Stop the War on Yemen Global Day of Action ~ Yemen Rallies entitled “The American aggression and blockade are terrorist crimes”

#YemenCantWait

Aerial photos from the mass rally in the capital #Sanaa entitled “The American aggression and blockade are terrorist crimes” 01-25-2021

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Today.. Activists Launch Global Campaign Against War And Blockade Of Yemen

Activists around the world are organizing an international campaign against the war and blockade of Yemen, the largest to date, in conjunction with a massive outcry marches that will take place today in 24 major squares in the capital Sanaa and other 14 provinces inside Yemen.

The activists will hold demonstrations in dozens of capitals around the world, including Washington, London, Paris and others to call for an end to the aggression against Yemen.

There will also be twitter campaigns on and an extensive online meeting of more than 700 people from 620 organizations worldwide to stand up against the aggression against Yemen.

Millions of Yemenis in the capital Sanaa and the rest of the provinces are preparing to go out this morning and afternoon in a major mass rallies   entitled “The US blockade and aggression are a terrorist crime.”

The organizing committees has set 24 major squares in the capital, Sanaa, and 14 other provinces for the rallies, calling on the free and honorable Yemeni people to come out and participate in large-scale protest  rallies.

Source

https://www.ansarollah.com/archives/406055

Just a reminder of US treatment of their own ~ Citizen Cope – Hurricane Waters (Trouble The Water Documentary)

The West Is Still Complicit in the War on Yemen

By Isa Ferrero, Progressive International

Late last year, in the waning days of his administration, Donald Trump made an unsurprising but nevertheless grotesque announcement: the United States had agreed to sell an incredible $23 billion worth of bombs, drones, and fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, despite – or perhaps, because of – their repeated use of US weapons to commit unspeakable atrocities in Yemen.

Tragically, this was nothing new: one cannot speak of the humanitarian disaster in Yemen without mentioning the complicity of the West. Born out of a domestic contest for political control, the already brutal Yemeni war has transformed into an unrelenting and unmitigated killing field at the hands of foreign actors.

The United States has been an active and malign influence in Yemen since well before the onset of war in 2014. Starting under the Bush administration, and continuing without pause under Obama and Trump, the US drone campaign killed somewhere between 1,020 and 1,389 people from 2004 to February 2020 in Yemen alone.

Thus when, in 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began an intervention into the war, the US jumped at the chance to lend its support. From the West to the Gulf, backing from US allies was soon overwhelming, justifying their decision by claiming “[it] was Saudi’s legitimate and logical response to block Iranian expansion in the Gulf and to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the Kingdom’s backyard.”

It’s hard to believe that Saudi intervention was necessary to avoid disaster in Yemen. It’s even harder to believe that the Obama administration wasn’t fully aware of the disaster they would soon sponsor. As former Obama administration official Robert Malley later acknowledged, the United States at the time was worried that, after the Arab Spring, and with the Iran nuclear deal negotiations ongoing, the “decades old relationship” with Saudi Arabia was “at a breaking point”. According to Malley “nobody could question” that massive suffering “was a very, very likely outcome” – but keeping Saudi Arabia happy was more important.

These predictions of suffering would quickly come true. Both the US and the UK soon began providing logistical, intelligence, and diplomatic support, while they, Germany, France, and more have all provided massive flows of weapons to the intervention coalition. Backed by such overwhelming and unconditional support, the coalition has had no qualms about repeatedly committing horrific crimes against the civilian population, including using mass starvation as a weapon of war by imposing a land, sea and air blockade on a country that already imported more than 90% of its food before the war. Simply put, without the help of the US and the UK, many of these atrocities would never have been committed. Meanwhile, other Western countries have provided decisive diplomatic support, partly by not jeopardizing business with the absolutist monarchies of the Gulf, and partly by avoiding interfering with, or often actively promoting, the big business of weapons sales.

For the Yemeni population, this blank check for the Coalition intervention has spelled disaster. After years of conflict, 24 million people now require some form of humanitarian assistance. According to the famous report of the Pardee Center for the United Nations Development Program, since March 2015, approximately 310,000 people have died in the conflict.

Last year, this already-dire humanitarian crisis deteriorated even further. The intensification of fighting, environmental catastrophe – floods have now displaced more than 300,000 – and the impact of the coronavirus in a country with little remaining healthcare system have all played a deadly part. Against this background, United Nations aid programs have become the only instrument that millions of people depend upon to survive.

But existing aid is not enough. With a scaling back of funding from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the UN is now desperately urging the international community to help avert “the worst famine the world has seen for decades.”

The West, however, has not met the United Nations’ call. The numbers speak for themselves: less than half of the humanitarian aid requested by the United Nations has been delivered to Yemen. For a sense of scale, compare the remainder – $1.7 billion – to the tens of billions of dollars that the West sells in arms to the coalition each year.

In short, the West has not only poured gas on the Yemeni conflagration – it has also cut off the fire hose’s water supply.

But all hope for Yemen is not lost. While Western governments have supported the systematic murder of a generation, movements across the world have mobilized in resistance. The Campaign Against Arms Trade [CAAT] managed to temporarily paralyze the United Kingdom’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the British government’s best effort. Italian dockworkers have taken direct action, refusing to load a ship with weapons bound for Saudi Arabia. And, bowing to pressure following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the conservative German government of Angela Merkel declared an embargo on Saudi Arabia. [Merkel’s government still has no qualms about selling weapons to the UAE, however].

One important piece of this battle is taking place in the United States, where sustained grassroots pressure has managed to push back on the entrenched powers of the weapons industry, the warmongering foreign policy establishment, and the Saudi/Emirati lobbies to force the Democratic Party toward a more progressive position than that under Obama. Over the course of the Trump administration, the US Congress voted multiple times to block specific weapons sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Though these were ultimately vetoed, the incoming Biden administration provides a chance for change, with “ending US complicity in the war in Yemen” an explicit campaign promise. Surely the establishment, corporate-friendly politics of a Biden administration are not going to lead the way on their own, but the chances of a total rethinking of US relations with Saudi Arabia are higher than they’ve been in years.

There are reasons to be optimistic, but also to be cautious. Western elites will not confront the interests of the powerful military-industrial complex on their own. Only mobilization can force them to. The time for such mobilization is now: the people of Yemen can wait no longer.

Source

https://www.english.alahednews.com.lb/57578/499

Trump’s Latest Yemen Move Far Worse Than Capitol Riot – Consortiumnews

By Caitlin Johnstone
CaitlinJohnstone.com

While the Capitol riot is being hysterically compared to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht by the political/media class, the Trump administration has done something far, far worse that is receiving far, far less attention.

The U.S. State Department has officially announced its intention to designate Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group, as many had previously warned. Humanitarian organizations have been condemning the move as it will make it more difficult to provide aid to a population that is already being brutalized by the worst mass atrocity in the entire world, a Saudi-led atrocity which could not occur without the help of the western power alliance.

We are already seeing some effects of this designation.

Read in Full at Link Below

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/01/13/trumps-latest-yemen-move-far-worse-than-capitol-riot/

Yemen – a personal perspective of the genocidal war being waged against the Yemeni people

Two-Thirds of Yemenis Lack Access to Safe Water: Red Cross

Yemen: The International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen says the Saudi-led coalition’s aggression against the Arab country has deprived two-thirds of Yemenis of access to potable water and basic health services.

“Two out of three Yemenis lack access to safe water and basic health services,” the Red Cross said in a post in its Twitter account.

“We provided 800,000 liters of fuel to the Local Corporation for Water and Sanitation and to Al-Thawra Hospital in Hudaydah, in addition to our regular support for the water and health sector around Yemen, but the need remains great,” it added.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 to suppress an uprising that had toppled a Riyadh-friendly regime.

In late November, the United Nations (UN) offered the new staggering death toll of 233,000 from the Saudi-led war on Yemen, stressing the importance of a ceasefire.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released the toll in a report, calling it “unfortunate and unacceptable.”

The international body said those counted had lost their lives either directly due to the conflict or for war-related reasons.

UN offers staggering death toll of 233,000 from Saudi-led war on Yemen

The United Nations (UN) offers the new staggering death toll of 233,000 from the Saudi-led war on Yemen, stressing the importance of a ceasefire.

According to the report, Yemen is currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and more than 80% of its inhabitants are in need of humanitarian assistance and support.

The war has taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

Children are among the most vulnerable victims of the Saudi war on Yemen, but the issue has barely drawn any international response.

The UN children’s agency warned in late June 2020 that the shortage of humanitarian assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic threatened to push more children in Yemen to the brink of starvation.

Source

https://english.almasirah.net/post/17113/Two-Thirds-of-Yemenis-Lack-Access-to-Safe-Water-Red-Cross

Martyr Qassem Soleimani the Living Martyr Parts 1 thru 4

A look at the incredible early life of the outstanding Shaheed Qasem Soleimani. As the first anniversary of the martyrdom of General Qasem Soleimani dawns upon us, Islamic Pulse is releasing a four-part mini series on this great and unparalleled warrior of Islam in the modern world. Who was this shining star of the Ummah, through whom countless lives were saved? How were the humble beginnings of this selfless individual? How did he prove at a young age that his soul was worthy of serving the noble cause of Imam Mahdi (A)?

The Early Life of Qasem Soleimani | The Living Martyr P. 1

Also available here

http://www.shiatv.net/video/342728617

This is the second part of our four-part mini series on the Shaheed Qasem Soleimani, unveiling the truth about Syria. A flash back to remember how the world was deceived by the Mainstream Media into believing that President Assad was a murderer and how the Western powers backed foreign mercenaries like the FSA (Free Syrian Army) and ISIS militants, who filled the streets with blood. General Qasem Soleimani bravely stood against the many foes and lead the united Islamic Resistance forces to victory with the help of the legendary Hezbollah, courageous Iraqi militants and orthodox Christian Russia. Through the foresight of the General, the world moved one step closer towards the reality of Imam Mahdi (A)…

General Soleimani In Syria | The Living Martyr P. 2

Also available here

http://www.shiatv.net/video/81182514

YouTube pulled the third installment showing General Soleimani was the hero who destroyed ISIS …

The third installment of the Living Martyr explores General Soleimani’s unique close bond and friendship with Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, commander of the Hashd Shabi (PMF). It shows how the General united the various groups and factions within Iraq in order to destroy the brutal and bloodthirsty group, ISIS (DAESH). This special part also explores how General Soleimani blew the lid off the reality that America was collaborating closely with ISIS, supplying them with food, ammunition and military equipment. While the US tried to claim they were the ones who stopped ISIS, their mainstream media machine pumping out false information on their farfetched narrative, the informed world had woken up to the truth: America in fact supported ISIS and Iran defeated them. It is through the recognition of martyrdom that General Qasem Soleimani truly served the cause of Imam Mahdi (A). 

Those Who Crushed ISIS In Iraq | The Living Martyr P. 3 | English

http://www.shiatv.net/video/559630747

In the final part of this series, we explore the climactic martyrdom of Shaheed Qasem Soleimani, the repercussions and the severe revenge which is yet to be dished out to the tyrannical perpetrators… How did the assassination of Shaheed Qasem Soleimani snowball the world into a chaotic, painful and seemingly sporadic realm? What is the Severe Revenge that must be taken from the USA? What is your role in all of this, wherever you are?!

The Severe Revenge is Coming | The Living Martyr P. 4 (FINAL PART)

Also available here

http://www.shiatv.net/video/1795467049

Bonus Video

A brief but profound and spiritual talk by Martyr Qasem Soleimani on the battlefield. This Living Martyr ruled the hearts of the soldiers. Even after his martyrdom, he continues to rule the hearts of the brave. He truly is a legend!

The Revolution\’S LIVING MARTYR Among Some Soldiers | Farsi Sub English

http://www.shiatv.net/video/1936719579

Soleimani, The Man Who Defended an Entire Nation – Dr. Tim Anderson

Those Who Crushed ISIS in Iraq | The Living Martyr P. 3

The third installment of the Living Martyr explores General Soleimani’s unique close bond and friendship with Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, commander of the Hashd Shabi (PMF). It shows how the General united the various groups and factions within Iraq in order to destroy the brutal and bloodthirsty group, ISIS (DAESH). This special part also explores how General Soleimani blew the lid off the reality that America was collaborating closely with ISIS, supplying them with food, ammunition and military equipment. While the US tried to claim they were the ones who stopped ISIS, their mainstream media machine pumping out false information on their farfetched narrative, the informed world had woken up to the truth: America in fact supported ISIS and Iran defeated them. It is through the recognition of martyrdom that General Qasem Soleimani truly served the cause of Imam Mahdi (A).

View video at link below

https://www.shiatv.net/video/559630747

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The Early Life of Qasem Soleimani | The Living Martyr P. 1 | English

https://www.shiatv.net/video/342728617

General Soleimani In Syria | The Living Martyr P. 2 | English

https://www.shiatv.net/video/81182514

UN stands with human rights’ violators in Yemen: HR | Yemen Press Agency

SANAA, Dec. 10 (YPA) – Ministry of Human Rights confirmed on Thursday that United Nations and its organizations and bodies concerned with human rights are standing with violators of human rights in Yemen.

The Ministry stated the UN claims to protect the human rights and the laws, principles, decisions and treaties in the world, is propaganda.

The ministry said in a statement on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day that the voice of the United Nations became faded and cold due to its failure to respond to the voices of the grieving children, women and elderly people in Yemen.

How the world and the United Nations can celebrate the International Day of Human Rights, and there are violations, crimes and genocide committed by the Saudi-led coalition against the Yemeni people for six years? the minister asked.

It explained over 45,000 civilians have been killed or injured, and a Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from malnutrition, and more than 300,000 suffer from serious diseases due to the war and the siege imposed by the Saudi-UAE coalition, which led to systematic destruction of the infrastructure and an outbreak of diseases.

The statement indicated that the international community knows that the coalition was able to change the principles of human rights and removing the name of the coalition from the list of human rights’ violators and its crimes committed in Yemen.

The ministry called on the United Nations and the international community to review their accounts, not double standards, and save human principles and rights from the violations.

