to launch an independent investigation into the death of Mohammed Al-Absi and bring the perpetrators to justice.

UNESCO cited on its site that al-Abasi was poisoned as an autopsy has reportedly shown.

Al-Absi was a prominent Yemeni investigative journalist said to have been investigating oil companies owned by Houthi leadership. He had published a series of reports over the past years, focused on corruption, particularly in the energy industry and in relation to arms deals.

One of the published documents concerns Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam, alleging that he owns an oil company that sells on the black market in Houthi-controlled areas. and also

Remark: earlier reporting YPR 265, cp5.

12.2.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen President Saleh Samad Lays wreath in martyrs cemetery in Sanaa on the Day of Martyrs. Week of events nation-wide to pay tributes (photos9

12.2.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Citizens of Majez in Sa'ada send food convoy to support army

Citizens of Majez district in Sa'ada province sent a food convoy to support the army and popular committees in the battlefronts.
The process took place on Sunday.
The citizens confirmed that they will remain a backup to provide the front lines with strong fighters, vowing to keep providing more and more of foods, money and men to achieve the great victory against the US-Saudi aggression war on the Yemeni people.

12.2.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Drug gang arrested in Sa'ada

Police in cooperation with popular forces arrested a drug gang in Bagm district of Sa'ada province, a security official told Saba on Sunday.
The 13-member gang was arrested on Sunday with possession of 170 kg of Hashish.

11.2.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen parliament Received today certified documents of financial disclosure from chairman&members of anti-corruption committee. (photos)

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemeni people acquire high combat experiences: Leader of Revolution

Leader of the Revolution Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi said that gains of the legendary steadfastness in confronting US-Saudi aggression war were that our people have acquired high combat experiences.
"The gains of the legendary steadfastness in the confrontation against the US-Saudi aggression war were that our people have acquired high combat experiences in the face of the powerful countries' plots that being plotted by senior military professional experts," Sayyed al-Houthi said in a speech to the nation aired on Friday evening.
Sayyed al-Houthi said : "in an unique and important achievement, our forces have began manufactured pilotless aircrafts and drones and those planes will be more effective and modified to fly long-range, as well as there are steps to develop air defense."
"The achievement of locally-modified, Scud-type, long-range ballistic missile Borcan 2 (Volcano 2) was the most important achievement in our military industry," Sayyed al-Houthi said.
"Our people today are spectacularly building their military capabilities, topped by the rocketry force, in which ballistic missiles were developed from Sarkha to Borcan 2 that hit the heart of the Saudi capital of Riyadh," the leader said.
Sayyed al-Houthi warned the aggressor Saudi regime that "whatever the size of the sacrifices and suffering, our stance is the steadfastness and we will not give up."

and more:

11.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Sayyed Houthi: Saudi regime regards opponents of Israeli policies as enemy

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says Saudi Arabia is in cahoots with Israel, and therefore considers anyone opposing the policies of the Tel Aviv regime as its own enemy.

Addressing his followers in a Friday afternoon speech in the northern city of Sa’ada and on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi stated that the Al Saud regime turns hostile toward any nation that resists the hegemonic acts of US and Israeli authorities in the Middle East region.

Al Sayyed Houthi:Houthi also emphasized that Saudi Arabia and its advocates are trying to divest the Yemeni people of their freedom, national pride, motherland as well as their country’s geo-political weight.

“They want to transform us into people who have no will in any issue of their lives. No decision-making power. They want us to be puppets who obey what they want,” Houthi commented.

The Ansarullah leader also leveled strident criticism against those Yemenis who are collaborating with Saudi Arabia in its devastating bombardment against Yemen’s infrastructure, saying they are “puppets and slaves of the enemies.”

Houthi underlined that the Saudi military aggression will never succeed to deal a blow to the Yemenis’ steadfastness and resistance. =

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Child killed by bomb explosion in al-Jawf

A child was killed and other injured when a bomb ledt by Saudi-paid mercenaries went off in al-Matoon district of al-Jawf province, an official told Saba on Saturday.

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

12.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Three al-Qaeda militants captured, one killed in Lahj

Yemen's security forces in the governorate of Lahj on Sunday managed to capture three al-Qaeda militants and killed another one.

Meanwhile, the Yemen government is to prepare a plan to eliminate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from the governorate of Abyan.

According to Saba News Agency, the government held a meeting with the local authorities in Aden And Abyan, stressing the importance of defeating any al-Qaeda attempts to exist in Abyan governorate.

Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar directed ministries and competent authorities to provide any equipment and supplies to security services in order to enhance their performance

My comment: First half is fact, second half is wishful thinking.

12.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemenis commemorate sixth anniversary of youth revolution

Yemenis commemorated on Saturday the sixth anniversary of Yemen Youth Revolution in a number of Yemeni cities which are run by the legitimate government.

Revolutionaries in Marib and Taiz, al-Dhala'a and other cities marked this occasion with attendance of high-ranking officials and military commanders.

They vowed to liberate all Yemeni governorates and defeat the Houthis and ousted president Ali Abdullah Sleh.

Youth, women and even children took part in these celebrations, wearing Yemeni flags and singing the national anthem.

The revolutionaries called to prosecute Saleh and the Houthis, citing that they committed crimes against Yemenis.

Remark: By Islah Party media.

12.2.2017 – Reuters (* A)

Helicopter bombs vehicle amid power struggle in Yemen's Aden

An Apache helicopter from a Saudi-led military coalition wounded three Yemeni soldiers when it fired a missile at a military vehicle outside Aden International Airport on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said.

The attack struck troops loyal to the airport's chief of security, who had refused to accept a government order that he be replaced.

The incident was yet another sign of the inability of Yemen's internationally recognized government to enforce order. But it was the first time its allies, the coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states, had intervened militarily in power struggles within the Yemeni armed forces.

A coalition spokesman did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the incident.

Government mediators were attempting to resolve the dispute through talks, the security officials added – By Mohammed Mukhashaf

12.2.2017 – AP (* A)

3 killed in inter-militia fighting at Yemen's Aden airport

Yemeni security officials say inter-militia fighting has flared up at the airport in the southern coastal city of Aden, with a government-allied helicopter gunship firing on fighters in the area, killing three.

They say Sunday that troops from the presidential guard who are backed by the United Arab Emirates have surrounded the facility, now closed for three days due to the fighting. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to journalists – by AHMED AL-HAj =

13,2,2017 – Almasdfar Online (* A)

Nine casualties in a coalition airstrike targeted presidential security forces military vehicle

Eyewitnesses said that an Apache of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Sunday an airstrike on a military vehicle belonging to the presidential security forces in Aden Airport, southern Yemen.

The sources told Almasdaronline that nine soldiers were killed and injured in the airstrike.

It is noteworthy that this incident came hours after the tension around Aden Airport had escalated due to the rejection of the airport security commander of implementing a presidential decree providing for handing over the security duties at the airport to the presidential security forces.

According to sources in Aden city, the tension in the airport had been going on since two days, when the presidential security forces imposed a siege on Aden Airport in an attempt to implement the presidential decree by force and take over the airport from the security forces existing in the airport.

Earlier on Saturday night, limited gunfire was heard in Caltex roundabout on the road leading to the airport, which turned to be clashes between presidential security forces and militants loyal to Aden Airport security commander Saleh al Omiri, who was rejecting the presidential decree.

12.2.2017 – New News (A)

Saudi-backed forces fight each other at Aden Airport in southern Yemen

Two Saudi-backed forces clashed at the Aden Airport on Sunday morning after one of the groups refused to hand over this governmental installation to the other.

According to local reports, a southern brigade led by Saleh Al-‘Amiri refused to hand over the Aden Airport to the Hadi loyalists; this resulted in a violent confrontation that is still ongoing.

Al-‘Amiri’s forces had been in control of the Aden Airport since they recapture this strategic port city from the Houthis in late 2015.

In response to Al-‘Amiri’s refusal to leave the airport, the Saudi-backed Coalition began bombing their own allies to show support for exiled president ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.

