Yemeni army advances north of Al-Jawf province

A Pro-government Yemeni soldier fires a machine gun. (AFP)
Updated 10 June 2018

Yemeni army advances north of Al-Jawf province

  • Field sources reported that Wadi Khib and several other locations were liberated following clashes with the Houthis, leaving 15 militants dead and wounding several others
  • Arab coalition forces jets carried out raids on militant positions, causing heavy damage to military vehicles and equipment

DUBAI: Yemen’s national army, backed by the Arab coalition, reclaimed new strategic positions from the Iran-backed Houthi militia north of Al-Jawf province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Field sources reported that Wadi Khib and several other locations were liberated following clashes with the Houthis, leaving 15 militants dead and wounding several others.
Arab coalition forces jets also carried out raids on militant positions, causing heavy damage to military vehicles and equipment.


Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani tenders his resignation

Updated 23 October 2019

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani tenders his resignation

  • Rabbani’s departure may not affect Ashraf’s already weak government because Rabbani was disqualified from office by Parliament three years ago
  • Part of Rabbani’s differences with Ghani surfaced openly earlier this month when Rabbani’s office welcomed Pakistani efforts regarding the Afghan peace process

KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani tendered his resignation on Wednesday following differences with President Ashraf Ghani, who Rabbani accused of sidelining him.
His departure may not affect Ashraf’s already weak government because Rabbani was disqualified from office by Parliament three years ago, and served as acting minister on the basis of an order by the president.
Rabbani is an ally of Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who shares power with Ghani and is the president’s election rival.
Rabbani’s resignation comes weeks ahead of the possible formation of a new government if an election winner is announced.
“During my time, the working environment in the National Unity Government was not good from the start,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
“I witnessed parallel structures being created and have seen essential institutions — key pillars of the system — pushed to the side.”
The presidential palace had no immediate comment about Rabbani’s resignation or his allegations, which according to his supporters include being barred from attending conferences and events overseas that fall under his remit.
Part of Rabbani’s differences with Ghani surfaced openly earlier this month when Rabbani’s office welcomed Pakistani efforts regarding the Afghan peace process, which included a warm reception in Islamabad to a visiting Taliban delegation. The Afghan presidential palace openly opposed Pakistan’s warm welcome of the delegation.