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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

16.7.2016 – Human Rights Watch (*** B H)

Saudi Arabia: Male Guardianship Boxes Women In – Restricts Movement, Work, Health, Safety

Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel abroad, marry, or be released from prison, and may be required to provide guardian consent to work or get health care. These restrictions last from birth until death, as women are, in the view of the Saudi state, permanent legal minors.

The 79-page report, “Boxed In: Women and Saudi Arabia’s Male Guardianship System,” examines in detail the panoply of formal and informal barriers women in Saudi Arabia face when attempting to make decisions or take action without the presence or consent of a male relative. As one 25-year-old Saudi woman told Human Rights Watch, “We all have to live in the borders of the boxes our dads or husbands draw for us.” In some cases, men use the permission requirements to extort large sums of money from female dependents.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 61 Saudi women and men for the report and analyzed Saudi laws, policies, and official documents.

Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian, normally a father or husband, but in some cases a brother or even a son, who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf.

Women may not apply for a passport without male guardian approval and require permission to travel outside the country. They regularly face difficulty conducting a range of transactions without a male relative, from renting an apartment to filing legal claims.

Women face tremendous obstacles when trying to seek help or flee abuse by violent guardians, Human Rights Watch found.

The guardianship system is grounded in the most restrictive interpretation of an ambiguous Quranic verse – an interpretation challenged by dozens of Saudi women, including academics and Islamic feminists, who spoke to Human Rights Watch. and the report in full:

Comment: The West’s best ally in the region – and it’s very best customer in weapons.

27.4.2014 – Huffington Post (** B T)

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent (and persisting) duality that lies at the core of the Kingdom’s doctrinal makeup and its historical origins.

One dominant strand to the Saudi identity pertains directly to Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical, exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud

The second strand to this perplexing duality, relates precisely to King Abd-al Aziz’s subsequent shift towards statehood in the 1920s: his curbing of Ikhwani violence (in order to have diplomatic standing as a nation-state with Britain and America); his institutionalization of the original Wahhabist impulse — and the subsequent seizing of the opportunely surging petrodollar spigot in the 1970s, to channel the volatile Ikhwani current away from home towards export — by diffusing a cultural revolution, rather than violent revolution throughout the Muslim world.

But this “cultural revolution” was no docile reformism. It was a revolution based on Abd al-Wahhab’s Jacobin-like hatred for the putrescence and deviationism that he perceived all about him — hence his call to purge Islam of all its heresies and idolatries – by Alastair Crooke

and part II:

2.8.2014 – Huffington Post (** B T)

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia

Its real potential for destruction lies elsewhere — in the implosion of Saudi Arabia as a foundation stone of the modern Middle East. We should understand that there is really almost nothing that the West can now do about it but sit and watch.

The clue to its truly explosive potential, as Saudi scholar Fouad Ibrahim has pointed out (but which has passed, almost wholly overlooked, or its significance has gone unnoticed), is ISIS’ deliberate and intentional use in its doctrine — of the language of Abd-al Wahhab, the 18th century founder, together with Ibn Saud, of Wahhabism and the Saudi project: – by Alastair Crooke

cp2 Allgemein / General

17.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (* B K)

S Arabia failed to achieve goals in Yemen: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeed Shahabi, a political analyst from London, about the new round of peace talks between the warring factions of Yemen in Kuwait City as Saudi Arabia continues bombing the Yemeni people.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview

The Saudis have failed to dislodge the Yemenis from their capital or to continue their, I mean, their futile military campaign in Yemen. They have really not achieved much apart from causing massive destruction to Yemen.

Now, I understand from the people who attended the last round of negotiation, one of them told me yesterday that these people want to achieve through negotiations what they failed to achieve through war. That's not going to happen.

I mean there must be meaningful negotiation, which leads to Saudi stopping the war and also accounting for their crimes in Yemen. There must be a world stand, a world position, United Nations Security Council call for the Yemenis to be able to determine their own destiny.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

17.7.2016 – WAM (A H K P)

UAE presents power generators to authorities in Yemen

The UAE has presented 50 power generators to the authorities in Aden, Yemen, as part of the UAE’s efforts to put an end to the power-cuts in the governorate.

The Governor of Aden, Brigadier General Aidarous al-Zubaidi, extended thanks and appreciation to the UAE's leadership and people for supporting the Yemeni Governorate and the local authorities in Aden in improving services in the city.

Comment: How many power plants the Saudi coalition had destroyed?

17.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A E H)

The Saudi blockade on #Yemen has led2 skyrocketing fuel prices.the price is 400% higher than what it was b4 the war.

Comment: Hadi / Saudi propaganda likes to blame the Houthis for that – it’s really not their fault.

17.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H K)

The electric grid in Sanaa has been dead for months.Only with solar panels few Yemenis can have lights.

