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Fighting Rages on Yemen-Saudi Border

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Fighting in Yemen, with government forces and their Saudi-led allies battling Houthi rebels backed by Iran, raged from Friday into Saturday on the Saudi-Yemen border, despite a 72-hour cease-fire that ended late Saturday.

Witnesses reported Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Houthi missile launchers east of the capital, Sana’a.

All parties had agreed to honor the U.N.-backed truce as a means to allow critically needed supplies to reach civilians cut off from outside help.

U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed had described the truce as “largely holding” on Saturday and was seeking to extend it, but there was no information available on whether combatants would agree to such a move.

Ahmed described the cease-fire as an opportunity to establish a foundation for talks to end nearly two years of civil war in Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia on the south. Monitors say nearly 7,000 people, at least half of them civilians, have died since the uprising began.

Late Friday, Ahmed met in the Saudi capital with exiled Yemen Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, and said afterward that Yemeni government forces were “exercising restraint” in the face of what he said were more than 400 truce violations by Shi’ite rebel fighters.

The cease-fire was the sixth formal attempt to end the fighting since the Saudi-led Sunni coalition of Gulf states intervened early last year to support the internationally recognized Sunni government of President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi.

Houthis launched their rebellion in 2014, after years of accusing the Sunni-led Sana’a government of widespread discrimination.

VOA



20 Comments on "Fighting Rages on Yemen-Saudi Border"

  1. joe on Mon, 24th Oct 2016 8:43 am 

    Saudi still using a mercenary army to fight Shiites in Arabia? Saudis, they so lazzzzay!

  2. Anonymous on Mon, 24th Oct 2016 3:06 pm 

    LoL, VOA….

  3. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Mon, 24th Oct 2016 4:31 pm 

    Saudi Arabia is just mad cuz Iran is better at Syria than they are.

  4. Boat on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 7:19 pm 

    Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east

    Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO’s biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.

    Germany, Canada and other NATO allies also pledged forces at a defense ministers meeting in Brussels on the same day two Russian warships armed with cruise missiles entered the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Denmark, underscoring East-West tensions.

    In Madrid, the foreign ministry said Russia had withdrawn a request to refuel three warships in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta after NATO allies said they could be used to target civilians in Syria.

    The ships were part of an eight-ship carrier battle group – including Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov – that is expected to join around 10 other Russian vessels already off the Syrian coast, diplomats said.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the troop contributions to a new 4,000-strong force in the Baltics and eastern Europe were a measured response to what the alliance believes are some 330,000 Russian troops stationed on Russia’s western flank near Moscow.

    “This month alone, Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad and suspended a weapons-grade plutonium agreement with the United States,” Stoltenberg said, also accusing Russia of continued support for rebels in Ukraine.

    Those ballistic missiles can hit targets across Poland and the Baltics, although NATO officials declined to say if Russia had moved nuclear warheads to Kaliningrad.

    NATO’s aim is to make good on a July promise by NATO leaders to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated the annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

    NATO’s plan is to set up four battle groups with a total of some 4,000 troops from early next year, backed by a 40,000-strong rapid-reaction force, and if need be, follow-on forces.

    As part of that, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced a “battle-ready battalion task force” of about 900 soldiers would be sent to eastern Poland, as well as another, separate force equipped with tanks and other heavy equipment to move across eastern Europe.

    “It’s a major sign of the U.S. commitment to strengthening deterrence here,” Carter said.

    Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain would send an 800-strong battalion to Estonia, supported by French and Danish troops, starting from May. The United States wants its troops in position by June.

    London is also sending Typhoon fighter aircraft to Romania to patrol around the Black Sea, partly in support of Turkey.

    “Although we are leaving the European Union, we will be doing more to help secure the eastern and southern flanks of NATO,” Fallon said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-russia-idUSKCN12P31W

  5. GregT on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 9:33 pm 

    reuters Boat,

    The propaganda doesn’t get any more obvious. Not to worry though, there probably isn’t many more than a few ICBMs pointed at Houston. I’d be stocking up on iodine pills if I was you.

  6. Anonymous on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 9:47 pm 

    LoL, reuters…

  7. joe on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 10:20 pm 

    People worry about Russia, the real enemy is cancers and bicycles. As for ww3, thats the philosophical war, its gonna be about 20 mins long so dont worry, when it does come you wont live long enough to worry about the consequences.

  8. Boat on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 1:36 am 

    greggiet,

    I think the information is probably correct. The amount of troops and hardware is rather small. This is just a move to reassure Poland that nato and the US has it’s back. Of course a doomer would jump to nuke fear.

