Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 739b- Yemen War Mosaic 739b

Yemen Press Reader 739b: 6. Mai 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 739, cp8 - cp19 / May 6, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 739, cp8 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 739, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 739, 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

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

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia Introduces Ceremonial Carpets that Symbolize its Heritage and Identity

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Saudi Arabia’s Budget Deficit Increases During 1st Quarter

Saudi Arabia’s budget data in the first quarter of this year revealed that the Kingdom’s quarterly revenues amounted to 204.7 billion riyals compared to expenditures of 212.2 billion riyals, with a quarterly budget deficit of 7.4 billion riyals (1.9 billion dollars).

The Kingdom’s revenues from oil in the first quarter were 117 billion riyals, while non-oil revenues were 88 billion riyals for the same quarter. Thus, the oil revenues of Saudi Arabia accounted for 57% of the total revenues of the first quarter of this year and with these figures, 24% of the expected revenues for Saudi Arabia for 2021 were achieved in the first quarter of the year.

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund expected the Saudi fiscal deficit to drop to 4.2% of GDP this year, which is slightly less than expected in the general budget.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Diplomacy Cautiously Views Bin Salman's Positive Statement

Many analyzes and interpretations of the recent statements of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which were broadcast by the official and corresponding Saudi media, have been heard.

Many locals and observers in particular have noticed the urgent shift in the official Saudi tone towards Iran and Ansarullah in Yemen. Several questions arose about the secret of the dramatic political shift from the used supremacist and hostile tone for 6 years, to a conciliatory discourse, as some have described it. Is it a tactic or is the Saudi regime seriously considering changing its foreign policy strategy towards Yemen and Iran?

How have regional and international transformations reflected on the kingdom's policy and political discourse? Is it just a maneuver, or has the event and surrounding circumstances forced Riyadh to review its political behavior to get out of complex internal and regional crises? Does bin Salman have the courage to translate words into action, and the statement to a concrete position, far from the will of the White House, or is it just a political media maneuver, as usual, in light of the rigid Saudi political approaches to resolving its crises with Sanaa and Tehran?

There are reasons and factors behind the change and transformation of the Saudi official tone, including internal political crises within the ruling family itself, starting with the "Ritz-Carlton" incident, the concealment of the fate of many princes competing with Muhammad bin Salman, the disagreement with the religious establishment, and the economic crises resulting from the uncalculated military adventure and aggression against Yemen.

At the regional level, Riyadh has not succeeded with its hostile policy in any of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Qatar issues, and so on, but rather it has weakened its position in the regional balance, even in front of its partner the Emirates

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Saudi Arabia considers barring overseas haj pilgrims for second year, sources say

Saudi Arabia is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual haj for the second year running as COVID-19 cases rise globally and worries grow about the emergence of new variants, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Dear World meet Loujain Daghistani, a #Saudi mother who is now a prisoner. Her crime: tweets from 2013 sharing her opinion on #SaudiArabia. #MBS Regime now broke her small family. A child who will not see his mother 5-6 years.

referring to film:

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Saudi Arabia: Reveal Status of Saudi-Australian

Al-Hasani at Risk of Unfair Trial After Wrongful Deportation From Morocco

Saudi officials should immediately make public the whereabouts and condition of a Saudi-Australian man forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia in March 2021, Human Rights Watch said today.
No information has emerged about the situation of Osama al-Hasani, 42, since his deportation to Saudi Arabia from Morocco on March 13. He was apparently wanted in Saudi Arabia for a 2015 car theft case and would face an unfair trial there even though Saudi court documents obtained by Human Rights Watch appear to show that Saudi authorities cleared him of wrongdoing in the case in 2018.

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Significant—Saudi officials met on Monday with Assad in Damascus in an effort to reinstate diplomatic ties. Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in Damascus to restore the diplomatic relations with Syria, which were cut almost a decade ago.


Film: The #MBSWay in action. #MBS launched a program to “save” historical homes #Jeddah. Watch what happens to the cat

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Saudi oil firm Aramco’s first-quarter profits up by 30%

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Photo: My friend @AboHanafi18 responded to @RoryWSJ reporting on #Saudi strongman #MBS & his wish to “build my own pyramids” by this. Abo Hanafi is indeed talented.

Film: Oh my. @AboHanafi18 is now casting #MBS as #Cleopatra . I have noticed an increasing mocking of #MBS after his last interview.

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Film: Video made by @z3el_ as if MBS is being interviewed by himself showing the split personality of the Saudi Crown Prince between 2017 and 2021

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pro #Saudi monarchy man who filmed & intermediated a poor elderly woman selling veggies in the street midday #Ramadan has been arrested for exposing poverty in #Saudi . His clip went viral.

clip has been removed from his account.

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Saudi Arabia Once Again Resorts to Selling Aramco Assets for Liquidity

Due to its aggression against Yemen, Saudi Arabia has drained its reserves and this is evident by the kingdoms' measures after six years into its aggression.

US Bloomberg quoted sources as saying that Saudi Aramco is considering selling stake in its natural gas pipeline network to help free up liquidity and attract more international investors to the Kingdom.

Bloomberg said Aramco had said it would raise more than $ 12 billion by selling a stake in its oil pipeline unit. Aramco chairman, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, began selling stakes in non-core assets to help preserve the company's profit, most of which go to the Saudi government.

In light of the financing crisis afflicting with Riyadh, the Saudi trade surplus is declining by 23% on an annual basis, in the first two months of this year, it went down from about $ 17 billion to nearly $ 13 billion.

According to official Saudi data, the Kingdom's export (oil and non-oil) also declined, during the first two months of this year, by more than six percent on annual basis, from about $ 39 billion to nearly 37 billion.

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Saudi Crown Prince’s Vision for Neom, a Desert City-State, Tests His Builders

A project intended to help diversify the nation’s economy is mired in delays and dealing with an employee exodus

If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman realizes his dream, a $500 billion city-state dubbed Neom will one day rise from the desert, transforming Saudi Arabia by drawing billions of dollars in new investment as the kingdom attempts to reduce its dependence on oil before its crude reserves run dry.

So far, however, Neom has been mired in delays and hit by an exodus of employees who are straining under the weight of the prince’s ambitious vision.

Engineers have struggled with demands to blow a hole a half-mile long and 30 stories high in the side of a mountain, to house a honeycomb of hotels and residences. Another directive to construct 10 palaces, each bigger than a football field, attracted more than 50 different designs, but left staff wondering whether anyone would purchase homes that could list at up to $400 million each, according to a review of the project’s plans and interviews with those who have been involved in Neom’s development.

At one board meeting last December, Prince Mohammed brushed aside urban planners who offered other, simpler plans for a pollution-free city, telling them to think bolder.

“I want to build my pyramids,” he said, according to people familiar with his instructions.

The Neom team mulled laying powerful lights that could be seen from space. The prince hoped to receive a call from the International Space Station to congratulate him on lighting the Line (paywalled)

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US Media: Corruption Scandals Haunting Saudi Regime

Corruption scandals haunt the Saudi regime, the most recent of which is the admission by a former Airbus group of its involvement in suspicious contracts with Saudi Arabia. According to the Saudi Reality Site, the Southwark Crown Court in the British capital, London, issued a ruling to fine a former Airbus unit of more than 30 million pounds ($42 million), after pleading guilty to corruption charges regarding contracts to provide military communications services to the Saudi National Guard.

GBT Special Project Management, which shut down its operations last year, had previously told the Southwark Crown Court that it would admit one charge of corruption in employment contracts between December 2008 and July 2010. The decision was also issued to confiscate 20.6 million pounds, fine them 7.5 million, and spend 2.2 million, while forcing them to pay within a maximum period of 10 days.

Corruption scandals haunt the Saudi regime, the most recent of which is the admission by a former Airbus group of its involvement in suspicious contracts with Saudi Arabia. According to the Saudi Reality Site, the Southwark Crown Court in the British capital, London, issued a ruling to fine a former Airbus unit of more than 30 million pounds ($42 million), after pleading guilty to corruption charges regarding contracts to provide military communications services to the Saudi National Guard.

GBT Special Project Management, which shut down its operations last year, had previously told the Southwark Crown Court that it would admit one charge of corruption in employment contracts between December 2008 and July 2010. The decision was also issued to confiscate 20.6 million pounds, fine them 7.5 million, and spend 2.2 million, while forcing them to pay within a maximum period of 10 days.

According to a report by US Bloomberg, the statement to Judge Simon Brian, after the judgment, said that "this is part of the history of corruption, which existed for a number of years before and after the charge."

In the Prosecutor's eight-year investigation center, there were allegations that Riyadh-based subsidiary had paid bribes to win a £ 2 billion ($ 2.8 billion) contract to provide services and training to the Saudi National Guard on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defense.

According to the USAID, the case was particularly politically sensitive, due to the British government's involvement.

