Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 727b- Yemen War Mosaic 727b

Yemen Press Reader 727b: 17. März 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 727, cp7 - cp19 / March 17, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 727, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 727, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 727, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1

Klassifizierung / Classification

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Separatisten und Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Vereinte Nationen warnen vor Hungersnot

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen droht nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen einen Hungersnot. Die Lage verschlechtere sich dramatisch, so UN-Jemenbeauftragte Martin Griffiths.

Die seit Wochen anhaltende Offensive der schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen in der ölreichen Provinz Marib bringe schätzungsweise eine Million vertriebene Zivilisten in Gefahr, sagte der UN-Jemenbeauftragte Martin Griffiths im UN-Sicherheitsrat.

Griffiths erklärte, Kämpfer auf beiden Seiten hätten schwere Verluste erlitten. Luftangriffe des mit der jemenitischen Regierung verbündeten Saudi-Arabien auf die Hauptstadt Sanaa seien ebenfalls eine Gefahr für Zivilpersonen.

Darüber hinaus hätten Regierungskräfte eine Offensive gegen Rebellenstellungen in der Provinz Hadschdschah im Westen des Landes eröffnet. Außerdem gebe es Kämpfe in der von Regierungstruppen gehaltenen Provinz Tais im Süden.

Zusätzlich verschlimmert werde die Lage, weil die Regierung Tanker mit Treibstoff am Einlaufen in den Hafen von Hudeida hindere, der von den Huthis kontrolliert wird, sagte Griffiths. Diese seit Januar anhaltende Blockade habe die Preise für Nahrungsmittel und andere Güter in die Höhe getrieben.

Krankenhäuser und Wasserwerke seien gefährdet. Angesichts der drohenden Hungersnot müsse ein landesweiter Waffenstillstand geschlossen und der Hafen Hudeida sowie der Flughafen von Sanaa geöffnet werden. UN-Nothilfekoordinator Mark Lowcock sagte, momentan bestehe eine Möglichkeit, den Konflikt zu beenden, weil die neue US-Regierung sich zu einer diplomatischen Lösung bekannt habe. Wenn jedoch eine Hungersnot ausbreche, sei diese Möglichkeit dahin.

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As Conflict, Humanitarian Crisis Grows, Yemen ‘Speeding towards Massive Famine’, Under-Secretary-General Warns, in Briefing to Security Council

The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen is taking a dramatic turn for the worse, with Houthi rebels pursuing a military offensive in Marib governorate alongside a surge in cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia, but a renewed diplomatic commitment by the United States to end the six-year conflict offers a glimmer of hope that peace is still possible, senior United Nations officials told a videoconference meeting of the Security Council today.

[Survey of briefings and delegates’ statements; Hadi government telling what it tells always. Statements in full: below.]

Nirvana Shawky, CARE Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said her organization is assisting 16 million Yemenis suffering from hunger. Four in five live below the poverty line. Recalling that CARE has been in Yemen since 1992, she said it delivered assistance to almost 3 million people in 14 governates in 2020. Sharing the perspective of the 400 CARE staff working on the ground, she said the countless declarations about “opportunities for peace” evoke hope that the conflict will end, only to then see the fighting resume.

“The war enters a new year, new frontlines are opened and the brutal reality swiftly replaces any fleeting hope,” she said. “It is hard to imagine the toll this takes on people’s psychological well-being.” As the conflict enters its seventh year, millions of Yemeni children and teens struggle to remember life without insecurity and food shortages. Funding cuts to the humanitarian response are taking an enormous toll on Yemenis, who often support more than 20 people in their extended families.

In recent weeks, as fighting has intensified in Marib, she said the focus has rightly turned to the risks facing the 4 million people internally displaced since the start of the conflict in 2015

Shorter press reports:

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Briefing to United Nations Security Council by the Special Envoy for Yemen – Martin Griffiths, 16 March 2021

It will be no surprise to anyone here that I am returning to this Council, yet again, to report a deterioration of the conflict in Yemen. This time, a dramatic one. Ansar Allah’s offensive on Marib governorate continues, putting civilians, including an estimated one million internally displaced persons, at risk. Fighting forces on both sides have suffered heavy losses in this unnecessary battle. I see shocking reports, as I am sure we all do, of children increasingly getting drawn into the war effort and deprived of their future.

Cross-border attacks have also increased significantly in recent weeks. I am like all of us concerned by the intensification of the missile and drone strikes, including ones that have targeted civilian and commercial infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, airstrikes took place within the confines of Sana’a city, endangering civilians there as well.

In Hudaydah, there has been a troubling continuation of violence causing civilian deaths and injuries, including women and children. I join General Guha, my colleague who is the head of that mission, in condemning attacks that endanger civilians.

Madam President, even as the conflict intensifies, acute fuel shortages for civilians persist in Sana’a and the surrounding governorates. Fuel imports have not been permitted to enter Hudaydah since January. This has contributed to the increase in cost of basic commodities, puts hospitals and services at risk and I am sure Mark will speak more eloquently on this point and it is simply unacceptable, of course, on humanitarian grounds, and Mark himself and the United Nations has consistently drawn the attention of this Council to these issues. But longer than we may imagine. It is vital that obstacles to imports and domestic distribution of fuel for civilian use, obstacles to those, are removed. I call on the parties to prioritize civilian needs and not to weaponize the economy.

As a result, I call on our friends in the Government of Yemen to urgently permit the entry of fuel ships to Hudaydah without delay. We also believe very strongly that the revenues stemming from the fees and taxes of oil ships coming in should be exclusively used for the payment of the civil service salaries based on the 2014 payroll database.

The situation in Aden and the surrounding governorates remains difficult.

Madam President, allow me to return to announce the proposed way forward. There have been many reports and much public commentary of late on the efforts being made to bring an end to the fighting and to the need for the launch of the political process. If you permit me, I would like here to clarify here for this Council my own appreciation of that engagement, of that situation.

We are often and rightly reminded that Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, and that famine has now I think arrived to add to the tragedy of Yemen. In this connection, Mark often reminds us of the link between the incidence of famine and other humanitarian needs and the places where the war is hottest.

In addition to those humanitarian considerations, my particular task, Madam President, is to help the parties to end the conflict and that of course can only come through resolving their differences through negotiation. This is my focus, and this is why I am there for, and that is why of course we include the resumption of an inclusive political process to the three humanitarian priorities listed above.

I should also clarify that there should be no preconditions for resuming the political process, if we fail on these other matters. Resuming the process, and engaging seriously in it, is an obligation upon the warring parties anywhere. They need to engage constantly and seriously at all stages with the United Nations to make this happen.

and main points in tweets:

Comment: He is the @OSE_Yemen of #Yemen Can u find #Saudi #UAE coalition in his statement to #UN To be honest with you #KSA must have more attacks Its oil war war.

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Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock - Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, 16 March 2021

Altogether the event on 1 March raised $1.7 billion.

But that’s less than half of what we need for this year’s response plan. It is nearly a $1 billion less than we received in 2019.

And that means we will not reverse the protracted process of prolonged starvation with millions of people across Yemen have been subject to ending with death especially for women and children and experience I had described to you before.

So what we had on 1 March was a down payment and more efforts will be needed.

Of course, money isn’t the only factor. I want to echo everything Martin has said about Ansar Allah offensive in Marib, particularly we are concerned about the million people who already fled to other places from Marib.

There is additional displacement already as a result of the ongoing onslaught. So at the moment there is a relatively a low level, about 15,000 as a result of the current battle. But what we are worried about is if the escalation continues the numbers of people will now mount exotically.

Let me say a few words Madam President next on humanitarian access.

The Government of Yemen has been working with us recently to address several ongoing concerns, all which I talked to you before, things like project approvals and other administrative constrains. They have also been working with us in a crucial way on preparing for a planned COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

We continue to face many obstacles in the North. Last year, as we told you previously, we did see important improvements on some key issues like assessments and biometric targeting. And that process needs to continue.

I want to say a few words about the economic situation. Again, building on what Martin said, because the economic collapse is a major driver of the ongoing progress on expansion of the potentially huge famine. The economic collapse also fuels instability by the way, and as shown by recent protests which Martin referred to.

There are two straight things to mitigate the dire status of Yemen’s economy. The first is to strengthen the currency, the Yemeni rial, which slipped again into an alarming depreciation in recent months which means more people can no longer afford food or other essential items.

We know in the past the provision of foreign exchange has stabilized the currency. And we know we can do it again. And I have discussed this in details with the Prime Minister and others in the Government, and we know they need help in this area. And I do really urge its partners to address this request with the seriousness and the importance it deserves.

The other issue to be addressed relates to the blockade of the commercial imports which Martin referred to, especially the decision by the Government of Yemen and others not to allow fuel into Hudaydah.

Fuel, as everybody knows and understands, is essential if you want to transport food, or pump water or keep hospitals open.

Fuel prices have doubled or tripled in some areas as a result of the desperate shortages that they are now. And that’s of course is also pushing up prices of food, healthcare and everything else.

We have in fact seen more reports of health facilities closing down in the last several weeks because they’ve run out of fuel.

Now, the Government has blocked all commercial fuel imports to Hudaydah through which more than half of Yemen’s fuel imports come. All those imports have been blocked since January.

And right now, there are 13 fuel ships waiting outside Hudaydah, carrying enough supplies for two months. On average, these ships have been waiting more than 80 days for Government clearance. All of them by the way have been inspected and cleared by the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism.

You are all familiar with the origins of this problem which is between the Government and Ansar Allah over revenue. But the consequences of this, as always in Yemen, are not born by those making the decision. The consequences are born by ordinary Yemenis. And this again contributes to the protractive process of prolonged starvation I described earlier.

