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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

Saudis list terrorists connected to Qatar, Turkey, & Iran

As part of fighting terrorism and closing its sources and expansion, On Friday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain listed 59 individuals and 12 entities related to Qatar on its banned terrorist lists, including five Libyans who, since the revolution that toppled the Muammar Gaddafi regime, played dubious roles in Libya, contributed to the continuation of chaos and the increasing of the country’s division with Qatari support.

Ali Mohamed Mohamed Al-Salabi

Belongs to the Muslims Brotherhood, one of the Libyan Salafist preachers, he has a good relationship with the leaders of the Libyan Fighting Group, where he contributed to the discussion between the group and the Libyan state, ended with the release of members of the fighting group from Libyan prisons.

He lived in Qatar for long time and holds its nationality. He is a member of the Muslim Scholars union which is funded by Qatar.

Ali_Mohamed Mohamed_AlSalabi is known in Libya as “The Man of Tamim in Libya” or “Qaradawi Libya”, he was marketed by al-Jazeera as the god father of the Libyan revolution and defended its interests. He appeared on Al-Jazeera channel several times, sometimes as a sheikh others as a political analyst or as a Military analyst.

Abdul Hakim Belhadj

He is described as a guardian of Qatari interests in Libya. He is one of the most prominent leaders of groups indirectly linked to al-Qaeda, a former al-Qaeda terrorist and the LIFG, also took part in the war in Afghanistan.

The LIFG was founded in Libya in the 1990s, a jihadist organization founded by Libyan elements after returning from fighting in Afghanistan.

He was arrested in Malaysia in February 2004 by the Passport and Immigration Bureau with the interference of the CIA. He was then deported to Bangkok for interrogation by the CIA and then deported to Libya on March 8, 2004. He was imprisoned at Abu Salim Prison for six years before being released. In March 2010.

After the revolution that toppled the Muammar Gaddafi regime, Belhadj soon became a billionaire and a leader. He became the leader of the National Party and became the commander of the military junta in Tripoli. He founded the Wings Aviation Company and now owns several planes that provide dozens of flights daily between Tripoli and several other countries.

After several countries cut ties with Qatar, Belhadj expressed his absolute sympathy with the State of Qatar, he expressed on Twitter his contempt for what he saw as an attack those who are loyal to their nation and its causes.

Mahdi Al-Harati

He is an Irishman of Libyan origin, now he is the commander of the Tripoli Brigade in Libya, a former fighter in Kosovo and Iraq, who lived in Ireland for 20 years and came to Libya with the beginning of the protests in 2011 and led the revolutionary Brigade of Tripoli in Libya, which led a battle against Gaddafi forces in 2011 and ended with the announcement of the National Transitional Council in the city.

Mahdi al-Harati was the first to come to Syria to fight alongside the armed groups. He founded and led the militias of the “Nation Brigade”, which included Libyan and Syrian fighters. He took Idlib as a resident for himself and his armed group.

Al-Harati was famous because he appeared a lot on the international and foreign media during the period of the revolution against the Gaddafi regime because of his fluency in the English language, which enabled him to promote in positions.

Ismail Mohamed Mohamed Al-Salabi

Commander of the February 17 Brigade. He has strong relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the most dangerous terrorist elements in Libya. He converted to jihadist ideology at an early age and fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Libya recently.

Ismail Muhammad al-Masalibi is currently the leader of the “Benghazi defense brigade” which have also been included in the lists of terrorism. They have relations with al-Qaeda and ISIS militants, Benghazi defense brigade fought months ago the Libyan army forces in the Crescent oil area, and was indulged in the killing of many soldiers.

In Libya many call him the “bat of darkness” because of his secret meetings and movements with suspicious parties, he has a close relationship with Qatari intelligence chief Ghanim al-Kubaisi, who is considered the first man of Qatar in Libya and support him by money and weapons.

Sadiq Abdul Rahman Ali Ghariani

He is called Libya’s “Mufti of Terrorism”, he issued fatwas inciting fighting and bloodshed in Libya. Al-Qaeda on several occasions valued his positions about events in Libya.

He is pursued by The Libyan Parliament which held him responsible for the bloodshed in eastern Libya, The parliament called the International Criminal Court to investigate the war crimes in which Sadiq Abdul Rahman Ali Ghariani was involved. alarabiya.net

Trump should discuss avoiding new 9/11 while in Saudi Arabia

Are Saudi deals worth more than American lives?

US President Donald Trump should discuss how to avoid “the likes of” the 9/11 terrorist attacks with his Saudi Arabian partners during his first official visit abroad, Iran’s foreign minister said in an opinion piece.

Tehran and Riyadh have recently engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of undermining security across the Middle East, sponsoring fundamentalist organizations, and seeking regional dominance.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and an outspoken diplomat, advised Donald Trump, who is on a tour of the Middle East, to tackle the issue of fueling Islamist extremism with his interlocutors in Saudi Arabia.

According to the minister, Trump “must enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris [Sunni extremists] from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries,” Zarif wrote for the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet.

There are widespread allegations that Saudi Arabia played a role in the 2001 attacks.

In March, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of 850 victims alleged that nine Saudi Arabian charities, which served as proxies for Riyadh, ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and worked with Osama bin Laden, the former of Al-Qaeda leader believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

Saudi Arabia denies any complicity in the attack and dismisses allegations of supporting the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi citizens. rt.com

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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

Indian womans arm chopped off by Saudi employer

The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has taken up the matter with the Saudi Foreign Office and asked for strict action in the matter.

