Eye on Extremism: July 17

The Washington Post: Here Are Some Of The Toughest Battles Still To Be Fought Against ISIS

“The battle of Mosul is over, but the war against the Islamic State is far from done. The militants have lost some 60 percent of the territory they controlled at the peak of their expansion, but that leaves a sizable area, mostly in Syria but also Iraq, to be recaptured. Much of it is uninhabited desert, but significant towns and cities in both countries, and almost a whole province in Syria, remain in the militants’ hands. Among them are staunch Islamic State strongholds, located in some of the most remote terrain of the war. In some instances, it isn’t yet clear which forces will undertake the battles, and potential local and international flash points lie ahead as competing powers vie for the chance to control territory.”

NBC News: ISIS Leader In Afghanistan Killed In Airstrike, Pentagon Says

“The leader of an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. airstrike on the groups’ headquarters this week, the Pentagon said Friday. Abu Sayed, the emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Khorasan Province, called ISIS-K, died in Tuesday’s airstrike in Kunar Province, a region on Afghanistan’s northeast border with Pakistan. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on Friday that when leaders of terror groups like ISIS-K are killed the groups could be set back a day, a few weeks or a month. ‘It's obviously a victory on our side, in terms of setting them back. It's the right direction,’ he said.”

CNN: ISIS Brides Flee Caliphate As Noose Tightens On Terror Group

“They tell stories that their lives depend upon. All insist they were shocked and appalled when they learned what ISIS was really like. They are the former brides of ISIS fighters -- once lured into living in the so-called caliphate -- now stuck between the militants' crumbling stronghold and home countries that most likely don't want them back. A French widow of an ISIS member who dreams of being on the Mediterranean, sunbathing in a bikini on the beach. A Syrian English teacher from Homs who insists she was en route to Turkey when she got waylaid in Raqqa, and fell in love with a Moroccan militant. And three Indonesian sisters who say they were lured to Raqqa, ISIS' self-proclaimed caliphate, by the promise of free healthcare and education.”

The Washington Post: Hamas Says Target Israelis After Jerusalem Site Attack

“Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers on Saturday called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Jerusalem after a sacred site was closed following a deadly assault there. Hamas described the closure of the site — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — in a statement as a ‘religious war’ and Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian ‘uprising’ to target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers. Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian assailants opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead. The attackers were devout Muslim citizens of Israel. On Saturday, the White House condemned the attack in a strongly-worded statement.”

The Guardian: Qatar: Gulf States Hint At Possible Expulsion From Regional Bloc

“The Gulf states trying to force Qatar to change political course have given their strongest hint yet that they plan to expel Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional trade and security group. In a speech on Monday, the United Arab Emirates foreign minister, Anwar Gargash, will warn: “You cannot be part of a regional organisation dedicated to strengthening mutual security and furthering mutual interests, and at the same time undermine that security and harm those interests. You cannot be both our friend and the friend of al-Qaida”. He will insist the six-week long boycott of Qatar is starting to work and reject the suggestion the four anti-Qatar allies – the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain – have miscalculated, by claiming that Doha is already making concessions.”

CBS News: Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Stage Deadliest Attack In Months

“Four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people in a series of attacks that targeted a civilian self-defense force and the people who gathered to mourn their deaths, police in Nigeria said Wednesday. It was the deadliest attack in months in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency. Borno state police commissioner Damian Chukwu said 23 others were wounded in Tuesday night's attacks. The police commissioner said 12 of the dead were members of a civilian self-defense force and the other seven people had been mourning them. At least one of the suicide bombers was female, said a spokesman for the self-defense force, Danbatta Bello. The bombers specifically targeted his colleagues while they were on duty, he said.”

New York Times: Iran Sentences U.S. Graduate Student To 10 Years On Spying Charges

“An American student from Princeton University was arrested in Iran and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he was spying for the United States, an Iranian judiciary official said on Sunday, an action bound to aggravate relations between the two countries. The arrest and sentencing of the American, Xiyue Wang, a graduate student in history, was announced months after he had vanished in Iran, where he was doing research for a doctoral thesis. There had been rumors of his arrest, but the announcement on Sunday from Iran was the first official confirmation. A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, said at a weekly news conference that one of “America’s infiltrators” had been prosecuted, but he did not identify Mr. Wang by name or nationality. The judiciary’s Mizan News Agency provided his name and his age, 37, saying he had “spider connections” with American and British intelligence agencies.”

