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The setback in relations with Iran is just one of Saudi Arabia’s many problems. By Matthew Philips for BLOOMBERG — THE LEVANT NEWS — The collapse in Saudi relations with Iran after the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric marks a grim start to the new year for Saudi Arabia’s …

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ISIS commander killed in southern Yemen

THE LEVANT NEWS — A commander of the ISIS group has been killed in clashes with fighters of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and military units amid the ongoing Saudi military aggression against the Yemenis. Yemen’s al-Masirah news website Tuesday identified the ISIS chief as Hassan Hamoud Uqlan, a known field …

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Yemen war intensifies amid mounting regional tension

THE LEVANT NEWS — Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Iranian-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a nine-month-old war that follows a rise in tensions between the kingdom and Iran. After weeks of a relative lull, large airstrikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in …

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Al-Qaeda, ISIS, And The Shia

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”(AQAP), based in Yemen, has significantly denied its involvement in Sanaa’s suicide bombs in the Shia Zaidi mosques, which are frequented by followers of the Houthi “Ansarullah” group, saying it is against its principles to target mosques. The organization announced in a …

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Saudi-led strikes on Yemen hospital wound several

THE LEVANT NEWS– A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was bombed in a Saudi-led airstrike, wrecking the facility and wounding several people, the hospital director said Tuesday. A Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March to try to restore its government after …

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Houthis’ fire missile

The Levant News — Yemen Houthis say fire missile in retaliation for Saudi ‘war crimes’. Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a ballistic missile on Thursday in retaliation for attacks by a Saudi-led coalition, a source in the Iranian-allied group said, and a Houthi-linked television station said a Scud missile had been …

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ISIS claims attacks on Yemeni Aden gvmnt.

The Levant News — ADEN, Yemen: ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks on the Yemeni government in Aden as well as Gulf Arab troops on Tuesday, it said in a statement released on twitter. “In a blessed operation facilitated by God, four martyrdom operations targeted a gathering of …

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Iran Gives 72 Hours to Senior Bahraini Diplomat to Leave Tehran

The Levant News — The Iranian foreign ministry rejected Manama’s allegations against Tehran’s meddling in the country’s affairs as baseless, and ordered Bahrain’s second highest-ranking diplomat in Tehran to leave the country in 72 hours. In a retaliatory move against Manama officials’ decision that on Thursday ordered Iran’s charge d’affaires in …

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The Battle Of Sanaa

The Levant News — Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are preparing for a major offensive to take Yemen’s capital. If the battle becomes a house-to-house urban clash, it will have disastrous humanitarian consequences, Bruce Riedel wrote for AlMonitor. Riedel is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst and counter-terrorism expert, …

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Yemen War Continues From Aden to Sanaa

By Abayomi Azikiwe for Global Research — THE LEVANT NEWS — United Nations peace plan stalled amid escalation in ground offensive by U.S.-backed forces Reports are streaming out of Yemen saying that the anti-Ansurallah (Houthis) forces have initiated an offensive in the strategic southern port city of Aden. Fighters allied …

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Saudi Bombing Break UN Brokered Humanitarian Truce

THE LEVANT NEWS: Saudi-led air strikes and heavy shelling between warring factions shook several cities in Yemen on Saturday, residents said, violating a United Nations humanitarian truce which took effect just before midnight. The U.N.-brokered pause in the fighting was meant to last a week to allow aid deliveries to …

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New Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader call for attacks on US

THE LEVANT NEWS: The new leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch has called for attacks on the United States in his first speech since taking command, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring group reported on Thursday, citing an audio recording. Qassim al-Raymi succeeded Nasser al-Wuhayshi as military commander of Al Qaeda in …

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Saudi airstrikes kill 20 Yemeni civilians

Associated Press — Witnesses and officials in Yemen say a Saudi airstrike hit a public bus on a highway north of the southern city of Aden, splitting the vehicle in half and killing at least 20 civilian passengers. They said Thursday that airstrikes also hit a family traveling in a …

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