These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Saudi Arabia in free fall?
The Saudi regime has been down on its luck, especially in the international arena. The Saudis have been losing almost on all fronts. One of their foremost problems is Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The Saudis invaded their southern neighbor in March 2015. But they have failed to make any gains from that war, which has become one of attrition. Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters also known as Houthis and their allied army units have the upper hand now in the face of the Saudis and their so-called coalition consisting of several wealthy Arab states. Over the course of the battle, the Yemenis have grown capable of launching missile attack deeper and deeper into Saudi Arabia. Recently, they fired rockets at a Saudi destroyer at sea.
Ethiopia has declared a six-month state of emergency following months of violent anti-government protests in the African country. Addis Ababa is accusing what it calls elements in Eritrea, Egypt and other states of arming, training and funding groups that it blames for the wave of protests and violence in regions around its capital Addis Ababa. A spokesman for the Ethiopian government has said: quote-"The terrorist group OLF (Oromo Liberation Front) has been receiving all kinds of support from Egypt. Its leaders have been feted; they used to be in the Eritrean capital Asmara but now they are feted in Cairo”.unquote. Getachew Reda emergency decree will permit authorities to stop and search and also detain suspects without court authorization.
Violence in Mali
No end in sight to the violence in the volatile north Malian city of Kidal where the Tooareg militant leader was assassinated. The leader was killed in a car bomb just 300 meters from a UN base in Kidal. He was the military leader of the H.C.U.A or High Council for the Unity of the Azawad. The leader's group is a signatory to a 2015 peace accord with Mali's government. Back in 2013, it severed ties with al-Qaida-linked Ansar Deene extremists. Some reports suggest his death was the accidental result of running over a land mine. However, a militant leader who witnessed the incident says an explosive device had been planted in the car.