Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 759b- Yemen War Mosaic 759b

Yemen Press Reader 759b: 12. September 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 759, cp7 - cp19 / September 12, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 759, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 759, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 759, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-759-yemen-war-mosaic-759

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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External Actors Must Encourage De-escalation of Yemen Conflict, Support Country-Led Political Settlement, Special Envoy Stresses in Briefing to Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL 8854TH MEETING (AM)

While no easy answers exist in addressing Yemen’s complex, sprawling seven-year-long conflict, the appointment of a new Special Envoy offers an opportunity to take stock, reassess and re-engage the parties anew, delegates told the Security Council today amid concerns over continued clashes and an escalating economic crisis.

“I am under no illusions about the difficulty of the task handed to me by this Council,” said Hans Grundberg, the newly appointed Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, as he briefed the 15-member organ for the first time in that capacity. Describing the vast destruction and suffering wrought by the conflict, as well as its ever-shifting epicentre, he said the focus since early 2020 has been the sustained offensive by Ansar Allah — also known as the Houthis — on Marib Governorate. Thousands of Yemenis there have already lost their lives or been displaced.

Noting that fighting continues across the country, he said basic service delivery has declined and the economy continues to deteriorate dramatically. Meanwhile, the conflict is spilling over Yemen’s borders, threatening regional security and international waterways. Citing the targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, he said it is vital that external actors encourage de-escalation and support a Yemeni-led political settlement. Sketching out his plans for a way forward, he stated his intention to assess past efforts, identify what has worked and what has not, and listen to as many Yemeni men and women as possible. To that end, he detailed his initial plans to visit with regional leaders and the Houthi leadership in the coming weeks.

Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, agreed that fighting in Marib has again become particularly fierce. “As always, it is civilians who are paying the highest price,” she said. Yemen’s economy is crumbling, its essential service delivery is disintegrating, and its people are being forced deeper into desperation. Noting that Yemen is now home to the world’s largest humanitarian aid operation, she cited a recent surge in donor funding that provided more than $1.9 billion so far in 2021 — about 50 per cent of the total needs. However, she warned that the threat of famine is not over in Yemen. Keeping it at bay amid spiking inflation, rising food prices and a deadly third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will require vigilance by the global community.

Also briefing the Council was Entesar Al-Qadhi, a representative of the Yemeni organization Marib Girls Foundation. Recalling that the war in her country has already claimed more than 233,000 lives, she said the ongoing offensive in Marib is terrorizing civilians and disrupting humanitarian access. Public services have collapsed, depriving people of clean water, sanitation and health care, and fostering a breeding ground for cholera and COVID-19. Despite being disproportionately affected, women and girls remain excluded from representation in the Government and decision-making processes. Welcoming the new Special Envoy to his role, she urged him to prioritize the interests, concerns and experiences of all Yemenis — not only those aligned with the conflict parties — and to consult regularly with a diverse range of civil society actors.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/sc14629.doc.htm

and media report: https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-united-nations-yemen-civil-wars-european-union-04c36c27d42726fd19f38d408b9ded20

Grundberg briefing in full: https://osesgy.unmissions.org/briefing-united-nations-security-council-special-envoy-yemen-%E2%80%93-hans-grundberg

grundberg pressconference transscript: https://osesgy.unmissions.org/full-transcript-united-nations-special-envoys-press-stakeout-following-un-security-council-session

Mudawi statement in full: https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/behalf-under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-1

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UN envoy in Qatar for new approach to Yemeni crisis solution

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26884.html

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Mouallimi, Grundberg discuss situation in Yemen

The permanent Saudi representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, received the UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg in his office in New York on Thursday

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33703

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Joint Civil Society Letter: States should support accountability for crimes under international law committed in Yemen at the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council

We write to you to urge your government to use the upcoming 48th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to:

Establish an international criminally-focused investigation body for Yemen, and simultaneously

Ensure the continuity of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (GEE) through an ongoing or multi-year mandate.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet a representative of your government to discuss these recommendations at your earliest availability.

Accordingly, we urge your government to support the establishment of an adequately resourced and sufficiently staffed international investigative mechanism for Yemen that would:

(a) Collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence;

(b) Prepare case files; and

(c) Identify victims and document the extent and types of harm suffered in view of reparations claims in each case investigated.

https://mwatana.org/en/joint-civil-society-letter/ = https://www.icj.org/yemen-states-should-support-accountability-for-crimes-under-international-law/

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers, is keen to show how much has changed

The Saudi government has consistently denied any involvement in the 9/11 attacks, but CBS News Holly Williams got rare access to a Saudi prison for people convicted of terrorist offenses, and some inmates told her that being brought up in an ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom contributed to their radicalization.

Saudi officials tell CBS News they're fixing the problem, and to prove their point, the government allowed Williams to take a tour of the Al-Ha'ir prison, guided by one of its inmates.

Yaser Esam Hamdi was born a U.S. citizen to Saudi parents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"I remember going to Disneyland," he told Williams as they walked through a prison corridor. "It was very nice."

His family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was 5, he said. Just before the 9/11 attacks, he went to train with the Taliban in Afghanistan, where he was captured by U.S. forces.

"I am a young man, a teenager going with these people. I started to have some extremist practice," he recalled.

Hamdi renounced his U.S. citizenship and was able to return to Saudi Arabia a free man, but he was later arrested by Saudi authorities.

Saudi Arabia says it recently revolutionized the Al-Ha'ir prison — an effort to reform inmates with music, sports and even a company run by the inmates themselves, which manufactures perfume and furniture.

The prisoners in charge of the operation wore business suits during the visit by Williams and her photographer. They were filmed by other inmates, and accompanied at all times by prison officials (with film)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/saudi-arabia-shows-anti-extremism-terrorism-efforts-9-11-anniversary/

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Yemen-born academics in Jeddah University to be fired as part of new anti-Yemeni crackdown

Jeddah University in Saudi Arabia has informed Yemeni academics that their contracts are to be terminated, as part of a new Saudi campaign against Yemeni expatriates living in the kingdom, well-informed sources report.

According to the sources, Saudi Arabia is continuing the process of deporting Yemeni expatriates from Asir, Jizan and Najran, with the process now expanding to other areas.

According to Human Right Watch (HRW). Saudi authorities have began to terminate contracts of Yemeni professionals since July, often forcing them to move to wartorn Yemen.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/10/yemen-born-academics-in-jeddah-university-to-be-fired-as-part-of-new-anti-yemeni-crackdown/

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Saudi billionaire to sell stake in Four Seasons for $2.2bn

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal plans to sell half its stake in Four Seasons Holding Co. to Bill Gates's Cascade

https://www.arabianbusiness.com/travel-hospitality/468184-saudi-billionaire-to-sell-stake-in-four-seasons-for-22bn

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/four-seasons-equity-cascade/bill-gates-investment-firm-to-take-control-of-four-seasons-in-2-21-billion-deal-idUSKBN2G41CR

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Blast from the past: In #September 2013, Saudi Arabia said it started to manufacture drones. 8 years later, not a single drone was produced

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1435956627312726018

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After being detained in Saudi prisons, 32 fishermen released

32 fishermen arrived on Wednesday at the fishing port of Al-Salif district in Hodeida province after being detained in the Saudi aggression's prisons.

Head of the [Sanaa gov.] General Authority for Fisheries and Fishing Ports in the Red Sea Hashem al-Dane'i said that the aggression forces arrested the fishermen while practicing fishing near Dahrab island in the Yemeni territorial waters of the Red Sea and looted their fish and all their possessions and took them to a prison on the island of Fursan.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3154804.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/09/thirty-two-yemeni-fishermen-arrive-in-hodeidah-after-being-held-in-saudi-captivity/

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##Saudi butcher & child killer, the head of #Saudi General Security General Khaled Jarar AlHarbi has been arrested & fired. He is involved in killing protesters including children.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1435313224237322240

and also https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1435314473603158018

as a reminder: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/awamiyah-saudi-arabia-boy-killed-sniper-gun-shot-wounds-family-shot-open-fire-qatif-shia-nimr-al-nimr-a7886136.html

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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The US-Saudi ‘special’ relationship 20 years after 9/11

In the past 20 years, it was not 9/11 that shook the close ties between Washington and Riyadh.

Twenty years on, the legacy of 9/11 continues to cast a shadow over a bilateral relationship that in some respects has evolved considerably since the terror attacks. The fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and the mastermind, Osama bin Laden, was a member of one of the most successful business families in Saudi Arabia threatened to create the greatest rupture in US-Saudi ties since full diplomatic relations began in the 1930s. Initial reluctance by some Saudi leaders, including Minister of Interior Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, to acknowledge the involvement of Saudis in the attacks, caused an additional furore.

After 9/11, a “cottage industry” of think-tanks, op-ed writers, and retired officials emerged to defend and contextualise the “special” nature of the US-Saudi relationship within a supposed oil-for-security agreement that dated, in their narrative, to the fabled 1945 meeting between President Franklin Roosevelt and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz on board the USS Quincy in the Suez Canal.

