Report: Two Brothers Die Fighting For Opposite Sides Of War In Middle East

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Two Saudi brothers, one belonging to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and the other to ISIS, have reportedly died on the same day. 

The Saudi Press Agency reported that Nasser al Harthi, a pilot, died last week after the helicopter he was piloting crashed, according to i24 News. The organization also reported that Zaher al-Harthi, brother to Nasser, was killed in Iraq on the same day. 

Both men are survived by pregnant wives, according to the Daily Mail.

(Nasser al Harthi)

The Islamic State announced Zaher's death after a suicide car bombing north of Baghdad meant for Iraqi troops. 

Zaher worked as a nurse before he disappeared to allegedly join ISIS two years ago. The militant group said he was given the option to work as a nurse in Mosul, but decided to become a suicide bomber. 

(Zaher al-Harthi)

The Shi'ite rebels, known as the Houthis, claim to have shot down Nasser's aircraft in Yemen, the Daily Mail reported. However, the Saudi-led coalition that Nasser fought for is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Last year, Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf nations joined a U.S. military-led coalition targeting ISIS in Syria, according to i24 News. The move has raised concerns about a potential retaliation by the conservative Islamic Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has also organized air strikes against Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March, but has not coordinated any attacks against Al Qaeda. 

Sources: Daily Mail, i24 News

Photo Credit: i24 News via Daily Mail