Eye on Extremism, May 18, 2017

Telegraph: Iraq Troops Face Isil Chemical Attacks In Final Battle For Mosul

“Clutching their rifles, the soldiers raced across the exposed rooftop, then crouched behind a wall that shielded them from the bullets of an invisible enemy hiding in the maze of Mosul’s Hay al Aiqtisadiiyn neighbourhood. Gas masks lay scattered on the ground or dangled from the belts of the soldiers, indicating that the battle for the Iraqi city has taken another turn for the worse even as victory draws close. After seven months of fighting, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is hemmed into a ever shrinking pocket on the west bank of the Tigris river.”

Reuters: U.N. Says 200,000 More People Could Flee Mosul As Fighting Intensifies

“The United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Islamic State militants. Iraqi authorities and aid agencies are already struggling to cope with a surge in displacement since security forces opened a new front against the militants in Mosul earlier this month. Backed by a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but about 12 square km (5 square miles) of the city and are seeking to claim victory before the holy month of Ramadan in less than two weeks. The militants, however, still control the Old City, where they are expected to make their last stand in the densely populated, narrow streets that are impassable for armored vehicles.”

CNN: First On CNN: ISIS Creating Chemical Weapons Cell In New De Facto Capital, US Official Says

“US intelligence believes ISIS is bringing together all of its experts on chemical weapons from Iraq and Syria into a new ‘chemical weapons cell,’ according to a US official. The cell is comprised of chemical weapons specialists from Iraq and Syria who have not previously worked together, the official added. The new unit is being set up in an ISIS-controlled area in Syria within the Euphrates River Valley, between Mayadin, Syria and the town of al Qaim, just across the Iraqi border. That location has sparked a good deal of interest on the part of US military intelligence. One US defense official told CNN that ‘thousands’ of ISIS operatives and sympathizers may be in the area and that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi could also be in hiding somewhere nearby. The area is now considered the ‘de facto’ capital of ISIS, with Raqqa under such military pressure from the coalition and local forces, the official said.”

CBS News: Exodus Of Families As U.S.-Backed Forces Close In On Raqqa

“In Syria, U.S.-backed forces are closing in on the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s capital. Families are fleeing the battle. In the desert west of Raqqa, there’s an exodus. In the only vehicles they have, their belongings are caked in dust. They stream out of villages where ISIS is losing territory, some shepherding the animals that are their livelihood. Many women throwing off the black veils that ISIS forced them to wear. “They wanted to suffocate us, to cover us,” said Busaina al-Hamoud, who told CBS News she lived under ISIS for three years, and had her 13-year-old son smuggled out of the country, fearing he’d be recruited by the extremists.”

Reuters: Islamic State Claims Attack On State TV Station In Afghanistan

“The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people as well as the attackers and wounded 24. The attack, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, was the latest in a series on Afghan journalists and media in recent years. It came just over a week after it was confirmed that the leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan had been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Islamic State, or Daesh as it is generally known in Afghanistan, has established a stronghold in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, of which Jalalabad is capital, where it fights both the Taliban and Afghan government forces.”

Fox News: Evidence Of Russian Military Support For Afghan Taliban Is Growing

“Afghanistan villagers caught in Taliban territory in the northern province of Kunduz, by the border of Tajikistan, recently began reporting unmarked helicopters at night landing and leaving quickly from known Taliban hideouts, or at least areas outside of government control. Others spoke of smugglers bringing in shipments of small boats across the quiet river, called Panj on the Tajikistan side and Amu on the Afghanistan, between the two countries. It didn’t take long before suspicions arose of an international outfit at play. The locals feared going close to the tightly controlled Taliban enclaves to investigate. Around the same time, reports from the U.S. started growing that Russia was once again meddling in Afghanistan — this time by arming the Taliban.”

The Daily Beast: U.S. Slaps New Sanctions On Iran

“The Trump administration announced a series of punitive moves Wednesday against Iranian defense officials to send a signal that Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism won’t be tolerated, a senior administration official told The Daily Beast Tuesday. The U.S. Treasury Department actions will hit two senior Iranian defense officials connected to the ballistic missile program and other Iranian entities, and four suppliers of missile technology based in China. The State Department was also slated to release a report detailing Iran’s human rights abuses in its prison systems, designed to send a message to Tehran and its supporters that its behavior would not be tolerated.”