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The vegetable seller bullied in Saudi Arabia reveals to Al her situation

The Saudi vegetable seller, Umm Ziyad, was astonished at the false information mentioned by a video cameraman attacking her in front of her vegetable selling facility in Dammam, eastern Saudi Arabia.

Umm Ziyad spoke to with a burning sensation, saying: "The video has spread widely, although I am a woman who wants to get her livelihood with her hand only."

Regarding the background of filming the widespread video, she said: "The man who filmed me saw me periodically in the neighborhood, but I was amazed when he approached me and investigated me, because I do not need sympathy from anyone, and my work and diligence is the best way to be proud of myself." (link)

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Saudi Arabia sentenced my brother to 20 years for tweeting. This could be his last chance.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Jamal Khashoggi was a fierce advocate for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. He believed that respect for political and civil rights of all individuals would provide the solution to the problems of war and instability that plagued the Arab world. As a journalist and as an adviser to members of the ruling elite, Khashoggi tried to work from within the system, advocating for democratic reforms. When working from within became no longer possible, Khashoggi continued the struggle from without. From self-exile in the United States, Khashoggi became an outspoken critic of the anti-democratic forces of oppression. In the end, those forces of oppression could no longer abide this champion of democracy. Khashoggi was murdered for the power of his ideas, and because, even in the face of mortal danger, he refused to remain silent.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp7, cp9a

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The Biden State Department Nominee Who Worked for Saudi Arabia and Big Oil

Financial disclosure forms reveal that one of the president’s nominees, Jose Fernandez, worked for Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and fossil fuel companies, including Chevron.

One of Biden’s own top State Department nominees, Jose Fernandez, previously worked for Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and oil giants like Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, and the multinational oil and gas company SK E&P, his financial disclosure forms reveal. Once confirmed, Fernandez will be charged with leading the State Department’s environmental and “economic growth” policies abroad.

Fernandez, who in March was officially nominated to be the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, provided “legal services” to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund while he was a partner at the law firm Gibson Dunn. He also disclosed that he has done separate legal work for a number of oil companies and owns stock in fossil fuel companies like Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Sempra Energy, and the Southern Company.

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U.S. senators press Biden administration for new Yemen donor conference

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators pressed the State Department on Tuesday to push international donors to address a $2.5 billion shortfall in assistance to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Their move underscored continuing concern in Congress about the effects of Arabian Peninsula country's civil war.

"Today, nearly 50,000 people in Yemen are living in famine-like conditions with 5 million more just a step away. Unlike in 2018, the international community has so far mostly failed to rise to the challenge and provide the robust funding needed to stave off this catastrophe," the senators wrote in a letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and seen by Reuters.

The letter noted that the United Nations' $3.4 billion appeal in 2020 was only 50% funded, and its $4.2 billion appeal was 87% funded in 2019. And this year, just 34% of the appeal has been fulfilled, said the letter, from Democrats Chris Murphy and Jeanne Shaheen and Republicans Todd Young and Jerry Moran.

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Comment: Solution to the war is not endless flow of donations

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Dark-money think tanks dominate House Foreign Affairs witness list

But a new rule may clear the air.

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives Committee on Rules strengthened the Truth in Testimony rule requiring witnesses offering testimony to disclose whether they are the fiduciary of any entity with a financial interest in the subject matter of the hearing, a level of disclosure of potential financial conflicts of interests that was not previously required. Witnesses will also need to disclose if entities they represent received grants or contracts from foreign sources. The new changes will offer greater accountability and insight into the financial interests behind expert witnesses at congressional hearings.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that transparency will win the day. Take, for example, the House Foreign Affairs Committee. An ideologically narrow group of think tanks, many of which refuse to reveal their funding sources, have dominated the witness table, raising uncertainty about how much transparency the new rules will bring about.

The new rules mean that those think tanks may have to further disclose federal grants and foreign funding if it’s related to the subject matter of hearings. But their opaque donor lists pose challenges for actual accountability and enforcement. Since the new rules require witnesses to self-identify potential conflicts of interest without offering a more comprehensive disclosure of their funding sources, members of Congress and the public are largely relying on the witnesses themselves to be the sole adjudicator of what constitutes a conflict of interest requiring disclosure.

A large number of those witnesses work for or are officers at Washington think tanks, and not enough is known or disclosed about how their financial interests influence testimony. A review of 622 nongovernmental witnesses appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee over the past two congressional sessions found that think tanks were one of the most common sources of expert testimony, accounting for over one-third, or 237, of the witnesses.

Congress and the general public have surprisingly little insight into who pays the salaries of experts affiliated with nonpartisan and nonprofit policy research institutions or who funds the institutions with which they are affiliated. Instead, we have to rely on the institutions’ voluntary disclosures on their websites or in the limited instances required on Truth in Testimony disclosures.

And these research institutions’ self-disclosures leave much to be desired. Of the 237 think tank–affiliated witnesses who spoke before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, under 30 percent of think tank–affiliated witnesses appeared on behalf of institutions that fully disclose their donors.

A small number of think tanks dominate the witness table, and they happen to be institutions that are particularly opaque about their funders. Four think tanks accounted for about one-third of all expert witnesses at the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the past two Congresses, and each of those institutions demands further scrutiny.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies led the pack, with its staff appearing 29 times before the committee since 2017.

But by putting the burden of disclosure on the expert witness, there is still too much wiggle room. For example, if a CSIS-affiliated witness testifies about a region from which CSIS received foreign funding, the witness might be expected to disclose that foreign funding in the Truth in Testimony disclosure.

The Heritage Foundation is a right-wing juggernaut that emerged as one of the most doggedly pro-Trump institutions over the past four years, playing a central role in staffing the administration. According to an investigation conducted in 2018, at least 66 Heritage employees and alumni had entered the administration. And they were extremely well represented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Heritage experts testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee 12 times during the Republican-controlled 115th Congress and five times during the Democratic-controlled 116th Congress.

Heritage publishes a donor list but conceals the identity of certain donors, listing them as “anonymous,” including 20 who in 2019 donated up to a half-million dollars, and 13 other donors in 2018 who gave the organization up to a half-million.

All of this poses questions about their impartiality. Consider the group’s ties to foreign interest

Experts from the staunchly pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank formed in 1985 with support from the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse American Israel Public Affairs Committee, testified 16 times before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in recent years.

WINEP reveals no information about the donors who fund its $14.7 million annual budget.

Finally, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a hawkish think tank that regularly advocates for U.S.-led military action against Iran, vigorously opposed the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate limitations on Iran’s nuclear program, and participated in a now-shuttered State Department–funded program to attack American critics of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

My comment: A very important point. This “Think tank” epidemy really influences politics. There main purpose is lobbying and propaganda – fitting to the interests of their oligarchic and foreign paymates.

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Yemeni people are being starved — so this Detroit organizer went on hunger strike in solidarity

Iman Saleh of the Yemeni Liberation Movement discusses her recent 24-day hunger strike to end U.S. support for the Saudi fuel blockade on Yemen.

“We were just feeling hopeless, seeing our families suffer and seeing the country of Yemen suffer,” Saleh said. “We wanted to do something that was not only radical, but in solidarity with the people of Yemen.”

On March 29, Saleh and her 23-year-old sister, Muna, embarked on a hunger strike in Washington D.C. For over three weeks, the sisters survived on a diet of only water and Pedialyte. Their primary demand was for the United States to end all support for the Saudi blockade.

Throughout the strike’s 24-day span, Saleh documented the physical and mental toll of hunger on the movement’s social media pages. The group also hosted rallies in front of the White House and a vigil in memory of those who have lost their lives to the blockade, catching the attention of Congresswomen Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

I spoke with Saleh last month about the blockade, going on hunger strike and her vision for building international solidarity.

You and your sister were on hunger strike in D.C. to end the blockade for more than three weeks. What kept you going?

Saleh: Besides the people of Yemen, it’s the experience itself. Experiencing starvation is a violation of the body. Even though I did this by choice, I felt so extremely violated, because I imagine myself being forced into this. Being forced to starve. There’s so many factors that people don’t think of when they think of famine, but I’ve been able to talk to the world about it, and I’ve been able to show what people are going through at the hands of the United States.

When we think of starvation, we think of the body, but it’s really more than that. For children going through malnutrition, there are permanent effects on the body during their development. They can suffer from mental health problems for the long-term. There’s also chronic malnutrition. Even if they are able to somehow get better, going through starvation puts them at higher risk of experiencing critical malnutrition again.

For adults to watch their families go through this and to feel no hope, like no future is ahead of you — that’s a huge toll on your body. And then there’s the physical aspect of it: There’s the memory loss, the brain fog, feeling more tired, feeling your body getting weaker. You just sort of feel like you’re waiting to die. So I’ve been able to talk about this with people and to bring awareness.

