Krieg im Jemen-Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 166

Yemen Press Reader 166: Südjemen will sich abspalten - Saudis und Terror - Saudis und Hass-Ideologie - US-Drohnentote: Offizielle Zahlen falsch - Drohnentote: Meine Familie - US-Außenpolitik

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South Yemen yearns to secede – Terrorists cultivated by Saudis – Saudi and ideology of hatred – USA: Numbers of drone deaths don’t add up – Drone deaths: My family – US foreign policy

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

6.7.2016 – Juan Cole (** B P)

On top of Saudi-Houthi War, South Yemen yearns to Secede!

rift between Yemen’s North and South is deepening, with the vast majority of the country’s six million Southerners demanding full secession.

Heading the independence initiative is Al-Hirak, a deeply divided yet widely popular group that has gained support among Southerners by calling on a deep-seated resentment of the North. Hirak was first formed as a peaceful protest movement in 2007 by southern military and political elites embittered by exclusionary northern policies that were instituted after Yemen’s unification in 1990.

Hirak now encompasses an array of overlapping factions, each with its own political, religious, and ideological leanings.

According to most analysts, independence is not likely in South Yemen’s future, partly because of a lack of unity among secessionists and the absence of foreign support for a divided Yemen. Nonetheless, the growing call for independence combined with the presence of pro-secessionist armed militias threatens to destabilize Yemen even after a political resolution is reached by parties to the ongoing peace talks.

An inclusive political process and future government—in other words, a rejection of the former northern elitist structures imposed by Saleh and Hadi—appears to be the only hope of curbing post-war hostilities and possible violent clashes. If this can be achieved, it will be the first step in proving to the South that a unified Yemen is indeed in their best interes – by Hannah Porter

2.7.2016 – New York Times (** B P T)

The Terrorists the Saudis Cultivate in Peaceful Countries

For decades, Saudi Arabia has recklessly financed and promoted a harsh and intolerant Wahhabi version of Islam around the world in a way that is, quite predictably, producing terrorists. And there’s no better example of this Saudi recklessness than in the Balkans.

Kosovo and Albania have been models of religious moderation and tolerance.

The upshot is that, according to the Kosovo government, 300 Kosovars have traveled to fight in Syria or Iraq, mostly to join the Islamic State.

“Saudi Arabia is destroying Islam,” Zuhdi Hajzeri, an imam at a 430-year-old mosque here in the city of Peja, told me sadly. Hajzeri is a moderate in the traditional, tolerant style of Kosovo.

Hajzeri and other moderates have responded with a website,, that criticizes the harsh Saudi Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. But they say they are outgunned by money pouring in from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to support harsh variants of Islam through a blizzard of publications, videos and other materials.

“The Saudis completely changed Islam here with their money,” said Visar Duriqi, a former imam in Kosovo who became a journalist who writes about extremist influences.

This is not a Kosovo problem, but a global problem. I first encountered pernicious Saudi influence in Pakistan, where the public school system is a disgrace and Saudis filled the gap by financing hard-line madrasas that lure students with free tuition, free meals and full scholarships for overseas study for the best students.

Likewise, in traditionally moderate, peaceful countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in West Africa, I’ve seen these foreign-financed madrasas introduce radical interpretations of Islam. In the Balkans, Bosnia is particularly affected by Gulf support for extremists – by Nicholas Kristof

Comment: Not to forget Yemen, where exactly this Saudi intrusion, which lasted for decades, had caused the rise of extremism, internal strife and sectarianism.

30.6.2016 – Bloomberg (** B P)

Saudi Arabia: Framed for 9/11, Guilty of Fueling Hate

The government in Riyadh represents a pact between the Saud royal family and a clerical establishment that promotes a corrosive and extreme version of Islam. And while the Saudis have improved dramatically in the last dozen years in regulating charities that were linked to al-Qaeda in the 1990s and terrorist financing in general, to this day Saudi Arabia promotes a kind of Islamic Supremacism that stokes an enmity of Jews, Christians, Shiites and "apostates."

Evidence for this is ample. Consider the textbooks Saudi Arabia uses in its own classrooms.

If U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the 28 pages are right that they contain no hard evidence that Saudi Arabia financed or helped coordinate the worst act of terrorism in U.S. history, then the kingdom is being framed.

But in another sense, Saudi Arabia is guilty. It has appeased and at times promoted an Islamic ideology that excuses and justifies the terrorism it fights quietly against, even as its leaders recognize they are the targets of these radicals – by Eli Lake

4.7.2016 – Truthdig (** B K P)

Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

As expected, the administration’s numbers are significantly lower than tallies documented by leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, New America and The Long War Journal. Obama’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) sets the figure of “noncombatant deaths” at between 64 and 116. The NGOs , however, estimate between 200 and 1,000 civilian deaths occurred as a result of U.S. drone strikes in the areas, and during the time periods, covered by the DNI report.

The DNI report omits significant details that would enable the public to fully assess its claims, including the locations, dates, numbers and names of both civilians and combatants killed in each airstrike. Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Washington Post that releasing raw numbers without explanation “leaves reason to remain skeptical of the government’s claims. You can’t grade your own homework.”

There is good reason to distrust the DNI’s claimed numbers of civilian casualties – by Marjorie Cohn

5.7.2016 – The Hill (** B K P)

Drone death numbers: has my family been counted?

Like many grieving families who have lost loved ones to the mistakes of U.S. drones, I don't know whether my nephew Waleed and my brother-in-law Salem, both innocents, were included in the President's number. Mr. Obama did not provide names. He did not say in which years the civilians were killed, nor in which country. He did not explain how the CIA decided who counted as wrongfully killed, and who didn’t.

The President's version of transparency - a bare number - does not help the families of the dead. It also does not help us achieve peace in Yemen. I am older and educated, but my worry is for our younger generation. How can Yemen’s young people make peace with the world when their first experience of the U.S. is hovering drones killing innocents, where no-one will admit responsibility? – by Faisal bin ali Jaber

30.6.2016 – The American Conservative (** B K P)

Our Ridiculous Foreign Policy Debates

Syria hawks have often been the biggest offenders when it comes to making these accusations. They tell us that there would have been no conflict in Ukraine if Obama had just bombed Syria as they demanded. Whatever happens to be in the news at the time, they will seize on it and say that it happened because they didn’t get their way on intervening in Syria. All of the hawks’ claims are absurd on their face, but they are repeated often and shamelessly enough that they begin to influence how these issues are understood. Further, by claiming that every event they don’t like over the last few years is the product of not attacking another country they try to make an attack seem more desirable. Of course they deny the agency of other states and groups. The main thing that they’re trying to do is to get the U.S. more deeply involved in the Syrian conflict, and they don’t care how they do it.

If there is an “ISIS-inspired” attack somewhere in the West, they will declare that it is because the U.S. hasn’t ensnared itself deeply enough in Syria and because it earlier tried to extricate itself from Iraq. The more direct and logical explanation that these attacks are at least partly responses to the bombing of Iraq and Syria over the last two years is never even considered, because that would require admitting that military action can have adverse and undesirable consequences for our security. One thing we can reliably expect from hawks is that they will deny that the U.S. has responsibility for any of the things that it actually does overseas while gnashing their teeth over the responsibility we supposedly have because of the things that our government hasn’t done. That is why they will try to pin Syria’s horrific humanitarian crisis on the U.S. because of our “inaction” while completely ignoring the equally horrific humanitarian crisis in Yemen that the U.S. has been helping to cause. This is all part of the ludicrous kabuki show that our foreign policy debates have become. We don’t debate the administration’s actual record, but instead allow both sides to fight over an invented one while overlooking the real costs and consequences of U.S. actions – by Daniel Larison

cp2 Allgemein / General

5.7.2016 – AFP (A)

Gulf States, Yemen To Mark End Of Ramzan From Wednesday

The Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan will start on Wednesday in Gulf states and Yemen, religious authorities there announced.

1.7.2016 – The Real Truth (* B K P)

Trapped: Yemen’s Never-ending Civil War

Citizens of the fractured Middle East nation continue to suffer and historical examples paint a bleak picture of its future. Yet there is hope for the Yemeni people.

The conflict between Yemen’s government and rebel groups—which is complicated by various terrorist organizations and tribal factions—has the average citizen trapped and helpless. Even young Yemenis not threatened with starvation live in a failed system where they grow up with little or no education, money or hope. They face a future of scavenging food and a just-scraping-by existence.

For most in the nation, there is only one place to go to attempt to escape the horrors surrounding them: basements. Unlike northern Africa and Syria, from which migrants are fleeing by the thousands into Europe, Yemen and its surrounding region is a geographical maze. Relocating outside its borders—and even within the country—is often an impossible dream.

Without a place to go, many Yemenis are left with just one option: hope that tomorrow will not bring more of the same.

Stability in Yemen is important for peace in the entire Middle East – by David J. Litavsky

Comment: Quite a good overview article.

1.7.2016 – Huffington Post (* B K)

Yemen Is Becoming a Land of Bombed Schools, Road Blocks and Child Soldiers

Oxfam has worked in the country for many years and was among the first to return at scale when security allowed last year.

The level of suffering, displacement and food insecurity that I saw, heard about and read in independent reports left me in no doubt that the large-scale humanitarian response is vitally important and must be continued.

Oxfam has tried hard to draw British and international attention to and action on the war, the impact of continued arms sales to the warring parties and the need for more humanitarian assistance – by Mark Goldring and at Sputnik News:

1.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (not rated B P)

Debate: Why Saudi gets away with its human rights abuses

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Sara Flounders, the co-director of the International Action Center from New York, and Nabil Mikhail, a professor at George Washington University, to discuss why Saudi Arabia is allowed to get away with its grim human rights record and its crimes against children in Yemen.

Comment: Iranian site. Iran itself does not have a nice human rights record. Anyway, they do not bomb another country and do not request an important role in UN Human Rights Council. Look at comment and answer at the Press TV site: It's not a debate if it's 100% one sided. – In essence it is the representation of facts and the evidence is
overwhelming .

29.6.2016 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review - June 29, 2016

UN Special Envoy announces pause in peace talks in Kuwait; AQAP emir rumored injured by UAV strike in Abyan; U.S. diplomat meets with al Houthi-General People’s Congress delegation in Kuwait; popular resistance and government forces may be preparing for Taiz offensive; Yemen experiences liquidity crisis; Yemeni journalists launch campaign to free journalists held by al Houthis

6.–7.2016 – JMECA (* B H K)

Yemen: In the hands of God

Extracted from the article on pages 12-13 by the Very Revd Peter Crooks MBE

We were late. The little congregation were returning to their pews but our arrival had been noted. The three Sisters in their distinctive blue and white saris beamed at us and Fr Tom (Uzhunnalil) came to greet us, enquiring thoughtfully if we would like time to ‘prepare ourselves’ before he gave us communion too.