The statement renewed its call on the United Nations to raise their voices in establishing the right and ending the war, killing, destruction and its siege imposed by the coalition on the Yemeni people for nearly six years.

At the same time, it called on the world’s free jurists to play their role to reach the international legal prosecution against the perpetrators of war crimes and genocide on the Yemeni people by the Saudi and Emirati regimes.

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http://en.ypagency.net/200851/

United Nations Remains Silent Regarding Crimes of Aggression in Yemen

More than 43 thousand civilians are victims of the Saudi aggression in Yemen. This was some of the shocking numbers of a report, by the national team, in charge of dealing with the international experts, they revealed them during a press conference, in Sana’a, highlighting some of the crimes and violations of the Saudi aggression in Yemen. The national team refuted what was mentioned in the reports of the International Group of Experts and said that it is incomplete information that does not reflect the size of the actual violations of the aggression coalition in Yemen.

A member of the Yemeni national team, Akhlaq al-Shami, said: “The reports of international experts need to be edited. The information is inaccurate and they are supposed to come on the ground and verify it.”

Ali Tayseer, an official in the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights, said: “There is a group estimated at 361 civilians who lost their lives due to the siege and their inability to obtain the necessary medicine or go abroad for treatment.”

The aggression and the siege have caused the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. According to the report, 20 million Yemenis suffer from food insecurity, while 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The aggression and siege have also caused a decline in the level of health and educational services, the non-payment of salaries, closure of Sanaa airport, and the widespread destruction of the infrastructure. The human rights reports monitored other violations related to the displacement of civilians, their forcible disappearance in secret prisons, and the aggression’s use of forbidden weapons.

Nasruddin Amer, Undersecretary of the Yemeni Ministry of Information, said: “Regarding the issued reports by the group of eminent international experts of the violations, which have become documented by the United Nations, no action was done by anyone from the international community and the United Nations.”

The categories of children and women are considered the most affected by the aggression and siege. A large number of them were killed due to direct targeting and malnutrition. The statistics of the official authorities indicate an increase in the number of displaced persons as more than four million, most of them children and women, are displaced. The organizations indicated that these numbers are what they have been able to document, confirming that the real numbers are much more than that.

Despite the international reports on these crimes and violations are continuous and demands for the formation of impartial investigation committees are not stopped, they do not receive any positive reactions from the United Nations.

Translated from Al-Alam

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16517/United-Nations-Remains-Silent-Regarding-Crimes-of-Aggression-in-Yemen

Yemeni Children as Young as Seven Being Recruited by Saudi Arabia to Kill or Be Killed

Alwaght- Already a poor country, Yemen goes through hell every day; poverty has been exasperated by drought, famine, disease, embargo and war. The Saudi-led campaign has opened a Pandora’s Box for the Yemeni people, including children.

A Yemeni child in red identifies himself on a hill, facing his enemy on the other hill. Blood, bombs, bullets and bodies; these are two drawings by former child soldiers recruited by the Saudi-led coalition, which show what’s going on inside their minds. It clearly shows that their childhood has been stolen.  But they are not alone.

In 2019, UNICEF reported that there are more than 2,700 cases of children enlisted in combat in Yemen pointing out that “this could just be a tip of the iceberg.”

Exclusive footage from Al Jazeera shows that these children are being recruited to defend the Saudi border, as if billions of dollars worth of purchased arms and military equipment are not enough for this purpose.

“We were told we would be working in a kitchen.”

One of these child soldiers is Ahmad al-Naqib – from a village near Taiz – who left home when he was 15-year-old.  He had been promised to get regular paycheck and a job in the kitchens of Yemeni military units on Saudi soil. 

“We went because we were told we would be working in a kitchen and making 3,000 Saudi riyals ($800)… so we believed them and got on the bus.”

They know about the people that they are recruiting, people they are promising, what seems to be large amounts of money and not delivering those large amounts of money, sometimes tricking them into being, thinking they’re going to be working as kitchen hands or in some cases and then being pushed into the front line with weapons, so I’m sure that they know about it and then I think it does reflect the fact that the Saudis have very little respect for people in their own system at the bottom of the heap, so to speak.

Tim Anderson, Director, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies

Investigators have identified a military camp in al-Buqa’, near the Saudi border, where the child recruits are being trained.

The recruitment process is facilitated by human traffickers and the recruits are given identification cards before crossing into Saudi Arabia and being placed into a military camp. 

Use of children in conflicts war crime

It is considered a war crime, generally, because children, that is to say those under 18, are not considered capable of giving an informed consent to take on the responsibility of joining a military and being under orders to carry out, what might be serious criminal activity, remember that soldiers, since the Second World War, are regarded to have their own capacity to reject orders which which require them to carry out crime so there is a there is a type of adult conscience and their capacity to, on the one hand, take on responsibility, on the other hand, to follow to disobey orders which are criminal orders. And so, children are not capable of that they’ve taken advantage of. And the trickery I mentioned before is something that also children are very susceptible to so there’s less chance of children rejecting those sorts of orders or standing up and resisting what they’re being asked to do. So that’s why there’s this general consensus around the world that children should not be recruited into, particularly going into situations where they are engaged in conflicts that they don’t understand.

Tim Anderson, Director, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies

According to Geneva-based human rights monitoring organization SAM, many Yemenis are entering the kingdom under the pretext of receiving emergency medical treatment only to be sent to the Yemen-Saudi border to fight for Riyadh.

“The Saudi-led coalition is recruiting boys from schools, poor urban areas and detention centers, inducing them to fight with a combination of bribes, indoctrination and coercion.”

The Times

But the Saudi-led coalition does not recruit only Yemeni children. In late 2018, Riyadh came under fire for recruiting Sudanese children to fight on its behalf in Yemen.  Tens of thousands of desperate survivors of the conflict in Darfur, many of them children, are now fighting in Yemen.

Most of them belong to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, a tribal militia previously known as the Janjaweed.

Life is cheap

These children are reportedly being paid in Saudi riyals, the equivalent of about $480 a month for a 14-year-old novice. They receive an additional $185 to $285 for any month they saw combat.

Their payments were deposited directly into the Faisal Islamic Bank of Sudan, partly owned by Saudis.

According to The Times, Sudanese soldiers who fought in Yemen said that between 20% and 40% of their units were made up of children.

I think we need to understand what the Saudis represent in the region, it’s very important that the Saudis are there, as an arm of the old colonial regime; the British regime initially and now run by the North Americans that they are a proxy for, effectively a barrier between the British and the Americans being held accountable for their responsibilities for the terrible Dirty War and the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, that really these young people that are being recruited by the Saudis are effectively masking the responsibility of the NATO powers that are sending so many arms and weapons to perpetuate this sort of war.

And I don’t think we can understand that unless we understand the role of the Saudis and the fact that they are only there to carry out the orders of these big powers from outside trying to manipulate events within the region.

So I think that the role of Al Saud, generally the family, needs to be understood to understand why there are so many appalling acts going on, including the use of child soldiers to perpetuate this dirty war against Yemen.

Tim Anderson, Director, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies

A dirty game has been in play since the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen. With billions of dollars in their pockets, the Saudi-led gang is still trying to outsource the war. They want to keep the cost of the war at the lowest possible level. So they are using child mercenaries from poor backgrounds in Yemen or Sudan; those whose lives are cheaper than the ones in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

Original Source

http://alwaght.com/en/news/188097

Yemen Stresses Right to Self-defense as Saudi Arabia Resorts to UN Over Aramco Operation

Once again the United Nations being used to save child murdering terrorists …. aren’t you getting sick of this? I am

Yemen emphasized that its armed forces reserve the legitimate right to respond to any act of aggression by the Saudi-led military coalition, after Riyadh complained to the United Nations Security Council over a Yemeni missile operation that targeted Aramco petroleum products distribution plant in the kingdom’s port city of Jeddah.

“The Saudi regime, despite all its appeals for condemnation and attempts to portray itself as a victim, cannot escape the fact that it is an aggressor and abuses the rights of Yemeni people,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam, spokesman of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement, wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

He added, “The whole world knows it was the Saudi regime which launched an aggression and siege [against Yemen], and is pressing ahead with them.”

“As long as the Saudi regime continues such behavior, it should only wait for a response and legitimate defense unless it puts an end to the aggression and lifts the blockade,” Abdul-Salam said.

Moreover, Ansarullah politburo member Ali al-Qahoum told Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television news network on Tuesday evening that the Riyadh regime’s confusion over the missile strike on the Saudi Aramco plant in Jeddah is proof of growing capabilities of the Yemeni armed forces.

Al-Qahoum noted that the next strikes by Yemeni armed forces will be even more painful.

Saudi UN Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi wrote in a letter to the Security Council late on Monday that Yemeni forces were to blame for the missile attack on the Aramco petroleum plant in Jeddah earlier in the day.

He urged the 15-member body to stop what he described as a “threat” to global energy security, Yemen’s political process and regional security.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that the Yemeni attack targeted the “core of the global economy and its supply routes,” causing major damage to the Aramco distribution facility.

Sana’a said the raid was a response to the Riyadh-led war and siege of Yemen, and that it was “similar to what happened at Khurais and Abqaiq,” referring to the strikes on the two Saudi oil facilities in 2019 that halved the kingdom’s oil production and sent global oil prices soaring.

The Ansarullah movement, backed by armed forces, has been defending Yemen against the Saudi-led alliance, preventing the aggressors from fulfilling the objectives of the atrocious war that has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Yemeni people.

https://www.english.alahednews.com.lb/56590/524

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Why Does Saudi Arabia Only Admit Attacks On Its Oil Facilities?

Middle East: Translated from Al-Alam

If we look closely at the media in Saudi Arabia in recent years, we find that they have a repetitive news policy on their agenda, which includes censorship, minimization, and sometimes refutation and denial. The Saudi media and officials, in a strange insistence, confirm the attacks of Yemeni Armed Forces on their oil installations. Their insistence seems to be done because of the sensitivity of the international community towards the issue of energy, the media and authorities have focused their efforts on this issue in order to gain an international consensus against Ansarullah.

For this reason, Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the alleged coalition against Yemen, described the attacks on Aramco in Jeddah to be in line with the previous attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais refineries.

Of course, in recent years, the attacks by Ansarullah on the infrastructure of Saudi Arabia as well as on the royal palaces were considered as being addressed. However, these media outlets were screaming due to the attacks on the Aramco facility.

This means that the Saudi media feel more frustration and despair than anyone else because of the inability of its country’s officials to win the war in Yemen. In such circumstances, the unified assurances of Saudi officials and media professionals and their regional allies escalate demanding the United States to place Ansarullah on the US terrorist list, to achieve the idea of ​​”global consensus” against Ansarullah, in order to compensate for the field failure and to ensure withdrawal of bin Salman from war “honorably”.

Ansarullah operation in Jeddah showed that the 300-target list has not been completed yet, which means that the Yemen war will continue until the occupiers are completely expelled from the country.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16332/Why-Does-Saudi-Arabia-Only-Admit-Attacks-On-Its-Oil-Facilities%3F

Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen

New figures from the UN and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that since the war in Yemen began, the US has sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, making the Kingdom a cash cow for US weapons makers.

Despite presenting itself as a force for good and peace in the Middle East, the United States sells at least five times as much weaponry to Saudi Arabia than aid it donates to Yemen. The State Department constantly portrays itself as a humanitarian superpower with the welfare of the Yemeni people as its highest priority, yet figures released from the United Nations and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that since the war in Yemen began, the U.S. government has given $2.56 billion in aid to the country, but sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, the leader of the coalition prosecuting a relentless onslaught against the country.

Figures like these are always debatable. What constitutes legitimate “aid” is a question everyone would answer differently. Furthermore, the $13 billion figure does not include the enormous weapons deal Saudi Arabia signed with Donald Trump in 2017, which will reportedly see the Kingdom purchase $350 billion over ten years.

SIPRI is skeptical of the size of these numbers, but if they prove to be correct, once the orders begin arriving, they will make the paltry aid donations seem like small change by comparison. Sales include all manner of military equipment, from radar and transport systems to F-15 fighter jets, TOW missiles, Abrams tanks, and Paladin howitzers.

While the Saudis pay in petrodollars, Yemenis pay in blood. Four years ago, the Saudi Air Force bombed a well-attended funeral in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. It was a bright, clear day. The Saudis used a “double tap” airstrike to ensure maximum carnage. 240 people were killed, and like with the 2018 Saudi attack on a school bus that killed 40 children, the bombs that did the damage were 500-pound (227 kilogram) MK 82’s, built and supplied by Lockheed Martin, America’s largest weapons contractor.

“Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent. The world’s wealthiest nations cannot continue to put profits above the Yemeni people,” said Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Yemen Country Director.

Already the region’s poorest nation, Yemen has been utterly devastated by the six-year conflict. The United Nations estimates that 14 million people — over half the country’s population — are at risk of famine, and 20.5 million need help accessing drinkable water. 80% of the population, it calculates, needs some form of humanitarian assistance. The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain, has deliberately attacked soft targets like hospitals and water facilities, carrying out the equivalent of one strike against such buildings every ten days since the fighting began.

“The fact that the United Nations, faced with such enormous human, environmental and migration devastation around the world, has said for several years now that Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, that says it all. This war has devastated what was already the poorest country in the Arab world. Not only the direct bombing — of funerals, of weddings — but the blockading and bombing of the ports. Yemen is a country very dependent on imported food, basic medicines, everything. So when the ports are closed down, people move close to starvation very quickly,” Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and an expert on the Middle East, told MintPress.

A malnourished girl Rahmah Watheeq receives treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday. Nov. 3, 2020. Two-thirds of Yemen’s population of about 28 million people are hungry, and nearly 1.5 million families currently rely entirely on food aid to survive, with another million people are set to fall into crisis levels of hunger before the year end, according to aid agencies working in Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

In addition to supplying the weapons, the U.S. (and many of its European allies) train Saudi forces, have provided critical military infrastructure and logistical support, and even refueled Saudi bombers in the air and provided targeting guidance to help Saudi forces find their marks more efficiently. On top of that, the U.S. has shielded Riyadh from international censure by defending it at bodies like the United Nations. In essence, the U.S. is involved in every area of the Yemen conflict, doing everything up to pulling the trigger itself.