The incident of a Saudi employer allegedly chopping off an Indian help’s hand, has evoked strong condemnation from India which has demanded that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the culprit.

The Hindu had reported on Wednesday that the family members of Kasturi have petitioned to the Vellore Collector R. Nanthagopal to take urgent steps to rescue her.

Kasturi’s son Mohan is expected to submit a petition in the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s cell in Chennai on Friday.


Terming the incident as “unacceptable”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the matter has been taken up with Saudi authorities.

“We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia,” Ms. Swaraj said. thehindu.com

Yemenis rally in capital Sana’a against Saudi aggression

Yemenis take to the streets in the capital, Sana’a, to slam the relentless and deadly Saudi aggression against their country.

On Monday, thousands of people staged a demonstration in Sana’a at the invitation of the leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, Abdel Malek al-Houthi.

The massive rally was held to mark the first anniversary of the Yemenis’ revolution against the corrupt administration of the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The rally came a day after the Houthi leader urged Yemenis to attend the demonstration to “prove to the world that the people stand by the leadership of the revolution.” presstv.ir

U.S. missile sale to Saudi Arabia escalates tensions in Mideast

The possible sale a US missile system to Saudi Arabia will escalate tensions in the Middle East and benefit the American military-industrial complex, says a journalist and political commentator in Canada.

The US State Department’s approval to sell 600 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles to Riyadh “will force other countries to buy weapons to match them” and “you end up escalating things and it runs out of control,” Edward Corrigan told Press TV on Thursday.

The potential multi-billion sale will cause “huge distortion in terms of the economy, in terms of money, in terms of campaign finances all coming from these large corporation that benefit from the military-industrial complex,” Corrigan said.

“This is what President [Dwight] Eisenhower of the United States said back in the 1950s is the biggest threat to the United States and threat to democracy,” he added.

On Wednesday, the proposed sales of Patriot interceptor missiles to Saudi Arabia, and aircraft counter-measure systems to the United Arab Emirates, were approved by the State Department.

US officials said the Foreign Military Sales program, which has a combined worth of over $5.7 billion, would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States” by helping key allies.

Saudi Arabia was the world’s largest importer of weapons in 2014, mainly purchasing arms from the United States, according to an arms trade report.

According to the Global Defense Trade Report, Saudi Arabia spent over $6.4 billion on weapons purchases in 2014, putting India in the second place. presstv.ir

British troops head to Saudi Arabia to train Syria rebels

Abu Sakkar FSA moderate rebel commander who cut out the heart of a Syrian soldier, and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men (pictured above left).

British troops are being sent to Saudi Arabia to begin training Syrian rebels, as the UK widens its efforts to combat Islamic State extremists.

Troops will soon be deployed to a desert base in the north of the country to teach rebel volunteers basic infantry skills as part of a US-led training programme.

The mission will mean Britain is training Syrian moderate rebel fighters in four countries, including Turkey, Qatar and Jordan. Overall 85 British troops are carrying out the mission, which Lord Richards, the former chief of the defence staff, has called “woefully insufficient”. telegraph.co.uk

January 9, 2015.

Up to 3,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters have defected from the organization and given ba’yah (religious payment; servitude) to the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in the Qalamoun Mountains of the Rif Dimashq Governorate – these fighters belonged to multiple brigades that formed the conglomeration of the FSA. almasdarnews.com

9 Jul 2013.

ISIL Cmdr: if we wanted to cut the supply lines it is easier for us to take the warehouses of the FSA. Anyhow we are buying weapons from the FSA. we bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons. We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA. For us, the infidels are those who cooperate with the West to fight Islam. aljazeera.com

UK reveals details of its support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen

UN: Yemen’s warring factions agree to humanitarian truce

Yemen’s warring factions confirmed their agreement on Thursday to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire set to begin on Friday night, United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

The pause in the fighting will last about a week until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and aims to allow the delivery of assistance to some of the 21 million Yemenis in need.

The U.N. has worked intensively to broker a ceasefire to halt more than three months of many-sided fighting inside the country and Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthis and their army allies that have killed more than 3,000 people.

“For the humanitarian pause, we are going to start tomorrow evening and we have assurances from all the parties, and we are quite optimistic it will be respected,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed told Reuters by phone from Ethiopia, after finishing discussions in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa.

“We have agreed to go ahead, based on two major points. The first is the commitment of all parties not to violate this ceasefire, this humanitarian pause. The second is that humanitarian assistance can reach all parts of Yemen,” he added. reuters.com

Misdirected airstrikes target Yemen troops

Saudi air strikes kill 15 in Yemen, Houthi-run media reports

Saudi-led airstrikes killed 15 people and wounded dozens across Yemen late on Saturday, the Houthi-run Saba news agency reported.

The dead included five women and two children in attacks on Saada and Marib provinces, the agency said.

A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been bombarding Houthi rebels and allied army units since 26 March in a campaign to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

Hadi, Saudi Arabia’s ally, was pushed aside last year when Houthis advancing from their northern strongholds overran the government in the capital, Sana’a, and went on to capture lands to the south.

The Houthis are allied to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still has the loyalty of much of the army.

UN-sponsored talks in Geneva between Yemen’s warring parties ended on Friday without agreement on a ceasefire, an outcome relief agencies had sought in order to support efforts to stave off what many see as a humanitarian disaster. theguardian.com

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