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Trump’s Secret Rules for Drone Strikes and Presidents’ Unchecked License to Kill

On Friday night, in response to transparency lawsuits filed by the ACLU and the New York Times, the Biden administration released a redacted version of President Trump’s rules for the use of lethal force against terrorism suspects abroad. During the Trump administration, the Times and other media reported that the Trump rules weakened even the loose policy safeguards put in place by the Obama administration in 2013, which were also released in response to litigation in 2016. Despite redactions, the newly-revealed Trump rules show how far that administration went in casting aside any meaningful constraint on the United States’ use of lethal force abroad without meaningful oversight by Congress or the judiciary, and with devastating consequences for people’s lives.

Trump’s rules are in many ways an unsurprising extension of U.S. government logic and policy justifications for killing couched in legal language. Over now four administrations, the U.S. government has sought to justify an unlawful lethal strikes program that has exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown, and Black civilians in different parts of the world. Now, almost 20 years into the U.S. government’s war-based approach, it’s clear that U.S. legal or policy justifications for this program do not actually demonstrate adherence to domestic or international law, they fundamentally undermine it.

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Top Senate Dem quietly inserts Iran poison pill into China bill

Proponents of diplomacy with Iran say the measure may have been meant to complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna

Shortly before the Strategic Competition Act was set to be marked up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairman Bob Menendez (D–N.J.) and ranking member Jim Risch (R–Idaho) inserted an amendment that vastly expands the reporting requirements for international agreements.

The amendment requires the State Department to provide detailed reports to Congress within five days after it “approves the negotiation or conclusion” of an international agreement or “non-binding instrument” with “an important effect on the foreign policy of the United States.”

While the amendment was backed by some legal experts, two congressional aides and an activist speaking on condition of anonymity expressed concern to Responsible Statecraft that it could affect ongoing negotiations in Vienna, where the Biden administration is in talks with five other world powers to constrain Iran’s nuclear program.

“In our view, the language was concerning because it could be interpreted as requiring congressional notification for any negotiation of an international agreement (not just Iran) once it has begun,” one congressional aide told Responsible Statecraft. “That felt vague and open-ended that it could potentially derail efforts that diplomats do all the time to quietly test waters on issues.”

The activist was more blunt, stating that the amendment “could give opponents of [the Vienna negotiations] in Congress an opportunity to try and frustrate those talks.”

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Film: U.S. Worsens Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen

The U.S. continues support for the Saudis as they blockade Yemen, starving hundreds of thousands of children. John Iadarola and Hassan El-Tayyab break it down on The Damage Report.

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Nabeel Khoury. With U.S. & UN Envoys in Muscat, along with Omani & Saudi foreign ministers, Iran is in the loop via Baghdad meetings - seems like the time is ripe for an agreement on peace in #Yemen. @ChrisMurphyCT visit comes at the right time for a nudge from congress.

Comment by Aisha Jumaan: Countries with a history of colonization & wars on other nations can’t claim moral authority. They expect their orders be obeyed or unleash their wrath. Humility is important. Good faith negotiations that addresses grievances of everyone is essential


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Sen. Chris Murphy: U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking and I had a productive meeting today in Muscat with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Albusaidi. The time is now for peace in Yemen and Oman can play a critical role.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Dinner tonight in Muscat, Oman with political and business leaders. Doing meetings here tomorrow with Yemen Special Envoy Tim Lenderking to talk about the role Oman can take in achieving a ceasefire in Yemen.

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FBI won’t release documents linking Saudis to Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

10,000 families suing to force Biden administration to open books

The 10,000 families suing to finally uncover Saudi ties to the 9/11 terrorist attacks were “basically told to go to hell,” a loved one said, by the FBI in the latest fight over sealed documents.

The agency stated in their court filing over the bottled-up intelligence that what they know “cannot be disclosed without proper authorization.”

“It’s outrageous,” said attorney Andrew Maloney on Friday. “That information is 20 years old and there’s no reason not to give us this information.”

Maloney’s firm, Kreindler and Kreindler with offices in Boston, represents 10,000 families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, or had family members die from the toxic fallout following the toppling of the Twin Towers in New York City.

He and other lawyers have joined in going after the Saudi government to once and for all expose support given to the 9/11 hijackers two decades ago. But, as this latest denial from the FBI shows, the Biden administration is not making it easy.

“We were hoping for a different outcome from the Biden administration and the new attorney general” — Merrick Garland, Maloney added. “We’re not giving up.”

Maloney says the FBI’s latest refusal in the federal case out of the Southern District of Manhattan does prove the Department of Justice has evidence of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

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Film: @PeterBeinart is right: 'Part of why diplomacy isn't attractive to Washington is because it entails a give and take. Sanctions allow this mythical idea that we can just punish countries into submission without giving anything.'

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Tell Your Senators to Ask Biden to End the Saudi Blockade on Yemen!

The Saudi-led and US-backed blockade on Yemen is the driving force behind the humanitarian crisis. Senator Warren is calling on Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to stop the blockade. Call on your senators to join the call! Use our tool below to contact them.

If you aren't located in the US, sign our petition calling on Secretary Blinken to end the blockade on Yemen!

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US calls on Houthis to stop attacks on Yemeni and Saudi civilians

The US State Department called on Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels to stop attacking civilians in the country and in neighbouring Saudi Arabia following another strike at the kingdom on Saturday.

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White House Faces Pressure to Intervene Effectively in Yemeni Crisis

Progressive legislators have put the Biden administration under pressure to work harder on resolving the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where suffering continues to grip the lives of millions enduring the violent upshot of a nationwide coup launched by Houthi militias in 2014.

Criticism is building up despite White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki having reassured US media that resolving the humanitarian crisis and achieving a ceasefire in Yemen topped the list of priorities of Washington’s special envoy for the war-torn country.

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U.S. Still Seeks Major UAE Arms Sale

Last month, the Biden administration indicated that it will seek to complete more than $20 billion in controversial arms sales to the United Arab Emirates initiated at the end of the Trump administration. A number of Democrats in Congress expressed concern and sought to put restrictions on the potential deals, even though terms remain uncertain and any delivery would be years in the future.

The sales include up to 50 F-35 aircraft valued at $10.4 billion, up to 18 MQ-9B armed drones worth $3 billion, and a $10 billion package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, as well as a revision to a 2018 notification for $490 million in additional Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. With votes falling nearly entirely along party lines, the Senate narrowly failed to approve resolutions of disapproval for the F-35 and drone sales in December. (See ACT, January/February 2021.)

A State Department spokesperson told Arms Control Today in an email on April 16 that it “continue[s] reviewing details and consulting with [UAE] officials to ensure we have developed mutual understandings with respect to [UAE] obligations before, during, and after delivery.” The official wrote that the administration will reinforce with the UAE that “U.S.-origin defense equipment must be adequately secured and used in a manner that respects human rights and fully complies with the laws of armed conflict.”

The spokesperson also indicated that “delivery dates on these sales, if eventually implemented, will be several years in the future.”

On April 16, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Secure F-35 Exports Act, a lightly amended version of a 2020 bill that focused on the advanced fighter jets. The legislation would provide a vehicle for highlighting a range of concerns about the UAE’s use of U.S. military equipment, including the Persian Gulf state’s close relations with China and Russia and how its acquisition of the F-35 could affect Israel’s ability to maintain a qualitative military edge in the region.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said in an April 14 statement that he and others remained concerned and that he still has “many questions” about the UAE deal. On April 21, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Ct.) said: “The Emiratis already have a record of illegally transferring weapons to Salafist militias in Yemen, and Congress, frankly, has not received sufficient assurances that such transfers will not happen again.”

Congress can pass legislation placing new conditions on or blocking weapons sales at any time until they are delivered, although the most visible activity typically occurs in the first 30 days after members are officially notified of potential sales.

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

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Saudi Arabia, Iran held talks more than once in Iraq - Iraqi president

Iraq has hosted more than one round of talks between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Wednesday.

Diplomats hope the opening of direct channels between Iran and Saudi Arabia will signal a calming of tensions across the Middle East after years of hostilities that have brought the region close to a full-scale conflict.

Asked how many rounds of Saudi-Iranian talks Iraq had hosted, Salih replied: “More than once.”

“It is ongoing, and it is important and it is significant, and for Iraq to be able to play that convening role between these regional actors is important,” he added, although he gave no further details on the talks.

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3rd rocket attack in 3 days targets US forces in Iraq

2 rockets fall on unoccupied part of Ain al-Asad airbase without causing damage or casualties, Iraqi army says; none of strikes during US delegation’s visit have been claimed

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Continued US refusal to terminate Iran sanctions will definitely bring talks to halt: Source tells Press TV

An informed source tells Press TV that the United States’ continued refusal to terminate all the sanctions it has imposed on Iran will definitely bring the Vienna negotiations on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal to a halt.

Speaking to Press TV on the condition of anonymity, the source said Iran is still emphasizing the full implementation of the deal’s Article 29 and the termination of all the sanctions related to the nuclear deal and those re-imposed or relabeled during the term of ex-US President Donald Trump.

“America’s insistence on not terminating these sanctions will lead to a definitive halt in the negotiations” under way in Vienna, Austria, on revitalizing the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the source said.

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US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over America’s re-engagement with Iran and other policy shifts in the region.