Let me finally Madam President, reinforce what Martin said about the need of progress towards peace.

And I again repeat that the renewed US commitment to a diplomatic solution and the US focus on the humanitarian tragedy in Yemen does provide the best opportunity we have seen in years to resolve the conflict and get the parties to the table and find the way forward for the people in the country. And that’s still true despite the recent escalation.

But that opportunity needs to be taken.

Short survey:

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Remarks by US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

For our part, the United States is stepping up our diplomacy to end the war. Special Envoy Lenderking recently met key leaders in Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Jordan.

He has met multiple times with the Republic of Yemen Government’s Foreign Minister and other key stakeholders, including our European counterparts.

The United States is working tirelessly, in full coordination with Special Envoy Griffiths, to create the conditions for the parties to reach a ceasefire and a negotiated end to the conflict. One that incorporates the perspectives and the experiences of the Yemeni people.

First and foremost, all parties to this conflict must stop fighting.

The death and violence must stop. We call on the Houthis to accept an immediate, comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire and to cease all attacks. In the meantime, we will continue to hold Houthi leadership to account.

The Houthis are now threatening irreversible catastrophe delaying the UN’s assessment and initial repair of the Safer oil tanker. It is well past time for the Houthis to quit stalling.

The United States is committing to doing its part, both to provide aid and to help address the obstacles standing in the way of humanitarian assistance.

My comment: The US now tries to mime a peace broker – while it still stays warring party in this war. This statement srill is an anti-Houthi blame game, while Saudi Arabia hardly is ever mentioned (Houthi 10 hits; Saudi 2).

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The immediate need for an end to conflict in Yemen

Statement by [UK] Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the UN Security Council briefing on Yemen

Ms Shawky, your words eloquently capture the universal hopes of the Yemeni people and - along with the continued warnings from Mr Lowcock that Yemen is on the brink not just of a devastating famine, but a prolonged starvation - are why ending the conflict in Yemen is a priority for the UK and why it should be a priority for the world.

We urgently need an opportunity to advance peace. We need, as we have heard, an end to fighting, a nationwide ceasefire, and an inclusive political process that ends the conflict. The UK is grateful to Special Envoy Griffiths for his tireless work and for his renewed efforts in recent weeks.

But despite recent efforts, the Houthis have, as Resolution 2564 warns, escalated military attacks, intensifying attacks on Saudi Arabia and on Marib. Their actions are making the humanitarian crisis worse.

My comment: Britain again tops the US, winning the hypocrisy palm.

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Russia hails US intention to join conflict settlement efforts in Yemen

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, said the logic of armed confrontation in Yemen gains the upper hand

The United States’ declared intention to actively join efforts for a settlement of the conflict in Yemen make one hopeful that the conflict in that Arab country, which aggravated lately, will be settled at last, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, said on Tuesday.

"Lately, there have been encouraging signals from Washington," he said. "We have taken note of the decision to remove the Houthi movement Ansar Allah from the list of terrorist organizations, and also the US administration’s proclaimed intention to join the efforts for the sake of prompt termination of this conflict. If this constructive attitude is followed by corresponding practical moves, the chances for restoring long-sought peace and stability will objectively grow."

For the time being, Nebenzya said, the logic of armed confrontation in Yemen gains the upper hand.

"Today’s video conference of the UN Security Council is being held against a backdrop of dangerous escalation of tensions in Yemen, where as a result of a nearly six-year-long bloody conflict more than two-thirds of the population are in dire need of urgent humanitarian aid," he said. "It has to be stated with regret that the logic of armed confrontation still gains the upper hand. The situation in the area of Marib, where fierce clashes resumed at the beginning of February, is particularly alarming."

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E scalation In Hostilities In Yemen "Worrisome": India

India said that this situation will provide opportunities for terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the ISIS to spread their presence in the strife-torn country.

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Trust-building steps necessary for political settlement in Yemen, Houthi minister says

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Houthi government on Sunday stressed the importance of implementing trust-building steps because they are necessary for any upcoming political settlement.

On top of these steps come lifting the blockade on Yemen, allowing ships carrying fuel and cooking gas to berth at Hodeidah seaport and reopening Sanaa airport, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hisham Sharaf said at a meeting with Deputy Head for the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement Daniela Kroslak in Sanaa.

Sharaf accused the member states of a Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of the internationally recognised government and the pro-government joint forces of breaching the Stockholm agreement, attacking civilians in Hudaydah province and besieging the district of Al-Durayhimi, according to the Sanaa-based Saba news agency.

It is very necessary that any peace efforts should guarantee an end to airstrikes against civilians and civilian objects, he said, reiterating the readiness of Sanaa to offer all facilities to the UN mission in Hudaydah.

and longer Arab version:

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Houthi spokesman attempts to retract group’s rejection of US peace plan for Yemen

The Houthi militia’s official spokesman has attempted to retract the group’s implicit rejection of a recent US peace proposal by sharing a “clarification” Twitter post claiming that “discussions” over the plan “were still ongoing.”
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam earlier expressed the group’s rejection of US envoy to Yemen Timothy Lenderking’s proposal for a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen.
Abdul-Salam said the Houthis see that “there’s nothing new” in the US envoy’s proposal, adding that “it represents the Saudi and international vision.”
However, the militia group appears to have backtracked its blatant rejection stance later on.
On Saturday Abdul-Salam shared a Twitter post from an interview with Almasirah TV where he had spoken about the US peace plan.
The Houthi spokesperson retweeted the post which said it is a “clarification” that the Houthis did not reject the Oman-sponsored peace talks.
“[Abdul-Salam] only expressed reservations towards the current state of Lenderking’s peace plan,” the tweet by a Almasirah TV anchor said.
“He confirmed that discussions about it are still ongoing,” the anchor added.

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Antonio Guterres: The intentional use of the starvation of civilians as a method of waging war is a war crime. This week I urged the @UN Security Council to seek accountability for these atrocious acts, and to remind parties to conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Comments: UNSCR 2216 inadvertently gave Saudi/UAE the power to impose the blockade on #Yemen allowing them to use starvation as a war tactic. Time for UNSCR to correct their mistake.

UN resolution 2216 recognizes the Saudi-led war to restore Hadi & explicitly calls on the countries bombing #Yemen to inspect all cargo entering Yemen via sea & land. This led to a brutal Saudi/US blockade that's starved millions under the guise of an arms embargo.

Sounds good. Start with accountability for the #Saudi Coalition's intentional use of starvation as a weapon of war on 30 million civilians in #YEMEN. You know the one @UN Security Council Resolution 2216 was used as a cover for.

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Unfortunately, UN Policy Not Supporting Peace in Yemen

The [Sanaa gov.] Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said that unfortunately the policy of the United Nations and the international community obstruct and not supporting peace in Yemen."

Al-Ezzi added on Twitter: "The United Nations and the international community are repeating failed experiences and making daily failures to address concerns and build the confidence to move to peace. They still confuse the legitimate with the wrongful act to negotiation and pressure."

"They use the seizure of ships and the closure of the airport as legitimate acts to pressure and negotiate, ignoring that these are practices that violate all international and humanitarian laws."

He stressed that "detaining ships and closing the airport is a crime against the people and shouldn't be use in political differences or military war."

and also

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi regime to displace 521 families, raze houses in Qatif

The Saudi regime plans to displace hundreds of families in Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslim-majority Qatif region and raze their houses as part of a crackdown on dissent.

According to reports, Nashet Qatifi, a renowned Saudi human rights activist, said in a post on his Twitter account on Monday that the Riyadh government had announced plans for the eviction of more than 521 families from Qatif within 90 days as well as the destruction of their houses in retaliation for their children’s participation in a 2011 anti-regime uprising.

Qatifi said the families had been offered a fee but did not intend to sell or move out of the area as the sum offered was not enough to buy a house.

Local sources in the Shia Muslim-majority region confirmed the Saudi plan and said the regime intended to displace hundreds of families from al-Thawra (Revolution) Street in the city center.

Reports said the goal of the Saudi regime was to erase any signs and memories of the demonstrations in 2011, especially al-Thawra Street, which had become a symbol of the revolution and protests in Qatif.

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How will Saudi pro-reform activists respond to Biden’s new approach to MBS?

This position may make sense from an American perspective, but it sends the wrong message to peaceful protesters and pro-democracy advocates in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab world. They are now questioning the meaning of Biden’s “America is Back” phrase if human rights don’t take centerstage in his policy toward the kingdom. Resetting U.S.-Saudi relations will ring hollow, they say, if MBS believes that he got a pass on Khashoggi and that future relations with Washington will now go back to business as usual.
In reality, the picture is much more complex than that. MBS has lost free access to the White House and can no longer rely on a close adviser to the president, as was the case with Jared Kushner, to help him get to the president at a moment’s notice. As a former U.S. ambassador to the region put it, Biden’s response to the intelligence report has made MBS a “de facto pariah.”
As he should be.

MBS has also perpetuated the impression in Saudi Arabia that his vicious attacks on dissidents have been accepted or at least tolerated by some powerful foreign leaders, including former President Trump. Some of these leaders, in fact, have been reluctant to criticize his actions publicly because of perceived economic, security, geopolitical, or counterterrorism considerations. The more bedazzled MBS became by the Trump administration’s support, the more power he sought within Saudi Arabia, and the more brutal his methods became.
As an omnipotent autocrat, with full control over Saudi life, MBS is signaling the Saudi public that Washington’s acknowledgement of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder will not undermine his power status in the country. By escaping the sanctions, MBS seems to believe that sooner or later the Biden administration will have to deal with him beyond his defense portfolio. His sycophantic media has even claimed that Biden’s decision not to punish him amounted to an “exoneration” of his involvement in the murder.
Although Saudi public opinion polls and anecdotal reports have suggested that MBS currently enjoys significant popularity among Saudi youth, he will have to deal with the rising poverty and unemployment among these same youth. For the time being, MBS has promoted rabid Saudi nationalism as a weapon to suppress these demands, something that may work in the short term, but not long term.

