Yemen & Ukraine: A tale of two wars

1 April 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Fra Hughes 

The media tries to make us believe that black is white, that the aggressors are the victims, and the oppressed are the villains.

Yemen & Ukraine: Compare and contrast a tale of two wars

Two very distinct and separate wars are concurrently happening in West Asia and Eastern Europe.

Both wars have their origins in people fighting to free themselves from a corrupt government.

The Yemini people rose in a popular revolution against a corrupt regime that acted in the interests of regional and international power blocks and not in the interests of its people.

The people of Ukraine found themselves the victim of a regime change operation in 2014 resulting in a coup that forced the democratically elected leader Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych to flee for his life as a fascist junta was installed.

While the people of Yemen fought for independence and free sovereignty, the people of Ukraine were facing a government led by neo-Nazis, Russophobic ultra-nationalists who were determined to destroy one-third of the population who are Russian-speaking Ukrainians. The specter of the Great Patriotic war loomed over the people as echoes and ghosts from 1941 returned to haunt the people who had defeated fascism in Ukraine and liberated the country from the Nazi occupation.

So we have a tale of two wars.

When the people led the revolution of Yemen threatened the Saudi favored government, the incumbent President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi fled to Riyad and with the help of mercenaries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, planes armed with American and British bombs directed and controlled by “Israel”i American and British military advisers, Hadi continued his war against the Yemeni people to regain power.

Yemen armed forces and the popular mobilization units of the Ansurallah resistance movement have resisted all the efforts to date by Hadi, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, America, and the West to reinstall his puppet regime.

In Ukraine, we had a popular resistance to a foreign installed coup when the people of Donbas and Crimea fought for autonomy and the universal basic human right to live free from an unelected undemocratic fascist government hell-bent on destroying their culture and ethnicity and even their very lives of those who dared to resist.

Two separate conflicts both with similar origins and one common enemy 

In Yemen, the people fought a corrupt foreign-backed government. In Ukraine, the people fought against a foreign installed government. 

America backed the unpopular and elected unopposed President of Yemen.

America also backed financed directed and controlled the coup in Ukraine.

In the geopolitical machinations of American foreign policy, they effectively created both wars;

The war on Yemen presently occurring has the backing of the Biden administration as they help reinforce the illegal inhuman siege of the country while they also arm and direct the aerial bombing campaign which destroys Yemeni lives, infrastructure, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges. They also prevent food, aid medicine and fuel from being delivered, to alleviate the worst excesses of the war which they control.

It is a proxy war on Iran led by America Saudi Arabia the EU Britain and “Israel”. Every death has been and continues to be avoidable, if only the political will existed to hold a ceasefire and end the violence.

But the alliance of the unholy does not want peace, because war sells.

It sells weapons and it sells shares.

The military-industrial complex which finances and supports the American political system is making vast profits.

Profits that help bolster election campaigns and private bank accounts.

In Ukraine, after the people of Donbas and Crimea secured their freedom, a continued low-level conflict was encouraged to keep the drums of war beating,

Kiev refused to implement the Minsk Agreements of 2014 and 2015 which recognized the Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk and was the basis of a bilateral ceasefire that was constantly broken by Ukrainian shelling along the contact line killing thousand and injuring many more over the last 8 years.

Biden was the Vice President in 2014 when the coup was installed in Kiev.

Since his return to power as President, he has supplied the Ukrainian fascist forces with modern state-of-the-art armaments and encouraged Zelensky to saber rattle for war with Russia.

Biden has used Ukraine in a proxy war with Russia.

Putin and the elected government of Russia supported by Belarus and Georgia among others of the Russian Federation sent the army into Ukraine to prevent a potential massacre of the people of Donbas and Crimea as 120,000 Ukrainian battle-ready troops prepared to invade.

We have millions of displaced Ukrainians. We have thousands dead and wounded and a prospect of a long war between a resupplied Ukrainian army in the west of Ukraine and the now liberated areas of east Ukraine under Russian protection.

In Yemen, we have hundreds of thousands dead and injured. Millions of refugees and up to 25 million people face famine, death through starvation 

It is reported a Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from this sanction-induced man-made famine.

America Britain NATO and increasingly “Israel” are involved in both conflicts.

Western imperialism and American unipolar hegemony are increasingly leading to war conflict death displacement and starvation on a global scale.

While the poorest Arab country defends its sovereignty against a coalition of some of the richest countries on the planet, Yemen with its increasingly sophisticated drone and ballistic missile capacity equips its military with the expertise to target anywhere in Saudi Arabia the Emirates and even further afield, it is only a matter of time before Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates realized that their war which has already failed, may very well lead to the destruction of the Saudi and Emirati economies.

In Ukraine, the fallout from the Russian invasion has already led to fuel price hikes in America and Europe with more economic hardships to be suffered not by the rich elite who are fueling these wars but by the people already struggling under neoliberal austerity measures so much favored by the IMF and the privatization sector in western governmental structures that reinvents itself with each new administration.

While Yemen’s lives count for nothing in West Asia and Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Russia are invisible, we witness the propaganda machine, which brooks no dissent, savagely attacks Russia as the aggressor and promotes western Ukrainians as the victims.

While Yemen is portrayed as the aggressor and Saudi Arabia as the victim much like the Palestinians are terrorists and the “Israel” is are just a peace-loving nation that desires only to live without fear.  

The media tries to make us believe that black is white, that the aggressors are the victims, and the oppressed are the villains.

These may be two conflicts but it has one origin.

American foreign policy has no regard for morality, humanity, dignity or life, it is directed by the corporate desire to control the world markets, create division and profit, in equal measure, destroy any dissent and control the sovereign resources of other nations.

They used to do it by military occupation directly as they did in Iraq, Vietnam, and Ireland but now its proxy wars using unilateral coercive measures, financial sanctions, proxy wars and regime change black operations through the CIA and NGOs.

We must all stand with Yemen, Donbas and Crimea, Palestine and Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, Lebanon and Syria, North Korea and Nicaragua, indeed everywhere that stands against imperialism and for a multipolar world.

The destruction of the global south which sees the wealth of those nations flow to the Northern hemisphere must stop.

We are living in an ever-changing world.

I pray for the death of imperialism and the triumph of socialism in a multi-polar global economy where wealth and resources are shared for the benefit of the people, for all mankind, and not the elite.

Eat the rich, end the wars, support the resistance. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Riyadh No Mediator but Party to War: Yemeni Official on GCC Invitation for Talks

March 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A senior Yemeni official has reacted to a recent report that the Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] is considering inviting the Ansarullah resistance movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations, saying the kingdom cannot be a mediator as it is a perpetrator of the bloody war.

“What is being circulated in the media about the GCC invitation for talks is in fact an invitation by Riyadh,” head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Riyadh is itself a party in the war, not a mediator,” he asserted.

The remarks came after two Gulf officials told Reuters that formal invitations would be sent within days for the talks, planned to be held in Riyadh between March 29 and April 7,to discuss military, political and economic aspects of the war.

Ansarullah officials, they added, would be “guests” of GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf at the body’s Riyadh headquarters and would have his security guarantees if the group accepted the invitation.

Gulf officials, who declined to be named, also noted that former Saudi-sponsored Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, had agreed to the discussions.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

Saudi Arabia: Why Biden will leave Mohammed bin Salman in charge

Madawi al-Rasheed

2 July 2021 11:43 UTC 

Despite Biden’s rhetoric, American national interests are allied with those of the authoritarian crown prince in Riyadh

US President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (AFP)

In the Middle East in general, and Saudi Arabia in particular, many activists and human right defenders hoped that newly elected US President Joe Biden would turn the page on the Trump era, when rulers in the region had carte blanche to continue their authoritarian practices and repressive measures.