17.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H K)

About 2m are now acutely malnourished, inc 1.3 m children,320000 of whom R suffering from severe acute malnutrition (images)

17.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H K)

Patients await treatment at a dialysis center in Hudeidah. They could be waiting for days or even weeks (image)

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

17.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Under ( US kills Yemeni people & refuses peaceful solution), Millions of Yemenis taking2streets 2day2condemn US role

16.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K P)

Film: Yemeni tribesmen support reprisal ops against S Arabia

As the Yemeni political factions are preparing to hold the second round of Yemeni-Yemeni peace talks despite the Saudi meddling, tribesmen have gathered in the capital to mobilize more fighters to fight in the battlefields. They want to send the message that the US proxy war by Saudi Arabia will face a defeat at the hands of Yemen’s resilient people. From Sana’a Mohammad al-Attab reports.

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

16.7.2016 – Reuters (A T)

Yemen's al Qaeda wing says targeted Aden governor with bomb attack

Yemen's al Qaeda wing has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that targeted the governor of the southern city of Aden, according to U.S. monitoring group SITE.

SITE cited a brief statement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on its Telegram channel on Friday saying it had detonated a bomb in a parked vehicle. =

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

18.7.2016 – Khaleej Times (A P)

Yemen is in need of a peace deal

The challenging issues are demilitarisation and opening up the strife-torn country for humanitarian supplies.

The world body hopes that discussions between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi would focus on strengthening a ceasefire, and try to iron out intricate issues in a collaborative manner. The fact that the fragile ceasefire is holding since it came into effect on April 11, despite repeated violations from either parties, provides an inherent support to the process of dialogue. The challenging issues are demilitarisation and opening up the strife-torn country for humanitarian supplies.

The foremost task before the delegates, however, should be to agree that they would not go back to fighting. A political consensus is badly needed on this front, which should take into account the fluid regional situation. Such an aspect, nonetheless, seems to be around as intensive talks have been held in Sanaa, Riyadh and Muscat, setting the tone for a possible deal in Kuwait. This is from where the feuding sides should pick up the momentum in an attempt to end the year-and-half-old civil war. The inset of Daesh is one of the biggest security threats to its integrity.

Comment: This is interesting because this article is from an UAE site. What do the authors real mean? “demilitarisation“, of course, but should in the first aspect mean the end of any external military interference. “good offices of … Saudi Arabia“: this is sort of a joke. “A political consensus is badly needed”, of course, butr this is blocked by the Hadi government side which not wants consensus but just their demands to be 100 % accepted. “ceasefire is holding”: ???, look at cp 16, 17.

17.7.2016 – AFP (A P)

Friedensgespräche für den Jemen in Kuwait fortgesetzt

Nach einer zweiwöchigen Unterbrechung sind die Friedensgespräche für den Jemen fortgesetzt worden. Vertreter der jemenitischen Regierung und der schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen kamen am Samstagabend in Kuwait mit dem UN-Sondergesandten Ismael Ould Sheikh Ahmed zusammen. Der UN-Vermittler sagte, die Gespräche seien die wohl letzte Chance für eine Beilegung des Konflikts. Er forderte die Konfliktparteien auf, "maßgebliche Entscheidungen" zu treffen, um ihre "wahren Absichten" unter Beweis zu stellen.

17.7.2016 – Pars News (A P)

Jemen-Friedensgespräche in Kuwait wiederaufgenommen

Der UN-Sondergesandten Ismael Ould Sheikh Ahmed forderte am Samstag, diese Entscheidungen müssten laut Sheikh Ahmed in erster Linie der Resolution 2216 (2015) des UN-Sicherheitsrats sowie weiteren in diesem Zusammenhang beschlossenen Resoultionen - wie etwa dem Persischen-Golf-Plan und seinem Umsetzungs-Mechanismus - konform sein und die Ergebnisse der "Nationalen Dialog-Konferenz" einschließen.äche_in_kuwait_wiederaufgenommen

Kommentar: Mit diesen Vorgaben schränkt er die Erfolgsaussichten erheblich ein, da sie der Hadi-Regierung von vorneherein ein deutliches Übergewicht geben. Das Ende aller Kampfhandlungen und jeglicher militärischer Intervention von außen hat er dagegen nicht gefordert. So bleibt das Ganze ein Witz.

17.7.2016 – UN News Centre (* A P)

Yemen: UN envoy urges 'definitive decisions' as peace talks continue in Kuwait

The United Nations-supported Yemeni peace talks continued in Kuwait today after several weeks of daily sessions and two weeks of intensive consultations with regional and political leaders, the UN envoy for the country has said.

The Special Envoy indicated that meetings will continue to be held in Kuwait for an additional two weeks, during which the focus will be on the “complete and comprehensive consolidation” of the cessation of hostilities, the activation of the de-escalation and coordination committee and the local committees, in addition to the formation of the military committees that will supervise the withdrawal and the handing over of weapons from area A and on the opening of safe corridors for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

At the same time, the prisoners and detainee committee will continue its work, the Special Envoy said, reiterating the necessity of the release of all prisoners and detainees as soon as possible.

“The priorities for this stage are the consolidation of the cessation of hostilities, the improvement of the humanitarian situation and an agreement on the security arrangements so that we can manage to address all of the other issues,” he said.

Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that during the past two weeks, he convened intensive meetings in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman to discuss the security, political, economic and humanitarian issues. =

16.7.2016 – Reuters (A P)

U.N.-backed Yemen peace talks resume in Kuwait

United Nations-sponsored talks to end nearly 16 months of war in Yemen resumed in Kuwait on Saturday, delegates said, despite threats by representatives of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government not to attend.

Two delegates said only a ceremonial meeting was scheduled for Saturday night in the presence of the U.N. special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Both sides would get down to bargaining on Sunday.

Hadi's government was angered by a proposal put forth by Ould Cheikh Ahmed combining both demands, and had threatened to stay away from the talks unless the U.N. envoy gave guarantees to drop any talk of a unity government before the Houthis withdrew from the cities they control, including the capital Sanaa.

But Ould Cheikh Ahmed managed to persuade the government to join the talks after promising to push for an agreement within two weeks and by Albawaba: and by Al Araby:

Comment by Judith Brown: In Iranian news today, reported speeches of prominent officials say that elections as soon as possible is the only way to achieve peace in Yemen. In KSA news sources say that the UN envoy to Yemen has dropped his road map in order to bring all sides together. It seems clear that all sides have agreed on the same eventual outcome from the negotiations but the differences lie in the timetable towards the same aim. The is because arrangement of the steps to peace mean that each side can claim 'victory' for their stance. Meanwhile of course ordinary Yemenis just want peace; it's as if the leaders of the warring factions care more for themselves than they care about Yemen and its vulnerable people. I don't think these talks will bring about peace, but they are a necessary step on the road to ending this disgusting war.

Comment by Judith Brown: Two weeks to peace or continued war, apparently.

Comment: This mainly by fault of Hadi who now definitely wants to push through his own agenda – me or war.

16.7.2016 – AFP (A P)

Yemen government delegation due in Kuwait for peace talks

Yemen's government delegation was due in Kuwait later Saturday for the resumption of UN-brokered peace talks after obtaining guarantees from the UN envoy, Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi said.

The talks were scheduled to resume after a 15-day suspension that coincided with the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of Ramadan.

Mikhlafi said the government had obtained a "written response to our demands sufficient for the political leadership to decide (on) sending the delegation back to Kuwait".

"The deal stipulates that the Kuwait talks will not exceed two weeks, during which there will be a strict commitment to references," he wrote on Twitter.

A well-defined timetable has been agreed that is limited to "withdrawal, handover of arms, return of state institutions, release of prisoners and lifting siege on cities" by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies, Mikhlafi said.

The deal was struck after two days of talks with UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Riyadh, he said.

It was also agreed that the two-week duration will not be extended and no other issues will be debated, he added.

Comment: If , Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi really would be right and there would be no more issues, the whole talks would be senseless – apart from just talking with each other.

16.7.2016 – Haberler (A P)

Yemen Govt To Participate İn Kuwait-Hosted Peace Talks

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad has persuaded a Yemeni government delegation to take part in the planned second round of Kuwait-hosted peace talks with the Shia Houthi group, due to start later Saturday, according to a government source.
President Abdu Rabbuh Hadi Mansour met with his negotiators on Saturday to discuss the outcomes of his talks with Ould Cheikh for resuming the peace talks with the Houthis, the source told Anadolu Agency.
"The delegation decided to participate in the negotiations," the source said anonymously due to restriction on speaking to media.
According to the source, the government delegation has already left Saudi capital Riyadh to Kuwait.
The government source said the new round of talks will focus on the Houthi withdrawal from cities, surrendering weapons and "arrangements for regaining state institutions".
The UN envoy has presented a paper that the talks "will not tackle the formation of the government at present," he said – by Zakaria al-Kamali

Comment: If the last sentence should mean that there really will be no negotiations about sharing power, what would be the sense of these “peace talks”?

16.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

After all that chest drumming & preconditions set for resuming peace talks, #Yemen gov reportedly now en route to Kuwait. Blinking contest?

#Yemen gov says agreed to talks provided strictly for 2 weeks & exclusive on hand over of weapons, cities, institutions, prisoners, sieges. and
comment: they still do not want to negotiate, but to dictate.

16.7.2016 – Albawaba (A P)

Yemen peace talks slated to begin despite threat of Hadi boycott

The United Nations says the peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict in Yemen have been delayed and are scheduled to resume on Saturday, despite threats by the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, to boycott the negotiations.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed headed to Saudi Arabia Friday to hold talks with Hadi, apparently to convince him to attend the negotiations.

"We will see whether we can get both delegations so that we can get the talks started," said Farhan Haq, a UN spokesman, on Friday.

"If there is any further delay, we can let you know at that time, but right now what we are anticipating is a start tomorrow."

15.7.2016 – AP (A P)

Keine Friedensgespräche mit Huthi-Rebellen

Die jemenitische Regierung will die Friedensgespräche mit den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen vorerst nicht wieder aufnehmen. Zunächst müssten die Aufständischen die Rechtmässigkeit der Regierung anerkennen und sich an Uno-Resolutionen halten.