It is now nearly three weeks since he was kidnapped in Aden from a home run there by the Missionary Sisters of Charity for some 80 elderly and fragile men and women. I have often thought since of his words, ‘time to prepare yourselves’, and prayed that in his captivity he will have found strength and courage and the company of angels.

Yemen’s current war is popularly portrayed as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is that though Yemen observers far more knowledgeable than I suggest that the Iranian involvement is exaggerated and that much of the country’s present misery may be traced back to the Machiavellian schemings of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is reported to be seeking refuge for himself and his family in the UAE – by Peter Crooks

1.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (B K P)

Saudi Arabia wants chaos in Yemen: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Naseer al-Omari, author and political commentator from New York, about continuing Saudi airstrikes against the Yemeni people during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Comment: This is very much the Iranian point of view and shows nothing new.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

5.7.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Home health clinics step in to plug critical health gaps in conflict-ridden Yemen

Twenty-five year old Faten Dhanri returned to her village in Haydan District in northern Yemen after leaving her job as a midwife in the district capital. Six months ago, she set up a health clinic in her house, which now provides basic health services including nutrition, immunization and reproductive health services to more than 3,000 village residents.

With health care services severely diminished, home-based clinics like Faten’s act as essential alternatives for people in need of medical attention. More than 40 clinics have been set up in northern Yemen since May of last year, some of which are located in caves where people have taken refuge from conflict and airstrikes. They are all managed by local residents, including some former health workers, who receive a small payment for their work.
“The model has worked successfully, although it cannot handle more serious cases and larger health facilities do not have the capacity to take referrals,” said Ali Mogli, Director of Health in Haydan District.

5.7.2016 – UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, Education Cluster (A H)

Yemen: Education Cluster Strategy 2016-2017

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and ranks 154 of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Over the past 40 years, Yemen has performed relatively well in expanding formal education opportunities, but important challenges remain. Enrolment at all levels has improved substantially and illiteracy was halved from 90 per cent in 1973 to 45 per cent in 2004 (World Bank, 2010).

Yemen continues to struggle with low education indicators both in terms of access and quality. Despite a reported increase in net enrolment of over 17% within the past decade (from 62.5% in 2004 to 79% in 2013), over 1.6 million children of school age still lacked access to education, with considerable disparities across gender, social status and geographical location. Disruption of schooling, displacement, occupation and use of schools for shelter or for military purposes as well as damages to schools have been on the rise. and in full:

5.7.2016 – World Food Programme, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (A H)

Yemen – Conflict: ETC Situation Report #11, Reporting period 21/05/16 to 03/07/16

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has deployed Internet services on the inter-agency boat travelling between Djibouti and Aden.

The back-up connectivity hub that the ETC installed at the common United Nations building in Al Hudaydah is fully operational.

The ETC assessed the premises of a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) which volunteered to host the NGO back-up hub in Sa’ada.

An UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Communications Centre (COMCEN) in the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) building in Sa’ada was relocated by the ETC. and in full:

5.7.2016 – Government of Yemen (A H)

Yemen Socio-Economic Update, No. (16) July 2016

This edition highlights the donor support, which is an important source of foreign exchange in Yemen. About $7.1 billion of donor support has been disbursed during the transitional period 2012-2014, or an average of $2.37 billion per year. This represents 54.6% of government share in oil and gas exports during the same period, thereby contributing significantly to the stability of balances and macroeconomic indicators, including the containment of public budget deficit, stability of the dollar exchange rate and accumulation of foreign exchange reserves.

In light of the recent political and security developments in Yemen, most of donors have suspended their support to Yemen, except the humanitarian aid that has increased but remains too limited to cover a minimum of growing humanitarian needs. For example, donor support covered only 55% of the funding requirements of the Humanitarian Response Plan 2015. UNICEF has a 66% total funding gap in 2016. and in full:

4.7.2016 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster

Yemen Concept of Operations 01 July 2016

ll humanitarian organisations responding to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen are facing a number of specific logistical challenges that continue to impede their ability to deliver relief supplies, such as: limited access to some of the conflict areas; inadequate or damaged infrastructure slowing down the deliveries; congestion at main entry points unreliable and unpredictable access to sufficient quantities of fuel; high volatility in the price of fuel; bureaucratic process and limited international shipping options, both sea and air.

In response to the above, and in alignment with the revised 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the Logistics Cluster will continue to support coordination within the humanitarian logistics sector and will work to address gaps in logistics information and services, and mitigate the effect of bottlenecks that restrict the movement of humanitarian aid. and in full: = and map: and see also

2.7.2016 –Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO Yemen Situation Report - 1 July 2016

14.1 million people food insecure (more than 50% of the population)

2.75 million people displaced since the escalation of conflict in March 2015

118 000 people reached by FAO since March 2015

USD 20.05 million still required by FAO within the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2016


19 out of 22 governorates are facing Emergency (Phase 4) and Crisis (Phase 3) levels of food insecurity, according to the June 2016 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). Nine governorates are in Phase 4, and ten governorates are in Phase 3. As much as 70 percent of people in some governorates are struggling to feed themselves.

At least 26 percent of the population is living under Emergency levels of food insecurity – a 15 percent increase since June 2015 – and 27 percent of the population is in a state of Crisis. Both groups need urgent life-saving food and livelihood assistance.

The humanitarian crisis will turn into a humanitarian disaster unless urgent funding is received to meet immediate food needs as well as protect, recover and build resilient livelihoods. The severity of the food security and nutrition situation in Taiz City and Lowlands needs specific attention.

The volume of food required in Yemen is far greater than humanitarian actors can provide. Agriculture must be an integral part of the humanitarian response to prevent Yemen’s dire food security situation from worsening. and in full: = and in full:

2.7.2016 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Fuel Provision Services (1 July 2016)

This document provides an overview of the fuel services provided by WFP, how humanitarian actors responding to the crisis in the Republic of Yemen may access these services through the Logistics Cluster, and the conditions under which these services are to be provided.

The objective of these services is to enable responding organisations to establish an uninterrupted supply chain that supports the delivery of humanitarian relief items to the affected population. These services are not intended to replace the logistics capacities of other organisations, nor are they meant to compete with the commercial market. Rather, they are intended to fill identified gaps and provide a last resort option in case other service providers are not available. and in full:

2.7.2016 – Dr. Karim (B H)

.@monarelief started with the will to beat the Saudi Blockade and £1000 14 months ago we have now fed 5 Million+

2.7.2016 – Aljazeera (* B H)

Film: 200,000 suffer under Houthi siege in Yemen's Taiz

For 15 months, Yemen's second largest city has been under siege from Houthi fighters with aid rarely allowed to enter.

For almost 15 months, Houthi rebels have besieged Yemen's second largest city, only allowing life-saving aid deliveries to enter once every three months.

More than 200,000 civilians have been caught up in the fighting in Taiz, a city that has become one of the major front lines in the battle for control of Yemen.

For months, aid agencies have warned of a major humanitarian disaster in the city. There are frequent reports of dire food and water shortages, and of hospitals struggling to function without access to fresh medical supplies.

At least 37 of the city's 40 hospitals and medical institutions have been forced to close, and the doctors and nurses that are brave enough to remain are forced to operate without essentials such oxygen - which doctors require to put patients under general anesthesia.

Houthi fighters have repeatedly prevented aid groups from delivering medical supplies to the city, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. =

1.7.2016 – USAID (A H)

Map: Active USG Humanitarian Programs in Yemen (Last Updated 07/01/16) =

1.7.2016 – USAID (A H)

Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Limited fuel and medicine imports, conflict-related medical facility destruction, medical staff displacement, and the ongoing economic crisis continue to negatively impact Yemen’s health system, the UN reports. As of late May, Yemen had imported only 30 percent of the medicine and other medical supplies required countrywide, according to USAID/OFDA partner the UN World Health Organization (WHO). =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

6.7.2016 – Israel National News (A P)

Jews arrested in Yemen released from custody

Members of the Jewish community of Yemen who were arrested earlier this year over the spiriting of a Torah scroll to Israel along with the recent aliyah of Yemenite Jews have all been released from custody.

4.7.2016 – Fars News (A T)

Report: Yemeni Security, Popular Forces Foil Al-Qaeda's Plot to Conduct Sabotage in Sana'a

"The Yemeni security forces and Ansarullah fighters managed to identify and capture several terrorists who were trying to conduct sabotage operations in the Yemeni capital and several other provinces," the Arabic-language al-Massira news website quoted an unnamed security sources as saying on Monday.

The source noted that Yemen's Islah Political Party is the main sponsor of Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks across Yemen

3.7.2016 – Aljazeera (B H P)

Film: Families seek release of Yemen political prisoners

A human rights group says at least 7,000 pro-government supporters have been imprisoned by Houthi rebels since the war in Yemen began in March last year.
Some have been released in a prisoner swap deal but it is estimated that at least 5,000 remain behind bars. Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

3.7.2016 – Alwaght (* B P)

Four Scenarios Ahead of Yemen’s Ansarullah in Future

While the pro-Ansarullah analysts touch upon the role and capabilities of the resistant group and insist that it needs to move towards forming a government and holding the administration in Yemen, the critics of the idea argue that Ansarullah is not well-equipped with an adequate experience to govern the country, and so it must keep activity as a sociopolitical movement in the country.

Having these two ideas as well as the prospective developments of Yemen in mind, Ansarullah finds itself in front of a couple of choices, to be shed light on within four scenarios as follows:

Moving towards forming a nation-state: The first scenario ahead of the Yemeni movement is to plan for forming a government in the country.

Joining the upcoming government: The second scenario sees Ansarullah part of a government formed in Yemen in the future. It could hold some of the ministries as part of any agreement reached between the Yemeni sides, and undertake some executive, consultative and administrative duties.

Declining to participate in power and government: The third scenario assumes that Ansarullah declines to hold any administrative responsibility but be present as a decisive, strong, and influential consultative power in the major power channels of Yemen.

Establishment of a fully-Shiite region in north: The last scenario is that in addition to being part of the administration in the country, Ansarullah founds its partially autonomous region in north of the country which is a strategic part of Yemen.

