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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

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

19.7.2016 – IRIN (** B E P)

Yemen: It’s the economy, stupid!

Something peculiar is afoot in Yemen: the usually arcane topics of monetary policy and central banking have become part of everyday chatter, even street art.

For the past few months, commentators have been warning that Yemen’s central bank is in serious trouble.

The central bank sets official exchange rates for imports of flour and grain. It had also, until recently anyway, managed to keep paying government employees like soldiers, teachers, and doctors – no matter their loyalty or location.

But how long it can prop up a country on the brink of complete economic meltdown is unclear.

While there are unconfirmed reports that the Houthis have raided the bank’s reserves, under the hand of respected governor Mohammed Bin Humam, it has done it’s best to keep the currency stable, altering the official exchange rate to combat black market trading.

“Over the last 15 months, by all indications, the central bank tried to deal as neutrally as possible with a very difficult economic, social, and security situation in Yemen,” said al-Nasaa.

“But its ability to maintain foreign exchange support for the most basic imports, service sovereign debt obligations, and pay public sector wages is becoming more and more circumscribed.”

Hisham al-Omeisy, an analyst based in Sana’a, pointed out out that what the bank does – or doesn’t do – has a direct impact on everyday life and everyone knows it.

“It affects us directly with pricing, with getting gas… A lot of people don’t have money to begin with,” he explained to IRIN, so any shift in prices can feel drastic.

One impact of the crisis in the banking system has meant that traders seeking to import goods into Yemen – including food – have been unable to acquire credit.

That means food imports are down, and prices are up – by Mohammed Ali Kalfood

18.7.2016 – Center for Strategic and International Studies (** B K P)

The Challenges of Building a National Army in Yemen

Yemen – perhaps the most impenetrable state of the Arab world – has never managed to develop that most important of state institutions, a cohesive and effective national army. Understanding and explaining the inability of the Yemeni state to build a cohesive military has been one of the key underlying causes of past and present Yemeni instability, and a new report by the CSIS Burke Chair attempts to address these issues.

This report argues that if Yemen has been on the verge of state failure, its regular armed forces have certainly failed to execute their essential function. Not only have they failed at defending the state but, more importantly for an authoritarian polity, they have also been unable to effectively protect the regime. This report contends that the main reasons for this unflattering assessment of Yemen’s military are primarily reliance on tribal, clan, and family networks, lack of professionalism, gross mismanagement, and deep-seated corruption, in other words, the very same ills that have done so much harm to the Yemeni state at large. The seemingly inherent conflict between the state and the tribes as well as the fragmentations of and the divisions between various military forces, are long-standing attributes of armies in Yemen that are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

Throughout the paper the author underscores two key aspects that are crucial to the understanding of Yemen’s political history and current state of affairs. The first is the virtually constant struggle between those who wanted to increase state authority (most prominently, the central government) and those who privileged traditional tribal influence in politics. There is no better institution to observe this ongoing conflict between “centralizers” and “tribalists” than the armed forces. The second important factor to grasp is that domestic conflicts in Yemen are not binary, one foe opposing another, but multipolar with certain groups—including both state and non-state actors—cooperating with one another on some issues but not on others. Moreover, the positions of individual actors often fluctuate in response to various impulses—inancial, political, psychological—in their environments. This is the main reason that Yemen’s contemporary predicament is so enigmatic, so intractable, and, ultimately, that lasting peace has been and will continue to be so difficult to hammer out – by Zoltan Barany and in full:

15.7.2016 – Small Wars Journal (** B K P)

Assessing U.S. Special Operations in Yemen

In short, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen’s ends are unspecified, ways are seemingly inadequate, and means limited, though possibly sufficient depending on how one conceptualizes the ends. These factors in combination make it difficult to evaluate the SOF mission in Yemen. Successfully supporting the execution of direct action missions by partners will be straightforward, but, as has too often been the case in in the U.S. counterterrorism approach of the last 15 years, solely relying on SOF as a tactical cure-all is unlikely to effectuate strategic gains – by Colin McElhinny

1.12.2015 – The Intercept (** B P)

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Campaign to Charm American Policymakers and Journalists

Soon after launching a brutal air and ground assault in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began devoting significant resources to a sophisticated public relations blitz in Washington, D.C.

The PR campaign is designed to maintain close ties with the U.S. even as the Saudi-led military incursion into the poorest Arab nation in the Middle East has killed nearly 6,000 people, almost half of them civilians.

Elements of the charm offensive include the launch of a pro-Saudi Arabia media portal operated by high-profile Republican campaign consultants; a special English-language website devoted to putting a positive spin on the latest developments in the Yemen war; glitzy dinners with American political and business elites; and a non-stop push to sway reporters and policymakers.

