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Yemen Is Now Saudi Arabia’s “Vietnam War”

Something does not appear right in Saudi Arabia. Although the Wahhabi Kingdom has a technological, demographical and economical advantage over Yemen, it has completely failed to break the Yemeni resistance, headed by the Houthi-led Ansarullah Movement. The Ansarullah Movement has not just been on the defensive against Saudi Arabia’s advancements, but has also taken the fight directly to them despite the Kingdom controlling the seas and the high skies.

On September 14, the Yemeni Resistance attacked a Saudi Aramco oil facility, causing billions of dollars in damage that will take months to completely fix. However, it is the capture of thousands of Saudi soldiers, including high-ranking officers, and mercenaries that has consolidated the idea that Saudi Arabia is experiencing its own so-called “Vietnam War.”

Although Saudi Arabia has the fifth biggest military budget in the world, ahead of even Russia, France and the United Kingdom, it has not been able to dislodge the Ansarullah Movement from power. With Saudi Arabia dropping bombs indiscriminately in Yemen, including on mosques, markets, schools, hospitals, wedding parties and funeral processions, the country has become the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Even Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has visibly lost a significant amount of weight over the course of the war as over 10 million Yemenis are starving or on the verge of starvation.

Saudi Arabia’s state budget is fuelled by oil and the Aramco company is in the six largest corporations globally, with annual revenue of around $350 billion recently, about the GDP of Denmark. Yemen is far off from Saudi Arabia in every developmental metric, but yet, they have not been able to dislodge the Ansarullah Movement from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.

Saudi Arabia has mobilized about 150,000 of its soldiers and mostly Sudanese mercenaries, and has used hundreds of jets with U.S.-provided weapons to attack Yemen and its infrastructure because of their defiance in not being subjugated to Riyadh’s demands. Saudi officials also went on a diplomatic mission to include Morocco, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sudan in their war against Yemen. This was all in an effort to remove what Riyadh believes to be an Iranian proxy on its border, an allegation both the Ansarullah Movement and Tehran deny.

Ansarullah have not just remained passive as the Saudi-led coalition began its aggression, and utilized rockets and drones to attack directly into Saudi Arabia’s southern regions, despite the Kingdom possessing the U.S.-made Patriot Missile Defense System. Although Saudi Arabia has air and naval superiority, it cannot convert this control into successes on the ground, and rather has relied on mercenaries, to fight its war against the Ansarullah Movement. 

One is not motivated to unnecessarily die for the sake of money, but are willing to take the risk of dying, two very different things. It is for this reason, on Saturday, the Ansarullah Movement captured over a thousand soldiers from the Saudi Coalition, mostly low-ranking soldiers and Sudanese mercenaries, but also some high-ranking officers, when they were surrounded and ambushed. The mercenaries are willing to fight for money, but not die in vain, which is why they surrendered en masse when flanked by the Ansarullah fighters.

Well, comparisons with Vietnam can certainly begin to be drawn now. It is much deeper than the analogy of David and Goliath, as by all means, the odds should be further into Riyadh’s favor rather than Goliath’s was against David.

Saudi Arabia has used all their political leverage in the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council, invested billions into a costly war that it had no reason to intervene in and suffered a dramatic defeat. How could the Ansarullah Movement with limited resources and on the verge of starvation do this? It was concluded by Riyadh that the only explanation for this embarrassment is that Iran orchestrated the attack against Aramco and captured the thousands of soldiers. This bares resemblance to when the U.S. refused that the Vietnamese were defeating them, and credited the Vietnamese victory directly to the Soviet Union and China, rather than the Vietnamese people.

Riyadh diverting attention away from the Ansarullah movement helps them save face as they can accredit the victories to a rival anti-U.S. and anti-Israel regional power, Iran. Therefore, this can help legitimize a U.S. intervention in Yemen as Saudi-Iranian relations are traditionally poor over theocratical, geopolitical and economic reasons.

More importantly, it could bait Washington to justify military aggression against Iran. However, for the U.S. and Israel, the possibility of waging a “proxy conflict” between Saudi Arabia and Iran would be preferable with their limited intervention. This is a risky gambit as Saudi Arabia produces about 15% of crude oil globally, and can significantly influence the world economy.

Although it would be in Saudi Arabia’s interest to avoid being bogged down in an endless war that drains its resources and manpower, as the U.S. had experienced in their invasion of Vietnam, there is little suggestion that it will disengage from what is the Arab world’s poorest country.