Many hoped that Biden would exert pressure on the US’s most loyal Arab dictators to reverse the tide and respond to calls for democracy, ensure freedom of speech, and halt mass executions. 

It is unlikely that Biden will encourage his removal from office or openly challenge his abuse of human rights domestically

But in Riyadh, among other places, such unrealistic wishful thinking is beginning to be dashed. Realpolitik is settling in, to the demise of Washington’s reputation and its endless rhetoric about promoting democracy. 

American myths about the country’s own historical position as the leader of the free world, promoter of democratic values and protector of individual rights are always exposed in the Arab world at the hands of none other than its most loyal man in Riyadh. Indeed, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues his campaign of detentionsexecutions and surveillance, unchecked by Washington.

Biden slightly embarrassed the crown prince when his intelligence services published a four-page report that held the Saudi ruler responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and placed several suspects on a list of sanctioned operatives. The crown prince himself was untouched by these superficial measures.

Loyal prince

Today, Biden and his advisers remain silent on the future of the Saudi crown prince. But American media and think tanks have been promoting his nemesis, former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who has been placed under house arrest and allegedly suffered ill treatment. Ex-CIA officials want their partner in the war on terror back in the driving seat in Riyadh. 

How can Washington ignore its loyal prince, who allegedly helped save the lives of Americans as he shared intelligence with US security services, they ask. In this view, it’s an American betrayal of bin Nayef, who provided valuable information that helped to foil terrorist attacks on US soil.

Once the darling of the CIA, bin Nayef is now helpless without the US pushing for his release, let alone his rehabilitation, as its man in Riyadh. This sounds like a familiar story: use the man in Riyadh, then dump him when he faces his fate at the hands of his kinsmen.

Mohammed bin Nayef has been promoted by some as an alternative Saudi leader (AFP)
Mohammed bin Nayef has been promoted by some as an alternative Saudi leader (AFP)

In fact, Biden should resist calls to bring back the deposed prince, who never stopped using violence against peaceful activists and put them on trial in the terrorism courts that he established. Mohammed bin Nayef used the pretext of the war on terror to spread fear and torture. His most famous victims included founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association – activists such as Abdullah al-Hamid, who died in prison, and Sulaiman al-Rashoudi. Activist Waleed Abu al-Khair remains in prison, alongside many others. 

Many of the men and women Mohammed bin Nayef put in prison have been subjected to solitary confinement. Perhaps the arrest of the former crown prince by the current crown prince fulfilled the hopes of those who suffered at his hands for years – but unfortunately, they had no power to arrest him, put him on trial or seek justice. 

Perverse revenge

In his own way, Mohammed bin Salman is punishing the deposed prince, but for different reasons. When the mafia fights its own battles within its own rank-and-file, the weakened society may achieve some perverse sense of revenge that is momentary and emotional. 

But both Mohammed bin Nayef and his empowered cousin, the crown prince, need to be put on trial for crimes against their own citizens. US intelligence services obviously want the devil they know, but many Saudis want justice for their lost sons and tortured relatives, who either linger in prison or have already been executed. Many of their corpses have yet to be returned to their relatives for proper burial. Biden must end Trump’s alliance with Mohammed bin Salman

Many of Mohammed bin Nayef’s old cronies and right-hand men are not only free, but have the gall to protest – among them Saad al-Jabri, who escaped to Canada and is now facing a court case for allegedly stealing billions of dollars when he was in charge of purchasing anti-terrorism and surveillance technology. The court case may shed new light on how the opaque and corrupt interior ministry conducted its affairs and plundered billions under the pretext of fighting terrorism. 

The day will come when the prosecutor, Mohammed bin Salman, will himself face a similar fate for his crimes against activists and dissidents. For now, the Biden administration remains silent on the crown prince’s present and future. It is unlikely that Biden will encourage his removal from office or openly challenge his abuse of human rights domestically. 

So far, Biden has a better record on pushing the crown prince to temper his adventurist foreign policies. It is easier for Biden to force him to seek reconciliation with Qatar, offer a peace treaty to Yemen’s Houthis, flirt with Iran via Iraq, and endear himself to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But when it comes to political reforms, a muted US is neither willing nor able to see the merits of promoting a process that will eventually lead the kingdom on a path to democracy. At the moment, US national interests are allied with those of an authoritarian crown prince, so why rock the boat.  

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.

Madawi al-RasheedMadawi al-Rasheed is visiting professor at the Middle East Institute of the London School of Economics. She has written extensively on the Arabian Peninsula, Arab migration, globalisation, religious transnationalism and gender issues. You can follow her on Twitter: @MadawiDr


Sana’a Sends Message to Sudanese Authorities Regarding Sudanese Prisoners

2020-01-31 09:23:16

Sana’a has sent a message to the Sudanese authorities the Sudanese prisoners who were fighting in the ranks of the coalition and were captured by the Army and the Popular Committees.

“We informed the Sudanese authorities through the ICRC that we have Sudanese prisoners, and that we are ready to hold negotiations with them for a swap deal,”  head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdulqader Al-Mortadha said. 

“We hope the Sudanese authorities will put pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to secure the release of their children,” he added.

On November 2, 2019, Al-Mortadha revealed that Saudi Arabia rejected an offer to receive the bodies of the dead Sudanese soldiers during negotiations with them through the United Nations.

“We offered to the Saudi side, a while ago during negotiation with them through the United Nations, to exchange a number of Sudanese soldiers’ bodies with the bodies of a number of our martyrs. But they refused, except in exchange for the bodies of Saudi soldiers,” he said.

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محور المقاومة :ربح بالنقاط في العراق ولبنان… والضربة القاضية بالنووي !

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خاض الأميركيون حربهم على محور المقاومة في ثلاث ساحات رئيسية، هي إيران ولبنان والعراق، بينما أصيب مشروعهم بالعجز عن الإقلاع في ثلاث أخرى هي سورية وفلسطين واليمن، حيث المسارات ترسمها قوى وحكومات محور المقاومة، وحيث الحلفاء الذين تعتمد عليهم واشنطن مصابون بالارتباك والعجز. فكيان الاحتلال أقوى حلفاء واشنطن غارق في متاهة سياسية انتخابية وحكومية وعجز عسكري متكرّر عن الإمساك بزمام المبادرة في فلسطين بوجه المقاومة، وفي اليمن المبادرة بيد أنصار الله، والأمن السعودي والإماراتي تحت رحمة ضرباتهم، وآخرها في مأرب زلزل حضورهم بالخسائر البشرية المؤلمة، بصورة أعادت مشهد ضربات مجمع آرامكو، بينما في سورية كل شيء في السياسة والميدان محور تحولات متسارعة لصالح مشروع الدولة السورية، من التموضع التركي إلى الحراك الكردي، وكل منهما يسابق الآخر نحو الدولة السورية، إلى معارك إدلب، ومسار اللجنة الدستورية، والعلاقة الروسية السورية وآفاقها، ورغم الوضع الاقتصادي الصعب تتحرّك الدولة السورية بقوة نحو معالجات وشراكات تتيح توسيع مجالات الحركة أمامها وتعزيز قدرات شعبها على الصمود.

