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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 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.

Yemeni forces eliminate dozens of Saudi-led mercenaries

Scores of Saudi-led mercenaries were killed and  wounded today during the break-up of their encampment off Najran. 

A military source said that the army and the Popular Committees broke a large gathering of mercenaries of the Saudi army in the desert of Ajashar near Najran, which led to the death and injury of dozens of mercenaries. 

The source pointed to the destruction of three military vehicles during the break of the crawl, which was carried out from three tracks, the air cover of the air force of the aggression. 

Meanwhile, the forces of aggression continued their violation of the Hodeidah Agreement and launched intensive artillery shelling on the governorate, resulting in the death and wounding of seven citizens, including women and children, while the UAE mercenaries killed six citizens.

A security source said that an elderly woman, a girl and a man were killed and two women and a man were seriously injured following an artillery bombardment on residential neighborhoods in Al-Shuhada Street in Hodeidah. A child was wounded by the invaders and mercenaries. 

The source pointed out that the forces of aggression intensified shelling on the south and east of the city of Hodeidah and various parts of the outskirts of the city of Drehemi, and also hit more than 50 rockets and shells on the farms and property of citizens in the mountainous area of ​​the Directorate of Tahita. 

In Daleh province, the source pointed out that the mercenaries of the aggression of the United Arab Emirates stormed a mosque in the Directorate of Azraq province, killing six citizens and arresting 4 others and leading them to an unknown destination. 

The source pointed out that the air aggression launched a raid on the region of Al-Hafa in the capital Sanaa, while launched four raids on the Aseer license.

Scores of Saudis and mercenaries eliminated by Yemeni forces

The legitimate Yemeni military and the Popular Committees carried out military operations targeting the positions and gatherings of the Saudi army and mercenaries, which resulted in the deaths and injuries in their ranks and the destruction of their war vehicles in a number of fronts. This was part of a larger effort to defend the homeland in the past 24 hours. 

A military revealed that the army and the committees carried out an incursion into the positions of the Saudi army and its mercenaries in the Aseer province and killed and wounded many in their ranks. 

The source added that an attack on the positions of Saudi army mercenaries in the Saudi province of Najran resulted in many being killed and wounded, particularly from army artillery.

The army artillery and the committees targeted mercenaries in the Salba front of the Habash and Shaf district in Al-Jawf province, causing direct casualties. A mercenary vehicle was destroyed in Al-Mtoon compound and killed and wounded on board. 

The source pointed out that an offensive operation of the army and the Popular Committees targeted mercenaries sites in Al-Mtoun compound, causing loss of life and destruction of two vehicles. 

The source confirmed the death and wounding of 16 mercenaries in sniper operations on the fronts of Asifra, Jahleh and Abar in Taiz province. 

He reported that an operation was carried out on the positions of the mercenaries east of Jabal al-Nar in the province of Hajjah and the burning of a military vehicle, killing and injuring a number of them.

ISCY feature on PressTV – Saudi’s ignore mass execution of Yemen (VIDEO)

The MisEaStream is a weekly political show that focuses on the geopolitics of the Middle East. It discusses two topics every week with two experts on the topic at hand. The show opens with a focused and opinionated introduction into the first segment and flows into the second segment with a factual report.

It is hosted by Dr. Marwa Osman, a renowned Lebanese journalist, university lecturer and activist, who moderates her show with powerful and inspiring rhetoric. She was joined with the International Solidarity Committee for Yemen very known Jay Tharappel.

In this must watch episode, Tharappel and Osman both discuss in great detail the reasoning and logic behind the Saudi aggression against Yemen. Some topics discussed include the civilizational history of Iran against Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and the strategic location of Yemen.

Enough writing, and time to watch this informative video!

Saudi-led invaders continue to break the truce in Hodeidah

The US-Saudi aggression forces continued to violate the ceasefire agreement in the province of Hodeidah and launched air strikes and rocket and artillery bombardments in the provinces of Hajjah and Saada during the past 24 hours.

