Yemen’s president vows to pursue terrorist organizations and drain their resources

Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour arrives to address the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2017 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Yemen’s president vows to pursue terrorist organizations and drain their resources

DUBAI: Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Sunday that terrorist elements, and those who support and finance them, are trying in vain to disturb the security and stability of Aden, the interim capital of Yemen, Saudi state TV channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
The statement was made during a phone call between the president and Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ahmed Al-Misri after a suicide attack targeted the headquarters of the anti-terrorism forces in Gold Mohr in Aden’s Tawahi district, according to Yemen’s official news agency.
During the call, Hadi reiterated that these actions will not discourage the Yemeni people from striving to regain security and stability in the country.
Al-Misri also said that the security forces are continuing their primary mission of fighting terrorism and targeting its sources.
The Yemeni Interior Ministry announced on its official website that the suicide attack killed two soldiers and wounded 53, including civilians, according to an initial toll.


Turkish police detain 12 academics, activists in raids

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Turkish police detain 12 academics, activists in raids

  • They are being questioned over their links to the Anatolia Culture Association founded by Osman Kavala
  • Police are searching for eight other people linked to the association

ANKARA: Police in Istanbul detained 12 academics, businesspeople and journalists as part of an investigation into an association that was headed by a jailed prominent businessman and activist, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Friday.
Anadolu Agency said professors Betul Tanbay and Turgut Tarhanli of Istanbul’s Bosphorus and Bilgi universities and journalist Cigdem Mater were among those detained in simultaneous police operations in the city.
They are being questioned over their links to the Anatolia Culture Association founded by Osman Kavala, a philanthropist businessman who was arrested a year ago pending trial, accused of alleged attempts to “abolish” the constitutional order and the government. No indictment has been issued against him.
Anadolu said police were searching for eight other people linked to the association which says it aims to promote peace and minority rights through culture.
Since an attempted coup in 2016, Turkey’s government has been accused of stifling freedom of expression for arresting thousands of people for alleged connections to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the failed attempt, or links to terror groups. It has purged many more people from state institutions and jailed dozens of journalists.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Kavala “Turkey’s Soros,” a reference to American billionaire George Soros, whose Open Society Foundations have funded education, health, justice and media projects around the world. Pro-government media in Turkey accuse Kavala of engaging in anti-government conspiracies.
Eleven prominent activists, including Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, were arrested last year at their hotel on an island off of Istanbul while training. They were eventually released from jail pending the outcome of their trial for supporting terror groups.
Separately on Friday, police detained 86 people, most of them former Air Force personnel, in operations across Turkey and were looking for 100 others for alleged links to Gulen’s movement, Anadolu reported.
More than 15,000 people have been purged from the military since the coup, Turkey’s defense minister has said.
The cleric denies involvement in the coup.