Tuesday, December 12, 2017

latest on Yemen crisis

Time to stop Iran supplying missiles to extremists in region, says UAE ambassador to United Nations
Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations , is hopeful that the Security Council will back a resolution expressing concern that Iran is supplying rockets to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The passage of a UN resolution holding Iran to account for supplying missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen will be critical in stopping the proliferation of such weapons to other extremist groups in the region, the UAE Ambassador to the UN says.

Yemen’s Houthis Getting Missile Training From IRGC, Hezbollah, Opposition Group Claims
By Patrick Goodenough
(CNSNews.com) – As the administration on Monday showed foreign ambassadors alleged evidence of links between Iran and ballistic missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen, an Iranian opposition group said it has received reports that the launches are occurring under the “direct orders” of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Citing sources inside the regime and the IRGC, the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran/People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (NCRI/MEK) said the reports indicate that the missiles are being manufactured at factories affiliated to the IRGC’s aerospace division.

“According to these sources, the Houthis received training from IRGC and the Lebanese Hezbollah on how to handle and use the missiles,” the group said in a report, which also identified shipping companies said to be involved in smuggling Iranian weapons to Yemen and elsewhere – sometimes under other countries’ flags to avoid arousing suspicion.

Shipping any weaponry to the Houthis would contravene a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo against the Shi’ite militia’s leaders.

Yemen’s Houthis Getting Missile Training From IRGC, Hezbollah, Opposition Group Claims

Exposed: How Houthi militias are killing off Yemen media
ADEN, ARAB NEWS, 26 December 2017-- Iran-backed Houthi militias were accused on Monday of an unprecedented campaign of violence, intimidation, abduction and murder aimed at journalists and the media in Yemen.
At least 26 journalists have been killed since the Houthi coup in 2014, said Women Journalists Without Chains, a civil rights group in Yemen.
The Houthis are also guilty of attempted murder, abduction, torture, threats, assaults, looting of property, the abduction of relatives, the use of journalists as human shields, closing newspapers and TV channels and blocking websites, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said.

Auvers-sur-Oise, ‫January 31, 2018 -- Maryam Rajavi met with Dr. Riyadh Yassin, the Ambassador of the Yemen Republic to France and that country’s former ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health.
Exposed: How Houthi militias are killing off Yemen media

Leaked Hezbollah, Iran documents reveal collapse of Houthis
Sanaa, Al Arabiya.net, 25 December 2017 - A number of secret field and military study documents prepared by the Jihadi Office of the Houthi militia under the supervision of Iranian experts and Hezbollah revealed cracks in the ranks of the Houthis.
The military intelligence unit of the Yemeni armed forces on Sunday revealed some of the documents, which they said were obtained from “special sources in the militia’s leadership”.
Noura al-JarwiHouthi female government official defects and exposes militia’s violations                                       Al Arabiya, 24 December 2017 - In an exclusive interview with an Al Arabiya reporter, former undersecretary of the Houthi Ministry of Youth and Sports, Noura al-Jarwi, said that she resorted to joining the legitimate government after facing several violations committed by the militia in Sanaa.   Read more

UN urged to act against Iran over Houthi missiles
JEDDAH/NEW YORK, ARAB NEWS, 24 December 2017 - The UN was urged on Saturday to take action against Iran for breaking an arms embargo by illegally supplying missiles to Houthi militias in Yemen.
The calls followed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution late on Friday that condemned “in the strongest possible terms” last week’s Houthi ballistic missile attack targeting Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh.
Re-Firing Missile at Riyadh, Iran Regime's Urgent Need of Warmongering and the Necessity of a Decisive Policy
Re-Firing Missile at Riyadh, Iran Regime's Urgent Need of Warmongering and the Necessity of a Decisive Policy
A missile fired from Yemen at the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh,on December 19th showed once again that the mullahs' regime will not stop war and export of terrorism and fundamentalism as long as it is in power. This insane act clearly shows the impasse this regime is facing and that it has no other option for its survival other than to intensify war in the region.
This is the second firing of missiles at Riyadh by IRGC over the past weeks. During previous months, it also fired another missile at Mecca. The mullahs’ regime views the inaction of the world community as a greenlight to continue these warmongering meddling.
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US Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley shows 'concrete proof' of Iran violating UN resolutions

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that she has "irrefutable evidence" that the Iranian Regime is violating UN restrictions and will present her findings at a press conference today.
The US mission to the UN said:"Ambassador Haley will offer irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations."
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Haley will display missile, other evidence Iran supplying Yemen rebels
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing a public display of what it says is evidence that Iran is providing missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, threatening a key U.S. ally in the region, according to four U.S. officials.
This week, Nikki Haley is set to unveil components of a short-range ballistic missile that Houthi rebels fired into Saudi Arabia at Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., according to the officials.
According to a senior intelligence official, she will also present other evidence of Iran's weapons proliferation and potential violations of UN sanctions, and of Iranian destabilization and threats to U.S. allies.
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Yemen’s Saleh was ‘assassinated’ by Iranian Guards, his lawyer says

