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Houthis take over Yemeni capital Sanaa

The capital of Yemen, Sanaa is now reportedly under control of Houthi fighters, according to media citing the Interior Ministry. The Iran-backed group has allegedly retaken the city amid reports of the death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saleh, who formally renounced his alliance with the Houthis on Sunday, was killed while trying to flee the capital, according to the Houthi-controlled ministry. It said their former ally “was creating chaos by working with militias of aggression” in the country, and “helping extremist militants.”

Having accused the former leader of betrayal and inciting even more violence in Yemen, the ministry said the Houthi forces have “ended the crisis” and now control “all positions” of opposing militias. There have been reports that the eldest son of the ex-president Ahmad Saleh, regarded as his likely successor, has been arrested.

Heavy fighting has been ongoing in Sanaa in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition launching strikes on Houthi positions and having bombed Sanaa’s airport. The strikes come amid reports of extreme bloodshed in Yemen’s capital after ex-president Saleh pulled out of an alliance with the Houthi rebels.

Rubble and debris can be seen in a Ruptly video documenting the aftermath of the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on Sanaa International Airport on Sunday evening. The footage shows pulverized concrete, burnt-out cars and the airport’s abandoned VIP lounge. rt.com

Saudi protester’s father urges Cameron to intervene

The father of a Saudi man facing the death penalty has suggested that an intervention by David Cameron could save his son’s life.

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21, has been sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion in Saudi Arabia, after being arrested for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests in 2012, when he was just 17.

His father Mohammed al-Nimr said that his son is among eight young men who have been sentenced to death, but insisted that he was “completely innocent” of the charges against him.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister said Britain had raised concerns about the al-Nimr case with the Saudi authorities, adding that he would see whether he could find an opportunity to do so personally.

But the Saudi Embassy in Britain made clear the oil-rich state’s irritation at international condemnation of the sentence, releasing a statement which said: “The judiciary is an independent body and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects any form of interference in its internal affairs and any impingement on its sovereignty or the independence and impartiality of its judiciary.”

Mohammed al-Nimr told Channel 4 News: ” I heard that Cameron has spoken about my son’s case. I see this a positive step. Our two countries have a warm and friendly relationship, so I expect this will lead to a good outcome. I hope that Cameron’s intervention will have a positive effect on the Saudi royal family.”

He added: “I want to thank Mr Cameron and the international community. I know we are all good friends so I believe that all these calls for my son’s release will be very welcome. belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Corbyn: UK must drop Saudi prison bid in light of activist’s death sentence

Mother of baby killed in Israeli settler arson attack dies

Riham Dawabsha, the mother of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha, who was killed when extremist Israeli settlers firebombed the family home, died from burns that covered 80% of her body. Her death comes after 18-month-old Ali died on July 31, the day of the attack, and her husband Saad eight days later. Dawabsha’s four-year-old son Ahmed is still in hospital. Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza. telesurtv.net

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ISIL sponsors changing stance after failed plots against Iran

Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi said the sponsors and advocates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have changed their stance to join the so-called anti-ISIL coalition after the terrorist group failed in its plots against Iran.

“One of the reasons behind the creation of the ISIL was providing the ground for disintegrating the Muslim world for the sake of several goals,” Pourmohammadi said, addressing the justice ministry’s staff and personnel in Tehran on Monday.

He explained that one of these goals was weakening and stirring internal conflicts in the Muslim world, and expressed regret that the terrorists and their supporters somehow succeeded in achieving this goal.

“Another goal was stabilizing Israel’s position in the region and removing the influential powers, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, from the scene, but thanks God, they failed to achieve any of these goals.”

Expressing surprise that those countries which supported the ISIL have now taken the leadership of the anti-ISIL campaign, Pourmohammadi stressed the necessity for vigilance and precise position-takings by officials in this regard.

NATO heads of state convened in the Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September and US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in the NATO summit that the US was forming a broad international coalition against ISIL.

Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling ISIL, but the policy was questioned by many regional officials and political leaders.