Eigentlich hätten die von den Vereinten Nationen vermittelten Friedensgespräche am Freitag wieder aufgenommen werden sollen. Die Delegation der Huthi traf dazu am Verhandlungsort in Kuwait ein. Ihr Sprecher Mohammed Abdel-Salam sagte: «Wir wissen, dass die andere Seite keine politische Lösung und auch keine friedliche Lösung will.»

15.7.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

Yemen govt delegation eschews Kuwait-hosted peace talks

UN’s Yemen envoy struggles to persuade delegation to resume peace talks in Kuwait with Shia Houthi group

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh on Friday evening headed to Saudi capital Riyadh in an effort to persuade a Yemeni government delegation to take part in the planned second round of Kuwait-hosted hosted peace talks with the Shia Houthi militant group.

It remains uncertain until now, however, whether the UN envoy succeeded in convincing the government delegation to return to the negotiating table.

The Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi continues to demand implementation of UN Resolution 2216 -- which calls on the Houthis to lay down their arms and withdraw from cities they currently occupy -- and the 2011 Gulf Initiative.

On Thursday, members of the government delegation declared that they would not take part in talks in Kuwait until their conditions were met – by Zakaria al-Kamaali

15.7.2016 – MSN (A P)

The United Nations said Yemen's peace talks were expected to resume later today or the next day despite a threat by the government to boycott the negotiations.

UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Riyadh for talks with Yemen's President Abedrabbo MansourHadi in an apparent last-ditch effort to convince the government to attend the talks.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed "will leave to Kuwait along with the government delegation", a spokesman for the UN envoy told AFP, adding that the talks were scheduled to resume later in the day "or tomorrow".

Abdullah al-Olaimi, deputy manager of Yemen's presidential office, tweeted that the government delegation will not be in Kuwait today.

15.7.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

National delegation arrives in Kuwait

The national delegation arrived on Friday in Kuwait to resume the consultations according to its commitment with the United Nations.

Comment: National delegation = Houthi / GPC (party of ex-president Saleh) delegation

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / See cp1

15.7.2016 – wall Street Journal (* A E P)

Will Saudi Arabia Open Itself Up for Tourism?

An ultraconservative kingdom wary of outside influences is trying to attract more foreign visitors, including non-Muslims

Fearful of Western cultural mores, the kingdom has always been off limits to foreign holidaymakers. But Prince Sultan bin Salman, the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that he is pushing to make it easier for both Muslim and non-Muslim tourists to visit the secluded Gulf state – by Margherita Stancati

cp9 USA

16.7.2016 – AFP (A K T)

Drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Three Al-Qaeda suspects were killed in a drone strike in Yemen's south on Saturday, security officials said.

The raid struck a vehicle carrying the suspected militants in Shabwa province killing all those on board, the officials said.

Comment: All people killed by US drone strikes are declared at least “Al-Qaeda suspects”.

15.7.2016 – Time (** C T)

Read the 28 Once-Classified Pages From the 9/11 Report

This newly released section questions the Saudi government’s involvement with the hijackers and those who orchestrated the attacks. Later investigations found no link between the Saudi Arabia and those who carried out the attack.

President George W. Bush had the chapter classified to protect intelligence sources and methods, the Associated Press reports.

Read the pages in full below:

[still blackened lines and words] or read them here:

16.7.2016 – The Intercept (* C T)


The classified documents have been the source of heated speculation for years, as they highlighted alleged links between high-ranking members of the Saudi royal family and the 9/11 hijackers.

The suppressed pages, redacted in parts, detail circumstantial evidence of ties among Saudi government officials, intelligence agents, and several of the hijackers.

Much of the information in the 28 pages is not new and has been mentioned in previously released documents on the 9/11 investigation. As such, the public release of these suppressed pages is unlikely to precipitate major changes in the relationship between the United States and the Saudi government – by Murtaza Hussain

15.7.2016 – New York Times (** C T)

In 9/11 Document, View of a Saudi Effort to Thwart U.S. Action on Al Qaeda

The long-classified document detailing possible connections between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 terrorist plot released on Friday is a wide-ranging catalog of meetings and suspicious coincidences.

It details contacts between Saudi officials and some of the Sept. 11 hijackers, checks from Saudi royals to operatives in contact with the hijackers and the discovery of a telephone number in a Qaeda militant’s phone book that was traced to a corporation managing an Aspen, Colo., home of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

The document, 28 pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is also an unflattering portrayal of the kingdom’s efforts to thwart American attempts to combat Al Qaeda in the years before the attacks.

But it is also a frustrating time capsule, completed in late 2002 and kept secret for nearly 14 years out of concern that it might fray diplomatic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Subsequent investigations into the terror attacks pursued the leads described in the document and found that many had no basis in fact. But the mythology surrounding the document grew with each year it remained classified

It is by no means a Rosetta Stone that deciphers the lingering mysteries behind the attacks. But it is also a far more substantial document than many American and Saudi officials tried to indicate.