12.2.2017 – Various (* A)

Summary of events in Aden city, #Yemen : Outright hostilities have broken out between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. I'm not kidding (more text in image)

Inter-faction tension between pro coalition forces in Aden boils to surface (again), resulting in limited armed clashes near airport.

Just to clarify: the fighting was between factions loyal to Hadi and those loyal to U.A.E over taking control of Aden airport.

The fighting around #Aden airport was not the spur of the moment. Sporadic intra-factions since Aden liberation,it just got escalated today.

Locals say a couple of airstrikes targeted specific armed group, not Aden airport itself. Talk to @SalehAlBatati1, a #Yemen-i journo there.

clashes in #Aden airport now and Khor Maksr area #Yemen Apache is hovering over the airport.

Heavy clashes erupted between pro-Saudi forces and pro-Emariti forces to seize Aden International Airport

Note on Aden city, #Yemen : Not accurate to say Saudi-paid militias are fighting each other. It's UAE-paid militia vs Saudi-paid militias.

local sources, the sound of explosions and violent clashes between the mercenary aggression in Aden International Airport

Clashes continue in #Aden between UAE and Saudi forces.
It is a race for supremacy: people of Aden pay the price.

Tension is steaming in #Aden as presidential guards(led by #Hadi's son) besieged Aden airport controlled by rival faction.

15 soldiers killed by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in Aden south Yemen where Hadi's son besiege airport controlled by rival forces

and also (Arabic); byGoogle translator: , two people wounded by bombing from Apache helicopter and photos

Tension stay high after UAE helicopter killed 9 presidential guards to break siege on Aden airport by son of Saudi-imposed president Hadi (photo)

Vehicle destroyed by UAE Apache today in Aden south Yemen. Anti-air craft gun was destroyed, 9 soldiers killed,6 injured Tension stays high (photo)

Finally, Hadi orders his forces surrounding Aden airport to withdraw after tense and bloody day near the airport.

Breaking: Aden airport will shut down & flights are cancel starting from tomorrow. #Yemen is getting the brunt of the siege

Because of security and unsafe situation in #Aden #Airport: #Yemen Airways suspend it's 2only flights for 24hours.Starting 00:00 LocalTime (image)

12.1.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (* A P)

An attempt to assassinate Prz Hadi in southern port of Aden, local sources reported tonight.

12.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A)

Hadi forms "joint ops room" for ministry of interior in Aden. Indirectly admitting #Yemen gov not in control & need coordinate w/ factions.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

12.2.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

U.N. chief affirms full support for Yemen peace envoy

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday the U.N. envoy to Yemen had his full support, days after Yemen's Houthi group asked him not to renew the diplomat's term due to what it said was bias against the Iranian-aligned movement.

"Our envoy has my full support and I believe that he is doing an impartial work, that he is doing it in a very professional way and independently of what other people may think, he has my full support," said Guterres during a stop in Riyadh, part of a regional tour that also includes the United Arab Emirates.

A top official of the Houthi-led government which controls Yemen's capital called on the world body on Friday not renew the term of U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, saying he had shown "lack of neutrality" and sympathy for a Saudi-led coalition that is fighting to reinstate Yemen's internationally-recognized government.

In a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Guterres appealed to the combatants in Yemen's almost two-year-old war not to exploit the delivery of humanitarian aid, adding any such action was to be condemned.. – By Katie Paul

My comment: The problem is not the envoy’s fault but the fault of the UN, especially the Security Council (my comment in YPR 265, cp7). – And also this press conference shows the problem of UN partisanship: The UN clearly shows pro-Saudi partisanship in the whole Yemen affair when Guterres tells that to the world in a joint press conference together with the Saudi foreign minister !! (during a visit at Riyadh: wrong time, wrong place, wrong man sitting beside him, for that announcement)

12.2.2017 – AFP (A P)

Heartbroken UN chief seeks Yemen talks 'resurrection'

A heartbroken United Nations chief on Sunday called for the "resurrection" of peace talks between Yemen's warring sides to end the suffering of civilians.

"You know, I am a Catholic. And Catholics believe in resurrection," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters during a visit to the Saudi capital.

"So if negotiations are dead they can always resurrect. And I do believe that they need to for a very simple reason, the suffering of the Yemeni people."

He spoke at a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir after talks with King Salman, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defence minister.

UN peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed also attended the press briefing as he continues to push a peace plan that would restore a ceasefire and lead to a political transition in the country.

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Fifteen national forces soldiers released

The National Committee for Missing Persons and Prisoners confirmed the release of fifteen of national forces' prisoners in Jawf and Taiz provinces.
The Committee issued a statement, saying that the swap operation took place on Friday in both provinces.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

12.2.2017 – Huffington Post (B P)

Viele Araber schämen sich für Saudi-Arabien

2016: Laut meinen Recherchen leben in Saudi-Arabien 13.000 Christen. Ich war selbst fassungslos, als ich das gelesen haben, doch in in diesem stark vom Islam geprägten Land, das "Andersgläubige" steinigt, versuchen Christen ein normales Leben zu führen.

Um nicht aufzufallen, tun sie so als ob sie Moslems wären, leben im Verborgenen. Doch das ist nicht so leicht wenn eine Art "Scharia Polizei" die Menschen in der Öffentlichkeit sowie in ihren Häusern kontrolliert.

Man wird nicht gerade vor eine Wahl gestellt. Entweder man konvertiert zum Islam oder man wird gesteinigt.

Gerade die Menschen, die in den ländlichen Regionen des Landes wohnen, halten nicht viel von moderner Bildung. Damit meine ich, sie glauben an Engel und das Jenseits. Für Wissenschaft interessieren sie sich nicht. Lieber Scharia statt Demokratie. Religiöse Bücher bestimmen die Leben der Bürger.

Diese Menschen leben in der Vergangenheit, ähnlich wie in meinem Heimatland Syrien. Doch viele Menschen aus anderen arabischen Ländern verachten die Saudis. Sie beschuldigen sie für die Kriege in Syrien, im Jemen und die unerträgliche Armut, die überall im mittleren Osten präsent ist.

Als ich auf Arabisch in verschiedenen Suchmaschinen recherchierte, wurde mir das Ausmaß des zweifelhaften Wissensstands Saudi-Arabiens klar. "Kamel-Urin" wird eine geheime Kraft zugeschrieben, dienst als Heilmittel gegen Krankheiten und sogar als Shampoo.

Eine "Professorin" pries es in einem Fernsehbericht als "Heilmittel gegen alle gesundheitliche Probleme" an. Die Moderatorin könnte sich ein Lächeln nicht verkneifen und schaute peinlich berührt auf den Boden – von Aras Bacho

12.2.2017 – Reuters (A P)

At the press conference [at the UN], Jubeir said he expected support for rebels in Syria to continue despite the fall of Aleppo to the Syrian government in December, but noted that any decision would be made as part of the U.S.-led international coalition.

Jubeir also described the Saudi-American relationship as "excellent," continuing to signal warm ties with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump after visiting Washington and New York earlier this month.

"We see eye to eye when it comes to the situation in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Libya. We see eye to eye when it comes to the danger of Iranian interference in the affairs of other countries," he said.

Jubeir's comments came two days after CIA chief Mike Pompeo made the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a Trump administration cabinet member.

Jubeir declined to discuss the agenda of Pompeo's visit outside, but said "it shouldn't come as a surprise" given extensive security ties between the two countries – By Katie Paul

11.2.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Saudi Arabia deports almost 40,000 Pakistanis in just 4 months

Saudi Arabia has deported almost 40,000 Pakistanis over the past four months, claiming that they could be involved in the commission of terrorist acts, reported on Friday.

Over 39,000 Pakistanis have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the last four months, the Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

The deportations were attributed to visa violations, crime and security concerns linking the deportees to terrorist organisations, but come amid a background of migrant worker unrest that has plagued the kingdom over the past year.

Citing “informed security sources”, the Saudi Gazette said that a number of the Pakistanis deported were linked to the Daesh group or terrorist activities. Others were deported over crimes including drug trafficking, theft, forgery and physical assault.

News of the deportations follows intermittent reports of migrant worker protests over unpaid salaries, after the increasing strain on Saudi public finances since the downturn in oil prices over the past years.

