Top Yemen Bahai figure disappears amid Houthi crackdown

Friends of the spokesman for Yemen’s Bahai religious minority say he has been detained by Houthi militias who control the country’s north. (AFP)
Updated 12 October 2018
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Top Yemen Bahai figure disappears amid Houthi crackdown

CAIRO: Friends of the spokesman for Yemen’s Bahai religious minority say he has been detained by Houthi militias who control the country’s north.
Two friends of Abdullah Yahia Al-Ayolofi said Friday that unidentified men snatched Al-Ayolofi from a market in a district called Al-Jarraf in Sanaa on Thursday. His whereabouts remain unknown, they said.
A security official tells The Associated Press that Houthi militiamen seized Al-Ayolofi earlier in the week.
Al-Ayolofi, a convert to Bahaism, has been outspoken about Houthi abuses against Bahai followers.
All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
The Houthis’ leader has targeted Bahais in public speeches describing them as “satanic” and several Bahais have been detained, tortured and held incommunicado, according to the community’s United Nations representative.


Iraqi special forces kill 14 Daesh militants in country’s north

Updated 27 min 42 sec ago
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Iraqi special forces kill 14 Daesh militants in country’s north

  • The forces that said during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the US-led coalition
  • The operation lasted for two days and included Iraqi special forces rappelling from helicopters

BAGHDAD: Iraqi special forces say they have conducted an operation near the northern city of Kirkuk in which they killed 14 members of the Daesh group.
A statement from Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces on Monday says that during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the US-led coalition
The statement says the operation, just south of Kirkuk, lasted for two days and included Iraqi special forces rappelling from helicopters.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have since been trying to mount a guerrilla-style insurgency, going into hiding and staging surprise attacks in different parts of the country.