Drone Attacks on Saudi Airport; Daesh Leader Nominated His Successor; Russia is Monitoring USS Porter
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 9 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Yemen’s Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi’s Abha airport – military spokesman
Yemen’s Houthi group launched two drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s southern Abha airport, the Iran-aligned group’s military spokesman said on Thursday, Reuters reported.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said later on Friday that a Houthi drone targeting Abha had been intercepted and downed.
Al Masirah TV’s Twitter feed quoted the Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria as saying the attack on Abha airport targeted the monitoring tower and other sensitive locations, adding that air traffic was disrupted.
The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in the past few months have stepped up their attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia. In response, the coalition has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.
Al-Baghdadi nominates Iraqi Abdullah Qardash as his successor to lead Daesh
Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has nominated Abdullah Qardash as his successor, MEMO reported.
Amaq said, Tuesday, that Al-Baghdadi nominated the Turkmen Abdullah Qardash, from the district of Tal Afar west of Mosul, “to take care of the Muslims’ affairs.”
Iraqi Security Expert, Fadhil Abu Ragheef, tweeted that the successor Qardash was detained Bucca prison in Basra Governorate and had previously worked for Al-Qaeda.
Qardash is a graduate of the College of Imam Al-Adham Abu Hanifa Al-Nu’manin Mosul. The security expert pointed out that Qardash was close to the leader Abu Alaa Al-Afri, the second-in-command of Daesh, who was killed in 2016.
“Qardash’s father was an articulate and rational orator,” Abu Ragheef said. He also noted that Qardash is cruel, authoritarian and extremist and was the first to welcome Al-Baghdadi following the fall of Mosul.
Russia’s Smetlivy destroyer monitoring USS Porter in Black Sea — defense ministry
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Smetlivy destroyer is monitoring the USS Porter in the Black Sea, TASS reported.
“The Black Sea Fleet has started monitoring the USS Porter after it entered the southern part of the Black Sea on August 8,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“The Black Sea Fleet’s Smetlivy ship is tasked with directly monitoring the actions of the US Navy’s ship in the Black Sea,” the ministry added.
Earlier reports said that on June 30, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was monitoring USS Carney after it entered the Black Sea.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, TASS