2.7.2016 – Washington Post (* A K P)

In Yemeni capital, signs of hatred toward Americans are everywhere

Driving around this war-battered capital, you can't help but notice the hate, particularly if you are an American. On giant billboards, scrawled on walls — it's everywhere.

“America is killing the Yemeni people. They are feeding on our blood,” reads one billboard.

“Boycott American and Israeli products,” reads another.

Perhaps in no other city is anti-Americanism in such full display today.

On one level, the anger is an extension of the Houthis' credos. Their flag reads: "God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam."

On another level, the slogans are directed at the United States' involvement in Yemen's civil war. Washington is actively backing a Saudi-led coalition that's seeking to restore Hadi to power. The coalition's airstrikes, largely using U.S. and British-made bombs, have killed or wounded thousands of civilians, according to human rights groups and witnesses.

The attitude is another indication of how far Washington's counterterrorism objectives in Yemen have been eroded in the aftermath of the Arab revolutions – by Sudarsan Raghavan

Comment: Washington Post at its lowest. No analysis, and still claiming Houthis are Shia.

Comment: That’s not only in Yemen. (Yankee go home!). And in Yemen, they actually have enough reasons for this.

1.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A P)

STOP #Yemen WAR!! Massive protests in calling for end of deadly 15 months Saudi led war (images) and also

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

Siehe / See cp1

6.7.2016 – Reuters (* A T)

Mindestens 26 Tote bei Angriff auf Militärbasis im Jemen

Bei einem Anschlag auf einen Militärstützpunkt im Süden des Bürgerkriegslandes Jemen sind mindestens sechs Soldaten und zwanzig Angreifer getötet worden.

Zu Beginn des Angriffs sprengten sich zwei Selbstmordattentäter in ihren Fahrzeugen in die Luft, wie es in Sicherheitskreisen am Mittwoch hieß. Dann stürmten bewaffnete Kämpfer die Armeebasis in der Nähe des internationalen Flughafens der Hafenstadt Aden. Die Angreifer besetzten mehrere Gebäude, wurden aber nach stundenlangen Gefechten getötet. Zunächst bekannte sich niemand zu der Tat.

6.7.2016 – Der Standard (* A T)

Mindestens sechs Tote bei Anschlag auf Armeestützpunkt

Bei einem Doppelanschlag auf einen Armeestützpunkt im Süden des Jemen sind am Mittwoch mindestens sechs Soldaten getötet worden. Zunächst sei eine Autobombe an der Einfahrt des Stützpunkts nahe des internationalen Flughafens von Aden explodiert, hieß es in Armeekreisen. Dann sei ein zweites Auto auf das Gelände vorgefahren und ebenfalls explodiert.

Ein Armeevertreter vermutete radikale Islamisten hinter der Tat. "Die Angreifer sind Jihadisten", hieß es aus Militärkreisen. Nach den Explosionen sei es zu Schusswechseln zwischen Soldaten und Angreifern gekommen, berichteten Augenzeugen. -

Kommentar: Nach Aljazeera mindestens 10 Soldaten.

6.7.2016 – Aljazeera (A T)

Yemen: Government forces recapture raided army base

Yemeni government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, have recaptured a key military base in their temporary capital of Aden, after it was overrun by fighters, according to military officials.

Reinforcements were rushed to the al-Solban base near Aden airport and succeeded in recapturing it on Wednesday, hours after it was captured by suspected al-Qaeda fighters earlier in the day, the officials said.

The troops were backed up by Apache assault helicopters belonging to a Saudi-led military alliance, other officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the dpa news agency.

6.7.2016 – Aljazeera (* A T)

Yemen: Aden army base hit by double car bomb attack

At least 10 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and dozens wounded in a double car bomb attack at a military base in the southern city of Aden.

The attackers detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the army base in the Khormaksar district adjoining Aden international airport, military sources said on Wednesday.

The first explosion allowed the second vehicle to drive inside where it also blew up.

The explosions were followed by gun battles between troops and about two dozen attackers, witnesses said. The base was sealed off by government forces sent as reinforcements.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

6.7.2016 – Reuters (* A T)

At least 26 killed in South Yemen army base attack: sources

At least six Yemeni troops and around 20 militant attackers were killed on Wednesday in an assault on a military base near the international airport of Yemen's southern city of Aden, security sources said.

The assault began when two suicide bombers blew up their cars, followed by armed militants storming the Solaban base. They occupied several buildings but were killed after four hours of heavy gun battles, the sources said – by Mohammed Mukhashaf

Most details by AFP:

6.7.2016 – AFP (* A T)

Suspected jihadists seize airport army HQ in Yemen's Aden

Troops surrounded the headquarters building where between 15 and 20 of the attackers were believed to be holed up, triggering heavy exchanges of fire through the morning, one military source said.

"We have no news of the officers who were inside the building at the time of attack," the source said.

The assailants, who were wearing military uniforms, penetrated the airport garrison after setting off one car bomb at its entrance then ramming through a second and detonating it inside, another military source said.

The twin bombs killed at least 10 soldiers. "The attackers were jihadists," the source said.

Reinforcements were rushed to the airport in the city's Khormaksar district, where they traded rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire with the militants.

Troops also came under mortar fire from outside the airport perimeter, the source said.

Apache attack helicopters of a Saudi-led military coalition that intervened in support of the government in March last year were in the skies above the base, witnesses said. =

1.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Electricity not better in coalition controlled temp capital of Aden too. Ppl protesting lack of it yesterday (June, 30)

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

IED injures five in Mareb

At least five people were injured on Thursday afternoon in an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) at the southern entrance of Mareb city.
The IED was exploded near a mercenary checkpoint, a local official said, adding a car was burnt.
The explosion of the IED came a day after a IED blasted in the weapon market in the province, killing six and injuring ten.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

5.7.2016 – Transconflict (B)

Yemen negotiations move ahead slowly – post-war planning needed

There is a serious need first for post-war planning to be followed by international aid for development. “Reconstruction” would be the wrong term since there was little that had been “constructed”. Rather, we need to look to a post-war socio-economic construction developed on a basic needs approach.

The Basic Needs Approach to Development with its emphasis on people as central to the development process is embodied in the June 1976 World Employment Conference Declaration of Principles and Programme of action. The Declaration underlines the importance of the individual and the central role of the family and household as the basic unit around which to work for development – by Rene Wadlow, President and a Representative to the United Nations, Geneva of the Association of World Citizens.

4.7.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Saudi-Arabiens Verteidigungsminister und UN-Gesanden erörtern Jemen-Konflikt

Der saudische Kronprinz und Verteidigungsminister, Mohammad bin Salman, und der UN-Sondergesandte für den Jemen, Isameil Ould Scheich Ahmed, haben am Sonntag bei einem Treffen in der saudischen Stadt Mekka über den Verlauf der Jemen-Friedensverhandlungen in Kuwait beraten .

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Ansarollah-Bewegung, Mohammed Abdel Salam, und Ould Scheich Ahmed trafen am Samstag zu Gesprächen über den Jemen-Konflikt in Saudi-Arabien ein.örtern_jemen_konflikt

4.7.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Saudi deputy crown prince discusses Yemen with UN envoy

3.7.2016 – Axix of Logic from Press TV Iran (A P)

Over 70 professors rap Saudi delisting in letter to UN chief

More than 70 professors in Europe and North America have expressed concern over a UN decision to remove Saudi Arabia from its blacklist of child rights violators amid Riyadh’s military campaign in Yemen.
In a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, 73 professors expressed shock at “the brazen vulgarity of power that a single ruling family in one member state can assert against the entirety of the UN to prevent it from documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

3.7.2016 – AFP (A P)

Yemeni government casts doubt on UN peace talks

The government still has "fundamental differences" with the Huthis over "their rejection... of measures that are necessary to put an end to their plot", it said in a statement late on Friday.

The government, supported by a Sunni coalition headed by Saudi Arabia, demands that the Iran-backed rebels withdraw from cities including the capital, Sanaa, and give back arms they have seized.

It wants to re-establish its authority across the entire country and restart a political transition that was interrupted when the Huthis ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and seized Sanaa in 2014.

The rebels have conditioned their withdrawal on both sides agreeing on a new president to manage the transition.

"Due to the stubbornness (of the rebels) and their procrastination, it was not possible to agree on any item on the agenda" of the Kuwait talks, the government delegation said. =

Comment: The Hadi government does not want peace, but to draw the Houthis out of the game totally, whether by military force or talks.

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

ational delegation in Kuwait consultations returns to Sana’a

The national delegation participating in the UN-sponsored Yemeni consultations being hosted by the State of Kuwait returned to Sana’a on Saturday.
Al-Zoka confirmed the national delegation’s keenness to continue in the negotiations to complete the roadmap that was discussed by the two parties to the Kuwait consultations.
He pointed out that the negotiations also dealt with the topics of detainees, prisoners and placed under house arrest, removing Yemen from the Chapter VII and the abolition of sanctions on individuals, stressing that there is an international consensus on the need to resolve this crisis peacefully.

2.7.2016 – Almanar (A P)

UN Envoy, Ansarullah Official Visits Saudi to Discuss Yemen Truce

Well-informed Yemeni source reported that UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed and representative of Ansarullah revolutionary movement, Mohammad Abdul Salam have visited Saudi Arabia in a bid to discuss truce in the crisis-hit country.

The source said that Ould Chiekh and Abdul Salam have visited Saudi to coordinate the work of truce committee which was agreed upon during Kuwait peace talks.

The committee was tasked with overseeing the truce in Yemen.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

28.6.2016 – Energy Fuse (A E P)

OPEC Rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran Plan to Quit Oil Addictions

Tensions have spilled over into oil markets as Iran has raised production following the lifting of sanctions and Saudi Arabia has resisted pressure to cut production since late 2014. OPEC has rarely been so ineffectual, in large part because Riyadh and Tehran don’t see eye-to-eye.

Saudi Arabia and Iran want to quit their addiction to oil revenues while maintaining robust oil and gas sectors. Both recognize the dangers of runaway subsidies and wasteful consumption. In fact the Saudi plan for dialing back subsidies and offsetting these costs is remarkably similar to Iran’s program. Saudi Aramco doesn’t need foreign capital or technology to continue thriving and Riyadh sees foreign investment as absolutely necessary for diversifying away from oil. Tehran, by contrast, needs foreign investors to increase production and introduce enhanced oil recovery techniques – by Matthew M. Reed

Comment by Judith brown: A good article on the similar problems on oil dependency in Iran and KSA. And both countries independently are thinking of a similar solution.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / See cp1

6.7.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A P)

Utterly shocking
Via Haykal Bafana @BaFana3 on Twitter.
This is #Saudi Arabia. Killing civilians in #Yemen is "permissible" in fighting the "enemies of Islam". Eid mubarak.