After the so-called US-led coalition against the ISIL declared its creation, Iran lashed out at the western states for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.

In relevant remarks today, the Iranian Supreme Leader said listening to the US claims about its war on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was much fun for him when he was hospitalized for his recent surgery, adding that both Washington and the ISIL knew well that the terrorist group was defeated by the Iraqi people and army and not by the US. farsnews.com

Khameini slams ‘stupid’ demands for Iran’s missile program

Iran’s Supreme Leader has described as “stupid and idiotic” Western expectations for his country to curb its missile development, striking a defiant tone ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to mass produce missiles and said the nuclear negotiations were not the place to discuss Tehran’s defence programme or to solve the problem of sanctions damaging the Iranian economy.

“They expect us to- limit our missile programme while they constantly threaten Iran with military action,” Khamenei was quoted as telling the IRNA news agency while on a visit to an aeronautics fair held by the Revolutionary Guards.

“So this is a stupid, idiotic expectation … The revolutionary guards should definitely carry out their programme and not be satisfied with the present level. They should mass produce. This is a main duty of all military officials.”

Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia will reconvene in Vienna on Tuesday to try to iron out differences over how to end a long standoff over suspicions that Tehran has sought the means to develop nuclear weapons. buenosairesherald.com

Forgotten War: Libya could become terrorist staging post

Libya’s on the way to becoming a terrorist outpost for possible future attacks on Europe. The prospect has been raised by Libya’s former Prime Minister who came to power following the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime. He recently fled the country, where rival militias run rampant, and are in de-facto control of the state. Gayane Chichakyan explains. Middle East expert Sukant Chandan believes the situation has been created by the very people who encouraged the overthrow of Gadaffi in the first place.

Ex-Libyan PM warns country could be Al-Qaeda base

Ambassador Chris Stevens; Died in Benghazi 9/11/2012 attack

Just one hour before the fateful attack that cost Steven’s his life, Obama administration officials say Stevens met with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin. This acknowledgement opens the door to arms trafficking. Prior to the Benghazi attack Stevens was warned about a ship sent from Libya and docked in Turkey loaded with arms intended for the anti-Assad rebels that may actually be destined for al-Qaeda fighters in the region. Apparently, after the meeting between Stevens and Ali Sait Akin did not result in an agreement to end the U.S. lead anti-Assad arms shipments, the Turk abruptly left the meeting and the U.S. Benghazi consulate was attacked an hour later. examiner.com

Jihadists set up a blockade around the compound at 8 pm. the night of the attack. A Turkish diplomat, who left at 8:30 pm, had to pass it to get out, yet there is no record that he warned Ambassador Stevens. clarionproject.org

Mitt Romney called for Syrian rebels to be supplied with heavy weaponry, as he condemned Barack
Obama for failing to lead an international response to President Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of civilians. telegraph.co.uk

– Israeli PM Netanyahu gambles on Mitt Romney victory

Libya militia groups warn lawmakers to leave their posts

Two influential militia groups have given the Libyan parliament members until the end of Tuesday evening to resign. A joint statement by the al-Qaaqaa and al-Sawa’iq militia groups called on the parliament “to hand over power” by the end of the night. The militants from the Libyan town of Zintan have also threatened to capture any lawmaker ignoring the deadline. Senior Libyan military Major General Khalifa Haftar has recently called for the suspension of the interim parliament and the formation of a presidential committee to govern until new elections are held. Libyan parliament term expired on Feb. 7, but legislators voted to extend it with plans to hold new elections in coming months. Libyan lawmakers however have condemned the militia ultimatum as a coup threat. presstv.com

Compromise with arrogant powers will lead to nowhere

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says American officials are lying when they say they’re not seeking regime change in Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei says the United States would not hesitate, if it were able to do so. The leader noted that compromise with arrogant powers will lead to nowhere. Ayatollah Khamenei says the secret to the longevity of Iran’s Islamic revolution is its reliance on Islamic values. Iran’s leader added that seeking independence should not be translated into hostility with the rest of the world. He said independence means resistance against the interventionist powers who don’t respect the dignity of other nations for their personal interests. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during an address to commanders of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.