That has been accompanied by a spending spree on American lobbyists with ties to the Washington establishment. The Saudi Arabian Embassy, as we’ve reported, now retains the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, the leader of one of the largest Republican Super PACs in the country, and a law firm with deep ties to the Obama administration. One of Jeb Bush’s top fundraisers, Ignacio Sanchez, is also lobbying for the Saudi Kingdom – by Lee Fang

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

7.2016 – Slideshare (* B H)

Yemeni women with fighting spirits (images)

19.7.2016 – Oxfam (A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #23, 30 Jun 2016

The dire humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen continued to worsen. UN agencies warned this week that a vast majority of Yemeni governorates, 19 out of 22, are facing severe food insecurity. According to a new joint assessment by the UN and its partners, the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if the current conflict persists. The latest ‘Integrated Food Security Phase Classification’ (IPC) analysis reports that over half of the country’s population is living in “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity, with some governorates seeing as much as 70 per cent of the population struggling to feed themselves. At least 7 million people are living under ‘Emergency’ levels of food insecurity (Phase 4 on the five-tiered IPC scale), a 15 per cent increase since June 2015, and a further 7.1 million people are at ‘Crisis’ level (Phase 3). and in full:

19.7.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Yemen mVAM Bulletin #10 - May 2016: National food security indicators remain stable in April and May

The national food security indicators remained stable in May for the second consecutive month.

However, food security indicators are alarming for households displaced between April and May and for households led by women.

Households are worried about the unavailability of vegetables, and vegetable consumption has fallen.

Since March 2015, almost 2.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) have fled their homes in Yemen as a result of conflict. The five governorates with the highest proportion of IDPs are Taizz (620,934 people), Hajjah (367,007), Amran (295,620), Sana’a (272,589) and Sa’ada (245,897) (Task Force on Population Movement 8th Report, April 2016). Nearly 82 percent of the population is currently in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

In May 2016, mVAM conducted the tenth round of household food security monitoring using live telephone interviews throughout Yemen. The data was collected during the first two weeks of May.
Responses are likely to be biased towards younger, somewhat better off households who live in urban areas and have better access to electricity and phone-charging services and in full:

18.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

This is an empty dialysis room n Hudeidah.More than200patients have had their treatment delayed bc of the war #Yemen

18.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

Resistance in Taiz appealing Houthis to help wounded there2receive treatment in Sanaa hospitals,Houthis agree2 do so (image)

7.2016 – UNICEF Yemen (* B H)

Unicef Yemen now on instagram – Images and stories

18.7.2016 – World Health Organization (A H)

WHO develops national strategy for dengue prevention and control

Amid a significant increase in the number of suspected cases of dengue fever in Yemen, WHO and national programmes of the Ministry of Public Health and Population have adopted a national 5-year strategic plan to scale up preparedness and response activities for dengue fever prevention and control.

The plan was developed by 35 experts from WHO, national programmes in the Ministry of Public Health and Population and other governmental sectors, including the Ministries of Information and Education during a 2-day workshop. Key elements of the plan include:

Between January and June 2016, a total of 17796 suspected cases have been reported with 41 deaths. = and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

19.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemenis in Hodeida west decrying US supporting for Saudi war crimes against Yemen humanity (image)

18.7.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Mass rally in Sana'a denounces U.S. impeding-peace position

A mass rally was organized Monday afternoon at Bab Al-Yemen Square in the capital Sana’a under the slogan “ USA rejects peaceful solution in Yemen.”
The participants in the march repeated slogans and raised banners, denouncing the continuous aggression and the U.S. attitudes that obstruct the dialogue and peaceful solutions.

The marchers also condemned the continued interventions by the USA in Yemen and in the region, as well as the U.S. military support to the Saudi aggression by providing it with the internationally-banned bombs and weapons for killing the Yemeni people. and (images)

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

18.7.2016 – Reuters (* A T)

Suicide bombers attack Yemeni army checkpoints, killing 10

Two suicide bombers tried to ram vehicles laden with explosives through two Yemeni military checkpoints near the government-held port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 10 people, the army and medics said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks near the capital of Hadramout province on the Gulf of Aden, the latest in a series of bombings since forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by UAE troops, drove out al Qaeda militants from the city in April.

The Yemeni army's Second Military Command, which is based in Mukalla, said militants had used a booby-trapped bus at a checkpoint in al-Burum, southwest of Mukalla, and a booby-trapped car in al-Ghaber, to the west.

"Forces at the checkpoints were able to confront the vehicles and prevented them crossing the security barriers," an army statement said.

It said six soldiers had been killed and 18 wounded.

Medics said four civilians were also dead, and that 15 soldiers had been taken to hospital, five in serious condition – by Mohammed Mukhashaf

18.7.2016 – AFP (* A T)

Twin bombings kill 11 in ex-Qaeda strongholds in Yemen

Suicide bombers on Monday attacked two army checkpoints in a former stronghold of Al-Qaeda in southeastern Yemen, killing 11 people, health and security officials said.

One attacker drove his bomb-laden truck into a checkpoint in a western district of Hadramawt's provincial capital Mukalla, security officials told AFP.

The second attacker simultaneously blew up his vehicle at an army checkpoint in the nearby town of Hajr, located some 15 kilometres (nine miles) to the west of Mukalla, the sources said.

Eleven people were killed and 18 were wounded in the twin bombings, said Riad Jariri, head of the health department in Mukalla. Four civilians were among those killed, he told AFP.

No group has yet claimed responsibility. =

18.7.2016 – Jerusalem Post / Albawaba (A T)

Car bombs hit Yemeni cities of Dhale and Mukalla

A car bomb exploded on Monday at a checkpoint in Yemen's southern city of Dhale, on the road to Aden, killing two soldiers and wounding one other, Reuters reported. = and film:

and related to this also:

19.7.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

Shiny happy people : AQAP claims credit for 2 suicide bombs in Hadhramaut which killed at least 15 soldiers (images)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

19.7.2016 – National Yemen (A P)

The #UN Envoy to #Yemen met with the legitimacy delegation to discuss what was discussed 100 times #HouthiWithdrawal

Comment: Their only agenda, a 100 times: We demand 100 % victory, that’s the only sense of all „peace“ talks.