Dozens of expatriate workers were flogged and jailed last month following public protests that spilled over into violence, which saw buses torched in Mecca after construction workers at major Saudi companies including the Binladin Group and Saudi Oger had their salaries unpaid.

But the deportation of Pakistani workers has been driven primarily to security concerns, according to the New Arab, citing the Saudi Gazette.Saudi officials have called for a rigorous vetting process before allowing foreign workers into the kingdom.

My comment: LOL. Saudi Arabia was the greatest sponsor of Salafism and terrorism in Pakistan for decades.

11.2.2017 – Europe nNews (A E P)

Film: Saudi Arabia unveils austerity Gulf style YouTube


11.2.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A H P)

#Saudi Monarchy cancels bread subsidy hitting hard majority of the population using bread as main food source

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12.2.2017 – Alwaght (* A P)

Reasons behind Team Trump’s Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

US administration has reportedly planned to sell an arm package to some Persian Gulf Arab states. The new administration's officials are said to have been struggling to faster present it to Donald Trump to win his approval for final implementation.

The White House has declined to directly comment on the case, but an American official familiar with the efforts has said that the new US administration seeks to approve supplying a package including technology related to missiles with pinpoint accuracy as well as a multi-billion dollar deal for selling F-16 fighter jets respectively to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

An elaboration on the big and small goals behind this new policy will help us have a more obvious understanding of the US new strategy– if we can label it a strategy– of the United States in West Asia region.

US economic conditions boost

Although a majority of the economists highlight a relative success of the economic solutions of the administration of the former US President Barack Obama to pull the country out of the 2008 economic crisis, Trump has managed to win trust and votes of the economically damaged and discontented part of the American society by putting fingers on some of the American economy's woes like unemployment, the country’s raddled infrastructures, and the profits made for the Chinese firms by trade contracts with the Americans.

On the other side, a big part of the pro-Trump lobbies in the election campaign were from the US arms industry that was well against Obama administration's policy of controlling and putting restrictions on this sector of the economy. So given the attractive and lucrative markets of these oil-rich Arab countries for American weapons companies, the Trump government will attempt to sell weapons to Persian Gulf Arab countries for two major reasons: first to create jobs and economic improvement to fulfill his campaign-time promises and second to earn content of the American arms producers.

One more point must be put into account: there is a competition between the Arab allies of the US like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and Qatar and Egypt. And so providing each side with will move others to make even bigger military purchases. The outright winner of this competition is the American arms manufacturers.

Sending messages to Washington's regional allies about new administration’s foreign policy shift

Trump’s decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain comes while the former President Obama in the closing months of his presidency banned arms sale washington's Arab allies following the concerns raised by international organizations about the situation of the human rights in these two Arab kingdoms. Therefore, the first message of the Team Trump’s decision to these countries and the other West Asian allies of Washington, particularly the Israeli regime, is that the new American administration has changed its approach and do not care anymore about being branded as complicit in war crimes of its allies. .

Sending signals to Iran and Russia in Syria

Without any doubt, the alliance that gathers together Iran, Russia, and Syria has managed to grant the three allies an upper hand in the Syrian military and political developments.

On the other side, it is clear that the major arms suppliers and bankrollers of the Syrian militants have been Saudi Arabia and Qatar since the beginning of crisis. Now considering this issue, authorization of new arms deals with Saudi Arabia will enable the kingdom to further fit out the anti-Assad forces with weapons. From another aspect, with a consideration of the fact that the military superiority of Iran to the Persian Gulf countries is predominantly marked by its missile power, possibly the team Trump will seek degrading Iran's military supremacy by sending accurately-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab states.,-Bahrain =

12.2.2017 – APA / DPA (A P)

Der saudi-arabische Innenminister Kronprinz Mohammed bin Nayef ist vom US-Auslandsgeheimdienst CIA für seinen Einsatz gegen den Terrorismus ausgezeichnet worden. Bei seinem ersten Besuch in dem Königreich verlieh der neue CIA-Direktor Mike Pompeo dem Kronprinzen am Freitag die George-Tenet-Medaille, wie die saudi-arabische Nachrichtenagentur SPA berichtete.

Mein Kommentar: Ein schlechter Witz. Ein großer Unterstützer des Terrorismus namens CIA zeichnet einen Vertreter des weltweit größten Terrorunterstützers Saudi-Arabien für den Kampf gegen den Terror aus.

12.2.2017 – RT (* A P T)

'Bad joke that CIA awarded Saudi prince for fighting terrorism'

The award to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef by the CIA for fighting terrorism could be a US diplomatic overture towards Saudi Arabia, a message to Iran or a bad joke, says former CIA intelligence analyst Ron Aledo.

The CIA has awarded the crown prince of Saudi Arabia with a medal for his fight against terrorism. Saudi Arabia is widely accused of actually supporting terrorism with America itself among those making the charge.

Ron Aledo: It is true that Saudi Arabia have been controlling at least terrorism inside the kingdom. It is also true that Saudi Arabia has been promoting terrorism in other ways, for example, in Syria. Most of the Sunni jihadists have been supported by Saudi Arabia. It is absolutely kind of a bad joke that we give them the medal for fighting terrorism.

We obviously know that Trump knows this, Mike Pompeo [CIA Director] knows this, Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn knows this.

RT: President Trump said fighting ISIS is his main geopolitical aim. How do you expect things to change in the relations between the US and Saudi Arabia in the future?

RA: Perhaps, this is again a diplomatic overture, a friendly gesture. Perhaps what they expect in return is for Saudi Arabia to cut the funds to Al-Qaeda. A lot of private citizens in the kingdom fund Al-Qaeda and associated groups. Perhaps they are trying to cut the funds to the jihadists in Syria.

Remark: Earlier reporting: YPR 265.


12.2.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P T)

The counterterrorism partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia has been paradoxical. The CIA’s latest move to award a medal to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef for his "intelligence work in the fight against terrorism" has been even more ironic. The question many ask is why Washington should reward a Saudi official whose country is accused of supporting extremist groups in Syria and Iraq and has killed more than 11,000 Yemeni people in an unjustifiable war? Press TV’s ‘The Debate’ has discussed Washington's double standards in its so-called fight on terror with Scott Rickard, former American intelligence linguist, and Jim Walsh, with MIT's Security Studies Program.

Jim Walsh maintains that although Riyadh is supporting Wahhabism and extremist ideologies in the region, that does not necessarily mean that it cannot have counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington.

“Countries are complex and diverse and often there's a right hand and a left hand that are doing different things,” the analyst said, adding that the notion that Saudi Arabia is supporting Wahhabi ideology, extremist groups in particular, is absolutely correct, but that does not prevent Saudi Arabia from coordinating with US intelligence agencies within the framework of a counterterrorism program.

However, Scott Rickard, the other panelist on the show, dismissed the comments by Walsh, stressing that the way the US is dealing with Saudi Arabia these days truly reveals Washington’s duplicity in its fight against terrorism.

“It is comical the way Mr. Walsh tries to defend the indefensible by saying that maybe they do supply terrorists but at the same time they are trying to fight terrorists,” Rickard joked.

“Obviously that same unfortunate excuse goes to the United States as well. The United States is absolutely funding terrorists and absolutely fighting terrorists. So, there's a tremendous hypocrisy here. Obviously it is not carried in American newspapers because it's a tremendously hot topic. It is a hot potato… nobody wants to be involved with a country that is sponsoring terrorism. Certainly the Americans don't talk about their own sponsorship as well in the American news,” he noted.

13.2.2017 – Antiwar (* A P T)

Lessons and Propaganda From the Botched Raid on Yemen

Nearly everything went wrong in the Yemen raid. Surprise wasn’t achieved. US troops were killed and wounded. Far too many non-combatants (innocent civilians) were killed, including an eight-year-old girl. A $75 million Osprey malfunctioned and had to be destroyed.

To hazard a guess, this raid probably cost the US in the neighborhood of $250 million while failing to achieve its main objective. Meanwhile, the enemy put up fierce resistance with weaponry, mainly small arms and explosives, that probably cost less than $100,000.