The trips come as the U.S. and Iran, through intermediaries in Vienna, discuss a return to Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal

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Zarif set to visit Abu Dhabi in 'warming of ties'

In a further sign of improved ties, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has learned. Sources in Tehran say the Iranian chief diplomat will travel to Abu Dhabi

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Biden is getting closer to a deal with Iran, and Democrats in Congress need to get with the program

Biden has a narrow window of opportunity to prevent a new nuclear crisis with Iran.

To restore the 2015 nuclear deal, Biden needs Congress' support, including that of hawkish Democrats.

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Are Iran, US on cusp of announcing prisoner swap deal?

While Iran and the United States have both rejected reports of an impending prisoner swap, several indicators suggest that such talks are indeed underway. If true, a swap could have a positive impact on bilateral ties as both sides seek to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Moreover, perhaps surprisingly, Iranian hardliners are seemingly in support of a prisoner exchange, indicating that the whole establishment may be behind it.


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Iran Denies Reports of Prisoner Swap Deal with US

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied reports of an agreement over the exchange of prisoners between Tehran and Washington, saying the ministry does not confirm the statements attributed to informed sources.


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US and UK reject reports of imminent prisoner deal with Iran

The U.S. and the U.K. dismissed reports coming out of Iran that they are thrashing out a prisoner exchange deal with Tehran that could see the imminent release of a British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and four Americans, among others.

Iran was a key topic of discussions Monday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his host in London, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Their meeting took place a day before the first face-to-face meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrial nations in two years, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Iran, Ukraine, China, Russia, climate change and COVD-19 are expected to dominate the talks.


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US denies Iran’s claims of prisoner, cash swap; UK downplays

The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iran’s state-run television broadcaster that deals had been reached between the Islamic Republic, Washington and the United Kingdom that would see prisoners swapped and Tehran receive billions of dollars.

The announcement by state television, relying on an unnamed source, comes amid a wider power struggle between hard-liners and the relatively moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. That conflict only has grown sharper as Iran approaches its June 18 presidential election.

The broadcaster long controlled by hard-liners has aired similarly anonymously sourced reports contradicting diplomats in Vienna trying to negotiate a return to its nuclear deal with world powers.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Sunday’s report represented another means to disrupt negotiations by Rouhani officials or sabotage any potential negotiations with the West over frozen funds and prisoner exchanges.

The official quoted by Iranian state TV said a deal made between the U.S. and Tehran involved a prisoner swap in exchange for the release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds.

“The Americans accepted to pay $7 billion and swap four Iranians who were active in bypassing sanctions for four American spies who have served part of their sentences,” state TV said, quoting the official in an on-screen crawl. It did not name the Iranians that Tehran sought to be freed.

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said that U.S. sanctions on Iran will make it "hard" to obtain a cease-fire from the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to an interview with the Associated Press.

Murphy was headed this week to Oman, Qatar and Jordan to discuss political solutions to the war in Yemen, where Saudia Arabia has led a coalition of Gulf States against the rebels. He said the Biden administration has taken recent steps to defuse tensions in the region.

"So long as we're still sanctioning the hell out of the Iranian's going to be hard to push the Houthis to a cease-fire," Murphy said.

He added that the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump exited in 2018, "is very important" and might be critical to peace within Yemen.

Without the nuclear deal, "the Iranians are going to see Yemen as an opportunity to make mischief against the United States and our allies," Murphy said.

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US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over America’s re-engagement with Iran and other policy shifts in the region.

The trips come as the U.S. and Iran, through intermediaries in Vienna, discuss a return to Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that former President Donald Trump abandoned three years ago.

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Warum der Prinz den Mullahs die Hand reicht

Saudi-Arabien und der Iran sind seit Langem Erzfeinde. Doch jetzt kommt Kronprinz bin Salman dem Rivalen entgegen. Was steckt hinter dem Kurswechsel?

Doch jetzt entdeckt Salman plötzlich Sympathien für den Rivalen am Golf. Er wolle gute Beziehungen zu Teheran und wünsche sich einen wohlhabenden Nachbarn, sagte er im saudischen Fernsehen. Der Sinneswandel hat einen Grund: Die Aussicht auf einen Rückzug der Schutzmacht USA aus Nahost zwingt den Kronprinzen zum Kurswechsel.

Irans Führung begrüßte jetzt bin Salmans Äußerungen. Beide Länder könnten ein neues Kapitel der Zusammenarbeit aufschlagen, sagte Außenamtssprecher Saaed Chatibzadeh. Über Nacht werden sich die Differenzen zwischen dem sunnitischen Saudi-Arabien und dem schiitischen Iran aber nicht überwinden lassen, zu tief reicht ihre Feindschaft.

Doch nun ist dem saudischen Thronfolger die Streitlust vergangen. Der Krieg gegen die vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen, den bin Salman 2015 anzettelte, ist für die Saudis nicht zu gewinnen.

Die Wende in der amerikanischen Nahost-Politik seit dem Amtsantritt von Joe Biden zwingt Saudi-Arabien ebenfalls zu Zugeständnissen.

Auf mittlere Sicht wollen die USA weitere Truppen aus dem Nahen Osten abziehen und sich auf die Rivalität mit China konzentrieren. Saudi-Arabien wird sich also nicht ewig auf den Schutz der Amerikaner verlassen können.

Bisher hätten Länder wie Saudi-Arabien es den USA überlassen, die Probleme der Region zu lösen, sagt Nahost-Experte Trita Parsi von der US-Denkfabrik Quincy Institute. Unter Amerikas Schutzschirm hätten die Saudis auf Konfrontation mit dem Iran gesetzt. Nun könne das Königshaus nicht mehr sicher sein, dass dieser Schutzschirm aufgespannt bleibe. Deshalb sei „plötzlich die regionale Diplomatie zur Lieblingsoption“ geworden.

Dennoch bereiten sich die Saudis auch darauf vor, dass der Versöhnungsversuch am gegenseitigen Misstrauen scheitert. Und da kommt Israel ins Spiel. Die Golfmonarchie lehnt zwar offiziell jede Kooperation mit dem jüdischen Staat ab. Aber es ist kein Geheimnis, dass es Gespräche zwischen Riad und Jerusalem gibt, wie man die Iraner in die Schranken weisen könnte.

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Indirect talks on Iran nuclear deal in 'unclear place' -U.S. national security adviser

Indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran on a return to compliance to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are in "an unclear place," U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday.

Sullivan's comments followed the start this week of a third round of the talks in Vienna in which representatives of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and European Union shuttle between U.S. and Iranian delegations.

"I'm not going to characterize the substance of the negotiations at this point because they are in ... an unclear place," Sullivan told an Aspen Security Forum webinar. "We've seen willingness of all sides, including the Iranians, to talk seriously about sanctions relief restrictions and a pathway back into the JCPOA." The acronym refers to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal's title.

"But it is still uncertain as to whether this will culminate in a deal in Vienna," he said.

Sullivan was asked whether the Iranians are negotiating in good faith.

"I guess good faith is always in the eye of the beholder," he said. "The Iranians have come in a serious way to have serious discussions about details and the teams are working through those details now."


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Secret Iran-Saudi Talks

The dialogue coincided with two diplomatic initiatives by the Biden administration to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and end the war in Yemen. Top U.S. officials have pushed for a de-escalation of tensions between Iran and the Gulf states to facilitate both objectives. In May 2020, before they were appointed to top jobs in the Biden administration, Jake Sullivan (now the national security advisor) and Dan Benaim (now deputy assistant secretary of state for Arabian Peninsula affairs) wrote an op-ed in Foreign Affairs calling for a “structured regional dialogue” between Iran and its neighbors.


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US national security adviser: Washington will keep working for return to JCPOA

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said that American diplomats will keep working “to try to arrive at a mutual return to the JCPOA, which is the Iran nuclear deal, on a compliance-for-compliance basis.”

Sullivan also acknowledged that Washington and Tehran are not close to an agreement to revive US participation in the nuclear pact, which was reached between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union in 2015.

"There is no deal now," Sullivan told ABC News.

The US official said nothing had been agreed upon amid ongoing negotiations in Austria.

"There's still fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps, and those gaps are over what sanctions the United States and other countries will roll back," he said.

"They are over what nuclear restrictions Iran will accept on its program to ensure that they can never get a nuclear weapon,” he said, repeating baseless US claim that Tehran is seeking to build a nuclear weapon. Iran’s top leadership has always maintained that the country’s nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

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Irans Chefunterhändler meldet gute Fortschritte bei Atomverhandlungen in Wien

Bei der Sitzung der Gemeinsamen Kommission des Gemeinsamen umfassenden Aktionsplans (JCPOA/Atomabkommen) sei nach Angaben des iranischen Vizeaußenministers vereinbart worden, dass die Namen der meisten Personen und Organisationen aus der Sanktionsliste der USA gestrichen würden.

