Unclarity surrounds Sanaa position over US role in Yemen

Khaled Hussein Al-Yemany. (Courtesy: AP photo via arkansasonline)
Updated 09 February 2017
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Unclarity surrounds Sanaa position over US role in Yemen

JEDDAH: While some news agencies reported that Sanaa suspended any counterterrorism operations in Yemen with the US government, subsequent reports suggested that it did not, as evident from a statement issued by Yemen’s UN ambassador.
For its part, Arab News tried to get comment from the Yemeni government’s spokesperson who received our question but did not reply as to what his government’s actual position is.
In a statement, Yemen’s Ambassador to the UN, Khaled Hussein Al-Yemany, said: “Yemen is, and has always been, a strategic ally in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism with the assistance of the international community. The Yemeni government reaffirms its commitment to strengthening international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”
He added: “Yemen will continue to cooperate and coordinate with the international community, including the US, in carrying out counterterrorism operations in Yemen against all terrorist organizations, especially Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula .”
Earlier, the New York Times quoted American officials as saying that “Yemen had withdrawn permission for the US to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country.”


Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

Baquer Namazi. (Twitter)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

  • Baquer Namazi, 81, has been held in Iran for over two years

WASHINGTON: The family and attorney of an Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran say his health is rapidly deteriorating and are appealing to the Iranian authorities to allow him to leave for medical treatment.
Babak Namazi, the son of Baquer Namazi, is asking Iran “to show mercy to my father.”
Baquer Namazi, 81, has been held in Iran for over two years. He and his son Siamak Namazi were convicted of collaborating with a hostile power in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The elder Namazi has been diagnosed with narcolepsy in addition to battling a heart condition in prison.
Babak Namazi and the family’s attorney say they believe direct engagement between the US and Iran is “critically important” to secure the release of the elder Namazi.