5.7.2016 – The Times (A P)

Saudis arrested for trying to organise dog beauty contest

They had advertised “the most beautiful dog” contest on social media, promising big prizes for the top three winners. They planned to hold the contest this Wednesday in the port city of Jeddah, to coincide with the annual Islamic holiday of Eid.

However their plans were thwarted when they were arrested on charges of “dog pageantry”, the Saudi Arabian newspaper Sabq reported today.

5.7.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Killing of mother in Saudi Arabia sparks debate about Islamic scholar

Driven by radical beliefs, twin brothers allegedly killed their mother in Saudi Arabia after she tried to stop them from joining Islamic State in Syria in a case that outraged Saudi Arabians worried about rising Islamic militancy.

The June 24 killing, in a country where respect for elders is seen as a bedrock of society, whipped up a storm of debate over the possible influence of a mediaeval Islamic scholar revered as a forerunner of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam.

Some scholars and media commentators have asked if it was the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya, a 13th century Islamic scholar from Damascus known for his fatwas (religious opinion) about takfir that were behind young militants killing family members they regarded as apostates.

Islamic State embraces the concept of takfir, often quoting Ibn Taymiyya to exhort its followers to kill other Muslims seen as apostates, including relatives. The word takfir is derived from the Arabic word kafer, which means unbeliever.

It was Ibn Taymiyya who inspired the founder of Wahhabism, the 18th century Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Abdul-Wahhab.

However, Western-allied Riyadh says Ibn Abdul-Wahhab was a reformer. The Saudi government rejects any talk of links between his message and that of modern jihadists, denouncing Islamic State and al Qaeda as terrorists and religious heretics. =

5.7.2016 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

Saudi journalist: Saudi Arabia can prepare million suicide man within 15 minutes to destroy our enemies!

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Freudian slip? He did try and correct by saying a million "Jihadis".. *Twitch*

5.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A T)

Ryan Kaldani, The Christian commander of Iraqi forces: "We have records of the ‪#‎Saudi ambassador speaking with one of the leaders of ‪#‎ISIS "

5.7.2016 – Live Mint (* B E)

Saudi Arabia’s Q1 economic growth slowest in three years

Analysts say there is risk of growth in the world’s top oil exporter slowing to near zero, which would be its worst performance since the global crisis of 2009 – by Andrew Torchia

5.7.2016 – The Guardian (* A T)

Bombings in Saudi Arabia aim to challenge kingdom's legitimacy

Isis attacks on sites including the burial place of the prophet Muhammad are condemned as an assault ‘on Islam itself’

No claim of responsibility has yet been made, but Isis has trumpeted its hostility towards Saudi Arabia since the declaration of its “caliphate” across swaths of Iraq and Syria two years ago. Its propaganda calls the Al Saud monarchy the “Al Saloul” – a derogatory reference to an infamous figure from pre-Islamic history.

For Isis – or Daesh, as it is known pejoratively across the Arab world – targeting Medina was probably intended to undermine the legitimacy claimed by King Salman’s formal title, “guardian of the two holy shrines”, which refers to Mecca and Medina. The bombings were widely condemned as an assault “on Islam itself” on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The two other attacks hit the jihadis’ other main enemies. The first was near the US consulate in Jeddah, but the attacker killed only himself after detonating an explosive device. The second targeted a mosque in Qatif, in the Eastern province and home to the country’s Shia minority. The bomber was the only fatality there, too.

“That these attacks failed to produce high casualty counts is irrelevant to the group,” said the Soufan Group, which monitors jihadist movements. “The attention and symbolism are enough.” – by Ian Black

5.7.2016 – Bloomberg (* A T)

Bombers Raise Saudi Stakes With Back-to-Back Suicide Strikes

Today, militants inspired by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda breakaway, are waging a low-level campaign against police and other symbols of power. They’ve also mounted assaults along the country’s religious fault lines with attacks on minority Shiites.

“The group is experimenting and trying to learn about the state’s weaknesses to exploit them,” Firas Abi Ali, principal analyst at IHS Country Risk, said in an e-mailed report. “It also suggests that the group’s ideology is sufficiently popular in Saudi Arabia to obtain individuals eager to take their own lives.”

The attack in Medina may ultimately backfire, according to Paul Sullivan, a professor of security studies at Georgetown University in Washington.

“Whoever did this may be thinking to attack the economy of Saudi Arabia or rattle the sense of security in the country, but you can be sure the Saudis and many others will exact vengeance like nothing in the recent past,” Sullivan said – by Glen Carey and Dana Kraiche

5.7.2016 – Khaleej Times (A T)

Jeddah suicide bomber was a Pakistani: Saudi Arabia

The bomber targeted the parking lots of the emergency forces vehicles in the west side of Madinah near the Grand Mosque while policemen were having their fast-breaking meal.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who struck outside one of Islam's holiest sites the day before as a Pakistani resident of the Kingdom who arrived 12 years ago to work as a driver.

Comment: Headline wrong; Medinah bomber.

Comment: Radicalised in Saudi Arabia. An inside job, some would say.

4.7.2016 – New York Times (* A T)

Bombings rocked three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, including near the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina, raising the specter of increasingly coordinated attacks by militants seeking to destabilize the monarchy.

A suicide bomber struck near the United States Consulate in the coastal city of Jidda in the morning, wounding two security officers. Then, near dusk, when Muslims were ending their daily Ramadan fasts, other blasts struck near a Shiite mosque in the country’s east and at a security post in Medina, killing four guards, according to the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television network – by Ben Hubbard and by Alwaght: and by Vice News (images, films):

4.7.2016 – Alwaght (* A P)

Mohammad Bin Salman Ahead in Race to Saudi Kingship

Amid reports that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef’s health is deteriorating, his deputy and US ally Mohammad bin Salman is stepping up in what appears to be a bid to rise up in status in the Saudi monarchy.

If bin Nayef has not so far felt that his cousin may be preparing to replace him, now is the time to be concerned as the latter has not missed a chance to prove himself worthy of the position. Observers ascertain that Mohammad bin Salman is the main competitor in the Saudi political scene and they have noted that the aspiring prince has been intensifying efforts to secure a base of trust and support as well as an image of a palpable leader in domestic and foreign policies.

These are not mere speculations. In fact, there is a report from the Middle East Eye that cites two anonymous sources saying he is plotting to take over as the country’s new king by the end of 2016.

Since he is only second in line to the throne, there is an obstacle to surpass: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef.

3.7.2016 – Arab News (A H)

5 divorces every hour in KSA

Divorce in the Kingdom happens at the rate of 127 cases per day, or about five cases every hour.
This has been revealed in a report by the General Authority of Statistics.
According to the report, more than 157,000 marriages were recorded in the courts over the past year, while over 46,000 divorce cases were recorded during the same period.
The report stated, however, that last year the number of divorces recorded a decline from the year before.

Comment: And, of course, only the husband can divorce from his wife and not the other way round.

2.7.2016 – NDTV (A)

18 injured in Mecca stampede

Eighteen pilgrims have been injured in a stampede near Islam's holiest site, Saudi media reported today, as the kingdom continues to review safety after a deadly crush during last year's hajj.
The incident happened on Friday night near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Al-Riyadh newspaper said, as Muslims gathered in large numbers to mark the Night of Destiny, one of the high points of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
All the injured were treated at the scene and none required admission to hospital, the newspaper cited a health official as saying.

1.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

1. Now that Iraqi forces are successfully defeating ISIS in its strongholds, Saudi FM demands dissolution of Iraqi militia!!!
2. In every operation in Iraq, Iraqi forces find ‪#‎Saudi- ‪#‎Qatari cars, Money & weapons remain from ‪#‎ISIS
3. Find out the real name of ISIS!

30.6.2016 – Middle East Eye (A E)

Saudi Arabia in talks to build giant US-style theme parks

US giant Six Flags says it is discussing building attractions in Saudi Arabia as part of prince Mohammed bin Salman's 'Vision 2030' strategy

The talks follow meetings with Bin Salman, the kingdom's powerful deputy crown prince, who was in the US this month for talks with President Barack Obama and other political and business leaders.

"We look forward to supporting Saudi Arabia's efforts to expand tourism by creating new world-class entertainment destinations in the kingdom," Six Flags president John Duffey said

19.4.2006 – The Independent (** B P)

Shame of the House of Saud: Shadows over Mecca

Previously unseen photographs (NOT PUBLISHED WITH THIS ARTICLE) reveal how religious zealots obsessed with idolatory have colluded with developers to destroy Islam's diverse heritage

There is a growing shadow being cast over Islam's holiest site. Only a few metres from the walls of the Grand Mosque in Mecca skyscrapers are reaching further into the sky, slowly blocking out the light. These enormous and garish newcomers now dwarf the elegant black granite of the Kaaba, the focal point of the four million Muslims' annual Haj pilgrimage.

The tower blocks are the latest and largest evidence of the destruction of Islamic heritage that has wiped almost all of the historic city from the physical landscape. As revealed in The Independent last August,the historic cities of Mecca and Medina are under an unprecedented assault from religious zealots and their commercial backers.

Today there are fewer than 20 structures remaining in Mecca that date back to the time of the Prophet 1,400 years ago. The litany of this lost history includes the house of Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet, demolished to make way for public lavatories; the house of Abu Bakr, the Prophet's companion, now the site of the local Hilton hotel; the house of Ali-Oraid, the grandson of the Prophet, and the Mosque of abu-Qubais, now the location of the King's palace in Mecca. – by Daniel Howden

cp9 USA

Siehe / See cp1

Comment by Judith brown: A very moving account by a Yemeni man bereaved because of US drones; his courageous family members, who stood up against Al Qaeda, were killed in a US drone attack in Yemen. This is a MUST READ. The drone civilian casualty numbers released by the White House are just meaningless numbers. There is no list of incidents, names, or even countries where the deaths occurred. No way of checking them out for accuracy or challenging omissions. And this is the result.

3.7.2016 – Alwaght (* A P T)

File 17 Released; One Step Closer to Secret Report on Saudi Links to 9/11

The US this week has published a document containing the Saudi officials’ names and background connected with the September 2011 hijackers.

“File 17”, a secret document that lists more than three dozen Saudi nationals with connections to the 9/11 terror attack was declassified by the Obama administration this week.

