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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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Catastrophe in Yemen

By THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD– Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil war was always a risky gamble. Now there’s evidence showing just how damaging four weeks of airstrikes have been: more than 1,000 civilians killed, more than 4,000 wounded, and 150,000 displaced. Meanwhile, the fighting and a …

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Yemen: Operation Cross-Purposes

Saudi Arabia just stopped bombing Iranian-backed forces in Yemen. That’s making Obama’s life easier as the administration’s nuclear talks with Tehran reach their most critical phase. BY YOCHI DREAZEN for FOREIGN POLICY — Saudi Arabia’s decision to abruptly end its air war against Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen will reverberate …

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Has Yemen reshaped the Middle East geopolitical map?

by Graham E. Fuller Source: grahamefuller.com — Does anybody remember the old Cold War geopolitical concept of the “Northern Tier states?” They consisted of three countries—Turkey, Iran and Pakistan (sometimes Afghanistan) that lay along the southern border of the Soviet Union; they were perceived in the West as a potential …

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Mohammad Javad Zarif: A Message From Iran

  By MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIFAPRIL for THE NEW YORK TIMES — TEHRAN — WE made important progress in Switzerland earlier this month. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s …

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The New Saudi Foreign Policy

Author: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies – Source: Council on Foreign Relations — Saudi Arabia’s incursion into Yemen reflects a new foreign policy that assertively presses Saudi claims in the Middle East and even uses its own armed forces to ensure its interests. After centuries of relying …

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Hidden Agendas in Yemen

By Graham E. Fuller Source: grahamefuller.com — The domestic crisis in Yemen, once quite containable, now bids to veer out of control as external players threaten to exacerbate an explosive situation. Apart from their rhetorical statements, what are the chief factors driving these players in this complex situation? Saudi Arabia: …

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Joint Arab force can’t agree on ‘terrorism

By Mustafa Bassiouni – Translator: Pascale Menassa – Source: AL-MONITOR – The national anthem “Al-Watan al-Akbar” [“The Greatest Homeland”] was playing in the background when the Arab [League] Summit announced its approval of forming a joint Arab military force. History shall definitely remember this as one of the most important …

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Chronicling Yemen: A Day-By-Day Look At A Crisis Unfolding

From Houthi leaders to Yemenis living through the Saudi-led bombings, MintPress is compiling a timeline of events starting from March 25, the day the bombings started. By Catherine Shakdam for Mintpress.com —  Yemenis search for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, …

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Saudis Warm to Muslim Brotherhood, Seeking Sunni Unity on Yemen

Shiite nemesis Iran seen as greater threat to kingdom By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL — Ever since the Arab Spring began four years ago, Saudi Arabia waged a two-front campaign against its Shiite nemesis Iran, and against the Sunni Islamists—led by the Muslim Brotherhood—whose rise across the …

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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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Algeria rejects to join Arab military intervention in Yemen: FM

Source: Xinhua – Algeria rejected to join the Arab military intervention in Yemen, calling on political dialogues, the APS news agency quoted Algerian foreign minister as reporting on Thursday. “Algeria is following with great and deep concern over the serious developments in Yemen amid escalation of positions which would jeopardize …

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U.S. finds itself on both sides at once in Middle East

By TIMOTHY M. PHELPS, DAVID S. CLOUD AND PAUL RICHTER for LOS ANGELES TIMES —   U.S. supports both Shiite fighters in Iraq and airstrikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen Middle East experts see a pattern of the U.S. supporting established governments against rebels Military actions in Middle East come …

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Compete in Yemen

Stratfor Analysis — Summary While the al-Houthi movement struggles to manage multiple regional challenges to its north, its rise to power in Yemen is a setback for Saudi Arabia on its southern flank. After the fall of the Yemeni government, Riyadh will have to capitalize on the al-Houthis’ need for …

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Does Iran really control Yemen?

By Shahir ShahidSaless for AL-MONITOR – On Jan. 22, the embattled Western- and Saudi-backed president of Yemen, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and his Cabinet resigned. Immediately afterward, the Houthi Shiite rebels, who have controlled the capital Sanaa since September and are officially organized under the banner of Ansarollah (God’s Partisans), …

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The Houthi “Ansarullah”.. The Zaidis Revival

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem** After seizing power in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and the resign of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi last month, the Ansarullah group has dissolved parliament, and created a supreme security committee to run the state until the formation of a presidential council. Last week, the Houthi …

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U.S. armed drone program in Yemen facing intelligence gaps

      Reuters – The United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials say. Gaps in on-the-ground …

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Houthi accuses some foreign powers of conspiring against Yemen

Source: Press TV – The leader of Yemen’s Shia Houthi Ansarullah movement has accused some foreign powers of conspiring against Yemen and its nation amid the political tensions in the Arab country. Addressing thousands of his supporters in the northern city of Sa’ada on Tuesday, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi censured political factions …

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Houthis: Abducted aide to Yemen’s leader freed

Source: AP- An official representing Yemen’s Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free, after his seizure set in motion days of political turmoil that prompted the country’s embattled president to resign. The official told The Associated Press that Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak has been released and …

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US maintains intelligence relationship with Houthis

By Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor – Senior US intelligence official Michael Vickers said Jan. 21 that the United States is continuing attacks on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) despite ongoing violence in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and has an intelligence relationship with the Houthi insurgent group that has seized …

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