19.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A P)

#Breaking Peace COLLAPSES: #Yemen peace talks reach dead end after 73 days & political sides accuse #UN envoy of being biased & powerless.

19.7.2016 – Doomsday / Jane Novak (A P)

Abdu Alsalam: we should Not waste time w/ Saudis' representative n Kuwait talks, WE sh'ld talk immditly with Saudis

#Yemen's Houthis: talks w #Saudi (driving the war) would be more productive then their proxies (i.e. "Legit gov't") and

19.7.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

UN envoy shuttles between Yemen rivals in Kuwait talks

Ould Cheikh held a separate meeting on Monday with the head of the government delegation, Abdul-Malek al-Mekhlafi, a government negotiator, who declined to be named, told Anadolu Agency.

“The envoy is expected to hold a meeting with the whole government delegation on Tuesday,” the source said.

According to the source, the UN envoy also met with a number of Gulf diplomats on Monday to brief them on the progress of the UN-sponsored talks.

Ould Cheikh, however, has yet to meet with the Houthi delegation, the source said – by Zakaria al-Kamali and by Al Arabiya:

18.7.2016 – Huffington Post (* A P)

Yemen’s only hope for lasting peace

There is a missing force that could save thousands in my country: women.

Insisting upon womens’ presence at the talks ensures the issues unique to them remain on the table. In fact, studies show that a peace agreement is more likely to last for at least 15 years if women are included in the process. But more than that, women have a right to be part of the decisions that will shape the future of their societies.

Excluding women at the current peace talks will only lead to male power brokers carving up the spoils of a fragile peace between them. Issues of war and peace in Yemen have traditionally been limited to men: a two-party negotiation representing political and military forces, discussing the dynamics of power sharing. The result has been shaky peace agreements, political instability, sporadic armed conflict, power struggles, exclusion, and marginalization.

There are many ways women could be involved today: as a separate delegation to ensure their rights are properly respected; as advisors to the mediators (as was the case in Syria); or as observers, witnesses, and signatories to the peace agreement – by Rasha Jarhum

18.7.2016 – UN Department of Public Information (A P)

Speech by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen, at the opening of the Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait

We are going to continue holding our meetings in Kuwait for an additional two weeks, during which we will concentrate 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, and I reiterate the emphasis of the international community on 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. =

18.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Ansarullah stresses political solution to Yemen conflict

Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement at the fresh round of Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait have described political dialog as the only way out of the conflict in the violence-wracked Arab state.

During a meeting with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid Hamad al-Sabah in Kuwait City on Sunday, the envoys underlined the need for the continuation of the UN-backed peace negotiations until they lead to a comprehensive political solution, al-Masirah reported.

They said Ansarullah has been maintaining a clear and transparent position concerning the formation of a new Yemeni legislature and administration ever since the intra-Yemeni negotiations started on April 21.

They also said the movement calls for the resolution of obstacles in the path of the talks, as well as the immediate cessation of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen.

The Ansarullah representatives further stressed that they have never hesitated to engage in the talks, flatly rejecting excuses and threats being made by Saudi-backed negotiators against them.

The delegates also emphasized the need for an immediate end to the Saudi naval and air embargo imposed on Yemen.

18.7.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthis Defy International Will, Ould Cheikh Ahmed Adheres to UNSCR 2216 at Kuwait Talks

Despite optimism that surrounded the resumption of peace talks, sources said that rebels were still insisting on their previous demands, while Ould Cheikh Ahmed expressed the need to abide by UNSCR 2216 and discarded an earlier proposal to form a unity government, which was inconsistent with the international resolution.

Yassim Makawi, the Yemeni president’s advisor and member of the government delegation, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that government’s rhetoric was focused on the achievement of sustainable peace, while the insurgents’ comments have stressed the continuation of war and destruction.
He added that Houthis did not come to Kuwait for peace and were insisting on the implementation of Iran’s negotiation strategies – by Arafat Madabish and Abdul Hadi Habtoor

Comment by Judith Brown: They really don't want peace - either side - unless it is peace under their own terms. I think neither side wants war either - they see the costs in terms of financial issues and devastated lives as being far too high, but each wants they want the other side to agree to their view so that they can claim 'victory' whatever that is in this terrible Yemen war when all have lost so much. And so war goes on. As for the international community - they just don't care and 2216 was a very flawed resolution - like everything that comes out of the UN these days, it was a politically biased from the beginning.

Comment by me: This is the first case I partly disagree with Judith Brown. Definitely at least the rhetoric of both sides is very different. While the Hadi government stresses that they must get sole rule and the Houthis must disappear from the political as from the military stage, the Houthi side stresses compromise and a partition of rule in an all-party government. Certainly, the latter is the only way to peace – not just in Yemen, but in all similar cases of internal strife and civil wars, when no party can achieve a victory by fighting. You of course might object that from the side of the Houthis this is nothing more than rhetoric – anyway, the way they speak is, as told before, the only way to peace. – As far as propaganda is concerned, please compare the phrases cited from this Asharq Al-Awsat article to what the Houthis really said (article above by Press TV Iran), who has “stressed the continuation of war and destruction” and who “did not come to Kuwait for peace” – that only can be referred to the side which definitely denied any compromise, and that is the Hadi government. Quite ridiculous is the objection that the Houthis “were insisting on the implementation of Iran’s negotiation strategies”. That’s the Saudi anti-Iranian paranoia which in the case of the Yemen peace talks does not have any base in reality.