And it was made public at a particularly troubled moment in America’s decades-long relationship with Saudi Arabia.

The document released on Friday is unsparing in its criticism of Saudi efforts to undermine American attempts to dismantle Al Qaeda in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks. Moreover, it portrays the F.B.I as generally in the dark about the maneuverings of Saudi officials inside the United States during that period – by Mark Mazzetti and documents also here in full:

15.7.2016 – Washington Post (* C T)

The mystery surrounding 28 pages said to show links between 9/11 plotters and Saudi Arabia

Of particular notoriety are the alleged links between two of the hijackers and a Saudi network that helped them when they arrived in California.

The government gave several reasons for not releasing the 28 pages, including national security. At the time, Saudi officials were among those who called for those pages to be released. "Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide," the Saudi ambassador to the United States at the time, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, said in 2003. "We can deal with questions in public, but we cannot respond to blank pages." – by Adam Taylor

15.7.2016 – Vice News (* C T)

US declassifies 28 pages on Saudi Arabia's alleged role in 9/11

The pages had in recent years reached near mythic status, with many people coming to believe that they might reveal conclusive evidence of a link between Saudi Arabia and the attackers.

But according to the documents, "In their testimony before the [congressional] Joint Inquiry [into the 9/11 attacks], neither the CIA nor the FBI was able to definitively identify for those Committees the extent of Saudi support for terrorist activity globally or within the United States and the extent to which such support, if it exists, is intention or innocent in nature."

Several people with security clearances who read the 28 pages before they were released warned that they were far from a smoking gun – by Joshua Hersh and Jason Leopold

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

16.7.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

British government refuses to rule out re-electing Saudi Arabia to UN human rights council

Exclusive: The autocratic petro-state could once again chair the influential panel

Ministers have refused to rule out re-electing Saudi Arabia to chair the United Nations’ human rights council for a second time.

The autocratic petro-state’s appointment to the international body caused international outcry in 2013, with the British Government’s role in the affair under particular scrutiny.

Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay this month refused to answer a question by crossbench peer Baroness Deech on whether the UK would back Saudi Arabia’s re-appointment.

“The UK never publicises how it votes in these matters. Saudi Arabia did not need our support in the last election to the Human Rights Council since they were uncontested,” the minister said in a written statement – by Jon Stone

16.7.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

Bahrain torture ‘ignored’ by UK-funded monitor

Confession was beaten out of death row dissident, say campaigners

A Foreign Office-backed initiative to monitor human rights abuses in Bahrain has been accused of failing to investigate allegations that opponents of the country’s government are being tortured into making confessions.

In two cases it is alleged the confessions resulted in death sentences. The claim, made by several human rights groups, is potentially damaging to the kingdom as it seeks to improve its image on the world stage. Bahrain pledged to introduce reforms following reports that its security services carried out torture during the 2011 Arab spring.

One key measure was the appointment of an ombudsman to investigate claims of human rights abuses. But campaign groups say the watchdog is failing to investigate serious claims of mistreatment and torture.

The row over the ombudsman’s role comes as the UK cultivates closer links with Bahrain which it has identified as a “priority market” for business interests. – by Jamie Doward

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

15.7.2016 – TAZ (A P)

Merkel lädt Saudis ein

Die Kanzlerin pflegt ihre Beziehungen zum Regime in Riad. Zwei Regierungsmitglieder kommen nach Deutschland. Wegen Waffengeschäften?

otz anhaltender Kritik an der Politik Saudi-Arabiens hat Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel zwei Minister des Landes nach Deutschland eingeladen. Innenminister Mohammed bin Naif und Verteidigungsminister Mohammed bin Salman werden voraussichtlich Ende 2016 nach Berlin reisen. „Wir arbeiten an diesen Besuchen, die auf Einladung von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel stattfinden werden“, sagte der deutsche Botschafter in Riad, Boris Ruge, der Tageszeitung Saudi Gazette.

Anlass und Inhalt der geplanten Gespräche bleiben zunächst offen!5323661/

15.7.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Energizing Relations

GERMANY can help the Kingdom in areas like renewable energy, industry and vocational training, according to German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Boris Ruge.

“We are already talking to our Saudi friends in the area of renewable energy,” Ruge, who is leaving the Kingdom to take up a new assignment, told Saudi Gazette.

He said the Kingdom has an enormous potential in solar and wind energy. Germany has huge experience in that area

Ruge said the Kingdom as part of Vision 2030 is looking to develop its industrial base. “This is where we can play a major role. So we offer traditional industrial manufacturing with the add-on of increasing digitization because that’s how we work in the future,” he said. Ruge called Vision 2030 a “very important document.”

Ruge announced the scheduled visits to Germany by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior; and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, by the end of this year.

“We are working on these visits which will take place at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel,” he said, adding that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is also scheduled to hold talks with Merkel in March on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China – by Shams Ahsan

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.7.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Bahrain court dissolves main Shi'ite opposition

A Bahrain court on Sunday dissolved the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq, accusing it of helping to foster violence and terrorism, in an escalation of a crackdown on dissent in the U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom.

