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Yemen military chief fired as militia digs in: reports SANAA: Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has fired his armed forces chief of staff as Shia militiamen delay their withdrawal from the capital they seized in September, media reports said Monday.Under a presidential decree, General Hussein Naji Hadi Khairan replaces Ahmed Ali al-Ashouel, who moves to the Majlis al-Shura (consultative council), the lower chamber of parliament.No reason was given for Hadi sacking Ashouel late on Sunday.But it comes with the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state embroiled in political and military chaos and Ansarullah delaying a pullback it agreed to under a UN-brokered accord in September.The Huthi militia swept south from its rugged northern stronghold to capture Sanaa before then extending its influence into central and west Yemen.The unopposed Ansarullah offensive meant it was able to take over several government arms depots including those housing heavy weapons.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

US hostage killed in rescue attempt: Yemeni official SANAA: American journalist Luke Somers was killed Saturday during an operation aimed at freeing him from al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a senior Yemeni security official said."The American hostage Somers was killed," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity and without giving any further details.Earlier, another security official had said the 33-year-old photojournalist was wounded and carried away by US soldiers in the rescue attempt in southeast Yemen.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US-Yemeni forces in bid to free American held by Qaeda SANAA: US and Yemeni forces launched a joint operation Saturday to try to rescue an American journalist held hostage by al Qaeda militants, a security source said.Ten militants were killed during the operation in southeast Yemen aimed at freeing photojournalist Luke Somers, the source told AFP.The Yemeni defence ministry confirmed that a "major operation" had been launched in Shabwa province.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
IS seizes part of key air base in east Syria BEIRUT: Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group seized part of the key regime air base at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting on Saturday, a monitoring group said."IS mounted a dawn attack on Deir Ezzor military airport and entered several areas as fierce clashes unfolded between the militants and regime forces there," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Al Qaeda offshoot Nusra says it killed Lebanese soldier BEIRUT: Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra said it killed a captive Lebanese soldier in retaliation for the arrest by Lebanese authorities of women identified as wives of militants.The soldier was one of more than two dozen members of the security forces taken captive by militants affiliated to the Nusra Front and Islamic State (IS) when they staged an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal in August.Lebanese authorities earlier this week said they had ...
Britain to open new military base in Bahrain LONDON: Britain will open a new military base in Bahrain in a deal to increase cooperation in tackling security threats in the region, the Gulf kingdom's foreign minister said on Saturday. Gulf states including Bahrain have found common ground with the United States and European powers in opposing Islamic State militants, and its crown prince on Friday urged war on "evil theocracy". The country is part of a US-led coalition carrying out airstrikes on the ...
World has failed to protect Syrian refugees: Amnesty ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International says the global community has failed to protect refugees from Syria, calling on world countries to provide more resettlement opportunities for the displaced Syrians."The shortfall in the number of resettlement places for refugees offered by the international community is truly shocking," said Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty International's head of refugee and migrants' rights, on Friday, Press TV reported."Nearly 380,000 people have been identified as in need of resettlement by the UN refugee agency, ...


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