Yemen War on Cholera: 184 killed in 16 days by epidemic as millions starve in hunger.
Yemen War on Cholera: 184 killed in 16 days by epidemic as millions starve in hunger.
PressTV: At least six civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out two separate airstrikes on Yemen's western-central province of Sana'a and the southwestern province of Ta'izz.
Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two people lost their lives and four others sustained injuries on Saturday when Saudi fighter jets bombarded a residential neighborhood in the village of Bayt Baws, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.
RT: In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.”
“This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom’s ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region,” the White House said in a statement on Saturday, as quoted by CNBC News.
AMN: On Saturday, Iraqi military commander Shakir Abid said a unit of Norwegian special forces had been allowed to enter Syria through the Al-Waleed border crossing in western Anbar.
The Norwegian unit arrived at the Al-Tanf region on the Syrian side of the border, home to US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) that have become the target of an ongoing offensive by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along the Damascus-Baghdad highway.
The Iraqi Army, Iraqi border guards and Iraqi Federal Police notably provided the Norwegian contingent safe passage to link up with US and British forces already deployed inside eastern Homs, despite vocal objections by the government in Damascus.
PressTV: Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s 12th presidential election, receiving a popular mandate for another four years in presidential office.
Iranian Interior Minister appeared at a press briefing on Saturday to declare Rouhani the winner of the Friday election with 23,549,616 votes, or 57 percent of the total ballots.
The candidate with the second largest number of votes was Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who garnered 15,786,449 votes, or 38.5 percent.
AMN: The U.S. Coalition bombed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Al-Sweida, today, the Pentagon claimed this evening.
A U.S. Coalition jet allegedly attacked the Syrian Army’s positions near the Rasi’i Well after the latter advanced more than 35km into rebel-held territory near the Jordanian border.
According to a military source in Damascus, the US Coalition carried out a “warning” strike, which was meant to deter the Syrian government forces from advancing further into rebel-held territory; however, this has not been confirmed by the Syrian Army’s High Command.
Reports: Government forces captured more sites south and south-west of Jirah Airbase, East Aleppo countryside, as ISIS defense lines collapse.
NYTimes: Chelsea Manning walked freely out of the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public.
Sentenced to an unprecedented 35-year prison term for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks, Ms. Manning spent about seven years in prison — already double the second-longest sentence in any leak case. She was freed 28 years early because President Barack Obama, in one of his final acts, commuted the bulk of her remaining sentence.
AMN: Google has helped Al-Qaeda and other Salafist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood gain new members at the dawn of the Syrian conflict, secret documents and e-mails published by Wikileaks show.
In July 2012 Google provided a software tool, with which defections in Syria were to be tracked and the thereby gained informations spread in Syria with the help of Al-Jazeera. According to the plotting of U.S. officials and Google, this should encourage more people to take up arms and join the ranks of the rebels. Then Director of Policy Planning for Obama, Jake Sullivan let Hillary Clinton, for which he served as an advisor in the last presidential election, know that, “this is a pretty cool idea.”
The U.S. administration back in 2012 was already aware of the fact, that the opposition in the Syrian conflict mainly consists of Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups. In a then secret, now publicly available internal report of the U.S. administration on the Syrian conflict is stated, that “the salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.”
AMN: Reinforcements from the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) and their Iraqi paramilitary allies arrived in the southeastern countryside of Damascus last night to partake in the offensive to capture the Badiya area near the Iraqi border-crossing.
The National Defense Forces were comprised of fighters from local contingents in the Damascus Governorate, while their Iraqi allies sent combatants from Kata’eb Imam Al-‘Ali and Kata’eb Hezbollah.
Hundreds of these fighters will be deployed the front-lines to fight the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the coming days, as they look to help the government regain this vast desert landscape southeast of the Syrian capital.
Salon: Saudi forces backed by the United States are intentionally targeting food production and the agricultural sector in their bombing campaign in Yemen, according to a leading expert. In some parts of the impoverished country, the Saudi-led coalition is using a “scorched-earth strategy,” says a scholar who specializes in agriculture in Yemen.
In a recent The Independent article, Mundy said the Saudi coalition is “deliberately targeting Yemen’s tiny agricultural sector in a campaign which, if successful, would lead a post-war Yemeni nation not just into starvation but total reliance on food imports for survival.”
Yemeni government statistics and the Yemen Data Project lists “make very clear that roads and trucks carrying food were repeatedly targeted” by the coalition, Mundy told Salon.
“A degree of targeting that can’t be accidental comes through both the data sets on targets of coalition bombing,” Mundy added, noting that she is still conducting a more thorough analysis of the time of the attacks.
FNA: A local official in Iraq’s Diyala province announced that the country’s security forces have discovered a mass grave near the border with Iran.
“The security brigades discovered a mass grave which included 8 corpses, including 5 women, in Sha’anoun region, 20km of Qazaniyeh and 120km of Eastern Baqubah, following a report by a shepherd,” the official told al-Sumeriya news on Sunday under the condition of anonymity.
“The mass grave is close to the Iran-Iraq borders,” he said, adding that all the corpses inside the grave were hand-cuffed.
RT: A cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed the lives of 115 people, while some 8,500 others are suffering from the infection, medics say. The number of patients is currently overwhelming Yemen’s hospitals.
The outbreak of the waterborne disease is the second Yemen has suffered in less than a year.
FNA: Militants in a key town in Northern Dara’a laid down arms and endorsed the peace agreement with the Syrian army, paving the ground for almost 1,000 gunmen to receive government amnesty in the region, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced Saturday.