الضغوط على الساحات الإيرانية والعراقية واللبنانية التي بدأتها واشنطن من بوابة الحصار المالي الخانق والرهان على الاحتجاجات والقدرة على توظيفها، بالتعاون مع حلفاء محليين، يتلقون تعليماتها أو يشتغلون لحساب مصالح خاصة تتقاطع مع الأهداف الأميركية، توّجت باغتيال القائدين قاسم سليماني وأبومهدي المهندس، لينفتح مسار المواجهة الأشد والأقسى بسقوف مرتفعة، وجاء السقوط الأول للرهان الأميركي في العراق بنهوض شارع واسع يتضامن مع قوى المقاومة ويطغى على الاحتجاج الحراكي الذي راهنت واشطن على تجييره، وشكل التحوّل الأبرز في جعل الساحة العراقية مفتوحة على خيار تعزيز مكانة قوى المقاومة، بربط ثنائية مشروع إخراج الأميركيين من العراق ورئاسة الحكومة الجديدة، على قاعدة التحالف مع السيد مقتدى الصدر، وهو تحالف يقترب من ترجمة هذه الثنائية، مع اقتراب تسمية رئيس حكومة بالتفاهم مع السيد الصدر وامتداده الحراكي الوازن، واقتراب موعد المليونية المناهضة للوجود الأميركي التي دعا إليها السيد الصدر وأيّدتها قوى المقاومة، ولا يستطيع أحد تجاهل حجم الرهان الأميركي على تحييد السيد الصدر من المواجهة، بل على كسبه في مواجهة عنوانها إخراج إيران لا أميركا من العراق.

في لبنان وبعدما راهن المشروع الأميركي على محاصرة قوى المقاومة بثنائية الحراك واستقالة الرئيس الحريري، نجحت عملية تسمية رئيس مكلف بتشكيل الحكومة يتمتع بمواصفات الصلابة والثبات ويمثل خلفية غير طائفية، وصاحب سيرة لم يستطع خصومه تظهير ثغرة يُعتدّ بها على صعيد تعامله مع المال العام خلال توليه وزارة بأهمية وزارة التربية. وبعد الرهان على تناقضات المصالح والأحجام والتوازنات داخل فريق المقاومة والحلفاء في تعزيز المصاعب بوجه تشكيل الحكومة، والضغوط المذهبية لدفع الرئيس المكلف للتراجع والاعتذار، تقترب الغالبية النيابية من الفوز بتشكيلة حكومية يطغى عليها التكنوقراط، ويصعب النيل من السيرة الذاتية لوزرائها رغم كثرة الكلام عن أنهم من المستشارين، لأن موقع التكنوقراط الطبيعي في حكومات سياسية هو أن يكونوا مستشارين، ويصيروا وزراء عندما تكون الحكومة من التكنوقراط. ومع إعلان الحكومة الجديدة سيتمّ طي صفحة وفتح صفحة في الحياة السياسية والتعامل مع الأزمات، وسيكون لفتح ملفات الفساد دور كافٍ في تحقيق توازن ردع لحماية الحكومة لأن المتفق عليه أن هذا الملف لن يسيَّس ولن يُترك مغلقاً وأن كل المتورطين ستتم مساءلتهم قضائياً بعد رفع الحصانات بموجب قانون.

التعامل الخليجي مع الساحتين العراقية واللبنانية لن يتّسم بالتصعيد بعد تشكيل الحكومة. فالحكومات الخليجية تخشى الانفتاح المالي القطري ومن ورائه السياسي التركي، ضمن التنسيق مع موسكو وطهران، والمواقف في عواصم الخليج تتحدّث عن عدم تكرار تجربة العزلة التي دفعت ثمنها غالياً في سورية بسبب العناد والرهانات الخاسرة، والمواقف الأوروبيّة لا توحي بما يُشاع عن نيات تصعيد بوجه الحكومة الجديدة مالياً، بل إن المؤشرات معاكسة، خصوصاً أن أوروبا والخليج تتّجهان لمحاولة فهم حدود الخطوة الإيرانية التي يتم التحضير لها على المستوى النووي، بعد الإعلان عن نية الخروج من معاهدة وكالة الطاقة الذرية للحدّ من الانتشار النووي، وليس إلغاء الاتفاق النووي فقط، وما لم يتم استدراك عاجل ومدروس أوروبياً وخليجياً بغطاء ضمني من واشنطن، فإن الكثيرين في عواصم أوروبا والخليج يتحدّثون عن كارثة مقبلة لا يمكن ردها حتى لو لم تذهب إيران نحو التراجع عن قرارها بعدم إنتاج سلاح نووي، لأنه يكفي بلوغ إيران عتبة امتلاك القنبلة الأولى تقنياً، كي تكون قد امتلكتها، وتلك ستكون الضربة القاضية التي تنقل إيران إلى مكان مختلف، على الأوروبيين والخليجيين أن يطرحوا على أنفسهم كيفية التعامل معها فيما الأميركي الغارق في الانتخابات وحساباتها، قد يفاجئهم بقرار انسحاب مموّه تحت عنوان هو إعلان النصر على الإرهاب ونهاية الحرب على داعش.

The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran (UPDATED 6X)

January 05, 2020

The Saker

The blowback has begun

First, let’s begin by a quick summary of what has taken place (note: this info is still coming in, so there might be corrections once the official sources make their official statements).

  1. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdl Mahdi has now officially revealed that the US had asked him to mediate between the US and Iran and that General Qassem Soleimani to come and talk to him and give him the answer to his mediation efforts.  Thus, Soleimani was on an OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC MISSION as part of a diplomatic initiative INITIATED BY THE USA.
  2. The Iraqi Parliament has now voted on a resolution requiring the government to press Washington and its allies to withdraw their troops from Iraq.
  3. Iraq’s caretaker PM Adil Abdul Mahdi said the American side notified the Iraqi military about the planned airstrike minutes before it was carried out. He stressed that his government denied Washington permission to continue with the operation.
  4. The Iraqi Parliament has also demanded that the Iraqi government must “work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason
  5. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad had turned to the UN Security Council with complaints about US violations of its sovereignty.
  6. Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the parliamentary resolution to end foreign troop presence in the country did not go far enough, calling on local and foreign militia groups to unite.  I also have confirmation that the Mehdi Army is being re-mobilized.
  7. The Pentagon brass is now laying the responsibility for this monumental disaster on Trump (see here).  The are now slowly waking up to this immense clusterbleep and don’t want to be held responsible for what is coming next.
  8. For the first time in the history of Iran, a Red Flag was hoisted over the Holy Dome Of Jamkaran Mosque, Iran.  This indicates that the blood of martyrs has been spilled and that a major battle will now happen.  The text in the flag says “Oh Hussein we ask for your help” (unofficial translation 1) or “Rise up and avenge al-Husayn” (unofficial translation 2)
  9. The US has announced the deployment of 3’000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne to Kuwait.
  10. Finally, the Idiot-in-Chief tweeted the following message, probably to try to reassure his freaked out supporters: “The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!“.  Apparently, he still thinks that criminally overspending for 2nd rate military hardware is going to yield victory…


Well, my first though when reading these bullet points is that General Qasem Soleimani has already struck out at Uncle Shmuel from beyond his grave.  What we see here is an immense political disaster unfolding like a slow motion train wreck.  Make no mistake, this is not just a tactical “oopsie”, but a major STRATEGIC disaster.  Why?

For one thing, the US will now become an official and totally illegal military presence in Iraq.  This means that whatever SOFA (Status Of Forces Agreement) the US and Iraq had until now is void.

Second, the US now has two options:

  1. Fight and sink deep into a catastrophic quagmire or
  2. Withdraw from Iraq and lose any possibility to keep forces in Syria

Both of these are very bad because whatever option Uncle Shmuel chooses, he will lost whatever tiny level of credibility he has left, even amongst his putative “allies” (like the KSA which will now be left nose to nose with a much more powerful Iran than ever before).