Well, at the re-beginning of the peace talks both sides again take and emphasize their well-known propaganda positions, to be heard by their own kinship, supporters, the internationalpublic and policy. And one side, just stressing it's "legitimacy" (which actually had expired almost 1 1/2 years ago) and having nothing else, and the other, at least sounding serious.

Quite interesting is how different the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) is reporting the Houthi delegation’s viewpoint on the peace talks:

18.7.2016 – KUNA (A P)

Sanaa delegation reaffirm commitments towards peace

Sanaa delegation, which represents Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and General People’s Congress, has reiterated commitment towards the int’l efforts to mediate a comprehensive peace deal to end the current crisis in the country. In a press statement, the two delegations stressed the talks should be based on the previously agreed points. =

18.7.2016 – WAM (A P)

Yemen calls upon int'l community to assume its responsibilities toward crisis

The Permanent Representative of Yemen to the League of Arab States, Mohammed Al Haisami, today called on the international community to assume its responsibilities toward the crisis in Yemen, stressing that his country's stability would have "major impacts on the whole region."

Noting that the rebel militias are not serious about the UN-brokered peace talks hosted by Kuwait, Al Haisami said the international community should put pressure on the rebels to make them abide by the agreed terms of reference, the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference, UN resolutions, the Security Council Resolution 2216 in particular, and the 2011 GCC Initiative

Comment: Now even “international community” should press on the Houthis to fully accept – as is clear when looking at the last statements of the Hadi government – Hadi’s rather odd interpretation of the Security Council Resolution 2216.

1.7.2016 – Newsweek / Amnesty International (* A P)

UN: End hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia in Human Rights Council

The credibility of the world’s top human rights body, which was set up to ensure that it is able to effectively address human rights violations without being undermined by geopolitics and competing national interests, is being called into question because of the abysmal track record of one of its members – Saudi Arabia - and the failure of other members to call it to account.

Since it joined the UN Human Rights Council in January 2014 Saudi Arabia has carried out gross and systematic human rights violations both at home and in neighbouring Yemen.

It is against this backdrop that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are making a call on the UN to suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council. World leaders should stop the Kingdom’s cynical use of the Council to help it get away with gross and systematic violations.

This is a moment of truth for the UN. By manifestly failing to hold Saudi Arabia accountable to its basic membership requirements, the Human Rights Council and its member states risk a serious loss of credibility.

If the UN does not act on this call, it would also mark a poignant failure by the Council to improve on the record of its predecessor, the UN Commission on Human Rights, disbanded a decade ago. As Amnesty International flagged in 2005, among the reasons for that body’s demise was that “power politics and double standards have … prevented the Commission from addressing, or even discussing, widespread or serious human rights violations in many countries.”

Allowing Saudi Arabia to play the same power politics in the Human Rights Council would be a slap in the face for victims of human rights violations the world over – By Tawanda Mutasah, Senior Director International Law and Policy at Amnesty International =

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

19.7.2016 – Los Angeles Times (* B P)

The Saudis can't rein in Islamic State. They lost control of global Salafism long ago.

Leaning on the Saudis to become “less Wahhabi” is unlikely to have much effect on jihadist movements like Al Qaeda and Islamic State. They and their followers look to other sources of political and doctrinal inspiration, not the official Saudi clerics. The jihadist groups draw some of their adherents from Saudi Arabia, but the vast majority of Saudi Muslims, including the vast majority of Saudi Wahhabis, reject these groups.

Saudi Wahhabism can be a path toward jihadism, but it is hardly the only one. Tunisia, probably the most secular state in the Arab world and the one relative success story of the Arab Spring, has sent more jihadists to Syria than has Saudi Arabia. The Europeans and Americans attracted by the propaganda of Islamic State did not grow up in the milieu of official Saudi Wahhabism. Global Salafism is now unmoored from its Saudi origins – by F. Gregory Gause III

Comment by Westrim4 (below): This piece is remarkably self contradictory. It tries in general to argue that the Saudis don't have control of Salafism, then skirts around the reality that the majority of funding for all forms comes from Saudi sources and pretends that changes in the way the Saudis conduct their state religion will have known and positive effects on the offshoots. It notes that many of the recent attackers aren't Salafist or Wahhabist at all, then fingerquotes about tolerance and reform as though those are ridiculous objectives.
The reality is that the atmosphere of conservatism and rejection Wahhabism promotes is what underlies all terrorist actions today, and only by relaxing that atmosphere can the Saudis have a positive effect. Islam needs to be drawn to the more liberal (not in the American sense of the word) which is divorced from the global sense) and tolerant atmosphere it had back in the 50s and 60s and away from the poison that the Saudis spread. That has its own drawbacks, but absent the Cold War ideological battles and the support for authoritarians those battles promoted, they should be easier to address.