In brief, the US raid on Yemen was prodigal in cost, profligate in resources, and unproductive in results.

Of course, I can’t say for certain that the raid didn’t secure vital intelligence. According to Spicer, an “unbelievable” amount of intelligence was seized. But early signs are unpromising – by William J. Astore, retired lieutenant colonel (USAF and on this subject also

13.2.2017 – Scoop (* A P T)

Bungling in Yemen: Trump and the Cult of the Action Hero

Even a Yemeni tribal leader was baffled at the sheer muscularity of the raid, featuring Reaper drones, helicopter gunships and elite personnel, suggesting that it would have been easier to simply bomb the place – “but it looks like Trump is trying to say ‘I’m a man of action’.” It was evident that the president had been addled by a diet of “Steven Seagal movies.”

Networks were drawing up their scorecards on the mission. NPR came up with its own list, among them the death of US Navy Seal, Ryan Owens, the civilians already mentioned, and a $90 million tilt-rotor aircraft known as an Osprey, destroyed on crash landing. “The operation, the first authorized by the Trump presidency, also raises serious questions about the planning and decision-making of the current occupant in the Oval-Office, as well as the truthfulness of information coming out of the White House” (NPR, Feb 10).

The technique of such truthfulness – the alt-fact world of tinkering, adjustments and readjustments – was as much a matter of deflection than anything else. White House press secretary Sean Spicer is fast becoming the spinner of the deflected tale and inflated ruse: instead of focusing on the mission’s heroic efforts, critics, he charged, were rubbishing the exploits of a fallen Navy Seal.

Senator John McCain certainly saw few good signs in the operation, deeming it a failure. The International Crisis Group saw a gun-crazed buffoon stumbling into conflict.

Even Yemen’s government-in-exile emitted mixed signals regarding the Yakla engagement, wishing to conduct a “reassessment” of the raid.

This reassessment was already taking place moments with the blood still drying. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) painted a less than rosy picture despite celebrating the killing of al-Qaeda militants.

The ingredients for a deepening of conflict exist. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, insists that the Houthis are an Iranian proxy front, and a terrorist one, no less.

Add to this a range of Islamist groups of various persuasions, including the Islah Party, with deep Muslim Brotherhood links, and we have a convulsed mess that will need more than an action hero to sort out. The White House resident, imbued with the brutish spirit of Steven Seagal, will be the perfect recruitment figure for the very organisations Washington wishes to neutralize – By Binoy Kampmark =

12.2.2017 – Common Dreams (* A K P T)

Yemen: In the Shadow of Death

Some critics are calling the January 30 raid in Yemen a botched affair. Insufficient or incorrect intelligence and poor planning, they argue, are responsible for the chaos that erupted when the Navy Seals launched their raid and ended up causing excessive “collateral damage.”

What about the life of Nawar al-Awlaki and the lives of the other women and children whom the soldiers ended up killing? Don’t they deserve an apology? Better than an apology, don’t their families deserve some form of compensation for the loss of their loved ones? Even more to the point, don’t we all deserve an explanation for why the United States is conducting drone strikes and clandestine military operations against the poorest country in the Middle East while supporting the Saudi-let coalition against Houthi rebels and allied military forces?

Again and again, my thoughts return to Nawar, the beautiful child whose all-too-brief life ended when a U.S. commando unit, acting under orders, unleashed their awesome firepower in the course of storming an Al Qaeda outpost in central Yemen. And I can’t help but ask myself, in this scenario, who are the terrorists? How much difference is there between masked militants opening fire on innocent civilians in Paris, Istanbul, or any number of other places in the world, and heavily armed soldiers conducting a surprise attack that led to so many unnecessary deaths and will likely inspire more disillusioned young people to join the ranks of extremists.

Nawar, sadly, is not alone. She is one of countless children killed or wounded in the course of America’s relentless “war on terror” in which, apparently, we are entitled to bomb, shell, sanction, or otherwise immiserate any country or people that somehow threatens our national security — and to do so with absolute impunity. In the case of Yemen, the U.S. is complicit in the ongoing destruction of the country. The biggest culprit, of course, is Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates.

Several years ago, I encountered another Iraqi family who suffered the same fate at the hands of U.S. soldiers. While driving from Mosul to Baghdad to spend the holidays with relatives, they came too close to a U.S. military vehicle. The soldiers, following protocol, opened fire.

But of course none of this really matters, certainly not to the apparatchiks who devise America’s foreign policy, nor to the generals who implement policy decisions. Civilians killed in a botched raid in Yemen? Entire families blown to pieces by a Hellfire missile? To quote Harold Pinter, British playwright and 2005 Nobel Prize winner in literature:

It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them.

We can do more than talk about them. We can open our hearts to the suffering of people in places like Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya where the U.S. government and its military, under the pretext of advancing “freedom and democracy,” have committed or abetted crimes against humanity. But even that is not enough. We have a responsibility to speak out against these crimes and the ones who perpetrate them, and to work toward creating an effective, politically motivated, nonviolent resistance to the ongoing and seemingly non-ending imperial wars. Above all, we can respond to the violence of war with a deepening sense of shared humanity and an activism motivated, ultimately, by love – by George Capaccio

11.2.2017 – Georgetown Security Studies Review (* A P T)

The Yemen Raid: Uncertain Implications for US Counterterrorism Policy and Decision-making

The raid demonstrates the serious risks associated with conducting such a mission with limited on-the-ground intelligence and cooperation with Yemeni forces.

Beyond the on-the-ground consequences, there are concerns about the nature of the decision-making process that led to the Yemen raid, and whether this case is indicative of how the Trump administration will make important CT decisions going forward. The raid has serious implications for CT strategy in Yemen, has already demonstrated counterproductive results, and most importantly, has highlighted the president’s unconventional CT decision-making process.

The raid does not represent a major departure for the United States in terms of national interest.

A more aggressive US approach may be warranted in order to contain and limit AQAP’s influence and effectiveness in southern Yemen—indeed a general expansion of resources and authorities in that country was allegedly debated by the Obama administration in early January.[vi] However, the potential benefits of such intelligence gathering missions must be weighed not only against the costs of human life, military equipment, and domestic public opinion, but also public opinion in the Middle East and globally.

While the raid implies an intensification of US involvement, the Trump administration’s decision-making process leading up to the mission signals a more dangerous departure from the norm. Rather than call a formal National Security Council Principals Committee meeting, Trump discussed the raid with some of his advisors over an informal dinner, and the military carried it out the following morning. This meeting allegedly included Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, but excluded representatives from the State Department and intelligence community who normally play a key role in these types of decisions.[

The January 29 raid, while an isolated operation as of now, indicates an escalation of the US CT approach in Yemen. However, it is difficult to extrapolate the administration’s CT strategy based on one operation. What we do know is that the foundation of good strategy is sound decision-making. Trump and his advisers will face many similar situations that will require difficult, measured decisions in the near future. Therefore, it is imperative that the Trump administration commits to rigorous decision-making processes now, in order to adequately address vital national security decisions and consequences going forward – By: Nicole Magney

10.2.2017 – MIC (* A P)

Trump is selling arms to Saudi Arabia, linked to the majority of deaths in US terrorist attacks

My comment: Overview on US-Saudi relationship, travel ban, arms sales.

9.2.2017 – Politico (* A P)

Saudis foot tab at Trump hotel

A lobbying firm working for Saudi Arabia paid for a room at Donald Trump’s Washington hotel after Inauguration Day, marking the first publicly known payment on behalf of a foreign government to a Trump property since he became president.

Qorvis MSLGroup, a communications firm that lobbies for the Saudis, has been organizing veterans and other activists to come to Washington to urge Congress to repeal the law letting 9/11 victims’ families sue the kingdom. Between 20 and 40 veterans, with the assistance of the advocacy group NMLB, stayed at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in December and January.

The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution prohibits U.S. officials from receiving payments from foreign governments. Lawyers started warning about the potential for violations at Trump’s Washington hotel and overseas properties after he won the election, but the clause didn’t start applying to Trump until he took office on Jan. 20.