The main problem with the current (and very provisional) outcome is that both the Israel Lobby and the Oil Lobby will now be absolutely outraged and will demand that the US try to use military power to regime change both Iraq and Iran.

Needless to say, that ain’t happening (only ignorant and incurable flag-wavers believe the silly claptrap about the US armed forces being “THE BEST”).

Furthermore, it is clear that by it’s latest terrorist action the USA has now declared war on BOTH Iraq and Iran.

This is so important that I need to repeat it again:

The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran.

I hasten to add that the US is also at war with most of the Muslim world (and most definitely all Shias, including Hezbollah and the Yemeni Houthis).

Next, I want to mention the increase in US troop numbers in the Middle-East.  An additional 3’000 soldiers from the 82nd AB is what would be needed to support evacuations and to provide a reserve force for the Marines already sent in.  This is NOWHERE NEAR the kind of troop numbers the US would need to fight a war with either Iraq or Iran.

Finally, there are some who think that the US will try to invade Iran.  Well, with a commander in chief as narcissistically delusional as Trump, I would never say “never” but, frankly, I don’t think that anybody at the Pentagon would be willing to obey such an order.  So no, a ground invasion is not in the cards and, if it ever becomes an realistic option we would first see a massive increase in the US troop levels, we are talking several tens of thousands, if not more (depending on the actual plan).

No, what the US will do if/when they attack Iran is what Israel did to Lebanon in 2006, but at a much larger scale.  They will begin by a huge number of airstrikes (missiles and aircraft) to hit:

  1. Iranian air defenses
  2. Iranian command posts and Iranian civilian and military leaders
  3. Symbolic targets (like nuclear installations and high visibility units like the IRGC)
  4. Iranian navy and coastal defenses
  5. Crucial civilian infrastructure (power plants, bridges, hospitals, radio/TV stations, food storage, pharmaceutical installations,  schools, historical monuments and, let’s not forget that one, foreign embassies of countries who support Iran).  The way this will be justified will be the same as what was done to Serbia: a “destruction of critical regime infrastructure” (what else is new?!)

Then, within about 24-48 hours the US President will go on air an announce to the world that it is “mission accomplished” and that “THE BEST” military forces in the galaxy have taught a lesson to the “Mollahs”.  There will be dances in the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (right until the moment the Iranian missiles will start dropping from the sky.  At which point the dances will be replaced by screams about a “2nd Hitler” and the “Holocaust”).

Then all hell will break loose (I have discussed that so often in the past that I won’t go into details here).

In conclusion, I want to mention something more personal about the people of the US.

Roughly speaking, there are two main groups which I observed during my many years of life in the USA.

Group one: is the TV-watching imbeciles who think that the talking heads on the idiot box actually share real knowledge and expertise.  As a result, their thinking goes along the following lines: “yeah, yeah, say what you want, but if the mollahs make a wrong move, we will simply nuke them; a few neutron bombs will take care of these sand niggers“.  And if asked about the ethics of this stance, the usual answer is a “f**k them! they messed with the wrong guys, now they will get their asses kicked“.

Group two: is a much quieter group.  It includes both people who see themselves as liberals and conservatives.  They are totally horrified and they feel a silent rage against the US political elites.  Friends, there are A LOT of US Americans out there who are truly horrified by what is done in their name and who feel absolutely powerless to do anything about it.  I don’t know about the young soldiers who are now being sent to the Middle-East, but I know a lot of former servicemen who know the truth about war and about THE BEST military in the history of the galaxy and they are also absolutely horrified.

I can’t say which group is bigger, but my gut feeling is that Group Two is much bigger than Group One.  I might be wrong.

I am now signing off but I will try to update you here as soon as any important info comes in.

The Saker

UPDATE1: according to the Russian website Colonel Cassad, Moqtada al-Sadr has officially made the following demands to the Iraqi government:

  1. Immediately break the cooperation agreement with the United States.
  2. Close the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
  3. Close all U.S. military bases in Iraq.
  4. Criminalize any cooperation with the United States.
  5. To ensure the protection of Iraqi embassies.
  6. Officially boycott American products.

Cassad (aka Boris Rozhin) also posted this excellent caricature:

UPDATE2: RT is reporting that “One US service member, two contractors killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Kenya, two DoD personnel injured“.  Which just goes to prove my point that spontaneous attacks are what we will be seeing first and that the retaliation promised by Iran will only come later.

UPDATE3: al-Manar reports that two rockets have landed near the US embassy in Baghdad.

UPDATE4Zerohedge is reporting that Iranian state TV broadcasted an appeal made during the funeral procession in which a speaker said that each Iranian ought to send one dollar per person (total 80’000’000 dollars) as a bounty for the killing of Donald Trump.  I am trying to get a confirmation from Iran about this.

UPDATE5: Russian sources claim that all Iranian rocket forces have been put on combat alert.

UPDATE6: the Russian heavy rocket cruiser “Marshal Ustinov” has cross the Bosphorus and has entered the Mediterranean.

انفجار يستهدف عرضاً عسكرياً للمجلس الانتقالي و«أنصار الله» تؤكد الجهوزية لمرحلة الوجع الكبير في السعودية والإمارات


ديسمبر 30, 2019

علّق المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة التابعة لجماعة «أنصار الله» على عملية إطلاق الصاروخ الذي استهدف عرضاً عسكرياً أمس، في مدينة الضالع الخاضعة لسيطرة الانفصاليين الجنوبيين، مما أدى لمقتل ما لا يقل عن خمسة أشخاص وإصابة آخرين.

وبحسب موقع «المسيرة» التابع لجماعة «أنصار الله» قال متحدث القوات المسلحة: «نفذت قواتنا بنجاح عمليات نوعية واسعة شاركت فيها وحدات عسكرية مختلفة وأدّت إلى تحرير وتأمين مناطق واسعة».

وأوضح المتحدث: «من أبرز العمليات الواسعة عملية تحرير مناطق في الضالع وعملية نصر من الله بمرحلتيها الأولى والثانية وكذلك عملية عسكرية واسعة لم يُعلن عنها».

وقالت قوات الحزام الأمني اليمنية أمس، إن «صاروخاً أطلقته جماعة الحوثي المتحالفة مع إيران استهدف عرضاً عسكرياً في مدينة الضالع الخاضعة لسيطرة الانفصاليين الجنوبيين، مما أدّى لمقتل ما لا يقل عن خمسة أشخاص وإصابة آخرين».

وقال متحدّث القوات المسلحة: «نحن اليوم أقوى مما كنا عليه وسنكون أكثر قوة مما نحن عليه، وإيماننا بالله وثقتنا بنصره تجعلنا أكثر قدرة على مواجهة مختلف الظروف».

وأضاف متحدّث القوات المسلحة: «جاهزون لتنفيذ مرحلة الوجع الكبير إذا ما أصدرت القيادة توجيهاتها القاضية بتنفيذ العملية».

وتابع متحدث القوات المسلحة: «سنعتبر عمليات نهب الثروة اليمنية من البر أو البحر أعمالاً عسكرية عدائية تستوجب الرد المناسب».

مضيفاً: «ضمن المستوى الأول من بنك الأهداف 9 أهداف بالغة الأهمية منها ستة أهداف في السعودية وثلاثة في الإمارات».

ووقع تفجير بالقرب من منصة للضيوف أثناء العرض العسكري أمس، وأدى لسقوط كثيرين بين قتيل وجريح. وتحدثوا عن رؤية جثث في المكان.

ولاقى ما لا يقل عن خمسة أشخاص حتفهم وأصيب ثمانية بحسب أرقام سلطات الصحة المحلية التي نقلتها قوات الحزام الأمني وبيان صادر عن المركز الإعلامي المحلي للقوات التي تسيطر على الضالع.