As millions of young Saudis are unemployed or underemployed, many of the pro-reform activists are beginning to highlight the need for jobs, new employment initiatives, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Many Saudi college graduates, activists say, still live at home and rely on their parents for support because they are unemployed or underemployed. They can’t get married or buy a house. What will the future of Saudi Arabia be if these conditions continue or deteriorate further?

If the Biden administration wants to put meat on the intelligence report’s bones, it should devise a simple, two-pronged approach. MBS should be told that pro-reform peaceful protesters should be allowed to demonstrate and raise their public demands for human rights and democratic reform freely and without regime harassment. He should also earmark a national fund for private, youth-driven entrepreneurial start-ups.

Discreet messages should also be communicated to some senior princes in the ruling family that it is not necessarily inevitable or even necessarily desirable, from Washington’s perspective, that MBS will succeed his father to the throne. Continued Al Saud rule is not beholden to any one specific prince.

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Tomorrow Abdulrahman AlSadhan's trial continues in Saudi Arabia. One of his charges? Social media posts. RT #FreeSadhan to call for his immediate and unconditional release (film)

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Exclusive: India readies Saudi oil import cut as stand-off escalates - sources

Indian state refiners are planning to cut oil imports from Saudi Arabia by about a quarter in May, in an escalating stand-off with Riyadh following OPEC’s decision to ignore calls from New Delhi to help the global economy with higher supply.

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Saudi Arabia closes Turkish schools amid unofficial boycott

Eight Turkish schools in Mecca and Medina were shut down in 2020, as Riyadh reportedly continues unofficial sanctions against Ankara over Khashoggi probe

Two Turkish Ministry of Education officials told the Turkish parliament last week that, despite their best efforts, they couldn’t overcome Saudi bureaucratic obstacles to keep the schools open.

“They were de facto closed at the end of 2020. We are trying every possible means through diplomatic channels to reopen these schools,” said Ahmet Bilgili, director-general for overseas education, during a parliamentary briefing.

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Son of political prisoner in Saudi Arabia: Mohammed bin Salman is a threat to human rights

The night my father, economist Abdulaziz Al-Dakhil, was arrested last year, the authorities broke into our house with military force. They seized my father’s documents, money and assets and froze his bank accounts. Then he disappeared inside a “state security” prison.

My father is an economist and finance expert who had always been a perfect example of a law-abiding citizen. He was a deputy finance minister in the 1970s, but resigned in 1979 because he had come to realize the scale of corruption in the country and the depths of its governance problems. His only “crime” was exercising freedom of speech, eulogizing an imprisoned dissident and lauding transparency, accountability and democracy.

But last April, he crossed the line again. This time the offense was a tweet to commemorate a famous Saudi poet, Arabic professor and human rights activist, Abdullah Al-Hamid, who had recently died in detention. My father was arrested again. All contact between him and the outside world was cut off and he disappeared, as they say in Saudi Arabia, “behind the sun.” We do not know where he is or what has happened to him.

Up until recently, my family and I have chosen to remain silent, mainly out of fear. Our family and friends have been threatened that if they do speak out, they will also be targeted, and some have been forced to publish false information about my father in an attempt to justify his detention. We thought if we remained silent, he might be free sooner.

But over the summer, seeing how the crown prince has ruthlessly targeted his opponents as well as the bravery that the families of other political prisoners have shown, we decided that the time had come for us to join them.

The Saudi regime states that it has its own human rights framework that also balances cultural and religious values. But this claim is a fraud, perpetuated by public relations firms hired by the Saudis and some Western political institutions that prefer their national interests over basic principles, and arms deals over human rights. Human rights organizations make a valued effort to expose human rights violations in the kingdom, but the truth is the Saudi regime only brushes off their reports.

My father is a victim of the corrupt political, security and judicial practices in Saudi Arabia like so many other hundreds to thousands of political prisoners.

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Online fury in Saudi Arabia after Dubai deputy police chief's Mecca tweet

Saudi Twitter users criticise Dhahi Khalfan for calling for the mobilisation of Sunni Muslims to protect Mecca from Shia-led forces

Khalfan claimed that the Houthis and Iran have plans to occupy the Saudi city, home to the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, and Sunnis have no choice but to defend it "to death".

Khalfan’s posts were met with criticism online by scores of Saudi social media users who felt that his words offended the strength of Saudi Arabia.

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Canadian judge rejects former Saudi spymaster's challenge of order freezing his assets

An Ontario judge has rejected an attempt by a former Saudi spymaster now living in Toronto to have a worldwide freezing order lifted on hundreds of millions of dollars of his assets.

In a 30-page ruling issued Thursday, Superior Court Justice Cory Gilmore also undermined the much-publicized narrative of Saad Aljabri that a Canadian lawsuit alleging he is corrupt is part of an ongoing campaign of persecution against him by Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or MBS.

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Tomorrow is my father’s trial hearing at the Saudi Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. The Saudi attorney general is seeking the death penalty against him based on tweets and activism (film)

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Former #Saudi official at the monarchy human rights commission @HRCSaudi_EN has been in prison since 2017 (film)

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#Saudi Monarchy appointed imam of Grand-mosque #Makkah cannot recite one of the shortest chapters from the #Koran #Quran . Many Muslim children at age 3 can. (film)

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2, cp9a

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Turning Away from the Middle East

The Biden administration will seek to rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran, but its main focus will be on domestic affairs and relations with China.

The Middle East, with the significant exception of Iran, poses no plausible serious challenge to US interests. There is also a lack of resources and opportunities to advance them. This is in part a legacy of the decades-long war in Iraq, which cost trillions of dollars and exhausted US ground forces, while compromising America’s international reputation; regime change in Libya, which prompted the return of thousands of jihadists and a civil war that immiserated the country; and the Syrian civil war, which Washington prolonged and intensified by inadvertently supplying jihadists with potent weaponry. And in part this turning away from the Middle East reflects changes in the oil market: the US is the world’s largest producer of fossil fuels, the cost of renewable energy is dropping sharply, electric vehicles dominate new production in the automotive sector, and the effects of global warming are lending urgency to a shift away from oil.

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Film: The #Yemen war landscape is complicated with violence and anger on all sides ready to boil over. WATCH and READ this illustrative piece today by @rabyaahahmed & @NickChanko on RS (vid by Khody Akhavi)

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Dozens of antiwar groups call on Congress to curb Biden’s war powers

The letter for lawmakers comes from a left-right coalition increasingly skeptical of the use of US military force.

A left-right coalition of antiwar and pro-military restraint groups have a message for members of Congress: Make President Joe Biden seek authorization before launching lethal strikes like the ones in February.

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Dalia Dassa Kaye, RAND Corporation
Looking for change in American policies for the Mideast

When did the Cold War end? Was it 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down or 1991 when the Soviet Union came apart? 30 years ago, however you figure it. So how come American policies in the Middle East still have that Cold War mentality?

Two ideas define “Cold War mentality:” the first isn’t even an idea, but a feeling, that everything in life comes down to one simple choice — us or them? In the bipolar Cold War competition between American democracy and Soviet Communism the whole point to U.S. foreign policy was to get countries to give the right answer to “which side are you on?”

The other Cold War idea was, of all the kinds of international competition, including business, culture and diplomacy, warfare trumped everything. The rewards offered countries to become America’s allies often were gifts of, or discounts on, American weapons, sometimes even the presence of American boots on the ground.

Welcome to today’s Middle East. 50,000 American troops in Iraq and Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain, the U.A.E., Qatar, Oman and elsewhere, and enormous arms sales to the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia… and billions in American aid, most of it military, concentrated on just three countries: Israel — the richest state in the region, Jordan, perhaps the most insignificant, and Egypt, a corrupt police state.

But, all three of them are with “us” against Iran, the new “other side” for Mideast Cold War revivalists. Here’s how the “choose ‘em up” mentality works out in the real world: one excuse both the Obama and Trump Administrations gave for supporting the hideous, Saudi air war on Yemen was that the Saudis’ enemies were allied with Iran, however tenuously. Then, there was the American military attack that killed Iranian General Qassim Suleimani, a gratuitous “show of strength” that predictably set off a string of tit-for-tat retaliations which produce death and destruction and – strategically – nothing.

When it came to the Paris climate change accords and the World Health Organization, Biden foreign policy pivoted away from Trump isolationism swiftly and decisively. But in the Middle East, not so much.

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Department Press Briefing – March 16, 2021


QUESTION: Thank you. Yes, I have a question about Yemen and Iran. Mr. Lenderking yesterday said in his TV interview that Iran is playing a negative role in Yemen by backing the Houthis. So have you sent any messages to Iran to switch their role from negative to positive? And what about the negotiation with them in terms of the hostages? Thank you.

MS PORTER: Well, yes, I mean, we can definitely reiterate what Special Envoy Lenderking has said. We do believe that Iran has a chance to reverse what it’s doing and play a more positive, influential role in Yemen. And I’ll just again reiterate what we’ve said earlier: that we condemn all egregious Houthi drones and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia. And these attacks are plainly unacceptable and dangerous.

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Yemen is More Complicated Than Biden Thinks

The two main goals of the President Joe Biden’s Middle East policy are clear enough: resuming nuclear diplomacy with Iran and ending the war in Yemen. But as Washington begins to engage with Yemen seriously, after four years of sustained disinterest under President Donald Trump, it is learning that the realities of that conflict are very different than many Americans imagined — and that the administration’s objectives will be hard to achieve.
Now that they are in power and Biden is actively seeking solutions, the Democrats are having to reassess their previous analysis of the problem. Biden’s special envoy on Yemen, the veteran diplomat Tim Lenderking, a highly respected veteran U.S. diplomat, is confronting the stark reality that ending the war isn’t about convincing the Saudis to go — they’ve wanted to, for several years.

