Yemen airstrikes very accurate, respecting military rules of engagement: Arab coalition incidents assessment team

Mansour Ahmed Al-Mansour. (AN photo)
Updated 07 March 2018

Yemen airstrikes very accurate, respecting military rules of engagement: Arab coalition incidents assessment team

JEDDAH: Coalition forces always took into consideration that air strikes should abide by international humanitarian law and rules of engagement, Mansour bin Ahmed Al-Mansour, spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), said on Tuesday.
Al-Mansour was speaking at a press conference at the Officers’ Club in Riyadh to announce the team’s findings in response to allegations by international organizations about coalition military operations targeting Houthi militias.
Al-Mansour said that military intervention, mainly through air strikes, always has one priority, which was to hit military targets using state-of-the-art technology that guaranteed accuracy in striking the posts of Houthi militias, always taking into consideration that these strikes abide by the international humanitarian law and the rules of military engagement.
He responded to 14 allegations that were investigated by the assessment team, an initiative of the coalition forces to ensure that all military operations are executed professionally and accurately while sparing the lives of civilians, one of the top priorities of the coalition, and reflecting its seriousness in bearing the consequences of any mistakes that might occur.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”