17.7.2016 – Bild (*A P)

Feier statt Schleier: Hier lässt es ein Saudi-Scheich so richtig krachen

Die Passagiere auf dieser Charter-Yacht gehören zur Gemeinschaft des islamischen Wahhabismus. Frauen ist es verboten, unverschleiert herumzulaufen. Männer dürfen sich öffentlich nicht mit Frauen zeigen. Betrachten Sie diese Fotos doch mal mit den Augen eines Wahhabiten.

So. Und jetzt schauen Sie sich mal das Dickerchen in hellblauen Badeshorts an. Das ist der der saudische Prinz Nawwaf Bin Abdulaziz, der bei einem Türkei-Urlaub Sachen macht, die auch einem frisch gebackenen Lottomillionär Spaß machen würden. Nur: Ein Lottomillionär darf das. Ein Wahhabit nicht! (mit Fotos)

cp9 USA

Siehe / See cp1

18.7.2016 – RT (* B T)

„28 Seiten“ des 9/11-Berichts freigegeben – Wie tief war Saudi-Arabien in die Anschläge verstrickt?

Die lange erwarteten, bis dato zurückgehaltenen, „28 Seiten“ des offiziellen 9/11-Untersuchungsberichtes wurden am Freitag veröffentlicht. Das Dokument weist darauf hin, dass hochrangige Vertreter Saudi-Arabiens bei der Planung und Finanzierung der Terroranschläge vom 11. September 2001 beteiligt waren, betont aber auch, dass weitere Untersuchungen nötig gewesen wären. Statt diese in Angriff zu nehmen, zog die US-Regierung es jedoch vor, die Seiten zu schwärzen.

Im Untersuchungsbericht und so auch den „28 Seiten“ werden vor allem Geheimdiensterkenntnisse gesammelt und aufbereitet ohne diese einer weiteren, abschließenden Prüfung zu unterziehen. Dies hätte im Anschluss an den Report geschehen müssen. Die zwölf Jahre andauernde Zensur der Seiten ließ nicht nur die Öffentlichkeit im Unklaren, sondern verhinderte wohl auch wichtige Folgeuntersuchungen.

Deutlich wird nun aber, dass es stark untertrieben wäre, von einem bloßen „Anfangsverdacht“ hinsichtlich einer Beteiligung Saudi-Arabiens bei den 9/11-Anschlägen zu sprechen.

Die meisten der Erkenntnisse, die auf den „28 Seiten“ präsentiert werden, sind nicht neu. Auch fehlt der sogenannte „rauchende Colt“, ein nicht zu leugnender Beweis, dass die Attentäter aus saudischen Regierungskreisen unterstützt wurden. Ins Auge sticht aber, dass der Untersuchungsbericht mehrere FBI- und CIA-Agenten zitiert, die sich über die mangelnde Bereitschaft saudischer Regierungsvertreter beschweren, Fragen zu beantworten.

18.7.2016 – Foreign Policy (** B T)

What We Know About Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11

The Saudi government still says it had no connection to the hijackers. Newly released classified information proves otherwise.

It is instantly apparent that the widely held belief for why the pages were not initially released — to prevent embarrassing the Saudi royal family — is true.

The pages are devastating:

Page 415: “While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support and assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government.… [A]t least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers.”

Page 418: “Another Saudi national with close ties to the Saudi Royal Family, [deleted], is the subject of FBI counterterrorism investigations.”

Page 421: “a [deleted], dated July 2, 2002, [indicates] ‘incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists inside the Saudi Government.’” – by Simon Henderson

17.7.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K T)

#Yemen drone strikes : 3 killed in Shabwah yesterday, 6 killed in Al Abr, Hadhramaut tonight (which, btw, is controlled by Islah party).

Comment: No other report so far for Al Abr? Fot Shabwah, YPR 170.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

18.7.2016 – Sozialismus Aktuell (* B P)

Bilanz des Schreckens
Unter dem vermeintlichen »Totengräber der wehrtechnischen Industrie« [Sigmar Gabriel] haben sich im vergangenen Jahr die Waffenexporte verdoppelt. Das Lobbying hat sich ausgezahlt: Trotz vereinzelter restriktiver Entscheidungen wie zum Beispiel bei der Lieferung von Gewehren nach Saudi-Arabien exportieren die Konzerne mit unverminderter Energie und machen hochprofitable Geschäfte. Der Rüstungsexportbericht 2015 der Bundesregierung ist eine iesem Bericht zufolge wurden Einzelgenehmigungen für die Ausfuhr von Rüstungsgütern in Höhe von 7,86 Mrd. Euro erteilt. Gegenüber den 3,95 Mrd. Euro in 2014 ist das nahezu eine Verdopplung. Hinzu kommen, so der Linken-Politiker Jan van Aken, Sammelgenehmigungen in Höhe von 4,96 Mrd. Euro, sodass der Gesamtwert der »tödlichen Exporte« bei mindestens 12,72 Mrd. Euro liegt. Gabriels Behauptung einer restriktiveren Genehmigungspraxis belegen diese Zahlen auf jeden Fall nicht. Im Gegenteil: Sie deuten auf ein insgesamt stabiles Wachstum beim deutschen Rüstungsexport hin, das auch nach Ablösung der schwarz-gelben Koalition anhält – von Otto König und Richard Detje

