Yemen shelling kills Saudi soldier on border

In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Saudi soldiers stand on top of armor vehicles, on the border with Yemen at a military point in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Updated 15 January 2017
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Yemen shelling kills Saudi soldier on border

RIYADH: Shelling from Yemen has killed a Saudi soldier on the Kingdom’s southern border, the Interior Ministry said early Sunday. The Interior Ministry announced early Sunday the soldier's death in the kingdom's Najran region as a result of shelling and intensive fire Saturday afternoon.
A Border Guards post in Najran region came under attack as a result of shelling and intensive fire at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, killing a corporal, the ministry said.
Army troops intervened to support the Border Guards.
The corporal is the latest of more than 110 soldiers and civilians killed in southern Saudi Arabia by rocket strikes or skirmishes since a Saudi-led coalition began operations in Yemen almost two years ago.
In support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries began a military campaign in March 2015 against the Houthi forces. It said its mission served in part as a counterbalance to Iran's influence following its nuclear deal with world powers.the alliance started air strikes after Houthi rebels and their allies overran the capital Sanaa and moved on to other parts of Yemen.
Since then, more than 7,400 people have been killed in Yemen.


US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria. (US Army photo)
Updated 26 min 35 sec ago
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US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

  • The decision was announced after Trump spoke by phone to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

WASHINGTON: The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday.
President Donald Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria on the defeat of the last remnants of the Islamic State militancy there.
But he has been under pressure from some advisers to adjust his policy to ensure the protection of Kurdish forces who supported the fight against Islamic State and who might now be threatened by Turkey.
“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.
The decision was announced after Trump spoke by phone to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
A White House statement said that the two leaders agreed, regarding Syria, to “continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone.”
They noted that acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford would be hosting their Turkish counterparts in Washington this week for further talks, the White House said.