وقال البيان إن «صاروخاً أصاب منطقة العروض التي تقام في حفلات تخرّج الدفعات العسكرية فور انتهاء المراسم التي شاركت فيها قوات الحزام الأمني».

وتسيطر قوات الانفصاليين الجنوبيين على مدينة الضالع التي تقع على الطريق الرئيسي بين الجنوب والشمال والذي يربط بين مدينة عدن الساحلية الجنوبية، الخاضعة لسيطرة حكومة هادي، والعاصمة صنعاء، التي يسيطر عليها الحوثيون. وتمر جبهة قتال عبر محافظة الضالع.

وأعلن الحوثيون في آب المسؤولية عن هجوم بصاروخ وطائرة مسيرة استهدف عرضاً عسكرياً في عدن، وهي مقر الحكومة المعترف بها دوليا، مما أدى لمقتل نحو 36 شخصاً على الأقل بينهم قائد بارز.

وأعلن مصدر عسكري يمني إفشال محاولة تسلّل لقوات التحالف السعودي على مواقع القوات المسلحة اليمنية شمال شرق مديرية حيس في الحديدة، مؤكداً «تدمير خمس آليات عسكرية لقوات الرئيس عبدربه منصور هادي في جبهة الظهرة بالجوف».

كما أعطبت ست آليات عسكرية كانت محملة بعناصر تابعة لقوات هادي والتحالف في صحراء الأجاشر قبالة نجران السعودية.

فيما شنّت طائرات التحالف السعودي 3 غارات على منطقة المدافن الحدودية بين جيزان السعودية وصعدة اليمنية.

القوات المسلحة اليمنية في حكومة صنعاء، قالت من جهتها إن «أي استهداف لليمنيين في مناطق الاحتلال شرق البلاد وجنوبها جريمة تتطلب ردّاً من قبلنا».

وأكدت «سنتعامل مع كل عملية للمرتزقة من قبل تحالف العدوان على أنها جريمة لكونها تستهدف يمنيين بغض النظر عن موقفهم».

صحيفة «26 سبتمبر» التابعة لوزارة الدفاع في حكومة صنعاء نقلت عن مصادر قولها، إن هذه الخطوة تأتي في إطار «التوجه الصادق للقيادة لتوحيد اليمنيين لمواجهة العدو الذي يجب أن يواجهه كافة اليمنيين وهو تحالف العدوان السعودي الأميركي».

وأشارت المصادر نفسها للصحيفة إلى أن القيادة في القوات المسلحة كانت قد اتخذت قرارات مهمة على هذا الصعيد، منها «صدور توجيهات للقوات المسلحة بإتاحة الفرصة لكافة المرتزقة للفرار باتجاهها حفاظاً على سلامتهم لكون العدو يقوم بتكليف ضباطه وجنوده في الصفوف الخلفية بإطلاق الرصاص على المرتزقة في حال فرارهم وتراجعهم عن القتال؛ ولهذا فعليهم الفرار باتجاه قواتنا التي ستتكفل بحمايتهم».

عضو المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن، محمد علي الحوثي تساءل في تغريدة له على تويتر «في أي مادة من الدستور اليمني جرم الاستعمار والارتزاق؟».

وقال الحوثي في تغريدة أخرى إن «السعودية تعاني اقتصادياً وإن ما تقوم به من حلول لم ولن يجدي وعليها الانصياع للسلام لتقليل فاتورة الحرب المجبرة على تسليمها لحلفائها في العدوان على اليمن».

سريع: العام المقبل سيكون عام الدفاع الجوي والنصر..

قال المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع، إنه في العام 2019 فرضت القوات اليمنية معادلات عسكرية جديدة تقوم على استراتيجيات الضربات المفاجئة.

وأضاف سريع في مؤتمرٍ صحافي أمس، استعرض من خلاله إنجازات العام 2019، أن القوات اليمنية اعتمدت «الردّ بالمثل على عمليات العدو بما يتناسب مع كل عملية وحجمها وهدفها ونتائجها».

سريع شدّد على أن «القوات اليمنية مستمرة بوقف إطلاق النار تجاه من ينسحب من المعركة ولا سيما إذا كان من المرتزقة»، مشيراً إلى «رفع مستوى الردّ على الجرائم التي تستهدف مواطنين بمن فيهم أهل جنوب البلاد وشرقها».

وأوضح أنه «في العام الحالي تم توسيع بنك الأهداف ليشمل أهدافاً حساسة وحيوية على طول وعرض جغرافيا دول العدوان».

ونفذّت القوات اليمنية خلال العام 2019، وفق سريع، 1686 عملية عسكرية من ضمنها 607 عمليات هجومية و1044 إغارة و35 عملية تسلل، في حين نفذّت وحدة «ضد الدروع» 1180 عملية.

وأضاف تصدّت القوات اليمنية لأكثر من 163 عملية هجومية و656 زحفاً و407 محاولات تسلل، فيما بلغ إجمالي عدد غارات «التحالف» خلال العام أكثر من 6534 غارة من بينها 3615 غارة على صعدة، كما أكد سريع، مشيراً إلى تعرّض 19 محافظة لغارات الطيران.

وفي عام 2019 تم قنص 228 جندياً وضابطاً سعودياً، بالإضافة إلى قنص 16050 مرتزقاً محلياً من بينهم 66 قائداً ميدانياً، وفق سريع.

وشهد عام 2019 حسب المسؤول العسكري اليمني، الإعلان عن منظومات صاروخية بالستية ومجنحة وسلاح جو مسيّر ومنظومات الدفاع الجوي.

وقال «أصبحت قواتنا المسلّحة تمتلك القدرة الكاملة على صناعة منظومات صاروخية متكاملة»، لافتاً إلى أن عام 2019 شهد صناعة أجيال مختلفة من طائرات دون طيار الهجومية والاستطلاعية.

وأضاف بلغ عدد إجمالي عمليات القوة الصاروخية 110 عمليات خلال عام 2019، شملت مراكز ومنشآت عسكرية للعدو داخل البلاد وخارجها، وتوزعت على الشكل التالي: 12 عملية بمنظومة قاصم و47 عملية بمنظومة بدر بجميع أجيالها، و3 عمليات بمنظومة بركان الباليستية، واحدة منها استهدفت هدفاً عسكرياً في منطقة الدمام السعودية.

وبلغت عمليات سلاح الجو المسيّر خلال هذا العام 2426 عملية، حسب سريع، منها 5 عمليات هجومية نوعية مشتركة مع القوة الصاروخية، و92 عملية نوعية منها عملية استهداف حقل الشيبة وعملية «العاشر من رمضان»، كما بلغ عدد العمليات المشتركة لسلاح الجو المسير مع سلاح المدفعية 46 عملية.

«عام 2020 سيكون عام الدفاع الجوي وعام النصر إن شاء الله»، وفق المسؤول اليمني، الذي أكّد أن العدوان «لن يستمر في البناء والتطوير على حساب معاناة الشعب اليمني».وتابع: «لا أمن ولا استقرار إلا بتوقف العدوان ورفع الحصار عن اليمن

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Yemeni forces imposed new military equations on enemy: Spokesman

Brigadier General Yahya Sare


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Yemen’s soldiers have adeptly managed to impose military equations on the Saudi-led coalition involved in a deadly campaign against the impoverished country, says the spokesman for Yemeni armed forces.

“Our forces are fighting battles of independence and liberation, and continue to carry out their tasks and duties in defense of Yemen and the Yemeni nation. They continue to strengthen their defense capabilities by liberating and securing expanses of land across Yemen and confronting the Saudi-led aggression and blockade. They have been able to impose new military equations on enemies based on striking strategies,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Sunday afternoon.