The document, File 17, is considered to be a sneak peek to the still-secret 28 pages of congressional inquiry into the September 11 hijackings.

“Much of the information upon which File 17 was written, was based on what’s in the 28 pages,” said former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, co-chairman of the congressional inquiry.

He deems the hijackers had an extensive Saudi support system while they were in the US.

The document offers clues on what might be in the missing pages of the bipartisan report and is likely to renew calls by legislators to pass a law providing the family members of the 9/11 victims the right to sue the Saudi government. =

6.7.2016 – Nachdenkseiten (* B K P)

Wie Barack Obama sich seinen Drohnen-Krieg zurecht lügt

Am vergangenen Freitag veröffentlichte das Weiße Haus ein Papier zu den zivilen Opfern des Drohnen-Krieges. Als ausführlichen oder gar transparenten Bericht kann man das Ganze nicht bezeichnen. Stattdessen biegt man sich die Wirklichkeit zurecht, wäscht sich das Blut von denen Händen und verhöhnt dabei all die namen- und gesichtslosen Opfer, die das Morden mit den Drohnen in den letzten fünfzehn Jahren gefordert hat.

Die genannte Anzahl von „Kollateralschäden“ ist nicht nur dreist, sondern ein Schlag ins Gesicht für all die namen- und gesichtslosen Opfer, die das Morden mit den Drohnen in den letzten fünfzehn Jahren gefordert hat.

Sogar die konservativsten Zählungen und Schätzungen übertreffen die neuesten Angaben Washingtons und gehen von deutlich höheren Opferzahlen aus. Das Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), eine in London ansässige Journalisten-Gruppe, geht in den genannten Regionen von Hunderten von Opfern aus und bewegt sich mit seinen Angaben, die auf ausführlicher und unabhängiger Recherche beruhen, sogar im Bereich von über eintausend zivilen Opfern.

Des Weiteren zerstörte die Arbeit des BIJ schon vor geraumer Zeit den Mythos der präzisen Drohne, die angeblich nur Terroristen tötet. So wurde etwa deutlich, dass lediglich vier Prozent der identifizierten Drohnen-Opfer Pakistans Mitglieder von Al Qaida gewesen sind – von Emran Feroz

1.7.2016 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (* B K P)

USA nennen erstmals Zahl ziviler Opfer von Kampfdrohnen
Zwischen „64 und 116“ unschuldige Menschen seien getötet worden. Passt das zum Anspruch, präzise Schläge gegen Terroristen auszuführen? Das ist zweifelhaft – genau wie die völkerrechtliche Legitimität.
Ob die gezielte Tötung von Menschen durch Drohnen militärisch sinnvoll und völkerrechtlich legitim ist, wird heftig diskutiert. Dass bei den Einsätzen auch immer wieder unbeteiligte Menschen getötet werden, heizt die Debatte weiter an.
Nun hat die US-Regierung eingeräumt, dass bei etwa 500 Drohnenangriffen seit 2009 in Pakistan, Libyen, Somalia und im Jemen bis zu 116 unschuldige Zivilisten getötet wurden. Dabei sind in den neuen Zahlen keine Drohnenopfer in Afghanistan, Syrien und dem Irak enthalten.
Bereits im April hatte Präsident Barack Obama eingeräumt, dass Zivilisten bei Drohnenangriffen umgekommen sind – und sein Bedauern darüber geäußert. Manche Kritik, so hatte er auf der Pressekonferenz auf dem internationalen Nukleargipfel in Washington gesagt, sei „legitim“. (…)
2013 verteidigte Friedensnobelpreisträger Obama in einer Rede die Drohneneinsätze als „tödliche gezielte Aktionen gegen al-Qaida und deren assoziierte Kräfte“. Doch auch wenn die US-Regierung über erfolgreiche Tötungen von bestimmten Terroristen berichtete – der Tod von Zivilisten wurde nur ungern thematisiert. und bei Zeit Online:

Anmerkung Jens Berger, Nachdenkseiten: Die veröffentlichten Zahlen sind freilich ein schlechter Witz der Abteilung „Tarnen und Täuschen“. Schauen Sie sich lieber die Zahlen des Bureau of Investigative Journalism an, wenn Sie sich für das Thema interessieren.

1.7.2016 – Deutschlandfunk (* B K P)

US-Regierung nennt erstmals Zahlen

Seit 2009, als Barack Obama Präsident wurde, sind nach Angaben der US-Regierung in Pakistan, Jemen, Somalia und Libyen zwischen 64 und 116 Zivilisten getötet worden. Es sind die ersten Zahlen dieser Art, die Washington vorlegt, um zu zeigen, dass sie viel niedriger sei als die Zahl getöteter Islamisten. Doch an der Statistik gibt es Zweifel.

Nach Angaben der US-Regierung sind bei diesen Einsätzen zwischen 2.400 und 2.600 Islamisten getötet worden. Auch hier wenden Kritiker ein, dass sich diese Zahlen kaum überprüfen lassen – ganz abgesehen davon, dass den tödlichen Einsätzen keine justiziablen Kriterien zugrunde liegen, weshalb sie als extralegal einzustufen seien und dem Ansehen der USA in den betroffenen Regionen empfindlichen Schaden zufügen.

Dem Bericht mangele es schon deshalb an Transparenz, weil keinerlei Details genannt werden – tatsächlich wird in dem Bericht nicht offengelegt, wo und wann die tödlichen Einsätze stattfanden oder wie viele Zivilisten bestimmten Missionen zum Opfer fielen. Deshalb kritisierte die unabhängige Organisation "Council on Foreign Relations", dass die Nennung nackter Zahlen im Grunde wenig aussagekräftig sei.

Menschenrechtsgruppierungen schätzen die Zahl der zivilen Opfer infolge von Drohneneinsätzen denn auch viel höher ein – von Thilo Kößler

3.7.2016 – Common Dreams (* B K P)

For Obama's Secret Wars, the Public Record Suggests a Far Worse Reality

The US claims that between 64 and 116 civilians died in these actions – around one non-combatant killed for every seven or so strikes.

But for Obama’s secret wars, the public record suggests a far worse reality. According to Bureau monitoring, between 2009 and 2015 an estimated 256 civilians have died in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. A further 124 civilians are likely to have been slain in Yemen.

So why have civilians been at greater risk from these covert and clandestine US airstrikes? Part of the answer lies in who the US kills.

Friday’s official White House estimates should be read in the context of these continued evasions and untruths. Though welcome as a general step towards improved transparency – and with new rules which may reduce the risk to civilians – they do little to reconcile the continuing gulf between public estimates and official claims – by Chris Woods

3.7.2016 – Telesur (* B K P)

Western Civilization as Bottom Feeders

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based organization, the upper limit of the civilian death toll from drone strikes stands at more than 1,000 people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. And what is more, the Bureau estimates that just 4 percent of Pakistan's known drone victims were identified as members of Al Qaida.

To combat the lies and the silence, I launched in 2013 a website named Drone Memorial, a virtual memorial for drone strike victims from all around the world. In this moment, just the memorial itself, which is mainly based on independent research, includes 351 names of drone victims from Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan, which is just a tiny fraction of the whole since the majority of drone strike victims are still nameless, faceless and invisible. And as we have witnessed, President Obama, who would seem more interested in his legacy than the truth, is just fine with that – by Emran Feroz

2.7.2016 – Salon (* A K P)

U.S. claims drones only killed 116 civilians; experts say it’s way more

Journalists and rights experts say the Obama admin.'s report on drone strikes is understated and lacks transparency

According to the Obama administration, just 64 to 116 civilians have been killed in its secretive drone program.

The U.S. government published a report on Friday, July 1 that claims that the counter-terrorism airstrikes it conducted outside of conventional war zones between January 2009 and the end of 2015 only killed scores of non-combatants.

Experts say the number is likely much higher.

The report, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, analyzes 473 U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, the vast majority of which were carried out by drones. It says 2,372 to 2,581 so-called combatants were killed in these attacks.

The U.S. government is not clear about how it defines combatant´– by Ben Norton

2.7.2016 – Alwaght (* A P)

US Mitigates Civilian Causalities from Airstrike during Obama, Putting Toll at 116

Comment: There is no such thing as 'low number of civilians casualties'.
Whether it is Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan or wherever, a civilian should never be a drone target. Nobel Peace Prize.

1.7.2016 – The Guardian (* B K P)

When will the White House tell us the whole truth about drone killings?

Obama’s announcement doesn’t provide enough information about those killed by drones or the decision making processes that led to their deaths

The downside, though, is that the drone data could be completely misleading – and provide a veneer of legitimacy to unlawful killings. While Amnesty International has not compiled overall data on drone killings, we know that the law professor president depiction is, at best, only a part of the truth. There are reports of hundreds of unidentified people killed in apparent “signature strikes,” where targeting decisions were made on the basis of patterns of behavior rather than identification of a specific individual. Amnesty International and other groups have also documented so-called rescuer strikes, where the US killed or injured individuals who were trying to help the victims of an initial strike.

We don’t know how the US counted individuals killed in these strikes, or the basis for those decisions. But if the US presumptively counted all of them as “noncombatants”, its data could be dramatically skewed – by Naureen Shah =

1.7.2016 – Washington Post (* B K P)

How Obama went from reluctant warrior to drone champion

When it comes to questions of war and peace, it often seems as if there are two Barack Obamas.

The White House’s report on its drone program and a separate executive order released Friday show how Obama has sought to untangle these contradictions. For Obama, the low number of civilian deaths detailed in the report — fewer than 116 in seven years of strikes — amounts to a vindication of the drone program’s effectiveness as a counterterrorism tool.

Independent groups that track civilian deaths have produced far higher casualty rates.

The report on casualties and the executive order are designed to ensure that the drone program continues after Obama leaves office.

Drones seemed to offer Obama a better, cleaner and less destructive way of waging war. During Obama’s time in the White House, unmanned aircraft have grown increasingly more sophisticated.

The recently released report also does not account for deaths caused by airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, where U.S. military estimates of civilian casualties have been criticized by military analysts and human rights activists as vastly understating the civilian death toll. – by Greg Jaffe =

1.7.2016 – Washington Post (* B K P)

Why the White House claims on drone casualties remain in doubt

The newly released statistics help to delineate the overall dimensions of a drone program that grew from an experimental CIA platform designed to hunt Osama bin Laden into a clandestine air force carrying out hundreds of strikes from bases in at least nine countries on two continents.