And yet, when Robert Vitalis, an American political scientist, examined the issue, he found not only that no mention of oil or security was made at the 1945 meeting, but that “oil for security” first surfaced in 2002, months after the 9/11 attacks. Since then, the term has become widely adopted and perceived as historical.

To the extent that the US and Saudi Arabia do have a special relationship, it emerged after 9/11. Washington and Riyadh worked closely, as the former pursued al-Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in Afghanistan and later extended its “war on terror” to Iraq in 2003. The many connections between the attackers and US partner states, including Pakistan and the UAE as well as Saudi Arabia, were addressed in other far less intrusive or invasive ways, by diplomacy rather than force. One need only imagine how the response might have differed had 15 of the 19 hijackers been Iranian, for example.

9/11 has not fully disappeared as an issue, despite the passage of 20 years and the removal of the “old guard” of senior princes in Riyadh who were in positions of power at the time, with only King Salman remaining from that generation.

The US continued to be concerned about charity fundraising in Saudi Arabia, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claiming as late as 2009 that private donors in the country continued to constitute “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”.

The 2016 passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress indicated how 9/11 still cast a powerful, and at times populist, political legacy.

After navigating the pitfalls of the emotive post-9/11 period and ensuring the durability of the political and strategic aspects of the relationship with the US, Saudi leaders have, paradoxically, spent much of the second decade after 2001 in a state of some anxiety about their ties with Washington. Seen from Riyadh, it was the period in and after 2011 that was more worrying to them than 2001.

Somewhat ironically, given the enthusiasm with which Saudi leaders greeted Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016 and lavishly hosted him on his first overseas trip as president in May 2017, decisions taken during the Trump administration further roiled bilateral ties. Trump initially took the Saudi (and Emirati) side when he tweeted in support of their blockade of Qatar in June 2017, but rapidly reversed course in the face of opposition from his Departments of State and Defense as well as military commanders.

This was followed by mounting public and political backlash in the US at the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen and, in October 2018, near-unanimous revulsion at the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The dilemma for the Saudis, however, remains the fact that no other country is likely to come close to matching the breadth and depth of the partnership with the US, leaving Riyadh vulnerable to political and economic drift.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/9/9/the-us-saudi-special-relationship-20-years-after-9

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USA ziehen Raketenabwehr in Saudi-Arabien nach Angriffen aus dem Jemen zurück

Die Vereinigten Staaten haben in den letzten Wochen ihr fortschrittlichstes Raketenabwehrsystem und Patriot-Batterien aus Saudi-Arabien entfernt, obwohl das Königreich anhaltenden Luftangriffen von Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen ausgesetzt war, zeigen die von analysierten Satellitenfotos Die Associated Press.

Die Verlegung der Verteidigungsanlagen der Prince Sultan Air Base außerhalb von Riad erfolgte, als arabische Verbündete im Golf von Amerika nervös den chaotischen Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Afghanistan beobachteten, einschließlich ihrer Evakuierungen in letzter Minute vom belagerten internationalen Flughafen von Kabul.

Etwas südwestlich der Start- und Landebahn des Luftwaffenstützpunkts befanden sich auf einer Fläche von 1 Quadratkilometer (Drittel einer Quadratmeile), die von einem Landkai begrenzt wurde, die Raketenbatterien der US Patriot Forces Station sowie eine fortschrittliche Terminal High Altitude Area Defense-Einheit. Laut Satellitenbildern von Planet Labs Inc. kann ein THAAD ballistische Raketen in größerer Höhe zerstören als Patrioten.

Ein Ende August von der AP gesehenes Satellitenbild zeigte, dass einige der Batterien aus dem Gebiet entfernt wurden, obwohl dort noch Aktivitäten und Fahrzeuge zu sehen waren. Ein hochauflösendes Satellitenbild von Planet Lab, das am Freitag aufgenommen wurde, zeigte die Batteriepads am Standort leer und ohne sichtbare Aktivität.

Seit Monaten gibt es Gerüchte über eine Verlegung von Raketen, t

https://remonews.com/germany/usa-ziehen-raketenabwehr-in-saudi-arabien-nach-angriffen-aus-dem-jemen-zuruck/

und auch https://de.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/124072-im-zuge-huthi-angriffe-usa-ziehen-raketen-ab/

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US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.

The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including their last-minute evacuations from Kabul’s besieged international airport.

While tens of thousands of American forces remain across the Arabian Peninsula as a counterweight to Iran, Gulf Arab nations worry about the U.S.’s future plans as its military perceives a growing threat in Asia that requires those missile defenses. Tensions remain high as negotiations appear stalled in Vienna over Iran’s collapsed nuclear deal with world powers, raising the danger of future confrontations in the region.

“Perceptions matter whether or not they’re rooted in a cold, cold reality. And the perception is very clear that the U.S. is not as committed to the Gulf as it used to be in the views of many people in decision-making authority in the region,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

“From the Saudi point of view, they now see Obama, Trump and Biden — three successive presidents — taking decisions that signify to some extent an abandonment.”

Prince Sultan Air Base, some 115 kilometers (70 miles) southeast of Riyadh, has hosted several thousand U.S. troops since a 2019 missile-and-drone attack on the heart of the kingdom’s oil production. That attack, though claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, appears instead to have been carried out by Iran, according to experts and physical debris left behind. Tehran has denied launching the attack, though a drill in January saw Iranian paramilitary forces use similar drones.

Just southwest of the air base’s runway, a 1-square-kilometer (third-of-a-square-mile) area set off by an earthen berm saw American forces station Patriot missile batteries, as well as one advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense unit, according to satellite images from Planet Labs Inc. A THAAD can destroy ballistic missiles at a higher altitude than Patriots.

https://apnews.com/article/iran-asia-afghanistan-dubai-middle-east-b6aaf30d689d0a8e45901e51f0457381

and

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US Inexplicably Pulls Patriot Missiles Out of Saudi Arabia Amid Houthi Missile and Drone Attacks

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that “the redeployment of certain air defence assets” in Saudi Arabia had taken place, but did not provide any further details, including what specific systems were removed or where they were sent.

The Saudi Defence Ministry brushed off the significance of the redeployment, hailing Riyadh’s “strong, longstanding and historic” ties with Washington and insisting that the sheikdom’s military was “capable of defending its lands, seas and airspace, and protecting its people” independently.

However, earlier this week, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, told CNBC that Riyadh was looking to the US to demonstrate its “commitment” to the Gulf nation, including by “not withdrawing Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia at a time when Saudi Arabia is the victim of missile attacks and drone attacks – not just from Yemen, but from Iran.”

The news of the suspected removal of American air defence systems comes in the wake of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin’s inexplicable decision Wednesday to “indefinitely” postpone his visit to Saudi Arabia, with the Pentagon citing “scheduling issues” and saying Austin “looks forward to rescheduling at the soonest opportunity.”

Saudi Arabia is known to have its own stock of Patriot missile batteries, which it purchased in the mid-2000s. The country’s inventory is thought to consist of as many as 640 of the $3 million apiece missiles and an unknown number of launchers.

https://sputniknews.com/20210911/us-inexplicably-pulls-patriot-missiles-out-of-saudi-arabia-amid-houthi-missile-and-drone-attacks-1088980127.html

and also read this:

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Who Is American Exceptionalism For?

In fact, urged on by the Mideast’s assorted autocracies, American policymakers spent decades treating support for brutally oppressive states as a mark of distinction. Even worse than the UAE is its closest collaborator, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman famously turning a Saudi consulate into an abattoir in which a critical journalist was sliced and diced.

Washington allowed these Mideast monarchs to effectively rent the U.S. military as royal bodyguards, just as the same despots hired foreigners to do the rest of their nations’ dirty work. For this privilege, American presidents, such as the Bushes, were allowed to hold hands with KSA royals and bask in the praise of court-approved journalists. Such was the mess of pottage for which Washington officials sold their nation’s birthright.

Al-Oraibi complained that “U.S. allies can no longer rely on Washington,” but that is for the good. Why should America act as guardian of ruling regimes irrespective of their legitimacy and conduct? The U.S. should stop treating absolute monarchy as the wave of the future. Let the Saudi and Emirati royal families rely on China and Russia for their survival. Please! Let Washington’s rivals take these dreadful moral and policy deadweights off its hands.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/who-is-american-exceptionalism-for/

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How presidents used the 2001 AUMF to justify wars unrelated to 9/11

Congress’s blank check helped launched conflicts, many currently ongoing, that have nothing to do with the terrorist attacks

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Congress convened to do something it had not done in a decade — give the commander-in-chief the authority to respond militarily. After some limited negotiations, language was agreed to, 60 words in total, that would permit the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against those who attacked us on 9/11 and anyone who harbored them.

It’s become a blank check for wars that have nothing whatsoever to do with those attacks 20 years ago.

From its earliest days, the Bush administration took an expansive view of its new powers in what it called the “Global War on Terror.”

Yemen

While Pakistan is likely the most famous of the post-9/11 battlefields, its earliest was actually Yemen. In November 2002, George W. Bush launched what is believed to be the first targeted drone strike on suspected al-Qaida operatives in Yemen. With al-Qaida having previously attacked the USS Cole in Yemen just one year before 9/11, it is perhaps not surprising that Yemen would become a front in Bush’s Global War on Terror, yet it was under his successors that the war there significantly expanded.