The main challenge is convincing the Houthis to allow the Saudis to leave on reasonable terms. Having expended enormous resources in Yemen, Riyadh will want to leave behind some sort of power-sharing agreement between the Houthis and the internationally recognized government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Saudis also need guarantees that the Houthis will cease cross-border raids and rocket attacks.

But the Houthis, a Shiite militia that overthrew the Hadi government in 2015, have never shown any serious interest in peace. Since the war has gone fairly well for them, they have little incentive to stop fighting. And their Iranian patrons are certain to press them to keep the Saudis bogged down. The conflict in Yemen has given Tehran plausible deniability while repeatedly striking at its main regional rival in its exposed underbelly.

However, there are a number of serious challenges.

My comment: With a strong anti-Houthi bias. A worth-reading critics here:

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‘Wrong or lying’: Democrats blast Kevin McCarthy for claiming migrants at Mexico border are from Yemen and ‘on the terror watch list’

The Republican leader is accused of fuelling xenophobia and promoting lies

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24 hours of violence in Yemen: how Biden should respond

All of these developments do not bode well for the Biden administration’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution to the now six-year-old war and end the humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

Changes in U.S. strategy under President Biden

Thus far in his administration, President Biden has made addressing the war in Yemen and the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia a top foreign policy priority.

It is clear that Biden will put pressure on the coalition members to come to the table and forge a diplomatic solution with the help of the U.N. The first steps will be to “impose a ceasefire, open humanitarian channels, and restore long-dormant peace talks,” something the U.N. has been trying to do for six painstaking years.

A shifting landscape

Many in the Hadi unity government in Yemen likely see Biden’s moves to end U.S. support for the war as a bad omen for their political efforts and dealings with the Houthis.

They supported Saudi Arabia’s efforts to get Houthis designated as a terrorist group to deprive them of the resources needed to sustain their insurgency and maintain territorial control. But the suspension of U.S. arms sales and other support to the Saudi campaign makes it clear that Hadi and his regional backers cannot achieve a military solution to the war.

The Houthi leadership also understands the implication, which may be why they have escalated attacks on strategic fronts, notably the city of Marib

It is unlikely that the Houthis will cease their offensive because the more territory, population, and resources under their control, the stronger position they will have in negotiations to end the war.

Some observers believe that Biden should be cautious and not stretch the limits of U.S. action. This is a Yemeni civil war in the most basic sense, and Washington’s efforts may only disrupt a future peace process. While Biden’s actions so far have put pressure on the Saudi-backed coalition to come to the table, they have only strengthened the Iran-backed Houthis over whom Biden may enjoy more limited leverage. Moreover, the Houthis have not demonstrated commitment to cease-fires thus far in the six year war and claim a divine right to rule which flies in the face of democratic principles.

There are diplomats working on Yemen and Middle East issues that view parallel diplomatic efforts between the United States and Iran and the Yemen diplomacy may have a complementary effect.

Outside of diplomatic arrangements, Biden could take a more combative approach around the recent Houthi attacks by pursuing more aggressive naval interdiction of Iranian weapons shipments to Yemen, as the United States has in the past. Effectively blocking arms shipments to the Houthis could increase security in Saudi Arabia and put pressure on the Houthis to consider a ceasefire.

Addressing the humanitarian crisis

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen faces grim funding issues reported by the U.N. and a troubling history of obstruction of delivery efforts by Houthi forces.

Whatever policies the Biden administration’s new foreign policy team adopts in addressing U.S. relations with Saudia Arabia and its participation in the Yemen war, it is vital that they do not oversimplify the multi-layered and multi-partied conflicts at hand.

While a quick diplomatic solution between the two sides seems appealing, it would leave important voices out of negotiations and likely lead to more conflict. Biden should not try to take control of the situation but instead focus on bringing the parties to the table for talks mediated by the UN. In the meantime, Washington should continue to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its part in civilian deaths and the humanitarian disaster. It can and should take action to reach a cease-fire and alleviate the dystopian conditions of food and water insecurity, famine, widespread disease outbreaks, and the destruction of healthcare and transportation infrastructure. Lastly, It should work with the international community and UN to work towards stabilizing the Yemeni currency, supporting local governance, and defending human rights.

My comment: It’s odd they claim that the blockade of Northern Yemen should be enforced, prologing the void US-Saudi argument this would hinder Iranians arms from entering Yemen. This would mean “Nothing new at all” from the US side. Not even taking into account the US arms exports which are ca. 1000 times more is a folly.

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Royal #Saudi Air Force F-15SA Advanced Eagles fly in formation with the #US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle and the #Indian Air Force Su-30MKI over the #UAE during the ongoing Exercise #DesertFlag (photo)

My comment: Killers joining forxces.

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Yemen’s Targeting of Saudi Oil Industry ‘Not Simply a Tactical Decision in War’

The Yemeni army has officially declared that it will be targeting the Saudi oil industry in its efforts to counter the Saudi invasion and bombing. This is not simply a tactical decision in a war and the strategic and historic significance of the successful Yemeni attacks on the Saudi oil installations cannot be overstated.

Contrary to every other place in West Asia, America's military presence in Saudi Arabia was not inherited from the British and goes back to 1930, two years before the creation of the country called "Saudi Arabia" which was founded in 1932.

It was American oil companies that founded the "Saudi" oil industry during the rule of Abdul Aziz as the ruler of Najd and occupier of Dhahran, the eastern coast of what is today Saudi Arabia, the area where all the oil is deposited and which happens to be Shia-majority, an area historically, religiously, culturally and tribally part of Bahrain, southern Iraq and the Iranian provinces of Khuzestan and Busher, not Najd.

Americans have spent almost 9 decades and trillions of dollars "protecting" their Saudi oilfields from any potential rival and most importantly the local Shia-majority population who have been brutally suppressed by the Ale Saud regime for decades and declared "infidels" by Takfiri Wahhabi court clerics of the regime.

The significance of Saudi oil for the empire cannot be overstated when we look at some historic facts and documents.

And there is of course the 1991 Persian Gulf War where the US openly and publicly declared that will go to war to protect Saudi oilfields and to "liberate" Kuwait, although it's clear which goal was more important given the history.

As recently as 2013, Charles Freeman, a fifty year veteran of the US State Department and US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1991 war declares that the US strategy in the region is "Access", "Transit" and most importantly "Strategic Denial"- denial of the region to "rivals" the most dangerous of whom are the local populations. When in 2016 candidate Trump spoke about leaving the Middle East, Freeman in a sharp rebuke declared that if the US leaves the Middle East it can forget about being the global hegemon because this region is the center of all global interactions. Whoever rules West Asia rules the world.

Given this intense and multi-trillion dollar history of US "protection" of its oil in Saudi Arabia, it is now clear as to why the attacks by "barefoot Yemenis" on the Saudi oil industry using drones and missiles that might add up to a few million dollars is historically and strategically so important.

The US cannot do the most fundamental job that is the entire basis for its presence in the Arabian peninsula since 1930, that is the basis of its currency hegemony, that is the basis of its support of a medieval family dictatorship in Saudi Arabia and families similar to them in America's other fiefdoms in the region.

The entire security structure of the region and thus the world given the importance of the region as stated by American elites themselves, has clearly and unambiguously been put in question by the courageous and patient Yemeni people who where able to make history after six years of brutal and shameless bombardment, deliberate starvation and mass-murder by the US and its allies in the region.

My remark: From Iran.

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How the U.S. Can Create Leverage with the Houthis in Yemen

The United States has at its disposal a number of diplomatic carrots and sticks that, if wielded effectively, could compel the Houthis to negotiate in order to end the war in Yemen.

The U.S. Toolbox

The United States, of course, wants to prevent a worsening humanitarian crisis, the complete collapse of the state, and, at least in the near term, Hadi’s fall. To that end the United States has told Saudi Arabia that the war in Yemen must end, withdrawn all support from the coalition, and appointed a special envoy for Yemen. The administration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. also reversed a last minute decision by the administration of former President Donald J. Trump to designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, which coincided with – or some would say emboldened – the renewed Houthi offensive on Marib.

But the Biden administration’s first two months in office have demonstrated that pressuring only one side in the conflict won’t end it. The United States needs influence with both sides. The question is how, at this late stage, can the United States create leverage with the Houthis.

Still, the United States is not without options. It has at its disposal a number of diplomatic carrots and sticks that, if wielded effectively, could compel the Houthis to negotiate.

Perhaps the most obvious sticks are sanctions and the threat of sanctions. The current U.N. sanctions regime in Yemen has hurt the wrong people and strengthened the Houthis.

The United States can reconfigure sanctions in Yemen by prioritizing unilateral sanctions that focus on the Houthis’ military commanders and economic agents. This would put pressure on parts of the Houthi movement where none currently exists and reduce funding the group uses to support its war effort.

Another potential stick that the United States could use is linking renewed negotiations with Iran on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal to Tehran’s support for the Houthis. Any reduction in Iranian support to the Houthis would drastically limit the group’s ability to project power within Yemen.

On the inducement side, the United States should push for a new U.N. Security Council resolution. The current framework is outdated and does not take into account the current realities on the ground. The United States could also push for reopening the Sanaa airport on humanitarian grounds and link the removal of U.N. sanctions on Abdul Malik to political progress. Although this last step would be largely symbolic – he does not travel outside of the country or have international assets – it could build goodwill with the Houthis.