The Jan. 23-26 hotel stay paid by the Saudis raises questions about whether it represents a violation of the foreign emoluments clause.

While the payment passed through several hands, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s ultimately Saudi money, Eisen said. Lobbying firms typically bill expenses to their client – by Drew Hansen and also

12.2.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Trump will beim Einreiseverbot nicht nachgeben

US-Präsident Donald Trump bleibt trotz seiner juristischen Niederlagen bei den Einreiseverboten für Menschen aus mehreren muslimischen Ländern hart.

"Wir werden diese Schlacht gewinnen", erklärte der Republikaner. "Unser Rechtssystem ist kaputt. (...) SO GEFÄHRLICH!" twitterte er am Samstag. Er erwäge einen neuen Erlass, der Anfang der neuen Woche in Kraft treten könnte. Sein Stabschef Reince Priebus schloss auch den Gang zum Obersten US-Gericht gegen die Ablehnung der bisherigen Anordnung nicht aus.

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12.2.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Ministers came 'within hours' of suspending UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Court documents show then business secretary ‘indicated he will suspend exports’ if he did not have cross-government agreement by the end of the day

Government ministers reportedly came within hours of suspending controversial UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia, official documents have shown.

On 12 February last year, Sajid Javid, the then Business Secretary, threatened to end the exports by the end of the day, The Observer reports.

Court documents show that Mr Javid wanted both former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon to back continuing the exports, otherwise he would suspend them.

A briefing document seen by The Observer, written by an MoD official for Sir Michael, said: “the Business Secretary has indicated he will suspend exports if he does not have the cross-government agreement by the end of [the day].”

It came as the Government was considering how to respond to a legal challenge brought by campaigners to force ministers to stop issuing export licences for weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Part of the document states: “Following the advice of senior government lawyers and the Foreign Secretary, the Business Secretary is prepared not to suspend export licences to Saudi Arabia.”

The next paragraph added that he “is considering suspending all export licences related to the campaign in Yemen. However, in the result of an unfavourable judgement in a judicial review it is not clear which export licences would be suspended.”

The document was disclosed as part of High Court proceedings over the continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia – by Samuel Osborne

12.2.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

The Observer view on Britain’s shameful role in the arms trade

Among all these eager, weapons-hungry regimes, anxious to shore up their often illegitimate and undemocratic grip on power, Saudi Arabia is the jewel in the crown for Britain’s arms merchants.

Yemen was one of the Arab spring’s biggest casualties.

The subsequent, ongoing violence and alleged, egregious abuses of international humanitarian law (IHL) – some deliberate, some accidental, exemplified by last October’s bombing of a funeral that killed 140 people – are, in part, the consequence of the British government’s selfish, complacent and irresponsible behaviour.

British policy is nothing if not consistent. Instead of seeing the Arab uprisings as a golden opportunity to remake what the UN has deemed one of the world’s most undeveloped regions, the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for International Trade and Downing Street have focused narrowly on British commercial advantage, with Yemen being the worst example. It is true, or so David Cameron says, that Saudi Arabia provides Britain with counter-terrorism intelligence. It is true it is an important oil supplier and that many jobs rely on arms sales. It is also true that Whitehall shares Riyadh’s fear of Iran’s regional ambitions. But as indicated by last week’s court hearings on the legality of continued Saudi arms sales, initiated by CAAT, the biggest, ugliest “truth” underlying British officialdom’s infatuation with the Saudis is as banal as it is immoral: money.

The court heard how minister after minister, with Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, to the inglorious fore, passed the ethical buck, fretting over advice that arms sales were illegal under IHL and Britain’s treaty obligations, wondering how to circumvent their obligations, appealing to each other for political cover and ultimately deciding, in the teeth of evidence provided by the UN, two parliamentary committees and activist groups such as Human Rights Watch, that the lucrative sales should continue, whatever the cost to Yemeni civilians.

Let us be plain. Britain should not be selling weaponry and equipment of any kind to Saudi Arabia or to any other undemocratic and autocratic regime that is likely to use such materiel in breach of international law and the universal human rights that Britain supposedly upholds. Britain should tell its Saudi ally that its military campaign in Yemen must be halted.

Theresa May should order a top-to-bottom review of Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, whose encouragement of religious extremism and intolerance, lack of respect for human and women’s rights and use of judicial executions run contrary to British interests and values – by Editorial Board

12.2.2017 – The Herald (* A P)

Warnings over Scottish-delivered bombs ignored

THE UK Government is continuing to deliver deadly smart bombs with Scottish-made guidance systems to Saudi Arabia despite civil servants warning that they could not be sure their use in Yemen complies with international law.

The Paveway 1V bombs are made by US arms manufacturer Raytheon with the sophisticated guidance and targeting system fitted in its Glenrothes factory. They have been used extensively by coalition forces, led by Saudi Arabia, in the civil war in Yemen

Despite this, days later in early November, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pressed fellow cabinet member Liam Fox, responsible for international trade, to continue supplying the weapons.

On February 4 last year the head of policy at the Export Control Organisation, Christopher Chew, wrote to Javid expressing his concerns about the Saudis and whether the use of the British ordnance, which had killed civilians, might breach international law. Three weeks later a Paveway bomb hit a market in Sana'a, killing 40 and wounding dozens more.

In diplomatic language, Chew queried the decision to continue supplying armaments to the Saudis. He pointed out that the Ministry of Defence had been tracking 114 incidents of “potential IHL concern [international humanitarian law]" and that “only a very small percentage of the overall coalition airstrikes have been tracked”.

Saudi Arabia is notionally meant to inform the UK of forthcoming attacks with British bombs, but Chew makes it clear that the system is deeply flawed. He continues, in the official document marked ‘sensitive’, to say that while the Foreign Office ¬ then under Philip Hammond – is confident of their ability to make proper assessments, “we do have concerns regarding the gaps in knowledge about Saudi targeting processes and about the military objectives of some of the strikes.”

He added that in the incidents the MoD had been tracking, they “are able to identify a ‘valid military target’ for the majority of them. Additionally they cannot be certain that the vast majority of the total airstrikes that are not being tracked have all been IHL-compliant”.

He also expressed the department’s concern that the MoD “have very little insight into so-called ‘dynamic strikes’, where the pilot in the cockpit decides when to despatch munitions – which account for a significant proportion of the air strikes.”

9.2.2017 – The Bristol Cable (* B E K P)

Bristol’s role in arming the world

Arms and aerospace industries have played a significant and historic role in Bristol’s economy, beginning in 1910

Now Europe’s single largest aerospace centre, companies in Bristol are involved in the design and manufacture of components for missiles and fighter jets used in conflicts such as Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya.

The success of the UK’s arms market is due mainly to the extraordinary support companies get from successive UK governments. In her Bristol University PhD Theses (2004) ‘A Dead Giveaway’ Emma Ann Rose Mayhew states that “No other industry is so dependent on the government to define the parameters in which an entire industry’s commercial activities are set. No other industry has such a huge incentive to become as involved as it can be in the formation and implementation of government policy.”

The reach of the arms industry penetrate the city in many ways.

It is not surprising that policy devised by men with strong military and defence industry connections will favour use of military intervention over more globally inclusive or long term notions of security.

A paper ‘Rethinking Security’ (2016) written by the Ammerdown Group, a group of peacebuilding practitioners and academics, consider the government security narrative to be outmoded, elitist, and failing as a response to growing global insecurity. Concerns such as climate change, resource depletion and increasing inequality are not acknowledged, nor is the fact that militarism itself is a source of extreme insecurity – by Jo Baker

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

11.2.2017 – Fars News (* A K)

Source: US Hiring Mercenaries with $1,500 Daily Wages for War in Southern Yemen

Intelligence sources in Sana'a disclosed that the US has sent a large number of mercenaries it has hired on high wages to the Southern parts of Yemen to help the Saudi troops against the Yemeni forces there.

"The US has dispatched American security mercenaries to Southern Yemen for further cooperation with the Saudi-led coalition," a Yemeni intelligence source told FNA in Sana'a on Saturday.