The official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the court ruled that Wefaq had taken aim at "respect for the rule of law and the foundations of citizenship based on coexistence, tolerance and respect for others; provided an atmosphere for the incubation of terrorism, extremism and violence and for foreign interference in national affairs."

Its funds would be claimed by the state treasury, BNA said.

Comment: That’s an easy way to get rid of the opposition: The government just “dissolves it”. That reminds me of the German comedian Gerhard Polt: “We don’t need any opposition, we are democrats by ourselves.” Or of Bert Brecht: “The people has lost the confidence of the government. Would it not be the easiest, if the government dissolves the people and elects another one?”

Comment by Jamila Hanan: #Bahrain regime has found a new solution for its opponents, it simply 'dissolves' them

15.7.2016 – Amnesty International (* A P)


Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial began on 12 July on charges of “spreading false rumours in times of war” and “insulting public authorities” in relation to tweets he published in 2015. On the first day of the trial a new charge of “insulting a foreign country” was also levelled against him. His case has been adjourned to 2 August.

Nabeel Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. He has already served a two-year sentence in Jaw prison, for taking part in an “illegal gathering”, “disturbing public order” and “calling for and taking part in demonstrations” in the capital, Manama, “without prior notification” between January and March 2012. He had been sentenced to three years in prison on 16 August 2012, which was reduced on appeal to two years in prison on 11 December 2012. He was released in May 2014, but a travel ban was imposed on him in November that year. On 20 January 2015 he was sentenced to six months in prison for “publicly insulting official institutions” under Article 216 of Bahrain’s Penal Code.

13.7.2016 – Index (* A P)

Index protests judicial harassment of Bahraini human rights defender

Index strongly protests the continued judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab, a respected Bahraini human rights defender, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Rajab was arrested on 13 June 2016 and later charged with “spreading false news and rumors about the internal situation in a bid to discredit Bahrain.” This charge was in response to statements he gave during past television interviews in early 2015 and 2016.

On Tuesday, 12 July 2016, Rajab’s trial was set to begin but the Court adjourned the hearing and postponed the case until 2 August 2016, ordering the continued detention of the human rights defender.

“The Bahraini authorities are drawing out deliberately the process in a way that extends the punishment of a man who has not been found – and is not – guilty of any crime other than that of desiring to speak freely, and for others to be able to do the same,” said Index’s chief executive Jodie Ginsberg.

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

16.7.2016 – International Organization for Migration (A H)

IOM Voluntarily Repatriates 150 Vulnerable Migrants from Yemen Back to Ethiopia

IOM evacuation operations out of Yemen resumed this week (13 July) with the voluntary return of 150 Ethiopian vulnerable migrants from Hodeidah, western Yemen, back to Ethiopia via Obock port, Djibouti.

The group, which was comprised of 61 children (7 girls and 54 boys), most of whom were unaccompanied children and 83 females in total, included six medical cases and a pregnant woman.

Of the group, 117 of the migrants been detained in Hodeidah Central prison under very bad conditions, while others were stranded in Yemen for more than five months. Most suffered from various diseases - such as skin infections, diarrhea and urinary tract infections and they also suffered from low nutrition as a result of food shortages due to the crisis in Yemen.

The migrants were welcomed in Obock by an IOM team and officials from the Ethiopian Embassy, who provided temporary travel documents to enable them to enter Ethiopia. =

Comment: See also YPR 169.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

17.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

DEATH & WAR: 27 Saudi airstrikes today rock #Yemen regions Nihm, Hajja, Saada, Lahj & Mareb as UN peace talks start.

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launch raids on Jizan

16.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US-backed Saudi war criminals killed herds of sheep in Barat Anan Al Jawf by F16 & may be cluster bombs (graphic image)

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries have continued to breach ceasefire over the past few hours in several province .
A military official said to Saba that ten citizens killed in raid of the Air Aggression on Nehm directorate. At the same time, the warplanes waged raid on Harib area in Nehm district of Sana'a province.
The hostile warplanes also launched raid on Hilan district.
The Saudi warplanes in Jawf province randomly targeted herd of sheep in Barad directorate. Pointed out the hostile warplanes launched two raids on Harad district in Hajjah province. At the same time, the warplanes flew intensively on the sky of Marib and Al- jawf provinces.

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression air raid kills 10 innocents in Nehm

At least 10 people were killed on Saturday by Saudi airstrikes on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a local official said.
The hostile warplanes targeted a citizen's car on the main road in Nehm, he said, adding children are among the killed.
Moreover, the aggression warplanes waged a series of raids on many areas in the district

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Serwah

15.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

RAINING BOMBS: 68 Saudi airstrikes in 24 hours attack #Yemen regions just 1 day before start of #UN led peace talks.

15.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Sa’ada

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

17.7.2016 – TRT(A K)

Zusammenstöße im Jemen

In der jemenitischen Stadt Taiz sind bei Zusammenstößen zwischen Regierungseinheiten, Huthi und Anhängern des gestürzten Staatspräsidenten Ali Abdullah Saleh, 24 Menschen getötet worden.