United States

Reuters: As Washington Ponders Afghan Mission, Marines Toil In Helmand

“While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate. It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic infantry training to trying to create modern logistics systems for an army in which many soldiers cannot read or write. ‘There are enormous challenges ahead,’ said Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, who led a task force in Helmand five years ago and who has returned as commander of around 300 Marines training and advising the Afghan army and police.”


Voice Of America: Rival Groups Clash In Syria's Rebel-Packed Idlib

“Clashes have broken out in northwestern Syria between two of the most powerful insurgent groups there raising fears of widespread violence in the rebel-held province of Idlib, the groups and an opposition monitor said Saturday. The fighting between the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida-linked Hay'at Tahrir al Sham -- Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee -- that is also known as HTS, are the first serious acts of violence since both sides reached a truce in February. Wider clashes between the two former allies could affect their fight against President Bashar Assad's forces who have been gaining ground over the past year under the cover of Russian airstrikes.”

Reuters: Russia Sees Growing Acceptance Of Assad As Key To Syria Talks

“U.N.-led Syria talks have a chance of making progress because demands for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad have receded, Russia's ambassador in Geneva, Alexei Borodavkin, told reporters on Saturday. The seventh round of talks, which ended on Friday, had produced positive results, especially a ‘correction’ in the approach of the main opposition delegation, the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, he said. ‘The essence of this correction is that during this round the opposition never once demanded the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and the legitimate Syrian government.’”

Reuters: Syrian Army Takes More Oil Fields From Islamic State In Raqqa And Eastern Desert

“The Syrian army backed by heavy Russian air strikes seized a string of oil wells in southwest Raqqa province on Saturday, as retreating Islamic State militants battle to defend their remaining territory in the country. State-owned Ikhbariyah television quoted a military source as saying the army had taken control of Wahab, al Fahd, Dbaysan, al-Qseer, Abu al Qatat and Abu Qatash oil fields and several other villages in the desert area that lies in the southwest of Raqqa province. The seized oil fields lie south of the town of Rasafa and its oil wells, which the army took last month from the militants in their first major territorial gains inside the province.”


The New York Times: Iran Dominates In Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed The Country Over’

“Walk into almost any market in Iraq and the shelves are filled with goods from Iran — milk, yogurt, chicken. Turn on the television and channel after channel broadcasts programs sympathetic to Iran. A new building goes up? It is likely that the cement and bricks came from Iran. And when bored young Iraqi men take pills to get high, the illicit drugs are likely to have been smuggled across the porous Iranian border. And that’s not even the half of it. Across the country, Iranian-sponsored militias are hard at work establishing a corridor to move men and guns to proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon. And in the halls of power in Baghdad, even the most senior Iraqi cabinet officials have been blessed, or bounced out, by Iran’s leadership.”

Reuters: As Islamic State Militants Routed In Iraq, Their Families Fear Reprisals

“Their husbands, sons and brothers are dead, but the women and children Islamic State militants left behind will live to pay the price for their actions. As Islamic State's days of ruling over vast swathes of Iraq come to an end, questions are emerging about what to do with their families. For now, many of them are effectively imprisoned in a rubbish strewn encampment east of Mosul, where the last people to be displaced from the city have been taken. ‘All the men were killed,’ said 62 year-old Umm Hamoudi, who fled the Midan district last week with 21 members of her family -- all women and children. Her husband, an Islamic State member, was wounded in the fighting for the Old City. They tried to carry him off the battlefield but he was too heavy, so they said goodbye and left him there to die.”

Reuters: Exclusive: Islamic State Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive - Kurdish Security Official

“A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.  ‘Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive,’ Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview. ‘Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.’ Iraqi security forces have ended three years of Islamic State rule in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the group is under growing pressure in Raqqa - both strongholds in the militants' crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate.”


The New York Times: Erdogan And Supporters Stage Rally On Anniversary Of Failed Coup

“Less than a week after the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years, hundreds of thousands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters made their own show of strength by gathering on Saturday night to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup. It was a sign that the president, who has led a vast crackdown against his opponents in the 12 months since the botched putsch, still has significant support. The failed coup has given Mr. Erdogan more opportunities to buttress his new national narrative for the country and extend his grip on power, firing or suspending about 150,000 people and arresting 50,000 others suspected of supporting the coup attempt.”