In making the case for why their casualty estimate of between 64 and 116 civilians killed was the best available — compared with independent organizations with far higher numbers, administration officials said strict rules were followed and outsiders did not have access to the government’s wide-ranging intelligence

Many outsiders found ample room for doubt. Letta Tayler, senior terrorism researcher at Human Rights Watch, led that organization’s efforts to examine seven U.S. strikes in Yemen between 2009 and 2013 that appeared to leave high numbers of civilian casualties. Unlike other estimates based largely on press reports, the group’s research involved visits to the sites of strikes and extensive interviews with witnesses, relatives and Yemeni officials. Overall, the organization concluded that at least 57 civilians, and possibly as many as 59, were killed in those seven strikes – by Greg Miller

1.7.2016 – Josh Begley (B K P)

116 civilians killed in drone strikes? Here's a list of 212 just in Pakistan.

1.7.2016 – Paul Gottinger (B K P)

Obama says he murdered no more than 116 civilians in his drone wars. @TBIJ says this is a massive undercount.

1.7.2016 – Reuters (* B K P)

U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones

But the figures, which covered strikes from the day Obama took office in January 2009 through Dec. 31, 2015, were below even the most conservative estimates by non-governmental organizations that spent years tallying U.S. strikes in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

"The numbers reported by the White House today simply don’t add up and we're disappointed by that," said Federico Borello, executive director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Drone advocates, including those within the U.S. military, argue the strikes are an essential part of reducing the ability of militant groups to plot attacks against the United States. They say the government goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties.

Pakistani lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who says he represents a hundred families of civilians killed by drones, questioned the validity of the data even before their release by the Director of National Intelligence.

He said Washington needed to better explain its criteria for declaring someone a civilian, something that can be difficult to do from a camera on a drone.

"President Obama is worried about his legacy as a president who ordered extra-judicial killings of thousands which resulted in a high number of civilian deaths," Akbar told Reuters – By Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton

1.7.2016 – The New York Times (* B K P)

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

The report also pushed back against the claim, first reported in 2012 in The New York Times, that the government, when counting civilian casualties, presumes that any military-aged male killed in a strike zone is a combatant. It said a dead person from such a strike about whom nothing was known was presumed to be a noncombatant.

The order also generally required agencies that carry out such strikes to acknowledge United States government responsibility for civilian deaths and offer condolence payments – by Charlie Savage and Scott Shane

1.7.2016 – Wall Street Journal (A P)

U.S. Says Airstrikes Aimed at Terrorists Outside Combat Zones Killed as Many as 116 Civilians in 7 Years

Intelligence office says between 2,372 and 2,581 combatants killed in same period

The Obama administration on Friday released for the first time internal estimates of the number of civilians killed in strikes against suspected terrorists, but it didn’t disclose many details because officials said those were still secret.

Under pressure to increase transparency about U.S. drone operations around the world, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said U.S. strikes on suspected terrorists outside combat zones by both manned and unmanned aircraft killed between 64 and 116 civilians between 2009 and 2015. The strikes were conducted primarily in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, people familiar with the review said.

The figures don’t include Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, which are regions with ongoing hostilities – by Damian Paletta and Adam Entous

Comment: The Wall Street Journal reporting the official statement while they should be doing a little bit of investigation (the data is available)

2.7.2016 – Consortium News (** A P)

How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace

Despite neocon-instigated chaos and bloodshed across the Mideast (and now into Europe), Hillary Clinton continues to advocate more “regime change” wars with almost no fear from a marginalized anti-war movement.

Only Hillary Clinton (who comes in at 39 percent) is carrying the neocon banner proudly in the general election, advocating a U.S. “regime change” invasion of Syria – dressed up as “no-fly zones” and “safe zones” – while she also cheers on more hostilities toward nuclear-armed Russia.

In Russia, the neocons dream about their ultimate “regime change,” dragging Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin and seeing him butchered much as happened to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, their grisly deaths representing two of the “highlights” of neocon domination of U.S. foreign policy in recent decades.

But very few of Clinton’s backers seem to support her because they want more neocon-style imperialism abroad. They usually express their desire to see a woman president (“it’s her turn”) or praise her pragmatic approach to domestic issues (“she can get things done”) – by Robert Parry.

1.7.2016 – Red Dirt Report (** B K P)

Saudi Arabia is slaughtering civilians in Yemen, and the US is footing the bill

Why should we, citizens of the United States, care? Aside from the obvious fact that innocent civilians are being slaughtered wholesale by the weapons from our government and with full support from our government, the main reason is this: this is a textbook example of how terrorism is created. Yemenis aren’t stupid, they know who makes the bombs killing their friends and families, and destroying the infrastructure of their dirt-poor country.

They know who’s funding the government that’s raining death upon their heads. They aren’t going to forget when they crawl out of the rubble. Should it really come as a surprise when some crazed person commits a mass murder of innocents while screaming about Yemen?

Most Americans have no idea what crimes their government commits in their name. How many have even heard of the US support for the Saudi destruction of Yemen?

We become the human shields of the Political Class. So yes, it is in our interest to know what is done in our name. Our government arms sides in Third World conflicts almost like it’s a game, believing they know with certainty the outcome – by Shane Smith

Comment: An answer to the Washington Post disgraceful attempt of an article (see in cp6)

2.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (B P)

In his recent trip to USA, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with Applersquo;s CEO Tim Cook in New York.
Tim Cook is openly gay.

4.7.2016 – RT (A K P)

Trotz massiver Menschenrechtsverletzungen: US-Außenamt weiter für Waffenlieferungen an Bahrain

Ungeachtet des US-Gesetzes, welches die Waffenlieferungen an Staaten verbietet, in denen Menschenrechte verletzt werden, wollen die USA weiterhin Waffen nach Bahrain liefern. US-Außenamtssprecher John Kirby hat sich auf Nachfrage von RT-Korrespondentin Gayane Chichakyan geweigert, den Waffenhandel mit dem Golfstaat als gesetzwidrig einzustufen.

30.6.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

America Provides Arms to Bahrain for Crackdowns on Pro-Democracy Protesters

The Obama administration’s troubling arms trade and military relationship with the oppressive regime is being questioned by the US Senate, but a change in policy is unlikely.

While the US State Department has rhetorically savaged Bahrain’s regime for its acts against peaceful opposition members, the Obama administration continues to funnel heavy weapons into the Middle Eastern country. Many of these are used against the country’s citizens.

The situation has deteriorated in Bahrain to the point that the monarchy has openly welcomed the Saudi government to intervene against the civilian protesters. It has also asked Takfiri Islamists, including members of Daesh, to kill demonstrators these radical Muslims view as apostates.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

4.7.2016 – The National Scot (* A P)

Judicial review of arms sales to Saudi amid claims bombs made in Fife are being used in war crimes

UK weaponry sales to Saudi Arabia will come under judicial review after an organisation opposed to the arms trade successfully challenged the UK Government over its support for military forces in Yemen accused of war crimes.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) began legal action amid mounting evidence that Saudi Arabian forces supporting Yemen’s government allegedly committed war crimes resulting in hundreds of children being killed – by Billy Briggs

Comment: Similar as earlier articles listed in earlier YPRs.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

5.7.2016 – Die Welt (* A K P)

Waffenexporte steigen auch 2016 unter Gabriel
Versprochen hatte der Wirtschaftsminister eine restriktivere Handhabung der Waffenexporte. Doch die Regierung hat mehr genehmigt als im Vorjahr. (…) Nach den Rekordzahlen von 2015 sind deutsche Rüstungsgüter auch in diesem Jahr gefragt. Im ersten Halbjahr 2016 erteilte die Bundesregierung Waffenexporten im Wert von 4,029 Milliarden Euro eine Ausfuhrgenehmigung. Dies erfuhr die „Welt“ aus Regierungskreisen. In der ersten Jahreshälfte 2015 hatten die Ausfuhren bei 3,455 Milliarden Euro gelegen. Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) will die vorläufigen Halbjahreszahlen für 2016 am Mittwoch präsentieren, wenn auch der „Rüstungsexportbericht 2015“ im Kabinett ist. – von Martin Greive siehe auch Junge Welt:

3.7.2016 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (* A K P)

Gabriel verteidigt deutsche Waffenexporte

Eigentlich wollte Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel die Zahl der Waffenexporte reduzieren.

Nun ist das Gegenteil passiert: Die Zahl der Lieferungen hat sich 2015 im Vergleich zum Vorjahr fast verdoppelt.

Gabriel verteidigt den Anstieg: Es gebe unumkehrbare Genehmigungen der schwarz-gelben Vorgängerregierung, politisch unproblematische Exporte an Verbündete und einen starken Rückgang bei den gelieferten Kleinwaffen – von Nico Fried und auch Stuttgarter Zeitung:

3.7.2016 – Deutsche Welle (* A K P)

Controversial exports in German arms report: newspaper

Qatar and Saudi Arabia received controversial German arms exports worth several billion euros last year, according to a major Sunday newspaper. Germany's military sales as a whole nearly doubled compared with 2014.

According to the "Welt am Sonntag" (WamS) newspaper, a 180-page Economy Ministry report to be submitted to the cabinet on Wednesday itemized 7.8 billion euros ($8.7 billion) in German arms exports.

That was almost double the 4 billion euros in German arms exported in 2014 and somewhat more than a 7.5 billion-euro estimate given in February.

Qatar, a Gulf Arab state panned by German opposition parties as an alleged source of funding for the "Islamic State" (IS) terror militia, received combat tanks and heavy artillery, as well as ammunition and accompanying vehicles worth 1.6 billion euros

Comment: In the Middle East there is this bad habit of using all the arms bought.

