Houthis seized US citizen, say his colleagues

Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels. (AP)
Updated 29 September 2017
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Houthis seized US citizen, say his colleagues

DUBAI: Colleagues of an American engineer, who had been working in Yemen since the late 1980s, have alleged that Houthi rebels have detained him in Sanaa.
However, the Iran-aligned Houthis claimed Danny Lavon Burch had been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
An armed gang was behind “the criminal and cowardly act” of kidnapping Burch, a statement carried by the Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA said.
“The security services are tracking the perpetrators of the kidnapping and they will be brought to justice,” it said.
His wife, Nadia Burch, told Reuters earlier this week that her husband had been seized on Saturday after taking their children to school. He has worked in Yemen since the late 1980s, currently with the oil company Safer, said Burch, a Yemeni.
“He has no problems or disputes with anyone, which is why he didn’t leave as others did,” she said. “I ask for the release of my husband and his safe return to me.” She said the kidnappers had not contacted her and she was unsure of their identity.
A US State Department official said they were aware and concerned about the report of Burch’s disappearance.
Houthis and their ally deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh control Sanaa.
More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war. It began in March 2015 when the Houthis advanced on the interim headquarters of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern port city of Aden.


Iran launches air maneuvers near Strait of Hormuz

Updated 21 September 2018
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Iran launches air maneuvers near Strait of Hormuz

  • The drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.
Friday’s report says the drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets, including US-made F-4, French Mirage and Russian Sukhoi-22 planes. Five logistics and combat helicopters are also taking part in the exercise over the Arabian Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman.
It says the maneuver is a warning to Iran’s enemies that they face a quick, “stern response” in case of force toward Iran.
The exercise is part of annual manifestations on the anniversary of the start of the eight-year war Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched against Iran in 1980.