The Washington Post: Trump To Unveil Plans For An ‘Arab NATO’ In Saudi Arabia

“When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an ‘Arab NATO,’ to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history. Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as ‘MBS,’ sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.”

New York Times: Iran Has Its Own Hard-Line Populist, And He’s On The Rise

“For months now, a black-turbaned cleric from eastern Iran has been campaigning in provincial cities, presenting himself as an anticorruption hero as he rallies support among the poor and the pious in an underdog effort to win the presidency in Friday’s election. While the candidate, Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hard-liner who made his career in Iran’s judiciary, seems to have come out of nowhere, he is seen as a favorite and possible successor to Iran’s 78-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Winning the presidency, many analysts say, could be a major step in his ascent to that all-powerful position. “When he speaks I hear our leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei,” said Hadi Seifollah, 32, who runs a shop selling prayer mats, religious rings and the white-and-black checkered scarves worn by Iran’s paramilitary basij forces.”

BBC News: Nigeria Chibok Girls: Lone Schoolgirl Escapes Boko Haram Captivity

“A schoolgirl who was abducted by Nigeria’s militant Islamists in 2014 has escaped from captivity, a presidential aide has told the BBC. The girl was found by government troops while she was escaping, Femi Adesina said, without giving details. She was among 276 girls seized by Boko Haram from north-eastern Chibok town in 2014, sparking global outrage. A total of 103 of the girls have been released so far, including 82 earlier this month in a prisoner swap. The 82 girls, who met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on 7 May, are expected to be reunited with their families later this week. They were escorted to a reception in the capital Abuja by armed soldiers, after a check-up at a medical centre.”

United States

Bloomberg: U.S. Called Terror Risk Critical In Laptop Ban Meeting

“U.S. anti-terrorism officials met for four hours Wednesday in Brussels with their European counterparts who are resisting a proposed expansion of a laptop ban in airline passenger cabins. U.S. officials called the threat critical but stopped short of any new action. The dialogue was robust and collaborative, according to a U.S. senior administration official speaking to reporters at a briefing. The U.S. delegation, led by Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke, wanted to hear European Commission concerns that a ban may be disruptive to the aviation system, said the official, who gave the briefing on condition that he not be identified.”

The New York Times: Warm Start With Israel Cools As Trump Prepares Visit. What Happened?

“President Trump’s visit to Jerusalem next week has spun into a difficult diplomatic test with Israel, one of the United States’ firmest allies. Not only has Mr. Trump given Russian diplomats intelligence that officials say came from Israel, but some of his aides have also publicly questioned whether one of the holiest Jewish sites, the Western Wall, truly belongs to Israel. And an accompanying host of small diplomatic misunderstandings and missteps have begun adding up to more than their parts. Mr. Trump is also testing Israeli politics in a way few on the right here envisioned when he became president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him Israel had ‘no greater friend.’”

The New York Times: Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came To White House

“Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case. Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies. Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel.”

Reuters: Trump Says He’ll Urge Muslim Leaders To Fight Extremism During Mideast Trip

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would use his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia to challenge the leaders of Muslim countries to ‘fight hatred and extremism’ while pursuing a peaceful future for their faith. Speaking to the graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Trump said he would seek new partners in the region because ‘we have to stop radical Islamic terrorism.’”

USA Today: NATO In Afghanistan: Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Says Alliance Should Move Quickly To Deploy Forces

“The top U.S. military officer says NATO should be prepared to move fast to deploy additional forces if President Trump and other heads of states agree to bolster the alliance’s mission in Afghanistan, where government forces are locked in a stalemate with the Taliban. ‘What I asked my counterparts to do today is be prepared to act quickly,’ Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday after a meeting with NATO’s military leaders. ‘If the political decision is to do more, let’s do more as fast as we can.’”

Fox News: US Ups Pressure On Russia To Drop Its Support Of Assad Regime In Syria

“The Trump administration is intensifying its strategy to compel Russia to drop its support of the Assad regime in Syria, according to a State Department official. Much of that effort involves public pressure, as the State Department released surveillance photos Monday officials said showed a probable crematorium at the Saydnaya military prison. ‘We call upon Russia to use its influence with the Assad regime to get it to adhere to a lasting negotiated ceasefire,’ said Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson, as she opened a presentation of those surveillance photos.  ‘That ceasefire, we believe, will reduce violence and also ensure unhindered humanitarian access and stop the indiscriminate killings of civilians.’”