My comment: The goal must be peace in Yemen, but not to achieve US geopolitical interests. Hadi is outdated since 2015. Sanctions against Houthi leaders is senseless PR politics, as they do not have assets outside of Yemen and do not travel abroad. It also would be foolish to connect the Yemen problem to the Iran Nuclear Deal. The US could rejoin the deal as it is and that’s all of it. The very best thing would be to connect peace negotiations to lifting the blockade of Northern Yemen – this is required by the humanitarian situation. If Lenderking tells there is no blockade, he is lying. – And, yes, a new UN SEC resolution is needed.

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General on Yemen Griffiths

In an introductory call with Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on March 14, the Secretary expressed U.S. concern regarding the conflict in Yemen, particularly the humanitarian toll on the Yemeni people. He highlighted that the United States supports a unified, stable Yemen free from foreign influence, and that there is no military solution to the conflict.

The Secretary underscored that the United States’ efforts under Special Envoy Lenderking intend to reinvigorate diplomatic efforts, alongside the UN and others, to end the war in Yemen. The Secretary also expressed U.S. support for the UN Special Envoy’s efforts to bring all parties to consensus.

The Secretary conveyed his willingness to collaborate closely with Special Envoy Griffiths and the UN.

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Russia foreign minister’s Gulf tour: A bellwether of US-Saudi relations

For now, Saudi Arabia appears determined to counter strong winds in the White House as well as Congress rather than rush to Moscow and Beijing in a realignment of its geopolitical and security relationships.

To do so, the kingdom, in the run-up to the release of the report, has broadened its public relations and lobbying campaign to focus beyond Washington’s Beltway politics on America’s heartland where fewer people are likely to follow the grim reality of the war in Yemen, a country that the Saudi-led bombing campaign has turned into world’s worst humanitarian crisis or the gruesome details of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing.

The campaign appears designed to create grassroots empathy for Saudi Arabia across the United States that would filter back from constituents to members of Congress.

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Film: She lost everything after winning the visa lottery. Now she wants another chance

Belqees Al-Doais, a young mother from Yemen, won the 2017 US diversity visa lottery. Then, Trump's travel ban dashed her dreams of moving to America. Now, she wants a second chance.

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Film by Rep. Adam Smith: When it comes to Saudi Arabia, the most important thing to me is to put pressure on them to get a peace agreement in Yemen. That is what we need to be focused on.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

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GeoTalk: Is it fair to blame Iran for all instability in the Middle East?

The Trump administration blamed Iran for virtually all of the Middle East’s conflicts and overall instability. Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, explains why he believes this view is inaccurate and addresses opportunities for security cooperation between Tehran and the Arabian states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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The United States and Iran warily circle each other over reactivating nuclear deal

Iran has made equally clear it shares the goal of going back to the terms of the original agreement, before President Donald Trump pulled out of it.

But nearly two months into Biden’s presidency, with Iran’s own contentious presidential election approaching in June, the two sides have been unable even to talk to each other about what both say they want.

There was a near miss more than three weeks ago, when the administration said it would attend a meeting called by the European Union with Iran and the other original signatories still party to the agreement — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran said no, indicating it wanted to know more about what was on the table.

Since then, the United States and Iran have issued sometimes contradictory, often intransigent statements that reflect mutual suspicion and agendas that are far broader than the simple reactivation of an agreement that many opponents of their efforts believe was flawed to begin with.

This report is drawn from public pronouncements from Washington and Tehran, and interviews with a half-dozen senior U.S. and European officials, and with experts familiar with the issue. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity about what one called the sensitive, and halting, diplomatic “dance.”

Iran wants all Trump sanctions lifted, and an immediate influx of cash from release of blocked international loans and frozen funds, along with foreign investment and removal of bans on oil sales. It seeks assurances that the next U.S. administration won’t jettison the deal again.

Even when the nuclear agreement was in force, Iran complained that U.S. threats limited foreign investment.

For its part, the administration wants a reactivated deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, to serve as a “platform” to renegotiate its sunset provisions — the future dates when certain provisions are set to expire. It wants to move quickly to discussions about its other problems with Iran, including Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its use of proxy forces in Iraq, Syria and beyond, and human rights abuses.

“We are talking about both sides returning into compliance . . . and only then engaging in follow-on negotiations on strengthening and lengthening the deal and addressing other concerns, knowing that Iran will bring its concerns to the table, too,” the senior official said.

The administration has not made clear whether an Iranian commitment to follow-on talks is a prerequisite to reentering the deal.

But even an agreement to take simultaneous, sequential steps to comply with its original terms requires a meeting, the official said. =

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Iran denies involvement in Iraq attacks in letter to UN chief

Iran has denied any involvement in the recent attacks against the US-occupied military bases in Iraq, but at the same time denounced the American airstrikes against Iraqi forces as a violation of international law.

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State TV: Iran inaugurates new underground missile facility

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#USEnvoyYemen Lenderking is coordinating w/ @WFPChief Beasley to address the humanitarian situation & help Yemenis in need. The two discussed how to mitigate fuel shortages by moving ships into Yemen & US efforts to expand its assistance in the north after facing aid obstruction.

Comment: Aid , donations and anything that organizations would give, won't help as long as USA-KSA sieges on Yemen and closing the Sea,Air ports btw they keep saying the Aid token,stolen and many cuses but in real..Yemenis are suffering of hunger hundreds of thousands they can't find food

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Israel prime suspect in ‘terrorist’ attack on Iran cargo ship in Mediterranean: Source

The Israeli regime is the prime suspect in a terrorist attack on a cargo ship belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRIS) Group in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this week, an informed source says.

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Film: Why a renewed US-Iran nuclear deal is more likely than not

Middle East scholar Vali Nasr, of Johns Hopkins University, is "optimistic" that the US and Iran will re-enter some kind of nuclear deal. "I think the overall logic for both sides is that they want the deal," Nasr tells Ian Bremmer in the latest episode of GZERO World. Why is a new deal in the interest of both sides and what could it look like? Find out on the latest episode of GZERO World, airing on public television stations nationwide starting Friday, March 12. Check local listings. =

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Useful enemies: How the Turkey-UAE rivalry is remaking the Middle East

Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are engaged in a decade-long feud that is reshuffling the geopolitical order in the Middle East and North Africa.

They see each other as existential rivals and are waging a series of proxy wars between the Horn of Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

Their rivalry also plays out in the halls of Washington and Brussels, the global media discourse, the energy industry, and, lately, ports and the high seas.

Europe should avoid being sucked into this power struggle to redefine the Middle East and North Africa.

Instead of using the UAE to push back against Turkey or vice versa, Europe should develop its own strategy on their rivalry.

Europe should establish a NATO deconfliction mechanism, push ahead with the political process in Libya, and design a constructive new framework to insulate European-Turkey relations from the rivalry.

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Speaking today at the European Policy Center, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif said that Iran was ready to enter into talks with Saudi Arabia and the UAE to end the conflict in Yemen.

"We have presented solutions and proposals on Yemen, and we are ready for dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates," said Zarif.

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Film: 6-ship of the Royal #Saudi Air Force F-15C Eagles, assigned to the 2nd Sqn, arrive to Souda Air Base, #Greece for exercise '#FalconEye-1’

My comment: greece going to bed with killers.

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Der israelische Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu sagte, er sei letzte Woche wegen der Gefahr eines Raketenfeuers durch iranische Stellvertreter im Jemen davon abgehalten worden, über den saudischen Luftraum in die VAE zu fliegen.

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Israeli PM avoided Saudi airspace because of Houthi missiles

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was deterred from flying to the United Arab Emirates through Saudi Arabian airspace last week because of the threat of missile fire from Iranian proxies in Yemen.

Netanyahu, whose comments came Saturday, had called off a visit to the Emirates last week over a spat with neighboring Jordan, which had temporarily closed its airspace to the Israeli prime minister’s flight.

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Australian Osama al-Hasani to be extradited from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, amid fears for his safety

A court in Morocco has decided an Australian man arrested there last month will be extradited to Saudi Arabia, where his wife and legal team fear he is likely to face severe violations of his human rights.

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France seeks to take advantage of imbalance in US-Saudi ties

The sources told the French website Intelligence Online that President Emmanuel Macron was planning a visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in mid-May to activate his country's economic diplomacy with the two countries.

Macron's visit was initially scheduled to take place in mid-February and then in early March, in line with the French defence industry's goal to have a share of the arms sales deals with the Gulf states, following Biden's decision to temporarily suspend weapon sales to Riyadh and end his country's support for the Arab coalition led by the kingdom in Yemen.

Paris is hoping to sell its Rafale aircraft to Abu Dhabi, which is making relentless efforts to acquire US F-35 fighters.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly's visit to the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February, which is her sixth trip to the UAE, is expected to pave the way for new purchases for France. The French government is also paying special attention to Saudi projects related to water resources, waste management, construction and nuclear power.

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Sad to report that #Moroccan government has rendered #OsamaAlHasani to the sane #Saudi killers of #JamalKhashoggi . We asked @USEmbMorocco @AmbUEauMaroc @dfat but they didn’t even respond.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Saudi Arabia Requests to Buy Arms from Ankara

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday shared that Saudi Arabia has requested to buy armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Ankara.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at odds for some years over various regional issues, including the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

"Bloomberg" agency quoted sources as saying that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have started initial moves to improve relations with Turkey.

On the other hand, Turkish officials deny that there is direct or indirect contact with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh to change Ankara's policy towards the "Muslim Brotherhood".

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US remains top arms exporter and grows market share

The US has increased its global share of arms exports to 37% during the last five years, according to a Sweden-based research institute.

Increased exports by the US, France and Germany were offset by declining Russian and Chinese exports.