Under Presidents Obama and Trump, the United States conducted more than 336 airstrikes in Yemen, killing more than 1,020 people, including more than 174 civilians. U.S. special forces also operated on the ground in ways that still remain secret, with unknown numbers of troops. The ostensible target of these attacks was an entity called al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, yet as elsewhere in the world, reporting indicated a far different reality. Victims included an entire wedding party, an anti-AQAP cleric, and a 14-year-old shepherd tending his goats. Even when the U.S. military did hit its intended targets, it raised troubling legal and constitutional questions, such as the targeted execution of American citizens far from any traditional battlefield.

While all of this was happening, the United States joined what it claimed to be an entirely separate war in Yemen in 2015 when it supported a Saudi-Emirati intervention into Yemen’s ongoing civil war against the Houthis. When it joined the war, the Obama administration technically never claimed that the 2001 AUMF gave it the legal authority for this effort. In fact, the administration provided no legal justification as it absurdly claimed it wasn’t really involved in the war since it only sold the bombs, sold and maintained the planes that dropped them, and provided the targets onto which to drop them. Yet in perhaps one of the most absurd episodes of our post-9/11 wars, our allies in the anti-Houthi war in Yemen were directly collaborating, aiding, and at times fighting side by side with AQAP militants, against whom we were also actively waging war at the time.

In his remarks on the drawdown in Afghanistan, President Biden said that if the perpetrators of 9/11 had plotted the attack from Yemen, we never would have gone to war in Afghanistan. The irony that we not only went to war in Afghanistan, but also in Yemen where the 9/11 attacks were decidedly not plotted from, seems to have been lost.

Despite the expansive realities of the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, there was at least a clear throughline to al-Qaida. But our post-9/11 wars did not stop there.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/09/09/how-presidents-used-the-2001-aumf-to-justify-wars-unrelated-to-9-11/

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Ed Newberry, Foreign Agent for Saudi Government Agency Implicated in Khashoggi's Murder

Edward J. Newberry is a lobbyist for the Saudi Center for Studies and Media Affairs (the Center), a Saudi governmental institution whose staff uses intimidation and violence to deter critics of the Saudi government.

Edward Newberry is the global managing partner of the Public Policy Practice, Investigatory and Regulatory Solutions at Squire Patton Boggs (SPB), a global law firm based in Washington, DC. Since 2016, he has been registered as a foreign agent for The Saudi Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court ("the Saudi Center"), after signing an engagement agreement with the then-head of the Center, Saud al-Qahtani. The U.S. government has sanctioned al-Qahtani for his role in murdering Jamal Khashoggi, and DAWN has documented his personal involvement in arresting and torturing Saudi activists. Al-Qahtani and the Saudi Center's staff have used intimidation and violence to persecute critics of the Saudi government.

Despite this record, Newberry has advised the Saudi Center and Qahtani and lobbied senior congressional staff on the Saudi Center's behalf. Such activities are inconsistent with his and SPB's legal and ethical standards and practices to avoid complicity in the rights abuses of the Saudi Center.

The Saudi Center, funded by the Saudi government, has threatened and intimidated writers and activists into publishing content favorable to the Saudi government and sanctioned critical writers and journalists. Senior officials associated with the Saudi Center, including al-Qahtani, were directly implicated in the murder of Khashoggi, attempted murder of other Saudi exiles abroad, and the torture of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. At least two other writers who refused to obey the Saudi Center's dictates are in prison, charged with misusing social media. During Newberry's representation, the Saudi Center also engaged in surveillance and hacking against Saudi journalists and human rights activists.

Since 2016, Newberry's firm, SPB, has received at least $2.7 million from the Saudi Center.

https://dawnmena.org/ed-newberry-foreign-agent-for-saudi-government-agency-implicated-in-khashoggis-murder/

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UAE influence in Washington is under scrutiny

The influence of the United Arab Emirates in Washington has sparked concerns that the Gulf state is "buying the silence" of major US think tanks and policy groups. This follows the recent indictment of Tom Barrack for allegedly working as an unregistered foreign agent for Abu Dhabi. Despite the indictment of the 74-year-old billionaire, some of the biggest names linked to US foreign policy have been conspicuously silent over the nefarious role played by the UAE in pushing through its hawkish political agenda in Washington.

"Is the UAE buying silence at US think tanks?" asks Responsible Statecraft

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210907-uae-influence-in-washington-is-under-scrutiny/

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Saudi sovereign wealth fund hires New York’s Teneo for $2.7 million

https://www.foreignlobby.com/2021/09/08/saudi-sovereign-wealth-fund-hires-new-yorks-teneo-for-2-7-million/

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Wie der "Krieg gegen den Terror" den Nahen und Mittleren Osten destabilisiert

Feind verkannt, falsche Mittel gewählt, Ziel verfehlt: Zwanzig Jahre nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 steht der Westen vor den Scherben seines Scheiterns – nicht nur in Afghanistan, auch im Irak, in Syrien, Libyen, dem Jemen. Was ist schiefgegangen beim Kampf gegen den Terror? Und welche Lehren sollte Europa daraus ziehen?

Die USA und Europa verfolgten hegemoniale Interessen und missachteten lokale Gegebenheiten, heißt es. Mal intervenierten sie zu stark, mal zu wenig. Mancherorts wollten sie zu viel in zu kurzer Zeit, andernorts verhielten sie sich planlos und zögerlich. Am Ende fehlten entweder Entschlossenheit und Mut zum Einsatz oder es mangelte an Geduld und am langen strategischen Atem. Kurzum: Egal wie sich Amerikaner und Europäer in Nahost, Nordafrika und Zentralasien engagierten, es lief immer schief. Der Westen stabilisierte korrupte, autoritäre Herrscher, ließ lokale Partner im Stich und verlor an Glaubwürdigkeit.

Wie kann es sein, dass sämtliche Versuche, die Region positiv zu beeinflussen, so kläglich gescheitert sind? Dass es den meisten Menschen dort so schlecht geht wie noch nie?

Grassierende Armut und das Elend Flüchtender, Staatsversagen und -zerfall, mafia-ähnliche Strukturen und Extremismus, Ungerechtigkeit, Unterwerfung und Angst vor staatlicher wie nicht-staatlicher Gewalt bestimmen den Alltag von Millionen Menschen zwischen Mittelmeer und Hindukusch. Dabei sollten sie doch längst in Freiheit und Demokratie leben, unter pro-westlichen Regierungen und mit gleichberechtigten Chancen auf Bildung und Wohlstand.

Der war on terror basiert auf falschen Einschätzungen

So plante es nicht nur US-Präsident George W. Bush (2001-2009) mit seiner Logik von Regimewechsel und Demokratieexport, so versprach es auch sein Nachfolger Barack Obama (2009-2017) mit militärischem Rückzug und Zusammenarbeit auf Augenhöhe. So forderten es die Bevölkerungen ab 2011 selbst ein, indem sie mutig demonstrierten, ihre verhassten Eliten zum Teil stürzten und demokratisch wählten. Und so tönte selbst America-first-Präsident Donald Trump (2017-2021), der dafür mehr amerikanische Waffen verkaufen und den Rest seinen buddies vor Ort überlassen wollte.

Sie alle verfolgten das gleiche Ziel, nur mit unterschiedlichen Mitteln. Und alle versagten. Der Grund dafür liegt tiefer – es ist das Konzept des war on terror, das auf falschen Einschätzungen basiert und so zu strategischen Fehlentwicklungen führte.

Die Denkfehler der westlichen Politik

Unter dem Schock der Anschläge vom 11. September 2001 erklärte US-Präsident Bush einem unbekannten Feind den Krieg. Die gesamte zivilisierte Welt werde angegriffen und müsse sich mit allen Mitteln verteidigen, lautete das Narrativ, das sich in den Hauptstädten der westlichen Hemisphäre verfestigte. Diese naheliegende Wahrnehmung enthielt in ihrer Kurzatmigkeit jedoch drei Denkfehler.

Erstens hatten es die USA weder mit einem feindlichen Regime noch mit einem staatlich angeordneten Angriff zu tun, sondern mit einem privat finanzierten Netzwerk von ideologisierten Verbrechern.

Zweitens fielen Amerikaner und Europäer auf den vermeintlichen Antagonismus zwischen "Islam“ und "Westen“ herein.

Der dritte Denkfehler entsprang dem Gefühl der existenziellen Bedrohung. Westliche Regierungen versprachen ihren Bürgerinnen und Bürgern Sicherheit und erließen dafür Gesetze, die am Ende ebenfalls den Dschihadisten in die Hände spielten. Denn dem Anti-Terror-Kampf wurde innen- wie außenpolitisch alles untergeordnet.

Diese drei Fehleinschätzungen hatten katastrophale Auswirkungen auf die Menschen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

Zwei Jahrzehnte lang hat die Anti-Terror-Doktrin den Westen versagen lassen. Indem er sämtliche Politikfelder dem Kampf gegen den Terror untergeordnet hat, verlor er nicht nur seine Prinzipien, sondern auch drängende Probleme aus den Augen – Erderwärmung, Überbevölkerung und ungerechten Welthandel. Für ihre Lösung braucht es vernetztes Denken und Handeln und keine einseitigen Kriegserklärungen.

