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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

France church attack: Priest killed by two ‘IS soldiers’

An 84-year-old priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.

The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel’s throat during a morning Mass, officials say.

Police surrounded the church and shot dead both hostage-takers. French media named one of them as Adel K.

One of the hostages is in a critical condition in hospital. bbc.co.uk

Blasts hit Hezbollah security post in Beirut, many killed

Two bomb explosions have rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, leaving over a dozen casualties. Lebanese media say at least 41 people were killed and dozens of others wounded as two assailants blew themselves up in a busy commercial and residential area in Beirut’s southern suburb. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But there has been a surge in militancy in the country’s borders with Syria over the past weeks.

Turkey: two soldiers killed in suicide attack blamed on PKK

Two soldiers have been killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey.

It is claimed militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, were behind it.

A tractor laden with explosives was used to strike a military police outpost in the Dogubeyayit district of Agri province, which borders Iran.

Last month, Turkey launched a campaign of air strikes on PKK camps
in northern Iraq. Officials say they are in response to increased violence.

Al-Qaeda deputy leader killed in U.S. bombing in Yemen?

The deputy leader of al Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. bombing in Yemen, the group and the White House said on Tuesday, removing the director of a string of attacks against the West and a man once seen as a successor to leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

A close associate of Osama bin Laden in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Wuhayshi, a Yemeni in his late 30s, was named by Zawahri as al Qaeda’s effective number two in 2013.

With a $10 million price on his head offered by U.S. authorities, Wuhayshi was also leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and his death potentially weakens the group, widely seen as the militant network’s strongest branch.

He led the group as it plotted foiled bomb attacks against international airliners and claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling it punishment for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. reuters.com

Yemen: Who is the new leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Qasim al-Raymi?

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Al Qaeda in Yemen rebukes ISIS

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Hezbollah cdr reported killed by Israeli strike in Syria

Israel’s military carried out an airstrike in Syria on Sunday that killed seven people, including at least one Hezbollah field commander, according to Lebanese media reports that Israel neither confirmed nor denied.

According to Lebanese security sources quoted in the Daily Star, the fatalities included Jihad Mughniyeh, son of a senior Hezbollah official, Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in 2008. Another of the dead was reported to be a field commander known as Abu Issa.

If true, the targeting of prominent Hezbollah figures could have significant ramifications for peace in the region. latimes.com

Ukraine: Donetsk hit by ‘Grad’ missile, 12-year-old killed

A 12-year-old boy and a 55-year-old woman were killed by shelling in the eastern Ukrainian separatist stronghold of Donetsk on Thursday, the city administration reported, despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire deal.

According to UN data an average of 13 soldiers, rebels, and civilians have died every day since a formal ceasefire was agreed by Ukraine, Russia and the rebels, with Ukrainian government forces and the separatists accusing each other of violating the terms of the truce. reuters.com

US-led strikes hit grain silos in Syria, causing civilian casualties

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that American-led airstrikes against targets inside of Syria reportedly hit a grain silo and caused a number of civilian casualties. As the AP reported, Rami Abdurrahman, the group’s director, said the civilians were killed in overnight coalitions raids on four different Syrian provinces.

They killed only civilians there, workers at the site. There was no ISIS inside,” he said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State group. The airstrikes “destroyed the food that was stored there.”

As the United States steps up its targeting of Islamic State installations within Syria, the specter of civilian casualties could undermine the international coalition in the fight against ISIS including several Sunni Arab states.

American officials have also been courting neighboring Turkey to further commit its energies to combatting ISIS. Last night’s airstrikes were said to have struck a town near the border between Turkey and Syria as well as the entrance to Syria’s largest gas facility, but the value of the targets remains in dispute.

Mehmet Ozer told The Associated Press by telephone that the raids hit an abandoned military base and an empty school, sending pillars of smoke and dust into the air. He said Islamic State fighters cleared out of the military about three or four months ago.