19.7.2016 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (A K P)

Leserbrief zu deutschen Rüstungsexporten: In den oben genannten Artikeln wird die ganze Paradoxie westlicher Rüstungsexport-Politik skizziert […] Als ich Florian Hahn anlässlich eines Vortrags über Flüchtlingspolitik vor Kurzem persönlich fragte, womit er Rüstungsexporte an totalitäre Regime rechtfertige - die Bürgerkriege in Krisenregionen sind ja eine wesentliche Ursache der weltweiten Flüchtlingskatastrophe - antwortete er in aller Öffentlichkeit, er fühle sich als Abgeordneter des Landkreises den hiesigen Arbeitsplätzen verpflichtet. Ich schäme mich für alle Politiker mit solch amoralischer Haltung – von Dr. Irene Gollreiter-Braunfels

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

18.7.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Film: Bahrain : Riot Police Repression Protesters and Resistance Movement Fight Back

Kingdom Of Bahrain : Saturday (July 16, 2016) Nuwaidrat Village South of the Capital Manama, Violent Clashes Between Angry Resistance Movement & Protesters With Riot police

17.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)
Film: Bahraini police clash with al-Wefaq supporters

Bahraini police have clashed with demonstrators protesting the regime’s decision to dissolve the al-Wefaq opposition group.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters in the capital, Manama. Demonstrators also voiced support for prominent Shia scholar Sheikh Isa Qassim.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

20.7.2016 – Sputnik News (A K P)

US Approves $785Mln Munitions Sale to United Arab Emirates

The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of $785 million work of munitions, sustainment and support to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Tuesday.

The UAE requested $740Mln in guidance kits and bombs, as well as $45Mln of non-major defense equipment, the release noted.

The sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping the UAE remain an active member of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is working to defeat the Daesh terrorist group, according to the release.

Comment: The release stressing US security and Daesh (IS) is ridiculous. Bombs for Yemen.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

19.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Images: After losing his own home in a Saudi airstrike he decided to live with his family in the street. #Sanaa #Yemen

Here is a tent of one of IDPs in #Yemen They live in hell Most refguees in the country live in the same situation.

IDPs in #Yemen is a jorney of daily suffer &pain after 16 moths of Saudi war. Pic of refguees' camp n Khamr Amran and and

19.7.2016 – Radio Kulmiye (* B H)

Stranded in Somaliland

Last May, Sabrina Omar, 21 and mother to four-month-old Abdullah, fled her home in Taiz, a city in the Yemeni Highlands, at dawn.

Today Sabrina, baby Abdullah, her mother and her sister are in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a self-declared country, independent of Somalia. More than 10,000 refugees from Yemen left the nightmare of a war only to fall into hellish bureaucracy.

Reeling from the trauma of their forced migration, they wait in mind-numbing lines for basics such as plates and tampons, while navigating United Nations paperwork and the convoluted political system in a language they don’t speak, spending money they cannot afford.

Besides Somaliland, other countries in the region have also received refugees from Yemen. Nearly half of the 176,000 people who fled Yemen’s conflict have gone to the Horn of Africa. It is likely that there are well over 10,000 who fled Yemen for Somaliland, but many aren’t registered with the U.N.

For those who managed to flee, the memories have lived painfully on (with photos)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / See cp6.

20.7.2016 – Catch News (A T)

Video of Indian priest abducted in Yemen surfaces, shows him being beaten

The captors of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian Catholic priest abducted by international terror group Islamic State from a Missionaries of Charity old age home in Yemen on 4 March, have apparently hacked his Facebook account to post images and a video of the priest.

In the video, the priest is blindfolded and is being beaten by his captors. The caption on the post reads: 'pravachaka sabdam' (voice of God), says the Hindustan Times. There is also a photo of the priest accompanied by the message 'Fr Tom's Entreaty will be uploaded soon'.

19.7.2016 – Al Monitor (* A P)

What is the real challenge for Yemen's Hadrami Elite forces?

After Yemeni government forces took over Hadramaut governorate, which was under the AQAP’s control, the Hadrami Elite’s main challenge is to keep the Islamic State away from the governorate.

The Hadrami Elite forces are composed of the tribal fighters who sided with the Yemeni government in exile as well as local recruits from Hadramaut.

Dealing with AQAP in Hadramaut must be handled differently from any other terrorist group in the region — al-Qaeda related or not. Removing terrorism will never happen in Hadramaut by means of security offenses or harsh security measures. Sons of Hadramaut [as AQAP called itself in Hadramaut] are seen as part of the local community, and many locals see an attack against them as an attack against the Hadrami community, especially since many of the AQAP members in Hadramaut are in fact members of well-known families in the area. The real challenge the Hadrami Elite faces is the fight against IS and the stabilization of the governorate in order to allow state institutions to deliver services and take care of their citizens. Otherwise, it is very likely that the Hadrami would rather be ruled by AQAP than starve or be subjected to IS’ suicide bombers – by Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Comment: The situation of security in Hadramaut is still very doubtful. This article somewhat sounds like a propaganda for the Hadi government forces at the site.

