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Yemeni revolution still continues

Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Shaath, a political analyst, from Belfast, about the situation in Yemen where Houthi protesters and pro-government militia have agreed to halt fighting.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

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Press TV: Our guest Dr. Qubaty (former advisor to Yemeni PM) puts a lot of hope in the NDC’s results as well as in the fact that the UN envoy was able to come to this agreement between the Houthis and the government. How do you feel about that – are you optimistic at all?

Shaath: We have to see why the whole thing has happened to begin with before we can be optimistic or pessimistic about it.

As your report mentioned the way which Mr. Hadi came to power was through the Gulf or the Saudi initiative – it was mainly the Saudis. And then we see who  realy took power – this is my own opinion –  the ones who seized power after that deposing Abdullah Saleh were the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood’s political parties, Islah Party and others.

After that we noticed how the Western powers were blessing that process, when they awarded Tawakkol Karman the Nobel Peace Prize. That shows they are blessing the Muslim Brotherhood to take control of politics in Yemen and, we seen to that  process were extended from Tunisia to Libya  and up to Egypt.

The whole thing changed, when the Muslim brotherhood’s  bad experience in ruling Egypt collapsed under the protests; and General Sisi targeted them and started a war with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then Saudi Arabia supported the General, Sisi. That support created a new war in the region against the Muslim Brotherhood, which is Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States – apart from Qatar –are supporting.

That is the drive, the financial support, which the government in Yemen was receiving while the Muslim Brotherhood-running  the government. So  why  they did not  this government and the political parties pressured the neighboring countries and all the Western countries who brokered that deal as well to waiver the four billion   in debt which was burdening the Yemeni government.

They turned to the Yemeni people  and canceled the fuel subsidies and stuff like that – they burdened the people of Yemen with lots of trouble while the bordering states like Saudi Arabia started heavily meddling in their affairs.

That is the trigger.

Saeb Shaath on Yemen's Revolution

Saeb Shaath on Yemen’s Revolution

I see a solution to that and I’m being optimistic. First of all,  President Hadi have to build the bridges of trust to start with – with the people… because this is a new revolution and this revolution is continuing even as they receive live bullets against them.

This revolution can resolve all the issues when  respect is shown to the people by sacking this corrupt government of Yemen, which is in power.

Secondly, install a government, which can chose to be really interested in providing sevices to the people, not to the privileged few or to foreign powers.

As well – as my colleague (Dr. Qubaty) mentioned – to bring back the  fuel  subsidies and all the rest to lift the burden from the people of Yemen and to ensure there is a mechanism in place to guarantee the agreement in future. These all have to be safeguarded.

Press TV: President Hadi has tried, at least on paper, to bring reforms in. He has tried to reshape and decentralize the political system by creating those six regions that would each be given greater powers to satisfy the divisions within the country.

He has also said that he would dismiss the government and even review the fuel subsidies and requirements of the Houthis movement.

And also as Dr. Qubaty mentioned the National Dialogue Conference was hailed as a victory as well, so… where has he gone wrong exactly?

Shaath: This man was put in power after charismatic leader Abdullah Saleh and he was in his shadow. His roots are from the south of Yemen and even though he was from the south of Yemen, the people of the south have been revolting against him.

That tells us who is running the show in Yemen.

Today Yemen officials are talking about scores of al-Qaeda militants have moved into Yemen’s capital Sana’a. Who is behind deploying these al-Qaeda men  around the protester’s camps? Some of them are targeting the protesters.

To remind the viewers and with this they may get some ideas about the situation… Last May a military source told the Yemeni  national news agency SABA that the majority of al-Qaeda militants killed in the south at the time were Saudis – Some of them were Afghanis, Somalis and Chechens, but the majority were Saudis. This can pin-point the finger to who is meddling in Yemen affairs; who is trying to sabotage the Yemeni revolution from handing power to a sovereign nation.

Let’s not forget as well that this al-Qaeda in Yemen is one of the most dangerous branches of al-Qaeda in the region.

Did we hear anyone from the international community or even from the Yemeni state trying to probe into the killing of these protesters? No. so I want to mention here a big title that Saudi Arabia executes what the United States need and wants done. And this is the major player in Yemen, Saudi Arabia.

Press TV: Many people say the Yemeni revolution still continues. Do you also agree with that?

Shaath: Yes indeed I agree with that. This is a phase of the Yemeni revolution. Civil disobedience is on a huge scale; massive protests against the government – even in despite of the shooting of the protesters.

The protesters are pressing for the government of Hadi to quit. If only the demands of protesters are met, which represents the nationwide interests of the people of Yemen, then we can see a settlement and the revolution can take a more peaceful curve than confronting the state and the army and the terrorists at the same time – because the people are willing to go that far to implement change in Yemen.



Iranian Intelligence arrested a US based anti-Iran ‎terrorist group ‎ringleader.

“The west must cease financing and harbouring terrorists,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Saturday night.


