Saturday, June 24, 2017

America Is Complicit in the Carnage in Yemen

A hospital associated with Doctors Without Borders. A school. A potato chip factory. Under international law, those facilities in Yemen are not legitimate military targets. Yet all were bombed in recent days by warplanes belonging to a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, killing more than 40 civilians. The United States...

$4 Billion missing from Yemen’s Central Bank

Four billion dollars have disappeared from Yemen's Central Bank in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and the country is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, its foreign minister told reporters. Foreign Mininster Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi did not accuse any side and gave no further details. His announcement is a bad omen for Yemen,...

Former U.S. Diplomats Decry the U.S.-Backed Saudi War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states that form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been brutally bombing Yemen for more than a year, hoping to drive Houthi rebels out of the capital they overran in 2014 and restore Saudi-backed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The United States has forcefully...

How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made Al Qaeda stronger – and richer

One unintended consequence of the war in Yemen: Al Qaeda now runs its own mini-state, flush with funds from raiding the local central bank and levying taxes at the local port. DUBAI/CAIRO – Once driven to near irrelevance by the rise of Islamic State abroad and security crackdowns at home,...

Yemen: Embargo Arms to Saudi Arabia

(Sanaa) – The United States, United Kingdom, France, and others should suspend all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia until it not only curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen but also credibly investigates alleged violations. Since March 26, 2015, a coalition of nine Arab countries has conducted military operations against the...

How US Helps Al Qaeda in Yemen

For nearly a year, the Obama administration has turned a blind eye to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen since Saudi Arabia invaded in March 2015 to crush an Iranian-supported insurgency and restore a discredited former president to power. But Washington cannot so easily ignore the rapid resurgence of a...

British and US military in command room for Saudi strikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabian foreign minister also reveals UK and American officials have access to lists of targets, but do not choose them. British and American military officials are in the command and control centre for Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, and have access to lists of targets, although they do not play...

How False Stories of Iran Arming the Houthis Were Used to Justify War in...

Peace talks between the Saudi-supported government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels ended in late December without any agreement to end the bombing campaign started by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies with US support last March. The rationale for the Saudi-led war on Houthis in Yemen has been...
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Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling...

United Nations-brokered peace talks in Yemen's nine-month-old civil war are faltering, amid disputes between rival factions over the release of prisoners. Meanwhile, local officials have reported intensifying clashes and renewed airstrikes despite an ongoing ceasefire. Over the weekend, U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes killed 19 Yemeni civilians in their homes and...

Islamic State extends its tentacles into Yemen

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s civil war is allowing the Islamic State (IS) to expand its presence there. Amid the spread of extremism engendered by the conflict between the Houthis and the central government, IS is becoming the main adversary for both the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). IS is strengthening...

Yemen: Call for suspension of arms transfers to coalition and accountability for war crimes

Damning evidence of war crimes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which is armed by states including the USA, highlights the urgent need for independent, effective investigation of violations in Yemen and for the suspension of transfers of certain arms, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. ‘Bombs fall...

Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda Unite in Yemen

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has established itself as a de facto partner of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. In viewing Yemen as an important battleground in the grander struggle against Iran’s expanding regional influence, Saudi Arabia has united with a variety of Yemeni Sunni factions in an effort...

Former U.N. Envoy Says Yemen Political Deal was Close Before Saudi Airstrikes Began

Campaign derailed agreement that could have averted conflict. UNITED NATIONS—Yemen's warring political factions were on the verge of a power-sharing deal when Saudi-led airstrikes began a month ago, derailing the negotiations, the United Nations envoy who mediated the talks said. Jamal Benomar, who spearheaded the negotiations until he resigned last week,...

Houthi arms bonanza came from Saleh, not Iran

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh. As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around...

How the U.S. Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis

Washington’s support for Yemen’s former dictatorship – and of Saudi efforts to sideline the country’s nonviolent pro-democracy movement – helped create the current crisis. As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting. With U.S. logistical...

Expedited Weapons Deliveries to Saudi Arabia Signal Deepening U.S. Involvement

CAIRO — The United States said on Tuesday that it was expediting deliveries of weapons to Saudi Arabia, a sign of the Obama administration’s deepening involvement in the Saudi military offensive against the Houthi movement in Yemen. Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, Antony J. Blinken, the deputy...