"Es gibt andere, die aus verschiedenen Gründen immer noch auf der Liste stehen, und die Verhandlungen für diesen Teil der Arbeit dauern noch an", sagte Seyed Abbas Araghchi.

Nach Ende der gestrigen Sitzung der Gemeinsamen JCPOA-Kommission sagte Araghchi dazu weiter, subjektive und sektorale Sanktionen wie Sanktionen gegen den iranischen Energiesektor, zu denen Öl und Gas gehören, oder Sanktionen gegen die Automobilindustrie, gegen den Finanz- und Bank-Sektor aber auch Hafensanktionen sollten auf der Grundlage der bisher getroffenen Vereinbarungen aufgehoben werden, und es sei bereits eine Einigung erzielt worden.

In der Nuklearfrage und in der Diskussion über Sanktionen haben wir kleine technische Punkte und Details, die diskutiert und geklärt werden müssen, sagte der iranische Chefunterhändler bei den laufenden Atomverhandlungen in Wien.

Der stellvertretende iranische Außenminister sagte auch: „In einigen Bereichen haben wir begonnen, den Text zu schreiben, und die Arbeit geht langsam voran, da die Textformulierung ihre eigene Genauigkeit erfordert und einige Fragen immer noch umstritten sind.“

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Iran’s lead negotiator: Third round of Vienna talks reach 'level of maturity’ on different issues

Iran’s lead negotiator says the third round of negotiations in Vienna to fully restore the 2015 nuclear agreement has concluded with some “maturity” and “clarity” while there remains a lengthy and bumpy road ahead.

“I can say that the discussions have reached maturity, both on the issues that are contentious and the issues over which there is agreement,” Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday afternoon, after the conclusion of the third round of talks in the Austrian capital.

According to Press TV, Saturday’s meeting began at the Grand Hotel in Vienna earlier in the afternoon with the aim of summarizing the latest progress made during the talks that began early last month.

The delegations were scheduled to leave Vienna for their respective capitals for consultations. They are expected to return to Vienna on Friday.'level_of_maturity%E2%80%99_on_different_issues

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Official: Iran ready for talks with Saudi Arabia at any level

Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said yesterday that the Islamic Republic is ready to hold talks with Saudi Arabia "at any level and in any form".

Speaking to reporters during his weekly press briefing, Khatibzadeh added that changing the Saudi rhetoric and discourse towards Iran will help reduce tensions, but will only lead to practical results when coupled with a change in behaviour


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Saudi ‘outreach towards thawing relations with Iran is a sign of desperation’: Scholar

Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV in an interview on Friday that Saudis now believe that they cannot fully depend on their American Imperial sponsor, so they should improve ties with Iran.

“And Saudi war on Yemen has completely fallen apart and now the Saudis are pretty much at war with their Emirati partners as well as with other forces, and the Ansurallah forces are actually hitting the Saudis in their own homeland, and Saudi Arabia is also having various other problems elsewhere. It's a bit on the outs with the US since the totally controlled Netanyahu-run Trump administration left,” he observed.

“And so I think what's happening here is that the Saudis are rethinking their position, and they understand that they can't really depend on their American Imperial sponsor, the way they used to. And so they're trying to sort of hedge their bets. They've already cozied up to Israel, unfortunately. And so this outreach towards thawing relations with Iran is of course a sign of desperation,” he explained.

“But perhaps it's not a bad move, given the circumstances.


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Saudi Arabia Is Talking to Iran. It’s a Potent Sign of Riyadh’s Desperation

As Biden strides towards a nuclear deal, an anxious, diminished and increasingly isolated Saudi kingdom faces a grim outlook – and negotiation with the Iranian enemy, through gritted teeth, appears the only way out (paywalled)

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Airbus Subsidiary Pleads Guilty in Saudi Bribery Case

GPT Special Project Management pleaded guilty to one count of corruption and was ordered to pay $38.9 million, plus costs, the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office said

A subsidiary of Airbus SE pleaded guilty in London to a corruption charge stemming from a defense contract that the U.K. arranged with Saudi Arabia, the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office said.

GPT Special Project Management Ltd. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of corruption in Southwark Crown Court, according to the SFO, the U.K.’s prosecuting agency for major white-collar crimes. A judge overseeing the case ordered GPT to pay £28 million ($38.9 million), plus £2.2 million in costs.

The guilty plea comes after the agency said in July that it was charging GPT, along with its former managing director and a partial owner of two of the company’s subcontractors.

The corruption offense occurred between December 2008 and July 2010 in connection with contracts awarded to GPT for work carried out for the Saudi Arabian National Guard, the SFO said.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Seehofer verbietet Verein Ansaar International

Der Bundesinnenminister löst den Verein Ansaar auf. Dieser lässt unter dem Deckmantel humanitärer Hilfe islamistischen Terrororganisationen viel Geld zukommen.

Sie werben um Spenden mit herzergreifenden Bildern von Kindern in Krisenregionen wie Syrien, Jemen und dem Gaza-Streifen. Doch hinter der humanitären Fassade wird offenbar die Finanzierung islamistischer Terrorgruppen wie der palästinensischen Hamas betrieben. Damit ist nun Schluss. Bundesinnenminster Horst Seehofer (CSU) hat am Mittwoch den Verein „Ansaar International“ und acht Teilorganisationen verboten

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Bischof Hinder: Habermas hätte Emirate-Preis nicht ablehnen sollen

Der Philosoph Jürgen Habermas hätte in diesem Jahr einen Kulturpreis aus Abu Dhabi entgegennehmen sollen. Nach Kritik aufgrund der problematischen Menschenrechtslage hat er abgelehnt. Der für Arabien zuständige Bischof findet das nicht gut.

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German philosopher Habermas rejects UAE’s Zayed Book Award

The prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas said Sunday he will not accept a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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British academic sues UAE officials over assault claims

A British academic, who was detained in the United Arab Emirates two years ago on spying charges, has launched legal action against a number of senior officials from the Gulf state, accusing them of assault, torture and false imprisonment.

Matthew Hedges returned to Britain in November 2018 after more than six months in detention after he was pardoned from a life sentence for espionage. His release came after the UAE had released a video of him purporting to confess to being a member of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency.


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Why I’m taking my fight for justice from the UAE to the courts (paywalled)

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Sultanate committed to provide aid for Yemen

The Sultanate has reiterated its commitment to provide humanitarian aid for the brotherly people of Yemen. The pledge reflects Oman’s dedication to the Humanitarian Response Plan and international efforts to provide relief to alleviate human suffering in Yemen. This came in the Sultanate’s Speech at the Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen.

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Yemenis in India face detention and deportation

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France: Houthis must accept Saudi peace initiative for Yemen

Houthi militias must accept the Saudi peace initiative for Yemen, which is fully aligned with UN efforts, said French Ambassador for Yemen Jean-Marie Safa, criticizing the Iran-backed group for flippant behavior when it comes to advancing a solution for the war-torn country.
“If they (Houthis) really want to put the interest of the Yemeni people above all else, then they must accept the elements of the entire Saudi peace plan, which is in line with the UN peace plan,” said Safa in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.
Slamming Houthis for using “hollow slogans” about peace in their public statements, the French diplomat pointed out that the offensive mounted by guerrillas in the northeastern governorate of Marib has exposed the group’s war-driven ideology.
“Saudi Arabia has presented a peace initiative, but Houthis responded with more attacks on the Kingdom and in Yemen. All of their actions are invested in perpetuating fighting, seizing the country, and controlling society,” Safa told Asharq Al-Awsat. =

and (making the headline. ‘Houthis want a peace that contradicts the interests of the Yemeni people,’ said French Ambassador to Yemen)

My comment: The right for any claims about Yemen – who gave it to France? – it’s the third largest arms supplier to Saudi Arabia. “Houthis want a peace that contradicts the interests of the Yemeni people” even is the worst of it.

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This article analyses the UAE's security-led foreign policy engagement within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). I have interpreted the UAE's foreign policy strategy as one that employs Joel Migdal's State in Society model, whereby informal networks and communities are primarily utilised for the implementation of foreign policy engagement. In this paper I discuss the justification for this hypothesis, and then illustrate my argument through case studies of the UAE's engagement with Libya, Yemen, and Somalia (paywalled)

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Erdogan and Saudi King Salman discuss ties: Turkish presidency

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed bilateral ties in a call on Tuesday, the Turkish presidency said, the second conversation between the two leaders in less than a month.

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Pravin Gordhan, Denel accused of ‘committing war crimes’ – here’s why…

An investigative team of researchers claims that Denel, under the guidance of Pravin Gordhan, might have 'profited from the misery' inflicted upon Yemen.

A lot of mud has been thrown at Pravin Gordhan over the last few years. He has felt the wrath of both pro-Zuma forces with the ANC, and he remains the EFF’s most prominent nemesis. However, these latest set of accusations do not come from his political rivals – but rather, a team of investigators looking into economic crimes and the situation in Yemen.

And, according to Open Secrets, there’s might be a trail leading from this war back to South Africa.