The official also lauded the military capabilities of the armed forces who, he said, have delivered unexpected blows to the enemy.

“Yemeni armed forces are able to give befitting response to all enemy military operations given their size and purpose, and target all hostile movements that constitute a threat to our forces, our people, and our country,” the spokesman added.

Saree said the armed forces of Yemen are fully prepared to strike nine strategic targets deep inside the territory of the aggressors, of which six are located in Saudi Arabia and the rest are in the United Arab Emirates.

“It is legitimate to respond with painful strikes as long as the (Saudi-led) coalition of aggression targets our people and our country… Military installations and hardware of the aggressors on our soil, in our territorial waters, and on our islands are legitimate targets for our forces.”

Yemeni army warns Saudi-led coalition against further Hudaydah truce violations

Yemeni army warns Saudi-led coalition against further Hudaydah truce violationsThe Yemeni army warns the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries against further violations of the ceasefire agreement on the port city of Hudaydah.

The high-ranking Yemeni military official also warned foreign companies against assisting enemies in plundering Yemen’s natural resources.

Saree went on to say that the next year would be the year of air defense; and Yemeni forces will work to develop their military industries and enhance their inventory of various types of weapons, chiefly strategic deterrence ammunition.

More than half the total number of the coalition attacks, the spokesman said, targeted areas in the northwestern province of Sa’ada. The figure stood at not less than 3,615 raids, he added. The northern province of Hajjah was exposed to more than 1,427 raids, while Sana’a province witnessed more than 424 attacks.

Saree underscored that Yemeni forces carried out 1,686 operations, including 607 offensive operations, 1,044 raids and 35 infiltrations, in the year 2019.

He said the Yemeni armed forces could intercept and target 69 coalition military aircraft, including seven fighter jets, nine unmanned aerial vehicles and 53 spy drones, during the mentioned period.

Yemeni forces hit gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Jawf with ballistic missile: Army

Yemeni forces hit gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Jawf with ballistic missile: ArmyYemeni forces have hit a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Yemen’s Jawf province with a ballistic missile, the army says.

According to the spokesman, Yemeni snipers carried out 16,643 operations, fatally shooting 228 Saudi troopers, 142 Sudanese mercenaries and 16,050 Yemeni militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

“Anti-armor units also conducted 1,180 operations, destroying 192 military vehicles with personnel and military equipment aboard, 138 armored vehicles, 40 military bulldozers, 40 tanks plus 155 heavy and medium-size machine guns.”

Missile attack on military parade in southern Yemen kills 10

Earlier on Sunday, a ballistic missile struck a military graduation parade of newly-recruited forces in the southern Yemeni province of Dhale, leaving ten people dead.

“The missile hit the guest platform just 20 minutes after the end of the military graduation parade, causing a huge blast,” said Fuad Jubary, a pro-Hadi military spokesman.

People inspect the site of a blast, which struck a military graduation parade in the town of Dhale, southern Yemen, on December 29, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

“All the high-ranking commanders had left the sports stadium just minutes before the explosion, so only soldiers were killed on the scene,” he said.

There has been no claim of responsibility so far.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives so far.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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Nasrallah: Trump is on the verge of a stroke over Iran, Yemen is now a threat for Israel

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on November 11, 2019, on the occasion of Hezbollah’s Martyr Day, commemorating the operation against the headquarters of the Israeli forces in Tyre on November 11, 1982, which killed 75 occupying officers and soldiers.

With the translation of an extract from the last speech of Sayed Badr al-Dine al-Houthi, leader of the Ansar Allah, and a report by Al-Mayadeen on Yemen facing Israel.


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[…] After having talked of martyrdom and resistance, allow me to come to the second part of my speech, where I’ll just mention two points concerning the situation in the region in order to have time then to talk about the situation in Lebanon. I will only mention two points that are of paramount importance. It’s been quite a while that I have not addressed the situation in the region, and there would be a lot of important things to say, but not having much time today, I will only address these two points.

The first point concerns Yemen, namely the historical position which was announced from Yemen by the courageous and dignified leader Sayed Abd-al-Malik Badreddine al-Houthi during these last days, yesterday or the day before yesterday, on the occasion of the celebrations in Yemen commemorating the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family, about the fight against the Israeli enemy. These statements have attracted the attention of the enemy’s leaders, and we also must mention them, as children of the Lebanese Resistance and peoples of Palestine and the region directly affected by the struggle against the Israeli enemy.

Two days ago, this noble jihadist leader announced in all clarity, in response to Israeli threats of strikes and aggression against Yemen, addressing a huge audience (millions of people), about which I will also say a word. He said that if Israel attacks Yemen, Yemen will retaliate by forceful strikes. Strikes of the utmost violence. Yemen will not abstain from retaliating, and will do so without hesitation. From where was this said? From Yemen. From San’aa. From Sa’ada. From the provinces of Yemen.

As well, he said that Yemen’s struggle against the Israeli enemy was based on their faith, religion, humanitarian values and ethical, moral and religious obligations. I say this because (our enemies) are always trying to present the struggle as a political struggle, a (mere) rivalry between states, etc.

What is the significance of these statements? More often than not do we hear speakers, Imams, Secretaries General of parties or groups of leaders from a particular location in the Arab-Muslim world, threatening the Zionists in their speeches. But with Yemen, it is much more than empty words because these threats come from the military leader of a front where the fighting has been raging for 5 years, who has been fighting (successfully) for 5 years against forces supported by the US, Britain and the West in general (France, etc.), against entire armies with their air force, enormous amounts of mercenaries, and very broad fronts.

This threat was issued by an officer commanding a front that now has weapons very modern and sophisticated, whether missiles, drones, etc., and who has the courage to use these missiles and these drones, and did use them on the ground, and challenged the whole world (by its devastating effects on the Saudi oil production). And while Yemen is abandoned, oppressed, and in self-defense.

This threat was issued by the leader of a front whose fighters are fighting on a great many fronts and achieve stunning victories in military terms, almost miraculous. The latest operation was the ‘Divine victory’ (which destroyed three entire brigades, with hundreds killed and thousands of prisoners from Saudi forces).

Therefore, we are talking about a leader who has high credibility, and has proven his ability to follow through on his threats. Because he always did what he said and what he promised.

The Israelis have been much attention to that. In the (history of the) Arab and Muslim world, there has been a lot of pompous but vain speeches, that have led to nothing, either in fact or even among Israeli leaders or media. But we have seen the profound effect this speech from Yemen two days ago had in the enemy entity. Why? Because it is issued by an extremely serious and credible force, which proved itself, earned its spurs (and stunned the world).

This is not something new from the Houthis, but it’s a very clear announcement, very frank and very strong, which greatly concerns Israel. This clearly announces the addition of a very important and very powerful element in the Axis of Resistance: Yemen. The Yemen of faith, wisdom, endurance, steadfastness, jihad and victories. This was announced in a clear and explicit way. And Yemen is quite capable of hitting Israel hard. The peoples of our region and the Resistance movements should be proud of this announcement, and welcome happily this new important and strategic element of strength. Because Yemen, the Yemeni position, the strategic importance of the Red Sea and Yemen’s ability to reach the enemy entity, as well as the secret al-Houthi kept regarding his intentions, and the targets and locations that would be hit with extreme strikes… All this is of great importance.

