Arab coalition ‘clipped Iran’s wings in Yemen’

Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi salutes during a visit to the country's northern province of Marib on July 10, 2016. (REUTERS/Ali Owidha)
Updated 12 July 2016
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Arab coalition ‘clipped Iran’s wings in Yemen’

ADEN: The Arab coalition — led by Saudi Arabia to confront the coup carried out by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen — has succeeded in curtailing Tehran’s ambitions in the region, said Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
During a meeting in the province of Marib with the executive, military, security leaders and party members, Hadi said the coalition, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, “has restored the nation’s glory and foiled Iranian intervention.”
Hadi pledged not to allow Iran and its tools — the Houthis and the thugs supporting deposed President Abdullah Saleh — to achieve their goals.
He pointed out that the Houthi militia and Saleh’s men have expropriated cities and the resources of the state to serve foreign objectives and agenda.
He said: “We will not allow that, no matter how many sacrifices we have to make to defend the revolution, unity, freedom and justice.
He added: “We will not deviate from the hopes and aspirations of the Yemeni people to establish a federal, secure, just and stable country, where justice and equality prevail.”


Truckloads of civilians leave Daesh enclave in Syria

Updated 22 February 2019
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Truckloads of civilians leave Daesh enclave in Syria

  • The village is all that remains for Daesh in the Euphrates valley region that became its final populated stronghold in Iraq and Syria
  • The SDF has steadily driven the militants down the Euphrates after capturing their Syrian capital

NEAR BAGHOU: Trucks loaded with civilians left the last Daesh enclave in eastern Syria on Friday, as US-backed forces waited to inflict final defeat on the surrounded militants.
Reporters near the front line at Baghouz saw dozens of trucks driving out with civilians inside them, but it was not clear if more remained in the tiny pocket.
The village is all that remains for Daesh in the Euphrates valley region that became its final populated stronghold in Iraq and Syria after it lost the major cities of Mosul and Raqqa in 2017.
The SDF has steadily driven the militants down the Euphrates after capturing their Syrian capital, Raqqa, in 2017, but does not want to mount a final attack until all civilians are out.
The US-led coalition which supports the SDF has said Islamic State’s “most hardened fighters” remain holed up in Baghouz, close to the Iraqi frontier.
Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF’s media office, earlier told Reuters that more than 3,000 civilians were estimated to still be inside Baghouz and there would be an attempt to evacuate them on Friday.
“If we succeed in evacuating all the civilians, at any moment we will take the decision to storm Baghouz or force the terrorists to surrender,” he said.
Though the fall of Baghouz marks a milestone in the campaign against Islamic State and the wider conflict in Syria, the militant group is still seen as a major security threat.
It has steadily turned to guerrilla warfare and still holds territory in a remote, sparsely populated area west of the Euphrates River — a part of Syria otherwise controlled by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies.
The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 troops, saying they had defeated Daesh militants in Syria.

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