20 Jahre nach 9/11 ist es deshalb höchste Zeit für einen Paradigmenwechsel: Der Westen ist nicht im Krieg. Er sollte jede Form von Extremismus mit den Mitteln des Rechtsstaats bekämpfen, Muslime als Verbündete betrachten und Gleichgesinnte weltweit unterstützen und schützen – von Kristin Helberg

https://de.qantara.de/inhalt/20-jahre-nach-911-wie-der-krieg-gegen-den-terror-den-nahen-und-mittleren-osten-destabilisiert

Mein Kommentar: Es ist noch schlimmer! Es geht nicht nurum „Denkfehler“, sondern um Absicherung der eigenen Hegemonie. Sonst nichts.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken under fire for 'urging' the Houthis in Yemen to call a ceasefire during a series of rocket attacks

Antony Blinken condemned a rocket attack on Saudi Arabia at the weekend that was claimed by the Yemeni Houthi movement

He called on the Islamist group to declare a ceasefire and seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict

But his words provoked ridicule among critics

They said he would be better able to pressure the group if he had not removed them from the U.S. list of terrorist groups

They compared it with similar strong words directed at the Taliban, which did nothing to stop them taking over Afghanistan

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9966439/Blinken-fire-urging-Yemens-Houthis-call-ceasefire-series-rocket-attacks.html

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

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Iran says UN atomic agency head arriving in Tehran for talks

Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is arriving in the country for talks with Iranian officials.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael Grossi is arriving Saturday, and will travel to Tehran this afternoon. He’s scheduled to meet Iran’s

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-business-iran-middle-east-united-nations-e3b525cf968e02ba40b7b6303b45087d

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Drones target northern Iraqi airport after 2 month lull

Explosives-laden drones targeted Irbil international airport in northern Iraq late Saturday where U.S.-led coalition troops are stationed with no reports of casualties, according to security forces and officials in Kurdish-run region.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iraq-baghdad-e9e277e53074caeefd0593c4c3e4b2bd

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DECOLONIZING US POLICY TOWARD IRAN

If the Biden administration wants to have better relations with Iran, it needs to update its nuclear policy.

Traditional US foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic has been ignorant of Iran’s historically bound motivations for pursuing nuclear weapons: The desire to defend itself against colonial and imperial interests. Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, the regime has sought to actively challenge and deconstruct the continuing influence of coloniality on the Islamic Republic, which can be seen in many of its domestic and foreign policies. This challenge to colonialism and imperialism is not unique to Iran but rather international in scope.

While many would argue that US policy toward Iran has been necessary to signal its disapproval of Iranian aggression and curtail its hegemonic aspirations, these perspectives fail to critically understand the motives behind Iran’s nuclear policy.

President Biden’s resolve to prevent nuclear proliferation in Iran closely mirrors that of his recent predecessors. From George W. Bush’s infamous “axis of evil” characterization, to Barack Obama’s cautious but hopeful vision of future US-Iran relations, to Trump’s militaristic “maximum pressure” campaign, the overall goal of US foreign policy has remained the same: Preventing Iranian nuclear proliferation.

Given the depth of animosity between the US and Iran, the nuclear issue may seem intractable, or even incurable when approaching nuclear contentions from a purely power politics perspective. However, understanding nuclear tensions through a contextually conscious lens provides a path back toward amiable relations with Iran by highlighting the pathology of coloniality that previous US administrations have missed.

In order for the Biden administration to begin anew with Iran — especially to achieve the primary goal of Iranian nuclear nonproliferation — the US should take several concrete steps.

Step One: Commitment to Nuclear Non-Violence

Step Two: Sanctions Relief

Step Three: Commit to “No First-Use”

By committing to prevent nuclear war, sanctions relief for Iran, and support for a No First Use policy, the US would signal a major recalculation of its nuclear policy and reassert itself as a leader in maintaining international security. Additionally, these steps would open the door for President Biden to explore long-term options for dismantling the nuclear arsenal, which the US previously committed to through the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). These moves would signal Biden’s commitment to pursuing a more broadly progressive, inclusive, and equitable justice-oriented foreign policy, thus encouraging peace and cooperation in an environment where concerns of social justice and reconciliation are increasingly becoming part of international politics.

https://inkstickmedia.com/decolonizing-us-policy-toward-iran/

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U.S. Navy launches Mideast drone task force by air, sea and underwater amid Iran tensions

The U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran.

Navy officials declined to identify which systems they would introduce from their headquarters on the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. However, they promised the coming months would see the drones stretch their capabilities across a region of chokepoints crucial to both global energy supplies and worldwide shipping.

“We want to put more systems out in the maritime domain above, on and below the sea,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who leads the 5th Fleet. “We want more eyes on what’s happening out there.”

The 5th Fleet includes the crucial Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes. It also stretches as far as the Red Sea reaches near the Suez Canal, the waterway in Egypt linking the Mideast to the Mediterranean, and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen.

The systems being used by the 5th Fleet’s new Task Force 59 will include some of those involved in an April test led by the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Drones used in that exercise included ultra-endurance aerial surveillance drones, surface ships the Sea Hawk and the Sea Hunter and smaller underwater drones that resemble torpedoes.

The 5th Fleet includes shallow water areas, salty waters and temperatures in the summertime that can go above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity. That can prove rough for crewed vessels, let alone those running remotely.

“I think that environment really suits us well to experiment and move faster,” Cooper said. “And our belief is if the new systems can work here, they can probably work anywhere else and can scale them across other fleets.”

https://romesentinel.com/stories/us-navy-launches-mideast-drone-task-force-by-air-sea-and-underwater-amid-iran-tensions,121172

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US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions

The U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran.

Navy officials declined to identify which systems they would introduce from their headquarters on the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. However, they promised the coming months would see the drones stretch their capabilities across a region of chokepoints crucial to both global energy supplies and worldwide shipping.

“We want to put more systems out in the maritime domain above, on and below the sea,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who leads the 5th Fleet. “We want more eyes on what’s happening out there.”

The 5th Fleet includes the crucial Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes. It also stretches as far as the Red Sea reaches near the Suez Canal, the waterway in Egypt linking the Mideast to the Mediterranean, and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen.

The systems being used by the 5th Fleet’s new Task Force 59 will include some of those involved in an April test led by the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Drones used in that exercise included ultra-endurance aerial surveillance drones, surface ships the Sea Hawk and the Sea Hunter and smaller underwater drones that resemble torpedoes.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-dubai-united-arab-emirates-bahrain-fe5517a7979e037ae6e266b885cc7719

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US, Germany press for Iran to return soon to nuclear talks

The U.S. and Germany on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Iran to return soon to talks on its nuclear program, with Germany’s foreign minister saying that a delay of two or three months floated by Tehran is too long.

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-iran-germany-iran-nuclear-2f3583cfb57fb57d44adf9161b3017d6

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IDF chief says Israel accelerating Iran strike plans, acting throughout Mideast

Israel has “greatly accelerated” preparations for action against Iran’s nuclear program, military chief Aviv Kohavi said in an interview published Monday.

Kohavi told Walla news that “a significant chunk of the boost to the defense budget, as was recently agreed, was intended for this purpose. It’s a very complicated job, with much more intelligence, much more operational capabilities, much more armaments. We’re working on all these things.”

The head of the Israel Defense Forces said the military’s current main objective is “minimizing Iranian presence in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Syria…but these operations take place throughout the Middle East. They’re also against Hamas, against Hezbollah.”

Kohavi said Israeli strikes and other operations had “greatly diminished Iran’s presence and weaponry in the northern arena, certainly in comparison to what they sought.” He said the army was “very active in disrupting the smuggling routes of Hezbollah, of Hamas, of Iran, in all regions.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-chief-says-israel-accelerating-iran-strike-plans-acting-throughout-mideast/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Yemeni community in Great Britain calls for mass demonstration against Saudi-imposed siege on Yemen

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/11/yemeni-community-in-great-britain-calls-for-mass-demonstration-against-saudi-imposed-siege-on-yemen/

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Liverpool rises in opposition to arms fair as legal challenge is mounted

Pressure mounts on council to cancel international electronic

The conference is being arranged by the Association of Old Crows, an organisation named after the ‘old crows’ term used to describe electronic warfare that disrupted enemy communications during the Second World War.

Present will be similar companies that take part in the DSEI arms fair, set to take place again at London’s Excel Centre next week, despite massive protests and mayoral opposition.

Raytheon is the world’s fourth biggest arms company, with 180,000 employees and revenue of $56.58bn. It holds a $2bn US contract for nuclear armed cruise missiles. It also makes laser-guided Paveway bombs, used in Saudi-UAE attacks on Yemen, as reported by Human Rights Watch and detailed in a dossier by the Yemeni organisation, Mwatana for Human Rights, nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Raytheon is listed to speak at the arms fair on the topic, ‘Air Dominance – Survivability & Lethality Enablers’. Meanwhile, Textron, which will be exhibiting at the fair, has supplied the Saudis with cluster bombs.