Reuters: Pakistan Launches Military Operation In Tribal Areas Targeting Islamic State

“Pakistan's military has launched a major operation in its volatile tribal areas to stop the Islamic State making inroads into areas bordering Afghanistan, the military's spokesman said on Sunday. Pakistan has long denied Islamic State has a foothold inside the nuclear-armed nation despite a series of attacks claimed by the group over the past two years, including a bombing in the northern town of Parachinar last month that killed 75. Military spokesman Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor said Islamic State - also known as Daesh - was growing in strength inside Afghanistan, prompting Pakistan to launch an operation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).”

Radio Free Europe: Afghan Forces Recapture Southern District From Taliban

“Afghan troops have recaptured a district from Taliban militants in the volatile southern province of Helmand, a government official said. A large-scale operation to retake Helmand's Nawa district began early on July 15 with Afghan troops moving in from three different directions as international forces provided air support, Omar Zowak, the provincial governor’s spokesman said. Zowak said security forces seized the district center and other key areas in Nawa, which was overrun by the Taliban nine months ago. According to Zowak, at least 12 Taliban militants were killed and two Afghan policemen were wounded in the operation in Nawa, some 15 kilometers south of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah."


Daily Mail: Yemen Troops Killed In Suspected Qaeda Attack: Army

“Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded Sunday when gunmen suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint, an army source said. The source said the gunmen managed to escape after the attack on the checkpoint in the northeast of Shabwa province, a southern stronghold of Yemen's powerful Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Sunday's attack is the latest in a string of suspected AQAP shootings targeting military checkpoints and outposts in Yemen. AQAP, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between Yemen's government and Huthi rebels to expand its presence, especially in Shabwa.”


BBC: UAE Denies Hacking Qatar News Agency

“The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told the BBC on Monday the Post's report was "untrue". He also reiterated that the UAE and five other Arab nations had not written to Fifa to demand that Qatar be stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Swiss news network The Local said a fake news story quoting Fifa president Gianni Infantino had been posted on a copycat website on Saturday.”


Reuters: Two German Tourists Stabbed To Death On Egyptian Beach

“An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, after apparently searching out foreigners to attack, officials and witnesses said. The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded two other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighboring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested, officials and security sources said. It was the first major attack on foreign tourists since a similar assault on the same resort more than a year ago, and comes as Egypt struggles to revive a tourism industry hurt by security threats and years of political upheaval.”

BBC News: Egypt Cairo: Deadly Battle Between Police And Island 'Squatters'

“One person has been killed in the Egyptian capital Cairo in clashes between police and alleged squatters on an island in the River Nile. Police met resistance when they went to demolish buildings that had allegedly been constructed illegally. They say they responded with tear gas after being fired at but local people say the resident who died was shot. Another 19 local people, and more than 30 police officers, were injured and the operation was halted.”

Middle East

Haaretz: Temple Mount Attack Raises Tensions Between Israel's Muslim, Druze Communities

“The horrible bloodshed at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday morning joins a series of attacks the city of Jerusalem has seen over the past two years. What’s different about Friday’s attack was that it was perpetrated by three young Israeli Arabs – residents of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel and members of one of the city’s largest and best-known clans. Friday’s attack became even more complex when it emerged that the two Border Policemen killed were members of Israel’s Druze community, residents of the villages of Maghar and Hurfeish in the Galilee.”

The Washington Post: Israel Implements Controversial Security Measures At Sensitive Holy Site

“Israel began implementing new security measures, including checkpoints and metal detectors, at entrances to one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy sites on Sunday, two days after three gunmen killed two police officers there. The perpetrators, Palestinian Muslims with Israeli citizenship, were caught on Israeli police cameras exiting the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a site that is also revered by Jews, shooting the two officers before darting back inside the esplanade. The assailants, all from the Arab-Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm, were shot dead at the site by security forces.”

United Kingdom

The Guardian: Government Offers £2m For Scientific Research Into Counter-Terrorism

“The government is to make up to £2m available to fund research into technology and behavioural science projects that could identify possible terrorists in crowds. Ministers hope the competition will generate techniques to improve the surveillance and detection of potential terrorist threats. Ben Wallace, the security minister, will announce the funding at a meeting in London on Monday. He is expected to say: ‘The threat from terror does not stand still, so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with their ideas and proposals to support our ongoing work to keep people safe.’”


Reuters: Berlin 'Dismayed And Furious' Over Murder Of German Women In Egypt

“German officials said on Saturday they had been left ‘dismayed and furious’ by the stabbing of two German women at an Egyptian beach resort, calling it a deliberate attack on foreign tourists. An Egyptian man stabbed the two German tourists to death and wounded at least four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, officials and witnesses said. The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded two other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighboring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested, officials and security sources said.”

