Coalition fighter jets destroy Houthi missile site in Yemen

Arab Coalition fighter jets destroyed a ballistic missile launcher belonging to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Saada governorate. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Coalition fighter jets destroy Houthi missile site in Yemen

JEDDAH: Fighter jets from the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen on Saturday destroyed a ballistic missile launcher belonging to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Al-Amshiah area of the As-Safra district, in Saada governorate.
Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the launcher’s location was detected and the coordinates of the site were passed to the fighter jets, which targeted and destroyed the vehicle at dawn on Saturday.
Coalition aircraft also destroyed a radar site used by the terrorist group. The radar was tracking the coalition aircraft in the Mount Anem area.
Al-Maliki said the radar site was targeted and destroyed on Friday night, killing a number of Houthi experts.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army’s naval formation forces foiled a bombing operation in which the Houthi militia was planning to attack international shipping in the Red Sea with a booby-trapped boat.
A military source in Yemen’s fifth military region in Yemen said that the naval formation in the region, with the support of the Arab Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen, managed to seize a booby-trapped boat by sent by the terrorist group toward international waters in the Red Sea.
The source added that the booby-trapped boat was carrying explosive devices and traveling at a high speed of 35 miles per hour to intercept one of the merchant ships present in the sea.
The source pointed out that the naval military teams of the Yemeni army were able to intercept the boat until they were able to stop it in one of the unpopulated islands.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.