Iraqi Shiite cleric urges fighters to disarm after Daesh defeat

Muqtada Al-Sadr (AFP)
Updated 11 December 2017
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Iraqi Shiite cleric urges fighters to disarm after Daesh defeat

BAGHDAD: An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric is urging his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the declaration of victory against Daesh.
Muqtada Al-Sadr also called on his forces to hand some of the territory they control to other branches of Iraq’s security forces, but said his men would remain as protectors of a holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad.
Al-Sadr’s speech was broadcast on Iraq television on Monday.
Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared victory over Daesh in a national address on Saturday evening, after Iraqi forces cleared the last Daesh strongholds from Iraq’s western desert.
Al-Sadr’s fighters took up arms against Daesh in the summer of 2014 after the fall of Mosul and are officially part of the government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces.


Yemen army liberates Numan in Al-Bayda province from Houthi militia

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Yemen army liberates Numan in Al-Bayda province from Houthi militia

  • The National Army launched last Wednesday a large-scale military operation to free the remaining areas of the province still under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militia
  • Army forces continue to advance to cut the main road linking the provinces of Al-Bayda and Sanaa

DUBAI: The Yemen army has liberated Numan in Al-Bayda province on Friday, Governor Naser Al-Sawadi said. 

The governor praised the support of the Arab coalition for the liberation of several areas in the province and called on residents join the national army to liberate the remaining areas, in a statement on Yemen’s official news agency.

The National Army launched last Wednesday a large-scale military operation to free the remaining areas of the province still under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Mohamed Ali Al-Omari said that the National Army cut the supply line for the militia operating in ​​Awwad and Wahabiya after the liberation of Aqaba.

He pointed out that army forces continue to advance to cut the main road linking the provinces of Al-Bayda and Sanaa.

The fighting has killed more than 37 members of the Houthi militia, including a militia cameraman, and has wounded others.

More than 30 militia members were also captured and three combat vehicles destroyed.