28.6.2016 – Kontext TV (** B P)

Süddeutsche, Spiegel und Co. auf Linie: Wie die Leitmedien Realität filtern und Demokratie blockieren
Die Leitmedien als Sprachrohr der politisch und wirtschaftlich Mächtigen! Vom Afghanistankrieg über die Griechenlandkrise bis zum Klimaschutz: Der Medienkritiker David Goeßmann, Gründer von Kontext-TV, erläutert, wie deutsche Leitmedien die Realität systematisch filtern und die Ereignisse ideologisch rahmen. Anstatt Macht und Mächtige zu überwachen, fungieren die Mainstreammedien als Gatekeeper der Eliten. Das Ergebnis ist eine blockierte Demokratie. Moderne Massenmedien, so Edward Herman und Noam Chomsky in ihrem Standardwerk „Manufacturing Consent“, tendieren aufgrund institutioneller Filter dazu, Zustimmung zum politischen Kurs der Eliten herzustellen. David Goeßmann liefert eine Reihe von Belegen, wie auch deutscher Journalismus gemäß den Erwartungen des Propaganda-Modells funktioniert. Wenn sich die politischen und ökonomischen Eliten über einen Kurs verständigt haben, filtern die Medien unliebsame Tatsachen aus. Die Bedürfnisse und Interessen der Bevölkerungsmehrheit kommen dabei unter die Räder.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

3.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Anti-Regime demo held in Bahrain's Diraz

The protesters in the town of Diraz warned the ruling Al Khalifah regime that aggression against the top cleric is their red line. The town has witnessed such protests since June twenty when Manama revoked Ayatollah Qassim's citizenship accusing him of fomenting extremism. Elsewhere in the villages of Sitra and Nuwaidrat, overnight rallies turned violent after regime forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters

3.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: "Revocation of cleric's citizenship okayed by King Hamad"

A Bahraini newspaper has published a court ruling ratified by the Persian Gulf kingdom’s monarch, which revokes the citizenship of top Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.
According to the report, King Hamad immediately approved the decree after it was issued by the court nearly two weeks ago. Sheikh Qassim has been accused of inciting violence in Bahrain. Bahraini clerics have called for talks with the government over the decision to avert any escalation of tension in the country. The clerics have described the move as dangerous. Bahrain has been the scene of numerous protests since the revocation of Sheikh Qassim’s citizenship. The Shia cleric has been critical of crackdown on dissent in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

2.7.2016 – Ian Bremmer (B)

Map: Every Baghdad car bomb in the last decade (ht @rezahakbari)

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / See cp 10, 11

1.7.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

More #Canada weapons flood into #Yemen's war : #Saudi sends Kraz Cougar APC from Canadian Streit Group into Marib.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

6.7.2016 – Schleswig-Holsteinische Landeszeitung (B H)

Mohammed Abotaleb hat zwei Attentate überlebt

Sein Familienname stand auf der „Wanted-List“ des IS. Er musste fliehen. Abotaleb wartet darauf, dass er seine Frau und Kinder nach Eckernförde holen.

5.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster

Republic of Yemen Fact Sheet May 2016

Despite varying lengths of displacement, continuing escalation of the conflict, and its shift to new locations has added further strain on the already precarious humanitarian situation. This has a considerable negative impact on the vulnerabilities of IDPs, host communities and other affected communities and has severely challenged humanitarian access. The number of IDPs in Yemen currently stands at 363,236 households which is close to five times the number of IDPs since the worsening of the conflict in March 2015 as a result of the ongoing conflict and the recent heavy rain. The humanitarian situation remains volatile with continued multiple internal displacement in addition to a prolonged emergency which has deepened existing vulnerabilities. and in full:

5.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster

Map: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster 3Ws (Who Does What Where) for May 2016

5.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster

Map: Yemen: Shelter / NFI / CCCM Cluster Planned Interventions for July 2016

5.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster

Map: Yemen: Collective Centers and Settlements hosting IDPs (as of 2 June 2016)

4.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR Regional Update - Yemen Situation #39

2,499,429 People affected by the conflict (in Yemen and adjacent countries), including refugees and internally displaced persons prior to and as a result of the current conflict.

2,053,093 Persons internally displaced prior to and as a result of the current conflict.

178,001 Arrivals to Djibouti, Ethiopia Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Sudan mainly by sea or overland since late March 2015.

268,335 Refugees in Yemen assisted with protection assistance and life sustaining interventions and items.

495,562 Internally displaced Yemenis reached in Yemen with emergency relief items since the onset of the crisis by UNHCR and partners.


USD 172.2 Million Requested by UNHCR for the situation and in full:

4.7.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Infographic: New Arrivals in Yemen Comparison 2013 - 2016 (As of 31 May 2016)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / See cp1, 5, 6, 8

5.7.2016 – The National UAE (** A B T)

Saudi bombings mark shocking escalation for ISIL

The wave of ISIL attacks over the last ten days of Ramadan, from Turkey to Iraq, Bangladesh, Yemen and even as far as Malaysia, were designed to project an image of strength at a time when the terror group is being steadily routed on the ground.

But the three coordinated suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia on Monday – which culminated in an attack in Medina metres from the second holiest site in Islam – were a shocking escalation for the millenarian cult and may mark the beginning of an attempt to spark an insurgency against the Saudi state of the kind waged by its predecessor in the mid-2000s, analysts said.

“This campaign is likely not the end of the Islamic State’s suicide campaign, but only the beginning," former FBI counterterrorism official Clint Watts wrote on the Foreign Policy Research Institute website on Tuesday, describing the wave of attacks in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

“The fact they chose Medina is one step removed from attacking the Grand Mosque", Mr Nance said. “I think it was a deliberate strategic attack on the mosque. That was them stepping their game up to put Islam on notice, that the elimination of traditional Islam is their main goal." – by Taimur Khan

Comment by Judith brown: These bombs in Saudi Arabia had a low profile in the Western media, and maybe in the Aran media too, but show how Daesh is gradually expanding its sphere of control with three separate bombing incidents in KSA recently.

5.7.2016 – The Guardian (* A T)

Bombings in Saudi Arabia aim to challenge kingdom's legitimacy

In the words of the Jamestown Foundation, a US thinktank: “An additional challenge is that the ultraconservative forms of Wahhabist and Salafist ideologies propagated by Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment – in many respects, Saudi Arabia is the wellspring of these ideas – are hard to distinguish from the world views being espoused by the Islamic State.”

But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, vilifies the Saudis as lackeys of the American “crusaders” and as apostates and heretics who are worse than Christians and Jews. Riyadh in turn dismisses Isis as khawarij, or deviants, though beheadings and other sharia punishments are common to both. Isis uses the takfiri doctrine of excommunication to justify the slaughter of Shias and Yazidis. The Saudi state, intolerant though it is, does not.

Arabic social media reflected the ugly sectarian mood across the region, with some users noting the paucity of condemnation from the Sunni world of the Isis bombings that killed 175 people – many of them Shias – in the Baghdad suburb of Karada on Sunday. Other comments suggested that targeting Medina would only reinforce the image of Isis as a group whose hateful ideology and murderous violence are anathema to hundreds of millions of ordinary Muslims.

“There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross,” tweeted the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, his pious sentiments shared by many other Muslim leaders. “Sunnis, Shias will both remain victims unless we stand united as one.” – by Ian Black

1.7.2016 – AP ( A T)

A Drone Strike Kills 3 Al-Qaida Suspects in Yemen

Security officials and tribesmen say that at least three suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen.

The officials said the militants were hit while traveling in an SUV in the province of Shabwa. Tribesmen put the death toll among the militants to six – ba Ahmed Al-Haj

Comment: “suspected al-Qaida militants”, dubious wording as so often.

cp15 Propaganda

4.7.2016 – Indo Asian News Service (A P)

UAE action puts Al Qaeda on back foot: Paper

The UAE has made a significant commitment to supporting stability and law in Yemen by extending military support to the Saudi-led coalition against the Al Houthi insurgency and in fighting Al Qaeda, said a Dubai-based daily.

UAE forces are taking their skills learnt from action in Afghanistan and Somalia to lead the way in training thousands of Yemeni troops, the Gulf News paper said in its editorial on Monday.

The UAE has already made a huge contribution to the successful fight against the Al Houthis, driving them out of Aden and forcing them back to the north, where there is a now a rough ceasefire as talks continue.

"But during the year-long fight against Al Houthi militants, Al Qaeda took the opportunity of the chaos of war to grab control of large swathes of territory in the east of Yemen," the Gulf News said.

This is why the UAE had to act, and it has worked with the Yemenis and the Americans in the background to successfully evict Al Qaeda from Mukalla, the daily said.

The daily said the UAE was also working to rebuild Yemen and has made a substantial contribution to restoring Aden to good working order, often in a very practical way such as helping sort out its battered hospitals, police force and even its air traffic control. =

Comment: Nice propaganda. The best: “the UAE was also working to rebuild Yemen” – by bombing it.

4.7.2016 – WAM (A P)

Yemen president praises UAE for liberating Aden

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi today expressed appreciation for the efforts exerted by UAE, Saudi Arabia and other members of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to liberate the province of Aden from the rebel Houthi group and militia loyal to the now-deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoring Hope.

In a statement to Yemen's state news agency on the first anniversary of liberating Aden, which falls on 29th June, President Hadi stressed that Yemen's legitimate authorities are able to overcome obstacle and challenges facing the country.

Comment: Praising the Saudis and UAE is a mayor task of president Hadi.

3.7.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

IMF Deals with Yemeni Central Bank under Houthis’ Control

Sources at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed that IMF official continue to deal with Yemeni Central Bank under Houthis’ control, despite Resolution 2216 that called the insurgents to hand over the state to the legitimate government.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that since the Central Bank is still functioning, IMF can’t cut deals with it.

[Yemeni] Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr condemned international community for still providing resources to the Central Bank.

Bin Daghr also criticized the so-called “economic truce” since it encouraged Houthis to further take money that was initially set for oil purchases – by Najlaa Habiri, Mohammed Ali Mohsen =

Comment: The Central Bank stays absolutely neutral in the war and still pays wages for officials and military of both sides.

Comment by Judith Brown: And now the Saudi view. Ridiculous. If the banks closed then getting remittances from benefactors outside Yemen would be nearly impossible and even more people would starve to death.

2.7.2016 – Saudi Gazette (B T)

Saudi Arabia condemns the region’s worst terror attack

Saudi Arabia remains alert and continues to combat the threat of terrorism within its territory and abroad. The recent reports of a large number of foreign suspects held on terror charges is quite alarming and a reminder of the serious threat that still exists within the Kingdom.

The Kingdom has also stepped up its efforts in combating terror financing with strict monitoring of all transactions to banks. Major General Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, said, “The government has frozen 117 bank accounts suspected of being used to transfer money to terrorist groups and is making all efforts to stop individuals from misusing charitable foundations to fund terrorism.” – by Samar Fatany

Comment: Labeled as “propaganda” since Saudi Arabia itself has financed and promoted terrorism around the world and is the ideological father of ISILL and Al Qaida.

2.7.2016 – Strategy Page (A K P)

Yemen: The State Of Spin And Sorrow

Comment: There is a certain level of desperation mounting when you read an article like this.
'The Saudis cannot afford to leave a hostile Iranian-supported enclave on their southwestern border.'
The narrative is all on 'Shia Houthis' and the Big Iranian Threat. We wonder: what happened to journalism?

