Tag Archives: Yemen

Yemen: Cholera kills at least 115 in Sanaa

Source: US News & World Report

“Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster. Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is [supposedly] aligned with Iran and fighting a Western-backed, Saudi-led [invasion]. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. … 8,595 suspected cholera cases were recorded in Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces between April 27 and May 13, while laboratory confirmed cases were 213.” (05/15/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-05-14/yemen-declares-state-of-emergency-in-sanaa-over-cholera

The war on Yemen and the “self-defense” lie

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The claim that Saudi Arabia is ‘simply defending itself’ by attacking Yemen is utter nonsense, and it is easily exposed as such. The Saudis and their allies were not being threatened from Yemen by the Houthis or anyone else when they initiated their bombing campaign and blockade against the country. There were no attacks on Saudi territory that warranted retaliation, nor were there attacks on any other member of the coalition. The coalition was organized with the express purpose of reimposing a discredited, unpopular leader on the country after he had been forced from power. From the start, the Saudi-led war was an aggressive campaign waged against the bulk of the population of Yemen by a group of outside governments.” (05/11/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-war-on-yemen-and-the-self-defense-lie/

The war on Yemen and the delusional Saudis

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Saudi-led war on Yemen has wrecked the country’s infrastructure, destroyed its economy, and brought millions to the brink of famine, but it has failed to achieve any of the coalition’s stated goals for over two years. The Saudis have persisted in their indefensible war as long as they have in part because the reputation of both the king and his son are bound to its outcome, and they are unable or unwilling to admit that they recklessly plunged into a war they couldn’t win for no good reason. Like any hawkish dead-ender, the prince doesn’t have a clue how to win the war he started but won’t concede defeat, and so the senseless war drags on.” (05/02/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-war-on-yemen-and-the-delusional-saudis/

UN rights chief warns against Saudi-led attack on Yemen port

Source: Reuters

“The United Nations is continuing to receive signals that [Saudi invaders] in Yemen could attack the key port of Hodeidah, causing humanitarian suffering and loss of life, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said on Monday. A Saudi-led military coalition [invading Yemen and conducting war] against the Houthi rebels [sic] has been preparing an assault on Hodeidah.” (05/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKBN17X1F1

Yemen: Twelve dead in downing of Saudi invasion force helicopter

Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition [invading Yemen] said in a statement. The Saudi Black Hawk ‘fell during operations in the province of Marib’ east of Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency, without clarifying the reason.” (04/18/17)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Apr-18/402350-12-soldiers-dead-as-saudi-helicopter-goes-down-in-yemen-coalition.ashx

Former president of Yemen, now puppet of Saudi invaders, denounces Iran

Source: The Washington Post

“Yemen’s embattled [former] president has launched a scathing verbal attack on Iran, saying the non-Arab and mostly Shiite nation is pursuing expansionist policies to destroy the Arab identity. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that Iran ‘is the true sponsor of terrorism.’ [A Saudi-led war of invasion] has raged in Yemen for two years. The fighting pits Hadi’s troops, backed by a Saudi-led international military coalition of mostly Arab states, against Shiite Houthi rebels [sic], led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi and backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his forces. Iran [allegedly] supports fellow Shiite Houthis.” (03/29/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-jordan-says-no-peace-without-palestinian-state/2017/03/29/31658cae-1468-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

Why is Donald Trump lunching with a Saudi war criminal while Yemenis are starving?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin

“While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump’s lunch guest. Prince Salman is only 31 years old, but as the king’s favorite son, he was put in charge of the nation’s two most critical sectors: the economy and the military. A brash defense minister, the young prince made the disastrous decision to interfere in an internal conflict in neighboring Yemen.” (03/16/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2017/03/15/why-is-donald-trump-lunching-with-a-saudi-war-criminal-while-yemenis-are-starving/

Death in al Ghayil

Source: The Intercept
by Iona Craig

“On January 29, 5-year-old Sinan al Ameri was asleep with his mother, his aunt, and 12 other children in a one-room stone hut typical of poor rural villages in the highlands of Yemen. A little after 1 a.m., the women and children awoke to the sound of a gunfight erupting a few hundred feet away. Roughly 30 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 were storming the eastern hillside of the remote settlement. … His mother fell to the ground next to him, still clutching his baby brother in her arms. Sinan kept running. His mother’s body was found in the early light of dawn, the front of her head split open. The baby was wounded but alive. Sinan’s mother was one of at least six women killed in the raid, the first counterterrorism operation of the Trump administration, which also left 10 children under the age of 13 dead.” (03/09/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/09/women-and-children-in-yemeni-village-recall-horror-of-trumps-highly-successful-seal-raid/

Trump orders expansion of US support for al Qaeda and their Saudi sponsors in Yemen

Military.com

Source: Military.com

“More than two years after a multi-sided civil war [read: A revolution followed by a Saudi invasion] erupted in Yemen that allowed al-Qaida’s local franchise to amass power and seize territory, President Donald Trump has told the Pentagon to conduct a complicated counter-terrorism [sic] campaign. Trump’s decision, just six weeks into his presidency, intends to reverse the largely unchecked expansion across southern Yemen of the group, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.” [editor’s note: The US, Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda are one side of this war; the Houthi “rebels” who took over a couple of years ago are the other – TLK] (03/05/17)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/05/trump-orders-counterterrorism-expansion-yemen.html

White House official says Trump likely to support probe into death of Navy SEAL

Source: CBS News

“The White House deputy press secretary said Sunday that she thinks President Trump would support an investigation into the raid he authorized in Yemen last month that resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL as well as some civilians. … [Ryan Owens’s] father revealed in an interview published over the weekend in The Miami Herald that he refused to meet with the president when his son’s body was returned home to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.” [editor’s note: The headline and the story differ a bit — a probe into the raid would necessarily include other deaths involved, including the murder of 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki – TLK] (02/27/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-official-trump-likely-to-support-probe-death-navy-seal-ryan-owens/