Simply comparing the military budgets of Saudi Arabia and/or the U.S.’ with Yemen or Iran, is not enough to predict a final outcome of this conflict, as Saudi Arabia is learning the hard way with the continued setbacks. With over a thousand soldiers and mercenaries captured, it shows Riyadh has a fighting force lacking motivation and willingness. This is completely opposite to the Ansarullah Movement that believes its engaged in an anti-imperialist struggle.

If Saudi Arabia is to avoid further economic risk and military embarrassments, it would be in the primary interest of Saudi Arabia to disengage in Yemen and accept its losses on this front in the wider Saudi-Iranian geopolitical rivalry. Just as the U.S. finally found the sense to withdraw from Vietnam after a long 18 year involvement that resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths, Riyadh now must find its sense, much quicker than Washington’s policy towards Vietnam, and accept the situation in Yemen is untenable and unwinnable.

Source: InfoBrics

Yemeni Attack Against Saudi Oil Facilities Justifies Turkey’s S-400 Acquisition

September 14 would prove to be a major wake up call for Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter and producer of oil in the world, as its daily supply was cut by nearly 50 percent because of drone and missile attacks against state-owned oil company, Aramco. The attack by the Yemeni Shi’ite Houthi-led Ansarullah movement was so powerful that on the September 17, the Saudi Energy Minister announced the use of oil reserves to offset some of the market demand. Oil prices skyrocketed on September 16 on stock exchanges around the world after the reduction of production was announced at 5.7 million barrels per day.

The attack against oil fields in Saudi Arabia threatens to add a considerable risk premium to the price of crude oil, especially with production in the Kingdom already halved. The worst-case scenario would see prices rise to $100 per barrel. The perennial rise in oil prices is capable of affecting business activity and consumer confidence, as well as threaten to slow global demand. In turn, the decline in production worldwide can cripple the growth of exports.

With the attack having such a huge economic impact on Saudi Arabia, it must be questioned why the U.S. Patriot system failed to defend the Kingdom from Yemeni drones and missiles. For Riyadh, this must become a critical question since their country also happens to be the largest purchaser of U.S. weapons in the Middle East. This humiliating attack should make Riyadh rethink its use of the U.S. Patriot missile defense system to ensure its security.

Yemen has been under Saudi attack since 2015 when the latter intervened to support the internationally recognized President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi against the Ansarullah movement. In what was supposed to be a quick operation has instead led to the imposition of a devastating blockade that has made Yemen the most important humanitarian crisis in the world today. Saudi Arabia has not been able to defeat the Ansarullah movement despite its significant material and financial advantage, and rather the Yemeni fighters have on several occasions attacked the Kingdom itself.

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, attempted to downplay the ineffectiveness of the Patriot system against the Yemeni attack that dealt a huge blow to the Saudi economy and reputation of American defense systems. He claimed all “air defense systems around the world […] work with varying degrees of success.” Rather, Pompeo’s statement is an attempt to cover up the fact that the U.S. has been vexed. It is also devoid of reality if we consider the continued success the Russian S-400 system has in defending its Khmeimim air base in Syria against terrorist drone and missile attacks.

With Saudi Arabia investing billions of dollars into the Patriot system, it would be expected that they could have a near 100% success rate in hitting their target. It is for this reason that Russian Senate Security and Defense Committee member Franz Klintsevich, in a jovial way to lure new customers, stated that “if Saudi Arabia had installed the Russian anti-aircraft systems, this would not have happened. The S-300 and S-400 missile systems, supported by the Pantsir S-1 would not have allowed any of the drones and missiles to hit their target. The Saudis should think about it.”

With Turkey having to risk its relations with Washington, a NATO ally, to purchase the S-400, the country’s leadership would have already observed that the American defense systems is proving to be inferior to Russian defense systems. This has come at price for Ankara as its traditionally strong relations with Washington have become icy.

Turkey would be looking at the failure of the Patriot system in defending Saudi Arabia from low-quality missiles and drones, and be satisfied that it did submit to U.S. pressures to buy its missile defense system.

However, it was remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin that gives the biggest clue that Turkey is satisfied in not succumbing to U.S. pressures and threats of sanctions to abandon the purchase of the S-400 system. Putin responded to last Saturday’s attack with mockery and suggested at an event held in Turkey on Monday that Saudi Arabia buy the S-400 system as “they will reliably protect all infrastructure objects of Saudi Arabia.” This came with laughter from both the Turkish and Iranian leaders.

With the U.S. having signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it will be in the interests of the Arab country to diversify its weaponry. With a host of other countries having an interest in the S-400 system, including India and Qatar, the failure of the Patriot system against the Houthis attack, will only make the Russian missile defense system all the more attractive to interested parties. More importantly, it consolidates Turkey’s resolve that it committed itself to the S-400 purchase, despite the risk of sanctions.