“The U.S. must end its support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and instead prioritize the people across Yemen fighting to survive,” Scott Paul, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead told MintPress in a statement.

The U.S. has paused much of its aid to the most vulnerable Yemenis, while it continues to provide weapons that fuel the deadly conflict. Congress and the American people have made it clear that they do not want any part in this. We continue to call for the U.S., the international community and all parties to the conflict to push for peace, and we will hold the incoming Biden administration to its pledge to do its part”.

The United States has a long history of mistreating Yemen. In 1990, the administration of George H.W. Bush wanted a unanimous United Nations agreement to rubber-stamp its attack on Iraq. Yemen, newly appointed to the Security Council, refused to go along with the resolution (as did Cuba). Just minutes after it voted against the U.S. plan, a senior American diplomat told the Yemeni representative, on a hot mic, “That was the most expensive ‘no’ vote you ever cast.” Within hours, all U.S. aid (a $70 million program) to the country was stopped. 800,000 Yemeni workers were expelled from Saudi Arabia, and the country had difficulties securing loans with international financial institutions. Thus, as Bennis said, “The U.S. refusal to take Yemen and Yemenis seriously goes back a very long way.”

Saudi Arabia has proven to be one of the United States’ most loyal allies in the region over the past 50 years — and its enforcer. In return for keeping the oil money flowing into the United States, Washington has been willing to defend the country’s abysmal human rights record, and even to overlook the assassination of journalists like the Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi. Andrew Feinstein, an arms industry expert and author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,” explained to MintPress that,

The U.S. has allied itself with Saudi Arabia, despite it being one of the world’s most corrupt countries and worst human rights abusers, at home and abroad, for two primary reasons: oil and the U.S. right’s desire for regime change in Iran. This is despite the reality that Saudi is the primary ideological supporter of, financier and, weaponizer of the most extreme Islamist groups.”

Under Trump, the United States has sharply increased its military support to Saudi Arabia, signing a number of weapons deals that put the lie to any idea that he was an anti-war president. Overall, SIPRI calculates that the U.S. accounted for 36% of global weapons sales between 2015 and 2019, a large increase over the previous five years. Saudi Arabia is by far America’s best customer, and America is the Kingdom’s most important supplier, accounting for three-quarters of all purchases. In 2019, this included 59,000 guided bombs, most of which were destined to be dropped on soft targets in Yemen. As Bennis noted, “The Saudis buy more arms from the U.S. than any other country in the world, so it is embedded in the very fabric of the military industrial complex here.” Furthermore, many of Washington’s other best customers are also Middle Eastern dictatorships also bombing Yemen.

Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 summit this weekend, a meeting of the 20 most powerful nations in the world. Remarkably, for a country where women cannot travel or get married without permission from a man, the Saudi government has chosen “female empowerment” as the theme of this year’s meeting. And while the G20 is being urged to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its role in Yemen, that possibility seems doubtful, seeing as G20 arms exports to Riyadh are three times what they give to Yemen in aid.

With an impending change of administration in the White House, there is some talk that a Biden administration will reverse direction on Yemen. Bennis, however, was skeptical of how profound a change Biden will implement:

There may be a rather abrupt change. The question, for me, is how deep it will be. Biden has made a commitment on his statement of intention on foreign affairs to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi War on Yemen. How that gets defined is the question. There will be some symbolic moves very quickly after he is inaugurated, hopefully in the first days or weeks of the new administration. The big question is will he actually stop the massive arms sales of basics- the F-15s and F-16s, the bombers and bombs, the drones, the ammunition and equipment that is responsible for so much death and destruction in Yemen. Is he prepared to do that? I’m hopeful but not terribly optimistic.”

This is the view echoed by Yemenis on the ground who spoke to MintPress. Ibrahim Abdulkareem, who lost his infant child when a Saudi warplane dropped a U.S.-made bomb on his home in Sanaa in 2015, said that Biden’s statement of intention on foreign affairs was not good enough: ”I am not optimistic that Biden will stop supplying [Saudi leader Mohammed] Bin Salman with bombs like the ones that killed my daughter,” he stated. In international affairs, money talks. And the U.S. is making a lot of it from this war.

Source:  MintPress News

http://alwaght.com/en/news/187838

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Obama’s War on Yemen Rages ~ Yemen Updates: 23 May 2015

A region awash with powerful weapons is getting more – a bonanza for US defense companies, a nightmare for people throughout the Middle East.

Riyadh continues using its weapons for naked aggression on Yemen – ongoing terror-bombing and shelling.

Civilian neighborhoods and other nonmilitary sites are regularly targeted. On Thursday, a northern Hajjah province-based international humanitarian office was struck. At least five deaths and 10 injuries were reported.

UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw blasted Riyadh saying “indiscriminate bombing of populated areas, with or without prior warning, is in contravention of international humanitarian law.”

Attacking another country without Security Council authorization is naked aggression. It’s permitted only in self-defense if SC members OK it. Otherwise it blatantly violates core international law.

US, Saudi and other involved regional authorities are war criminals.

Obama’s rap sheet includes naked aggression against seven countries – plus subversion against numerous others, a kill list deciding who dies on his say, and injustice under a homeland police state apparatus coordinated with state and local authorities.

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Yemeni Children Suffering Through US-Saudi Aggression, Celebrate the International Children’s Day

Yemen: The Ministry of Education launched the activities of the International Children’s Day, which falls on November 20 of each year, under the slogan “Your silence is a war crime,” refering to the world’s disregard of the US-Saudi crimes against Yemeni children. The Education Sector Undersecretary stressed the importance of exposing the direct and systematic targeting of Yemeni children by the Saudi-led aggression.

He added, “On November 20, the countries of the world celebrate the International Children’s Day, which its first goal stipulates that all children should be enrolled in schools, that they be safe from harm, and are able to fulfill their potential and dreams, while the children of Yemen have lost their lives and bloodshed as a result of the aggression, targeting their schools for the sixth year in a row.”

“Our children, despite the arrogance of the aggression, continue with unparalleled courage to teach them on the rubble of their schools, under trees and in tents, affirming thus to thwart the aggression plans aimed at ignoring them by depriving them of their right to education,” he added.

He pointed to the importance of documenting the brutal violations of the US-Saudi aggression for Yemeni children’s rights, pointing to the massacres caused by the aggression’s airstrikes, “by directly targeting our students, in their schools and on the roads.” 

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16238/Yemeni-Children-Suffering-Through-US-Saudi-Aggression%2C-Celebrate-the-International-Children-s-Day

Russian Colonel Zhilin: “This is Erdogan’s war against Russia for the Caucasus”

Following is an English translation of the October 1, 2020 on-camera remarks by Ret. Colonel Alexander Ivanovich Zhilin of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation provided to The Armenian Weekly.

Ret. Colonel Alexander Ivanovich Zhilin of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Photo: YouTube/Yuri Kotenok)

The war has started. Azerbaijan attacked Armenia along the entire length of the Line of Contact. As always, it all happened quite unexpectedly for the two neighboring states [countries], but I think that our fabulous intelligence had information regarding the preparations for this war.

This war has been in preparation for a minimum of two years. Azerbaijan was being trained by Turkish as well as American specialists. I do not view these military actions as a battle for Karabakh (Artsakh). Karabakh is secondary in this case. This is Erdogan’s war against Russia for the Caucasus. This is Casus belli (an excuse for war)and the way we have been building our relations with Turkey will now cost us dearly. What do I mean? Look at the declarations of Turkey’s leader. They are harsh. They are precise. In fact Erdogan announced that Azerbaijan is a resource for achieving his certain objectives. The objectives are global.

I would like to say that no matter how much fun they make of Mr. Erdogan here, today he is one of the most effective politicians and leaders. He is cynical, he is shrewd, and he and his council are able to foresee situations. If we simply evaluate our relations with Turkey under Erdogan’s rule (I am saying this with a feeling of certain shame), he had us everywhere, wherever it was possible. We labored to build a nuclear plant, we laid pipelines, we opened our markets for him, and so on. Today, after the immense expenses for construction of those gas and oil pipelines, factually, the delivery [supply] has been stopped. We are suffering losses all around. Moreover, this war, which Azerbaijan instigated under Turkey’s pressure, is extraordinarily dangerous for the Russian Federation. We are a multinational state, and while everybody is analyzing whether Karabakh is occupied or unoccupied territory, the danger comes from the Turkish side. Hence Azerbaijan as an arena and a resource also becomes our strategic enemy. Let’s say this in all honesty: Azerbaijan is not a partner. We do not have any partners. We have either those who are consumerists or enemies. This is how the situation stands in the 21st century. 

To say today that it is somehow possible to come to terms with Mr. Aliyev via some political consultations is a delirium [nonsense]. It is a delirium. One can come to terms only by taking a hard position. For example,  we can say behind closed doors that for 72 hours we are closing all Azeri businesses throughout the Russian Federation, starting with markets to all those Food Cities, and so on and so forth. We can work things out with Kurds so that there will be shockwaves in Turkey. We also have other resources that we must implement in order to extinguish this [war]. The developing situation there is catastrophic for us. What do I mean? Both sides now feel extreme mutual hatred. That is obvious everywhere. If, say, in Armenia or in Azerbaijan the policy is to instill hatred toward the neighbor, then even in the Russian Federation the same kids from Azerbaijan permit themselves in my opinion to conduct flagrant actions. We all remember too well that the Food City complex refused to serve Armenians and almost threw Armenians out [of the stores]. You are in a third country, gentlemen! What are you permitting yourselves to do? 

I am further extrapolating this situation. The pressure keeps increasing and increasing. Someone prognosticated a situation as follows. Some strange people with some kind of characteristic accent deliberately storm into a school. It is a provocation. It can be done by anybody— the CIA, by anyone. It can be done by guys [khloptsy] from Ukraine. So, God forbid, they start butchering children from Armenia, or children from Azerbaijan at school. Let’s say it’s been randomly established that there [at school] children from Armenian or Azeri Diaspora study.

What is Russia to do when the Caucasus rises, when Azerbaijani or Armenian Diaspora rises, and all that turns into a bloody mess? Do we have forces to stop all that later, when that process is in full force? What am I talking about? I am talking about that little war. If Erdogan succeeds in reaching certain objectives and if we (God forbid) treacherously betray Armenia, then our authority in Caucasus will become a total zilch [naught]. We will not be able to control the situation there. We will be obliged to… I don’t even know how to act. Because in this case it is about activation of dormant cells. All that exists and all that works against us. Therefore, when this war is discussed, we have to realize that in my view (and I can be wrong): first Ukraine, then Central Asia, then Eastern Europe, then Belarus, then frankly speaking, this little war. All those events are stemming from one united anti-Russian plan. That such a plan exists, I think, our intelligence reported to the political administration. One of the distinguishing marks is that we conducted the Kavkaz 2020 [Caucasus 2020 military exercises] with significantly  (at the last moment significantly) increased potential.Those Kavkaz 2020 exercises were a form of warning: lads, don’t play with fire. They did not heed. Neither Erdogan nor anyone else heard [the warning]. [Voice of the interviewer: “Nor Aliyev. He never grasps warnings.”] Not at all. The consolidation there is on these levels: Washington, Ankara and Baku. A technological lineup on the road to organization of an interethnic nationalistic little war in Russia, a most fierce one from which practically there is no exit, to create within the Russian Federation an explosion which will simply tear apart our country. 

Today we do not have such potential as to counterweight these processes. There is no ideology [or] image of the future. In this case, I think that the situation should be viewed as critical, and every sort of leverage ought to be used first and foremost against Turkey. Because – I underscore – because if over there the circumstances develop in favor of the plan which is being implemented, then we will not lose only Caucasus, but we might lose [our] country.

I would like to address our remarkable Kremlinites with a request. Please ask your advisors, your area specialists to compile a historical document on Russo-Turkish relations. How many times has Turkey been armed against Russia? Who told you gentlemen who sold S-400 to our unconciliatory foe Turkey that these missiles will not be used against our airplanes taking off from Gyumri? Who told you that? Has Erdogan fulfilled even one single promise given to Putin? Do we not see how Turkey attacks us in Syria? Do we not see that Turkey attacks us in Libya, attempting to throw away all our oil resources? Do we not see [Turkey’s] behavior in other areas? Please give me an example: who is as actively acting against Russia today as Turkey does? Even the USA is not acting as actively against us as Erdogan does. I want to say once again that Erdogan is a very strong politician, whoever might make fun of him. Thus far he has only victories. We have only bluff.

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Yemeni Court Issues Death Sentence for Trump, MBS – Islam Times

Islam Times – A criminal court in Saada has sentenced ten, including US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salam, to death for an attack on a Yemeni school bus claimed that 51 lives and injured 79 in 2018.According to Saba news agency, the Specialized First Instance Criminal Court in Saada province has ruled to execute ten of the defendants in killing Dhahyan’s students by the aggression coalition’s warplanes.

The verdict sentenced ten of the defendants to death for targeting and killing the students in Dhahyan in Saada.

According to the ruling issued in the session presided over by the court Chief Judge Riyadh al-Ruzami, the court sentenced to death ten of the convicted for targeting and killing students in Dhahyan in the airstrikes, they are as follows:

1) Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, 2)Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, 3)Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, 4)Donald John Trump, 5)James Norman Mattis, 6) Giselle Norton Allen Schwartz, 7) Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, 8)Ali Mohsen Saleh al-Ahmar, 9) Ahmed Obaid Bin Dagher, 10) Mohammad Ali Ahmad al-Maqdashi.

The verdict also stipulated obligating the convicts to pay a fine of ten billion dollars to the owners of the blood.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating campaign against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms support from certain Western countries.

The purported aim was to return to power the Riyadh-backed former regime of Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi and defeat the Houthi Ansarullah movement that took control of state matters after the resignation of the then president and his government.