A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has for the first time sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to US maritime borders. The commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa. voiceofrussia.com

Iraqi speaker asks Iran for help in Anbar Province crisis

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani, asked for Tehran’s help to resolve the ongoing crisis in Iraq’s Western province of Al-Anbar.

Tensions have been rising over the past few weeks in Anbar, a province that makes up a third of Iraq’s territory along the Euphrates River.

During the phone conversation on Tuesday, al-Nujaifi briefed Larijani on the latest status quo in Anbar province, and called for Larijani’s help to resolve the situation in the crisis-hit area.

Larijani, for his part, underlined that dialogue is the best way to soothe the current chaotic situation in Al-Anbar province, and said, “We are ready as always to provide any help and assistance for resolving the problems of friendly and brotherly Iraq and we hope that all statesmen and political figures show wisdom and adopt the necessary measures, given the current critical situation and the type of the problems that Iraq is entangled in.”

The Iranian parliament speaker stressed that Iran has always emphasized the need for all-inclusive partnership of all religious and political groups in the administration of Iraq, and said, “The only way to come out of these problems is national consensus and cooperation of (Iraqi) people from all walks of life in maintaining security, rendering services and progress of Iraq.”

Read more: farsnews.com

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Egypt denies reported severance of ties with Libya

Egypt dismissed as baseless reports claiming that Libyan authorities had decided to sever relations with Egypt and granted the Egyptian ambassador in Tripoli just 48 hours to leave the country. “What has been said about Libya’s severance of relations with Egypt is totally untrue,” a source of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted by Egypt’s official news agency, MENA as saying. The source stressed that relations between both brotherly countries are “normal”, saying that both sides are in touch with each other as usual on all levels. The Russia Today (RT) (I am unable to find this report/or any dead links to this report) reported earlier in the day that Libya had given the Egyptian ambassador only a couple of days to leave this north African country. kuna.net.kw

Egypt court clears Gaddafi cousin of attempted murder

Former Libyan Special Envoy to Egypt and cousin of slain Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, Ahmed Gaddafi Al-Dam was acquitted on Monday from charges of attempted murder of two policemen, resisting authorities and the acquisition of an unlicenced firearm.According to one of his aides, Gaddafi Al-Dam surrendered hours after an exchange of fire between his bodyguards and policemen who tried to enter his apartment, reported AFP. Gaddafi Al-Dam was arrested from his residence in Zamalek last March under ousted president Mohamed Morsi, during a crackdown coordinated between the Libyan and Egyptian authorities to arrest high-ranking Libyan officials of the Muammar Gaddafi regime. dailynewsegypt.com

Judges resign in Egypt Brotherhood trial

Three judges presiding over the trial of Egypt’s senior Muslim Brotherhood members have stepped down after the defendants disrupted the proceedings and chanted against the judiciary. Wednesday’s events were the second time that a three-judge panel resigned from the trial. Previously, on October 29, three other judges stepped down after police failed to bring defendants into the court, citing an inability to secure the courtroom. aljazeera.com

Libya makes Sharia Law basis for law and state institutions

The Libyan National Assembly voted to make Sharia Law the basis of all legislative decisions and the legal framework of the country. The move is seen by some as an attempt to outflank more radical Islamic groups some of whom have called some members of the Assembly un-Islamic. As in Tunisia and Egypt, there has been conflict over the role of Islam in the new “democracies”. In Egypt the debate ended in a coup by the army of the moderate Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi and echoes of the Mubarak regime with the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood in effect. However, in Libya the army is too weak to tackle the many militia groups. digitaljournal.com

Sisi meets with US Central Command chief

The US has been providing Egypt with US$1.3 billion in annual military aid. Washington had partially halted the finances after the army ousted Egypt’s first elected leader Mohamed Morsy in July, which stoked tensions between the longtime political allies. egyptindependent.com

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