Pakistani militants pledge support to Saudi campaign in Yemen

ISLAMABAD — Militant Pakistani Sunni groups that trained alongside al-Qaida, fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan and launched terrorist attacks in India have pledged their support to Saudi Arabia, a key source of their funding, amid growing pressure on Pakistan to join the military coalition against Houthi rebels in...

Saudi Arabia’s Airstrikes in Yemen Are Fuelling the Gulf’s Fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis. Foreign states that go to war in Yemen usually come to regret it. The Saudi-led military intervention so far involves only air strikes, but a ground assault may follow. The code name for the action is...

The Geopolitics Behind the War in Yemen: The Start of a New Front against...

The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became very uneasy when the Yemenese or Yemenite movement of the Houthi or Ansarallah (meaning the supporters of God in Arabic) gained control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa/Sana, in September 2014. The US-supported Yemenite President Abd-Rabbuh Manṣour Al-Hadi was humiliatingly forced...

The Money Trail: How the US Fostered Yemen’s Separatist Movement

As Saudi Arabia and its allies have begun the bombing campaign against Yemen, in the south, a separatist movement calling for a "State of South Arabia" is emerging. Fostered by the US, it will leave the Houthis with two hostile states at their borders and locked access to the...

US to give logistical, intelligence support in Yemen

Washington (AFP) - The United States is coordinating closely with Saudi Arabia and regional allies in the military action against Huthi rebels in Yemen, including providing intelligence and logistical support, the White House said. "President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to GCC-led military operations," National...

U.S. will work to ensure Bab el Mandeb strait remains open: U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will work with Gulf and European partners to ensure the strategic Bab el Mandeb Strait at the tip of the Red Sea remains open to commerce despite fighting and instability in Yemen, the head of U.S. forces in the region said on Thursday. "We...

Saudi Attack on Yemen – The New Normal?

Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of unprovoked unilateral military aggression against Yemen by the autocratic absolute monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is calling the "legitimate government of Yemen." What exactly constitutes a legitimate government is not clear for a despotic regime where...

Yemen’s President Emerges in Saudi Arabia After Fleeing Country

Yemen’s U.S.-backed president turned up in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, a day after he fled his country as Houthi militants closed in on his southern stronghold, Saudi state television reported. He emerged in the Saudi capital Riyadh hours after Saudi warplanes began airstrikes against the Houthis, a militant group that...

Yemen Beware as it Threatens US-backed Order

The crisis in Yemen is the latest manifestation of the old order desperately trying to cling on to a dwindling power base. That old order has been backed by the United States and its allies among the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships as a bulwark against a popular uprising that...
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White House Stands By Claim That Yemen is Model of Success Despite Complete Chaos

Despite all contrary evidence, the White House still holds that Yemen is a model of Obama’s successful foreign policy. “Now that we have essentially complete chaos in Yemen, does the White House still believe that Yemen is the model in counterterrorism strategy?” ABC’s Jon Karl asked. “The White House does continue to...

Saudi Arabia Leads Air Assault in Yemen

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that it had begun military operations in Yemen, launching airstrikes in coordination with a coalition of 10 nations. The strikes came as Yemen was hurtling closer to civil war after months of turmoil, as fighters and army units allied with the Houthi...

Yemen’s Houthi rebels move on strategic Gulf waterway

ADEN // Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels are moving within striking distance of the strategic Bab Al Mandab strait, a vital corridor through which much of the world’s maritime trade passes. Only about 30 kilometres across at its narrowest point, the strait separates the Arabian Peninsula from east Africa and links...

Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow

(Reuters) - Yemen's top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city of Aden while the Shi'ite...

Yemeni implosion pushes southern Sunnis into arms of al-Qaida and Isis

Tribal militias compete with extremist groups for young recruits to resist advance of Shia Houthis who have taken power in Sana’a, and now Taiz. In a hollow in the sands of eastern Yemen, a line of pickup trucks carrying tribal fighters idled. A squat man with a shock of black...

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