UAE minister denies comments on pullout from Yemen war

Al Jazeera

A junior minister in the United Arab Emirates has stepped back from previous comments attributed to him that the country's role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen was "over". The remarks made by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday came as peace talks underway in Kuwait City have yet to end the war, where Shia rebels known as Houthis still hold the capital of Sanaa. I am appalled that my statement was taken out of context and misinterpreted for [an] external agenda that seek to undermine the region and the [Gulf Cooperation Council] in particular," Gargash said. Gargash's comments first came to light via a tweet on Wednesday from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,the deputy supreme commander of the country's military. Sheikh Mohammed's tweet quoted Gargash as having said the war was "over for our troops" during a private lecture at a royal gathering.


Yemen strike kills 38 Houthis including two commanders: Saudi TV

Al Jazeera

An air strike on Yemen's capital by a Saudi-led military coalition has killed dozens of Houthi rebels including at least two commanders, Saudi television reported. Saudi state-owned news channel Al-Ekhbariya on Saturday said two high-ranking rebels were killed in the raid in Sanaa on Friday evening. Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said a total of 38 rebels were killed in the strike on a Houthi interior ministry building. A police building adjacent to the Houthi-controlled ministry was also struck. The Houthis confirmed an air strike on Sanaa but gave no details.


IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

FOX News

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Abeer Shalgheen and her four children after being freed by the Islamic State group that kidnapped them on July 25 during a raid by the extremists on the southern province of Sweida, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a man kisses the head of Rasmiya Abu Ammar after being freed by the Islamic State group that kidnapped them on July 25 during a raid by the extremists on the southern province of Sweida, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. BEIRUT – The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said.


Protests erupt in Yemen as Trump visits Saudi Arabia

PBS NewsHour

ALISON STEWART, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: Sharing the Arabian Peninsula is the small nation of Yemen, where thousands of demonstrators today took to the streets of the capital, Sana'a, to protest President Trump's visit to the Saudi kingdom. This came a day after rebel Houthi fighters, opposed to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh. The Saudis intercepted it 125 miles west of the city. For more on the situation, Martin Smith, from the PBS series "Frontline," joins me via Skype, from Sana'a. Martin, you were at the protests today.


Yemeni Houthis claim drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities

The Japan Times

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Yemen's Houthi movement launched drone attacks on oil facilities in a remote area of Saudi Arabia, the group's Al Masirah TV said Saturday, but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities or state oil giant Aramco. A Saudi-led coalition is battling the Iran-aligned Houthis to try to restore Yemen's government, which was ousted from power in the capital, Sanaa, by the group in late 2014. The war has been in military stalemate for years. The Houthis have stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent months. "Ten drones targeted Aramco's Shaybah oilfield and refinery in the first Operation: Balance of Deterrence in the east of the kingdom," the Al Masirah channel reported, citing a Houthi military spokesman.