Haifa Alkhanshali, a student in Liverpool, told openDemocracy she felt “a huge sense of responsibility” for her family in Yemen, who are suffering the effects of “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/liverpool-rises-opposition-arms-fair-legal-challenge-mounted/

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Illegal British occupation forces now building military constructions

British occupation troops stationed in Mahrah province, eastern Yemen, have made new military constructions near the coast of the province.

This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on the testimony of local sources.

According to the sources, British soldiers dug trenches at fishermen’s positions in al-Mussina’a area, as part of a plan to set up camps there.

The British forces forced the fishermen to leave the coast of Mussina’a and move to Qusayr, prevented them from approaching and warned them not to come close anymore.

Last week, local sources said that the invasion forces prevented fishermen from fishing on the coasts of Sayhut district and other scattered areas along the province’s coastline, further exacerbating their dire economic situation and food insecurity.

These steps come days after Saudi forces withdrew from military positions in the districts of al-Masilah and Sayhut, as part of a repositioning of Saudi forces. Informed sources reported that Saudi forces had developed new military positions on the coastal strip since the.

According to Al-Masirah news agency, British occupation forces are maintaining an espionage room in the al-Ghaydah airport in the province, in order to monitor Yemeni communications.

Al-Masirah quoted sources familiar with matter saying that the British espionage room is exercising its work to cover all regions of Yemen from a number of ships, via a sea cable off the city of al-Ghaydah.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/10/illegal-british-occupation-forces-now-building-military-constructions/

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SAS sent to Yemen to keep Iranian maritime activity in check

British troops have returned to Yemen after 50 years' absence, the deployment of the SAS contributing to a common front against Iranian maritime ambitions alongside the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. (paywalled)

https://www.intelligenceonline.com/government-intelligence/2021/09/07/sas-sent-to-yemen-to-keep-iranian-maritime-activity-in-check,109689542-art

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Houthis accuse UK of spying on telecoms network in Yemen

Yemen's Houthi group yesterday accused Britain of spying on the country's telecommunications networks, with the complicity of the internationally recognised government.

"Britain is carrying out espionage activities on some Yemeni telecommunications networks, and some submarine cables from southern governorates, which they have taken as bases for them to serve their colonial goals," a member of the group's negotiating delegation, Abdul Malik Al-Ajri, wrote on Twitter.

Al-Ajri described the incident as "a blatant violation of Yemen's sovereignty and the privacy of Yemeni citizens", which is taking place with the "shameful complicity" of the internationally recognised Yemeni government.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210907-houthis-accuse-uk-of-spying-on-telecoms-network-in-yemen/

Comment: Houthi militia says Britain is spying on Yemenis. I am wondering, who told it?

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1435203681687900162

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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“Jemen – Benefizkonzert” in Schüttorf

https://www.emsvechtewelle.de/events/jemen-benefizkonzert-in-schuettorf/

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Mit UN-Stipendium aus dem Jemen nach Rüsselsheim

Saeed S. Albaseer ist Mitglied des Teams des Fachbereichs Ingenieurwissenschaften der Hochschule RheinMain

https://www.main-spitze.de/lokales/kreis-gross-gerau/ruesselsheim/mit-un-stipendium-aus-dem-jemen-nach-russelsheim_24452591

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Geschleuste aus Jemen und Sudan auf der A 4 bei Bautzen

https://www.radiozwickau.de/beitrag/geschleuste-aus-jemen-und-sudan-auf-der-a-4-bei-bautzen-699002/

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Polizei entdeckt tote Frau in Kleinwagen in Sankt Michaelisdonn

Laut Mitteilung der Polizei ist die 35-Jährige offenbar Opfer eines Gewaltverbrechens geworden. Im Zusammenhang der Tat nehmen Beamte ebenfalls am Donnerstagmorgen den 46-jährigen Lebensgefährten fest. Er gilt als Tatverdächtiger. Die Tote und der Tatverdächtige stammen ursprünglich aus dem Jemen.

https://www.rtl.de/cms/gewaltverbrechen-in-sankt-michaelisdonn-polizei-entdeckt-frau-tot-im-auto-4828187.html

und auch https://polizei.news/2021/09/10/tote-frau-%E2%80%A035-aus-dem-jemen-in-fahrzeug-aufgefunden/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Patriot missed again, Saudis want the Russian Abakan missile system

The recent attack by Yemeni Hussites on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia has once again proved the generally accepted thesis – the US anti-aircraft missile system Patriot simply can not intercept more than 50% of the missiles fired.

The American air defense system Patriot and its inefficiency could push the Saudis into the hands of the Russians. We remind you that Riyadh is holding preliminary talks with Russia on the possible purchase of the Abakan anti-aircraft missile system, precisely because the Patriot systems do not manage to intercept all air targets fired by the Hussites in Saudi Arabia.

https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2021/09/09/patriot-missed-again-saudis-want-the-russian-abakan-missile-system/

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Canada urged to stop fuelling war in Yemen with Saudi arms sales, UN report says

Canada for the second year in a row is named as one of the countries helping fuel the war in Yemen by a panel of experts monitoring the conflict for the United Nations and investigating possible war crimes among combatants.

The UN panel included Canada on a list of five countries selling arms to those waging the conflict in Yemen: a coalition led by Saudi Arabia versus Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

The panel says the international community has forsaken Yemen as the war enters its seventh year with no ceasefire in sight.

Arms sales from Canada and countries that include the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran continue “with little regard for the immense suffering caused to the people of Yemen,” says the latest report by the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canada-urged-to-stop-fuelling-war-in-yemen-with-saudi-arms-sales-un/

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemeni riyal spirals downward in STC militia-controlled Aden

Yemen's currency kept its spiral downwards in the Southern Transitional Council militia's areas of control where the country's legitimate central bank is and in the government-held towns financially affiliate to Aden's bank.

One US dollar traded for 1100 riyals on Saturday versus 1030 at the beginning of the month.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49887

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CBY suspends trade in foreign currencies in government-controlled regions

The Central Bank of Yemen has ordered to suspend trade in foreign currencies in regions controlled by the internationally recognised government amid further depreciation of the rial, the Yemeni Exchangers Association said in a statement on Thursday.

The rial hit the lowest level against foreign currencies in the country's history on Wednesday, trading at 1.095 per US dollar. Before the war broke out in late 2014, a US dollar was buying 250 Yemeni rials.

The suspension of the trade in foreign currencies will continue until further notice, the association added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26899.html

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Foreign Minister warns IMF and World Bank against sending further funds to notoriously corrupt Hadi "government"

Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf had on Thursday warned of the repercussions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) providing financial facilities, grants, or any financial support to the Saudi-backed exiled Hadi puppet government, in which corruption is rampant.

This came in letters sent by Sharaf to Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, the Special Envoy to Yemen, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the foreign ministers of a number of countries interested in the situation in Yemen.

In the letters, the Foreign Minister called on all friendly countries and international and regional organisations to intervene with the leadership of the World Bank and IMF in order to create a strong mechanism to supervise and monitor the disbursement of any funds allocated to Yemen.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/09/yemeni-foreign-minister-warns-imf-and-world-bank-against-sending-further-funds-to-notoriously-corrupt-hadi-government/

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The Ponzi scheme that duped war-affected Yemenis out of millions

Yemeni investors’ have accused Marwan Ahmed Hael Saeed of upending their lives after fleeing with their investments. Amid a seven-year war, they are struggling to prosecute Saeed, who is on the run.

Marwan Hael Saeed and links to the HSA group

In early December 2015, Marwan Ahmed Hael Saeed organised a luxurious gathering in Kuala Lumpur’s Marriott Hotel, inviting people to invest in his company, MAHS Investment Holding (MIH). Here, the company announced a range of business schemes with a semi-annual return on investment between 7 -10 per cent.

Marwan is the grandson of the founder of Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA), which has been around since 1938. With a $10 billion turnover, the group also owns TIIB

In September 2016, recorded videos of the astute businessman - and smooth talker - Marwan articulating his vision for the company gave no reason for investors to doubt his credibility.

“We all invested because Marwan carried the name of Hayel Saeed. None of us met him before,” said Harazi.

‘Ponzi scheme’ origins, Marwan disappearance

The strategy Marwan used to lure investors was not dissimilar to a Ponzi scheme; pay early investors with money from new investors.

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/the-ponzi-scheme-that-duped-war-affected-yemenis-out-of-millions-49804

and also (in Arabic): https://almushahid.net/84908/

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Yemen Economy Tracking Initiative

Providing data on economic trendsand developments to support analysisand economic policy for Yemen

Introduction

The decline of Yemen’s economy due to conflict has had a major impact on people’s well-being. Since the recent conflict in 2015, food prices have doubled and the cost of basic living, measured by the Survival Minimum Expenditure basket has increased fourfold. Food is available in markets, but fewer and fewer Yemenis are able to afford it. As a result, 24.1 million Yemenis, 80% of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance.

