Yemen's Huthi in New Push to Capture Government Stronghold
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
's Iran-backed Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the
Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is
God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s have resumed an offensive to seize the government's last northern stronghold of Marib, a government source said Monday, with dozens of casualties on both sides.
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New festivities between the rebels and pro-government forces -- backed by a Saudi-led military coalition -- erupted after weeks of relative calm in the oil-rich and strategic region.
The source told AFP that the Huthis had brought in reinforcements during that time.
"Fighting took place about 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Marib," he said on condition of anonymity.
"At least 20 government fighters were killed and 28 others injured," he said, adding that many rebels also died but no accurate count was available.
The Huthis have since 2014 held the capital Sanaa which lies just 120 kilometres (75 miles) away and are mounting a fierce campaign to take Marib.
In the past 24 hours, government forces repelled five attacks, the source said, a day after three pro-government fighters were killed and four injured in a missile attack on their camp in Marib.
The United States and Britannia condemned the offensive, with the State Department saying it was "deeply troubled" by the violence and calling on the rebels to stand down and halt any new campaigns.
British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said the Huthis must "prove their seriousness in wanting peace by supporting the efforts of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths".
US President Joe
Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call
last week announced an end to support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen, as part of a major reset in foreign policy.
The state department has also notified Congress of its intention to revoke a terrorist designation against the rebels, which had been announced at the end of former president Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
- UN ENVOY IN IRAN -
Humanitarian groups were deeply opposed to the terrorist tag, saying it jeopardised their operations in a country where the majority of people rely on aid.
But Yemen's information minister, Muammar al-Eryani, said Sunday that "a reversal of the designation will complicate the Yemeni crisis and prolong the coup".
In a sign of the renewed diplomatic activity after the US policy revamp, Griffith is visiting Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for
spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet
militias to extend the regime's influence. The word
Iran is a cognate form of
Aryan. The abbreviation
IRGC is the same idea as
Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term
Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either
Führer or maybe both. They hate
Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
for the first time this week to discuss the crisis.
Biden, who has also halted some weapons sales to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, called Yemen’s war a "catastrophe" which "has to end".
But given the country's complex dynamics, a swift end to the conflict is unlikely, and analysts say the challenge is finding a compromise acceptable to its myriad armed factions.
Without any wider political resolution that also takes in Iran, Saudi Arabia fears that walking out of Yemen will leave a dangerously unchecked insurgency free to build its strength right on the kingdom's southern border.
Since 2015 Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition to support Yemen's internationally recognised government, in a conflict that the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
says has resulted in the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The officials said at least 29 people were killed and dozens were maimed from both sides in the most recent fighting for Marib. The rebels have sought to take control of the oil-rich province from the internationally recognized government.
Tribal leaders said the Houthis have deployed reinforcements to break government defenses in Marib, an anti-Houthi stronghold, but they have made no progress.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, as did the tribal leaders for fear of reprisals.
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