The source noted that the US will pay each mercenary $1,500 per day, and said, "The mission of the US mercenaries is to commit crimes and hurt the Yemeni civilians in Yemen."

He said that the mercenaries have been recruited from different parts of world.

The source also warned that the Saudi-led coalition intends to hire more Blackwater mercenaries after its recent defeats in Bab al-Mandeb operations and sustaining heavy losses.

In a relevant development on Thursday, at least eight Saudi mercenaries were killed after Yemeni forces clashed with Saudi-backed forces loyal to resigned fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for the control of a strategic coastal city in Ta'iz province. =

Comment by Judith Brown: Hmmm. I wonder how much of this is true. If they are using American mercenaries the costs will be high in a place as volatile as Yemen.

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

10.2.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

Yemen UNHCR Flash Update, 10 February 2017


28,000 people estimated to have fled Al Mokha

2,600 people have fled to neighbouring governorate of Al Hudaydah

2,007,216 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) since onset of hostilities in March 2015.

1,027,674 IDP returnees since March 2015


UNHCR is deeply concerned about the plight of thousands of Yemeni civilians fleeing or caught up in heavy confrontation in Taizz governorate. While hostilities have intensified in the Red Sea districts of Al Mokha and Dhubab, individuals are also being displaced further inland from Al Wazi'iyah and Mawza in Taizz as conflict engulfs key strategic locations across the governorate. Thousands of civilians are being caught in the crossfire, worsening the situation for an already vulnerable population. UNHCR is mobilizing rapid assistance together with partners to help those displaced. Challenges in response include heavy fighting and ongoing military operations which are impeding humanitarian access, and comprehensive displacement data is currently difficult to verify. Those trapped face serious risks in an effort to reach safety, including mined roads and ongoing hostilities.
The number of displaced is expected to increase as major confrontation continues.


Al Mokha: The situation inside Mokha city is of serious concern, along with the security and logistics in providing much needed assistance to those trapped inside the city. There are conflicting reports as to the number of people that remain within the city of Al Mokha, with some estimations putting the figure at up to 20,000 people. Fighting is affecting essential services including medical, fuel delivery and water supply.

Al Dhubab: Fighting in Taizz has prompted the majority of the town to flee, with an estimated 1,000 families remaining in the town.


and, quite similar, from Feb. 4, 2017: and in full:

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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2017 – Human Guardians (* A T)

Do You Want To Stop Terrorism?

Boycott Terrorism Sponsors

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates

Terrorism only stops if we threaten to boycott terrorism-sponsoring countries Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. Consumer boycotts devastate their economies forcing them to stop sponsoring terrorism. Boycotts start at the earliest in December 2016.

Terrorists are finished without sponsors. No funding, no supplies, no customers and no moral support will isolate and paralyze terrorists. Making it impossible for them to carry out terrorism wars and terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Africa and in the cities of our countries.

Terrorism Sponsors and their Goals

The five Gulf States sponsor terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere. The countries claim to be Muslim but are Wahhabi, a heretical and extremely violent sect. Turkey is a sponsor too. To what extend the July 2016 coup changed it, needs clarification. Turkey has at least to pay damages to Syria and Iraq.

The goals of the terrorism sponsors are to rule the Muslim world and its oil and gas resources. To achieve the second phase (first was Afghanistan), they are pressing for regime change in Syria and Yemen. Bombing and starving Yemen. Sponsoring terrorists Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, ISIS, Al Aqsa and others to kill.

Western Terrorism Support

The Western world supports terrorism-sponsoring countries with arms, logistical support and so on. They demand regime change in Syria. But they are mum about atrocities of rebel-terrorists and in Yemen of the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia and allies. What products to Boycott

12.2.2017 – PTI (A T)

Dear PM, please help Fr Tom: 60 kids dressed as Infant Jesus write to Modi..

12.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy / Elisabeth Kendall (B T)

According to AQAP list, maj ops in Ibb (Map.1). According to RiskIntel (M.2), no AQ in Ibb. #Yemen gov (M.3)? No AQ anywhere!

@omeisy Love your comparison. According to #AQAP's official Telegram feed, it has conducted 8 ops in Ibb since the start of 2017.

cp15 Propaganda

12.2.2017 – Arab News (* A P)

Saudi Arabia key in fight against terror: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lent all support to the warring factions in Yemen if they are willing to reconcile and reach a political solution to the bloody conflict within the framework of the UN resolutions and GCC-brokered initiative. Guterres also strongly backed the efforts of UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, saying that the UN envoy enjoys full support from the UN.

The UN chief, who speaking at the press conference after holding talks with King Salman, said that “Saudi Arabia is a pillar of stability in the region besides being a key in the fight against terrorism.”
At the outset of the meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace, King Salman congratulated Guterres on his appointment to the UN’s top post.
“The king and UN secretary general reviewed the efforts and the missions entrusted to the UN to achieve international peace and security,” said a report published by SPA Sunday. Later, the UN secretary general met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior; who praised UN efforts to achieve global peace and stability.
The UN chief also met with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, minister of defense, and discussed the latest developments in the Middle East region, particularly in Syria and Yemen, as well as the efforts exerted by the Kingdom to restore peace, security and stability in the region. The meeting also addressed the Kingdom’s support for the efforts of the UN.

Al-Jubeir deplored the Yemen situation saying, “We made many agreements with Houthis and the faction led by Ali Abdullah Saleh, but none of the agreement was implemented by them. The Kingdom and the GCC went ahead to help Yemen and its government within the framework of the article 51 of the UN charter.”
Al-Jubeir said that he had extensive discussions with UN secretary general on a range of issues including “on Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Islamophobia and counter-terrorism efforts.” In a question about support to Syria, the foreign minister expressed hope that “the global support for moderate Syrian opposition will continue.” – by GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

My comment: Guterres on Yemen also reported in other reports, look at cp7. – It’s a bad joke that one of Guterres’ first visits is to one of world’s most horrible Human Rights offenders and terror sponsors, even whitewashing them not just by his visit, but also by the things he tells during this visit. And Jubeir can use the international stage of this visit to tell his well-known odd propaganda. His “moderate rebels” in Syria are the most horrible islamists you almost could imagine. And so on.

12.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis plan to marginalize Saleh politically and militarily

The Houthis are preparing military plans to marginalize ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh politically and militarily, a Saudi newspaper, al-Watan, quoted a Yemeni commander, who defected Saleh and the Houthis.

The commander said that Houthi leaders have recently held a meeting in which they discussed the marginalization of Saleh and making amendments to education curricula which may serve their sectarian tendencies.

It is also reportedly said that the differences sharply escalated between Saleh and the Houthis

My comment: By Islah Party media. Here, this is propaganda. Of course, there are tensions between these both parties of the Sanaa government. Pro-Saudi media often had reports like this one, and what actually happened: nothing. And this will not change as long as the Saudis bomb Yemen and enforce unity between Houthi and Saleh party allies. – And all this happens while Hadi supporters fight each other at Aden airport.

12.2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K P)

Yemen: Houthis Militias Targeting Civilians Raises International Concerns

A United Nations organization issued a statement Saturday expressing the looming danger facing Yemeni civilians as coup militias purposefully target civilians in key port city Mokha in retaliation to an offensive to free the coastal area from insurgency hold.

My comment: Asharq Al-Awsat is referring to UN reports ( ) and gently is keeping quiet about the heavy impact of Saudi bombing (1000 to 1500 air raids within two weeks) at civilians in Mokha.

11.2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K P)

Yemen’s VP Extols Role Played by Arab-led Coalition in Liberating Key Port City

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar relayed his government’s great appreciation towards the substantial role played by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in the recent liberating of key port city, Mocha.

Putschists and Iran-aligned Houthi militias were driven out of the Red Sea coastal city.

In a phone call, VP Al-Ahmar discussed with Deputy Chief of the Staff Maj.Gen. Ahmed Saif Al-Yafei the current standing at battlefronts and latest victories secured by the Yemeni national army loyal to the internationally recognized government of Yemen, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, reported the Saudi state-owned new agency.

