Huthi Chief Calls for Anti-Jihadist Mobilization

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The head of Yemen's Shiite Huthi militia on Sunday urged his supporters to mobilize for an anti-Islamist offensive in the south of the strife-torn country.

Abdulmalik al-Huthi, in a speech broadcast by his militia's al-Masirah television channel, also appeared to reject dialogue.

He urged "the great people of Yemen" to mobilize and enroll for military training with his fighters, who in February seized control of state institutions in Sanaa after having swept down from their mountain strongholds north of the capital.

"Al-Qaida and Daesh must not be allowed to find refuge in any region" in Yemen, he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for bombings of Huthi mosques on Friday that killed more than 140 people.

"All political forces which support al-Qaida will be in the firing line," he added, stressing at the same time that residents of southern Yemen were not targets.

His speech came as Huthi fighters and their allies seized the airport in Taez, a city just 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Aden.

Huthi also condemned President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to the southern port city of Aden, as "a puppet in the hands of forces of evil, led by the United States" in carrying out a plot financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

He threatened to withdraw from U.N.-brokered dialogue between Yemen's multiple rivals and implicitly rejected a Saudi offer to host talks.

"Dialogue cannot go on for ever. It's a charade," he said.

"Any dialogue cannot be sponsored by a party which harbors hostility towards the Yemeni people," said the Huthi leader, referring to the country's powerful and oil-rich neighbor Saudi Arabia.

Comments 6
Default-user-icon Arab1 (Guest) 22 March 2015, 23:08

What about Christian and Jewish terrorism?
You should kiss the hand of your Sunni masters ungrateful peasant

Missing 23 March 2015, 00:17

Not even 10 percent as most of the major Zaidi leaders oppose him. The problem is that if it becomes a sectarian conflict, the rest of the Zaidi community will fall in line. Iran is destroying the Arab world from within and most Arabs (as they have been for much of history) pawns in a game ran for the benefits of others.

Thumb kanaandian 23 March 2015, 02:21

ok so give the shia houthis a chance, join the anti jihadist rally and let's see what happens. once the saudi wahabi child raping pigs are exterminated, no more excuses for extremism.

Thumb kanaandian 23 March 2015, 02:24

us drone strikes backed by their saudi democratic ally, right? it seems the only regimes that us didn't touch are the rodents in the gulf who have direct and indirect ties to wahabi child raping, head chopping, church/mosque bombing savages. i see right now the shia's and the kurds with the boots on their ground against the devilish saudi slime in syria and iraq. i see only us bombs taking out the secular sunni dictators, the coalition fighting against these satanic uncivilized savages is a joke. kurds and the shia militias are the ones doing the real work, sending them straight to hell and courageously so.

Thumb eagledawn 23 March 2015, 08:06

filthy sectarian terrorist and a mowaten of iran.

Thumb Elemental 23 March 2015, 08:29

You can see the resemblance between this guy, Iranians, and our foreign settlers in Lebanon who claim to be Lebanese.