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Houthi fighters-funeral

Houthi fighters chant slogans during the funeral procession for people killed last week in suicide bombings in Sana, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed / Associated Press)


Yemen rebels gained access to secret US files

(RT, 26/3/2015) ~ Houthi Shiite rebels obtained secret Yemeni intelligence documents with details about US-backed counter-terrorism operations, including the names and locations of informants, the Los Angeles Times reported citing American officials.

The documents were stolen when Houthi fighters took over the office of Yemen’s National Security Bureau in the country’s capital Sanaa, which was closely cooperating with the CIA on various anti-terror missions. US officials claim that some files were given to Iranian advisers.

At the same time, the paper said there is no indication that Houthi rebels had direct control over the US intelligence files.

The compromised files reportedly affected US President Barack Obama’s decision to evacuate remaining US personnel from Yemen last weekend, including 1,000 special operations forces. The decision to leave Yemen has crippled America’s counter-terrorism operations against Al-Qaeda militants in the area.

The report emerged hours before Saudi Arabia announced it had launched a military operation against Yemeni Houthis, along with nine other states. Saudi warplanes bombed rebel positions in Sanaa, with Houthis claiming dozens of civilian casualties.

Following the start of the Saudi-led offensive, the White House revealed that Washington had close communication with Hadi, the Saudis, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states prior to the launch of the military operation.

It also said that Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the GCC’s military operation in Yemen.

Earlier, Houthi militants claimed capture of the southern seaport of Aden, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s stronghold. The fighters said the city was under their control and the president’s supporters were being arrested.

The rebels claimed Hadi fled the country, and announced a 20 million riyal (US$100,000) reward for his capture, Lebanon-based Al-Manar TV reported.

Hadi’s aide, however, said the president remains at his Aden base and is “in high spirits” following the start of the Saudi-led invasion.

In August 2014, Houthi rebels swept down from their stronghold in the mountains, demanding economic and political reforms. In September, they seized key state installations in Sanaa.

The US embassy last month closed its operations in Sanaa after the Houthis took command of the capital, leading to a situation where two rival governments in the north and south are competing for power. Last weekend, Shiite rebels seized Yemen’s third largest city Taiz.


Saudi Arabia puppet of US, Israel: Houthi leader

(PressTV, 26/3/2015) ~ The leader of Yemen’s Houthi fighters has heaped scorn on Saudi Arabia for conducing unjust and heinous attacks on Yemeni people, saying the Arab kingdom is serving as a puppet for the United States and the Israeli regime.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on Thursday in reaction to Saudi Arabia’s “unjustified” deadly attacks targeting Yemeni people in the capital, Sana’a.

Saudi Arabia is a puppet at the disposal of superpowers, the Houthi leader said, adding that Riyadh is putting in action the US-Israeli conspiracy in Yemen.

He noted that the US-Israeli plot in Yemen aims to break up the chaotic country and deprive people of security and freedom.

Al-Houthi said the Saudi invasion of Yemen came after their agents, including al-Qaeda terrorists and the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, failed to execute their plots in Yemen.

He said the “criminal” attacks uncovered the “tyrannical” nature of the Saudi regime.

Al-Houthi warned that Saudi Arabia would face consequences should it push ahead with its aggression against Yemen, saying, “We will confront the criminal forces and their tools in the country.”

“You think you can kill Yemeni people, but this is because of your stupidity,” he said. “This unjustified aggression shows the hostility and arrogance of this regime. The attacks are reflecting the inhumanity of the aggressor.”

Al-Houthi said the “aggressors” should keep in mind that the Yemeni people are “committed to defending their country and revolution” by relying on God.

On Thursday, Saudi warplanes carried out fresh airstrikes against Yemen, hitting the northern cities of Sa’ada and Ta’izz in the south.

Airstrikes also targeted arms depots in the Malaheez region in Sa’ada near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi warplanes started bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana’a International Airport and the Dulaimi airbase early on Thursday.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is attacking Ansarullah positions, Saudi warplanes have flattened a number of homes near the Sana’a airport. Based on early reports, the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen have so far claimed the lives of 18 civilians with more deaths feared, Yemeni sources said.

The Saudi invasion of Yemen has drawn condemnation from many countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria, as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

The blatant invasion of Yemen’s sovereignty by the Saudi government comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction whatsoever to the violation of the sovereignty of one of its members by Riyadh.

Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi

Fugitive Yemeni president arrives in Riyadh

(PressTV, 26/3/2015) ~ Yemen’s fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as the Saudi regime pushes ahead with its airstrikes against the homeland of the fugitive president. 

Hadi arrived at Riyadh Airbase on Thursday, and was welcomed by Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and General Intelligence Chief Khalid bin Ali al-Humaidan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

No further details were made available about the nature of the visit.

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) and Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (C) meet with Saudi air force officers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 26, 2015 to discuss military operations against Yemen.

There are reports that Hadi would represent his country at the 26th Arab League summit, which will be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28 and 29.

Hadi’s visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia coincides with Riyadh’s military campaign against Yemen.

Saudi airstrikes against the impoverished Arab country have drawn condemnation from many countries, including Iran, Iraq, Russia and Syria, as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

The ongoing Saudi airstrikes on Yemen have so far claimed the lives of dozens of civilians with more deaths feared.

Yemeni civilians stand at the site of a Saudi airstrike near Sana’a Airport, Yemen, on March 26, 2015. (© AFP)

On Thursday morning, forces loyal to Hadi seized control of the international airport in the southern port city of Aden.

Troops of the 39th Armored Brigade, who are allied to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, had earlier seized the facility.

Later in the day, Saudi military aircraft resumed bombarding other areas in northern and southern Yemen.

The attacks struck arms depots in the Malaheez region in the northwestern city of Sa’ada, located 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital, Sana’a, as well as the al-Tariq airbase in the southwestern city of Ta’izz, situated about 390 kilometers (240 miles) south of the capital.


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