11. 2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthi Leader Tries to Acquit Tehran of Arming his Group

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi militia said Friday that the group had begun manufacturing unmanned aerial drones and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

In a statement broadcast on TV, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the group was now “manufacturing artillery shells and air defenses.”

These, he said, included surface-to-air missiles capable of downing warplanes used by a Saudi-led military coalition, supporting Yemen’s legitimate government against the Houthis and their allies.

His remarks came few days after Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat that Tehran provided Houthi militias with drones that are capable of carrying weapons.

In response to these statements, Yemeni political analyst and author Najib Ghallab said that Houthi’s speech carries internal and external messages.

Ghallab said that Houthis are covering up Iran’s meddling in response to a request made by Tehran, which has come under extensive U.S. pressure.

He further noted that there is another internal reason for this act, which is to deceive Yemenis by showing them that Iran does not interfere in their matters and that they are the ones developing weapons.

“Yemenis reject any foreign intervention and Houthis are aware of that, and for this reason they are trying to cover up Iran’s acts in their country,” Ghallab said.

My comment: For this statement of Houthi leader, look at cp2 (by Anadolu). He did not tell anything of Iran. – A joke for a great LOL is the last paragraph cited here: ““Yemenis reject any foreign intervention and Houthis are aware of that, and for this reason they are trying to cover up Iran’s acts in their country.” Saudi bombing campaign since 22 month is no “foreign intervention” in Hadi “loyalists” and Saudis’ eyes, but Iranian cheerleading for the Houthis is?

8.2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Hadi from Socotra: We Won’t Hand Over Yemen to Insurgents

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi said on Tuesday he is working on a plan to build a new federal Yemen based on the principles of justice, citizenship and equality that would protect the rights of all people away from discrimination.

Speaking from the province of Socotra, Hadi said: “The blood of our martyrs will not be lost. We will build new federal Yemen and raise our dear flag on the mountains of Amran. Iran will not have any role in Yemen.”

Hadi said that 2,600 men from Socotra were enrolled in the National Army forces and 545 men in the Border Guards forces, adding that this procedure would allow Socotra residents to join other governorates and districts in defending and protecting their nation.

Hadi said a decision would be taken to announce Socotra an independent governorate after he realized the area was marginalized and needed much attention.

The Yemeni president reiterated his gratitude to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States and King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works for all aid provided to the people of Socotra in all fields.

My comment: Hadi had given Socotra to the UAE for 99 years. Socotra has a population of ca. 50.000 – what had happened to press so many of them into Hadi’s army? – To praise and to hail the Saudis for destroying Yemen, that’s one of the main tasks of this “president”. And “We Won’t Hand Over Yemen to Insurgents” means that we do not want any peace deal – which would include a powersharing with those Hadi calls “insurgents”.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

12.2.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 11/2/2017 (full list): and (,2017.pdf )and a survey at Saba Net:

11.2.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 10/2/2017 (full list): and ( )

12.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

5 #Saudi airs trikes targeted Aldahamia Island in #Hudydah #Yemen

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthi casualties in coalition airstrikes in Harad, Midi

The pro-government forces declared on Sunday that casualties among the Houthis- Saleh forces fell in the vicinity of Harad and Midi cities, northwestern Yemen.

The Media Centre of the pro-government Fifth Military Region posted on Facebook that the Houthi militants were killed in air strikes launched by the fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

“An air raid had targeted Houthi gatherings in eastern Medi city, followed by another air strike on a car and motorcycles came to evacuate the victims”.

The Arab Coalition fighter jets also launched several air raids on Houthi-Saleh forces sites southern Harad city, destroying heavy cannons.


11.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

18 #Saudi air strikes today hit several areas in Harad area #Haja city

11.2.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film: Young boys playing football in Bajil Hodeidah province, while Saudi jet strike. Keeps playing, a #Yemen|is will of life under daily strikes

12.2.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air aggression kills and injures 5 people in Hodeidah

12.2.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film: UN warns coalition after shelling the port of Hodeida

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

#Al Hodeidah: the warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged two raids on the stores of the fishermen in Al Nekhaila area directorate of Aldirihma and (Feb. 11)

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi American Raids Kill a Fisherman in Hodeidah

A fisherman has been killed on Sunday in a brutal raid that targeted Al Arj coast yesterday in Salif region, Hodeidah governorate.

Fighter jets of the Saudi American aggression also waged two raids on the fishermen’s hangers in Nakila region, Duraihmi district, Hodeidah.

The aggression’s warplanes also bombarded Tehama agricultural development building using four barbaric raids.

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Launching Raids and Dropping Cluster Bomb in Al Hodeidah

(photos do not fit to this raid)

11.2.2017 – Al Masirah (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air raids at Hodeida province

Airline Saudi American aggression continues constant target for a number of Directorates # Hodeidah province. In Zabid District aggression targeted the Tehama agricultural development building by three air strikes, killing a guard of the building after he had been injured by shrapnel in the head. Airline aggression also launched a raid on a farm located in the area Jerbh Directorate surgical leading to considerable material damage. Air raid aggression track Hosseinieh Equestrian also targeted resulting in a large mass in the region. And at the Bayt al-Faqih District targeted three farms of poultry in the dry zone, just leaving rubble. and some photos from this film and as a reminder read this:

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighter jets strike Houthis positions

the fighter jets of the Arab Coalition launched 15 air raids on the Houthi group militants and forces loyal to former president Saleh northern al Mocha city, according to the source.

“Seen raids had targeted the al Zahari military camp, five raids on Yekhtel area, and three raids targeted rebels reinforcements on the coastal line leading to al Khokha area”.

My comment: This as in pro-Saudi / pro-Hadi propaganda, and what really has happened on the ground:

11.–12.2.2017 – Saba Net / ARWA Rights (* A K PH)

Six family members killed in Saudi airstrike on Mokha

At least six citizens of one family were killed and others injured, including children and women when US-Saudi aggression fighter jets on Saturday waged a strike on their house in Mokha district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.
The official said that the aggression warplanes launched a series of strikes on various areas of the district, one of the raids targeted the family house in Mokha, which destroyed the house and killed the six family members.

#Saudi Co airstrike on Dr. Mahees' home, head of maternity center in #Mokha #YEMEN, injuring her, killing 6 incl husband & children

Death toll of Saudi airstrikes on Mocha raises to 10

The death toll of Saturday Saudi airstrikes on a house in Mocha district raised to 10 people, a local official said Sunday.
Four more bodies were recovered from the debris of the house of Mosa Ali al-Yosoufi, which was targeted by an airstrike of Saudi warplanes.
Several people, including women and children, were wounded. The rescue operation is still underway.
The Saudi aggression airstrikes on Mocha city launched in the last few days caused the destruction of dozens of houses, souks and public facilities in the city. and

and film by Al Masirah:

11.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

The warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged two raids on Harath and Al Marzog in Hajjah

11.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Al Hodeidah: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged raids on the store for the fishermen in the town of Al Lohia northwest the city of #Al Hodeidah

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression's warplanes launch 3 airstrikes on Hodaida

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched an airstrike on Hodaida port overnight, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The enemy fighter jets also launched an airstrike on Hodaida's airport and another one on al-Derhimi district, the official added.

Saudi aggression hits Serwah

The Saudi aggression launched two airstrikes on Serwah district of Mareb province overnight, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The aggression's warplanes struck al-Makhdarah area and al-Rabia'a Wadi of Serwah.
Aggression mercenaries fired artillery shells several areas in Serwah, causing serious damage to citizens' farms. and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets wage 4 airstrikes on Sa'ada

Saudi aggression warplanes launched three airstrikes on Shada district of Sa'ada province, one of them with a cluster bomb, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The airstrikes caused serious damage to the district.
The enemy fighter jets also waged an airstrike on al-Sabah area in al-Dhaher district of the same province, the official added. and

12.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

10/2/2017 -Friday #Saudi air strikes targeted 4 civilians houses in Almokha #Taiz #Yemen Photos of destruction

11.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

9/2/2017 - Thursday #Saudi jets targeted Noaman Aladresi house in Aljarahi area #Alhudaydah city #Yemen Photos of destruction

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Pro-government forces expand military operations in al Mocha, Coalition fighter jets strike Houthis positions

The pro-government forces expanded on Sunday the military operations in the outskirts of al Mocha city, western Taiz, southwestern Yemen, in coincidence with air raids launched by fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on the Houthi militants’ positions.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the pro-government forces have completed clearing the landmines around the Steam Station and the Residential Town, and were preparing to wage an attack on these areas.