Source: InfoBrics

Mass rally in the capital Sana’a to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein

The capital Sana’a witnessed this afternoon a mass march on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein under the slogan “Ashura… sacrifice and victory”.

The participants in the rally chanted slogans against the forces of arrogance, tyranny and American influence in the region… Stressing continued steadfastness in the face of aggression and follow in the footsteps of the martyr Imam Hussein peace be upon him in the fight against injustice and arrogance.

They considered the oppression of the Yemeni people an extension of the oppression of Imam Hussein because of the aggression and blockade and crimes against her forehead against children and women for nearly five years, pointing out that the victories of Yemenis are victories of pure blood on the oppressors and aggressors.

In the march, the Grand Mufti of Yemen, President of the Association of Yemeni Scholars, Shamsuddin Sharaf al-Din, said that the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein must be commemorated to draw lessons and lessons in sacrifice and redemption and stand in the face of oppressors.

He said, “Whoever doubts the exit of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him and the Yemenis against the tyrants, but question the Koran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family.”

He stressed the need to act in the face of forces of injustice and tyranny, calling on the Yemeni people to move seriously to confront the Saudi-American aggression and its mercenaries.

He added, “Your great exit is evidence of your conscience and your rejection of the falsehood against which you have dropped the project of aggressive forces, led by America and Israel, and targeting the identity and doctrine of the nation.”

“The Prophet taught us how to fight infidels, polytheists and hypocrites,” he said.

He also called on the people of Yemen to translate the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty to the blood that fell in the fields of prostitution to move to the fronts of pride and dignity.

Yemeni ballistic missile kills dozens of Saudi army and its mercenaries near Jizan

The missile force of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees launched at dawn today a medium-range ballistic missile on the gatherings of the Saudi army and its mercenaries off Jizan.

Armed forces spokesman Brigadier Yahya Serai told the official Saba news agency that the missile force targeted a ballistic missile of the type “Qasim” gatherings of the Saudi army and mercenaries north of Hiran off Jizan.

He stressed that the missile hit his target accurately, leaving dozens of dead and wounded and caused great confusion in the ranks of the enemy.

Brigadier Seriei pointed out that this strike came as a pre-emptive operation to thwart the enemy scheme, where he was preparing to march towards the positions of the army and popular committees in Haradh.

Yemeni Resistance attacks Saudi airport with cruise missile

The Yemeni Army and its allied militias attacked Abha airport in Saudi Arabia with a cruise missile.

The information was published by Reuters, citing a tweet from spokesman Yahya Saria. There was no official confirmation from the Saudi kingdom.Earlier on Wednesday, the resistance claimed to have attacked military positions in southern Saudi Arabia with drones. They often conduct such attacks on Saudi positions against of Riyadh’s support of the illegitimate Yemeni government based in Aden.

In recent months, the Yemeni Army have carried out a series of attacks on Saudi Arabia’s airports and oil facilities. On August 17, a drone attack against the Shaybah Saudi oil field caused a fire in the area. In response, the Riyadh-led coalition attacked Yemeni resistance positions in northern Yemen.

Yemen is experiencing a war between the illegitimate government, led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, and the Yemeni Army. The conflict is considered by the UN to cause one of the biggest humanitarian crises on the planet.

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has carried out a campaign of aggression against Yemen at the request of the criminal government based in Aden since March 2015.

Saudi-backed mercenaries target residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah

Saudi invaders and their mercenaries targeted residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah province. The US-Saudi aggression launched raids on Dhamar and Hajjah governorates during the past 24 hours.

A security source told the Yemeni News Agency that the mercenaries targeted in the neighborhoods of Hodeidah with nine artillery shells and machine guns scattered.

The same forces of aggression, invaders and mercenaries also bombarded with artillery and machine guns the besieged city of Duraimi.

US drone downed by Yemeni resistance

On Tuesday morning, the Yemeni resistance announced that their anti-aircraft defense toppled a US MQ-9 military drone over the central province of Dhamar.

An American MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen, two US officials quoted by Reuters said. According to sources, the incident occurred late Tuesday in Dhamar province, southeast of the Ansarullah-controlled capital Sanaa.

The news came as the movement’s spokesman told broadcaster Al-Masirah that the missile that allegedly toppled the MQ-9 drone had been modernized at the site and would soon be presented at a news conference.

He warned the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to think “a thousand times before invading Yemen’s airspace.”

The Yemeni resistance has recently intensified drone attacks in Saudi Arabia, but most unmanned vehicles were intercepted by the kingdom’s Air Force.

