The Saudi military is almost entirely staffed by mercenaries. The Saudi jets bombing an air defenseless Yemen are piloted by Pakistanis. Its mid and low level officers are mainly from Jordan and soldiers are almost entirely from Yemen.
US-supported Saudi-led coalition is escalating its nearly three week long air assault against Yemen, worsening an already catastrophic humanitarian situation on the ground, UN officials said over the weekend.
At least eight civilians were killed Sunday by Arab coalition strikes against Yemen’s southern province of Taiz.
In the nearly two weeks since Riyadh declared that Pakistan was part of its war coalition, Islambad has undertaken a whirlwind of diplomatic activity, as it attempts to balance between Sunni monarchies in the Gulf and neighboring Iran. At the same time, Pakistan’s political and military establishment are fearful of a further outbreak of sectarian tensions within the country.
Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
"Two soldiers from the border guards were killed on the border with Yemenduring an exchange of fire at a border point in Asir region" in Saudi Arabia's south-west. "They were subject to heavy fire from a mountainous region inside the Yemeni border, which made it necessary to respond in the same manner. The situation was controlled with support from the ground forces.
The Saudi-led war in Yemen continued Wednesday, with the bombing of a dairy and juicing factory near the western port city of Hodeida killing at least 37 workers and injuring 80 others. The factory was hit by two bombs dropped by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Yemeni army newspaper.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued orders for Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.
Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh's forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen's Red and Arabian Sea coasts.
Saudi Arabia and nine allied countries began airstrikes at 11 pm GMT, deploying a total of 70 fighter jets. WTI shot up more than 6.43 percent to $52.38 per barrel, and Brent climbed to $59.71, a 5.72 percent.
Yemen's slide toward civil war has made the country a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Iran, which Riyadh accuses of sowing sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis. Sunni Arab monarchies around Yemen have condemned the Houthi takeover as a coup and have mooted a military intervention in favor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in recent days.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough “Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely,” he said. “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”
The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, flagship of the French navy, arrived in the Persian Gulf last month to provide additional air power to the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the militants who seized a third of Iraq and Syria. Only nation aside from U.S. to bring an aircraft carrier to the fight, under American operational control. Its fighters flying missions even before the carrier arrived.
Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles have reportedly intruded into Palestinian border town of Rafah in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Witnesses said four bulldozers and Israeli military vehicles conducted an incursion into the southern town in Gaza, where Egyptian forces demolished over 1,000 homes earlier this week to create a so-called buffer zone.
Over 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in the central Tel Aviv’s Rabin square, demanding replacement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at March 17 elections, The Times of Israel reported.
Palestinian Central Council (PCC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, made the decision to cut all forms of security cooperation with Israel after two-day discussions in Ramallah.
Kurdish fighters have advanced on a key town in northeastern Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, left at least 175 militants dead. Kurdish forces say they have cut a main ISIL supply line from Iraq.
The United Arab Emirates spent a record amount on weapons at the Middle East’s largest arms expo, signaling continued defense spending in a region where security is a rising concern. The UAE spent 18.33 billion dirhams ($5 billion) on deals signed with local and international arms dealers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the capital Abu Dhabi.
"The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi airspace en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary, agreement comes with strings attached. Before Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace Israel needs to demonstrate "some sign of progress" in ongoing peace talks on the issue of Palestinian statehood.
Israel will order another 14 F-35s for $110 million a piece, including logistical support, training, parts and maintenance, which appears to be a much better price than the U.S. itself has been able to manage. The 14 fighters will join an earlier order of 19 jets. An option to acquire 17 more has been secured, bringing the total to 50, which has been Israel’s goal in fielding two squadrons of 25 fighters each.
The United States and its allies cannot defeat the Islamic State simply by killing militants, said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, adding that it must target the underlying reasons people join the group, such as the lack of job opportunities.
White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels aided by American B-1B bombers.
Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants killed.
Following US President Barack Obama’s request of Congress to authorize additional military action against the Islamic State terrorists, a brigade of 4,000 soldiers will be heading out of Ft. Carson, Colorado to Kuwait.
Conceding to a federal lawsuit, the US government agreed to release a 1987 Defense Department report detailing US assistance to Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which skirted international standards.
Referring to strict Sharia norms, the Islamic State has imposed restrictions on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use, labeling these acts as "sinful." results in "financial and health damages." "Every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying God.
Jordan said on Friday its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria. dozens of jet fighters" struck targets Thursday "hitting training camps, weapons and ammunition warehouses of the terrorist groups.
Jordan executed Iraqi would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi early Wednesday, along with Ziad al-Karbouli, according to a security source, making good on its vow to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.
Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners.
Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," after a video surfaced of the pilot being burned alive.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria won't destroy the group. U.S. forces in Syria should be accompanied by a regional force of Arab nations. "We cannot defeat ISIL in Syria until you deal with Assad because he will kill anybody that comes in there that tries to defeat ISIL."
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes; Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Missile ambush by Hezbollah fighters that killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday brought the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement closer to war with Israel. Stakes for Israel and Hezbollah are huge. Exchanges have previously plunged these two enemies into conflagrations, most recently the war of 2006. Danger is high that they could stumble into a significant confrontation.
An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.
IDF said the attack was in response to four rockets that were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. “The IDF holds the Syrian Government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary.
Assad: US-trained force would be "illegal" and would be treated like any other rebel group. "They are going to be fought like any other illegal militia fighting against the Syrian army." "Bringing 5,000 (fighters) from the outside will make most of them defect and join ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups.
The international US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) has launched 26 airstrikes against the militants' positions in Syria and Iraq in one day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Saturday.
One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.
The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.
BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.
At the time of the attack, General Allahdadi was on an assignment, giving "crucial advice" to the Syrian armed forces, battling extremists.Iranain Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: the helicopter attack was "an act of terror," and issued a strong condemnation. Hezbollah officials on Monday vowed retaliation after the attack.
The launch of a preliminary investigation into Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will eventually lead to “Israel’s day of reckoning,” American political commentator Author and radio host Stephen Lendman. Important these initiatives go ahead,” “because one day maybe Israel will be held responsible, accountable, when other nations will see to it that Israel is punished for its crimes.”
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