  9. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:41 am 

    The info about the further build up of ‘western’ troops and military hardware along Russia’s borders is correct Boat. The reasons stated for doing so are purely propaganda.

    While ‘the best defence is a good offence” might be a good strategy in children’s games like football, it is not a good strategy when going up against the world’s largest nuclear
    armed nation. If you are not afraid of the potential consequences of doing so, then you have lowered your personal idiocy bar even further.

    2016 Doomsday Clock Statement Science and Security Board Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

    It is still 3 minutes to midnight.

    2016: “Last year, the Science and Security Board moved the Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes to midnight, noting: ‘The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.’ That probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act—immediately.”

    Stupid doomer atomic scientists. LOL

  10. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:47 am 

    “Last year, we wrote that world leaders had failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from the danger posed by climate change and nuclear war, and that those failures endangered every person on Earth. In keeping the hands of the Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board mean to make a clear statement: The world situation remains highly threatening to humanity, and decisive action to reduce the danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change is urgently required.

    http://thebulletin.org/sites/default/files/2016%20doomsday%20clock%20statement%20-%20final%5B5%5D.pdf

  11. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:54 am 

    “Conflict over free passage in the South China Sea is another worrisome development. China’s territorial claims to islands there—some of which it has enlarged
    for military purposes—are contested primarily by countries in the region. But as legally justi able as they may be, recent US e orts to assert a right of free passage
    in the South China Sea by sending a naval vessel and airplanes close to those islands have the potential to escalate into major conflict between nuclear powers.”

  12. Boat on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 3:13 pm 

    Greggiet,

    Putin has 300,000 on the border. So nato and the US put 4,000 in Poland in response is what you call the best defense is offence. Lol.

    Fear of worlds biggest nuclear arsenal. I would argue a few dozen nukes would kill the world. Having more is simply overkill. If you want to fear and doom with a little more common sense look to the new clashes on the border of India and Pakistan. They have enough nukes to destroy the world many times over.

  13. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 3:43 pm 

    Boat,

    The United States has over 2.2 million active and reserve military personnel. The US has every right to move those personnel anywhere that it wishes within the confines of US territory. If China and Russia were to deploy military equipment and personnel on the borders surrounding the USA, that would be considered to be an act of aggression, and a precursor to war. Why do you believe that it OK for the US and Nato to do the same to Russia, without any repercussions?

    A few dozen nukes would not kill the world. The United States alone has already detonated over 200 nuclear warheads above ground, as has Russia.

  14. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 3:49 pm 

    Sorry, as has the USSR. Russia and the USSR are not the same thing.

  15. Boat on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 7:23 pm 

    greggiet,

    Consensus decision-making is a fundamental principle which has been accepted as the sole basis for decision-making in NATO since the creation of the Alliance in 1949.

    Consensus decision-making means that there is no voting at NATO. Consultations take place until a decision that is acceptable to all is reached. Sometimes member countries agree to disagree on an issue. In general, this negotiation process is rapid since members consult each other on a regular basis and therefore often know and understand each other’s positions in advance.

    When troops are deployed it is the agreement of 28 countries.

    Testing nukes and the debris from population centers are quite different. India and Pakistan have an estimated 230 nukes between them.

  16. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:40 pm 

    Boat,

    The link that you forgot to add: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_49178.htm

    What else would you expect NATO to say about itself?

    How about an independent view?

    Formed in 1949, NATO is a Trans-Atlantic alliance between Western nations aimed at increasing military cooperation to keep each other safe. Ironically, however, NATO almost directly triggered the founding of the Warsaw Pact, a similar treaty, but between Communist states, that arguably led to the escalation of the notorious Cold War.

    At the time, both the United States and the Soviet Union were in the midst of a dangerous rivalry, mirroring each other’s actions when one pulled ahead. In 1990 – a year prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union – the Warsaw Pact was terminated. The Cold War was a conflict in which both sides copied each other for four decades, so logically when the Warsaw Pact came to an end, so should have NATO.

    This, however, did not happen. Instead, the US did quite the opposite and moved to expand its sphere of influence through NATO. Since 1990, the unnecessary and futile war in Afghanistan is just one of many examples in which NATO has tried to intervene in an unstable country and just made the situation worse, taking the lives of many innocent civilians and of its own soldiers too.

    Furthermore, in 1999, NATO took on a New Strategic Concept, supporting offensive action at any location in Eurasia. This expansion has only strained tensions between the US and Russia, as the latter now sees itself surrounded and threatened by NATO bases in nearby areas, such as in the Balkans, the Middle East and in Central Asia.

