Operations against Houthis continuing, says Yemeni army chief

The victories and achievements of the Yemeni National Army have been praised. (AFP/File)
Updated 07 September 2018
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Operations against Houthis continuing, says Yemeni army chief

  • Security of liberated areas and development of Yemen’s armed forces also discussed during meeting with commanders in Aden

ADEN: Military operations are continuing on a number of fronts in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, said Dr. Taher Al-Aqeeli, the chief of staff of the Yemeni National Army.

During a meeting with military commanders in Aden, he also praised the efforts and victories achieved by the National Army and the forces of the 4th Military Region against the terrorist militias, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

According to the Yemen News Agency, he also discussed efforts that are underway to maintain security and stability in liberated areas, and to build and develop the armed forces into a solid military presence that can protect the country and its people.


Iraq court condemns to death ‘deputy of Daesh leader’

Updated 19 September 2018
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Iraq court condemns to death ‘deputy of Daesh leader’

  • An Iraqi courtsentenced to death by hanging one of the most prominent leaders of Daesh
  • Al-Ithawi was extradited from Turkey earlier this year having fled Syria as the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” crumbled

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent militant described as a deputy of Daesh group leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to death on terrorism charges.
“The Karkh criminal court in Baghdad sentenced to death by hanging one of the most prominent leaders of Daesh, who served as a deputy of Baghdadi,” judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said.
Ismail Alwan Salman Al-Ithawi was extradited from Turkey earlier this year having fled Syria as the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” crumbled.
He was tracked and detained through cooperation between Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, a senior Iraqi official told AFP in February.
A native of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, Ithawi was accused of holding several positions including Daesh “minister” in charge of religious edicts.
Iraq declared “victory” over Daesh In December after a three-year war against the extremists who once controlled nearly one third of the country as well as swathes of neighboring Syria.
Baghdadi has been pronounced dead on several occasions, but an Iraqi intelligence official said in May that he remained alive in Syrian territory by the Iraqi border.
The Daesh chief called on Muslims to wage “jihad” in a purported new audio recording released last month.