According to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than half of hospitals and clinics destroyed or closed.

https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/889546/yemeni-court-issues-death-sentence-for-trump-mbs

Saudi Airstrike Kills Four Yemeni Children as UN Removes Kingdom From List of Child Killers – Yemen Press

It was not the first time that the mother of Faisel Ahmed al-Jaser heard the small radio perched in the corner of her kitchen report that Saudi aircraft were once again dropping bombs in the area. This time, though, was different. She sensed something was amiss when she heard the aircraft buzzing overhead and would later come to find that one of the bombs had struck 14-year old Faisel, killing him instantly. The death of Faisel came as the United Nations announced a new decision this week to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of parties that violate the human rights of children. This, despite the fact UN investigators have themselves reported that the Saudi forces have killed hundreds of children in Yemen in the past year alone.

In fact, even as Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was busy telling reporters at a news conference that her boss had made the decision to remove Saudi Arabia from the blacklist, the bodies of children were burning inside of a car that was targeted by Saudi warplanes in Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.

Latest decision by the United Nations puts the reality of what is happening on the ground in Yemen in the public interest. The aftermath of the Saudi attack on a family car filled with children is not easy to watch but it lays bare the nature of the total war that the Saudi coalition is waging on Yemeni civilians.

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“Unbelievable, dirty Saudi Riyals have dropped the Kingdom from the blacklist, shame on the UN,” Abdullah Jaber Ali al-Bojani said. Al-Bojani was among the family members gathered to recover the body parts of 12-year-old Abdullah, who was killed on Monday when a Saudi airstrike hit the car he was traveling in on a highway in (Sheda) district in Saada province. In addition to Faisel and Abdullah, at least 14 people, among them four children and a woman, were killed and others were injured in the attack.

Two mine-clearance personnel and a medic also lost their lives on Monday when Saudi warplanes pounded (Ketaf) district in the same province just one after a similar attack last Wednesday that killed three civilians and injured another.

The recent United Nations decision has not only completely shaken up Yemen’s broken-heart families who lost children to coalition attacks, but it has also sparked concern that the United Nations is taking steps that will leave their-loved ones vulnerable to further Saudi attacks.

Yemeni activists and human rights groups accuse Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, of bias, saying that the move shows a blatant disregard for Saudi crimes that have documented by the UN itself. They say that the decision places a moral responsibility on Guterres and the United Nations for future Saudi crimes against children.

Yemen’s National Committee for Women views the UN decision as an attempt to provide official cover for all Saudi human rights violations and crimes against children and women in Yemen. The group pointed out that removing Saudi Arabia from the blacklist does not negate the crimes it has committed in Yemen.

For their part, Ansarullah (Houthis) sharply censured the United Nations over the decision. Mohammed AbdulSalam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for Ansar Allah, condemned the UN decision and said that it cannot erase Saudi crimes from the record. He also stated that the move affirms that the UN is colluding with Saudi Arabia is no longer capable of acting as a broker for any political solution in Yemen or anywhere else.

Hisham Sharaf, Ansar Allah’s Foreign Minister in Sana’a, warned that removing the Saudi-led coalition from the list will only encourage the Saudi regime and its air force to continue their crimes against Yemen’s children. He described the decision as a setback for UN efforts to protect and promote children’s rights all over the world.

In retaliation for the latest Saudi attacks, the Yemeni army loyal to Houthis launched a massive operation on Thursday against coalition aircraft, armories, and other sensitive targets at the Saudi military base in Khamis Masheit.

Guterres’s “list of shame”

International human rights groups have also spoken out against the UN decision. Human Rights Watch accused Guterres of ignoring evidence of grave human rights violations.

“The secretary-general is adding a new level of shame to his ‘list of shame’ by removing the Saudi-led coalition and ignoring the UN’s own evidence of continued grave violations against children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Saudi Prince bin Salman presents a donation to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, March 2018.
Saudi Prince bin Salman presents a donation to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, March 2018.

Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, said that the delisting “sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children,” and called for “an independent, objective, transparent assessment of the process leading to the decision.”

The coalition has been on the blacklist for three years. It was added in 2016 but subsequently removed following protests from the Saudi government. Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused the kingdom of exerting unacceptable pressure on the UN with allied countries, allegedly threatening to cut vital funding for aid programs.

Guterres returned the Saudi-led coalition to the list in 2017 in the wake of Saudi attacks on Yemeni schools and hospitals but placed it in a newly created category. In 2018, Guterres removed the coalition from a list of parties that attack schools and hospitals, despite 19 UN-documented attacks on schools in the previous year.

In his annual report on children and armed conflict, released on June 15, 2020, Guterres reported that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for 222 child casualties and four attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen in 2019, but he removed the Kingdom from a list of parties responsible for grave human rights violations against children.

Guterres’s removal of Saudi Arabia from the list is also at odds with his “Call to Action on Human Rights” announced earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said. In that appeal, he said, “International humanitarian law and human rights law must be respected.” Yet his decision to delist or omit the Saudi Kingdom for grave violations of the rights of children raises questions about that commitment.

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JUNE 2ND – A GOOD DAY FOR A HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE FUTURE ~ Russell Bentley

In memory of the June 2nd, 2014 attack on Lugansk, that killed 8 peaceful civilians, including Inna Kukuruza.

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As Reaper attack drones circle the skies of Washington D.C. today, the US military prowls streets across the nation, ready to defend the goddamned US government and its owners and masters from the citizens of the USA, it is a good day to look back in history, in order to see what lies ahead. Because what’s past is prologue…

Six years ago today, on June 2nd, 2014, US-backed Ukrainian nazis made a rocket attack on the administration building in Lugansk, an area formerly in Eastern Ukraine that had risen up and refused to recognize or submit to the neo-nazi puppet regime illegally installed in a murderous coup by the Obama/Biden regime and the Clinton State Department. In act of abject terrorism that exactly fit the definition of a war crime, a Ukrainian SU-25 attacked a group of civilians gathered peacefully on the street in front. Five women and three men were murdered, with 20 more severely injured by the attack. All were civilians, none were involved in defensive military actions. Unprovoked mass murder by the military against peaceful unarmed civilians. on orders from the USA. What the US government has been doing here for more than half a decade, they are now preparing to do there, inside the United States. What they have done to us, they will soon be doing to you. Come and see…

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http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2020/06/june-2nd-good-day-for-history-lesson.html

Embattled Yemen Fights Coronavirus with Empty Hands

Directives to open all public and private hospitals to receive cases with coronavirus and to add at least twenty beds to isolation rooms and five beds for intensive care. This came at a meeting of the Yemeni Minister of Health with directors of medical centers and health offices as part of fighting the coronavirus with the available capabilities according to a vision appropriate to the conditions in the country.

“The secret of our strength, the great power that we have and possess is a single force in the face of this aggression or this virus is the medical sector and the medical staff, the angels of mercy, the medical sector and the human cadre, is the most important element in facing this danger that almost invades everyone,” the Yemeni Minister of Health, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakkil said.

In light of the collapse of the health sector in the country and the complete inability to provide medical equipment and medicines due to the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led aggression and the failure of international organizations to provide the necessary assistance and support with the inaccuracy and efficiencies of solutions and swabs sent by the World Health Organization recently, cases of infection and the spread of the corona virus increased in more than one area in Yemen, according to a statement of the Yemeni Ministry of Health.

In his part, the Director General of Kuwait University Hospital, Dr. Amin Al-Junaid said that the epidemic came while the country is under siege. “The World Health Organization and the international organization sponsoring health should support us with materials, supplies and medicines, instead, unfortunately they have no role to mention. We need respirators, we need anesthetics, we need many drugs. “

The Supreme Committee for Combating Epidemics condemned the countries of aggression for allowing the stranded people to return to Yemen without taking precautionary measures, indicating the deliberate spread of the epidemic on a wider scale, which puts Yemenis in front of more complex challenges.

An alert from the official authorities in the health sector to combat the infection and receive patients with corona disease, with an emphasis on raising prevention to the highest levels in hospitals and medical centers, amid the complications the country is witnessing as a result of the continued aggression and siege for nearly six years.

#Yemen #US_Saudi_Aggression #Coronavirus

Source: Embattled Yemen Fights Coronavirus with Empty Hands

How Many Dead Yemenis Does It Take to Equal One Washington Post Contributor?

Intl. Quds Day, Symbol of Fighting Global Arrogance, Hegemony

Muslims around the world makes the International Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.

The International Quds Day is an annual event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist enemy regime of Israel.

The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.

The auspicious day is not merely meant for the declaration of support for an oppressed nation who have been driven out of their motherland and homes but has become the symbol of fighting Arrogance and global hegemons.

Every year people around the world pour into the streets to cast their support to the people of Palestine and express their indignation at the apartheid regime of Israel, which has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967.

However, this year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, rallies will have a different shape and style. The rallies in the Iranian capital, Tehran, are set to be held by marching cars to show the resolve to prove that the anti-Zionism path is always full of people who never put the Palestinian cause aside.

The day is not limited to Muslims, as all freedom-seekers of the world join the rallies every year. Iranian religious minorities, including Jews and Christians, also join the demonstrations to live up to Imam Khomeini’s true purpose on declaring the Quds Day, and show unity and solidarity with their oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Head of Tehran Jewish Association Homayoun Sameyeh said Imam Khomeini formed the International Quds Day with the aim of unifying all the freedom-seekers in the world against the global Arrogance and their hegemon.

“This unity, which is shown in all world countries, increases the pressure on the occupying regime and will finally force them to stop their crimes against the Palestinians,” Sameyah told Mehr News Agency on the occasion of International Quds Day.

“The declaration of disgust by the Jewish community in Iran, as well as other countries, of the Israeli regime’s brutal actions, is a testament to this fact,” he added.

Significance of Quds Day 2020

The Israeli enemy regime has been exploiting the deteriorating regional and international developments in the past seven decades to press ahead with its crimes; however, this year’s Quds Day is very important especially with the ongoing conflict with the Zionist entity and US President Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century,’ which recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the ‘capital’ of the Israeli Israel and the Zionists’ decision for the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Now, 72 years into the occupation, the regime has stepped up its belligerent moves against the oppressed people of Palestine, as Tel Aviv’s is expected to impose the Zionists’ “sovereignty” over their settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Israeli enemy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would start plans for annexing more areas in the occupied West Bank on July 1, in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “deal of the century.

The Palestinians, along with other Muslim nations and supporters of the Palestinian cause, are gearing up to mark this year’s International Quds Day to reiterate their call for the liberation of their homeland.

Several countries, as well as international organizations and figures, have lambasted the new annexation scheme, calling for a global stance against the decision.
The resistance leaders have called on true believers to mark the International Quds Day to assert that Jerusalem al-Quds was and will remain the undivided capital of the Palestinian people and that the occupation will one day come to an end.

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Afghanistan: Explanatory remarks by the spokesman of Islamic Emirate regarding the horrific attack in Kabul

An armed attack took place the other day on a 100-bed hospital in Dashti Barchi area of Kabul city which resulted in a number of our innocent compatriots – women and children deliberately and ruthlessly martyred in a horrendous crime.

Another blast took place at a funeral in Nangarhar on the same day which also resulted in death and injuries to a number of our fellow civilian countrymen.

The Islamic Emirate strongly condemned both attacks and clarified that these attacks were the work of criminal and malicious elements who are seeking to attain their malicious objectives by killing defenseless human beings.

But the Kabul administration officials at the highest levels immediately attributed these crimes to the Islamic Emirate and made use of a host of fabrications, photoshop and deceptions to mislead common perception.

The Islamic Emirate once again clarifies that it had no hand in the Dashti Barchi incident, considers it a vile, inhumane and an un-Islamic act and shares the grief of the families of martyrs and wounded of this tragedy.

The Islamic Emirate considers the Kabul incident the work of malicious elements directly affiliated with the Kabul administration for the following reasons:

– The 100-bed hospital in Dashti Barchi was founded and established for women and children in 2014 due to the efforts and upon the continuous requests by the Islamic Emirate to International and Doctors Without Borders NGOs hence it would make no sense for Mujahideen of the Emirate to attack the same hospital or clinic.

– How could a Mujahid who understands Islam and considers the killing innocent human beings a grave crime open fire upon women and even newborn innocent infants at a hospital which had absolutely no military target inside it?

– In the initial phase of the attack the Kabul administration spokespersons and their media partners and at the end of the day Ashraf Ghani himself launched extensive and systematic propaganda in an effort to pin the attacks on the Islamic Emirate without any expert investigation!!? This itself showcases that malicious circles were behind this crime and they planned and executed it following joint consultations to defame the Islamic Emirate.

– Exploiting the Dashti Barchi incident and blast at a funeral in Nangarhar to declare the launch of offensive operations against the Islamic Emirate also indicates that the Kabul administration sought to implement its warmongering policy by muddying water and catching fish in order to find an excuse for such an irrational declaration.

– The creation of fake whatsapp and messenger messages by various Kabul administration organs at the same time as the attack, the broadcasting of fake audio clips and dissemination of photoshopped images also demonstrate that the Dashti Barchi attack was a pre-planed conspiracy aimed at defaming the Islamic Emirate and misusing this great crime for nefarious goals.

The agents of war and misery in Afghanistan are known. Those who have ruthlessly murdered civilians for the past nineteen years now seek to provoke public and international anger against the believing Mujahid Afghan nation with crimes akin to the communist era KHAD and to use it as an excuse for revealing their anti-peace stance.

The Islamic Emirate once again explicitly clarifies that the attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar have no relation with the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate. We consider both incidents crimes and unspeakable savagery. Attacks on clinics, funerals and public infrastructure have no place in our policy.

At the same time, we firmly call for the transparent and impartial investigation of these attacks in order to expose the dark faces of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and bring them to justice.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

22/09/1441 Hijri Lunar

26/02/1399 Hijri Solar               15/05/2020 Gregorian

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http://alemarahenglish.com/p=34930

Afghanistan: Anti-peace elements behind civilian massacres

Following the signing of the historical agreement in Qatar on 29th of February 2020, the enemies of peace have also begun working overtime to wreck havoc and cause confusions in an effort to obstruct the successful implementation of the agreement aimed at bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan. We have seen that the past few months and this week in particular have proven deadly for innocent Afghan civilians. In this Holy month of Ramadan, the criminal Kabul administration has targeted protests, clinics and gatherings in provinces of Wardak, Ghor and Balkh.