Also, the enemy must know that this is the new strategic environment he faces today, the every one he always feared and strived to prevent with the United States and the whole world (i.e. a military alliance of Arab-Muslim countries against Israel), so that our peoples would forget Palestine and hostility toward Israel, abandon this cause, be silent (against the oppression of the Palestinians) and reconsider (their relations with Israel). This is a new force that joins the ranks of the Resistance, a new country, in a new geographical area, with great credibility and great enthusiasm (for the Liberation of Palestine), battle-hardened, incredibly effective and with incommensurable courage, and this force now fully integrates the front of the struggle against Israel. It is a development of great importance. Some may not realize the importance of this event, but the Israeli enemy and the children of the Resistance are perfectly aware of it.

The other aspect of this point is the popular masses present at the event. It was not a simple press conference. I also want to stress in two minutes the importance of this popular massive presence. You may have seen these huge events, although most TV channels have ignored this these mass, millions-wide gatherings. Gigantic rallies, whether at San’aa, Jeddah … sorry, not in Jeddah (city of Saudi Arabia), maybe one day with God’s grace… At San’aa, Sa’da, Hajja, in different cities of Yemen, we could see these massive rallies that fill us with joy, without any camera manipulation transforming 1 000 people into 10 000 or 100 000. Hundreds of thousands of people attended, under the sun, in the middle of the day, for hours, standing or sitting on the bare floor and on the streets, not in a room, on chairs, in a place with air conditioning or anything like that, with the constant risk of an aerial bombardment, the country being at war (and with recurring massacres), but they sat for hours and listened to their leader, supporting his position and vision.

This huge rally, this spectacular scene, is a treat for me and amazed me: in the sun, a gathering so massive in conditions so difficult, demonstrates their boundless love for the Prophet Muhammad, God’s blessings be upon him and his family. This demonstrates the extent of their faith when we speak of the Yemen of faith.

Similarly, and I will conclude this point with that, this is a very strong political message: a whole people, after 5 years of (ruthless) war, tens of thousands of martyrs at least, between civilians and combatants, and hundreds of thousands of Yemenis threatened with death by cholera, disease, famine, etc., an economically and financially beleaguered country, and a government that has often not even enough to pay its civil servants, and is subject to the greatest difficulties, threats, intimidation, abandonment of all (with the exception of Iran and Hezbollah), but despite all this, they attend these commemorations so massively to affirm their commitment and determination, and directed this strong message to all the tyrants of the world: you strive to frighten & to despair our people, to send us backwards and see us sink into poverty, famine, poverty and blockade, to make us abandon our Prophet, our faith, our religion, our freedom, our dignity, our holy sites or our root cause (Palestine), but we will never do that, ever. The Yemeni people proves this, and addresses this message to the world.

And it’s the same for other peoples of the region. I say and repeat, this is where lies the secret of the strength of the Axis of Resistance to which we belong. An Axis whose real strength lies in his faith, his doctrine, his soul, his love for God and the Messenger of God, his belief in humanitarian causes, his belief in the importance of holy places (and the absolute need to liberate them), his high readiness for sacrifice.

All this does not depend at all on money or gains that we can secure, not any more than on achievements on a personal level, enjoyment or pleasure (the very things Trump wants to deprive us of through his maximum sanctions against Iran and Lebanon), even if they are legitimate quests in this world and the next, to which can legitimately aspire man and that he must achieve (for his comfort), but this does not weigh anything at all on our impulses, our principles and positions.

The other point (I want to mention) is the Islamic Republic of Iran. In recent months, the specter of a war (between the US and Iran) haunted the region. Everyone assumed it was inevitable, and some regional countries did all their calculations on the assumption of an American war against Iran. And I have already mentioned that unfortunately some Lebanese forces (Hezbollah opponents) also made their calculations based on this assumption.

I can say today that this possibility, even if I did not state categorically that it is 100% off the table, I can say that it strayed 99.99%. All countries, peoples and competitor Axes in the region must do their calculations on that basis. Whoever counted on such a war must forget this hypothesis. We see a change of rhetoric from several countries in the region and some Gulf countries that were hostile towards the Islamic Republic, but I will not give their names now.

Similarly, in this respect, Iran’s steadfastness became clear after all this time has passed since Trump left the nuclear deal and imposed severe sanctions on Tehran, but Iran stood firm and overcame this predicament. Of course, this does not mean that Iran does not face difficulties, but Iran managed to overcome them.

Today, strategic observers in the United States and the West, and even within the enemy (Zionist) entity, publish analyzes that argue that the strategy of Trump against Iran failed. For what was the Trump strategy? Exit the Iranian nuclear deal, impose sanctions on Iran, trying to make Iran collapse from within, put pressure on Iran and constantly threatening of imminent war to intimidate Iran and to make it come to the negotiating table. That was the Trump strategy.

The possibility of war is no more, Iran has held firm and overcame the difficulties (consecutive to the US withdrawal from the nuclear) Deal, and for a year, Trump has been holding the line, (waiting for Iran to call or pick up the phone), but he is deluded. It will never happen. This strategy has clearly failed. Today, Iran comes out powerful, strengthened, capable, dignified and ready to face (the challenges), to assume its leading role in the region and to support the causes and peoples of the region.

I recently read an amusing information, and I told myself that when Trump will learn about it, he will become enraged and have a heart attack. Because you know that all that matters for Trump, is oil and dollars, money, nothing else. We saw that in Syria, in the East of the Euphrates, he forsook his allies in the blink of an eye, while they had fought with him and alongside him, and he justified this move at length, saying that the Kurds had not fought at their side in Normandy (in 1944). This is a ridiculous argument.

But he eventually reconsidered his decision to withdraw US troops from the East of the Euphrates and maintained them. Why? For the Eastern oil fields of the Euphrates. For Trump, only oil matters. Do not believe that for him, oil is more valuable and more important than the rest, no: in his eyes, nothing else has any value at all. The human, even if he is an ally, a friend and a comrade, is worthless to him: Trump is ready to forsake him at any time.

I refer to the discovery of a huge oilfield in Iran: we all saw yesterday His Eminence the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sheikh Rouhani, who officially announced the discovery of a huge oil field, a priori containing 53 billion barrels of oil! 53 billion barrels of oil! It’s definitely a heart attack for Trump! I’ve done the math: if Iran extracts, when it begins to exploit these oilfileds with God’s grace, 1 million barrels per day, how long will it take for this deposit to be exhausted? How many generations will come to pass before it is exhausted? I will not give you the result in years because I’d be afraid to be mistaken in my calculations…

His Eminence (Rouhani) explained that the area of ​​the oil field is 2 400 square kilometers, is located in the Khuzestan region, south-west of the country, and that the width of underground oil layer is up to 80 meters. And most importantly, he stressed that the process of discovery of these oil deposits has been conducted by the National Iranian Oil Company, and extended from 2016 to last week. So it was made by an Iranian national company of experts and Iranian specialists (not foreign). I deliberately emphasized this aspect in view of what I will say then about the Lebanese situation [reference to a widely disseminated fake news according to which a Revolutionary Guard commander threatened to destroy Israel from Lebanon: Nasrallah stressed that Iran does everything by itself, and does not need to hide behind anyone)]

So, today, thank God, Iran comes out… Experts and economists believe that the value of the discovered deposit is estimated, based on the current price of oil, at more than 3 trillion dollars (3 billion billion dollars). For I must tell Trump about the number of barrels of oil and the dollar value, to make his heart attack complete…

In the Middle East, the core of the Axis of Resistance comes out of the risk of US war and overcomes the worst stage of its history more powerful and capable, and God Almighty bestows on this country these resources and this new horizon. […]

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Nasrallah about the war in Yemen: Saudi Arabia & UAE will be annihilated

Yemeni Resistance Retaliates to Saada Massacre, Targets Saudi Military Base with Ballistic Missile

By Staff

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced that the Yemeni Rocketry Force launched on Friday at noon a Badr-P1 ballistic missile on the 19th Brigade Command base of the border guards in Najran.