As Reuters noted, this isn’t the first incident in which Syrian civilians have been injured or killed in the American-led airstrikes. thewire.com

Syria: Ahrar al-sham name slain leader’s replacement

Ahrar al-Sham, a Syrian armed opposition organisation, has announced its new leadership after it lost its top brass during a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province. Hassan Abboud, the head of Ahrar al-Sham, was among up to 45 people killed in an underground bunker near an ammunition dump outside Ram Hamdan on Tuesday.

The new head is Hashim al-Sheikh, also known as Abu Jaber, while his deputy is Abu Saleh Tahan, the group announced on Wednesday. It pledged to keep fighting against Syrian government forces and the Islamic State armed group, Reuters news agency said. Along with Abboud, about 50 of the group’s leaders had been gathered at a house when the blast went off, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the conflict. aljazeera.com

Huffington Post: Most likely scenario appears to be that a government airstrike targeted the meeting

Syrian Christian Village Besieged by Jihadists Sept. 4. 2013

Human Rights Watch accuses Syria rebels of war crimes Oct. 11. 2013.

Human Rights Watch said Friday that Syrian opposition fighters committed “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” in an Aug. 4 assault, killing at least 190 civilians as the rebels began a large-scale offensive to take back government-controlled areas in Latakia province, where many members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect live in rural villages.
The five key groups that raised funds for, organized and took part in the operation included Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar and Suquor al-Izz, HRW said. It said the operation appeared to have been largely financed by private Gulf-based donors. aljazeera.com

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Ceasefire collapses after attack kills eight-year-old girl in Gaza

Hamas denounced an Israeli ceasefire as “propoganda,” accusing the “Jewish state” of violating its own truce with an attack on a refugee camp in Gaza city. Deborah Gembara reports. reuters.com

Hamas and MK Ahmed Tibi accused Israel of misleading world leaders about the presumed capture of Lt. Hadar Goldin, whom the IDF declared killed in action on Saturday night.

Senior Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri wrote on his Facebook wall Sunday afternoon: “Hamas accuses the occupation of deceiving the world when it claimed the kidnapping of a soldier and then later admitted that he was killed in a clash, taking advantage of the breach of the [cease-fire] to massacre Rafah.”

On Friday, the IDF said Goldin had been abducted. Hamas later claimed they did so before a ceasefire came into effect at 8 a.m., and then denied it had captured a soldier at all. On Saturday night, after examining DNA evidence and reviewing halachic considerations, Chief Rabbi of the IDF Brig.-Gen. Rafi Peretz, declared Goldin dead.

Abu Zuhri called on UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-Moon and the international community “to correct their positions after the discovery of Israel’s lying and deception.” jpost.com

QUESTION: I want to go back to something that happened on Friday and then happened a couple of weeks before earlier in the conflict.

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: When the first Israeli soldier was missing, the Israeli Government quickly said Hamas has captured him, we want him back. The U.S. echoed the message. Same thing happened on Friday and in both cases it turns out that both soldiers, sadly, were killed in action. What was the independent intelligence that the U.S. had in order to say, backing up Israel, Hamas, you have the soldier, give the soldier back? And then when it developed that the soldier was, in fact, killed in action and was buried on Sunday, there was nothing from this government. It brings to mind the Pat Tillman case.

MS. PSAKI: I would hardly make that comparison. We acted on information that was provided by not just Israel but also the UN. Obviously, there sometimes is information that isn’t yet verified from the ground, but if there was a risk of a – that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped, which was the information that we had available at the time, we certainly have no regrets about calling for their release.

QUESTION: Can you say what that information was? I mean, it’s very sensitive to say —

MS. PSAKI: Again, I think I’ll —

QUESTION: — or to accuse anyone of having captured a soldier.

MS. PSAKI: It was based on information we received from Israel as well as the UN.

QUESTION: But the important thing is it was basically the Israeli narrative. I mean, Hamas kept saying we don’t have the soldier, we did not capture a soldier. They kept yelling out since the very first moment, but you bought into the Israeli narrative and you acted on that premise, in essence giving Israel a green light —

MS. PSAKI: Said, it was based on information we received from both Israel and the UN. state.gov

Iran denounces UN Security Council ‘inaction’ on Gaza

Here’s the full text of the deleted Times of Israel post backing genocide in Gaza

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