17 million Yemenis rely on food assistance and over a third of households report inadequate food consumption (HNO 2019, WFP VAM 08/2019, FEWSNET 10/2019).

Yemen is almost entirely reliant on imports, accounting for more than 90% of food items. As a result, any shocks to Yemen’s economy are passed on almost directly to consumers as higher prices. Given the already dire food security situation, Yemenis are not able to absorb further shocks. Economic competition between the north and south has impacted heavily on prices, particularly for fuel.

https://yemen.yeti.acaps.org/

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The Yemeni riyal is seeing its worst loss of value against the US dollar today/Yemen Time website

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49828

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Assessment of Financial Service Providers – CVA in Yemen

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Yemen has been witnessing conflict since 2015 and has become the world’s largest man-made food security crisis, leaving half the population in acute food insecurity. According to the June-December 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan Extension (HRP), 24.3 million people (approximately 80% of the population) needed some form of humanitarian and protection assistance.2 In this dire context, Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) is a critical part of the humanitarian response in Yemen.

Previous assessments shed light on CVA, particularly on delivery through agents. However, these assessments lacked a comparative overview of CVA delivery mechanisms, as they did not cover opportunities, challenges and mitigation measures per CVA delivery mechanism. Building on the previous assessments, this 2021 Financial Service Provider (FSP) assessment was conducted to provide a comprehensive, updated understanding of the available CVA delivery mechanisms and FSPs

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/assessment-financial-service-providers-cva-yemen

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Yemen Socio-Economic Update, Issue 60 - May 2021

The Editorial

Considering the difficulties that Yemen is going through compounded with economic collapse, ODA, regional and international support of all types (cash, in-kind and technical) and forms (humanitarian, development or service) is becoming increasingly critical. It save lives and contributes to mitigating the impact of the sever humanitarian crisis that ravaged 80% of the country’s population, and pushed a significant portion to the brink of destitution and poverty, while others found themselves homeless and heading towards the unknown, without even basic needs for survival, food, clothing medicine compounded with dangers in just about everything.

On the other hand, ODA channeled towards economic recovery and development has become no less important than humanitarian support, and perhaps more of a priority. It spares the economy further deterioration and collapse, and protects it against contraction and recession that engulfed all elements and sectors of the economy. The economy has drained its limited savings to cover the basic commodities. In addition, the development and investment programs were also disrupted, amid remarkable capital flight abroad in search of safe havens, in an attempt to avert further erosion of its value due to devaluation of the local currency which lost 200% of its since 2014. In addition, the national economy has lost over 50% of its GDP, while development gains have declined and hundreds of thousands have been lost their jobs. Moreover, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact in the various aspects of economic activity, further compromising the development perceptions and indicators, not to mention damaged infrastructure and collapse of basic services, especially electricity, water, health, education and other services, due to the war and conflict.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-socio-economic-update-issue-60-may-2021-enar

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula #AQAP mourns two brothers: Rasheed and Abu Asim al-Ghazali killed in a #US counter terrorism operation in #Yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1436002650319949831

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Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula #AQAP in #Yemen congratulates Hibatullah Akhundzada, the head of the Islamic Emirate of #Afghanistan and calls him Amir al-Mu'minin [Commander of the Faithful]. (document)

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1436004512922226692

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Vom FBI veröffentlichtes Dokument belegt offenbar Verwicklung Saudi-Arabiens in die Anschläge

Das erste nun vom FBI veröffentlichte, bisher geheime Dokument über die Verbindungen von Saudi-Arabien in die Anschläge von 9/11 zeigt eine sehr enge Verbindung saudischer Beamte zu den Attentätern, die Medien berichten aber nicht darüber.

Nach massiven Protesten der Hinterbliebenen der Anschläge vom Septemer 2001 hat US-Präsident Biden das FBI angewiesen, noch einmal zu prüfen, welche bisher geheimen Dokumente nun veröffentlicht werden können. Schon das erste vor wenigen Tagen veröffentlichte Dokument enthält Sprengstoff, der aber in den Medienberichten nicht erwähnt wird.

Was das Dokument aussagt

In dem Dokument, das über weite Stecken geschwärzt ist, wird mitgeteilt, dass ein offensichtlich hochrangiger Vertreter Saudi-Arabiens in engem Kontakt mit einigen der Attentäter von 9/11 war und diese auch finanziell und organisatorisch unterstützt hat. In dem Dokument wird der Mann als BAYOUMI bezeichnet, der ein saudischer Staatsbürger sei, „der im saudischen Konsulat mit großem Respekt behandelt wurde und bei dem Konsulatspersonal sehr angesehen war, der einen „sehr hohen Status“ innehatte, wenn er das Gebäude betrat.“

In dem Dokument geht es ausführlich um die Kontakte, die Bayoumi zu den als HAZMI und MIDHAR bezeichneten Attentätern Nawaf al-Hazmi und Khalid al-Mihdhar hatte. Bayoumi hat sie demnach finanziell und organisatorisch unterstützt. Außerdem habe Bayoumi das saudische Konsulat in Los Angeles nur eine Stunde vor einem Treffen mit den beiden Attentätern besucht und dort mit einer Person gesprochen, deren Name in dem Dokument geschwärzt ist. Auch Telefonate von Bayoumi mit später in Guantánamo inhaftierten mutmaßlichen Terroristen sind dokumentiert.

Das sind nur Beispiele für die in dem FBI-Dokument genannten Verbindungen von Bayoumi zu Terroristen. Bayoumi selbst wurde demnach übrigens vom FBI befragt und hat seine Kontakte zu den Attentätern bestätigt, nur verhaftet wurde er nie.

Was die Medien nun als endlich freigegebenes FBI-Dokument feiern und die angebliche Offenheit von Biden feiern, enthält in der Sache jedoch nichts Neues. Schon 2014 haben Dokumente zu 9/11 Schlagzeilen gemacht, weil darin immer dann alles geschwärzt war, wenn es um die Verbindungen Saudi-Arabiens zu den Attentätern und um deren finanzielle Unterstützung durch Saudi-Arabien ging. Damals konnte man zum Beispiel bei Forbes lesen:

„Um das Argument zu untermauern, dass es in diesem Fall um US-Kläger geht, die wegen auf US-Boden begangener Delikte klagen, führen die Anwälte eine Reihe verdächtiger Kontakte zwischen saudischen Agenten und Al-Qaida an, darunter auch Omar Bayoumi, der angeblich einen Nichtstun-Job bei einer saudischen Luftfahrtfirma namens Dallah Avco innehatte und die Flugzeugentführer vom 11. September in San Diego unterstützte. (…) Die Anwälte beschuldigen Bayoumi, mit Islamic Affairs zusammengearbeitet zu haben, um die Flugzeugentführer Nawaf al Hazmi und Khalid al Mihdhar nach ihrer Ankunft in Los Angeles im Jahr 2000 zu unterstützen. Bayoumi lebte in San Diego mit einem monatlichen Stipendium von 3.000 Dollar, das von Dallah Avco gezahlt wurde, einer Firma, die einem wohlhabenden saudischen Al-Qaida-Unterstützer gehörte, aber Dallah Avco hat behauptet, Bayoumi sei in Wirklichkeit die ganze Zeit ein Angestellter der saudischen Regierung gewesen.“

Das nun so spektakulär freigegebene FBI-Dokument bestätigt im Grunde nur, was seit 2014 bekannt ist. Es ist kalter Kaffee und die seit Jahren bekannten Informationen hatten auch früher keinerlei Konsequenzen.

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2021/vom-fbi-veroeffentlichtes-dokument-belegt-offenbar-verwicklung-saudi-arabiens-in-die-anschlaege/

und auch https://www.arte.tv/de/afp/neuigkeiten/us-regierung-gibt-fbi-dokument-zu-den-anschlaegen-vom-11-september-2001-frei

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Newly released FBI memo hints at Saudi involvement with 9/11 hijackers
The Biden administration declassified an FBI memo Saturday that fortified suspicions of official Saudi involvement with the hijackers in the September 11, 2001 attacks, but it fell well short of proof that victims' families suing Saudi Arabia had hoped for.

The memo from April 4, 2016, which had been classified until now, showed links between Omar Bayoumi, at the time a student but suspected to have been a Saudi intelligence operative, and two of the Al-Qaeda operatives who took part in the plot to hijack and crash four airliners into targets in New York and Washington.

Based on 2009 and 2015 interviews with a source whose identity is classified, the document details contacts and meetings between Bayoumi and the two hijackers, Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Midhar, after the two arrived in Southern California in 2000 ahead of the attacks.

It also strengthens already-reported links between the two and Fahad al Thumairy, a conservative imam at the King Faad mosque in Los Angeles and an official at the Saudi consulate there.

The document says that telephone numbers associated with the source indicated contact with a number of people who assisted Hamzi and Midhar while they were in California, including Bayoumi and Thumairy, as well as the source himself.

It says the source told the FBI that Bayoumi, beyond his official identity as a student, had "very high status" in the Saudi consulate.

"Bayoumi's assistance to Hamzi and Midha included translation, travel, lodging and financing," the memo said.

