Hadi govt says Hezbollah fighting alongside Houthis

Updated 26 February 2016
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Hadi govt says Hezbollah fighting alongside Houthis

RIYADH: Yemen’s government has accused the Hezbollah group of training the Houthi terrorists and fighting alongside them in attacks on Saudi Arabia’s border.
In a statement carried by official media, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, which is currently working with the Saudi-led coalition and Popular Resistance units to dislodge Houthi terrorists from the capital and other areas, said that Hezbollah military trainers planned ‘hostile’ acts, implemented by Houthis, against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition against the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in a bid to restore the internationally recognized government of Hadi.
Yemen’s government and its Gulf partners have long accused Hezbollah’s ally Iran of backing the Houthis and seeking to transform the group into a replica of the Lebanese militia to use as a proxy against Saudi Arabia.
Its latest assertion is based on “many documents and physical evidence” which Hezbollah would not be able to deny, it said.
The Yemeni government said it will file a complaint at the UN Security Council against what it called Hezbollah’s ‘terrorist’ acts.
Meanwhile, exclusive photos obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel showed that Yemen’s army and forces from the Popular Resistance were able to recapture a strategic military camp near Sanaa.
The photos of Fardhat Nahm camp near Sanaa showed destruction of facilities belonging to Iran-backed Houthi militias and forces loyal to Saleh by the Saudi-led coalition.
The destruction of Fardhat Nahm came after the coalition forces targeted with their air raids Houthi militia base camps in Harf Sufyan district of Amran, north of Sanaa.
Other strikes have been conducted on the Dhale Governorate in southern Yemen.
The recently appointed Deputy Supreme Commander of the Yemeni Army Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar stressed the importance of continuing the fight against Houthi militias and Saleh forces, in accordance to the UN resolution 2216, and said his army will continue to free other districts from militia control.


Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

Updated 23 March 2019
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Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

  • After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abdul Mahdi highlighted “the importance of drying up the sources of terrorism”
  • The visit to Egypt is Abdul Mahdi’s first trip abroad since taking office in October

CAIRO: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought Egypt’s support for efforts to tackle extremist militants in the region during a visit to Cairo on Saturday, his first trip abroad since taking office in October.
After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abdul Mahdi highlighted “the importance of drying up the sources of terrorism” and said “cooperation between Egypt and Iraq will be essential for this matter,” according to an official statement.
His comments came as US-backed forces said they had captured Daesh’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz, ending its territorial rule over a self-proclaimed caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq after years of fighting.
Though the defeat ends the group’s grip over the extremist quasi-state that it declared in 2014, it remains a threat.
Some Daesh fighters still hold out in Syria’s remote central desert and in Iraqi cities they have slipped into the shadows, staging sudden shootings or kidnappings and awaiting a chance to rise again.
The United States thinks the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is in Iraq.
Defeating militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and restoring security after years of unrest has been a key promise of El-Sisi, the general-turned-president who came to power a year after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in 2013.
Egypt has fought an insurgency waged by a Daesh affiliate in North Sinai since 2013. Hundreds of members of the security forces have been killed.