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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran arrests 10 suspects in suicide bombing that killed two
2018-12-10
[AlAhram] Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car kaboom this week that killed at least two coppers, police chief Hossein Ashtari said on Sunday.

"Good clues have been obtained and hopefully with the public’s cooperation ... we will get to the main leads," Ashtari was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

More suspects have been identified and are being sought, Ashtari added.

At least 48 people were also injured in Thursday’s suicide car kaboom by a Sunni murderous Moslem group on a police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran, according to state media.

While suicide kabooms are rare in Iran, Sunni murderous Moslem groups have carried out several attacks on security forces in recent years in Sistan-Baluchestan province, where Chabahar is located.

The province is home to a Sunni minority in the largely Shi’ite country, and it has also long been plagued by violence from both drug smugglers and separatists.

The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group and Iranian state media reported that Sunni Baluch murderous Moslem group Ansar al-Furqan
...the Sunni Arab jihadi/separatist group based along the Iranian border with Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. It’s been a thorn in the Iranian side for the past quarter century...
had grabbed credit for the attack.

Tehran accuses its Sunni-led regional rival 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...
and its arch-enemy, the United States, of funding Sunni murderous Moslems, a charge Riyadh and Washington deny.

Iran has threatened to hit murderous Moslem bases in neighboring Pakistain unless Islamabad took action to secure its border area, which Tehran says has become a safe haven for anti-Iran groups to operate.
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Arabia
Six Yemeni missiles hit gatherings of Saudi-led forces in Jizan
2018-12-07
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
Ansarullah movement, have hit gatherings of Saudi soldiers and Saudi-led mercenaries in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region with six domestically-manufactured missiles in retaliation for the kingdom’s campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing unnamed military officials from the missile unit of the Yemeni army, reported on Thursday that six Zelzal-1 (Quake-1) short-range missiles hit the enemy gatherings off Qais Mountain and the village of al-Laj in Jizan province on Thursday.

It added that the projectiles had successfully struck the designated targets, killing an unspecified number of enemy forces.

The report added that at least three Saudi-led forces had been killed and two others maimed by explosives planted by Yemeni troops in al-Nar Mount area in Jizan.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
al-Masirah said in a separate report that the Yemeni army managed to shoot down a spy drone belonging to Saudi-led forces in the coasts of Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran will punish terrorists, their masters
2018-12-07
[PRESSTV] Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned a fatal terror attack that targeted Iran's strategic port city of Chabahar, vowing that the Islamic Theocratic Republic will bring the perpetrators and "their masters" to justice.

The top Iranian diplomat took to his Twitter page on Thursday to react to the car kaboom, which he said was perpetrated by "foreign-backed terrorists."
"We support our own terrorists, others are bad"
Earlier in the day, a vehicle laden with explosives went off close to a police headquarters in Chabahar, situated in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan.

The terrorist behind the wheel was seeking to force his way into the police post, but failed to do so as local security forces quickly intervened.

At least two coppers bit the dust and some 40 other people sustained injuries in the kaboom, which also killed the bomber.

The so-called Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group later grabbed credit for the assault.

"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won’t go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured snuffies en route from UAE," Zarif wrote in the tweet.

He was apparently referring to a highly successful operation by Iranian intelligence services, which led to the capture in 2010 of Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of the so-called Jundullah terror group. The bad boy outfit under Rigi was dismantled and he was executed later that year.

That operation followed a 2009 terror attack by bad boy forces of Evil that claimed over 40 lives in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province.

"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring forces of Evil & their masters to justice," the foreign minister emphasized.

Sistan-and-Baluchestan -- which borders Pakistain -- has suffered several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.

Iranian forces, from time to time, bust terrorist ringlets in the province, foiling their planned attacks and confiscating weapons and ammunition in the course of such security operations.

'ENEMIES SEEK CHAOS IN IRAN'S BIGGEST OCEANIC PORT'
Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
Rahmdel Bameri, caretaker of the Governor's Office in Chabahar County, underlined the strategic significance of the city as a free trade zone, which has a deep-water port on the Sea of Oman.

Chabahar is also the site of a port complex, which is being developed in cooperation with India as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan.