    This tension eventually had its consequences, when in 2013 the crisis in Ukraine began. One of the causes leading to the annexation of Crimea was the ever increasing presence of NATO in the Eastern European region, which was not justified. The United States viewed this situation as an opportunity, and boosted the alliance further than it already had. NATO even partook in joint military activity in Ukraine in 2014.

    The reality is that NATO is an expensive and needless organisation that is the cause of much instability across the world, and must therefore be disbanded.

    http://www.infosource.london/world/why-nato-should-be-disbanded

  17. makati1 on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 10:58 pm 

    GregT, Boat is drunk on that US Government Koolaid. No way to reason with a drunk. Just let him lay in the gutter with the other drunks.

  18. GregT on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:06 pm 

    Boat,

    “Testing nukes and the debris from population centers are quite different.”

    I look forward to your in-depth, expert analysis in regards to your above assertion.

    “India and Pakistan have an estimated 230 nukes between them.”

    WORLD NUCLEAR WEAPON STOCKPILE

    “Nine countries in the world possess a total of 15,375 nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia account for 93 percent of them.”

    http://www.ploughshares.org/world-nuclear-stockpile-report

    Putin Warns “US Has Pushed Russia Back Into Nuclear Arms Race”

    October 27, 2016

    Having unveiled the first images of its new nuclear missile capable of reaching US soil, Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning today that Washington’s actions are “pushing Russian into a nuclear arms race,” forcing Russia “to develop its nuclear attack systems.”

    Yesterday, Russia reveals photos of a new highly advanced liquid fuelled heavy ICBM capable of evading anti-missile defences and hitting US territory with 10 tonne nuclear payload.

    With some Obama Administration officials openly advocating starting a war with Russia over Syria, it is noteworthy that a lot of top Pentagon officials are treating the conflict as all but inevitable. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hyped Russian modernization efforts, but declared that they “will lose to the American Army.”

    Russian officials have been cognizant of the possibility, insisting that Russia “can now fight a conventional war in Europe,” comments which Gen. Milley dismissed as “bluster, hubris, bravado.” and insisting that war with other nation-states “is almost guaranteed.”

    Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Joe Dunford also complained about recent modernization efforts within the Russian military, claiming that they are threatening American interests with their capabilities, while Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work referred to them as America’s “competitor.”

    Of course, the United States spends many, many times what Russia does on its military, but the fact that Russia has a proper military capable of defending the nation at all puts it in a total different category from most of America’s recent wars, and Russia’s massive nuclear arsenal makes it clear this is one war which, if the US launches it, they won’t be able to win outright.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-27/putin-warns-us-has-pushed-russia-back-nuclear-arms-race

  19. Theedrich on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 11:35 pm 

    Is the U.S. diabolically possessed?  The Jew has convinced the (to paraphrase wunder-Yid Jonathan Gruber, architect of Ø-Care) “stupid American goyim” that the Germans and Japanese of the 1930s and 40s were agents of the devil — a subservience which, according to the Chosenite lie, justified the Anglo-American carpet-bombing and nuking of civilians in enemy nations.

    As it turns out, however, any alleged sins of the WW II “axis of evil” were as nothing compared to the never-ending murderousness of America.  Indeed, since 1900, Yankeeland has repeatedly delivered itself to the bloodthirsty Demonic Party and massacred great numbers of people under the pretext of morality.

    Moreover today, if there is any candidate for the title of globe-trotting demoniac, it is Hillary Clinton.  And it is the hypocritical Anglophone world, directed by the U.S. which — with its carpet-bombing, droning and, most mind-bogglingly, nuclear weapons aimed at civilian targets — has invented true genocide.

    Paul Craig Roberts put it succinctly when he said in an interview that “The entire West has become a psychopathic glob devouring everything in its path.”  Ex-NATO General Wesley Clark revealed that, shortly after 9/11, the Bush administration (i.e., the “Deep State” controlling it) revealed its plan to “regime-change” Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.  Behind and underlying all of this slaughter was the ominous Dark Force which seized upon 9/11 as an opportunity to never let a “crisis go to waste” (as Rahm Emanuel put it).

    Interestingly, the Russians are now developing a super-nuke which U.S. aggressors are calling “Satan 2,” after they had already termed its predecessor “Satan.”  This kind of naming is typical of the psychotic projection used by the American devotees of the Inferno.  If that weapon of horror is ever used, it will be exactly what the real Satan has been planning all along, using his willing partners in the American high command — and the witch possessed by a legion of fiends.

  20. makati1 on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 3:59 am 

    Perfect picture of the US today, Theedrich.

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