According to the source, the Houthis snipers are stationing on the buildings inside the Residential Town and they have prisons and ammunition stores inside the town, while other snipers were stationing on the Steam Station.

At the same time, the pro-government forces landmines teams have accelerated clearing the mines in the al Hali neighborhood, northeastern al Mocha, the last neighborhood under the Houthis control, in preparation for the advancement of the pro-government forces.

Meanwhile, the fighter jets of the Arab Coalition launched 15 air raids on the Houthi group militants and forces loyal to former president Saleh northern al Mocha city, according to the source.

“Seen raids had targeted the al Zahari military camp, five raids on Yekhtel area, and three raids targeted rebels reinforcements on the coastal line leading to al Khokha area”.

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Dozens of Houthis dead bodies including prominent figures arrive in Dhamar city

A local source in Dhamar city, central Yemen, said that dozens of dead bodies for Houthi militants who used to fight in al Mocha and Taiz, including prominent figures, arrived on Sunday to Dhamar city.

The source told Almasdaronline that the arrival of the bodies came in coincidence with the commemoration of the martyr’s day.

The source also stated that the corpses cortege roamed a number of streets in the city, before some of them were sent to the villages and districts of Dhamar governorate.

Dhamar governorate is considered the largest governorate from which the Houthis rally their fighters, and often send them to Taiz and al Mocha battlefronts.

“The hospital’s morgue had received more than 3500 dead bodies for Houthis elements since the beginning of the war”.

12.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#UAE's NIMR N35 4x4 mine protected vehicle took part in the battles to recapture Al Mokha, #Yemen

11.2.2017 – Almasdar News (A K PH)

Houthi forces launch decisive counter-offensive in west Yemen

The Houthi forces launched a decisive counter-offensive near the strategic Mocha Port on Saturday, striking the Saudi-backed “Southern Resistance” forces at the eastern flank.

The Houthi forces reportedly gathered east of Mocha on Friday evening in order to regroup for today’s offensive.

With the adequate men needed to launch the offensive, the Houthi forces began their swift counter-assault on Saturday morning; this attack resulted in a fierce battle between the two opposing parties.

11.2.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi mercenaries propaganda that they had taken fully control of the Mokha city is resemble this GIF

11.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Pro-government forces seize northern al Mocha, train the locals to keep peace

The government forces and popular resistance secured on Saturday the Khabet area, northern al Mocha district and western Taiz, southwestern Yemen, after fierce battles against forces loyal to the Houthi group and former president Saleh.

A military source told Almasdaronline that pro-government forces, backed by the fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, had controlled al Khabet after clearing the landmines on the coastal line leading to the area.

The battles between the two sides were still flaring up, according to the source.

The source added that the government forces were likely to advance towards the Houthis sites in Yakhtel area, the hotbed of the Houthi and allied forces after retreating from al Mocha city in the past few day.

At the same time, the pro-government forces intensified deployment of its troops northern al Mocha city, and established security centers nearby the residential town, the steam station, and the coastal sector camp.

The pro-government forces also started training dozens of the locals of al Mocha in military camps southern the city, in order to entrust them with keeping the peace in the city, according to the source.

On the other hand, the UAE Red Crescent is going on distributing relief materials to the people living in the northern and western neighborhoods.

11.2.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A K PS)

Army sappers continue to remove mines in liberated Mokha in Yemen

Explosive devices disposal engineers are continuing to clear mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted in the liberated Mokha city.
The mines were planted by the Saleh/Houthi militias to impede the advancing national Yemeni army and resistance fighters.
''The Yemeni national army on Thursday arrested 20 elements of the militias while combing the city,'' a military source was quoted as saying by the Yemen news agency.

11.2.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Al-Qaeda Terrorists, Commander Killed in Yemeni Forces' Ambush

Local sources in Yemen disclosed that several members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, including a senior commander, have been killed in an ambush operation of the Yemeni army and popular forces in Ta'iz province.

"Notorious al-Qaeda commander, Mohsen al-Aoulaqi, was among a number of the terrorists killed in the Yemeni army's ambush operation East of al-Mukha region in Ta'iz province," a Yemeni military source said.

The al-Qaeda terrorist group is fighting against the Yemeni army and popular forces in Yemen, while multiple reports and documents show that the terrorists are operating for the Saudi army after working out a deal last year.

In relevant remarks in late January, a senior Yemeni military commander disclosed that Saudi Arabia is taking advantage of the presence of terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and the ISIL, in Bab al-Mandab region.

"The Yemeni army and popular forces have tried hard in recent days to prevent the advances of the Saudi-led militias in the Northern part of Dhubab region," Senior Yemeni Commander Hamed Anwar al-Nour told FNA.

He said the Saudi-led troops are also using al-Qaeda and ISIL in their attacks.

The commander reiterated that the Yemeni forces blocked efforts by the Saudi-backed militants who had the support of the kingdom's Apache helicopters to advance towards al-Jadid, al-Kadaheh, al-Khazra and al-Amri regions and from there towards Northern Dhubab region.

"Tens of Riyadh-backed militants were killed and wounded while their armored vehicles were also destroyed," he said.

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills dozens of mercenaries in Mocha

Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed, including an al-Qaeda leader in Mocha city of Taiz province, an army official told Saba on Saturday.
The army and popular forces ambushed the mercenaries in the east of the city and killed them all, including al-Qaeda leader Mohsen al-Awlaqi. and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenaries' military vehicles smashed in Mocha

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Artillery Force Continues Targeting Saudi Mercenaries

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Destroy Saudi Weapons Store in Asir

12.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

A #Saudi M60 Tank among other units of the #RSLF supporting the Yemeni Army in Midi District, #Yemen

12.2.2017 – Five Iranian experts killed in Saadah

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition on Friday killed five Iranian experts along with a number of Houthis were killed in the area of Saqain, Saadah governorate.

My comment: Until further proofs, this stays propaganda. By Islah Party media.

12.2.2017 – BRE recorder (A K)

Yemen shelling kills Pakistani in southern Saudi

A Pakistani national was killed Sunday in Saudi Arabia when Yemeni rebels shelled the kingdom's southern border region, the civil defence department said.

A rocket hit Arda, which is part of the southwestern region of Jazan, Civil Defence spokesman Yahya al-Qahtani said in a report by the official Saudi Press Agency.

"As result, a Pakistani national was killed," he said without naming the victim. and by Xinhua: and Almasdar Online:

11.–12.2.2017 – New News (A K PH)


Houthi targeted Saudi military vehicles in Al Mostahdath location

Houthi targeted Saudi military vehicler in Ammoudby guided missile

Yemen Houthis Pro Saleh YA Ambush on Pro Hadi Al Hirak Convoy

The Yemeni army and the public committees defeat an attack for the hypocrites , Al Selw district, Taiz

Houthi attack on a Saudi army position with ATGM Metis , RPG's and recoilless rifles

Targeting two military vehicles in Al Shabka military base

A military vehicle full of hypocrites is targeted ,Nehm district

The spoils of war that Yemen Army gained in Al Guetb area , Nahm Directorate

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Attack the Mercenaries Locations in Niham and Taiz

12.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Great Victories for the Army and Popular Committees in Jizan and Taiz

12.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army recaptures areas in Taiz and

12.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Artillery hits mercenaries locations in Taiz, 2 confirmed killed and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Numbers of Saudi soldiers killed in Najran and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Dozens of mercenaries killed in Nehm

11.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Targeting Groupings of Saudi Army

11.2.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

[military events]

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Artillery hits mercenaries in Taiz and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Artillery targets Saudi soldiers in Asser and

11.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Three mercenaries shot dead in Mareb

11.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Video : Yemeni plane “drone” bombing in the Saudi depth

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-265: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-265: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!) und / and

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