The war peaked in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition joined the military action alongside the government.

From the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey: Yemen has always resisted external aggression

Many Muslims look upon the defeat of the Ottoman empire as the extinguishing of an ideological symbol, “the caliphate”, but as a consequence they also tend to look at the world through the eyes of Constantinople, which cared more about Yemen for its geographic location than for its people, and thus saw Yemen as a place to be conquered and exploited.

They overtaxed Yemen, eightfold under the Ottoman governor Ridwan Pasha, which provoked the Yemeni Zaydi uprising led by Imam al-Mutahhar in 1566. The Turks sent 70,000 soldiers that century to suppress the uprising, but only 7,000 went back. The Ottomans used the tax-revenues raised from Yemen to purchase goods arriving from India/China, and thus, Yemen was actively underdeveloped by the Ottomans as India was by Britain.

Despite its rich history, Yemen was reduced to the third-world of the Ottoman empire, especially after the Ottomans returned in the 19th century to reimpose the same economic policies. Yet after centuries of trying to dominate Yemen, occupiers have always been shaken off by rebels from the northern highlands of Yemen and today Ansarullah is performing the same role, uniting the nation against external aggression.

Unfortunately championing the right of Yemenis to defend their sovereignty is not a priority for the neo-Ottoman agenda, which instead promoted the fake revolutions that relied on importing mercenaries from around the world, but then completely ignored the only actual revolution of the “Arab Spring”, the one that wasn’t supposed to happen, the one that promised to create an independent Yemen.

In Syria, the “rebels”, invaded from bordering states with billions of dollars in aid from the wealthiest states on earth, and still couldn’t take power, whereas in Yemen, the so-called “Houthi rebels” were popular enough because of their political message, that the state/military effectively joined them in opposition to plans by an unpopular President (Hadi) to impose economic austerity and “federalise” the country into six regions, weakening it at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

Ansarullah ceased being “rebels” in September 2014, a full seven months before the Saudi aggression began, and despite being entirely indigenous to Yemen, they’re spoken of as though they’re “Iranian proxies” whereas the multinational mercenary force waging war against the Syrian state are still called “Syrian rebels” by the neo-Ottoman agenda.

By Jay Tharappel, Representative at ISCY – International Solidarity Committee With Yemen.

Citizens Injured By Invaders And Mercenaries In Hodeidah

Three citizens were injured on Saturday evening, after attacks by invaders and mercenaries on the houses of citizens and residential neighborhoods in the city of Hodeidah. 

According to the correspondent of “March Net” on the injury of the three citizens, the mercenaries bombed homes of citizens in Al-Nasr Street in the neighborhood of July 7. 

A boy was injured by the invaders and mercenaries in the Suwaiq district of Tahita district. 

The Saudi-backed forces bombed more than 40 artillery shells scattered areas south of the city of Tahita. The homes and properties of citizens in the besieged city of Duraimi were subjected to intense artillery shelling from the forces of aggression. 

The invaders and their mercenaries in Hodeidah continue to violate Sweden’s ceasefire agreement every 

South Korea sends a contingent of 300 soldiers to the Gulf of Aden

The South Korean Navy will send a new contingent of 300 soldiers to the Gulf of Aden, for an anti-piracy mission that in principle could later lead to joint patrols in the Strait of Hormuz within an international coalition led by the US, the Yonhap agency reported.

The contingent, which includes an underwater demolition team, a special operations group of the Navy, marines and pilots, will travel to the Horn of Africa aboard the destroyer Kang Gam Chan and will be responsible for protecting South Korean ships off the Somali coast , as well as supporting the ships of other nations.

The new mission, already the thirtieth, gave rise to conjectures that Seoul could be involved in an international coalition that Washington tries to forge to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

South Korea has not yet received an official request from the US in this regard, but US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, during his recent stay in Seoul, stressed the importance of international support for freedom of navigation in the area.

Lately, the US is trying to create an international coalition to patrol the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

For its part, France, the United Kingdom and Germany plan to launch a European initiative to ensure maritime safety in that region.

Talks on a joint naval mission to protect commercial ships in the area intensified after Iran stopped the oil tanker Stena Impero sailing under the British flag in the Strait of Hormuz.

For the president of Iran, Hasan Rohani, the presence of foreign forces in the area is the main cause of regional tensions.

It remains to be seen if this new South Korean mission will be part of the blockade against Yemen. There is every reason to suspect this might occur since South Korea is a staunch ally of the United States. Every pressure against Seoul must be made if they are to contribute to the starvation of Yemen.