Yemen

Yemen crisis: An Iranian-Saudi battleground?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Yemen is fast descending into a violent cauldron where the competing interests of Shia Houthi rebels, Sunni tribes, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, Iran, al-Qaeda and now Islamic State are forming a toxic mix. The situation has got so bad that the US and UK have closed their embassies and evacuated their staff, while ...

IS suicide bomb kills 48 Yemen soldiers in payday queue

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 soldiers and wounded another 84 in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. The soldiers were queuing up to receive salaries near al-Sawlaban military base when the attacker struck. The bomber immersed himself in the crowd of soldiers at the base in al-Arish district, an official said. So-called ...

Yemen suicide bomb kills dozens during payday gathering

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A suicide bomber has killed at least 35 soldiers and wounded dozens at an army base in southern Yemen, officials say. The attack happened while soldiers had gathered to receive their salaries at a barracks in the city of Aden, which is controlled by pro-government forces. Some estimates put the death toll as high as 50, ...

Yemen conflict: Saudis blame funeral hall bombing on mistake

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Image copyrightAPImage captionAt least 140 people were killed in the bombing Yemen conflict Yemen crisis: Who is fighting whom? ‘Most people here die in silence’: Inside the fight to save Yemen’s health system Practising medicine under fire in Yemen A young girl and a city struggling for life The Saudi-led coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen ...

Yemen: Missiles target US warship, Pentagon says

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Two missiles targeted a US warship off the coast of Yemen on Sunday but missed the vessel and hit the water instead, a Pentagon spokesman said. The USS Mason conducts formation exercises with Navy patrol crafts in September. The missiles were fired at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war-torn Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said, ...

Russian strikes in Syria

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Why is Russia bombing Syria? Russia says the strikes are to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). But most of their first strikes have been against non-Isil groups who are opposed to President Assad’s regime. Why would Russia bomb non-Isil groups? Russia’s spokespeople are sometimes vague – referring to Isil and terrorists in ...

Eritrea denies training Saudi-backed Yemeni militants

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG I kept stating that Eritrea is the most dangerous country in the Horn of Africa in term of its involvement with terrorist activities and destabilisation of some countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia,  Kenya . even South Sudan. This latest report from ADDIS ABABA indicated that the Eritrean government has dismissed recent reports alleging that Saudi Arabia has ...

Iranian cruelty against Yemen civilians rapped

Iran is helping the Houthis and supporters of the ousted president commit “heinous crimes” in Yemen. This is according to Mohammed Abdul Majid Qubati, Yemen’s information minister, who also thanked his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for discussing the Yemeni situation at their third extraordinary meeting in Riyadh. “The Houthis and supporters of the deposed (president Ali Abdullah) ...

Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel will attend peace talks

The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel movement have agreed to attend peace talks next week, the UN says. The UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the talks would start on 15 December in Switzerland. He added that Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi had told him that he was ready to call a temporary ceasefire to ...

12 Houthis and 4 loyalists were killed in the battle for southern Yemen province

Yemeni loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled Sunday to oust Iran-backed militia group from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at least 16 reported dead. Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 Houthis in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed. Daleh is one of five ...

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