Comment by Judith Brown: WHAT PROPAGANDA IS THIS!!!!!!!???????!! I find it hard to understand this strange statement of Nadia Saqqaf that the Houthis welcomed AQAP control of Hadramaut with open arms - it is totally laughable. AQAP has been openly fighting on the side of the Saudi led coalition against the Houthi-Saleh throughout with war and for the decade before. An interview with an AQAP sympathiser on Al Jazeera a year or so back revealed that AQAP had been holding Mukalla on behalf of KSA to prevent the Houthis from holding the port - and despite claims of a military victory against AQAP IN Mukalla the truth is that AQAP was allowed to leave with their weapons intact and moved to Shabwa. If AQAP was on the side of the Houthis then why were they not bombed in the extensive bombing campaign of the coalition in 2015? I interviewed Nadia Saqqaf when she was editor of the Yemen Times, an English language newspaper published in Sanaa. She told me that the wars against the Saada tribesmen (now known as the Houthis) was under reported as the then government - ironically led by Saleh - was preventing accurate reporting of the casualties for fear of a backlash against the government. She later joined the government and is now a signed up supporter of Hadi - I don't think she has been in Yemen during this war but has been residing in Riyadh and now maybe UK. Personally I find her support of Hadi and the war against Yemen and its citizens hard to swallow - he father was a well respected champion of human rights and I wonder what his view would have been at the carnage and destruction of Yemen and its people. And of course the oppressor Saleh has joined forces with those he oppressed in his bid to return to power. And what is interesting is how she is linking this new elite Hadramaut force with KSA, USA, UAE, and Sons of Hadramaut.

Comment: Ms Al-Sakkaf must have forgotten many things.
We expect, from Yemen's former Minister of Information, at least precise narrative.
''With the government fleeing to Saudi Arabia, Shiite Houthis fighting to control the dominantly Sunni Hadramaut'': unacceptable from a Yemeni.
'Inaccuracies' aside, interesting article

cp15 Propaganda

19.7.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Humanitarian Hands Extended from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brothers in Yemen

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came in response to the call of the United Nations for the relief of people as a model for the partnership and international cooperation between the Kingdom represented by the Center and the international and regional organizations in providing humanitarian and medical assistance.
According to the report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in June 2015, the total health and medical needs in Yemen in 2015 was (151,839,469) dollars to carry out the necessary activities for the beneficiaries of the Yemeni people.
Emanating from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's belief in its humanitarian role, it has provided more than (89,673,236) USD through the medical aid project done by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid.

Comment: The sum the Saudis are so proud of is just the equivalent of 11 hours Saudi bombing war against Yemen. This war now is lasting nearly 16 months. “Humanitarian Hands Extended”: It is more bombs than this.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

19.7.2016 – Press TV Iran / Pars Today (A K PH)

Saudi airstrikes leave 21 civilians dead across Yemen

According to Press TV, at least one civilian was martyred and another injured on Tuesday, when Saudi warplanes struck two oil tankers parked at a crossing in the al-Salif district of the Western Yemeni Province of Hudaydah, al-Masirah television network reported.

Saudi fighter jets also bombarded al-Maslub district in Yemen’s Northern Province of al-Jawf as well as al-Mukha and al-Wazi’iyah districts in the Southwestern Province of Ta’izz.

There were, however, no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

The developments came only a day after 20 people were martyred and 16 others injured in a Saudi airstrike against the Jabal al-Naar mountainous area in Mukha district. =

19.7.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

2 civilians killed,4 others wounded in #Saudi-led airstrikes on 2 wheat-loaded trucks in Alsalif #Hodaidah

and higher figure:

19.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

5 Yemeni civilians killed 2day when US-backed Saudi war criminals air bombed their trucks laden with wheat in Hodeida west. and film: and image:

another or the same incident?

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills two in Hodeida

Two people were killed on Tuesday in a Saudi raid in Hodeida province, a local official said.
The Saudi raid targeted an oil tank truck in al-Salif intersection in the province, the official said.
The killed were the truck's driver and another citizen was on the truck, he said, adding four other people were injured in the raid

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Jawf and

18.7.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Yemen provinces of Hajjeh, Saada, Taiz, Marib, and Jouf were hit by KSA regime since this early morning with 32 sorties.

18.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage raids on Jizan

18.7.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

No more borders now. Saudis are bombing their own land to get rid of Houthis. War rages on. #Saudi War Jets Wage Raids On #Jizan

18.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills two, injures 14 in Mocha

Two citizens were killed and 14 others were injured in a Saudi raid on the coastal city of Mocha in Taiz province, a local official said.
The raid targeted a warehouse and a car in al-Nar Mount souk, the official said, adding some of the injured people are in critical condition.

And a higher figure:

18.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

New MASSACRE: 9 civilians killed & 11 injured by Saudi airstrike attack on crowded area in #Yemen city Mokha today (graphic image) and more images (4 Killed, 16 wounded): and and and films: and

18.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raid on Serwah

18.7.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages: (following list)

17.7.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages: (following list)

16.7.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages: (following list)

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Riyadh's hirelings bombs al-Sarary village

The Riyadh's mercenaries shelled on Tuesday Al-Sarary village in Saber-almoadem in Taiz province, a local official said.
They also opened fire intensively on citizens' houses, the official added.
A sniper shot and injured a citizen called Saeed Ismail al-Junaid, 65, in al-Hyyar village in Hessan area of Taiz province, the official said.
The aggression's mercenaries in Saber-almoadem district refused to hand over the body of a citizen called "Mustafa al-Junaid" to the Red Cross, instead, they brutally crucified the body after cutting his hands and legs.