Die Pressezentrale der Volkswiderstandskräfte, die Staatspräsident Abdurrabbu Mansur Hadi unterstützen, veröffentlichte eine schriftliche Erklärung. In der Ortschaft Cebel Sabr in Taiz seien bei Zusammenstößen 22 Huthi und Saleh-Anhänger und 2 Mitglieder der Volkswiderstandskräfte getötet und 32 weitere Personen verletzt worden.

Indessen griffen Huthi und Saleh-Anhänger Stellungen der Volkswiderstandskräfte im Südwesten des Landes mit Raketen an.

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Israeli colonel killed in Taiz

Israeli army officer was killed in a Tochka attack on al-Hajaf military camp in Taiz province, a military official said Sunday.
On Saturday night, the missile force of the army and popular committees fired a Tochka missile on hireling gatherings at al-Hajaf camp in al-Madhareba area in the south of Taiz province.
The Israeli officer is a colonel and responsible for an Israeli surveillance plane that spy on Bab al-Mandab, Kahbob and al-Waze'yah areas in Taiz, the official added.
The colonel, who is of Ukrainian origin, worked as an officer at the Data Analysis Division at the Israeli Army, according to the official.
The Tochka attack targeted operations rooms of the Saudi aggression and its hirelings at the camp.
The missile hit its target accurately and killed many of the hirelings, some of them were from different nationalities, the official said, stressing US army advisors were in the camp and lift one hour before the attack.
The official said the aggression and the hirelings were prepared to carry out a huge offensive against several districts in Taiz. and see also and

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Woman killed in hirelings’ shelling on Jawf

At least a woman was killed in an artillery shelling on al-Maslob district of Jawf province, a local official said Sunday.

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four hirelings killed in Jawf

Four Riyadh's hirelings were killed on Sunday when they tried to advance towards al-Masloub district of Jawf province, a military official said.
The army and popular committees foiled the hireling attempt to advance towards Wadi al-Sadah area in al-Masloub. Some others were injured in the attempt, the official added.

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses advance on Yam Mount of Mareb

The army and popular committees repelled on Sunday an advance attempt of the hirelings in Mareb province.
The army backed by the popular committees foiled the attempt of the hirelings to advance on Yam Mount, northern Nehm district, in the western parts of Mareb province, a military official said.
A number of the hirelings were killed or injured and a military vehicle was destroyed, he said.

17.7.2016 – Iran daily (A K PH)

Yemen forces fire ballistic missile at pro-Hadi base

Yemen's Ansarullah movement forces launched a ballistic missile at an army base held by troops loyal to the former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the Saturday attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta'izz, Press TV reported.

117.7.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Yemen: 179 Saudis reported dead by fatal missile strike

After a few triumphant weeks for the Houthi forces, their tribal allies, and the Yemeni Republican Guard against the Saudi Coalition on multiple fronts, the Yemeni insurgency inflicted an even larger blow yesterday when a missile struck a Saudi camp.

The missile targeted Jahf Camp south of Ta’iz currently occupied by the Saudi Armed Forces. This camp had been very instrumental as both a launching point for the loyalist forces on Ta’iz front and as an operational base to stop Houthi advances south of Ta’iz onto Lahaj and Aden.

The missile launched was an OTR-21 Tochka strategic missile. The anti-Saudi forces claimed that this attack killed 179 soldiers. While the number may seem too large to be true, previous missile attacks launched on Saudi bases have been devastating to similar proportions. and film: and another showing a missile fired from pro-Houthi forces against a pro-Saudi camp: and

Comment: Only reported by pro-Houthi media.

17.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (AS K PH)

30 civilians killedN 1-year long siege imposed by Saudi-backed militants on Sarari village of Taiz central Yemen,said Taiz governor Janadi

Comment by Tony Toh: So this siege isn't imposed by Houthis but by freedom "Resistance" fighters? Ah, nothing to see here then

17.7.2016 – Fars News (* A K PH)

Yemeni Army Seals Off Eastern Sana'a to Saudi Forces

The Saudi-led forces failed to open their way into the Eastern part of Sana'a after sustaining heavy losses in clashes with the Yemeni army and popular forces, battlefield sources reported on Sunday.

The Yemeni forces confronted and blocked the Saudi troops attack to enter the Ninth region in Eastern Sana'a.

The Saudi troops sustained heavy casualties and lost a large number of military vehicles and equipment in clashes with the Yemeni forces.

In a relevant development last week, Yemeni army and popular forces killed tens of forces loyal to former fugitive president Mansour Hadi who were trying to advance towards Sana'a.

A large number of pro-Hadi militias planned to capture the Eastern part of Sana'a, but were pushed back by the Yemeni forces.

The militias' military hardware and vehicles were also destroyed during the Yemeni forces' offensives.