“Representatives of militants in the township of Mahja in Northern Dara’a inked a new peace agreement with the Syrian Army,” the Russian center said, adding, “Almost 1,000 gunmen, who handed over their weapons to the Syrian soldiers and applied for government pardoning, received their amnesty.”
FNA: The Syrian soldiers regained control of al-Qaboun district in Eastern Damascus after three months of clashes with the terrorist groups.
The army units earned victory after taking back control of the last tunnels dug by the terrorists linking al-Qaboun to Eastern Ghouta and cutting all the supply routes of the militants in the district which is considered as one of the most important bases of the terrorist groups in the region.
The militants in al-Qaboun had called for relocation from the district after the Syrian army’s astonishing advance and the army had suspended its operations in the region but the Takfiris’ missile and mortar attacks forced the Syrian troops to launch special military operations in the outskirts of Damascus and gain control of al-Qaboun district again.
The army could extend the range of its security belt around the capital and increase pressure on the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus after this victory.
Reports: Clashes ongoing in northern Raqqah, reportedly YPG advancing against ISIS
Report: Syrian Army and Allies liberate al-Muhaded mounts East of ZAZA checkpoints in Damascus – Bagdad Road.
Sputnik: A roadside explosion in the Mastung district of Pakistan’s Balochistan province killed at least 20 and injured over 30 more people, including Deputy Senate Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.
RT: An explosion occurred in the center of Rome on Friday, damaging at least one car, though no one was hurt in the blast, local police said. The improvised explosive device was assembled by a “competent” individual, according to initial findings.
“The situation is under control now and no one was hurt,” a law enforcement official told Rai News TV.
Rudaw: A “forced withdrawal” of ISIS fighters contributed to the international anti-ISIS coalition-partnered ground forces retaking of the northern Syrian city of Tabqa on Wednesday, the Coalition has announced.
“In Tabqa, the SDF’s increased pressure on ISIS from each flank allowed it to accelerate the pace of the fight, clear the final neighborhoods of the city and isolate Tabqa Dam,” the Coalition wrote in a statement on Thursday.
Reports: Turkish-backed Syrian rebels arrest two children accused of stealing and torture them while people stood by in Atme town, Idlib countryside.
RT: Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates who brought their servants to Belgium and “abused them continually” have gone on trial.
Back in 2008, Princess Shekha Alnehayan, as well as her seven daughters, arrived in Brussels and booked a luxury suite – which is an entire floor, according to the Tribune de Geneve media outlet – at the Conrad Hotel for several months.
The Alnehayans are among the numerous wealthy families in the UAE, and came into the spotlight when they purchased English Premier League soccer club Manchester City back in 2008.
The women brought with them up to 23 servants of eight different nationalities, who “were not paid” and “worked day and night and had to sleep on the floor.”
They were also “shouted at” and abused by the princesses, who refused to let the staff leave the hotel, according to Patricia LeCocq, spokesperson for the Belgian human rights organization Myria, as cited by Deutsche Welle.
Report: The cholera outbreak is just making the situation worse for people in Yemen. especially children.
UNICEF in Yemen is scaling up response.
NBC: “The (Syrian Democratic Force), partnered with enabling support from U.S. and coalition forces, are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Tuesday in a statement.
The Pentagon said the move is significant because it supports the notion that the Syrian Democratic Force is the fighting force that will eventually go in to Raqqa, a city in Syria’s center which has been under ISIS control since 2014.
Reports: Syrian army seizes 4 trucks full of weapons coming from Jordan to al-Qaeda gangs in E. Ghoutta north of Damascus.
Damascus: About 800 militants with families will exit from Barzah in Several stages and batches. The first batches start to leave to Edlib today.
Report: Rebels in Qabun, Barzeh and Teshreen in Damascus have agreed to surrender and tomorrow evacuation starts. Evacuation of Yarmuk Camp also ongoing.
AMN: The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an important operation on Sunday to halt the advance of the Jordanian-backed rebel forces in the Damascus countryside.
Led by their 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army kicked-off the powerful assault from their positions at the Al-Seen Airbase in east Damascus, striking the Jordanian-backed rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Biyar Al-Saba area.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Legion managed to capture the entire Biyar Al-Saba area, forcing the Jordanian-backed rebels to retreat to the desert region of the province.
France24: With polls now closed across the country, centrist Emmanuel Macron has been elected French President with an estimated 65.5% of the vote, with his rival, far-right Marine Le Pen, taking 34.5%.
Independent: France’s electoral commission has ordered media not to publish contents of Emmanuel Macron’s leaked campaign emails to avoid influencing the election.
It warned news outlets in France that journalists could face criminal charges for publishing or republishing the material, under laws that came into effect at midnight forbidding any commentary liable to affect the presidential race.
As much as 9GB gigabytes of data were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to an anonymous document sharing site under two days before the final vote.
While French election rules forbid the media from publishing the emails, they also ban Mr Macron or his team from commenting on or denying any allegations.
AMN: The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a powerful assault in the northern Hama countryside yesterday, targeting the jihadist-held town of Zalaqiyat near Halfaya.
Led by the 39th and 41st brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army managed to enter Zalaqiyat yesterday, but failed to take full control of this town.
On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army launched another attack on the town of Zalaqiyat and its corresponding hilltop, targeting the fractured defenses of the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-‘Izza.
SAA Tiger Forces are in Palmyra to spearhead the Operation Lavender to break ISIS siege over Deir Ezzor.