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/fbi-memo-hints-at-saudi-arabias-involvement-with-9-11-attack-hijackers-2538091 = https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/saudi-arabia/newly-released-fbi-memo-hints-at-saudi-involvement-with-9/11-hijackers/articleshow/86134181.cms

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20 years after 9/11, al Qaeda is still a threat. Yemen's largely forgotten civil war has let the terror group thrive.

Al Qaeda has taken advantage of the chaotic civil war in Yemen not only to survive, but to plan and carry out attacks on Americans and their allies.

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams got rare access to join Yemeni troops as they fight a bloody conflict that gets so little attention, it's sometimes referred to as "the forgotten war."

Sultan al-Arada, the Governor of Yemen's northern Marib province, which has seen some of the worst violence lately, told Williams that it would only be possible to rid his country of al Qaeda if the country can be united.

"We need a state," he said. "If we had a functioning government, we could clean them out." (with interview in film)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-qaeda-20-years-later-thriving-yemen-war-aqap-threat-us/

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Audio: The state of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Elisabeth Kendall and Nadwa al-Dawsari join Charles Lister to discuss Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its place in Yemen’s persistent internal conflict.

https://www.mei.edu/multimedia/podcast/state-al-qaeda-arabian-peninsula

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Exerts Great Efforts in Supporting Security and Stability of World

Al-Yaum Newspaper reported in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has exerted great efforts in supporting the security and stability of the world in general, in addition to countering terrorism in particular.
Saudi Arabia has unprecedented experience in countering terrorism, cutting off the resources of financing it, along with its comprehensive strategy in countering the extremist ideology, the paper wrote.
Saudi Arabia has confirmed that it is a major partner of the United States in countering terrorism, as the two countries faced ISIS (Daesh) in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the paper added.
The coordinated work between the two countries to confront terrorist plots over the past twenty years has saved the lives of thousands of Saudis and Americans, the paper further added.
Such efforts reflects Saudi Arabia's firm stance and approach in achieving security and peace in the world since inception until this prosperous era, being led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282660

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[Separatist leader] Shatara: 'Southerners were the most affected by identity-based killings'

The Southerners were the most affected by identity-based killings perpetrated by the northern Yemen's regime over the years prior to 2015, the member of the Presidency of Southern Transitional Council (STC), Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Lufti Shatara wrote on his official Twitter account on Friday.
He made it clear that "the Southerners will not accept killing and injustice against others under whatever guise or justification.", adding "from this standpoint, the condemnation of the Southerners, the STC and its president Aidroos al-Zubaidi was clear."
"The Southerners don't know the culture of hatred, otherwise hundreds of thousands of displaced people from the North would not remain in Aden." Shatara affirmed.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33708

My comment: LOL, Lol. Just the latest: https://republicanyemen.net/archives/28943

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Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: ‘A country in the making’

The Saudi Arabia of today is far different from the Saudi Arabia of Sept. 11, 2001.

All but four of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida and mastermind of the attack 20 years ago. In the two decades since then, Saudi Arabia has confronted al-Qaida on its own soil, revamped its textbooks, worked to curb terror financing and partnered with the United States to counter terrorism.

It wasn’t until the last five years, though, that the kingdom began backing away from the religious ideology upon which it was founded and which it espoused within and outside its borders — Wahhabism, a strict interpretation of Islam that helped spawn generations of mujahedeen.

For countless numbers of people in the United States, Saudi Arabia will forever be associated with 9/11, the collapse of the World Trade Towers and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States, including the presence of American troops in the kingdom after the first Gulf War, made its leadership a target of extremist groups.

“It is important to realize that the terrorists who struck the U.S. on September 11 have also targeted Saudi Arabia’s people, leadership, military personnel and even our holiest religious sites in Mecca and Medina on multiple occasions,” Fahad Nazer, the Saudi Embassy spokesperson in Washington, told The Associated Press. He said Saudi-U.S. counterterrorism work has saved thousands of lives.

Yet even as Saudi Arabia battled al-Qaida and later attacks by the IS group, the Al Saud rulers continued to give ultraconservative clerics monopoly over preaching and influence over society in exchange for their staunch backing of the monarchy.

That decades-old pact unraveled before a roomful of foreign investors in 2017 when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared a return to “moderate Islam”. A

https://apnews.com/article/business-religion-united-states-dubai-middle-east-e45792b7a1db1d9dd16a71c147a29f5b

My comment: propaganda by AP, not even mentioning Yemen once.

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The non-aligned threaten Yemen the most

The people who pose the most serious threat to Yemen are those who adopt an equidistance between their country (Yemen) and its enemies –local and foreign enemies.

This attitude adopted by some people is a treason of some kind. Such people assert their status as peace leaders, without knowing what it take to have peace.

All what matters to them is to appear like champions of peace, a peace that will never materialize because of the lack of its requirements.

Therefore the silence of these people is a form of aggression since they stand by in the middle to watch the aggression of the aggressor and the screams of the victim.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49853

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The Afghanisation of Yemen and the forgotten conflict

It seems that the clouds of the Afghan crisis will rain in Yemen and bring with them more disasters than they did with the government of Ashraf Ghani. It has nothing to do with speculation, as since the eighties the events that occur in Afghanistan have directly affected Yemen, starting with the export of Salafi jihadists who were known as the "Afghan Arabs" and reaching the Houthi group, which acts as if it is the Yemeni wing of the Taliban movement, with a slight difference in the literature. More than three decades ago, Yemen paid the price for the return of the jihadists it embraced. The features of the country began to evaporate through the gradual Afghanisation of society, as black burkas spread to cover women's faces, and the scope of violence expanded, under various banners affiliated with the factions of the so-called Islamic Aden-Abyan Army or the Al-Qaeda organisation.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210908-the-afghanisation-of-yemen-and-the-forgotten-conflict/

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Houthi Terrorism against Saudi Arabia Is Widely Condemned

The international community widely condemned on Sunday the attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen against southern Saudi Arabia.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3173186/houthi-terrorism-against-saudi-arabia-widely-condemned

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282398

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282358

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/ksrelief-monthly-bulletin-august-2021

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33695

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282106

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282068

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282040

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2281823

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2281517

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Aggression injures child in Marib

A child was critically injured on Friday in a US-Saudi aggression air raid on Marib province

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155076.htm

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Saudi warplanes bomb 4 Yemeni provinces (+VIDEO)

Saudi-led coalition fighter jets bombed the Yemeni provinces of Taiz, Ma'rib, Al-Jawf and Saada dozens of times on Wednesday, local Yemeni media say.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178426/Saudi-warplanes-bomb-4-Yemeni-provinces-VDIEO

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UN-Bericht: 18.000 Zivilisten seit 2015 bei Luftangriffen im Jemen getötet oder verletzt

Seit dem Ausbruch des Krieges im Jemen im Jahr 2015 wurden mindestens 18.000 Zivilisten durch Luftangriffe getötet oder verwundet. Der UN-Bericht wies dabei auf die Luftangriffe der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition hin, ohne diese direkt zu beschuldigen.

Ein Gremium der Vereinten Nationen erklärte am Mittwoch, dass seit Ausbruch des Krieges im Jemen im Jahr 2015 mindestens 18.000 jemenitische Zivilisten durch Luftangriffe getötet oder verwundet worden waren, berichtet AP.

In einem dem UN-Menschenrechtsrat vorgelegten Bericht hieß es, dass die Bevölkerung des Jemen täglich etwa zehn Luftangriffen ausgesetzt sind, insgesamt mehr als 23.000 seit März 2015.

https://de.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/123803-un-bericht-18000-zivilisten-bei-luftangriffen-im-jemen-getoetet-oder-verletzt/

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UN: 18,000 Yemeni civilians killed in airstrikes since 2015

A United Nations panel said Wednesday that at least 18,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed or wounded by airstrikes since the country’s war escalated in 2015.

In a report presented to the Human Rights Council, a group of experts named by the U.N. said that Yemen’s people have been subjected to some 10 airstrikes a day, a total of more than 23,000 since March 2015.

The report, which cited the Yemen Data Project for the airstrike figures, found both sides in the war to have violated international law. The project, a local data gathering operation, attributes all of the airstrikes to the Saudi-led coalition.

The true toll of the conflict remains in question, due to limited access to some of the remote areas in which it is conducted. In December 2020, the U.N.’s humanitarian body said that the war had caused more than 200,000 deaths, including more than 100,000 from indirect causes such as starvation and preventable causes due to lack of basic services.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-united-nations-yemen-houthis-bde67c6d3f0c3007410134e9f2963ad3

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More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155269.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155080.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155078.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155002.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155001.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3154769.htm / https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/08/saudi-invaders-carry-out-17-airstrikes-on-taiz/ / https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178396/Saudi-US-fighter-jets-attack-Taiz-airport-in-Yemen / https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1435371265469071362 (photo) Taiz p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3154865.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3154745.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at 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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Man killed by Saudi army's fire in Sa'ada

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155266.htm

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Houthis bury 136 senior members from those killed in the attack on the government-held Marib province in one week/Yemen Talk

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49884

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Over 1,200 square kilometers liberated in major Yemeni offensive near Ma'rib

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sare’e, has on Saturday revealed details of a major military offensive in Ma’rib province.

