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‘We’ve arrived’: ISIS wing in Yemen releases first video, threatens Houthis

Screenshot from youtube video by Vocativ

The Islamic State has declared its official presence in war-torn Yemen as the jihadists posted a video online, threating to “cut the throats” of Shiite Houthi rebels.

Like most Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) videos, the 9-minute-long clip was professionally shot and edited – with CGs and catchy background music.

It showed around two dozen IS fighters in full military gear training in the desert area, which is claimed to be located near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The jihadist carried AK-47s, heavy machine guns and RPGs and then fired from some of their weapons.

After that, the apparent commander of the group stuck the black IS flag into the sand and pronounced that the “soldiers of the Caliphate” have arrived in Yemen to “cut the throats” of the Houthis.

“We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied,” the IS commander said in a video, the International Business Times reported.

He then addressed all able-bodied Sunni men in Yemen to join him the battle against the Houthis.

The video was posted online on Friday, a day after a newly-announced division of the IS, the Green Brigade, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Shiite rebels.

On Wednesday, five Houthi militia members were killed in the car bombing in Ibb province in central Yemen.

It became the second attack claimed by the IS in the country after 142 people were killed and another 350 injured in a series of suicide bombings at Shia mosques in Sanaa on March 20.

The Sunni IS and Al-Qaeda, which has traditionally been the dominant jihadist group in Yemen, view the Shiite Houthis as heretics.

READ MORE: Al-Qaeda seizes key military camp in Yemen, snatches tanks and artillery

The Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in September 2014, forcing Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia and are now fighting for the strategic port city of Aden.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies have been bombing the Shiite rebels since March 25, with over 550 civilians having been killed since the start of the airstrikes, according to UN estimations.

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12 videos showing why southeast Ukraine fears and stands up to radical nationalists

Ukrainian ultra-nationalist groups actively fought on Maidan to overthrow President Yanukovich. Now as the fierce riots in Kiev are over, they are unwilling to give up their violent ways, unleashing their “revolutionary” power against local authorities.

They hide their faces behind masks. They wear jeans and camouflage, helmets and bulletproof vests. Their arsenal is not rich, but it’s quite powerful: spiked ball maces, baseball bats, batons, spades, and flames. Under the guise of “self defense units,” they attack activists without distinction in Kiev.

On February 15, activists from ‘For a Clean Kiev’ gathered to sweep up the mess, collect trash, and dismantle the barricades across the city’s main central square that was at the heart of the revolt. But radicals blocked them from doing so.

Armed youngsters then chased down the crowd of activists, knocking them off their feet and beating them with batons and bats.

Hapless onlookers were dragged into the scuffle. One man with his face covered in blood said he was shielding his wife when a group of five to 10 “Maidan protesters” suddenly attacked them and battered him with baseball bats.

Ultra-nationalist groups that took an active part in overthrowing the ruling regime at Kiev’s Independent Square now want to repeat their success in other regions of Ukraine.

A far-right network of groups called Right Sector has its own agenda. They are less interested in Ukraine’s association with European Union, focusing instead on the “national revolution.”

They want “Ukraine for Ukrainians.” Its members salute in a Nazi style and shout nationalist slogans like “Glory to the nation! Death to enemies!”

Far-right activist Aleksandr Muzychko, aka “Sashko Beliy” (Sasha White) definitely has his own style of negotiating.

“The Right Sector was armed and will be armed till the time when it will be necessary,” Muzychko said, dressed in camouflage. As if to prove his words, he pulled an AK-47 machine gun out from under the table of a local Ukrainian parliament.

“You did not give us this weapon and you will not take it away. Who wants to take away my machine gun, my pistol, my knives? Let them try! As Americans say, ‘God made every man different; Sam Colt made them equal!’ I will put aside my Kalashnikov only when order in Ukraine is restored,” he said.

In the video, titled “Sachko Communicates with a Prosecutor,” he hoarsely yells at a prosecutor of Rovno (Rivne) Oblast after being told a criminal investigation into a local murder is being delayed.

Snatching the prosecutor’s tie, Sashko threatens tie him up with a rope and pull him to Maidan.

Another far-right activist, Igor Mosiychuk – aka “Moisha” – is a member of ‘Patriots of Ukraine.’

He proudly calls himself a “Ukrainian nationalist.” In this video from 2010 found on Youtube, he is seen haughtily playing with weapons.

Igor Mosiychuk was sentenced to six years in January this year for plotting the demolition of the monument to Lenin, but has just been released as “a political prisoner.” He almost literally stepped from prison to a Ukrainian TV station where he shared his group’s views and threatened “harsh punishment” to those who try to split Ukraine. He called on the Right Sector to move on Crimea.