Will Iran's Troubles In Yemen Propagate Elsewhere?
Recent developments in Yemen and the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has highlighted what Iran has sought long to cloak. Tehran’s campaign in Saudi Arabia’s backyard has stumbled upon major political and military setbacks, providing the opportunity for Washington to correct a policy in need of strong amending.
How the future unfolds in Yemen has the potential of sparking a series of major defeats for Iran across the region, spilling into the country’s shaky politics and fueling further domestic unrest.
Senior Iranian officials, however, have gone the distance to portray Saleh’s death as a step forward against their regional archrivals, mainly Saudi Arabia.
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GOP Lawmakers Push for Sanctions on Iran Regime Over Yemen
Two senior Republican lawmakers are pushing for sanctions on the Iranian Regime based on their destabilizing actions in Yemen as the House of Representatives prepares to vote this week on legislation designed to crack down on Iran’s financing of terrorism and terrorist groups.
Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida) and Ted Poe (Texas) - both senior members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee- introduced a bill to sanction the Iranian Regime for its support for the Houthi terrorist group in Yemen. The Iranian Regime’s involvement in the Yemeni Civil War has included supplying the Houthis with advanced weapons systems- via the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - that they have used to attack Saudi Arabia and other US interests.
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Iran's weak hand exposed by ongoing developments in Yemen
The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Iran-backed Houthi militias was Tehran’s latest desperate measure to save face in a war it’s losing. If Iran enjoyed the upper hand in Yemen, matters could have been resolved with talks from a demanding position.
Knowing Saleh and his inner circle had a long slate of information about their ties, the Houthis and Iran could not afford to allow Saleh to change sides and join the Saudi-led coalition. And now, the Iran-Houthi alliance face losing a large number of men in the aftermath of Saleh’s assassination.
For years, Iran has pursued a campaign aimed at taking full control over the strategically-located country of Yemen. This dangerous initiative charged forward to the point of taking over nearly the entire country and ousting virtually all forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi from the port city of Aden in southern Yemen back in 2015.
Realizing the devastating potential of such a defeat, Saudi Arabia led an Arab World assault, providing air power and ground forces in support of Yemen’s nationalist troops. Nearly three years later, the Saudi-led coalition has regained around 85 percent of Yemen.
Following an alliance riddled with tension, the past week witnessed a major rift in the already shaky union between Saleh’s loyalists
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Rouhani Takes Pride in Kissing Hands of Terrorists, Supports Belligerence in the Region
In an address to Majlis (the mullahs’ parliament) on Sunday, December 10, Iran regime’s president praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its mercenary militias in countries in the region and ironically described them as “an element of security” in the region. In his abhorring remarks, Hassan Rouhani said, “I kiss the hands of the combatants of Islam and the combatants of resistance… They secured Syria. They secured Lebanon. God willing in future, they will also secure Yemen. They are endeavoring full force to make the region secure… Today is the day when we must get actively engaged in the region, economically, culturally, and politically."
The mullahs’ criminal president spoke of regional security while the regime’s officials have blatantly claimed responsibility for the murder of the former president of Yemen. Rouhani welcomed this crime and vowed, “Yemen will be free of aggressors.”
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From human rights violations to dangerous meddling
By Heshmat Alavi Special to Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 12 December 2017
From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality.
As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy of Iran’s state-run strategy, all hacked into this regime’s constitution.
The real image
Earlier this year Amnesty International’s 94-page report, “Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack,” detailed this regime’s drastic human rights violations, with a specific focus on its extensive overdose of executions.
As witnessed for years running, Iran is the world’s leading executioner per capita, with many hangings continuously and horrendously carried out in public. All the while, secret executions are ongoing in dungeons across the country, including Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison.
This is the real image of Iran, cloaked by the ruling regime and their appeasers in the West for years, who continue to portray Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate worth dealing with.
ANALYSIS: Does the Middle East’s stability hinge on Iran’s expulsion?
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Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi called on all Yemenis to pounce on the Houthi militias.
This came on Monday following the killing of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Hadi offered his condolences to the Yemeni people on Saleh’s death.
Hadi said the army stationed at the borders of Sanaa will support the uprising. He stressed: “Let’s join hands to eradicate the terrorist Houthi militias.”
Hadi further said: “We will achieve victory and Yemen will return to the Arab fold with support from the Coalition.”
“We are passing through a fateful and decisive turn that will reveal everyone’s mettle,” he said.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Dec. 5, 2017 — The killing of Yemen’s longtime strongman and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled amid street clashes in the capital, Sanaa, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos.

Slain Yemen ex-leader's son calls for revenge -Saudi-owned TV
“I will lead the battle until the last Houthi is thrown out of Yemen ... the blood of my father will be hell ringing in the ears of Iran,” Ahmed Ali Saleh was quoted as saying.
He called for his father’s backers to “take back Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias”.

The Yemeni General People's Congress said on Tuesday that the battle against Iran-backed Houthi militia will continue after the support of Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia.
More details will be reported soon.

Arab League says death of Saleh risks 'explosion' in Yemen: MENA

Yemeni ex-President's son vows to revenge from Houthis

DUBAI (Reuters) DECEMBER 5, 2017 - Slain former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s nephew, Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, a senior military commander, also was killed during clashes with the Iran-aligned Houthi group, a statement from Saleh’s party said on Tuesday.
Tareq’s fate had not been known following an assault by the Houthis in Sanaa on Sunday night that led to the death of the ex-leader.
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