Yemen govt forces battle Houthis on two fronts

A Yemeni fighter loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi stands guard next to a pick up truck near Kahbub, on a mountainous area overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait at the entrance to the Red Sea, on Sept. 15, 2016. Yemeni pro-government forces battled Shiite Houthi rebels on two fronts Saturday, including east of Taiz where they are struggling to break a siege of the southwestern city. (AFP / NABIL HASSAN)
Updated 17 September 2016
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Yemen govt forces battle Houthis on two fronts

ADEN, Yemen: Yemeni pro-government forces battled Shiite Houthi rebels on two fronts Saturday, including east of Taiz where they are struggling to break a siege of the southwestern city, military sources said.
“Five rebels and one of our soldiers were killed in the fighting” near Taiz, a local pro-government commander, Fadl Hassan, told AFP.
He said loyalist forces drove rebels and their allies from five hills in the Sharija region on the borders of Taiz and Lahj provinces.
“We are trying to break the siege (imposed by rebels) of Taiz,” Hassan said, adding that pro-government forces launched the operation from the eastern side of the city.
Forces loyal to the embattled government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have struggled since the end of August to break the siege of Taiz which the rebels have surrounded for more than a year.
Pro-government forces also clashed with rebels east of the Yemeni capital, with fighting concentrated in the strategic Sarwah region leading to Sanaa, military sources said.
The Houthis, who seized Sanaa two years ago, were putting up fierce resistance despite also coming under attack from Saudi-led coalition air strikes, the sources added.
Witnesses also reported air strikes targeting rebel positions in Nahm northeast of Sanaa, and in the coastal city of Hodeida to the west.
The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to help shore up Hadi’s government.
The conflict has since killed more than 6,600 people, most of them civilians, and displaced at least three million, the United Nations says.
Fighting intensified after the collapse in early August of UN-mediated peace talks held in Kuwait.


Pence: Time has come for European partners to stop undermining Iran sanctions

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Pence: Time has come for European partners to stop undermining Iran sanctions

  • Vice President of the United States Mike Pence: Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world
  • Pence also called on the EU to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal

LONDON: The time has come for the United States' European partners to stop undermining sanctions on Iran, the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference. 

Pence added that Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world, and called on the European Union to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. 

The US vice-president also vowed that the United States would "hunt down" Daesh even after pulling its troops out of Syria, where the terrorists are facing the loss of their final scrap of land.
"The United States will continue to work with all our allies to hunt down the remnants of ISIS wherever and whenever they rear their ugly heads," Pence told the Munich Security Conference.

The US withdrew unilaterally last year from the Iran nuclear deal offering Iran incentives in exchange for limiting its nuclear capability and re-imposed tough sanctions, leaving the Europeans, as well as China and Russia, scrambling to try and keep it alive.