Airstrikes, fighting rages across Yemen amid 'humanitarian pause'

Jul 28, 2015

Airstrikes, fighting rages across Yemen amid 'humanitarian pause'

The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said. The U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Gulf Arab countries has been waging an air campaign since March ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

Apr 22, 2015

22 coalition airstrikes target Islamic State fighters in Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday its warplanes carried out 22 strikes in Iraq over 24 hours targeting the Islamic State jihadi group north and west of Baghdad. This was the second 24-hour period in a row of a larger-than-usual number of coalition strikes against ...

Yemen airstrikes very successful, Saudi ambassador tells U.S.

Apr 16, 2015

Yemen airstrikes very successful, Saudi ambassador tells U.S.

A Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen has been “very successful” and gone “beyond its goals,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. In the past three weeks, the campaign “has been able to degrade and destroy much of the ...

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Mar 27, 2015

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Saudi Arabia led airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen as it seeks to prop up an allied government facing the loss of its last remaining stronghold. The Saudis headed a coalition of 10 Sunni-ruled nations that carried out raids around Yemen’s capital Sanaa, which ...

Iraq calls for air power to protect antiquities

Mar 10, 2015

Iraq calls for air power to protect antiquities

Iraq urged a U.S.-led military coalition on Sunday to use air power to protect the country’s antiquities from Islamic State fighters looting and destroying some of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. A government minister said the coalition, which has carried out 2,800 airstrikes against ...