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Yemen/Bahrain update 6/25/2016.. US plots to widen rift among Yemeni groups to intensify war sources say

Saturday, June 25, 2016 18:57
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Source Informs of US Action to Intensify War in Yemen

Informed sources disclosed the US plots to widen the rift among the Yemeni groups to intensify the ongoing war in that country on the pretext of fighting the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. “The US has forced Saudi Arabia to pave the way for the wider presence of the US troops in Southern Yemen under the cover of fighting Takfiri terrorists,” Yemeni sources told FNA on Saturday. The source said Saudi Arabia intends to wage a civil war in Yemen in order to compensate for its defeat, and “for the same reason the Riyadh government has helped its mercenaries against Ansarullah fighters in Ma’rib, Ta’iz, Al-Jawf and Lahij provinces with its aerial and logistic support”.

On Tuesday, fighters of the Ansarullah movement in Yemen gained ground against Saudi mercenaries in the country’s Southwestern Lahij Province. The fighters wrested control of the Jales Mountain near the al-Anad military base, which is under the control of Saudi mercenaries, and moved towards. Ansarullah also fired rockets at pockets of the mercenaries in the Tadaween base West of the Ma’rib Province.

Ansarullah has been defending Yemen, the Arab world’s most impoverished country, against a deadly Saudi invasion, which the kingdom launched in March 2015 to restore power to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. More than 9,600 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.

Iraqis rap Bahrain over crackdown on dissent

“Al-Khalifah’s move ends peaceful resistance”

Iran Voices Concern over Bahrain’s Suppression of Main Opposition Group

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced concern over the spread of security conditions in Bahrain, and said that the suppression of the Persian Gulf island’s main opposition group and stripping the country’s senior Shiite cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, of his citizenship will resolve nothing.

“One of our concerns in the region is the issue of Bahrain; a minority group is suppressing the majority,” Zarif said addressing a group of senior French diplomats, researchers and international relations expert in France last week.

“Our impression is that Bahrain’s opposition groups are not looking for toppling the Bahraini government, but closing all political paths by jailing a political leader and stripping a leader of his nationality will not be the solution,” he added.

His remarks came after Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that Sheikh Qassim was stripped of his citizenship.

After the development on Monday, IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, in a rare statement, warned the Manama regime that in case of any insult or disrespect for Sheikh Qassim, “the toppling of the regime will only be a small part of the repercussions that will also include armed resistance”.

The General blasted the Manama regime for its “unacceptable and inhuman oppression, discrimination, injustice and humiliation” against the Muslim Bahraini nation, and said people on the tiny Persian Gulf island have so far tolerated the Al-Khalifa regime’s apartheid and heavy pressures and continued their uprising peacefully despite the fact that a number of their political and religious leaders have been arrested, their women and children have been imprisoned and tortured, some others have been stripped of their citizenship and undergone intensifying pressures with their rights trampled upon.

He said people’s rise for their demands in a peaceful way has, unfortunately, emboldened the Al-Khalifa regime to intensify its crimes and crackdown on the Bahraini nation, “specially as a result of the meaningful silence shown by the UN, the US and the Western states,” everyday.

“The illegal detention of Sheikh Ali Salman (the head of the main opposition group, Al-Wefaq) and other political and religious leaders of Bahrain in light of the silence of the international circles has emboldened the Al-Khalifa to threaten the sanctuary of the remarkable cleric and religious leader of Bahrain’s Shiites, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, and inspired the people of the region and Bahrain with worrying thoughts,” General Soleimani said in his statement.

“The Al-Khalifa seems to be misusing the peaceful movement of the people and is miscalculating the extent of public fury,” he said, and added, “They certainly know that trespassing the sanctuary of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim is a redline whose crossing will set fire to Bahrain and the entire region and leave people with no other option, but armed resistance.”

“The Al-Khalifa will pay the price of such an action whose endpoint will be nothing but annihilation of this tyrannical regime,” the Iranian Quds Force Commander warned.

General Soleimani also warned supporters of the Manama regime that any insult to Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim and continued overpressure on the Bahraini people heralds “a bloody Intifada (uprising) with consequences whose responsibility will fall on those who legitimize the arrogance of the Bahraini rulers”.

The latest move by the Bahrain regime against the country’s main opposition figures came as the Al-Khalifa regime is exerting mounting pressure on the opposition.

“Isa Ahmed Qassim has been stripped of his Bahraini citizenship,” Bahrain state news agency cited the ministry’s statement, referring to the country’s most senior Shiite Muslim cleric in Bahrain.

Bahrain has been in the throes of an uprising since February 2011, when hundreds of thousands of protesters took over a Central roundabout in the capital Manama and demanded political and democratic reform in the authoritarian kingdom.

Bahraini authorities backed by Persian Gulf allies, specially Saudi Arabia, violently broke up the protests, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people, and since then rallies have continued and human rights groups have accused the kingdom of imprisoning and torturing thousands of activists. Hundreds of others have gone missing without any trace or state explanation.


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