Imports and exports remain close to their highest level since the end of the cold war, although this may change from the impact of the pandemic.

The biggest growth in arms imports was seen in the Middle East.

"It is too early to say whether the period of rapid growth in arms transfers of the past two decades is over," said Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) who collected the data.

"The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could see some countries reassessing their arms imports in the coming years.

"However, at the same time, even at the height of the pandemic in 2020, several countries signed large contracts for major arms."

International arms sales remained stable between 2016 and 2020 compared to the previous five years, Sipri said.

Almost half (47%) of US arms exports went to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia alone accounting for 24% of total US arms exports.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Türkei schickt SNA-Söldner an jemenitisch-saudische Grenze

Nach Recherchen von North Press will die Türkei eine Vielzahl von Söldnern ihres dschihadistischen Invasionskorps „Syrische Nationale Armee“ (SNA) an die jemenitisch-saudische Grenze verlegen.

Nach einem Medienbericht der QSD-nahen Agentur North Press will die Türkei eine Vielzahl von Söldnern ihres dschihadistischen Invasionskorps „Syrische Nationale Armee“ (SNA) an die jemenitisch-saudische Grenze verlegen. Seit Wochen würde die türkische Regierung bereits im Nordwesten von Syrien an der Mobilisierung von SNA-Milizionären für einen Einsatz in Jemen arbeiten, zitiert North Press eine Quelle aus den Reihen der islamistischen Miliz „Sultan-Sulaiman-Schah-Brigade“.

Wie viele Söldner aus der türkischen Besatzungszone in Syrien in den Jemen geschickt werden sollen, sei noch unklar. Die Türkei versuche „die maximale Anzahl von Mitgliedern“ der Söldnergruppierungen zu rekrutieren, in dem sie mit Monatsgehältern in Höhe von 2500 US-Dollar lockt, heißt es weiter. Die „Mission“ der Islamisten solle sich darauf „beschränken“, die jemenitisch-saudische Grenzen zu bewachen, ohne sich an „Kampfhandlungen“ zu beteiligen.

Es werde erwartet, dass die ersten Gruppen von Söldnern kommende Woche Syrien über den Grenzübergang Hawar Kilis verlassen und auf türkisches Staatsgebiet gebracht werden, von wo sie in den Jemen entsandt werden sollen. Die mit den Söldnern geschlossenen Verträge sehen laut North Press eine Einsatzdauer von sechs Monaten vor. Sollten die Islamisten vor dem Ende der Vertragslaufzeit aus dem Jemen zurückkehren, würden sie nicht bezahlt, so die Quelle.

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Turkey to send Syrian mercenaries to Yemeni-Saudi border

A source from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army said on Sunday that Turkey is preparing dozens of militants from the Turkish-backed armed opposition in northwestern Syria to send to Yemeni-Saudi border.

The source, who works in the Sultan Suleiman Shah group, told North Press that groups of the Syrian National Army have been working for weeks to prepare dozens of militants to send to Yemen.

Turkey is working to mobilize the maximum number of members of the armed groups by luring them with salaries, as the salary of one militant reaches $2,500, according to the source.

The mission of the mercenaries will be limited to guarding the Yemeni-Saudi borders from the Saudi side, without participating in any internal battles, according to the source.

However, Turkey previously indicated that the militants they sent to Azerbaijan would simply guard Turkish bases there, but over 540 Syrian mercenaries were killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region during the invasion of Azeri and Turkish forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

It is expected that the first groups of mercenaries will head to the Turkish Hawar Kilis area next week, where they will undergo several checks by the Turkish forces before they are sent to Yemen, the source added.

The militant will spend a period of six months guarding the border based on a contract that is signed before leaving, and if he wants to return before the end of the contract period, he will not be paid, according to the source.

SOHR reported last year that Turkish intelligence had recruited Syrian militants in northwestern Syria to send them to the conflict zone in Yemen.

Turkish intelligence agents have formed an operations room in the Syrian city of Afrin to send Turkish-backed Syrian opposition members to Yemen, according to SOHR director Rami Abdurrahman.

The mercenaries who go to Yemen get $500 as an initial payment, after which they get a monthly salary of $900, Abdurrahman added.

Previously, Turkey sent hundreds of mercenaries of the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups to fight in the wars in Libya and Azerbaijan, in exchange for salaries of up to $2,000.


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Turkey starts airlifting terrorists from Syria to Yemen

Turkey has on Sunday begun with the transfer of fighters from terrorist groups in Syria, in order to participate in the fighting against Yemen, Yemen Press Agency reported, citing sources familiar with the issue.

The sources said that Turkish planes transported mercenaries of the terrorist organisations al-Qaeda and ISIS from the occupied Syrian territories to the Qatari capital of Doha, in preparation for their transfer to the Yemeni city of Ma’rib across the Empty Quarter desert.

Many mercenaries loyal to Ankara would be transported in the Syrian territories through Turkish and Saudi airports, the sources added.

This comes days after several local and regional media circulated news of a Turkish-Saudi understanding about Turkey’s participation in the war on Yemen.

In the same context, leaders of takfiri organisations in Syria have published videos announcing that they are sending mercenary recruits to fight in Yemen in exchange for 4,000 dollars per fighter.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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American drone targets car east of Marib city

An American drone targeted on Tuesday an unidentified car with a laser-guided missile as it entered in a gathering of cars in Jaw Al-Naseem neighborhood, east of Marib city, a local source said.

The attack resulted in the killing of those on board the car and wounding a number of citizens near it, the source added.

The source denounced the continued violation of Yemeni airspace by the US aircraft and bombing of communities and residential areas under the pretext of fighting Al-Qaeda organization.

The American drones have intensified their raids on the provinces of Marib and Shabwa, eastern Yemen, over the past few days.

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Yemen's Al-Qaeda regenerates amid battle for the north

Government security officials and tribal leaders told AFP that the fierce battle for Marib, which has raged for the past month, is creating a security vacuum that is being exploited by the jihadists.

Once seen as the most potent Al Qaeda franchise, they have suffered multiple defeats in the past three years, leaving them deprived of territory and fighters, and with mystery surrounding the fate of the leadership.

"The governorate of Marib has been AQAP's main stronghold for years," said one intelligence official.

While the main combatants in Yemen's six-year war sustain heavy losses in an effort to control Marib city, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains "at ease" elsewhere in the region where it retains strong influence in villages and small towns.

"As others get busy fighting, they are training fighters again, planning, rebuilding relations" with local tribes and chasing "financial support" from local communities, the official added.

"The war in Marib could be ending the maximum pressure campaign that almost wiped (AQAP) out" in Yemen in the last few years, another Yemeni intelligence official.

"The fighting is helping the group reorganise. They even pushed some of their fighters to join the ranks of the resistance battling the Huthis, to benefit from the financial support they receive," the tribal leader said, referring to salaries believed to be paid by the coalition.

Last month, the group called on Yemenis to raise arms against the Huthis in Marib, portraying itself once again as the "defender of Muslims" in the region. =

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Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: Be wary of articles alleging an #alQaeda surge in #Yemen. Some conflict parties gain from such news In fact -#AQAP is fragmented -Its recent media flood is mostly old footage -The "1000s of fighters" refers to a 2019 report which was outdated even then

while anti-Houthi propagandist claims: "While the main combatants in Yemen’s 6 war sustain heavy losses in an effort to control Marib city, AQAP remains “at ease” elsewhere in the region where it retains strong influence in villages & small towns." Totally fake & misleading. This report is part of Houthi propaganda.

More comments: I keep telling westerners that they should not take news on AQAP & terrorists activities from news sources. Most of what is out there is propaganda pushed by one party or another to legitimize their cause/violence or undermine/stigmatize opponent. Think before you recycle

Can't speak to the veracity of any particular case, but I can tell you trying to find AQAP in Yemen is like chasing ghosts. Depending on who you ask, they're everywhere, but most experts I respect tend to agree reports of their influence are vastly exaggerated

cp15 Propaganda

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Iran-Houthi envoy appointment began risky interferences: Yemeni gov't

Tehran's decision to appoint Hassan Irloo as envoy to Houthis has begun risky period of the Iranian interferences in Yemen and blatantly declared his influence in the fourth Arab capital, information minister in the Yemeni UN-recognized government tweeted on Monday.
Since his appointment, Irloo became the Houthi political and military decision-maker, Moammar al-Eryani added, as the "Houthi aggression pace increased in Marib's different fronts, [the group] targeted liberated areas with heavy weapons, terrorist attacks on Saudi Arabia increased with Iranian-made drones and ballistic missiles, prisoner swap talks failed and peaceful solution opportunities declined."

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Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast

The Biden administration called Iran’s bluff early. It should continue to play the strong hand it was dealt.

The geopolitical earthquake that began with the Abraham Accords hasn’t ended. More than 130,000 Israelis have visited Dubai since President Trump hosted the peace deal’s signing this past September, and air travel opened up for the first time in August. New, friendly relations are flowering—wait until direct flights get going between Israel and Morocco. We are witnessing the last vestiges of what has been known as the Arab-Israeli conflict – by Jared Kushner

Comment: Plenty in Jared Kushner's op-ed to spark debate - Labeling the Palestinian issue 'nothing more than a real estate dispute' - Claiming the GCC reconciliation as one of the Trump admin's 'six peace agreements' in the region

- Suggesting that Qatar, Oman, and Mauritania are 'on the brink' of joining the Abraham Accords - Praising the Biden administration for 'call[ing] Iran's bluff over negotiations


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Kushner calls Biden move on Iran 'smart'

Kushner's views, outlined in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal published on Sunday, are somewhat surprising given Trump's repeated criticisms of the Iran deal.

