Yemeni forces near highway leading to Sanaa; bomb kills 3

Yemenis gather around a burnt vehicle at the site where a mine, that Yemeni soldiers were taking away in their vehicle, blew up in a marketplace on Saturday in Huta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists. (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2016
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Yemeni forces near highway leading to Sanaa; bomb kills 3

ADEN: The Yemeni Army and its allies in the Popular Resistance committees on Saturday reached the outskirts on route linking Sanaa and Marib after taking control of the mountains and highlands overlooking the region, military sources said.
The army and the committees — both loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — are trying to recapture Sanaa, still under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
The Houthis retained control over Sanaa after their attempted coup in September 2014.
In Taiz, the army and the committees defended their territories against an attack by the Houthis around the 35th Brigade, Madrat, Al-Han Mount and Al-Sayahi area west of the southwestern city.
Sources in the committees also reported a failed infiltration attempt by the Houthis into Sharaf Assalo, an area located south of Taiz.
The recent clashes led to the killing of 29 Houthis, while one pro-government fighter was killed, the sources said. At least 17 fighters from the pro-government camp were also injured.
Sources said an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition killed two Houthi field commanders, Aqeel Ali Ahmed Naji and Amin Faisal Moawad, in the province of Saada, bordering Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, three Yemeni soldiers were killed Saturday when a mine they had “dismantled” and taken away in their vehicle blew up as they stopped in a marketplace, a security official said.
Seven other people including three civilians were wounded in the blast in Huta, capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda, according to the official.
The soldiers had “dismantled” the mine planted by suspected extremists on a road on the edge of Huta and placed it in the back of their vehicle, he said, declining to be named.
The device exploded when they stopped at a market in the city, he added.


Iran commemorates war with parade of tanks, missiles

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Iran commemorates war with parade of tanks, missiles

  • Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of a Sept. 14 drone and missile attack on oil facilities

JEDDAH: As Saudi Arabia prepared to celebrate its National Day with entertainment events, firework displays and cultural events, Iran staged a military parade in Tehran on Sunday with tanks, missiles and armored vehicles.

President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian military leaders saluted as ranks of soldiers marched past them in tight unison, followed by an array of military hardware.

Among the weapons on display in the parade, held to mark the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, was an upgraded warhead for the Khorramshahr ballistic missile, said to have a range of 2,000km, and the Kaman 12 drone with a range of 1,000km. Speedboats and warships were shown in video footage on state TV.

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of a Sept. 14 drone and missile attack on oil facilities in the east of the Kingdom. After the attack the Pentagon ordered US troops to reinforce Saudi air and missile defenses.

In a speech at Monday’s parade, Rouhani denounced the US presence. “Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region,” he said.

“If they’re sincere, then they should not make our region the site of an arms race.

“Their presence has always brought pain and misery ... the farther they keep themselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be.”

The US aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops are for “deterrence and defense,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

“If that deterrence should continue to fail, I am also confident that President Trump would continue to take the actions that are necessary,” he said.