Reuters: Syrian Force ‘Tightens Noose’ On Islamic State In Raqqa: U.S.-Led Coalition

“The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized 350 square km (135 square miles) in the past week, tightening ‘their noose’ on Islamic State in an advance to isolate its base of operations at Raqqa, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday. Some 3,000 to 4,000 Islamic State fighters are thought to be holed up in Raqqa city where they continue to erect defenses against the anticipated assault, drawing coalition air strikes to stop them, Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, told Reuters in a phone interview from Baghdad.”

BBC News: IS Conflict: US-Led Coalition Denies Bombing Civilians In Syrian Town

“The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) has denied it was behind an attack on a Syrian town that reportedly killed dozens of civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 people, including 11 children, died on Monday when warplanes bombed Al-Bukamal, near the border with Iraq. IS news agency Amaq put the death toll at 25 and released video of the strike. The coalition said it had not targeted the area on Sunday or Monday, but added that unnamed countries had done so.”

Reuters: Jordanian Official Denies Reports Of Syria Camp Bomb

“A Jordanian military source denied there had been a bomb attack in a Syrian refugee camp near the border with Jordan on Wednesday, after a war monitor said one had occurred. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a small bomb had gone off in a car in Rukban camp, without fatalities, as did a member of the Jaish Ahrar al-Ashair rebel group and another insurgent. But the Jordanian military source told Reuters: ‘Our information is that there was no explosion in Rukban camp.’ Another member of Jaish Ahrar al-Ashair also said no such explosion had occurred. There was no immediate explanation for the differing accounts.”


Reuters: Islamic State Mining Mosul To Stop Families Fleeing As Iraqi Forces Advance

“Islamic State militants are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, a federal police commander and witnesses said on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of the city, the militants are increasingly using the several hundred thousand civilians under their control as human shields to avoid being targeted or perhaps tarnish what Iraqi leaders describe as imminent victory. Backed by a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi forces have made rapid gains since opening a new front in northwest Mosul this month and have now dislodged Islamic State from all but about 12 square km (5 square miles) of the city.”

ABC News: Sunnis Seek Greater Say In Post-IS Iraq But Face Resistance

“Iraq’s Sunni minority is pushing for a greater say in power once the Islamic State group is defeated, reflecting growing sentiment that the country’s government must be more inclusive to prevent extremism from gaining ground once again. But so far, there’s little momentum. Many Shiite politicians are wary, and the Sunni leadership is divided and disorganized. On the ground, tensions are further stoked because Shiite militias and Kurdish fighters control some mainly Sunni areas recaptured from IS militants and are resistant to withdrawing. The danger is that Iraq will miss the chance to break the sectarian cycle that has fueled extremism for more than a decade.”


Reuters: Erdogan Says Turkey Will Act If Syrian Kurdish Militia Attacks: Media

“President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act ‘without asking anyone’ if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reported on Thursday. Trump’s approval, before the visit, of plans to arm the YPG as it advances towards Islamic State’s Raqqa stronghold had overshadowed talks between the NATO allies, but Erdogan did not directly criticize the plan at the White House. Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey’s concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.”

The New York Times: Erdogan Security Forces Launch ‘Brutal Attack’ On Washington Protesters, Officials Say

“Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces and several armed individuals, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence here on Tuesday night in what the police characterized as ‘a brutal attack.’ Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, the Metropolitan Police chief, Peter Newsham, said at a news conference on Wednesday. Two Secret Service agents were also assaulted in the melee, according to a federal law enforcement official.”


CNN: The ‘Legion Of Brothers’ That Routed The Taliban

“The documentary feature film ‘Legion of Brothers’ tells the stories of the handful of US Special Forces soldiers who, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, went into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and within a matter of weeks overthrew the Taliban regime. In the public’s mind, Special Forces are often confused with the ‘door kickers’ of Special Operations Forces — such as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force — who are the United States’ elite counterterrorism operators. In fact, the primary mission of Special Forces, in particular the Army’s Green Berets, who are profiled in the film, is to work ‘by, with and through’ local forces on the ground to act as force multipliers. That means that Special Forces embed with local forces and work with them to achieve their common goals.”