Bameri added that such attacks are meant to "destabilize Chabahar, Iran's largest oceanic port, and disrupt the peaceful and friendly climate in there."
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Suicide car bombing kills 2 in southeast Iran, state TV says
2018-12-06
[SD Union Trib] A suicide car bomber attacked a police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, killing at least two police and wounding 28 people, state TV reported. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The suicide attacker driving a vehicle loaded with explosives drove up to the police headquarters, provincial official Rahmdel Bameri told state TV. He said police officers blocked the vehicle and started firing at the driver, who then detonated the explosives.

State TV also aired footage of smoke rising over the city. State television said two police officers were killed, lowering an earlier death toll of three without explanation.

Authorities did not identify who was behind the attack, but Iranian media initially blamed the attack on Ansar Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group.

Ansar Furqan is known to operate in Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers. A year ago, the group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province.

Chabahar, near the border with Pakistan on the Sea of Oman, is home to a newly built port and is an economic free zone.
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Arabia
NileSat takes Yemeni Ansarullah-linked al-Masirah TV channel off air
2018-11-29
[PRESSTV] Egyptian satellite company NileSat has reportedly taken Yemeni Arabic-language al-Massirah television channel off air for affiliation to the Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
Ansarullah movement, which has been fighting the Saudi-led military aggression against the impoverished Arab country over the past few years.

Nilesat cut the broadcast of the Leb-based TV station on Wednesday evening. Technicians scrambled to reprogram satellite receivers after the station switched its broadcast to Russia’s Express satellite provider.

The channel can now be received on Express AM44 (11° West), frequency: 11177 MHz, vertical polarization, symbol rate: 3000, FEC ¾. A Full HD receiver is needed to receive the channel.

The front man for the Yemeni Ansarullah movement later reacted to NileSat’s decision to drop al-Masirah.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam wrote on his official Twitter page that the decision by Egypt's regional satellite operator Nilesat to remove al-Masirah TV station from the airwaves is an illegal move.

"The Saudi-led aggressors cannot silence the channel. Nilesat’s decision is in line with the Saudi-led onslaught against Yemen. There are other options to counter this move. The measure confirms that we are on the right track, especially as invaders are preparing for major crimes in Yemen.

"The fact that the international community is talking about the establishment of peace in Yemen
...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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and cessation of weapons sale 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...
is the result of public pressure. This explains why the Saudi-led coalition is trying to silence al-Masirah TV station. We will continue to expose the crimes of aggressors by any possible mean," Abdul-Salam pointed out.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

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Terror Networks
Internal ISIS documents sheds light on aid Hamas gave to ISIS in Sinai
2018-11-29
[JewishNewsSyndicate] A recently revealed document concerned with religious doctrine penned by an eminent ISIS cleric provides further evidence that the military wing of Hamas has provided significant aid to the ISIS branch in Sinai, Sinai Province.

The 11-page document is a religious opinion penned by the cleric Abu Maram Al-Jazairi, one of the most prominent of ISIS clerics, known for his extremist positions.[2] The date when the document, titled “A Response to the Correspondence between the Brothers in Sinai and the Apostate Hamas,” was composed is unknown, but it is likely that it was written at the height of relations between Hamas and ISIS in Sinai, perhaps sometime during 2015, prior to the crisis between the two organizations in late 2016.

Al-Jazairi enumerates the types of assistance provided by Hamas to ISIS: coordination with Hamas with respect to the transfer of weapons, both to and from [Sinai]; logistic support; financial support; supply of ammunition; and transfer of wounded to Gaza. In short, Al-Jazairi expressed strong reservations about these ties and about receiving assistance from Hamas, although he did rule that receiving weapons from Hamas could be permitted under certain conditions.

For a long time, ISIS in Sinai maintained a thunderous silence where Hamas was concerned, and in that sense continued the approach taken by its previous incarnation, Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis. The ISIS position on Hamas is clear: As far as it is concerned, it is an infidel organization, for several reasons, among other things due to the fact that it did not impose Shari’a law in Gaza and because it participated in the Palestinian Authority elections in 2006. The members of the movement as well, including the operatives in its military arm, are viewed by ISIS as apostates. Naturally, they are not considered to be “original” infidels (kufar asliyun), like Jews, Christians or members of other religions, but as Muslims who are apostates, for they have abandoned Islam (murtadun).

Therefore, according to Al-Jazairi, for ISIS to receive assistance from Hamas is forbidden in principle, since it means being helped by those who have spurned Islam, although as stated, he does permit the acceptance of weapons, under certain conditions. However, with respect to accepting money, logistic support or help with manpower, in his opinion, these are totally forbidden. He stresses that receiving assistance from apostates is worse than receiving assistance from infidels, since their rejection of their religion is considered more serious, for they chose to abandon Islam, and therefore accepting their help might be interpreted as condoning their ways.