Negotiations between far-right groups and local authorities seem to be far from constructive and peaceful. Ultra-nationalists, accompanied by masked people in camouflage with batons in hand, show no respect.

The people of Vasylkov don’t want ultra-nationalists in their city, which is located some 25 kilometers from Kiev. A verbal fight between the two groups risks evolving into real clashes.

So, who are the ‘Patriots of Ukraine?’

The Patriots of Ukraine is a well-structured group that mainly consists of football ultras, professional raiders, and militants. They all undergo illegal military training, using real weapons, in various parts of Ukraine.

This video provides a perfect understanding.

 RT News

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Inventor of AK-47 rifle Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

File picture of Kalashnikov posing with a model of his rifle in Moscow

The inventor of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died at the age of 94. His ingenuity earned him widespread admiration, but his legacy became more controversial when his weapons were used in some of the world’s bloodiest conflicts.

“Mikhail Kalashnikov’s entire life is a shining example of dedication to serving your country,” said a statement from Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

“For many generations of Russians his name became a symbol of the glory and reliability of our weapons, and a source of national pride.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed “deep condolences” over the death of the engineer.

Kalashnikov who continued working well into his nineties, had been suffering from heart and intestinal problems, and on November 17 was admitted into intensive care in Izhevsk in central Russia – where the plant that produces the eponymous rifles is located. The official cause of death will be revealed following a mandatory autopsy.

A public funeral will be organized by the regional administration, in consultation with surviving relatives, though no date has been named so far.

Patriot, genius, villain?

For most of his life, Kalashnikov, who was famous for his frugal lifestyle, was feted as a straightforward hero.

The self-taught peasant turned tank mechanic who never finished high school, but achieved a remarkable and lasting feat of engineering while still in his twenties.

But as the rifles, inextricably linked forever to their creator by name, were more and more commonly seen in the hands of terrorists, radicals and child soldiers, the inventor was often forced to defend himself to journalists.

He was forever asked if he regretted engineering the weapon that probably killed more than any other in the last fifty years.

“I invented it for the protection of the Motherland. I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians have used it,” he told them.

On a few occasions, when in a more reflective mood, the usually forceful Kalashnikov wondered what might have been.

“I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists,” he said once.

“I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work – for example a lawnmower.”

Indeed, at his museum in Izhevsk, where he spent most of his life working at the factory that was eventually named after him, there is an ingenious mechanical lawnmower Kalashnikov invented to more easily take care of the lawn at his country house.

It’s not what he will be remembered for.

Considering his age and circumstances, it was hardly surprising that Kalashnikov felt he could best serve his country by creating weapons.

Born in 1919, Mikhail was the seventeenth child of well-off peasants. When he was eleven, during Joseph Stalin’s collectivization campaign his parents had their land confiscated, and the whole family was exiled to Siberia (a fact rarely mentioned in fawning Soviet-era biographies).

As the country began to mobilize ahead of a war that seemed inevitable, but was as yet undeclared, Kalashnikov chose to go into a tank brigade.

His aptitude for engineering was immediately apparent.

He was allowed to create several modifications – a tank shot counter, a running time meter – that were to be adopted for the whole Red Army, and made him famous. He was destined to go on an engineering course, when Operation Barbarossa intervened.

Kalashnikov’s own career as a tank commander was cut short in the first few months of the conflict on the Eastern Front, when an explosive shell ripped open his shoulder.

Kalashnikov says the germ of the idea came to him as he recuperated in hospital.

But the invention of the AK-47 was not a Eureka moment, but a trial-and-error process of modifications and improvements undertaken by a team over six years.

While for propaganda purposes Kalashnikov’s invention was presented as a radically new development, it was based on several principles that had already been seen in British, Russian and Italian weapons to which the inventor had easy access as he drew up his blueprints.

Its main precursor was the German StG 44, the first truly effective automatic weapon of World War II.

But at the same time, Kalashnikov’s masterstroke was to combine the mechanisms of previous weapons to create something with a completely new function.

AK-47 is not a weapon designed for accuracy tests at the firing range. It is a weapon for firefights at close quarters, in harsh Russian conditions.

It can be assembled by a person with no military training, is fired by simply pointing at a target, and it can be easily looked after without a cleaning kit. It does not jam by itself (due to the generous allowances between moving parts, which also explain its mediocre accuracy at range) and it does not stop functioning in any weather conditions.

The AK-47 fulfilled its design brief to perfection, even though there is no way Kalashnikov could have known who it would be used by in the end. More than 60 years after its invention, it remains the world’s most ubiquitous weapon.

Kalashnikov to be buried in Izhevsk, central Russia, were AK-47 plant is located

Inventor of AK-47 rifle Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94 — RT News.