Saudi Arabia

Reuters: UPDATE 2-Saudi Arabia Launches Military Industries Company

“May 18 Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on Wednesday announced the launch of a state-owned military industrial company aimed at contributing more than 14 billion riyals ($3.7 billion) to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product by 2030. The new Saudi Arabian Military Industries will seek to provide over 40,000 jobs by 2030, the PIF – the kingdom’s top sovereign wealth fund – said in a statement. The move could alter decades of practice in which Saudi Arabia – one of the world’s largest buyers of foreign arms – and other Gulf Arab states recycled a major part of their oil wealth back into Western economies via arms purchases and investments.”

Middle East

Fox News: Israel’s Public Enemy No. 1 May Be Iran – And Tensions Are Escalating

“Israel has often had hostile relations with its Muslim neighbors. But right now its greatest enemy may be Iran, which has one of the most powerful militaries in the region and has for years been openly hostile toward the very existence of Israel. The situation may only be getting worse, with Iran seemingly on the rise since the Obama administration hatched a deal with the country that lifted international sanctions and gave the Islamic Republic approximately $100 billion in frozen assets. Israel’s relations with Iran have changed since the Jewish state’s founding in 1948. Up until 1979, the two countries had relatively close ties. With Israel sometimes at war with its Arab neighbors, the non-Arab Iran was an important ally.”

USA Today: Israeli Officials Downplay Damage Of Trump Sharing Intelligence With Russia

“With President Trump arriving in Israel next week as part of his first overseas trip, Israeli government officials maintained a disciplined silence Wednesday about his disclosure to Russian diplomats of highly classified intelligence obtained by Israel. Israel has not denied reports that it was the source of the information about an Islamic State plot that Trump shared with Russia. Instead, officials said the leak wouldn’t change the long-standing ties between the United States and Israel. ‘The security relationship between Israel and our great ally the United States is deep, meaningful and unprecedented in its scope and contribution to our strength,’ Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted. ‘That is how it has been and that is how it will continue to be.’”

BBC News: Gaza Residents Left In The Dark Amid Palestinian Power Struggle

“By night, much of the Gaza Strip is plunged into darkness with streets lit only by the headlights of passing cars. Inside their apartment, south of Gaza City, the children of the Abu Shaban family are studying for their end-of-year exams by candlelight. ‘We have no electricity when we teach our children,’ says Suniya, their mother. ‘This problem will affect their grades a lot.’ ‘The children are worried about the candles,’ she adds. ‘We know they’re dangerous but we can’t afford batteries for lights or back-up power.’ ‘The refrigerator and most of our electrical appliances have burnt out because the power comes and goes so much. We’re constantly chasing after electricity.’”


Reuters: World Turns Blind Eye To Libya Slave Trade: Photographer

“Libya has become a modern-day slave market, with migrants caught in a complex trafficking web largely ignored by the outside world, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer said on Wednesday. Narciso Contreras, who spoke to migrants turned Libyan slaves, said most attention focused on the North African country as a gateway for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea. ‘What I found is that it’s a slave market, it’s like an industry but the world is looking at Libya as a transit country,’ he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”


Newsweek: Boko Haram: Nigeria To Miss Deadline For Returning Displaced People Home

“Nigerians displaced by militant group Boko Haram will not return home by the end of May as originally planned, according to the governor of the state hit hardest by the Islamist insurgency. Recurrent attacks by the militants, who have ties to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), and ongoing operations by the Nigerian military means that the Borno State government will miss its deadline for closing camps for all internally displaced people (IDP) in the state, according to Kashim Shettima, the state governor. Boko Haram took up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009 and has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people across Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The group launched their insurgency in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, and Borno has been worst-affected by the violence.”

United Kingdom

BBC News: Four Men Arrested In East London Terrorism Raids

“Four men have been arrested in east London on suspicion of terrorism offences. The arrests were made as part of an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and MI5. Scotland Yard said the arrests were ‘linked to activity in the UK’. The men, aged between 18 and 27, were arrested at their homes and are in custody. A further five residential addresses in east London will also be searched.”


Voice Of America: Germany Asks US For Classified Briefing On Lockheed’s F-35 Fighter

“The German Air Force this month sent the U.S. military a written request for classified data on the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet as it gears up to replace its current fleet of fighter jets from 2025 to 2035. The letter, sent by the Air Force’s planning command and seen by Reuters, makes clear that the German government has not yet authorized a procurement program and is not committed to any particular aircraft to replace its current warplanes. It said the Defense Ministry would carry out ‘an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions, including the F-35, later this year,’ with a formal ‘letter of request’ to be issued in coming months.”