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

6.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-led war jets launch two raids on Sa’ada

5.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, mercenaries continue to breach ceasefire

The Saudi warplanes waged two air raids on al-Moton district in Jawf province. At the same time, the army and popular committees repulsed an attempt of the hirelings to advance towards al-Ghail and al-Masloub district in Jawf.
The hostile warplanes flew on the skies of the Capital and many areas in Taiz province.

5.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launch two raids on Jawf

5.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Haifan

5.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Plz dont say tomorrow is Eid. There is no Eid while Saudi jets continue flying over the sky of my country.KSA jets flying now n Sanaa.

5.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

No RED LINES: 23 Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemen regions Nihm, Jawf, Taiz & Hajja on Eve of Muslim Holiday (AlFitr).

4.7.2016 – Press TV Iran / Alwaght (A K PH)

Saudi Arabia Increases Airstrikes on Yemen despite UN-Brokered Talks

Saudi warplanes carried out 10 seires of airstrikes on the districts of Rahba Saeed and Hama Thawaba at the foot of Hailan Mountain, east of Sirwah district in the province of Ma’rib, Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television reported.

A few hours before the new airstrikes, one person was killed and five others were injured in a Saudi air raid on the district of Mahjaza in Sirwah.

Saudi warplanes also attacked the Nihm district of Sana’a Province as the Yemeni forces took control of the al-Aswad Mountain

The Saudi jets reportedly launched eight airstrikes on several areas in the district.

The Saudi air raids also hit Ghayl district in the northern province of Jawf =

4.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launch raids on Mareb, Jawf

The Saudi war jets have waged eight air raids on Serwah district and two raids on Harib-al-Qaramish district of Mareb province, a military official said Monday.
The Saudi warplanes launched raids on al-Manar, Mabda'a, al-Salsa in Nehm district of Sana'a province.

4.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raid on al-Ghail

The Saudi warplanes launched on Monday an air raid on a house in al-Ghail district of Jawf province, a local official said.
The raid destroyed the house completely, the official said, adding no casualties were reported in the raid.

3.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two air raids target Harib al-Qaramish district in Mareb

3.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Jawf

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Air raid targets Yam Mount western Mareb

3.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Deadly ATTACKS: 26 Saudi airstrikes in 24 hrs rock #Yemen regions Nihm & Mareb after #UN fails to reach peace deal.

3.7.2016 – Antiwar (A K)

Saudi Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Houthis in Yemen’s Taiz

Houthis Attempted to Push Into Key Base in City

Houthi attempts to advance in the western part of the city against a key base over the weekend ended unsuccessfully, amid heavy fighting and heavy Saudi airstrikes. Dozens of Houthis were reported slain, along with an unknown number of pro-Saudi fighters.

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes kill man in Taiz

A citizen was killed on Friday in two Saudi airstrike on al-Rahidha district of Taiz province, a local official said Saturday.
The Saudi warplanes targeted a health center in the district, the official said, adding a man was injured in the airstrike and the center was destructed.

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Jawf

2.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

DESTRUCTION: 6 Civilians killed as wave of Saudi airstrikes attack 3 #Yemen regions today & peace talks postponed.

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two hostile airstrikes target al-Moton district in Jawf

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage two raids on Serwah

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi air raid targets truck in Sana'a, kills driver

A Saudi air raid targeted on Friday a truck in Nehm district of Sana'a province, a local official said.
The truck was carrying firewood, the official said, adding the truck's driver was killed.
The Saudi warplanes also waged a series of raids on some areas in Nehm. No human casualties was reported in the raids.

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes target school in Dhubab

The Saudi warplanes waged on Friday an air raid on a school in the coastal city of Dhubab in Taiz province, a local official said.
The warplanes targeted Kahbob School, which was seriously damaged.
The warplanes continued to fly on the coastal districts over the past hours, the official added.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

6.7.2016 – Al Araby (* A K)

Houthi rockets kill seven children in Yemen's Marib

Seven children were killed when a rocket fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen struck a residential neighbourhood in the city of Marib on Tuesday, officials said.

The young victims were playing in a courtyard when the missile hit, said Abdel Ghani Shaalan, Marib's deputy regional director of security.

Twenty-five other civilians including women and children were also wounded when two other rockets hit a house and a shop front, Shaalan added.

The Katyusha rockets were fired by the rebels from Mount Haylan, 15 kilometres (10 miles) west of Marib. = and images: and and (image)

5.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Seven hirelings killed in Taiz

At least seven mercenaries were killed in a botched attempt to advance on Karish district in Taiz province, a military official said Tuesday.
The official told Saba that the army and popular committees repulsed the hirelings’ attempt to progress in Karish district, killing seven of them, including the mercenary colonel Abdu Rabo Mane’a al-Qahdod, commander of a battalion in Labuza Camp.

5.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The hirelings pounded with artillery shells houses and farms of citizens in the districts of al-Maton and al-Maslob in Jawf province.

4.7.2016 – AFP (A K)

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile from Yemen: coalition = and by Reuters and and (images)

4.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Woman injured in hirelings' shelling in Jawf

A woman was seriously injured in an artillery shelling by mercenaries on al-Maton district of Jawf province, a local official said Monday.
The official explained that the aggression’s hirelings pounded houses and farms of citizens with artillery shells and machine guns in al-Mashrab area in the district, which led to injuring a women.

4.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The army and popular committees repulsed an attempt of the Riyadh's hirelings to advance towards Hailan Mount in Serwah.
The Riyadh's hirelings in Jawf province targeted al-Ghail district with artillery shells and Katyusha. The Saudi warplanes flew on the sky of the province and at low altitude on the western districts of Sa'ada province. and also

Comment: Katyusha rockets broadly are ascribed to the Houthis. Both sides seem to use these weapons.

3.7.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Army Blocks Saudi Advancement in Ma'rib Province

The Yemeni army and popular forces prevented the Saudi troops from advancing in a strategic region in Ma'rib province.

The Saudi forces were trying to move into Sarwah region in Ma'rib province, but were pushed back by the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters.

Meantime, battlefield sources announced that the army and popular forces repulsed the Saudi forces' attack on al-Haqil regions and Atias mountain on the Eastern side of Sarwah after inflicting heavy losses on them. and by Saba:

3.7.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Houthi forces captures strategic site in southern Taiz
On Sunday morning, Houthi fighters and Yemeni popular committees managed to take control of a strategic military site in the Haifan District of the Ta’iz Governorate after fierce clashes against Coalition-backed Hadi forces. According to Islah-affiliated “Al-Masdar Online,” the source said that the Yemeni Army & Houthi forces heavily shelled the Dhabi site in the Al-Aboos area, which is one of the most important military hubs for the Hadi loyalists.

Another source stated that the Hadi loyalistss retreated from Dhabi after the Houthis dominated the village and its surrounding hills. Currently, the Houthi forces are launching an important offensive that seeks to push west towards the Haifan district after overrunning several strategic hilltops in the nearby Al-Qabitah District. The objective for the Houthi forces is to take control of the strategic town of Turbah, which will effectively cutoff the last supply line from Taiz to Aden and further isolate the Hadi loyalits in the provincial capital. and film

3.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The Riyadh's hirelings pounded Harib-al-Qaramish district of Mareb province with artillery shells. They targeted Bani Bareq in Nehm district of Sana'a province with Katyusha rockets.

2.7.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

10 dead in clashes near Yemeni capital

3 pro-government forces among those killed in fighting in Nahm, government source says

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between government forces and Houthi militants to the east of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, a government source said Saturday.

“Seven Houthi militants were killed in clashes late Friday in Nahm district, east of Sanaa,” a source with the pro-government forces, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

He said three pro-government troops were killed in the fighting.

The Houthi-run Yemen News Agency said the violence erupted when Houthi forces repulsed an attempt by pro-government forces to advance to Yam Mount, east of Nahm district – by Ali Owaida

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, committees repulse hirelings’ advance on Serwah

The military and popular committees forces repelled on Saturday an attempt by the aggression’s hirelings to advance toward Serwah District of Mareb province.
A military official told Saba the army and popular committees repulsed the mercenaries’ attempt to advance on al-Haqil areas and Atias mountains in eastern of Serwah district, killing and injuring a number of the hirelings.

2.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings’ shells kill three children, injure three in Jawf

At least three children were killed and three others were injured by the hirelings’ artillery shelling on the citizens’ homes in al-Maton district of Jawf province, a local official said Saturday.
The official told Saba that the aggression’s mercenaries targeted with artillery shells the home of the citizen Salem al-Hatbani, which led to the death of three children and wounding three others.
He added that the hirelings continued the artillery bombing on the districts of al-Ghail and al-Maslob in the province.

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repels hirelings’ attempt to advance in Mareb

The army and popular committees forces repulsed an attempt by mercenaries to advance toward Yam Mountain in western Mareb province, a military official said Friday.
The official added that a number of the hirelings were killed and injured in the confrontations.

1.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the UN-sponsored ceasefire during the past hours in several provinces, a military official said Friday.
The Riyadh's hirelings in Taiz province pounded Dhubab city with artillery shells. They targeted Bani Bareq and some areas in Nehm district in Sana'a with Katyusha.
The hirelings pounded agricultural farms with mortars in al-Ghail district of Jawf province.

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5.7.2016 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Desert Locust situation update - 5 July 2016

The Desert Locust situation remains extremely serious in Yemen. New swarms have continued to form in the interior during the past two weeks. Some of the swarms moved into the central highlands and may continue to the Red Sea coast while others could still move to the summer breeding areas along the Indo-Pakistan border. Crop damage was reported in parts of Shabwah, Hadhramaut, Marib and Al Jawf regions. More swarms are expected to form during July and another generation of breeding could commence in August. Survey and control operations remain extremely limited due to prevailing insecurity. = =

4.7.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Floods kills eight in Ibb

Eight children were died on Sunday due to floods created by the heavy rains fell in Bani Moslem area in al-Qafer district of Ibb province, a local official said Monday.
The rain floods caused the death of a lot of livestock and left great damage to the agricultural farms and water projects in the in the area, the official added.

4.7.2016 – Voice of America (D)

Film: Murals Capture Pain of Yemen’s War-torn Streets

In Yemen’s restive capital of Sana’a, colorful signs of hope emerge amid scenes of wreckage from the country’s ongoing civil war. Vivid murals on the walls of damaged buildings memorialize the many thousands of lives lost since 2011. Artist Murad Subay’s mural campaign, called “Ruins,” calls for peace.

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-165: / Yemen Press Reader 1-165: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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