Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah is said to have met with members of the Houthi militia. (AFP/File/Patrick Baz)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

  • It is understood that Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam
  • The Hexbollah leader and the Houthi militia discussed the war in Yemen

BEIRUT: Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from the Houthi militia.
The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen’s war.
Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi fighters, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Hezbollah, which is also an Iran-allied Shiite group, says the Houthis are fighting a war against “Saudi and American imperialism.”
Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them.


US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

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US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

WASHINGTON: he United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.
Besides the new Block 70/72 F-16s, equipped with state of the art electronic systems and weaponry, Washington also approved the modernization of 23 F-16s already in the Moroccan air force fleet, for $983 million.
The State Department said the sale would not affect the balance of forces in the region.
It can still be blocked by the US Congress, which has 30 days to raise any objections.
More than 4,500 of the Lockheed Martin-built F-16s have been delivered since 1978.
It is gradually being replaced by the stealth F-35 fighters but more than 3,000 of F-16s are still in use in 25 countries, thanks to constant upgrades.
The Moroccan military ordered 24 F-16s in 2008. It lost one aircraft in action in 2015 during Saudi-led air operations in Yemen.