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Earlier, the New York Times quoted American officials as saying that “Yemen had withdrawn permission for the US to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country.”


US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

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US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

  • The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism
  • The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened

WASHINGTON: The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East.
The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism released on Wednesday said Iran and its proxies are responsible for fomenting violence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened from the war in Syria and with valuable battlefield experience they seek to leverage elsewhere.
In addition, the survey reported a 24 percent decrease in attacks around the world between 2016 and 2017. That was due mainly to a sharp decline in the number of attacks in Iraq, where the Daesh group has been largely displaced.