Relations between ISIS Sinai and Hamas deteriorated in late 2016, when Hamas gave in to Egyptian pressure and began to reduce its cooperation with ISIS.
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Arabia
UN concerned over falling imports at Yemen’s lifeline port
2018-11-28
[PRESSTV] The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
has warned that operations at the strategic Yemeni port of Hudaydah have plunged by nearly 50 percent over the past two weeks, making it difficult for local residents to afford their basic commodities in the wake of the recent wave of violence there.

The World Food Programme warned on Tuesday that imports had fallen substantially "because of the high levels of insecurity in the city" as Saudi-sponsored turbans loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi are engaged in a fierce offensive against fighters from the Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
Ansarullah movement to establish control over Hudaydah.

"Operations at Hodeida Port have decreased by 47 percent over the past two weeks," WFP front man Herve Verhoosel told news hounds in the Swiss city of Geneva.

"If this situation persists or further deteriorates, it would have (a) drastic impact on food availability and prices in the markets and (would make) it increasingly difficult for Yemeni families to afford their basic needs," he added.

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Arabia
Yemeni ballistic missiles hit military targets in Saudi regions of Asir, Jizan
2018-11-28
[PRESSTV] Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have hit two military targets in 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...
’s southwestern regions of Asir and Jizan with domestically-manufactured imported Iranian ballistic missiles in retaliation for the regime's campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation, a report says.

Yemen's official Saba news agency, citing unnamed military officials, reported on Tuesday that a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile successfully hit a gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries off Qais Mountain in Jizan and another missile of the same type hit a gathering of mercenaries in Wawa area of Asir with precision.

It added that both projectiles left an unspecified number of Saudi-led forces either killed or maimed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that the Yemeni forces also hit another gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries and snuffies loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the Helm military base near the city of Qa'atabah in the central province of Dali' with another Zelzal-1 missile.

Additionally on Tuesday, Yemeni soldiers, backed by fighters of the Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
Ansarullah movement, launched an attack against positions held by Saudi-led forces in the southwestern province of Ta'izz, inflicting casualties on them.

Leading a coalition of its allies, most prominently the UAE, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen
...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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and fled to the Arab kingdom.

The aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.

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Africa North
Egypt court upholds death sentence for 9 convicted for murder of prosecutor-general Barakat
2018-11-26
Filed under P.2: WoT Background because in Egypt the sentence is only an intermediate step, with guaranteed review up to the Supreme Court followed by review by the mufti, Egypt's official interpreter of Islamic law, whose opinion is legally required but not binding. After all that, the final sentence is announced and executed... although sometimes some miscreants are subsequently pardoned during Ramadan or another time when mercy is particularly meritorious. Separately, although the article doesn’t say so, the murder of Mr. Barakat is credited to the so called “Popular Resistance”, one of several militant fronts of the Muslim Brotherhood formed after Mohammed Morsi was driven out, though Ansar Bayt al Maqdis/ISIS in the Sinai was the first to claim it.
[AlAhram] Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld on Sunday death sentences against nine defendants convicted of involvement in the liquidation of prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat in 2015.

Six other defendants in the case had their sentences commuted from death to life in prison.

The court also reduced the sentences of four other defendants from life in prison to 15 years, and one defendant’s sentence was reduced from life in prison to three years.

The court also reduced one defendant’s sentence from life in prison to one year for the illegal possession of firearms, and he was acquitted of all other charges.

The court also acquitted five defendants that had originally been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In July 2017, a Cairo criminal court sentenced 28 defendants to death for assassinating prosecutor-general Barakat. The court also sentenced 15 defendants to life in prison sentence, eight defendants to 15 years, and 15 defendants to 10 years.

The defendants were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and the possession of explosives devices.
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Africa North
Mali says it confirms death of veteran jihadist leader Koufa
2018-11-25
[AlAhram] Mali's army said on Saturday it had confirmed the death of Amadou Koufa, one of the most prominent jihadist leaders in the country, in a raid by French forces on Thursday night.

"I confirm that Amadou Koufa was killed during the operation," Malian army front man Colonel Diarran Kone told Rooters. He declined to elaborate.