Deutsche Welle: Berlin Terrorist Anis Amri Was A Known Drug Dealer

“Anis Amri should have been arrested long before he hijacked a truck and drove it into a crowded Christmas market killing 12 people, Berlin state Interior Minister Andreas Geisel announced on Wednesday. Authorities had sufficient cause to arrest Amri on charges related to commercial drug trafficking but failed to do so, Geisel told Berlin’s senate. A newly revealed document first published in November showed Amri was involved in trafficking drugs but was not arrested. Geisel then alleged that staff at the state of Berlin’s Criminal Police Office (LKA) tried to cover up their blunder after the deadly attack in December. Staff allegedly revised critical file notes and falsified documents to cover up their mistakes. The interior minister said he filed a criminal complaint and started an internal investigation.”

Counter Extremism

Makkah Newspaper: Riyadh: Forum On Counter Extremism To Coincide With Trump’s Visit

“Coinciding with the historic visit to Saudi Arabia by US President Donald Trump, a forum will be held in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss ways to counter extremism and terrorism. This is also expected to be a major topic on the agenda during the three summits that Riyadh will host during the US President’s visit. The forum, which is organized by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, will be held under the auspices of the Islamic Military Coalition to Combat Terrorism, whose launch was announced by Saudi Arabia in mid-December 2015 to address four key issues, most notably the future of terrorism amid the international campaign to eliminate ISIS. The forum is attracting a number of well-known figures who have played prominent roles in the past in the fight against terrorism, led by former US Defense Minister Ashton Carter.”

Terror Financing

Alahaly: Expert: Economy Of Terrorism Has Developed Through Various Illegal Activities

“Dr. Adel Amer, an international arbitration consultant and cyber-crime specialist, emphasized that the economy of terrorism has developed through various illegal activities such as arms trade, money laundering and drug trafficking. Therefore, Arab and international parliaments must quickly amend banking laws to keep pace with world banking developments, anti-money laundering and blocking money transfer to terrorists. This is because there are specialized sources financing terrorist groups in most Arab countries, especially Egypt, Syria and Libya. The expert claimed that the terrorist groups are also self-financing by establishing “legitimate” investment projects, either real or virtual, which rely on banks or investment houses for the transfer of cash. Amer explained that the financial operations of terror groups are carried out separately from the countries in which they have a presence. They operate under various names which do not raise suspicion. Terror groups also set up charities, supported by governments, institutions and companies, as well as donations from individuals, either electronically or personally, to finance their activities. Donations are made either in cash or by purchasing weapons from warlords, black markets or arms manufacturers under an international guise of legitimacy.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Mehwar: Egypt Calls On International Community And United States To Stop Funding The Brotherhood

“Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly, Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, stated that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received a phone call from US President Donald Trump, in which they discussed relations between the two countries and exchanged views on the forthcoming Arab-Islamic Summit. Speaking in an interview with TV host Eman el Hossary, Dr. Aly stressed that this summit constitutes a major step forward in combating terrorism and extremism. It is important, the expert added, that the international community, Arab brothers and America take a united stance against terrorism and extremism. Egypt’s agenda at the summit will be to demand that the international community, including the USA, halt all support for the Muslim Brotherhood, he said.”

Parlmany: International Brotherhood Probes Embezzlement Of $150k

“Sources close to the Muslim Brotherhood revealed a new scandal within its international arm. In recent days, the group’s international organization reported the theft of funds worth $150k. So far, the Brotherhood’s London office from which the funds were stolen refuses to involve British security services for fear of their discovering financial irregularities. The sources claimed the embezzlement of the group’s funds seems to have reached a peak. This comes after Brotherhood recently discovered that a businessman affiliated with the group stole 2 billion pounds ($110 million) from money obtained through membership fees which reached the London office.”


Yemen 24: Documents Expose One Of The Biggest Criminal Cases Of A Yemeni Businessman Being ‘Wiped Out’ By The Houthis

“New documents revealed further details of one of the biggest looting crimes carried out by Houthi militias. It involves seizing hundreds of trucks and vehicles, various equipment, machinery and several warehouses belonging to Yemeni businessman Abdul Salam al-Shamiri. He was shot dead by Houthi militants in the city of Bajl, in Hodeidah province, several months ago. Journalist Kamel al-Khoudani published documents revealing the scope of the pillaging, which also included his house, its contents, money, documents and jewelry. The journalist claimed that the equipment, trucks and machinery were transported to Sanaa and sold there.”



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