Yemen: Houthis lose Shabwa province, 15-16 August 2015

The Sunni coalition in Yemen, consisting of the government forces, supporting tribes and militias, and forces of Saudi Arabia and UAE, has made advances against the Iranian-supported Houthis.

During the 15-16 August weekend the Sunni coalition seized Houthi-controlled areas in the Shabwa province in central Yemen. The coalition’s gains include Ataq town. The coalition is also continuing its offensive in the west, claiming to have taken government buildings in the city of Taiz. As of 20 August 2015, however, the coalition has not managed to establish full control over Taiz and Ibb – another important city nearby. Nevertheless, the coalition clearly has the momentum, putting Houthis on the defensive.

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Yemen: Sunni coalition takes several districts from the Houthis, early August 2015

The Yemeni government forces, together with allied Sunni groups and supported by Saudi Arabia and UAE, have inflicted another series of defeats on the Houthis in the south of Yemen.

After the Houthis’ defeat in Aden, the early August saw them in general retreat as their foes recovered several districts in southern Yemen, including towns of Lahij, Zinjibar, Al Anad, Shogra and Lawdar among others. As a result, the Sunni coalition has acquired a solid territorial base in Yemen – something that was not there after the Houthis’ successes several months ago. However, the Iranian-backed rebels still control most of the country’s core, and the Sunni coalition’s forces are likely to encounter stronger resistance if they continue their advance into the areas with significant Shia population.

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Ukraine: Battle of Starohnativka, 10 August 2015

On 10 August 2015 Russian forces conducted their first serious attack against Ukrainian positions since Battle of Marinka on 3 June 2015. Like at Marinka, this attempt by Russians did not result in any gains for them.

Ukrainian forces repelled the attackers and went on the counter-offensive. They gained some territory and even nearly captured village Novolaspa to the east from Starohnativka, which had been controlled by Russians. However, the latter used reinforcements to conduct a counter-attack of their own, causing Ukrainian retreat from Novolaspa. Nevertheless, Ukrainians managed to keep control of a number of heights in the area that had been under Russian control prior to 10 August.

The general situation on the front line in August 2015 is the tensest since the large-scale Battle of Debaltseve in February 2015.

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