KSA launches air strikes in Yemen against Houthi militants

Updated 27 March 2015
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KSA launches air strikes in Yemen against Houthi militants

ADEN: Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the Yemeni president had taken refuge.
Gulf broadcaster Al-Arabiya TV reported that the Kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations.
Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen, it said.
There was no immediate confirmation of those figures from Riyadh.
Al-Arabiya also said the UAE was sending 30 warplanes to join the operation, along with 15 each from Bahrain and Kuwait, 10 from Qatar, six each from Jordan and Morocco and three from Sudan.
The air strikes came soon after Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir, announced the operation.
“We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling,” Al-Jubeir told a news conference in Washington.
State media showed footage of Saudi jets taking off from a darkened airfield. It also showed Interior Minister Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman touring a command facility together.


Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

Updated 21 min 52 sec ago
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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.