Senior Houthi leader killed in clashes with Yemeni army

A senior field leader in the Houthi militia was killed in clashes with the Yemeni army in the Maran area. (September 26 screenshot)
Updated 24 August 2018
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Senior Houthi leader killed in clashes with Yemeni army

JEDDAH: A senior field leader in the Houthi militia was killed in clashes with the Yemeni army in the Maran area, south-west of Saada province on Friday.
Yemeni field sources said: “The leader of the militia, called Ali Hussein Shaibah Baazli, was killed with a number of his aides and guards, in an artillery attack on targeted rebel positions.”
In a statement broadcast by the Yemeni Ministry of Defense site, September Net, the source explained that Baazli was considered a close associate of Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi and was one of the founders of the Iranian-backed militia.
The source also confirmed the death of Houthi leaders Jaber Hussein Abu Lahi, along with Houthi supervisors Yahya Ali Akbi and Ali Naji Khlouf in the same artillery strike.
Yemeni National Army forces, along with the Saudi-led coalition, have been fighting fierce battles since last Tuesday, during which they have made significant progress in the main stronghold of Maran.


Le Drian says not aware France has Khashoggi tapes, contradicts Erdogan

Updated 12 November 2018
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Le Drian says not aware France has Khashoggi tapes, contradicts Erdogan

  • Erdogan on Saturday said France, Germany and Britain had been handed the tapes
  • Le Drian said Erdogan has a 'political game to play in these circumstances'

PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said France was not in possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, contradicting remarks by Turkey's president.

Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which President Tayyip Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.

Erdogan on Saturday said France, Germany and Britain had been handed the tapes, but in an interview on France 2, Le Drian said this was not the case, as far as he knew.

Asked if that meant Erdogan was lying, Le Drian said: “it means that he has a political game to play in these circumstances.”

Khashoggi’s murder provoked international outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington's plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

US President Donald Trump and Erdogan have discussed how to respond to the killing last month of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a White House official said on Sunday.