The group says they have uncovered evidence of ‘billion-rand sales’ to both the Saudis and the Emiratis, including mortar shells and armoured combat vehicles. These weapons of war may now land Pravin Gordhan in some serious trouble, given that Denel – responsible for manufacturing the items – falls under his Public Enterprises portfolio.


Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are involved in Yemen’s humanitarian conflict.

The report covers details about an export of war weapons from SA, to the tune of R2.81 billion, to Saudi Arabia.

An export of war weapons worth R4.74 billion to the United Arabian Emirates has also, allegedly, been uncovered.

Everything from mortars and artillery guns, to ammunition to armoured combat vehicles, form ‘part of the exports’.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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30 Kampfjets für Ägyptens Autokratie

Der Milliarden-Deal: Ein großer Erfolg für die französische Rüstungsindustrie mit ein paar “Schönheitsfehlern”
Es ist ein großes Waffengeschäft, das Kairo heute offiziell bestätigte. Ägypten kauft 30 Rafale-Kampfjets von Frankreich, Preis: 3,75 Milliarden Euro. Dazu kommen laut der Investigativ-Webseite noch zwei kleinere Verkaufsabschlüsse mit den französischen Rüstungsunternehmen MBDA, spezialisiert auf Lenkflugkörper (Missiles), und Safran Electronics & Defense im Wert von 200 Millionen Euro.
Finanziert über Kredite bei französischen Banken
Das ist insgesamt ein Waffengeschäftsvolumen von fast vier Milliarden Euro. Finanziert wird dies nach Informationen der genannten Webseite, der nach eigenen Angaben Dokumente mit offiziellen Stempeln vorliegen, mit einem Kredit, der zu 85 Prozent vom französischen Staat garantiert werde. Geldgeber sind französische Banken mit bekannten Namen: BNP Paribas SA, Credit Agricole und die Societe Generale.
Für die französische Regierung ist das Geschäft ein großer Erfolg…
Gleichwohl gibt es ein paar Schönheitsfehler

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France to sell Egypt 30 fighter jets in $4.5 bln deal -Egyptian defense ministry, report

Egypt has signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets, its defence ministry said in a statement early on Tuesday, in a deal that investigative website Disclose said on Monday was worth 3.75 billion euro ($4.5 billion).

President Emmanuel Macron said in December he would not make the sale of weapons to Egypt conditional on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo's ability to counter terrorism in the region, a comment that drew the ire of critics.

Egypt's defense ministry said the deal would be financed through a loan to be re-paid over at least 10 years, but did not disclose the value of the deal or further details.

Citing confidential documents, Disclose said an agreement had been concluded at the end of April and a deal could be sealed on Tuesday when an Egyptian delegation arrives in Paris.


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Rights critics condemn French sale to Egypt of 30 more jets

The wife of jailed Palestinian-Egyptian activist Ramy Shaath said France should be using the sale as leverage to pressure for human rights improvements and prisoner releases.

“It’s never too late. The planes have not been delivered yet,” Celine Lebrun-Shaath told The Associated Press. “The strategic partnership between France and Egypt is important but should be based on shared values and the respect of international law.”

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Zionist-trained and UAE-backed mercenary officers arrive in Yemeni city of Mocha

More than 20 Al-Amaliqa Brigade (also known as Giants Brigades) officers have arrived in the Yemeni city of Mocha from Abu Dhabi, after having been trained by Israeli officers, well-informed sources revealed.

The sources said that the UAE ship, which arrived on the west coast, carries leaders from the brigade loyal to Abu Dhabi, including Ali Salem al-Hasani, Abu Zazraa al-Maharami, Raed al-Habhi and others.

The sources confirmed that these leaders had received military and field training by Israeli officers in the UAE, pointing out that they have large tasks assigned to them by Abu Dhabi and under Israeli supervision.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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SFD Yemen: Our #CfW-based project will end with 100 affected-houses repaired in #Zabid city, incl. this Al-Twal house, one of the city's spatial milestones (photo)


Photos: the historical city of Jableh 1965 – Yemen

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen Socio-Economic Update, Issue 56 - January 2021

Economic activity has contracted to an unprecedented level during the past six years, where it lost more than US $ 90 billion GDP in direct losses, in addition to indirect losses in the institutional and human structures. In addition, the internal and external macroeconomic balances were disrupted too; public finance suffered a decline in its resources, with sharp decrease in expenditures amid rising public budget deficit to insecure levels. Subsequently, this resulted an increase in the volume of domestic debt to a level equal to or close to the size of the domestic product, while external balance suffered a blow and the trade balance witnessed a remarkable deficit due to dropped flow of foreign currencies, whether oil and gas revenues or private and official remittances. These imbalances triggered violent shocks in the exchange market, including devaluation of the national currency against foreign currencies, which fell by about 180% of its real value. It can be said that the negative effects have spilled through all economic variables, especially soaring prices, deteriorated standard of living and decreased average income per capita, which itself lost about 60% of its value in dollar terms.

Yemen’s economy faces multiple challenges and crises with their associated severe impact, mainly the recurring fuel shortage crisis, which has had the greatest impact on the various service sectors, especially the electricity and health sectors. Meanwhile, the food security and humanitarian crisis has left behind 60% of the population exposed to food insecurity, with its subsequent negative on malnutrition and productivity. In addition to that, the economy was taken by the Coronavirus pandemic surprise, which negatively affected the economy and tossed it into a deep recession.

This issue of YSEU bulletin seeks to analyze and evaluate the most prominent economic and social developments, explore some windows of hope for recovery and economic growth, and dispel the clouds of recession and deflation overshadowing it

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Cash Consortium of Yemen - Flash Update 20: YER Exchange Rate Volatility March Week 4 & April Week 1

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 276 YER difference. There has been a 46% increase from the South to the North, with a 32% decrease from North to South.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile and has decreased after reaching the 900 YER mark, after a brief appreciation in the middle of January. This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

The range between the maximum and minimum value of the exchange rate from Mar W4 to Apr W1 shrank in the South from 62 to 46 YER. The shrinking range indicates less volatility in the exchange marketplace from month to month.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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It's hard to define #alQaeda in #Yemen now. But here's a round-up of April activity formally claimed by #AQAP

3 ops: rockets at Balhaf base; multi-assault & IED on Houthis in Bayda, 1 statement: denies UN report of Batarfi arrest, 12 short audio/video lectures, 2 sung poems

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#alQaida #AQAP (Ansar al-Shar'iah) claims operations against the #Houthi in al-Tayab and Mahlab in al-Bayda #Yemen (image)

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Saudi commander kidnapped by al-Qaeda in Ma’rib

Al-Qaeda operatives have kidnapped a Saudi commander and a number of his companions in Ma’rib city, local sources said on Sunday.

The sources explained that gunmen from Al-Qaeda kidnapped evening a Saudi military commander and two of his companions as they were leaving Ma’rib towards the Al-Wadiah border crossing.

cp15 Propaganda

Siehe / Look at cp1

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»Vorbild Nordkorea«

Arye Sharuz Shalicar über die Wiederbelebung des Atomabkommens, Israels Haltung und europäische Naivität

Nach Abschluss des Atomdeals ist der Iran aggressiver und expansionistischer als jemals zuvor. Heute sieht man, wie er Einfluss auf den Irak, Syrien, den Libanon oder den Jemen nimmt, überall den Terror finanziert. Nach dem Ende der Sanktionen verwendete Teheran sofort Milliardensummen, um in der Region entweder seine Revolutionsgarden zu stationieren oder aber pakistanische und afghanische Söldnermilizen. Ferner rüstete er seine Marionetten Hisbollah, Hamas und Islamischer Dschihad, die Huthi-Rebellen und noch viele mehr massiv mit Waffen aus.

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Yemeni minister: Iran’s Quds Force commander acting as de facto ruler of Houthi-held areas

Iran’s Quds Force commander Hassan Erlo is acting as de facto ruler of areas controlled by the Houthi militia, a senior Yemeni official was cited by state news agency SABA.

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Yemen peace talks failing weeks after revived US-Saudi push

US President Joe Biden and Saudi leadership's bid to end Yemen's war is not gaining traction

The Biden administration sought to bring an end to Yemen’s conflict by withdrawing support for the battle against Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia announced a peace plan in March that would lead to blockades on the country being lifted and a UN-supervised truce between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

This week’s negotiations involving Mr Griffiths and Mr Lenderking were aimed at advancing that ceasefire, but are understood to have been complicated by the Houthi assault on Marib, the government’s last northern stronghold.

The assault has condemned by the UN and much of the international community.

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Iran says it wants peace with Saudis, but sends Houthi drones instead

So what does Turkey think about Saudi Arabia’s possible détente with Iran?

What is Iran’s strategy now that discussions of an Iran-Saudi Arabia warming of relations have become well known?

First, it is interesting that while Turkey’s regime has been pretending it wants reconciliation with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the real substantive discussion may involve the kingdom and Iran. That is because Turkey can be more of a threat to Saudi Arabia’s leadership role in the region, while Iran is an antagonist that might be quieted by discussions.