A security source said that the planes of aggression flew above a number of districts of the province of Hodeidah. 

The source said that massive damage was caused to a civilian house as a result of artillery shelling of the forces of aggression against the residential area of ​​July 7, which was also targeted by various machine guns. 

The source said that the forces of aggression bombarded 25 artillery shells in different areas of the Directorate of Hays, and was targeted by heavy shelling with machine guns and artillery scattered across areas southeast of the mountainous area of ​​the Directorate of Tahita. 

Saudi-led invaders and mercenaries targeted the Directorate of Durahmi, where they shelled 20 artillery shells towards the village of Sheikh and the company of Sabha, and bombarded more than 26 mortar shells farms and houses of citizens in the village of Zaafran Kilo 16. 

The source pointed out that a rocket shell and a Saudi gun targeted villages populated in the Directorate of Raz Border in Saada governorate.

The source said that the air aggression launched five raids on the departments of Harad and Medi in the province of Hajjah.

Saudi war jets kill, wound 15 citizens in an air raid in Aga

15 people were killed and a further 15 injured today in a raid by the Saudi-led and American-backed aggression today in the Directorate on the outskirts of Hajjah province.

A security source told Saba that the air force targeted a citizens car in the Directorate, while heading to a market, killing four citizens and injuring 11 others.

This comes as the murderous coalition yesterday killed three civilians and wounded another three by the mercenary fire of the US-Saudi aggression in Al-Dhala province. The invaders and mercenaries continued to violate the cease-fire agreement in Hodeidah province during the past 48 hours.

A security source told Saba that one citizen was killed and two others were injured as a result of a guided missile launched by the mercenaries on their car in the outskirts of the Directorate of Qutba in Dalia governorate. 

Two citizens were martyred and a child was injured by the shelling of the mercenaries on a home of a citizen in the village of Awish in the Directorate of Qatuba. 

The source pointed out that the invaders and mercenaries shelled Hodeidah Airport with more than 15 artillery shells, and were targeted with artillery shelling and intensive combing towards Al Dhibiani, Citi Max, Mobile tour, Al Shabab Street 90 and Al Ittihad Hotel and other residential locations in Al Khamis Street in Hodeidah. 

The source pointed out that the mercenaries of the aggression opened fire with various machine guns and shelled eight mortar shells on the Directorate of Durahemi, and also hit seven Katyusha rockets and heavy and medium machine guns against the villages of Sheikh and Al-Zafran in Kilo 16.

The source said that the shelling of the mercenaries with artillery and machine guns targeted different areas on the outskirts of the city Drehami, and launched five artillery shells on the village of Magari in the Directorate of Hiss. 

Satellite images reveal Saudi oil wells attacked by Yemeni forces

Two Saudi oil facilities located along a major pipeline were hit in a drone attack on Tuesday, prompting Riyadh to temporarily close the pipeline and carry out retaliatory air strikes at Yemeni positions in Yemen.

Qatar’s Al Jazeera shared footage of a satellite showing a Saudi oil station in a Yemeni drone attack.

According to Al Jazeera, the images were taken during a raid on a Saudi Arabia pumping station located about 330 kilometers west of the capital, Riyadh.

An image analysis shows that the attack has generated crude oil flow over an estimated 1,000 square meters.

Officials have not yet commented on the footage, but sources linked to the Saudi government confirmed on Tuesday that pumping station 9 was also targeted by drone attacks. The stations extend along the main east-west pipeline, which runs across the peninsula from the Abqaiq oil field in the east to the oil terminal at Yanbu on the Red Sea coast.

The Yemeni Army claimed responsibility for the operation. The attack came “in response to pre-existing actions and blockade of our peoples and are prepared to make the attacks more unique and harsh,” said an official according to Al Masirah TV.

According to state agency IASD SABA, the rebels plan to attack other strategic points in the kingdom, including military posts and strategic locations in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.

Since the beginning of 2015, militant forces led by exiled President Mansur Hadi have been fighting with soldiers from the Yemeni Army & Popular Committees.