Iranian security forces have managed to arrest the head of the terrorist group, Jamshid Sharmahd, who directed “armed operations and acts of sabotage” in Iran from the US, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Following a complicated operation, the ringleader of the group, named Tondar (Thunder), was arrested and he is “now in the powerful hands” of Iranian security forces, it added.

The ministry said it has dealt a heavy blow to the Tondar group that planned and carried out a deadly terrorist attack on Seyyed al-Shohada mosque in the southern city of Shiraz, Fars Province, in 2008, which killed 14 people and wounded 215 others.

Jamshid Sharmahd
Jamshid Sharmahd

It noted that the terrorist group had also planned to carry out other large-scale operations, like blowing up several places, including Sivand Dam in Shiraz, Mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran, and Tehran International Book Fair, which were all foiled.

The ministry emphasized that further details of the “complicated and successful” operation leading to Sharmahd’s arrest would be announced later.

Security forces’ intelligence surveillance dealt final blow to Tondar: Minister

Meanwhile, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said security forces’ intelligence surveillance dealt the final blow to the terrorist group at the proper time. He added that the US and the Zionist regime were wrong to think that the ringleader of the Tondar group could be the source of action against Iran.

He noted that the operation that led to the arrest of the Tondar group ringleader was not the ministry’s first complicated operation in dealing with opponents of the Islamic establishment, adding that the ministry has already carried out several similar measures in the past. “People like Sharmahd make a mistake to rely on the US and the Zionist regime as these two support them as long as they serve their interests,” the Iranian intelligence minister said.

He noted that Iran has previously informed Interpol of Sharmahd’s criminal acts in Shiraz but he was not arrested. “Although Interpol was tasked with arresting him, no action was taken against him, which shows the West’s empty slogan of fighting terrorism,” he pointed out.

US regime must be held liable for supporting terrorists: Foreign ministry

Terrorists organising murder from their safe havens in US, EU: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

“The west must cease financing and harbouring terrorists,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Saturday night.

“From their safe havens in US and Europe, they promote hatred, agitate and organize murder and mayhem, and shamelessly claim responsibility for the murder of innocent Iranian civilians,” he added.

“Smokescreens can’t obscure this hypocrisy.”

His tweet came a few hours after the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said it has arrested the ringleader of an anti-Iran terrorist group based in the United States.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday that the US regime must be held accountable for “supporting this terrorist grouplet (Tondar) and other [terrorist] outfits as well as criminals that lead sabotage, armed and terrorist operations from within the United States against the Iranian people” and shed the blood of Iranians.

Mousavi hailed the “decisive move” by Iranian security forces to arrest the ringleader of the Tonadr terrorist group and questioned the US claim of standing by the Iranian people while supporting terrorists targeting the nation through different ways.

“The US regime considers itself to be standing by the Iranian people while it harbors and supports in different ways the known terrorists and those have claimed responsibility for several terrorist operations inside Iran and who have the blood of innocent Iranian people and citizens on their hands,” he added.

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Iran launches first underground ballistic missiles

IRGC’s aerospace division said this was the first underground launch of a ballistic missile. Most of this arsenal is believed to be hidden in underground silos.


On Wednesday, July 29, The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has, in an unprecedented manoeuvre, fired ballistic missiles from underground launch facilities on the second day of its major naval and aerial drills in southern Iran.

The US Navy condemned the “irresponsible and reckless behavior by Iran,” calling it an attempt “to intimidate and coerce.”

The firings prompted a military alert at two US CENTCOM Gulf headquarters – the Al-Dhafra Air Base at Abu Dhabi in the UAE and the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Troops were ordered to take cover. as stated by Central Command spokeswoman.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched underground ballistic missiles in a military drill in which a mock US aircraft carrier was attacked in the Strait of Hormuz.

replica of the USS Nimitz

The IRGC’s said in a statement on Wednesday that ground, aerial and naval operations were carried out against positions of the hypothetical enemy on the second day of the final phase of the exercises, code-named Payambar-e A’zam (The Great Prophet) 14.

The statement further said the IRGC Aerospace Force applied modern tactics and military equipment to display the elite force’s extensive capabilities to counter potential enemy threats.

Drone footage showed two missiles blasting out from covered positions in what appeared to be a desert plateau in central Iran. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the IRGC’s aerospace division said this was the first underground launch of a ballistic missile. Most of this arsenal is believed to be hidden in underground silos.

The final phase kicked off on Tuesday across land, air and sea in the general area of Hormozgan Province, west of the Hormuz Strait. The drills involved units of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division and Navy.

The  footage of the first day of exercise, showed a missile fired from a helicopter leaving a trail of smoke before appearing to smash into the side of the fake warship, a rough replica of the USS Nimitz.

Other footage from the exercise showed speedboats encircling the replica, commandos rappelling onto the deck of the vessel, and scuba forces underwater. Antiaircraft batteries were seen firing from a location that the report described as being near the port city of Bandar Abbas.

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