The kingdom may have calculated that discussions with Iran could reduce Houthi attacks.

This is a tacit admission that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may control Houthi decision-making about targeting Saudi Arabia. It appears coordinated because in 2019, a series of escalating attacks on Iran, including an apparent attack from Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq and an attack on Shaybah and then on Abqaiq from Iran, showed that the IRGC was coordinating with the Houthis in Yemen and the PMU (Popular Mobilization Units, a mostly Shi’ite militia) in Iraq against the kingdom.

From Riyadh’s point of view, this is a major threat.

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Terrorist Practices of Houthi Militia are Part of Deliberate Impoverishment and Starvation Policies Against Citizens, says Yemen's Information Minister

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Muammar Al-Eryani confirmed that the practices of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi Militia are part of policies of impoverishment and deliberate starvation of the rights of citizens in their controlled areas.
In a statement to the state-run Yemeni News Agency (Saba), Al-Eryani said that the leader of the Houthi Militia directed his militia to spend hundreds of millions of riyals exclusively for his followers in Saada governorate, while millions of citizens in the usurped capital and the rest of the areas under his control are dying of poverty and starvation, the world's biggest humanitarian tragedy according to UN reports.

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UAE urges for decisive stance against Houthi threats

The UAE has strongly condemned the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia's systematic attempt to target civilians and civilian objects in Najran, Saudi Arabia, with a ballistic missile and two bomb-laden aircraft, which were intercepted by the Coalition forces.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), the UAE affirmed that these recurrent Houthi terrorist attacks reflect the group's blatant disregard for the international community and all international laws and norms.

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Superiority Yemeni Capabilities Over Enemy's Defense Systems

Eight operations of the Air Force targeted King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait since the beginning of the holy month, which have escalated its air operations. US-Saudi airstrikes against Yemen are mainly launched from this airbase.

The intensive targeting of military bases, that are the most important in the southern region of the kingdom, indicates the inability of modern American defense systems to intercept or destroy drones. This is a development shows the nature of dealing with these type of low-cost, high-impact weapons.

The effects of the Air Force operations can be monitored by the state of air disruption that accompanies every air operation in most airports in the south of the Kingdom.

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Yemeni PM says win in Marib soon

The Houthi group is on its last legs in the Yemeni northern governorate of Marib, the Yemeni prime minister said, thanks to steadiness proved by Marib people in support of the government troops.

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Saudi Press: Saud Arabia seeks to achieve lasting peace in Yemen

Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that over the years of Yemeni crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has adopted successive peace processes for a ceasefire and the achieving lasting peace in Yemen, but the Houthis did not abide by any of these peace processes.
The Saudi initiative which has been unanimously welcomed by the entire world has revealed that Iranian regime controls over the political and military will of the Houthi militias, the paper said.
These militias always seek to destroy and spread chaos in Yemen through implementing Iranian agendas, disregarding humanitarian situations and international laws and norms, the paper added
If the Houthis continues to deal with the Saudi initiative in the same aggressive approach as before, Saudi Arabia will confront this Iranian-backed crime with full force and courage, the paper concluded.

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What if European and US airports were bombed?

What if a French, British or American airport were to be hit by a missile that was launched by an armed group stationed on its borders, what would the expected reaction be?
We do not really have to imagine such a scenario; the interests of these countries were attacked, and the offences happened outside their borders, which resulted in retaliatory devastating attacks on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Mali, Libya, and other countries.
The Iran-backed Houthi militia targeted Saudi airports and cities and the international reaction to these attacks was limited to media condemnations of the aggressor and calls on the victim for self-restraint as if they were confiscating the victim's right of military response. This is evidence for the double standards major countries hold to achieve their interests and confiscate the rights of others to respond to attacks that violate international law, and even amount to war crimes, such as targeting civilian airports.
Worse still, the US administration took the initiative to remove the Houthi group Ansarallah from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations just hours after the same group targeted a civilian airport in Saudi Arabia
My comment: LOL. What if European and US dwelling houses, hospitals, schools, were bombed, thousands of civilians killed?

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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

April 30:

April 29:

April 28:

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p. / Marib p. Marib p. Marib p., Hajjah p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, 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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Seven Citizens Killed, Wounded in Sa’adah By Saudi Bombing

Saudi artillery shelling caused the death of three civilians and the injury of four others in Munabbih district.

and also

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 4,184 Mines in Yemen during 4th Week of April

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the fourth week of April 2021, a total of 4,184 mines, including 314 anti-personnel mines, 2,995 anti-tank mines, 834 unexploded ordnance and 41 explosive devices.
During April 2021, as many as 10,456 mines have been dismantled.

and also

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Jemenitische Truppen treffen Flughafen Nadschran und Luftwaffenstützpunkt King Khalid in Saudi-Arabien

Als Reaktion auf die anhaltende Aggression Saudi-Arabiens gegen den Jemen haben die jemenitischen Streitkräfte und Kämpfer der alliierten Volkskomitees Angriffe auf militärische Stellungen am Flughafen Nadschran und auf die Luftwaffenbasis King Khalid im Südwesten des Königreichs gestartet.

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, Brigadegeneral Yahya Saree, sagte am Montag in einer Reihe von Tweets, dass vier Qasef-2K-Drohnen und zwei ballistische Badr-Raketen bei den Angriffen auf die Luftwaffenbasis King Khalid in der Nähe der Stadt Khamis Mushait und auf Militärpositionen im Flughafen Nadschran eingesetzt wurden.

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits Najran airport, King Khaled Airbase

The missile force and the Air Force carried out on Monday a joint offensive operation against Najran Airport in Najran region and King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait city.

Armed forces Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said the attack hit military sites at Najran Airport and King Khalid Airbase with 4 drones of Qasef 2K and 2 ballistic missiles of Badr.

Sare'i emphasized the hit was accurate, indicating the targeting comes in response to the escalation of aggression and an all-out siege on the Yemeni people.

and also


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Saudi-led coalition intercepts a Houthi ballistic missile and two drones launched towards KSA

A ballistic missile and two explosive drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards civilian targets in southern cities of the Kingdom were intercepted, the Saudi-led Coalition said Sunday evening.

My comment: An air force base is no civilian target.

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits King Khalid Air Base again

The armed forces carried out an offensive operation on Saudi city of Khamis Mushait on Sunday.

The army's spokesman Yahya Sari'e said the army's air forces launched a Qasef-2k drone on King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait.

Sari'e confirmed that the hit was precise, pointing out that the attack is a legitimate response to the Saudi-led aggression and its continuing siege on the country.

and also


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Coalition foils Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia


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Saudi air defenses intercept drone headed towards Khamis Mushait - coalition

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Sunday that Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Iran-aligned Houthis towards the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, state media reported.

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Houthi-laid mines unearthed by floods explode in Lahj

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Saudi artillery kills woman in Sa'ada

The Saudi artillery targeted the populated villages in Shada border district, some of the artillery shells dropped on a house, where the woman killed

and also

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces beat back Saudi attack in Dhalea

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Pro-government forces advance against Houthis in Dhale


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40 Saudi-affiliated militants killed in Yemen

Elements affiliated with Mansour Hadi's ousted government attempted to take control of the Al-Fakhr and Habil al-Abdi districts in Dhale province.

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp4

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces make rapid gains near Ma’rib amidst reports of Saudi-led forces collapsing

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen PM visits Marib in show of strength as Houthi assault falters

Yemen’s prime minister visited the battleground city of Marib on Wednesday in a show of strength amid growing signs that an Iran-backed Houthi militia offensive to capture the province is faltering.
Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed chaired a meeting of senior government and military officials in the city, and said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had ordered increased military support to government troops fighting the Houthis.
“History is being written now in Marib. All of Yemen is following Marib and we came to Marib to be part of this important moment … the state and its capabilities are with you,” the prime minister said.


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Houthis fire ballistic missiles on Yemen's Marib

No damage reported from attack

and also

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Dozens of Houthi militants killed, injured west of Marib

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Film: On the ground with Yemeni soldiers battling Iran-allied rebels

The rebels constantly test the government forces defenses. The fighting here is crude, brutal close combat. Despite being backed financially and logistically by a Saudi-led coalition of countries, conditions on the front are tough for the Yemeni government troops.

We traveled across Yemen's northeast desert to where this war has reached a climax. We heard no Saudi warplanes providing air support, and the only heavy weaponry we saw was this multiple rocket launch system.

The medevac station is a shack with a few boxes of medicines. The only way to a hospital is the same way we came, in the back of a truck.

It's two hours from here over the desert in trucks for injured soldiers coming from the front. There's not one helicopter in the entire front line.

Back in nearby Marib city, both those fighting this war and those fleeing from it share its streets. Once a small desert town, this is now the center of a final government stand against advancing Houthi rebels. Soldiers with the internationally recognized Yemeni government and allied armed tribesmen rest and catch up between spasms of fighting.