Deutsche Welle: German Army Sees Spike In Internal Abuse Complaints

“Germany's Defense Ministry on Saturday confirmed a media report that a growing number of army personnel were coming forward with reports of abuse within the Bundeswehr, saying that the spike in complaints resulted from an increased sensitivity to the topic. ‘There is a clear connection between the high number of reports and the public discussion about certain cases,’ a spokesman for the ministry said. In recent months, the Bundeswehr has been in the headlines a number of times amid allegations of sadistic sexual practices and right-wing extremist tendencies amid some of its members.”

Deutsche Welle: Angela Merkel Rejects Refugee Limit For Germany In TV Interview

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to place an upper limit on refugees that the country accepts, speaking in an annual interview broadcast on Sunday. Distancing herself from the position of her conservative Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Merkel, who leads the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said placing a limit on refugees was not the way forward. ‘As far as an upper limit is concerned, my position is clear: I will not accept it,’ she said, saying that numbers could be reduced by regulation and taking action to prevent the situations that cause people to flee one country for another.”


The Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu To Macron: 'Your Struggle Is Our Struggle' Against Extremism

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part Sunday morning in a ceremony in Paris, that commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Vel' d’Hiv roundup of French Jews during World War II. French President Emmanuel Macron also participated in the ceremony, alongside leaders of the French Jewish community, Holocaust survivors, French Righteous Among the Nations, and French WWII veterans. All in all, some 800 people assembled at the Quai de Grennelle, where the Paris velodrome bicycle arena was once located. It was at this site that 13,152 Jewish men, women, and children were rounded up by French police in 1942 -- an especially dark chapter in France’s World War II history.”

The Washington Post: Macron Hosts Netanyahu, Condemns Anti-Zionism As Anti-Semitism

“Two days after treating President Trump to a Bastille Day parade, Emmanuel Macron welcomed yet another world leader to Paris for a symbolic summit. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hard-line politics have earned him few friends across the French ideological spectrum, arrived for talks on Sunday, the French president condemned anti-Zionism as the new form of anti-Semitism. The backdrop for their meeting was the 75th anniversary of an infamous Holocaust roundup in Paris, and Macron used the occasion to reiterate his declaration that the French state bore the responsibility for the arrest and deportation of about 13,000 Jews in 1942.”

Reuters: France's Macron Shares Israel's Concerns About Lebanon's Hezbollah

“France shares Israel's concerns at the arming of Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, President Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their first formal meeting in Paris on Sunday. Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel since Donald Trump became U.S. president with his tough talk against Iran. The Iran-backed group's rocket arsenal can hit any military target in the Jewish state, its chief said last month. ‘I share Israeli concerns on the arming of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon,’ Macron told reporters on Sunday, alongside Netanyahu. ‘We seek Lebanon's stability with due regard to all minorities,’ he said.”


Reuters: Win Or Lose, Austrian Far Right's Views Have Entered Government

“Even if Austria's far-right party fails to enter government after Oct. 15 elections, its views on immigration already have. The anti-Islam Freedom Party's (FPO) popularity reached new heights during Europe's migration crisis in 2015 when it denounced the centrist government's decision to throw open Austria's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants. It ran first in opinion polls for more than a year, with support of more than 30 percent, and its candidate came close to winning last year's presidential election.”


Voice Of America: Australia Wants Tech Companies To Decode Encrypted Messages

“Australia wants to pass new laws to force major tech companies to decode encrypted messages and hand them over to crime fighters. The government in Canberra says the measures are needed to fight extremism, drug smuggling and child abuse. But technology experts say it is difficult to see how the legislation would work in practice. The cybersecurity law would compel international technology giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook to help law enforcement agencies by helping to decode encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.”


Philstar Global: Philippines Warned: Mindanao Seen As New Battlefield Of Regional Extremists

“Mindanao might be a new battlefield accessible to regional extremists if the Abu Sayyaf Group-Maute coalition holds on to Marawi City, an American analyst said. Thomas Sanderson, the transnational threats project director at influential think tank CSIS, warned that without a short-term solution to the fighting in Marawi and a long-term solution to problems in Mindanao, ISIS could come to see Mindanao as its primary destination. The ongoing fighting in Marawi would eventually attract more foreign and local fighters, financial support and media attention, according to Sanderson. "None of that is good for the security of the Philippine nation, especially local civilians (Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and others) in desperate need of economic development and responsive government," Sanderson said in his testimony before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.”