Today the enemies of peace again carried out heinous assaults on a funeral in Nangarhar and a hospital in Kabul. There is now an emerging pattern that whenever a step is taken forward towards peace, the enemies of peace simultaneously begin committing crimes and the shameless Kabul regime — the beneficiary of war in Afghanistan — immediately pins the blame on the Mujahideen even though it is the criminal anti-peace Kabul based administration that sheltered and continues to shelter terrorists like the so called Daesh in Kabul guesthouses after evacuating them to safety from the forces of the Islamic Emirate who destroyed their bases and liberated the poor common Afghans from their brutalities and cruelties. Such elements are used by anti-peace elements to strike soft targets and cause casualties among the civilians.

The sole purpose of Islamic Emirate is to liberate the people from oppression and bring peace and prosperity to the people of Afghanistan. Safeguarding the lives and properties of common Afghans is duty of every soldier of the Islamic Emirate and each is deeply saddened by such incidents thus causing them to strive that much harder to bring stability to their homeland and eliminate all enemies of peace.

The Kabul based administration’s so called security sector made up of CIA deaths squads and mercenaries of foreign intelligence agencies are the ones responsible for these recent crimes against humanity in Kabul and Nangarhar, just like the ones which took place over the past 24 hours in other provinces. These Kabul administration security heads are known and documented criminals, a fact widely reported by international organizations.

The International community should know that it is this very regime that is using every despicable tactic in the playbook to try and sabotage peace efforts however these Kabul-based elitists and war profiteers heading the double-headed criminal enterprise will not succeed because there now exists a regional and international consensus for bringing peace to Afghanistan.

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http://alemarahenglish.com/?p=34866

How ‘Defense’ Contractors Lobbied for War in Yemen and Reaped the Profits from Death and Destruction

Lobbying firms like the McKeon Group, headed by lobbyist Buck McKeon (who was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the US Congress), represent both US defense contractors and countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are ruthlessly bombing Yemen with US made weapons. Through lobbying firms like the McKeon Group and American Defense International, defense contractors such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin spent millions to effectively pressure Congress members. Lobbying efforts focus on key members of committees, such as the aforementioned Armed Services Committee. This incentivizes Congress to approve legislation to sell arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and block any legislation that challenges the unethical arms sales.

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/how-defense-contractors-lobbied-war-yemen-reaped-profits-death-destruction/5707484

From Cluster Bombs to Toxic Waste: Saudi Arabia Creating Next Fallujah in Yemen

As the world’s focus turns to the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, Yemenis are reeling from their own brewing tragedy, contending with the thousands of cluster bombs, landmines and other exploded munitions that now litter their homeland. Just yesterday, a young child was killed and another was injured in the al-Ghail district of al-Jawf when a landmine left by the Saudi military exploded, witnesses told MintPress. Outraged and terrified by the presence of these unexploded ordnances, Ahmed Sharif, a father of 9 who owns a farm in the district called the unexploded ordnances “a significant threat to our children.”

Earlier this week, thousands of cluster bombs containing between dozens and hundreds of smaller submunitions were dropped by air and scattered indiscriminately over large areas near Ahmed’s farm. A large number of those munitions failed to explode on impact, creating a new threat to residents already reeling from 5 years of war, famine and an economic blockade. The use, production, sale, and transfer of cluster munitions is prohibited under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international agreement recognized by over 100 countries, but rejected by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Saudi Arabia is estimated to have dropped thousands of tons of U.S.-made weapons in al-Jawf over the past 100 days alone. Al-Jawf is an oil-rich province that lies in Yemen’s north-central reaches along the Saudi border. The aerial campaign is likely a last-ditch effort to stem the tide of battlefield success by local volunteer fighters who teamed with Houthi forces to recapture large swaths of al-Jawf and Marib provinces. That campaign, for all intents and purposes, has failed.

On Wednesday, the Houthis announced that their military operation – dubbed “God Overpowered Them” – was complete and that al-Jawf was free of Saudi occupation. According to Houthi sources, more than 1,200 Saudi-led coalition fighters were killed or injured during the operation and dozens of Saudi troops, including officers, were captured. The Houthis also struck deep into Saudi territory in retaliation for the more than 250 Saudi airstrikes that were carried out during the campaign. In multiple operations, ballistic missiles and drones were used to target facilities inside Saudi Arabia, according to officials.

Saudi losses haven’t been limited to al-Jawf either. Last week, Marib province, which lies adjacent to Yemen’s capital of Sana’a, was recaptured following heavy battles with Saudi forces. Local tribal fighters were able to clear strategic areas in the Sirwah District with the assistance of Houthi forces and take control of the town of Tabab Al-Bara and the strategic Tala Hamra hills that overlook Marib city. Both the Saudi-led coalition and its allied militants initially admitted defeat but later described their loss as a tactic withdrawal.

Marib is now the second Yemeni governorate adjacent to Saudi Arabia to fall under the control by Yemen’s resistance forces in the last month, al-Jawf being the first. Both provinces have strategic importance to Saudi Arabia and could serve as a potential launch point for operations into Saudi Arabia’s Najran province.

“Saudi [Arabia] and America have planted our land with death”

The highly populated urban areas of Sana’a, Sadaa, Hodeida, Hajjah, Marib, and al-Jawf have been subjected to incomprehensible bombing campaigns during the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which turns five on March 26. The sheer scale of that campaign, which often sees hundreds of separate airstrikes carried out every day, coupled with its indiscriminate nature, has left Yemen one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world.

Since 2015, when the war began, coalition warplanes have conducted more than 250,000 airstrikes in Yemen, according to the Yemeni Army. 70 percent of those airstrikes have hit civilian targets. Thousands of tons of weapons, most often supplied by the United States, have been dropped on hospitals, schools, markets, mosques, farms, factories, bridges, and power and water treatment plants and have left unexploded ordnances scattered across densely populated areas.

A significant proportion of those ordnances are still embedded in the ground or amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings, posing a threat to both civilians and the environment. As Man’e Abu Rasein, a father who lost two sons to an unexploded cluster bomb in August of 2018 puts it: “Saudi [Arabia] and America have planted our land with death.” Abu Rasein’s sons, Rashid, ten, and Hussein, eight, were grazing their family’s herd of sheep in the village of al-Ghol north of Sadaa, far from any battlefield. They spotted an unusual looking object and like most curious young boys, picked it up to investigate. But the object they found was no toy, it was an unexploded cluster munition dropped by a Saudi jet. After hearing an explosion, the boys’ family went to investigate and found them lying dead, covered in blood.

A group of children in Sahar district inspects a cluster bomb dropped by a Saudi warplane at a farm in Sadaa, March 18, 2019. Abdullah Azzi | MintPress News

Since March of 2015, Human Rights Watch has recorded more than 15 incidents involving six different types of cluster munitions in at least five of Yemen’s 21 governorates. According to the United Nations Development Program’s Emergency Mine Action Project, some of the heaviest mine and ERW (explosive remnants of war) contamination is reported in northern governorates bordering Saudi Arabia, southern coastal governorates and west-central governorates, all areas surrounding Houthi-dominated regions of Yemen. Since 2018 alone, the UNDP has cleared nearly 9,000 landmines and over 116,000 explosive remnants in Yemen.

From the Yemeni war of 1994 to the six wars in Sadaa, Yemenis have suffered several wars over the last three decades. Yet thanks to saturation of U.S. weapons, the ongoing war has brought death on a toll not seen in Yemen for hundreds of years. In Sadaa, the Saudi coalition has a significant legacy of unexploded ordinances, up to one million according to figures provided to MintPress by the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), an organization backed by the United Nations.

The Project Manager of YEMAC identified heavy cluster munition contamination in Saada, al-Jawf, Amran, Hodeida, Mawit, and Sanaa governorates, including in Sanaa city. Contamination was also reported in Marib. For the time being, YEMAC is the only organization working throughout the country during the ongoing war. Their teams are confronted with a very complex situation, disposing of both conventional munitions and bombs dropped from airplanes, including explosive remnants of war rockets, artillery shells, mortars, bombs, hand grenades, landmines, cluster bombs, and other sub-munitions and similar explosives.

Saudi Arabia’s toxic legacy

In addition to killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, American-made weapons have exposed Yemen’s people to highly toxic substances on a level not seen since the now-infamous use of radioactive depleted uranium by the United States in Fallujah, Iraq, which to this day is causing abnormally high rates of cancer and birth defects.

The hazardous chemicals from Saudi Coalition military waste, including radioactive materials, fuel hydrocarbons, and heavy metals, has already led to outbreaks of disease. Vehicles abandoned on battlefields, usually in various states of destruction, contain toxic substances including PCBs, CFCs, DU residue, heavy metals, unexploded ordnances, asbestos and mineral oils. Hundreds of these military scraps remain publicly accessible in Nihm, al-Jawf, Serwah, Marib and throughout Yemen.

Aside from the threat they pose to life and limb, unexploded ordnances contain toxic substances like RDX, TNT, and heavy metals which release significant levels of toxic substances into the air, soil and water. According to both the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Ministry of Health, which have undertaken environmental assessments on the impact of urban bombing, high levels of hazardous waste and air pollutants are already present in a populated areas

A young girl injured by a cluster bomb dropped by a Saudi warplane is fitted for a wheelchair near the Yemen-Saudi border, March 18, 2020. Photo | YEMAC

Alongside the still unknown quantities of more conventional weapons remnants in Yemen, the waste from the cleanup of bombed-out buildings has been found to be especially contaminated with hazardous materials, including asbestos which is used in military applications for sound insulation, fireproofing and wiring among other things. Fires and heavy smoke billowing over heavily populated civilian areas following Saudi bombing runs also pose an imminent threat to human health. A common sight in many Yemeni cities since the war began, these thick clouds of toxic smoke sometimes linger for days and coat both surfaces and people’s lungs with hazardous toxins like PAHs, dioxins and furans, materials which have been shown to cause cancer, liver problems and birth defects.

Before the war began, most hazardous materials were trucked to Sanaa where they were separated and disposed of properly at the sprawling al-Azragein treatment plant south of the capital. But that plant was among the first targets destroyed by Saudi airstrikes after the war began. After it was bombed, puddles and heaps of toxic material were left to mix with rainwater and seep into surrounding areas. Yemeni researchers are still trying to grasp the scale of pollution from biohazardous chemicals at the site.

Although a comprehensive nationwide environmental assessment of the impact of urban bombing in Yemen has yet to be completed, high levels of hazardous waste and air pollutants have been recorded by many hospitals and environmental agencies. Some idea of the long-term effects can also be gleaned from studies carried out in areas where similar toxins have been used, particularly by the United States in FallujahIraq and in Vietnam, where scientific assessments have shown increased cases of birth defects, cancer and other diseases, including in U.S. veterans.

In southern Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates operate largely unchallenged, the coalition has been disposing of military waste in large trenches devoid of any measures to mitigate potential toxic fallout. Waste is dumped into large holes and either detonated or simply buried, inevitably contaminating soil and groundwater according to data from the UN Environment Program.

Yemen’s coastline hasn’t been immune either. The country’s General Authority for Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the Saudi-led coalition is dumping toxic and polluted waste on the shores of Yemen and in Yemeni regional waters, causing great damage to the marine environment, the deaths of fish and marine organisms, and in some cases, actually changing the color of the sea to a toxic green. The agency stated that in addition to dumping toxic waste, the coalition was allowing unsafe fishing practices such as marine dredging and the use of explosives by foreign ships, destroying the marine environment and coral reefs.

One hundred years to safety

Thousands of displaced Yemenis cannot fathom returning home due to the large number of explosives potentially hidden in and around their houses. Removing them all would require an end to the U.S.-backed war and economic blockade. Special equipment and armored machines such as armored excavators would need to be brought in, a slim prospect in a country unable to secure even the basic stapes of life.

The remnants of a cluster bomb dropped by Saudi-led coalition warplanes inside a Yemeni home. March 18, 2020. Abdullah Azzi| MintPress News

Explosive remnants do not just impact lives and limbs, they prevent the use of potentially productive agricultural land and the rebuilding of important infrastructure. Like many border areas in Saada and Hajjah, fertile soil in al-Jawf and Marib has become so environmentally polluted since the war began that it could take decades to recover. Explosive remnants also prevent access to vital resources like water and firewood, cripples the movement of residents, including children traveling to school, and prevents aid from reaching those in need.

Even if the Saudi-led coalition were to stop the war immediately and lift the blockade, its legacy of indiscriminate bombing on such a massive scale will be felt for years to come. Due to the intensity of the bombing, experts at the United Nations Development Program’s Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center estimate that clearance could take at least 100 years in larger cities. Despite these dangers, desperate families with nowhere to go do not waste a lull in the barrage of Saudi airstrikes or a short-lived ceasefire to attempt to return home.

Source: MintPress News

Ahmed AbdulKareem

http://alwaght.com/en/news/173783

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Malcolm X May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 🌹

One civilian martyred after US occupation opened fire on locals in Khirbet Ammo, eastern Qamishli

Hasaka, SANA– A civilian was martyred and other was injured when American Occupation forces opened fire on locals of the villages of Khirbet Ammo and Hamou in eastern Qamishli after they gathered near a Syrian Arab Army post while the Army was preventing American occupation vehicles from crossing.

Meanwhile, locals of Bweir al-Bouassi village threw stones at the U.S. occupation’s vehicles and they took down the US flag from above them.

SANA reporter in Hasaka said that “A Syrian Arab Army post in the area on Wednesday morning stopped four American occupation vehicles while they were crossing al-Suwais – Alaia- Khirbet Ammo road east of Qamishli city, then hundreds of locals of Khirbet Ammo and Hamou villages gathered near the post to prevent the American occupation vehicles from crossing and to force them to return from where they came”.

The reporter stated that “The American occupation soldiers fired live bullets and smoke bombs on the locals as a civilian from the village of Khirbet Ammo was martyred while another civilian from Hamou village was injured.”

In response to the attack by the American occupation forces, the locals damaged four of the occupation’s armored vehicles, while the occupation forces rushed to bring reinforcements to the area that include 5 armored vehicles, to withdraw their damaged vehicles and evacuate their personnel.