Those wounded on the front, the ones that make it back here, continue to fight for their lives at the hospital. Marib owns the country's main oil and gas resources. If the rebels take the city, it would not only push the government from its last major stronghold, but it would provide a vital financial lifeline to the Houthis.

The defense minister of Yemen knows this is a fight his men cannot afford to lose.

Rebuilding the Yemeni army in Marib, after revolution, mutiny and war, have focused on professionalizing tribal fighters, recruiting those pushed from their homes by the Houthis, and men from this region desperate to defend the city from a rebel takeover.

While arguments over war and peace roll on, families fleeing their homes are constantly on the move, rockets inching closer every day, gunfire and explosions often crashing into these makeshift camps just behind the front lines.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children wait here for the war to end, while, just beyond the hills, it rages. Those who cannot afford to live in the city set up camp in the dusty, unrelenting heat of the desert.

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[Hadi gov.] Defence ministry, governors discuss mechanisms for general mobilisation to defend Marib

The leadership of the Ministry of Defence in Yemen's internationally recognised government has met with the governors of Marib, Jawf, Raymah, Sanaa and Bayda provinces and discussed mechanisms for general mobilisation and supporting the government forces against the Houthi group in Marib.

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Jemen: Saudi-alliierter militanter Befehlshaber und IS-Rädelsführer in Marib getötet

Ein ranghoher Befehlshaber der Militanten, die für die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Koalition im Jemen kämpfen, und ein Rädelsführer der Takfiri-Terroristengruppe IS wurden bei Zusammenstößen mit den Verteidigungskräften des Jemen in der westzentraljemenitischen Provinz Marib getötet.

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Saudi-allied militant commander, Daesh ringleader killed in Yemen's Ma’rib

A ranking commander of the militants, who fight for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, and a ringleader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are killed in clashes with Yemen’s defense forces in the west-central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.

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Yemen's rival sides exchange 18 war prisoners

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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Daily violations, as reported by the Houthi side

May 3:

May 2: and

May 1.

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Tote bei Überschwemmungen im Jemen

Bei erneuten Überschwemmungen nach schweren Regenfällen im Jemen sind mindestens zehn Menschen ums Leben gekommen, darunter zwei Kinder. Das erfuhr die dpa aus Sicherheitskreisen. In vergangenen Tagen regnete es in mehreren Teilen des Landes samt der Hauptstadt Sanaa stark. Den Angaben zufolge wurden Häuser und Ernten schwer beschädigt. Die Fluten hätten auch Autos davongetragen und Straßen stundenlang unbefahrbar gemacht.

Die Regenzeit im Jemen dauert normalerweise von April bis August. =


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Film: Jemen: Mindestens 13 Todesopfer nach Regenfällen

Nachdem eine Flut mehrere Städte im Jemen beschädigt hat, versuchen Bewohner eines Flüchtlingslagers ihr verbliebenes Eigentum zu retten. Schwere saisonale Regenfälle hatten zum Teil Häuser zum Einstürzen gebracht. Bis jetzt sind mindestens 13 Todesopfer bekannt, darunter auch Kinder. Mit Eimern und Sandsäcken versuchen einige Jemeniten in Aden den Schaden des Wassers zu minimieren.

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Yemen flash flooding causes large-scale damage

Torrential rains and flash flooding in Yemen have left several people dead and caused large-scale damage to homes and infrastructure, the UN says.

Thousands of families have been affected by the flooding, which started in mid-April and has worsened as rainfall intensified in recent days.

On Sunday, four people were reportedly killed in Tarim, in the government-held eastern province of Hadramawt.

The homes of 167 families were also either partially or completely damaged.

Tarim is famous for its mud-brick buildings and hundreds of mosques, including al-Muhdhar, which has the tallest minaret in the country.

There were also reports that the town of Yarim, in the rebel-held western province of Ibb, was inundated on Monday by heavy rain.

Floodwater was said to have cut off the main north-south road to the capital Sanaa and sparked fears about the spread of water-borne diseases.

The UN said on Tuesday that initial field reports indicated some 3,730 families had been affected since the start of the rainy season last month, the majority of whom had been already been displaced by the six-year war between the government and the rebel Houthi movement.

Almost two-thirds of the families, who require food, shelter, non-food items and water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, live in the southern provinces of Aden, Lahj and Abyan.


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Buildings topple after flash flooding strikes Yemen

Heavy rain that has been ongoing since late April has caused severe flash flooding across southwestern Yemen, causing buildings to collapse and leaving at least 13 dead across the region. More thunderstorms in the coming days can lead to additional flooding, AccuWeather forecasters say.

The hardest-hit areas were across Sanaa, Ibb, Shabwa and Hodeida provinces in southwestern Yemen, officials told The Associated Press. This is also where the fatalities occurred from the weekend into early this week as daily rounds of thunderstorms struck the region.

"Rounds of slow-moving thunderstorms regularly develop across southwestern Yemen this time of year," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

Moisture from the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden can lead to a setup that is ripe for thunderstorms containing heavy rainfall, Nicholls explained.

"Flooding in Yemen is not uncommon," Nicholls added. "There have been several significant flood events going back to 2013. Some are cyclone related, but many are due to thunderstorms like [Yemen] just experienced."

As the rain falls across the rugged terrain, normally dry streams can rapidly fill with rushing water.

As of May 4, initial reports indicate that about 3,730 families, or 22,380 people, have been affected by the heavy rain and flooding, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Reports say that shelters for families have been destroyed and roads across the area were blocked. The number of impacted individuals could be higher, as many areas remain inaccessible.

The OCHA said that humanitarian partners are "now operationalizing the nationwide Flood Preparedness Plan and are mobilizing to step up flood response" for the country. This includes preparing to deliver food for those who have lost their rations or food supply amid the floods.


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Yemen: Flash Floods Flash Update No. 1 (As of 4 May 2021)

Torrential rains and flooding which started in mid-April continued into May; intensified rainfall over the past few days is causing damage to infrastructure, destroying homes and shelter and causing deaths and injuries.

Flooding caused multiple large-scale damage in Aden, Abyan, Al Dhale’e, Lahj, Hadramaut, Ma’rib and Ta’iz governorates. While assessments of the damage caused by heavy rains and flooding are ongoing, initial field reports indicate that thousands of families have been affected and the majority of them are in areas occupied by internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Yemen National Meteorological Centre issued flood warnings recently and advised citizens and motorists to exercise caution as the rains are expected to persist in the coming days. Yemen’s rainy season runs from April to August.


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Thousands of families hit by Yemen floods: UN

The United Nations said Tuesday that thousands of families across war-torn Yemen have been hit by torrential rains and deadly floods since mid-April that destroyed homes and shelters.

"Initial reports indicate some 3,730 families (22,380 people) have been affected by the rains and flooding, the majority of whom are internally displaced people," the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said.

"Intensified rainfall over the past few days is causing damage to infrastructure, destroying homes and shelter and causing deaths and injuries." =


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16 people, including 3 children, have died and dozens of homes, agricultural land and roads have been damaged and destroyed in floods from rains in the provinces of Taiz, Aden, Sanaa, Hadhramaut, Lahij, Hudaydah & Raymah in the past few days, news websites said on Monday.


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Heavy rains kill four people in Wadi Hadramout

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding hit Hadramout and a number of governorates causing considerable human and material losses, at least four people died on Sunday in Wadi Hadramout.
In Tarim city of Wadi Hadramout an entire floor of a charitable hospital was filled with infiltrating flood water which could lead to the collapse of the building.
Many Houses in Tarim are surrounded by waters and some of them have already been destroyed, local sources reported, but reliable official statistics are still unavailable.

Photos: (Hadramaut) (Hadramaut) (Shabwah) (Tarim)

Films: (Tarim) = (Taiz) (Tarim) (Dhalae)


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A three-member family and another person were killed, one injured and 10 homes destroyed after floods hit on Sunday some parts of Yemen's eastern province of Hadhramaut, including the historic town of Tarim, the local authorities said on Monday.


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The historic town of #Tarim in the eastern province of #Hadhramaut is sinking in floods as seasonal rains hit #Yemen. People were killed, properties damaged and destroyed and cars washed away on Sunday, local media reports (photo)


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People's homes swept away by floods in Lahj

The raging floodwaters swept away the people's houses in Abu Harba village of al-Madharba and Ras al-Ara district in Lahj governorate, local sources said on Monday.

The heavy rains forced villagers to leave their homes overwhelmed by waters and to take shelter in the open after escaping the flood.


Photo: Guys please: Never lower your face mask, it becomes ineffective. Caption: bank robbers disguised as soldiers were identified via cctv in Ataq,Yemen last week.


Photos: Wadi Dawan


Three photos in Same' area, Taiz governorate, at three different times. The first at sunrise, the second in the morning, and the third at sunset. #Yemen.


Audio: Podcast „Ferne Länder – Fremde Kulturen“ Teil 9: Jemen

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-738 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-738: 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:

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