During a press statement this afternoon, he said the army forces backed by Popular Committees were able to liberate the districts of Mahliya and Rahbah in this operation.

The operation comes within the third phase of Operation Al-Nasr al-Mubin.

The spokesman announced the liberation of a total area estimated a

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/11/over-1200-square-kilometers-liberated-in-major-yemeni-offensive-near-marib/

and also https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178512/Yemeni-forces-liberate-two-more-regions-in-Marib-province

Photos: https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/11/military-footage-shows-major-yemeni-victory-in-marib/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPOz6pGnK0k

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Marib: Battles raging for 17 straight days without stopping even for an hour

Battles are raging between the government forces and Houthi militiamen for 17 straight days along the frontlines of eastern Yemen's Marib governorate without stopping even for one full hour, a source in the battlefield has said.

The Houthi terrorists are deploying hundreds of fighters to a fierce war in a bid to take the government-held city, where millions of escapees from the militia find refuge.

The source said on the condition of anonymity the estimated casualties are 600 people since the start of the latest offensive that the theocratic militiamen intensify further and further as the 7th anniversary of their 21 September overthrow of the government approaches. "Most of the casualties are on the Houthi side," the source said. "The army and supporting tribes are resisting waves after waves of Houthi fighters in the south and west of Marib,"

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49855

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Man killed, two injured in aggression's fires in Hodeida, Sa'ada

A man was killed by Saudi border guards' fires on al-Raqo area in Munabeh border district in Sa'ada province, a military official said on Thursday.

The official added another man was injured in the aggressin's fires in the same district

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3154905.htm

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Houthis fire 3 explosives-laden drones at Saudi Arabia, coalition says

he Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted and destroyed three explosives-laden drones fired by the Houthi group from Yemen towards the Saudi province of Khamis Mushait on Thursday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26900.html

and

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Yemeni drones target southwestern Saudi Arabia

Yemeni Armed Forces have launched a new drone operation against Saudi targets in the kingdom’s southwest in response to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression on its southern neighbor.
In a statement released early on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition invading Yemen claimed that Saudi Arabia’s air defenses had intercepted and destroyed two explosive drones that were launched by the Houthi Ansaullah resistance movement toward the city of Khamis Mushait.

https://en.abna24.com/news/yemeni-drones-target-southwestern-saudi-arabia_1178282.html

and also https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178422/Yemen-conducts-drone-attacks-against-targets-in-S-Arabia

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-downs-3-houthi-drones/2360025

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Jemen: Fast 80 Tote bei Kämpfen um Stadt Marib

Bei Kämpfen im Jemen sind nach Angaben des Militärs fast 80 Menschen getötet worden. 60 Huthi-Rebellen und 18 regierungstreue Soldaten seien in den vergangenen zwei Tagen gestorben, erfuhr die Nachrichtenagentur AFP heute aus Armeekreisen.

Die Kämpfe konzentrierten sich auf die strategisch wichtige Stadt Marib im Zentrum des Landes. Die Rebellen sprachen von 30 Luftangriffen der internationalen Koalition, die Saudi-Arabien in dem Konflikt unterstützt.

https://orf.at/stories/3227827/

und auch https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/jemen-fast-80-tote-bei-kaempfen-um-strategisch-wichtige.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=1299368

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78 Killed In Fighting For Yemen's Marib: Military Sources

Nearly 80 rebels and pro-government troops have been killed in fighting for the strategic Yemeni city of Marib, military sources told AFP on Wednesday.

"Sixty Huthi rebels were killed -- most of them in air strikes conducted in the last 24 hours -- while 18 pro-government troops were killed and dozens injured in clashes over the past 48 hours," a government military official said.

The figures were confirmed by other military sources, while the rebels rarely report casualty numbers.

https://www.barrons.com/news/78-killed-in-fighting-for-yemen-s-marib-military-sources-01631090708

and also https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/09/08/Nearly-80-killed-in-fighting-for-Yemen-s-Marib-Military-sources

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2021/09/08/battle-for-yemens-strategic-marib-city-claims-78-lives/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26874.html

and

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[Hadi gov.] Army launches large-scale attack on Houthi militia western Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/09/08/army-launches-large-scale-attack-on-houthi-militia-western-marib/

and

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Houthi militia suffered heavy losses western Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/09/08/houthi-militia-suffered-heavy-losses-western-marib/

and

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25 Houthi fighters and coms buried yesterday, according to AlMasirah.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1435806587864616960

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Saudi coalition launches artillery attack on Yemen’s Saada

According to the report, a number of Yemeni civilians were severely wounded during the artillery attacks. The Arabic-language media reported that a number of the injured were in critical condition.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178380/Saudi-coalition-launches-artillery-attack-on-Yemen-s-Saada

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33 bodies of Houthi rebels pulled from frontline in Yemen's Marib: medic

Altogether 32 bodies of Yemen's Houthi rebel fighters were pulled from a frontline in the country's Marib province on Tuesday, according to a medic from neighboring province of al-Bayda.

"The bodies were pulled from Marib's southwestern district of Rahabah and brought to a health facility in al-Bayda's district of Rada'a," the medic told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"They would be sent to their villages in the northern provinces of Amran, Saada and Hajjah for burial," he said.

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/07/c_1310173795.htm

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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Yemeni officials say Houthi attack destroys aid warehouses

Yemeni officials said the country’s Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile and explosive-laden drones at a Red Sea port on Saturday, destroying humanitarian aid warehouses.

The attack on the port city of Mocha on Yemen’s western coast was the latest blamed on the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have in recent weeks accelerated their offensives on government areas, as well cross-border attacks on neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The rebels did not claim responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Houthis. A Houthi spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Foreign Ministry of the internationally recognized government said in a statement that the Houthis had fired a ballistic missile and five explosives-laden drones at the port.

No human causalities were reported, but the ministry’s statement said the attack caused “huge destruction” to the port’s infrastructure and burned the storehouses of some aid agencies. It didn’t name which agencies have cargo stored at the port.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-saudi-arabia-yemen-red-sea-a32a7fd8c690bd24e03cd8b58ec47c73

and also https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2021/09/12/yemens-houthi-rebels-attack-newly-reopened-mokha-port/ (with photo)

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/09/11/Yemen-s-Iran-backed-Houthis-attack-Mokha-aid-port-with-missiles-Government

Photos. https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1436679035174670336

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1436676939557834754

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvG_qOUGXqw

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1436721250697633796

My remark: Shortly, the UAE had landed 150 military vehicles there.

and built a new military airport:

(B K)

Film: Was looking at Sentinel-2 in light of todays attack on #Mocha and an entire (rather short ~1.36 km) runway has been built south of the port in the past few months!

https://twitter.com/VleckieHond/status/1436649789547032578

(A H K pS)

Film: A new wave of displacement of dozens of families as a result of the Houthi bombing of the village of Al-Hajroufa in Al-Tuhayta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-nb08XX_og

(A K pS)

Joint Forces: Two Houthi drones downed in al-Makha

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33714

(A K pH)

Again, [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces foil Saudi attack near Hodeidah

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/11/again-yemeni-forces-foil-saudi-attack-near-hodeidah/

(A K pS)

Dozens of families have been forcibly displaced as Houthis heavily shelled the village of Al-Hajroofah in Hodeidah/Mandab Press

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49884

(A K pS)

Houthi artillery units target people's homes in al-Mandhar

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33692

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(* B P)

Anti-Democratic Disinformation, Fueled by the Gulf, Dominates Arabic Twitter

Despite the myriad political and economic problems facing Tunisia, anyone looking for Arabic language content about Saied's moves on Twitter would have been mostly confronted with simplified propaganda that what was happening in Tunisia was a revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood.

That narrative was not coming out of Tunisia primarily or from Tunisians in general. Instead, it was largely the work of Saudi and Emirati influencers and other Twitter accounts based in the Gulf. At least on Twitter, a Tunisian political issue was being framed through an Emirati and Saudi lens, and heavily manipulated by propaganda.

In recent years, Twitter has suspended accounts purporting to be Qatari royals and Qatari opposition figures, after they were linked to a Saudi-led disinformation operation. Some spread fake rumors of a coup in Qatar, and also fabricated statements from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Once again, the flames of controversy and disinformation are being fanned on Twitter from a number of dubious accounts likely emanating from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as Saudi and Emirati influencers themselves.

These Twitter trends are just two examples of the political imbalance of Arabic social media today, where propaganda and self-serving narratives from large, repressive states dominate, reflecting the wider power dynamics in the Middle East. Just as they do with their hard power, states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE have a strategic advantage over the likes of Tunisia and Qatar when it comes to social media. The result in the case of Arabic Twitter is a sort of gerrymandering of information.

https://dawnmena.org/anti-democratic-disinformation-fueled-by-the-gulf-dominates-arabic-twitter/

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Photos: The market of Zabid city in the seventies of the last century, mixed since that era, a history and legacy that is still today

https://twitter.com/baseem_aljenani/status/1435914150870409217

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-758-yemen-war-mosaic-758

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-758 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-758:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

08:07 12.09.2021
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