Saudi-led coalition vows to defeat terror in Yemen

Saudi led coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki gives a press conference at the King salman airbase in Riyadh, in this November 5, 2017 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 17 December 2018
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Saudi-led coalition vows to defeat terror in Yemen

  • North Korea supplied weapons including ballistic missiles to the Houthis after a deal reached in Damascus in 2016
  • Tens of Houthis were also killed on a number of fronts in the Al-Bayda province

RIYADH: Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, said that the Coalition is waging a war against terrorist groups in Yemen such as AQAP, Daesh and the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, which are joined by common extremist ideology and intolerance.
“The Coalition has and will continue to carry out joint operations with brotherly and friendly nations to dismantle the capabilities of said groups through air, naval and joint special forces operations under the international cooperative efforts to eradicate terrorism and sustain international security,” he said.
“We have followed what AP posted today titled ‘AP investigation: Yemen war binds US, allies, Al-Qaeda.’ What was stated in this article — whether it was stories or conclusions — is unfounded and expressed the personal opinion of the author as there were no tangible evidence nor convincing arguments.
“The writer should have followed the professional ethics of journalism,” he said.
Al-Maliki said the Coalition will continue its efforts and operations to combat terrorist groups in Yemen.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

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Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.