Reuters: Message Service Telegram To Shut Some Public Channels After Indonesia Ban

“Encrypted messaging service Telegram will shut down ‘terrorist-related’ public channels, its founder said on Sunday, after Indonesia's government blocked access to the platform citing security concerns. Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, has seen a resurgence in home-grown radicalism, and has stepped up cooperation with its neighbors to stem a growing presence in Southeast Asia of extremist group Islamic State. On Friday, Indonesian authorities blocked all access to Telegram, saying it had several forums that were ‘full of radical and terrorist propaganda’.”

Terror Financing

Shorouk: Expert: Scope Of Financing Terrorist Groups In Egypt Has Increased Significantly

“Dissident Muslim Brotherhood leader Mukhtar Noah said that the war on terror is still being waged by the media and Al-Azhar by catchphrases only. He added that the atmosphere of war does not exist among citizens, and no one is {really} feeling the fight against terrorism. Noah explained that the rumors {circulated by terror group} are part of the war being launched against the state. He stressed that in order to extricate Egypt from this security crisis, a popular mobilization underpinned by the expertise of former state security officers, is vital. Noah claimed that the scope of funding terrorist groups has recently increased substantially. He stressed that terrorist groups are 'trading in Islam' and trying to promote their ideology with its gross misinterpretation. According to Noah, there is a scheme to create chaos in the Arab World by converting the events into a sectarian conflict.”


Aljadeed: Details Concerning The Salaries Of ISIS Militants

“With the advance of Iraqi forces towards liberation of Nineveh Province, with Mosul at its center, the Federal Police uncovered an important document belonging to ISIS. A security source in the Iraqi Federal Police revealed that the document indicates a drop in the salaries of ISIS terrorists in Mosul. ISIS labeled salaries as "guarantees" which varied from one militant to another and between militants and leaders. Its value was contingent upon the recipient's number of wives and children. The salary of a single ISIS militant was set at $72 {per month}, equivalent to roughly 95,000 Iraqi dinar. It included $40 for food purchases, so in fact the net salary totaled $32 per month. The document, which specifies the salaries of ISIS members belonging to the "Battalion of Imam al-Tirmidhi" shows that a militant nicknamed "Abu Jana", born in 1991, married with three children, earned a salary much higher than that of bachelors - $184 {per month} - the equivalent of 214,000 Iraqi dinar.”

Muslim Brotherhood

The Seventh Day: Egypt: Governor Of Matrouh Accuses Muslim Brotherhood Media Channels Of Targeting Tourism

“Major-General Alaa Abu Zeid, Governor of Matrouh, stated that he pays no heed to the Muslim Brotherhood media channels' attacks on the province. Abu Zeid asserted that the aim of these channels is to harm tourism. He added that the Brotherhood channels are intensifying their attacks on the regime in proportionate response to the rising number of national development projects and heightened investment in the country. His comments came during a conference, attended by Matrouh sheikhs, who announced their full support for the decisions taken by the political leadership in combating terrorism.”

Dostor: Closure Of Three Ngos Belonging To The Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt's Qena

“Hussein Al-Baz, Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity in Qena Governorate, confirmed the closure of three civic societies affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in various cities and towns. Al-Baz said in a statement on Sunday that these NGOs were used by the Brotherhood during the rule of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. Al-Baz noted: "The Directorate of {the Ministry of Social} Solidarity started conducting a comprehensive survey of several NGOs in various villages and districts of the province, to ascertain whether political activity or support for the Brotherhood and terrorist groups are taking place in any of them. This effort is being carried out under the auspices of the Ministry and in conjunction with the security services in the province.”


Yemen Akhbar: Houthis Seize Relief Aid

“Local sources in the northern Yemeni city of Al Mahwit, reported that militias affiliated with the Houthis and ousted President Ali Saleh looted relief aid earmarked for eligible families. The militiamen divided this aid up among themselves. The sources noted that militia leaders and officials in the province carjacked a truckload of food sent by relief organizations and individuals, thus depriving many hungry, needy families. Other sources reported that Houthi and Saleh militias have seized more than 1,000 cartons of dates since mid-Ramadan. According to them, the dates, which had been donated by a Saudi businessman, were enroute to the Milhan District, destined for the poor and needy residents of a village in Al Mahwit. The sources revealed that the militia is demanding payment of YR1 million ($4,000) calling it 'customs fees', even though these fees were paid at the Al-Wadiah Border Crossing.”