Comment by Judith Brown: Interesting piece of news from Iran. By Yemeni army here presumably they mean the army loyal to Saleh which is most of the original part of of the Yemen army prior to the current war. It's interesting that they say these forces have sealed East Yemen because this is more or less controlled by Al Qaeda although there was a brigade there loyal to Hadi and Ali Muhsin from the start of the war - but presumably they wouldn't seal the east from KSA.

There has been from the start of the war alleged links between KSA and AQAP in Yemen (wry lots of circumstantial and direct evidence to back that theory), and because of the differences in policy the attempted control of the east (or the old South) was notionally under the control of UAE until a short time ago whilst the old North was the arena of war for KSA.

There is some current confusion concerning exactly what the UAE commitment is in Yemen - apart from Soqatra which clearly is now under the direct control of UAE having secured a 100 year lease from the 'legitimate' President Hadi. There have been open official reports from UAE officials that it has withdrawn from Yemen entirely - then this statement almost immediately withdrawn. My feeling is that any UAE presence in mainland Yemen is token only - at most - but the other members of the coalition do not wish UAE to announce this for political reasons. And on another point, I really don't know how any part of Yemen can actually be 'sealed' - I think the must be an exaggeration. Maybe one route is blocked for now.

17.7.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

#Saudi Military Base Hit Hard By #Yemenis Ballistic Missile In #Taiz Province

17.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire

The mercenaries shelled with artillery Serwah of Marib province.
The mercenaries attempt to make a progress towards Al-jehmlah of Taiz province.

16.7.2016 – Alwaght (A K PH)

19 Civilians Killed as Saudi Arabia Goes on Striking Yemen

According to Yemen's al-Masirah TV, at least 10 civilians were killed on Saturday after Saudi fighter jets pounded a residential area in Nihm district of the capital, Sana'a.
Separately, the Saudi artillery fire claimed lives of nine other civilians in a residential area in Sabr district of the southwestern province of Ta'izz.

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mareb’s de-escalation committee holds other party responsible for escalation

The local de-escalation committee in Mareb province held the other party responsible for all the consequences of the continuous military escalation acts in the province.
“ For the sixth straight day the other party continues in its big escalation being in light of our commitment to the truce and halting the military operations,” the committee said on Saturday in a communiqué directed to the UN envoy to Yemen and the Supreme Supervisory Committee.
The committee pointed out to the continued escalation by the hirelings, the last of which was their attempt to advance on the front of Serwah since Friday night and on Saturday.
The committee also referred to three air raids by the Saudi warplanes on Dhaboa’a area in Nehm, which resulted in killing and injuring a number of innocent citizens.

16.7.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

Saudi authorities calling on local residents to evacuate the area near at Saudi-Yemeni border. Time for evacuation: within 72 hours (image)

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses advance in Serwah

The army and popular committees repelled on Saturday an attempt of the Riyadh's hirelings to advance on Haid al- Nadhara Mount in Serwah district of Mareb province.
The advance attempt, which was backed by apache helicopters, lasted for several hours, a military official said. Tens of the hirelings were killed or injured in the clashes.

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches missile on al-Mas camp of Mareb

The army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on hireling gatherings in Mareb province.
The missile force fired a Zelzal-3 rocket on al-Mas military camp in the province, a military official said.
The missile hit its target accurately and caused huge loses in the hirelings' humanity and ordnance, a military official said.
Firing the missile came in response to the continued violations and airstrikes committed by the Saudi aggression on the country, he added.

16.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches ballistic missile on Najran

The army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on Ben Yalin military camp in Najran province.
A Zelzal-3 rocket was fired on Ben Yalin military camp and hit its target accurately, a military official said. Launching the missile came in response to the continued violations and airstrikes committed by the Saudi aggression on several provinces.

16.7.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge and Tony Toh (A K PH)

‪#‎Houthi forces encircle strategic camp in ‪#‎Marib (Map) / Pro-Houthi map situation claiming progress in Kofal Camp #Marib, takes new sites as indicated in green lines (Map) and

16.7.2016 – Tony Toh (A K PH)

Houthi forces reportedly sends new reinforcement to prepare for upcoming new offensive in western front of #Taiz city

16.7.2016 – Almasdar (A K)

Saudi Army attempts to retake key border town from Houthi forces

The Saudi Royal Army continued their large-scale assault to seize the imperative border town of Khabah on Saturday, capturing a number of points from the Houthi forces in the Jizan Region.

According to Saudi state TV, their forces reportedly captured a number of points in the Jizan Region after the Saudi-led Coalition’s airstrikes repeatedly struck the Houthis near Khabah.

Clashes are still ongoing between the Houthis and Saudi Army, as the latter attempts to retake this imperative town that links Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

15.7.2016 – RT (A K)

Film: Yemen: Clashes break out in Taiz on same day peace talks scheduled

Clashes between fighters loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels, allied to Zaidi Shia broke out in the Yemeni city of Taiz, on Friday morning. The fighting took place around the Houthi controlled Republican Palace and Klaba area of Taiz.

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-169: / Yemen Press Reader 1-169: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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