In the same context, and during the passage of a number of American occupation armored vehicles through Bweir al-Bouassi village, in the countryside of al-Qamishli city, locals of the village intercepted them and attacked the armored vehicles with stones and forced them to stop while a number of young men got on the top of one of the vehicles and took down the U.S flag from it.

Later, SANA reporter said that there is news on air assault by US occupation on Khirbet Ammo village, Qamishli countryside

The reporter added that direct clashes with light weapons erupted between the locals of the village and the U.S. occupation.

The reporter indicated that the occupation forces withdrew from the village under a cover by the U.S. warplanes.

Yara Ismail/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=185108

U.S. Cockroaches

https://piazzadcara.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/u-s-cockroaches/#comment-47122

Al-Qaeda Recruited Again in Yemen by Saudi-Led Coalition

TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia and the UAE are using al-Qaeda in Yemen again despite claims that the terrorist group has ended its presence in the Arab country, a Yemeni news website disclosed on Monday.

The Arabic-language al-Khabar al-Yamani news website reported on Monday that the UAE is making use of the al-Qaeda again in al-Shabwah province in Southern Yemen to restore its influence which was almost gone last year.

Meantime, Saudi Arabia is correcting the structure of the resigned government’s forces which allows the al-Qaeda leaders to remain at the top of the rank.

According to the report, the Saudi-led coalition is attempting to deploy new forces, commanded by Zaki al-Haji who is linked with al-Qaeda in Lahij, to act as a wall stretching from Lahij to the West, from Yafe and Zale’ to the Central parts of the country and from Baiza and Ma’arib to the East to prevent advance of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces.

In a relevant development last September, Yemen’s Transportation Minister in the fugitive president Mansour Hadi’s cabinet Salih al-Jabwani accused the UAE of close ties and cooperation with the al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorists.

“We have evidence to prove that the UAE has relations with al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorist groups in Yemen,” al-Jabwani wrote in his twitter page.

He added that the UAE uses these terrorists to attack the Yemeni army forces and equipment on Shabwah-Abyan road in Southern Yemen.

Al-Jabwani underlined the need for the residents of Shabwah and Abyan provinces to take stance against the UAE and its affiliated terrorists.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been supporting the Takfiri terrorist groups in Southern Yemen against the Yemeni popular forces for a long time.

The Yemeni intelligence sources disclosed in 2016 that the country’s security forces had gained access to a series of documents and correspondence which prove the UAE’s role in supporting Al-Qaeda and other radical terrorists groups in Southern Yemen.

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https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13981121000868

 

USA Cluster Bombs Yemen: Remnants of Forbidden Weapons Continue to Kill Children

US-Saudi aggression’s remnants cluster bombs continue to kill civilians in various governorates of Yemen in general and in Sa’adah governorate in particular under the American-British-Israeli support for nearly five years of war on Yemen.

Source: Remnants of Forbidden Weapons Continue to Kill Children in Sa’adah

Further Reading 💡👇

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, February 3rd, 2020

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=11055&cat_id=1

Yemen: Ministry of Health Calls United Nations to Fulfill Obligations On Medical Air Bridge

On Sunday, the Ministry of Public Health and Population called on the United Nations to fulfill its obligations and the speedy conduct of the Medical Air Bridge, starting the flights without any delay, in accordance with the approved standards. In a statement, the Ministry expressed its shock at the lately received UN letter, in which the UN is changing the arrangements of the long awaited Medical Air Bridge. The UN is changing the start date of the planned trips and the mechanisms for transporting patients, two days before the flights are planned to start, as agreed.

Source: Ministry of Health Calls United Nations to Fulfill Obligations On Medical Air Bridge

Malcolm X – A Person’s Deeds

Trump’s Machiavellian Iran Plan by Stephen Lendman

The US has been hostile to Iran since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist tyranny, the nation regaining its sovereignty that was destroyed by the CIA’s 1953 coup, its first ahead of decades of high crimes to follow.

Trump regime hostility toward Iran exceeds the worst of his predecessors, waging all-out economic terrorism on the nation and its people — its aim all about regime change, wanting pro-Western rule replacing Iranian sovereign independence, along with gaining control over its vast hydrocarbon resources.

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https://stephenlendman.org/2020/01/trumps-machiavellian-iran-plan/

Millions of Yemenis Starve, International Humanitarian Organizations Spend Aid Amounts on Dogs

Despite the attempts by the international organization to cover its corruption by pointing the finger of blame at Sana’a, corruption affecting humanitarian and relief work in Yemen continues to unfold. According to data recently revealed by the Salvation government, and multiple documents obtained by Al-Akhbar news website, the United Nations agents in this poor country do not refrain from wasting aid on fake projects, for personal interests, or even for those who raise their dogs, while 10 million Yemenis suffer from 28 million are extremely hungry, and receive only corrupt aid from the World Food Program.

Source: Millions of Yemenis Starve, International Humanitarian Organizations Spend Aid Amounts on Dogs

Millions March in Iraq against U.S. Occupation 💕👍

The Members of Congress Who Profit from War

The Roots of American Demonization of Shi’a Islam

Pepe Escobar

The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial geopolitical ramifications, once again propels to center stage a quite inconvenient truth: the congenital incapacity of so-called US elites to even attempt to understand Shi’ism – thus 24/7 demonization, demeaning not only Shi’as by also Shi’a-led governments.

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/roots-american-demonization-shia-islam/5701065

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The Murder Of Qassem Soleimani Will Deter No One ~ MOA

The Trump administration sees the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani as a form of deterrence not only with regards to Iran but also towards Russia, China and others. That view is wrong.

The claim that the murder of Soleimani was necessary because of an ‘imminent threat’ has been debunked by Trump himself when he tweeted that ‘it doesn’t really matter’ if there was such a threat or not.

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https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/01/the-murder-of-qassem-soleimani-will-deter-no-one.html#more

US-Israeli Plot to Establish ‘Barzani State’ in Iraqi Kurdistan Redux

Now that U.S. Regime has been asked to leave Iraq  by the Iraqi government the U.S. comes up with rerun of old plot. Barzani Zionist traitor … 

Let’s recap timeline 👇

Erbil Owes Existence to Gen. Soleimani, KRG Ex-President Tells Why

https://ifpnews.com/erbil-owes-existence-to-gen-soleimani-krg-ex-president-tells-why

US-Israeli Plot to Establish ‘Barzani State’ in Iraqi Kurdistan Doomed to Failure

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In Iraq The U.S. Is Again An Occupation Force As It Rejects To Leave As Demanded

https://piazzadcara.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/in-iraq-the-u-s-is-again-an-occupation-force-as-it-rejects-to-leave-as-demanded/

In another sinister move US to set up 4 military bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region: report

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/154671/US-to-set-up-4-military-bases-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan-region-report

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (MNA) – The US is due to set up four military bases in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, said the report.

The US military and political delegations met and held talks with Head of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani on building four US military bases in this region, according to Baghdad Today.

Two sides discussed the ongoing process of Erbil support for US troops, the rejection of their withdrawal from Iraq and the cancellation of a security agreement, as well as cooperation on the construction of four military bases, including al-Harir base in the Kurdistan Region.

Strengthening diplomatic relations, cooperation in the political and economic spheres, and accelerating the opening of the largest US consulate in Erbil were other issues discussed at the meetings.

After assassination of Lt. General Qasem Soleimani by the US terrorist forces in Iraq, the Iraqi Parliament voted for the expulsion of the US forces from the country. It seems that the US in another illegal suspicious act is trying to move its forces to the northern part of Iraq which will be another violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

It is necessary for the Iraqi central government to make it clear that the US forces must leave all parts of the country and expulsion from Iraq doesn’t mean to station their forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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Sayyed Nasrallah to Massoud Barzani: You should show gratitude for Haj Qassem, when the whole world refused to help you, Hajj Qassem came to help you along with his companions while you where shivering from fear

US Deterrence: Code Language for Endless Wars on Humanity by Stephen Lendman

Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan.

Both right wings of the US war party pose an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, security, and humanity’s survival.

The rhetoric of each wing differs, the agenda the same, notably since the neoliberal 90s, especially post-9/11.

Not a dime’s worth of difference separates each wing on war and peace, corporate favoritism, neoliberal harshness, and police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Democracy in America is for the privileged few alone, the real thing serving everyone equitably nonexistent from inception.

US exceptionalism, the indispensable state, and moral superiority don’t exist, never did.

Permanent war on humanity is undeclared official US policy. Deterrence is code language for waging it, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing sovereign independent governments everywhere.

That’s what the scourge of imperialism is all about, promoted by Big Lies and deception, supported by establishment media, most Americans none the wiser about the threat to their lives, welfare, and futures.

On Monday at the right wing Hoover Institute, Pompeo said Trump and his regime’s national security team prioritize “deterrence” — code language for endless hot wars and by other means on humanity, notably against nations on the US target list for regime change, especially Russia, China and Iran.

Separately, US war secretary Esper falsely claimed the US has legal authority to attack Iran under the Constitution’s Article 2. No such authority exists.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, the so-called War Powers Clause, vests in Congress alone the power to declare war, stating:

“The Congress shall have power…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…”

The Constitution affords the president no power to wage war without congressional approval.

Since establishment of the UN Charter, warmaking by one nation on others is unlawful without Security Council authorization, permitted only in self-defense, never preemptively.

Under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, international laws to which the US is a signatory are automatically constitutional law.

No presidential directive in any form or congressional legislation may legally circumvent international law.

The Security Council has exclusive authority on issues of war and peace.

On Monday, Esper falsely claimed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Resolution (AUMF – Sept. 2001) permits the US to attack its enemies — invented not real, he failed to explain.

So-called Iranian “proxies” he cited are self-defense forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, not aggressors like the US and its “proxies.”

Throughout the post-WW II era, especially post-9/11, the US attacked one country after another preemptively, never in self-defense, what naked aggression is all about, the highest of high crimes.

No nations or elements therein today threaten US national security. Claims otherwise reflect willful deception, a way to justify what’s unjustifiable, to defend the indefensible.

Esper falsely claimed Iranian General Soleimani was killed because he had “the blood of hundreds of American soldiers and Marines on his hands (sic).”

Pompeo called his assassination an act of “deterrence (sic),” earlier saying he posed an “imminent threat (sic),” citing other reasons, then changing the narrative.

Soleimani may have been killed on January 3 because of his success in combatting the scourge of ISIS it appears the Trump regime intends resurrecting in Iraq as a pretext for continued occupation of the country.

Nations on the US target list for regime change wage peace, not war — notably Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Syria, its forces combatting the scourge of US supported terrorists. Pentagon troops illegally occupying its territory assure endless war.

The US and its imperial allies threaten humanity, waging hot war and by other means worldwide to control other nations, their resources and populations.

One day the US will go the way of all other empires in history, self-destroyed by its endless wars, arrogance, and unwillingness to change.

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https://stephenlendman.org/2020/01/us-deterrence-code-language-for-endless-wars-on-humanity/

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MKO/MEK America 💡 Another U.S. sponsored Terrorist Proxy

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How Iranian MEK went from US terror list to halls of Congress

Two of Donald Trump’s right-hand men have been on the MEK’s payroll: National Security Adviser John Bolton and the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have both charged hefty fees to speak at MEK rallies in the past few years.

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/big-story/Iranian-MEK-US-terror-list-halls-congress-PMOI-Iran

MKO’s supporters throw party in U.S. Congress

It’s not every day that groups supporting a State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization hold a party in the U.S. Congress, but that’s exactly what happened today when the friends of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) threw their Nowruz party in the hearing room of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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https://www.nejatngo.org/en/posts/4320

Delisting the MKO: America: A State Sponsor of Terrorism against Iran

https://www.globalresearch.ca/delisting-mujahedin-e-khalq-organization-mko-america-a-state-sponsor-of-terrorism-against-iran/5306609

Lucia Trent: Breed, little mothers, breed for the war lords who slaughter your sons

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

Lucia Trent: Women of War

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Lucia Trent
Breed, Women, Breed

Breed, little mothers,
With tired backs and tired hands,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed a race of danger-haunted men,
A race of toiling, sweating, miserable men,
Breed, little mothers,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed, breed, breed!

Breed, little mothers,
With the sunken eyes and the sagging cheeks,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men,
Breed a race of machines,
A race of aenemic, round-shouldered, subway-herded machines!

Breed, little mothers,
With a faith patient and stupid as cattle.
Breed for the war lords,
Offer your woman flesh for incredible torment,
Wrack your frail bodies with the pangs of birth
For the…

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Yemen is the Imperialist’s Graveyard

In Iraq The U.S. Is Again An Occupation Force As It Rejects To Leave As Demanded

Moby Beetle And Qassem Soleimani

Full-Scale War Is Avoided And Trump Goes Right Back To Warmongering 😒

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The United States and Iran entered into a direct military exchange for the first time ever with the drone assassination of General Qassem Soleimani last week and a retaliatory strike from Iran via surface-to-surface missiles upon two US military bases on Wednesday.

As usual it was the less powerful nation who exercised restraint, with Iran skillfully targeting the bases’ military capabilities but taking measures to successfully avoid any casualties. The two nations de-escalated back down to their previous high level of dangerous hostilities with an understanding between them that neither side wants a full-scale war. Both sides played “chicken” and both sides swerved, and they know that about each other now.

So that was a relief. We were all forced to hold our breath and hope against hope that cooler heads would prevail after the senseless assassination of a sovereign nation’s top military official, and they did. A full-scale war that would have dwarfed Iraq and Vietnam in terms of death, destruction and destabilization was averted.

And then Trump immediately went right back to warmongering.

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https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/09/full-scale-war-is-avoided-and-trump-goes-right-back-to-warmongering/

Trump Assassinated the Leading General Who Fought Against ISIS

Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog 

Even some mainstream U.S. ‘news’-media (but none that are Republican) acknowledge the fact that Qasem Soleimani was among the most effective of all nations’ generals who fought against ISIS. Other mainstream U.S. ‘news’-media seem very reluctant to do so, because the entirety of America’s mainstream ‘journalism’ has spewed hatred against Iran’s Government after Iranians in 1979 succeeded at overthrowing the dictator Shah whom America’s CIA had installed in 1953 to end Iran’s democracy and to control the country, and he privatized the National Iranian Oil company and cut America’s aristocrats in on the profits from sales of Iranian oil. (Under George W. Bush, the U.S. Government did basically the same thing to Iraq’s oil industry.) So, America’s mainstream ‘news’-media, which are owned by the same aristocracy that imposed Iran’s dictatorship in 1953, have portrayed Iran’s #2 leader, General Qasem Soleimani, as a ‘terrorist’, instead of as the leading fighter against ISIS, which he actually was.

