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Saudi Leads Airstrikes In Yemen

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With the ongoing threat of rebels in Yemen and its Prime Minister’s call for help from the allies in the region, Saudi responded and sent warplanes to bring down rebels in Yemen. Several warplanes swooped down the area coming from Saudi and several of its allied nations.

Saudi Arabia has also made pronouncements that it would send ground troops should the tension in Yemen escalate threatening its peaceful neighbors. According to an adviser from Saudi, the sudden action from the gulf nations involved 100 jets from Saudi Arabia, 30 from the UAE, 10 from Qatar, 15 each from Bahrain and Kuwait and several others from Morocco, Sudan and Jordan. There were also naval ships sent coming from Egypt and Pakistan.
The Foreign Ministry from Egypt announced that the country will also be providing support through ground forces if matters take a sour turn.

Why were these countries so anxious to respond to Yemen’s crisis? The common denominator among these countries is that they are all predominantly Sunni Muslim nations. The faction that is causing havoc to Yemen is the Houthi rebels who are Shiite Muslims and are the nemesis of the Sunnis. The Sunni countries are fearful that another Shiite regime like that of Iran will rise in Yemen, threatening the peace in the region.

According to military analyst, Lt Col Rick Francona, having a Shiite run regime in the southern border is the last thing that these countries would want.

There were no involvements by the US in the attacks. The senior official of the White House has clearly stated that the US will not be involved in any military intervention against the Houthi rebels. While the US made this stance, the US Secretary of State did commend the ministers from the responding nations for the immediate effort that they did to contain the rebels. John Kerry pressed on that they will gladly share military intelligence and gave full support to the Arabian nations when targeting the rebels as well as in logistics.

With the deadly offense of the Sunni predominant nations, the supreme leader of the Houthi rebels stood his ground and said that his group will prove that anyone who invades Yemen will be face death in their hands.

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Airstrikes Rain Down On ISIS Held Tikrit

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The battle against ISIS has continued to heat up. Recently, US led fighter planes continue to hammer on ISIS stronghold in Tikrit. The battleground was described by the Iraqi Prime Minister as the difficult grounds/ targets. He sought help and intervention from the international bodies to reclaim the embattled city of Tikrit.

Special Forces coming from the United States and its allies announced that it did massive airstrikes in the city. Seventeen deadly bombs were dropped at three checkpoints, two staging areas, road blocks, two bridges and other areas that were deemed to be a stronghold of the militants.

The airstrikes were a crucial effort in paving way for Iraqi military to take control of the city. The commanding general from the US Forces stressed that the airstrikes in Iraq set the tone for the offensive action of the military. It is to be expected in the next few days that Iraqi officers will swarm the city in hopes of taking back the stronghold from the rebels.

The city was conquered by the Islamic State terrorist group June of last year. Since then, Iraqi military forces have attempted to raid the area and gain back control. In all those attempts they have failed.

Now, the government has been resolved to make that big push in conquering the city. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered early this month to retake the city however perilous it may be and whatever the cost of such exploit although he cautioned his men to proceed with the mission with utmost care. The militants who are holding the ground in Tikrit have experienced heightened pressure of the government’s military closing in on them. According to analysts, the terrorist will continue to hold this city as long as they could since they consider this an important sanctuary. The battleground is the birthplace of the former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. His place of birth is located only 160 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

The ISIS responded on the attack by strategically moving around the city and finding good positions to hold the government back. This movement by the terrorist group halted the military efforts of the government since pressing on to attack would mean heavy casualties for the military and civilians as well.