"While many were troubled by the Biden team’s opening offer to work with Europe and rejoin the Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I saw it as a smart diplomatic move," Kushner wrote.

"The Biden administration called Iran’s bluff. It revealed to the Europeans that the JCPOA is dead and only a new framework can bring stability for the future," he said.

Iran has said it wants sanctions removed as part of an agreement to come to the negotiating table on a new nuclear deal, something U.S. officials have refused.

Kushner credited Trump with laying the groundwork for an improved relationship between the U.S. and Iran.

“The longer the elements of 'maximum pressure' remain in effect, the more it will continue to embolden hardliners and make U.S.-Iran diplomacy more difficult," more than two dozen progressive groups wrote in a letter to the White House earlier this month. "The recent escalation in military activity between the United States and reported Iranian proxies in Syria and Iraq only shows how urgently needed a new course of action is."

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Iran admits supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Tehran supports attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas Quds Force has admitted.
Ismail Qaani told a conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad that the Houthis had launched “18 operations in less than 10 days” targeting the Kingdom.
He said Iran supported all such armed groups around the world, which he described as “forces of resistance against global arrogance.”

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Iran continues to supply Houthis with weapons: [Hadi gov.] Yemen minister

Tehran has not stopped providing the Houthis with military support as the militia continues to be equipped with Iran-made marine mines, a Yemen senior official said.

“The terrorist Houthi militiamen displayed in what they called ‘Exhibition of Military Productions’ types of Iran-made marine mines, used recently in attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea,” according to Muamer Al-Eryani, the minister of information, culture and tourism, in a report by the Yemeni News Agency reported, citing Muamer Al-Eryani, the minister of information, culture and tourism.

“These Iran-made mines show that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have continued to supply the Houthis with weapons, military technology and experts, making the Yemeni territories a launch-pad to threaten commercial navigation and control international waterways,” Al-Eryani said.

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President of Arab Parliament Praises Saudi Arabia’s Role in Enhancing Values of Tolerance, Countering Hate Speeches

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Der Krieg im Jemen geht weiter, während die USA einen Waffenstillstand wegen der schlimmsten humanitären Krise der Welt anstreben

Auf einer kürzlich von den Vereinten Nationen abgehaltenen Konferenz zur Unterstützung des Jemen führte Saudi-Arabien, das eine von der international anerkannten Regierung des Jemen unterstützte Militärkoalition leitet, Spenden in Höhe von 430 Millionen US-Dollar von insgesamt 1,67 Milliarden US-Dollar an.

Der Iran, der laut einer öffentlichen Liste von UN-Spenden Hutu-Kämpfer unterstützt, die gegen die jemenitische Regierung kämpfen, hat keine Unterstützung angeboten.

Während die Biden-Regierung auf der Konferenz 191 Millionen US-Dollar bereitstellte und zu den Hunderten von Millionen hinzufügte, die dem vom Krieg heimgesuchten Land bereits amerikanische humanitäre Hilfe gespendet hatten, sind die jüngste Änderung der Politik und die intensive Diplomatie für einen Waffenstillstand bislang gescheitert.

Der saudi-arabische UN-Botschafter Abdullah Y. Al-Mualimi erklärte gegenüber Fox News: “Saudi-Arabien gehört zu den besten Gebern für humanitäre Hilfe auf regionaler und internationaler Ebene, insbesondere im Jemen.”

Der Botschafter bemerkte die Ironie, wenn es um Teherans zerstörerische Rolle bei der Unterstützung der Hutus geht.

Andererseits spielt der Iran eine destruktive Rolle in der Region und stellt einer Vielzahl von terroristischen und aufständischen Gruppen, einschließlich Hutu-Milizen, Finanzmittel, Waffen und andere Unterstützung zur Verfügung.

„Darüber hinaus sendet der Iran über von Iranern unterstützte Hutu-Kämpfer Raketen in saudi-arabische Städte, darunter die jüngste Eskalation der von Iran unterstützten Hutus-Miliz, Angriffe auf Ölanlagen in Ost-Saudi-Arabien, Drohnenangriffe auf den Hafen von Ras Tanurur und “Die weltweite Energieversorgung wurde in das Wohnviertel Aramco geleitet.”

Er warnte, dass die Angriffe nicht nur sein Land betrafen.

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Fighting continues in Yemen as US seeks ceasefire in world's worst humanitarian crisis

At a recent United Nations conference to support Yemen, Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition supported by the internationally recognized Yemeni government, led the way with a donation of $430 million out of a total of $1.67 billion raised.

Iran, which backs the Houthi militias fighting the Yemeni government, according to a public UN listing of the donations, didn’t offer any aid.

While the Biden administration gave $191 million at the conference, adding to the hundreds of millions already donated in U.S. humanitarian aid to the war-torn country, a recent policy change and intense diplomacy to get a ceasefire has so far failed.

Attacks against the Saudi-led coalition by the Houthis have only intensified in scale and ferocity.

Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador, Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, told Fox News that "Saudi Arabia ranked among the top donor countries in providing humanitarian aid regionally and internationally, particularly in Yemen."

The ambassador noted the irony when it comes to Tehran’s destructive role in backing the Houthis.

"On the other hand, Iran is playing a destructive role in the region and is providing funding, weapons and other support to a wide range of terrorist and rebel groups, including the Houthi militia.

"Moreover, Iran through the Iran-backed Houthis militia is sending missiles to Saudi cities including the recent escalation by the Iran-backed Houthis militia, attacks on the oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, the drone attack on Ras Tanura Port and attempted missile strike on an Aramco residential area had targeted global energy supplies."

He warned that the attacks don’t just affect his country. "Ras Tanura is one of the world’s largest oil shipping ports and the Aramco complex in Dhahran houses workers and their families from all over the world." (with film)

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

March 15:

March 14:

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March 11:

March 10:

March 9:

March 8:

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Arab coalition says its warplanes destroyed Houthi missile hideout

The Saudi-led coalition on Monday said its warplanes destroyed Houthi ballistic missile launching stage and fortified hideout in the Yemeni northern governorate of Sa'ada, hours after a Houthi missile attack on Khamis Mushait.

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Aggression kills woman, child in Hodeida city

A woman and her child were killed on Saturday in a US-Saudi aggression raid on Hodeida city, a military official said.

The official added a drone of the aggression launched a shell near al-Quds Mosque in a-Hawk district, killing Salma Hanash, 35, and her infant Majed Abdullah,8.

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More Saudi coalition air raids Several prov. Marib p. Marib p., Saada p. Hajjah p. Hajjah p. Amran p. Marib p. Amran p., Marib p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp4, cp17a, cp18

Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere Offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.

There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition's offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.

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Over 18 Houthi fighters killed in ambush in Yemen’s Taiz: Yemeni army

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Jemenitische Drohnen bombardieren Luftstützpunkt King Khalid in Saudi-Arabien

Die jemenitische Armee hat am Dienstag früh die King Khalid Airbase nahe Khamis Mushait im Süden von Saudi-Arabien mit einigen Drohnen vom Typ "Qasef K2" angegriffen.

Dies teilte der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte Brigadegeneral Yahya Sari mit.

Der Angriff sei eine Vergeltung für die anhaltenden Angriffe der arabischen Aggressor-Koalition auf den Jemen und die Blockade dieses Landes, hob der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte hervor.

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Army's drones targets Saudi air base

The armed forces targeted air base in Saudi , the army's spokesman said on Tuesday.

The air force launched drone of Qasef-2k type on King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait, Yahya Sari'e said to Saba.

The drone hit target precisely, he said, adding the attacks comes as a legitimate response to the Saudi-led aggression and its continuing siege on the country.

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Jeddah_Airport now (images)

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Houthi ballistic missiles land in unpopulated areas in southern Saudi Arabia, coalition

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said two ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi group landed in unpopulated areas in southern Saudi Arabia on Monday.

They were fired from the Yemen province of Saada toward the province of Khamis Musheit, it said, accusing the Houthis of violating international law and targeting civilians.

My comment: Air force base and no civilian target.

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Army drones carry out attack on military targets in Saudi territories

The army drones carried out an offensive operation on military targets in the Saudi territories, the army's spokesman said on Monday.

The air force launched an attack on military targets at Abha International Airport and King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait with 3 drones of Qasef-2k type, Yahya Sari'e said.

He added that the 3 Qasef-2k drones targeted accurately military sites in the regions of Abha and Khamis Mushait.

Sari'e said the strike comes as a response to the escalation of the Saudi-led aggression coalition and its continuing siege on Yemen.

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Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward Khamis Mushait City

My comment: Air force base and no civilian target.

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[Hadi gov.] Army liberates new sites in Hajjah


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[Hadi gov.] Yemen army arrests eighteen Houthi militants in north Yemen


[Hadi gov.] Army media released video of dozens of Houthi fighters captured today by govt forces in Hajjah governorate.

and thread with films from March 12-14:

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't troops seize sites in Baydha

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Elderly man killed in mine explosion

According to YLR, an observatory for documenting mines and unexploded ordnance victims in Yemen, Mohammad Asaad Al-Ghubeir was killed when a landmine planted by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels went off while he was grazing his sheep in Haifan district, southeast of Taiz.

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Houthi missile attack kills three children in Yemen's Taiz, residents say

Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a missile on Sunday at a school in the Taiz region where pro-government forces are stationed, killing 15 soldiers, as well as three children who were nearby, two residents and military sources said.

The residents told Reuters the children - two brothers and their relative - were in the area when the missile struck the school in Kadha district in the west of Taiz governorate.

Two military sources said 15 soldiers were killed. They said the school had previously been used by Houthi forces and was taken over after pro-government fighters seized Kadha last week.

