The ongoing war in Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, is far more complex than a Sunni-Shia conflict.
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The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all of Yemen militarily. Continue reading The Real Deal on the War in Yemen
Sudan says it is evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of its participation in a Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen for more than three years.
Sudan is assessing its participation in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, its defense minister said on Wednesday, amid growing discontent in parliament over high costs and the deaths of dozens of Sudanese soldiers, Reuters reports. Continue reading Sudan Assessing Military Participation in Yemen
Yemen’s Houthi rebels threatened to strike Somaliland’s Berbera port should the authority continue granting the United Arab Emirates with land for a military base.
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Yemen’s Houthi rebel groups have threatened to strike Somaliland’s Berbera port should authority in Somaliland continue its lease agreement to the United Arab Emirates.
Somaliland – a semi-autonomous region in Somalia – is reported to have signed a deal with the UAE to have the latter use the Berbera Port as a military base.
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Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated
The former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been killed in clashes with rival Houthi fighters, the country’s Houthi-controlled interior ministry confirmed.
Houthi-controlled al-Masirah TV cited Houthi officials as announcing the “end of the crisis of the treason militia and the killing of its leader”.
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A Sudanese army commander has disclosed the losses of the troops participating in the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen since March 26 March 2015.
The Sudanese army’s rapid support force Commander said, in an interview with the Sudanese newspaper “Al-Akhbar” in its Monday edition, said 412 Sudanese troops were killed, including 14 officers, during a fighting in Yemen. Continue reading 412 Sudanese Soldiers Killed in Yemen: Army
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy destroyer operating off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea on Sunday — though neither missile hit the ship, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen fell short of a US warship patrolling the Red Sea off the coast of the war-torn country, the US navy said Monday.
The USS Mason “detected two inbound missiles” within an hour of each other from around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Sunday, said US Naval Forces Central Command spokeswoman Paula Dunn.
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Fighters loyal to the government gather at the site of a suicide car bombing in Yemens southern city of Aden, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Aden has killed over 50 pro-government troops who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in Yemens north. Yemen is embroiled in a civil war pitting the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with army units loyal to a former president. The fighting has allowed al Qaeda and an IS affiliate to expand their reach, particularly in the south. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)
| The Washington Times, Carlo Muñoz
The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda’s formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House’s top counterterrorism official.
The battle against the jihadi terror cell, known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been overshadowed by the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, National Counterterrorism Center chief Nick Rasmussen said Wednesday.
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“Peace and stability in the Horn of Africa is very important for Saudi Arabia … that is why we cooperate with HOA countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.” – Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, a military adviser for the Saudi minister of defense.
| for VOA News, Salem Solomon
Saudi Arabia appears intent on reaching across the Red Sea to build alliances in the Horn of Africa, where piracy, drug and weapons smuggling, and terrorism threaten commerce in the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
This was evident during the Saudis’ intervention in Yemen. Over the past year, they built a coalition of African partners to help dislodge Houthi rebels who were in control of most of the country, including the capital, Sana’a.
Continue reading Saudi Arabia Looks to African Allies During Gulf Crises