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https://thesaker.is/trump-assassinated-the-leading-general-who-fought-against-isis/

 

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

Blowback From The Soleimani Assassination Increases As Iraq Reveals How Trump Tried To Steal Its Oil

The blowback from Trump’s assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani and PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is increasing.  A scandal is developing as one consequence of Trump’s evil deed after Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi revealed the gangster methods U.S. President Trump used in his attempts to steal Iraq’s oil. Below we follow today’s development.

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https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/01/blowback-from-the-soleimani-assassination-increases-as-iraq-reveals-how-trump-tried-to-steal-its-oil.html#more

American Bombs in Yemen Are Costing an Entire Generation Their Future — Openhearted Rebellion

US Attack against Jurf Al-Nasr Aimed at Paving Ground for ISIL’s Revival

TEHRAN (FNA)– A senior Iraqi source said that the early Tuesday airstrikes against Jurf al-Nasr region at the bordering areas of Iraq and Syria were aimed at preparing the ground for the ISIL to enter the country.

Al-Qadir news network quoted a “special source” as saying on Tuesday that the attack on Iraqi army units in Jurf al-Nasr area was part of the US ongoing attempts to destabilize Iraq.

He added that the air raids targeted a number of Iraqi army units, killing several forces and wounding a number of others.

The source noted that the US attacks were aimed at undermining Iraq’s military power in the region in a bid to the pave the ground for the ISIL terrorists to penetrate into Jurf al-Nasr area from the Syrian border, specially from the US-occupied Al-Tanf base.

Loud explosions were heard South of Iraq’s capital of Baghdad Tuesday overnight, according to Lebanese Al-Meyadeen TV. 

Al-Meyadeen also reported that American warplanes were heard flying over Syria’s border with Iraq prior to the explosions. 

The explosions were heard in Jurf al-Nasr, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) Southwest of Baghdad, an area taken by the ISIL in 2014 and liberated that year by the Iraqi army and popular forces.

Source

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/13991030000846/Irai-Srce-US-Aack-agains-Jrf-Al-Nasr-Aimed-a-Paving-Grnd-fr-ISIL%E2%80%99s

Biden’s Back and so is ISIS … 3 Syrian Soldiers Killed, 10 Wounded In Terrorist Attack In Deir Ezzor

At least three Syrian soldiers were killed and ten others were injured in an attack launched by terrorist groups on a bus carrying them in Deir Ezzor –Palmyra road, Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing a military source on late Sunday.

According to the source “At around 13:40 pm, a bus transports Syrian Arab Army’s soldiers on Deir Ezzor –Palmyra road, in Al-Malha –Al-Shola area, came under fire from the south side of the road by terrorist group coming from al-Tanf area, claiming the lives of three soldiers and injuring ten others.

This attack comes at a time when some media outlets reported that US occupation forces transported hundreds of Daesh terrorists from Iraq to the Syrian area of Al-Tanf to carry out attacks against the Army’s personnel and against the civilian citizens in the Syrian Al-Jazeera.

Source

https://www.ansarollah.com/archives/406107

US Continues War on Yemen … Big Surprise

Polisario forces attack Moroccan army positions | Yemen Press Agency

SANAA, Jan. 24 (YPA) – Polisario Front launched an attack on the Guerguerat area on the border between Morocco and Mauritania, the Saharawi press agency SPS said in a statement on Sunday.

“The Saharawi army launched four rockets in the direction of Guerguerat,” SPS said, citing a military leader of the separatist Saharawi forces.

Morocco launched a military operation on November 13 in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the extreme south of the former Spanish colony, to drive out a group of Saharawi militants who were blocking a transit route to neighbouring Mauritania.

The statement also reported attacks along the security wall that separates Saharawi fighters from Moroccan forces in the vast desert territory.

Tensions between Morocco and the Polisario Front have escalated recently, with the buffer zone of Guerguerat , located in Western Sahara, in mid-November,

In a statement issued by its Foreign Ministry, the Kingdom of Morocco said it had “no choice but to assume its responsibilities in order to put an end to the obstruction resulting from these acts and to re-establish freedom of civil and commercial movement.

E.M

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http://en.ypagency.net/206719/

Washington seeking to revive ISIL terrorism in Iraq, Syria

TEHRAN, Jan. 24 (MNA) – A Lebanese political analyst has warned of a US plot to reactivate ISIL terrorists by rebuilding its forces so as to rekindle sectarian tensions in Iraq and Syria.

Lebanese political analyst Hadi Qubisi stressed that the new US conspiracy is to eliminate Iraqis by disguising ISIL terrorists with a new face.

“Washington seeks to rekindle sectarian tensions in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

“All indications are showing that new measures are being taken in the region with the aim of escalating the situation,” the analyst said.

A few days ago, he announced that the United States was seeking to play a destructive role in Iraq and Syria with the aim of destroying the security stability of these countries.

“The United States is trying to launch a new devastating war in Iraq and Syria through its ISIL tools and so-called joker elements,” Qubisi added.

Earlier, a security source said that the terrorist attack on the 22nd Brigade of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces in the northern province of Salah al-Din was carried out with the support of US troops.

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Source

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/168954/Washington-seeking-to-revive-ISIL-terrorism-in-Iraq-Syria

Report: Netanyahu to Dispatch Mossad Chief to Meet Biden & Outline Israel’s Demands for Iran Nuclear Deal Overhaul

Islam Times – Mossad chief Yossi Cohen may become the first top Israeli official to meet new US president Joe Biden amid concerns in Tel Aviv that his administration is set to revive the Obama-era international nuclear pact with Iran.The head of Israeli secret service and one of PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s most trusted allies, Cohen, is heading to Washington sometime next month to brief the Biden administration on a set of terms regarding any potential nuclear deal with Tehran, Channel 12 reported on Saturday, citing “communications” between Israel and the new US administration.

Cohen is also expected to meet with the CIA chief and once again present an intelligence assessment of Iran’s nuclear program, which according to Israelis is secretly aimed at obtaining nukes.

Cohen’s team is reportedly set to demand a “radical overhaul” of the agreement, with far more strict from Tehran, including a full halt of uranium enrichment and production of advanced centrifuges. On top of that, Israel wants Iran to stop “supporting terror groups” and “end its military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.”

Iran’s president this week reiterated his country’s willingness to return to the terms of deal, but said it’s up to the Biden administration to make the necessary concessions. Cohen’s team is reportedly set to demand a “radical overhaul” of the agreement, with far more strict commitments from Tehran.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed between Iran and the six major global powers in 2015 and put constraints on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Israel lobbied the Obama administration hard against joining the JCPOA, and once Donald Trump took office, continued this effort, this time succeeding in getting Trump to withdraw and reintroduce crippling sanctions against Iran.

Since then, amid ever-escalating tensions with the US while criticizing other JCPOA signatories for their failure to bring Washington to its senses, Tehran chose to gradually renege on their side of the deal too.

In January, Iran began enriching uranium to 20 percent, drifting further away from the parameters of the deal. While higher than the 3.67 percent level agreed in the 2015 pact, the new figure is still below the 90 percent level that is considered weapons-grade.

Iran has also issued a symbolic ultimatum, with an Iranian spokesperson stating that the Biden administration will have one month, until February 21 to reverse sanctions. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is tasked with monitoring Iran’s compliance, warned that time is running out with “only weeks left” to save JCPOA.

Source

https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/912041/report-netanyahu-to-dispatch-mossad-chief-meet-biden-outline-israel-s-demands-for-iran-nuclear-deal-overhaul

US attempts of incitement to have negative impact on ties with Russia – foreign ministry

“The US should address its own problems, including the handling of the profound split in American society caused by social injustice, inequality and persecution of dissent,” the foreign ministry said. “The attempts of the US diplomacy, which ignores all decency, to actually incite the radicals are doomed to failure and will have negative consequences for bilateral relations.”

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https://tass.com/politics/1248197

Nord Stream 2 project stoppage may result in legal proceedings – German Minister

Why US-backed Opposition Attacks Siam Bioscience ~ Thailand

Syria Writes to UN on Israel Air Raids, Stresses Right to Self-Defense

Syria has written to the United Nations in protest at a new Israeli aerial assault that killed four members of a family near the western city of Hama, saying Damascus reserves the right to defend the Arab state’s sovereignty and civilians against such acts of aggression.

The Syria Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday sent letters to the UN secretary-general, the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council in the wake of the Israeli missile strikes, which hit targets in the Hama Province in the early hours of the day.

Syrian air defenses downed most of the missiles, but the projectiles that hit the residential areas killed a man, a woman, and their two children.

“Four other citizens of the same family were wounded, and a number of homes belonging to innocent civilians were destroyed,” the letters said.

The ministry further said the Israeli attacks constitute a flagrant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and international law.

It also slammed the international community, especially those who call themselves advocates of human rights, for remaining tight-lipped in the face of Israeli aggression, saying the deafening silence only emboldens the occupying regime in Tel Aviv to keep up its attacks “in suspicious coincidence with the crimes of terrorist groups.”

The Syrian ministry further called on the United Nations and its Human Rights Council to assume their responsibilities and condemn Israeli raids, which pose a serious threat to regional security and stability.

Syria, it added, reserves the legitimate right to defend its citizens and national sovereignty via all legitimate means, which are guaranteed by international law and conventions.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, which has helped Syrian army in its fight against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about the attacks on Syrian territories which many view as a reaction to Syrian government’s increasing success in on the battlefield against the terror groups, many of which have the support of Israel in their push against the Damascus government.

Source

https://english.almasirah.net/post/17370/Syria-Writes-to-UN-on-Israel-Air-Raids%2C-Stresses-Right-to-Self-Defense

US Attacks “Ally” Germany Over Nord Stream 2

Israeli war crimes in Syria – the Trump/Biden strategy

The Wall Will Fall

During the early hours of this morning, Israel launched an attack on multiple positions across Syria – targeting Tartous, Hama and Homs countryside and reports of attacks in Damascus countryside. Initial reports indicated that Israeli aggression was prioritising the Scientific Research Facility in Mesyaf, Hama countryside. 

Further reports from local sources have informed us that an entire family was murdered by the incoming strikes, two babies were pulled alive from the rubble in Kazuo neighbourhood, Hama.

On the day of Biden’s inauguration, the US/UK war alliance sent a convoy of 40 trucks loaded with weapons and logistical equipment to illegal military bases in Hasaka governorate, north-east Syria, via the Al-Walid crossing on the Syrian border with Iraq. (local military sources)

I have been talking about the Biden administration for some time now in relation to Syria and I have predicted that the aggression against Syria will now be escalated. Since…

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US Navy Sex Trafficking in Bahrain

In the summer of 2017, a grave crisis was already boiling in the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, stationed in one of the Persian Gulf countries, namely Bahrain. That summer, investigators began to uncover an intricate web of allegations against American sailors that began with prostitution but ended up in cases on international sex trafficking.

What the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) uncovered, had three themes in common: US sailors, hookers and money. 

The investigation was first revealed in mid-2020 by Military Times in a detailed report entitled “Tinder, Sailor, Hooker, Pimp: The US Navy’s Sex Trafficking Scandal in Bahrain.”

Whenever the US occupation, or wherever the US Army is present you’re going to hear about criminal atrocities and unethical acts like sex trading. And that’s, especially the case, the case in Bahrain from amid this, the ongoing uprising calls for, for the involvement of the people in the UN.

Sondoss Al Asaad, Lebanese-Bahraini Journalist and Human Rights Advocate

 The investigation all started with monitoring a string of WhatsApp messages between Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Jihad H. Littlejohn and a woman known as Lin Raiwest.

In the messages, they discussed trafficking girls from Thailand who would then live in the American sailor’s off-post apartment and be put to work as prostitutes.

The case of gunner’s mate second class Jihad Little John was one of several that caught the Navy’s attention in Bahrain. In the summer of 2017, Little John was accused of conspiring with a pimp to import two women from Thailand into Bahrain to work as prostitutes, they would live with him, and he would take a cut of their earnings.

Geoff Ziezulewicz, Investigative Reporter

Servicemen involvement in sex trafficking widespread

The Littlejohn case triggered an extensive investigation into similar scandals which, according to the Military Times, uncovered that servicemen involvement in sex trafficking was a widespread phenomenon.

We discovered (what) was going on in Bahrain was that there was a confluence of cases coming out at the same time, involving conspiracies, involving sexual crimes, involving human trafficking, prostitution.

Brian Pristera, Attorney for Bahrain Sailors

These navy servicemen, including high command, were involved in housing and pimping female prostitutes as early as June 2017.

It’s common for the American military to commit such crimes. We all know the cases of such crimes in Korea and Japan, in Vietnam, and especially what happened in Abu Ghraib in Iraq. Many military personnel of the American army committed such atrocities, such inhumane atrocities and ill treatment, against the Iraqi people. And that’s what make(s) this action, and this crime, nothing new for us, because the American occupation never care about, about human dignity, about the rights of the people

Sondoss Al Asaad, Lebanese-Bahraini Journalist and Human Rights Advocate

In another high-profile case that year, Chief Operation Specialist Jayson W. Grant was caught attempting to traffic three girls from Thailand to Bahrain.

 “They do sex and make u money”

The messages quoted from Grant during his trial revealed the gravity of the situation: “Need to procure Thai girl… They make 120 (Bahraini dinar) a night, U hold passport… They do sex and make u money… I get u Thai that is 16 or 19. Younger more money.”

Littlejohn and Grant were just two examples of a corrupt, multilayered enterprise in Bahrain with American sailors as major profiteers.

US naval sex crimes in Bahrain extensive

According to Daily Mail, at least nine sailors, including five chiefs and a lieutenant commander, have been charged in connection with sex trafficking operations in Bahrain since 2017.