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according to MSF, four children:

and, only 5 soldiers, no children killed (?):

while the pro-Isklah news site only mentions the 3 children and does not tell that the scholl had been misused by the military:

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Officials: Yemeni government retakes territory from rebels

Forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government managed to retake swaths of territory from the Houthi rebels in the past days, officials and tribal leaders from both sides said on Sunday.

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,632 Mines in Yemen during 2nd Week of March

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the second week of March 2021, a total of 1,632 mines, including 45 anti-personnel mines, 367 anti-tank mines, 1,215 unexploded ordnance and 5 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 223,830 mines, which were planted by the Houthi militia throughout Yemen, have been dismantled.

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Two African #migrants died in the front lines while fighting alongside #Houthis. The Iran-backed militia is reported to have pushed African migrants to join the front lines after they had no place to go (images)

My comment: Forgotten that there are thousands of Sudanese mercenaries in Yemen?

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[Hadi gov.] Military experts remove 2200 Houthi-laid landmines in Taiz and Hodeidah

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp4

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internet has been cut off in #Marib governorate for hours.

Director General of the Communications Foundation - Shabwa said that ' Internet in shabwa marib and Hadramout has been cut off because the cable cut between mukalla and Almahrah governorate ' .

Not sure if this is the case now, but the Houthis control the telecom network for Ma'rib from Sana'a, which means they can turn it on and off, surveil it. One of the big complaints folks have with KSA is it won't give GoY secure comms equipment, making it use unsecure lines.

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Civilian killed, eight injured in Houthi missile attack on market in Yemen's Marib

One civilian was killed and eight injured after a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi group landed in a popular market in Yemen's Marib province on Tuesday, the state Saba news agency reported.

The injured included an African migrant, medical sources said, adding that some of the injured are in critical condition, according to the agency.


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Nine people killed and injured in Houthi ballistic missile attack Marib

One civilian was killed and eight others in a Houthi ballistic missile attack on the eastern Yemeni city of Marib, medical sources and eyewitnesses said.

One medical source told the state-run news agency, Saba, that the Iran-backed Houthi militants launched a missile at Alghanam (Goats) Market in the city on Tuesday afternoon incurring the casualties.


One Person Killed, Eight Injured in Houthi Airstrike in Northeastern Yemen – Reports

One person was killed and eight others were injured as a result of an airstrike launched by the Houthi rebels in Yemen's northeast, Yemeni news agency Saba reported on Tuesday, citing a healthcare source.

According to the source, the Houthis launched a ballistic missile targeting a livestock market in the city of Marib, east of the capital of Sanaa.

The injured individuals reportedly included one refugee from Africa, and many of them are in serious condition.

Photos: = (Marib government mentioning 2 killed)


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Yemenis [Sanaa gov. army] Liberate Most Parts of Ma’rib

Major parts of Ma’rib governorate, including Ma’rib dam, are now in the hands of the Yemeni armed forces and supporting local tribes as Yemen’s army continues its liberation operations in the strategic governorate.

Military experts say the Yemeni army holds its fire off the city to preserve the lives of the civilians and the infrastructure, however, the battles continue around the city and many terrorists are retreating.

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Al-Murtadha: Mercenaries refuse to exchange prisoners with critical health conditions in Marib

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Dozens of Houthi fighters killed, injured in Marib

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Al-Mayadeen TV broadcasts footage showing the Houthis, 8 km from the city of Marib

The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen channel broadcast, on Sunday, scenes showing the progress of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) in the Marib axis and its environs in northeastern Yemen, and the families of soldiers belonging to the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.
The channel, which is close to the Lebanese Hezbollah, confirmed that the Houthis are less than 8 km from Al-Omran in the city of Marib, and on the outskirts of the Ma'rib Dam.
Al-Mayadeen quoted sources as saying that the Houthi group has come to effectively control most of the northern parts of the Ma'rib dam and the western side of the dam completely, and it is now 8 km away from the urban buildings of the city rich in oil and gas wealth, and the last stronghold of government forces in the north of the country.
On Sunday evening, Houthi media said that the group's forces imposed fire control over all of the Ma'rib dam.
Field sources told Al-Mayadin that the areas that were "controlled by the Houthis 3 weeks ago in Marib are about 1,200 square kilometers."
And it claimed that "the Saudi coalition, Hadi forces, Al Qaeda and the Salafists have incurred 1,800 dead and 3,000 wounded" during the past three weeks.
The Houthi field sources confirmed that senior officers affiliated with the Islah party are calling the Houthi group in Sana'a "to arrange their situation and surrender themselves, while the number of prisoners in the grip of the Houthi fighters exceeded 200 prisoners."
The scenes broadcast by Al-Mayadeen show the targeting of camps and vehicles of the government and coalition forces, and ambulances rushing to the place of operations to transport the wounded.

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45 Houthi militants killed in Al-Mashjah west of Marib

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Yemenis in Marib have little appetite for Houthi-style government

A new tilt on the part of the Houthis in favour of continued warfare has cast renewed uncertainty over the UN’s peace and power-sharing talks. UN diplomats have been attempting to breathe new life into a ceasefire previously outlined in UN Resolution 2216.

The current plan, a version of which has been leaked, is to produce a joint declaration between the parities. It lists a formidable set of issues for a preliminary deal. These include a ceasefire and monitoring forces deployed nationwide. It discusses revenues for the Marib Oil Company, salaries for Houthi civil servants and a stay on Houthi taxes on Hodeida-bound aid shipments. It also calls for a commitment to a new round of direct peace negotiations.

All of this feels detached from the circumstances on the ground within Yemen. Local communities are forced to cope as best as they can. One recent survey estimated that there were as many as 333 locally autonomous power centres within Yemen.

For the people who are risking their lives to make their own local area safer or more functional, international developments hold little promise.

The offensive on Marib threatens to bring Yemen to a new level of internecine warfare. The Houthi objective is to gain access to natural resource revenues from the areas outside the group's control. But it risks sacrificing one of the few stable areas of the country. Marib and its surroundings have absorbed 2 million internally displaced Yemenis, half of whom are families now living in camps.

The locals in Marib are ill-disposed to accepting Houthi rule. These are people who have been fighting and losing comrades or relatives to Houthi offensives over the past six years. If there was a Houthi takeover of the area, their resentment would not fall away.

Radical groups have been sidelined by counter-terrorism efforts within the area, supported from the city of Aden. Their appeal would surely spread as local communities sought to overcome the Houthi stranglehold.

As the Houthis move on to more oil-rich areas, they would then seek to complete their control with a push on Aden. From what we have seen in other parts of Yemen, it is clear the Houthi seek to install their local loyalists into power and leave them to enjoy the fruits of the group's conquest. Many experts believe the group's ability to dispatch its own people to govern other parts of the country is at its outer limit.

This model of governance does not offer traction with communities that are subject to Houthi reign.

My remark: By an UAE news site, with anti-Houthi spin.

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.

Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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6 civilians injured in Houthi attack on residential area in west Yemen, Gov't

At least six civilians, including a woman and four children, were injured after the Houthi group shelled a residential neighbourhood in Hodeidah province on Wednesday, the Yemeni government said.

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Houthis continue to target people's houses in Hays

Locals sources said that the pro-Iran rebels fired heavy mortar rounds at the people's houses in Hays creating a state of fear and panic among the civilian inhabitants, mostly women and children.
Yesterday, six people, including a woman and four children were severely injured by Houthis' mortar attacks on the residential neighborhoods of Hays.



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Film: Police Director visits the wounded of the Houthi bombing of Hays

heinous crime committed by the Houthi militia on Tuesday evening by bombing citizens' homes in Hays, resulting in the injury of 6 members of one family, most of them children, with severe injuries

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Saudi coalition destroys Houthi explosive boat in Yemeni Hodeida

The Saudi-led coalition said its forces destroyed a Houthi bomb-laden boat on Tuesday, curbing "an imminent attack off Salif seaport" in the Red Sea.
The Arab coalition accused the Houthi group of persistently threatening the global navigation and trade, according to Saudi media.

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Film: Today, Sunday, March 14th, a woman was injured by bullets from the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, in the city of Hays, south of Hodeidah governorate

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Jemen wehrt von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Angriff im Westen ab und schwört, das gesamte Heimatland zu befreien

Jemenitische Verteidigungskräfte haben im Westjemen einen Angriff von Truppen, die an von Saudi-Arabien geführte Invasoren gebunden sind, erfolgreich abgewehrt und sich verpflichtet, ihren Kampf bis zur vollständigen Befreiung des Heimatlandes fortzusetzen.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Army thwarts Saudi aggression on Al Hudaydah

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Aggression kills woman, child in Hodeida city

A woman and her child were killed on Saturday in a US-Saudi aggression raid on Hodeida city, a military official said.

The official added a drone of the aggression launched a shell near al-Quds Mosque in a-Hawk district, killing Salma Hanash, 35, and her infant Majed Abdullah,8.

Meanwhile, the aggression forces bombed 8 Katyusha rockets and a number of artillery shells at al-Dhabyani neighborhood, al-Halqa Souk, and al-Shuhada neighborhood in the city, according to the official.

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Film: Because of the bullets of the Houthis, Mohammed Ab has been bedridden for more than two years

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Daily violations, as claimed by the Houthi side

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cp19 Sonstiges / Other


"Welcome to my home - a journey through Yemeni architecture" by Fatima Al-Kathiri The work is a picture book for children that deals with the nature of Yemeni architecture, Yemeni fashions and their diversity and the dangers they face. The work was produced with funding from the UNESCO Fund, the Small and Micro Enterprise Development Agency, and the European Union (photos)


Film: History of Yemen in Maps

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-726 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-726: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected air raids:

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

08:35 17.03.2021
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Dietrich Klose

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