La Belle France's army had said on Friday that Koufa may have been killed in the operation in the central Mopti region that "put out of action" about 30 Islamist holy warriors.

Koufa, a radical preacher, was one of the top deputies to Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali's most prominent jihadi group, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Moslemin (JNIM),
...umbrella organization of regional terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) Sahara Emirate, al-Mourabitoun, and local groups Macina Liberation Front (MLF) and Ansar al-Din (AAD)...
which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
Those attacks have shifted Mali's six-year-old Islamist insurgency from the remote desert north closer to its populous south and prompted La Belle France and the United States to deploy thousands of troops across West Africa's semi-arid region.
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Africa Subsaharan
Mozambique's Apparent Islamist Insurgency Poses Multiple Threats
2018-11-21
[All Africa] The apparent Islamist insurgency in Mozambique's northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, had gone quiet - until last Wednesday night's attack in the village of Nagulué in the Macomia district. The village chief was decapitated and mutilated, several villagers were maimed and 18 homes destroyed, according to various sources. It was a brutal reminder that Maputo is far from getting this crisis under control.

Independent security analyst Johann Smith warns that 'al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
' or 'Ansar al-Sunnah' or 'Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamo' (no one is sure what to call the attackers) is regrouping and that more assaults could occur soon. He suspects that foreigners could for the first time become targets of what has so far been an assault only on local security forces and citizens.

He also warns that, having failed to respond in a coherent way, including tackling root causes, Mozambique's government is about to hand over responsibility to a private security company. This could aggravate the problem.

One security source said the L6G security company, owned by Erik Prince, founder of the notorious Blackwater US private security company, is promising to flatten al-Shabaab in three months. This is in exchange for a hefty slice of oil and gas revenues when those large reserves come on stream sometime after 2023. The equally controversial Russian private security company Wagner is bidding against L6G for the contract, the source said.

Is Mozambique's apparent Islamist insurgency linked to Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia?

This is all happening against the background of a threat whose nature is not yet fully understood. It manifested itself dramatically on 5 October 2017 when 40 button men attacked the town of Mocímboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado, storming three police posts, killing two coppers and stealing guns. Fourteen of the attackers also died.

There have been 49 attacks to date involving Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamo, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). Other sources estimate the toll as over 200 deaths, more than half being civilians, and considerable destruction of houses and crops. After initially targeting security forces, the turbans turned on civilians. Several had their heads chopped off.

Jasmine Opperman of the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium more conservatively counts 47 attacks and 173 deaths but believes the phenomenon is underreported so the number of attacks could be over 50. Opperman is also cautious in describing the Cabo Delgado attacks as an 'Islamist insurgency' noting the lack of propaganda or claims of responsibility for attacks.

'Extremist religious interpretations ... remain one of several scenarios at play within an environment where organised crime syndicates have a deep-seated footprint as well as socio-economic frustrations,' she says.

There does seem to be a growing consensus that this is an Islamist insurgency. Smith, Mozambican researchers Sheik Saide Habibe, Salvador Forquilha and João Pereira, and Simone Haysom writing for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime among others, characterise it as such.

Even Mozambique's government may be starting to acknowledge the problem. President Filipe Nyusi told the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
General Assembly in September that Mozambique was counting on the collaboration of the international community to fight the menace as these 'criminals' were committing 'crimes of a global character', and because non-nationals were involved. This seemed to some like an oblique way of saying 'this is not ordinary crime'.

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Arabia
Yemen at critical juncture in its fight against Saudi-led aggression: Houthi
2018-11-21
[PRESSTV] The leader of Yemen’s Houthi
...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 Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. 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 ...
Ansarullah movement says his country is now at an "important and decisive stage" in the fight against Saudi-led military aggression as the "unjust onslaught is targeting the national dignity, identity and illusory sovereignty" of the conflict-ridden Arab country.

Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Tuesday evening, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the Yemeni people reserve the right of self-defense in the face of the Saudi-led aggression besides the right to freedom and independence.

He described the young Yemeni people as the country’s treasure, emphasizing that enemies are seeking to undermine their faith, awareness, honor and morale.

He warned the Yemeni youths that the United States, its regional allies and corrupt officials aim to strike their values in order ​​to assert control over them.

Houthi further noted that hypocrisy dissipates the Moslem nations’ weight and wealth, and cements US hegemony and arrogance at the global level.

He said the Saudi war on Yemen, backed by the United States, shows Washington’s support for Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorists.

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