Hundreds of pages of court records, video footage and investigative documents show the extent of US sailor sex crimes in Bahrain.

According to these documents, American sailors have been housing prostitutes in their taxpayer-funded apartments, seizing the women’s passports and taking a cut of the women’s earnings.

One accused chief told NCIS agents in 2018 that he believed up to 15 percent of American sailors in Bahrain were housing prostitutes in their off-post apartments.  

Another sailor told NCIS agents that “service members have been housing women for profit since at least 2012″, when he was previously stationed in Bahrain. Sailors would typically hold (the women’s) passports to ensure they received money owed to them.”

Bahraini whitewash

Meanwhile, the silence of the Bahraini authorities on such an important issue is suspect, to say the least.

The Bahraini Government is never concerned about its own people, and won’t be concerned about the migrants, or the Thai women. So, the only concern of the Bahraini Government is to whitewash its violations and to expose itself to the world, as, as a government that cares about human rights. But, but in this case we see that it’s, it doesn’t comment about this because the American persons in the first place in Bahrain is to protect this government and its illegitimate government.

Sondoss Al Asaad, Lebanese-Bahraini Journalist and Human Rights Advocate

For years, American sailors and prostitutes have coexisted with each other; they have lived, drank and slept together near “American Alley” in the Juffair, a neighborhood in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, an area spotted with bars, nightclubs and apartment blocks.

The Bahraini Government’s inaction on dealing with sex trafficking makes one wonder how complicit Manama is in this international crime?

Source

http://alwaght.com/en/news/191985

That $2.6 Trillion Stimulus Was One Heck of a Holiday Bonus to Defense Contractors

America’s debt has more than doubled over the past ten years, skyrocketing from $13 trillion to more than $27 trillion over just two presidential administrations. And, despite successive presidents’ promises to “wind down” conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the defense budget has only gone in one direction— up. 

The dysfunctional budgeting process was on full display during the last week of 2020 when lawmakers crammed through a $740 billion defense funding deal as part of a massive $2.3 trillion spending bonanza. This included $696 billion for the Pentagon, and the rest for non-DoD spending like the nation’s nuclear weapons program under the Department of Energy. Members of Congress didn’t have all that much time to speed read through the bill’s more than 5,500 pages, allowing special interests to insert massive giveaways to the military-industrial complex. One government watchdog called the overstuffed stimulus package “a sweetheart deal for defense contractors.”

Washington needs to ramp up accountability, not goodies to contractors with clout.

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/2-6-trillion-stimulus-holiday-bonus-defense-contractors/5735014

US-Saudi Mercenaries that caused Iraqi Bombings : Ansarollah Political Bureau | أنصار الله

Ansarollah Political Bureau strongly condemned the criminal bombing that targeted a popular market in Baghdad, Thursday, saying bombings are a US-made that is used by US-Saudi mercenaries.

It killed 28 people and wounded 73 others.It explained that the coincidence of these bombings after the arrogance of the Iraqi people rejecting the American military presence confirms that the US intelligence services will start activating this method.

It pointed out that they should be faced by the unity of the Iraqi position to confront US conspiracies aimed at destabilizing Iraq and by expelling the occupation forces and their criminal tools Al Qaeda and Daesh.

Y.A

Source

https://www.ansarollah.com/archives/405204

US-NATO Proxy War in Iraq and Syria: US Financing and Training of “Moderate” ISIS Rebels in Syria

As this latest Western manufactured ‘terror nightmare’ continues to unfold in Iraq and Syria, we’ve learned that US President Barack Obama has now asked Congress to authorize direct military aid and equipment to be sent to ‘the rebels’ in Syria. This latest stage of Washington’s project in Syria is said to total $500 million, expanding the covert CIA/FSA training facilities that have ties to ISIS in both Jordan and Turkey…

The move to provide US military training and supply additional arms the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels is extremely calculated, most assuredly, so that both the left and right political parties in the US may share a certain blowback-blame, if they agree to allocate funds to insurgents that have a proven history with the formation of ISIS, as the Saudi Arabian-backed Jihadist paramilitary group, “Front Victory“, the group most likely responsible for ‘Chlorine Chemical Attacks’ which Washington made such noise over in Syria in 2013, had its first and second generation founders come out of the ‘Islamic State of Iraq’, directly linking them to the training facilities in Jordan and Turkey.

The US media storm has been spinning overtime over ISIS, touting many dramatic pictures of mass-executions as ‘evidence’ of their takeover of Iraq, and using this crisis yet another pretext to ramp-up military budgets and security threats at home. Most of the ‘mass execution’ images put forward in media have since been exposed as pure fakery, although this hasn’t deterred US and European media ‘experts’ or US State Department and UK Foreign Office officials.

As the ‘ISIS Crisis’ appears to spiral out of control, it exposes the Western government-transnational corporate agenda, that seeks to expand the current proxy war in Iraq, as well as to neighboring nations by directly financing terror rebels – this time with Congressional approval.

While many think-tanks and media rooms proclaim to be very much against the terror-grip of Al-Qaeda’s offshoot ISIS by publicly denounce their actions, the $500 million dollar appropriation appears to be a cash injection into the radical destruction of both Iraq and Syria. The current destabilization campaign in Iraq will have a number of unforeseen outcomes, including the fracturing of Syria and Iraq, and the predictable calls from Erbil for a newly formed ‘Kurdish State’ in Northern Iraq.

If $500 million is being funneled to Islamic fighting groups in Syria (and Iraq), then exactly how is this money transferred and who will handle and distributed this small fortune from US taxpayers and procure arms on the ground? Most likely, this will be handled by US personnel and US military contractors who will be in the war theater. This is direct involvement, regardless of how Washington would like to spin it.

If you follow the terrorists, the money and the arms over the last 4 years – it leads back to western governments, their allies and their intelligence bodies…

‘Jihadi jail break’ recreates global terror threats

Back in July of 2013, there was an unprecedented and unlikely terrorist jail-break at three separate locations, that elevated the global terror threat not seen since the early days of Bin Laden’s transformation into the world’s most notorious boogeyman, Here at 21 WIRE we reported the sensationalized escape:

“The first prison break happened on July 22, as more than 500 inmates were sprung from two different prisons in Iraq. Al Qaeda claimed credit for the operation which somehow managed to take out 120 Iraqi guards and SWAT forces in attacks in Taji, north of Baghdad, and the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

Five days later on July 28, bumbling security spokesman Mohamed Hejazi admitted to the Libya Herald that some 1,200 prisoners escaped during the weekend from the Kuayfia detention center in Benghazi.

The third bust out then took place the following day on July 29, as Taliban and al Qaeda operatives descended on the city of Dera Ismail Khan and walked out with 250 Pakistani Taliban prisoners held there, but not before killing 12 policemen and cutting the throats of four Shi’ite prisoners on the way out.

On each occasion, local authorities believe that there may have been a degree of ‘insider’ help.

All in all, this epic string of jihadi jail-breaks has let loose over 2000 alleged terrorists and militant gunman for hire.

Could all three of these well-timed jail-breaks have been accomplished with such precision… without the help and support of intelligence agencies like the CIA, MI6 or Mossad?”

Many critics have charged that these jail breaks have directly benefited interests of the West, as the newly released militants could have been deployed to places such as Iraq and Syria, as well as other CIA friendly locales. The timing is uncanny.

US and Saudi-backed Terrorist Groups Coming Out of Syria

Known terrorist groups have been operating in Syria for over three years now – mostly with the tacit approval of war planners in Washington, London and Paris. Folded into the ‘Syrian Rebel’ confab, these terrorist fighting groups have all but received the full backing of NATO Allies (arms) and Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia (money). They include, but are not limited to, Saudi Intelligence-backed Jabhat al-Nusra or ‘al Nursa Front’, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group,  Abdullah Azzam Brigades and Al Baraa ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade, the jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham, the PKK (in northeast Syria), and Kata’ib Mohadzherin from the Russian Caucus region – to name only a few.

Earlier reports of rogue Chechen terrorists filtering into Syria were preceded by Salafists killing Sufi leaders inside the Russian Federation. The Pakistan Christian Post reports:

“Recently in Dagestan the Sufi spiritual leader Said Efendi Chirkeisky was killed by a suicide bomber along with a few followers. This happened in late August and the closeness to the recent attack against Sufi leaders in Tatarstan is a clear reminder that Salafism is a potent force within parts of the Russian Federation. Therefore, not surprisingly the Russian Federation is extremely alarmed by major Western powers once more working in collusion with the FSA, al-Qaeda and a whole array of Salafi terrorist organizations.”

US favoured terror leaders released from Guantanamo

It’s worth noting here: like Libya’s new militant governor of Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, the Chechen terrorist group Kata’ib Mohadzherin’s leader Airat Vakhitov was also under US supervision for years – imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba circa 2002, after being captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Both were Belhadj and Vakhitov were released by the Pentagon only to be repatriated in the field again – back into fighting regions to organise al Qaeda-type Islamist groups – both active in countries which the US and NATO have been actively vying for regime change – in Libya and Syria, respectively. You can draw your own conclusions here about what Guantanamo is in reality, a fact which was confirmed by the Penny Lane leaks regarding the recruitment of double agents out of Gitmo.

The same New York Times article(above) also mentions terrorists’ theocratic designs of establishing some caliphate in the region:

“One Qaeda operative, a 56-year-old known as Abu Thuha who lives in the Hawija district near Kirkuk in Iraq, spoke to an Iraqi reporter for The New York Times on Tuesday. “We have experience now fighting the Americans, and more experience now with the Syrian revolution,” he said. “Our big hope is to form a Syrian-Iraqi Islamic state for all Muslims…

All of this constitutes open international war crimes – directly enabled by the US and its allies. Beyond any reasonable doubt, this current ‘ISIS Crisis’ is a direct result of western interests fueling the Libyan and Syrian civil wars over the past 4 years.

Israel, Washington & Kurdish oil pipelines

There have also been reports suggesting that the perceived inaction on part of the US and its deliberation on direct military involvement, is actually a strategic process by planners in Washington and Tel Aviv to covertly engage in an open-ended proxy war – certainly the case across the Middle East today.

Media coverage regarding Israel is being kept mostly in the dark, which is nothing unusual considering the protocol for US media regarding any of its illicit activities or regular breaches of international law, but now it’s gapingly obvious that Israel is playing a central role in this theater. This was even more evident when you consider the \ recent  Israeli air strikes on Syria last week, which appeared to provide air cover for the masked Islamic State in Iraq radical terrorists. I noted in my first report about this crisis that for the first time, an SCF Altai tanker delivered a large amount of Kurdish oil to Israel on June 20th, this would link ISIS as a partial Israeli creation, if the Kurdish oil is coming over from terror controlled oil field’s in Iraq. An Israeli energy ministry declined to disclose a comment on the crude oil deal with the Kurdish Regional Government. It should be stated that Iraq has boycotted Israel and has no official oil contract with them.

The Kurdish region has also made its first oil shipment to the international market bypassing the central Maliki government in Baghdad.

One wonders how much of this oil is being shipped to Israel?

Source

https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-proxy-war-in-iraq-and-syria-us-financing-and-training-of-moderate-isis-rebels-in-syria/5389053

Dozens killed, wounded as suicide bombs rock Baghdad (VIDEO)

TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (MNA) – Media sources reported two suicide attacks inside a crowded market in central Baghdad, killing and wounding dozens of people.

Two assailants detonated their explosive vests inside a market in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square on Thursday, killing the 28 people and wounding 73 others, Iraq’s al-Sumeria television reported, citing police and medical officials.

Police said the casualties could rise due to the magnitude of the blasts.

Source

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/168836/Dozens-killed-wounded-as-suicide-bombs-rock-Baghdad-VIDEO

Al-Jaafari: Terrorist organizations exploit western covering on their crimes in Syria

New York, SANA-Deputy Foreign Minister, Bashar al-Jaafari, affirmed on Wednesday that terrorist organizations, on top, Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, exploit the western covering on their crimes to kill the Syrians, adding this requires more efforts to boost international serious cooperation under the umbrella of the UN to combat terrorism and support the Syrian efforts in this domain.

“The hypocrisy of some states went far beyond to a hateful degree… from one side, the US administration alleges its elimination of Daesh, and from another side, it reshapes and re-operate it to target my country, and this was witnessed many days before through the terrorist attacks against a civil bus and tankers which claimed the lives of tens innocent Syrians,” al-Jaafari Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, added during a session for the UN Security council through video on the situation in Syria.

Al-Jaafari clarified that those terrorist attacks were carried out by Daesh terrorists who came from an area controlled by the US occupation forces in al-Tanf, which includes al- Rukban camp, and they are the same terrorists who have previously launched bloody terrorist attacks on civilians in Sweida  province , targeting the Syrian Arab Army  and its allies and gas pipelines and energy lines. In addition, the US occupation forces in northeastern Syria instructed its agent separatist QSD militia to release Daesh terrorists detained in its prisons.

He added that with the increasing number in the global infection cases of Corona and the catastrophic effects that this epidemic has left on the economy and vital sectors in the majority of the member states of the United Nations, the United States and the European Union continue to impose more coercive measures on Syria and other countries, ignoring the appeals of the Secretary-General and his special envoy for Syria and scores of other senior representatives at international organization to put an end to these illegal measures.

The Syrian diplomat affirmed that politicization, selectivity, double standard policy, and investment in terrorism have dominated that important issue, and the largest beneficiary from this matter is the terrorist organizations and their sponsors.

Al-Jaafari  went on to say that after many days,  the fifth round of meetings of the committee of discussing the Constitution will be held , and as it has been repeatedly stressed, the constitution, which represents the most supreme law in the country, is a mere national Syrian affair.

“Outlining the future of Syria is just a Syrian national affair as well, thus, Syria reaffirms its possession and leadership of the political process facilitated by the United Nations and it stresses that the success of the work of this committee requires respecting its rules of procedures that have been agreed upon and rejecting any external interference in its work,” al-Jaafari concluded.

Bushra Dabin/ Mazen Eyon

Source

http://www.sana.sy/en/?p=218609

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