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets military vehicles, kills crew

A crew of a hireling armored vehicle was killed on Tuesday in Nehm district, western Mareb province, a military official said.
The official added the army and popular committees targeted the vehicle with a guided missile which caused the destruction of it completely.

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Zelzal-3 missile hits Saudi military base in Najran

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired Tuesday a ballistic missile on the Saudi National Guard camp in Najran region.

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires Zelzal-3 on hireling camp in Jawf

The missile force of the army and popular committees launched on Tuesday a ballistic missile on a military camp in Jawf province.
The missile force fired a missile of Zelzal-3 on hireling gatherings and military reinforcements have arrived in the 155th military camp in al-Hazm city, a military official said, adding the attack caused huge losses.

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches three missiles on Jizan

The missile forces of the army and popular committees fired on Tuesday three missiles on a newly-created military site in Jizan region.
The missiles, which are Uragan type, hit their target accurately causing tens of casualties and great losses in the enemy's ordnance, a military official said.
The launch of the missiles came in response to the airstrikes and violations committed by the Saudi aggression and its mercenaries against the country, he said. and also by Alwaght:

Comment: This explanation is given for all these missile launches. No confirmations from the other side seen.

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two women injured in artillery shelling in Jawf

The hirelings of the Saudi aggression pounded al-Maslob district in Jawf province with artillery shells, a local official said Tuesday.
The hirelings’ shelling targeted houses of citizens in Malaha village in al-Maslob district, which led to the injuring of two women and caused damage to a number of houses

19.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hundreds of hirelings arrested on way to Mareb

The security services and popular committees captured on Tuesday 222 of the hirelings, who were heading to join the invaders’ camps in Mareb province.
A security official explained to Saba that the caught hirelings have come from the capital Sana’a, Taiz, Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, Raymah, Dhamar and Hodeidah provinces. He added they will be investigated to find out who stand behind them.

19.7.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Saudi Army in serious trouble as Houthi forces advance north of the Yemeni border

The Saudi Royal Army is in serious trouble inside the Jizan Region, as the Houthi forces and Yemeni Republican Guard advance north of the Saudi-border city of Khubah.

According to the local Houthi activists, their forces have seized a large number of villages inside of Saudi Arabia these last 24 hours, while also surrounding the key town of Al-Qarn in the Jizan.

In response to this massive assault by the Houthi forces, the Saudi Royal Air Force has conducted non-stop airstrikes over the Jizan Region, targeting the Al-Jarra Valley that is located near Khubah – by Leith Fadel

19.7.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Houthi forces begin important operation to capture key Saudi border town

The Houthi forces, alongside the Yemeni Republican Guard and popular committees, began their important military operation to capture the imperative Saudi town of Al-Qarn near the Yemeni-Saudi border on Tuesday morning.

The Houthi forces and their allies have reportedly entered this key town already, as the Saudi-led Coalition retreats north towards the central district of Al-Qarn.

In response to this offensive, the Saudi Royal Air Force has launched several airstrikes over the Houthi controlled parts of the Jizan Region; this has done little damage to the aforementioned group’s resolve – by Leith Fadel

18.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The Riyadh's hirelings pounded citizens' houses and agricultural farms in Wadi al-Nowa, Rahab and al-Matar areas in Serwah, Mareb province.

18.7.2016 – Haberler (A K)

38 Killed İn Violence Across Yemen On Sunday

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

18.7.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Government Ends Insurgency Domination over Yemen’s Central Bank, State Trade Account Set Up in Aden

A basket of procedures concerning fiscal transactions which inhibit the insurgency’s ability to compromise the state Central Bank in Sanaa had been put into effect.

Sanaa’s Central Bank fell into insurgency hands after Houthis had taken over the capital on 21 September, 2014.

Hadhramaut Governorate’s mayoral office issued a memorandum to all customs offices, terrestrial, naval and nautical exits, ministerial offices and all government-affiliated institutions. The memo banned the Central Bank from receiving collected revenue, it also ordered that revenue be redirected to Mukalla city’s National Commercial Bank, to account 247777.

Yemeni Finance Minister Dr. Mansir Quaiti, in a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, said that no presidential orders were issued so far, and that the Hadhramaut mayor got ahead of matters by issuing a statement concerning required procedures.

He added that the government has decided on halting all revenue trade to the state account at Sanaa’s Central Bank, and transfer it to the newfound state’s account at Aden’s National Commercial Bank

Comment: The Central bank up to now was able to keep a totally neutrality, even if still based at Sanaa under Houthi rule. What is described in this article seems to be a first step to split the Central Bank, as the Hadi government is not able to fully get the bank under their full power.

Comment by Judith Brown: This as an interesting development - reported by a Saudi newspaper - and shows that war is fought on many fronts not just in the killing fields. It seems as if the world banking community has wrested control of Yemen's financial resources from the Houthi control in Sanaa with an alternative Yemen bank now set up in Aden. I am hoping to find another source from a more independent news organisation but I would think this is probably more or less accurate as recent reports said that the world banking community had withdrawn support from the Yemen Central Bank and this may have been a precursor to this development.

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-170: / Yemen Press Reader 1-170: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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