Saree stated that the targets were hit precisely and dozens of Saudi soldiers were killed and injured, including officers.

He further stressed that the operation comes in the course of the legitimate response to the Saudi regime’s crimes against Yemen, the last of which was the massacre of al-Raqou market in the Monabbih district of Saada province.

Member of Ansarullah Political Office Advises Saudi Regime to Stop Aggression on Yemen

Mohammed Al-Bukhiti

Member of Ansarullah Political Office Mohammed Al-Bukhiti, advised the Saudi regime to stop the war “to save face” and to respond to the President Al-Mashat’s initiative, warning of “more severe strikes than Aramco’s strike”.
“Targeting the Saudi depth will remain a nightmare unless the aggression against Yemen is completely stopped and the siege is lifted. Otherwise, the Saudi regime will wake up with a painful strike,” Mohammed Al-Bukhiti said in a television interview.

Al-Bukhiti  the Saudi regime, confirmed that “Sana’a presented the last initiative from a position of strength and not from a position of weakness.” Noting that “the initiative will not be displayed for long, and that stopping targeting the kingdom will not last if it remains from one side only.”

In his speech to Al-Jazeera, he commented on the coalition crime in which 17 civilians were killed and 21 others were wounded by bombing Ar-Raqou market in Sa’adah, saying: “The Saudi regime has been deliberately killing Yemeni civilians”.

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Video: Syrian State Media Says Explosions Heard in Damascus, Air Defence Systems Repelled Attack



Syrian air defence forces on Sunday repelled a “hostile missile” attack coming from the direction of the “occupied territories”, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported.

According to a Sputnik correspondent, at least two large blasts occurred in Damascus at approximately 23:15 local time (21:15 GMT).

Four cruise missiles were believed to have been launched through Lebanese airspace toward Syria, according to Reuters, citing an unnamed source.

According to multiple media reports, the attack may have been initiated inside Israeli territory.

No further details of the incident were immediately available.

Netizens have shared video of the alleged attack in social media.

In November, Syria’s air defence system detected and shot down several missiles launched by Israeli war craft toward military positions in southern Syria.

Following the incident, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system had identified and intercepted four rockets launched from Syria toward northern Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the Israeli attack targeted Iranian military positions in Syria and was in response to a shelling of Israeli territory from Syrian territory.

Israel and Iran have a fraught relationship due to allegations that the latter supports Ansar Allah, also known as Houthis, in Yemen; Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Palestine. Tel Aviv is actively working to undermine Tehran’s influence in the region, including by demanding that other nations sanction Iran.

Israel and Syria share a border along the disputed Golan Heights. The area has been mostly under Israel’s control after Tel Aviv seized the territory during the 1967 Six-Day War, annexing the territory in 1981. The Tel Aviv legal gambit to annex the Golan Heights has been rejected by the United Nations.

The military conflict raging in Syria since 2011 significantly de-escalated this year, and the main priority of Damascus and the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire – Russia, Turkey and Iran – are to ensure the safe return of refugees and a political settlement in the region.

المأزق السعودي في اليمن النفط مقابل العرش…!

ديسمبر 16, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

في ظل الحديث المتواتر عما بات يُسمّى باحتمالات وقف الحرب على اليمن أو فتح باب الحوار بين الرياض وصنعاء، ومدى جدية قوى تحالف العدوان في هذا الأمر.

فإن كل العلائم والقرائن والمؤشرات تفيد بزيف هذه الادعاءات، كما تفيد مصادر وثيقة الصلة بالملف اليمني!

وحتى نفهم تكتيكات نظام الرياض ونمط تعامله مع الحرب المفروضة على الشعب اليمني المظلوم والتي عمل النظام السعودي فيها بمثابة الأداة الطيعة بيد المعسكر الغربي المعادي لاستقلال اليمن وحرياته ننقل اليكم المشهدية السعودية كما هي في الميدان، وكيف أسقطها الصمود اليمني الأسطوري…

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كان الجنرال الإيطالي، جوليو دوهيت Giulio Douhet، هو أول من وضع نظرية القصف الجوي وأول من دعا الى صناعة قاذفات قنابل، بهدف نقل الحرب والعمليات الحربية الى عمق أراضي العدو وعدم اقتصار ذلك على جبهات القتال الحدودية، كما كانت تدار الحروب حتى بدايات استخدام الطائرات في عمليات القصف الجوي، خلال الحرب العالمية الأولى.

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وهذا بالضبط ما طبقته السعودية في تكتيكات عدوانها على اليمن، منذ 26/3/2016. اذ انها بدأت حملة قصف جوي أشبه بالقصف الجوي النازي لبريطانيا، إبان الحرب العالمية الثانية وقصف طائرات الحلفاء للمدن الالمانية، منذ سنة 1943 وحتى نهاية الحرب. ذلك القصف الذي لم يوفر لا شجراً ولا حجراً في كل أنحاء المانيا.

فقد قام سلاح الجو السعودي والإماراتي والإسرائيلي، بمساندة مباشرة أميركية بريطانية فرنسية، بشن ما يزيد على نصف مليون غارة جوية منذ بدء العدوان حتى اليوم.


لكن نجاح الحكومة اليمنية في صنعاء وقواتها المسلحة، بمساندة حركة أنصار الله، في استيعاب تأثير الصدمة، الذي كان يرمي اليه السعوديون منذ اليوم الاول للعدوان، والصمود الأسطوري للشعب اليمني العظيم قد أفشل تلك المخططات تماماً.


ليس هذا فحسب، بل إن القوات المسلحة اليمنية قد بدأت، ومنذ اليوم الأول في تطبيق تكتيك المناطق الحرام. أي المناطق التي يمنع العدو من دخولها تحت أي ظرف كان، وذلك لمنعه من إحداث خروقات عسكرية تؤسس لتصدّع خطوط الدفاع للقوات المسلحة اليمنية. وقد نجحت هذه التكتيكات نجاحاً باهراً ومهدت الطريق لخطوات هامة على مسارات العدوان على اليمن والتأسيس لإلحاق الهزيمة الاستراتيجية بمنفذيه، أي التحالف الاميركي الاسرائيلي السعودي.


وفي ظل الثبات في خطوط الدفاع، قامت القوات المسلحة اليمنية بتحديث مخزونها من مختلف الاسلحة، الصاروخية منها والمدفعية الصاروخية، الى جانب وسائل الدفاع الجوي، وبمساعدة بعض القوى العربية، التي لا ولن تعرفها قوى العدوان. والحديث هنا لا يجري عن إيران ولا عن الحرس الثوري الإيراني.

مما أدى الى وصول صناعة الصواريخ اليمنية الى مستوى من التطور العسكري الذي سمح لهذه القوات بفتح معركة نقل المعركة الى العمق السعودي، وذلك عندما بدأ سلاح الصواريخ اليمني بقصف المنشآت السعودية في مدن مثل الرياض وجدة، إضافة الى مدن الجنوب مثل أبها وجيزان ونجران.


وقد أدى هذا التطور الى انتقال الجيش والقوات المسلحة اليمنية من حالة الدفاع الإيجابي المستميت الى حالة الهجوم الاستراتيجي، باستخدام الصواريخ؛ الأمر الذي أدى الى إخراج سلاح الجو السعودي من المعركة تماماً، من خلال إبطال مفعوله على الأرض أولاً

ومن خلال بدء سلاح الدفاع الجوي اليمني بالتصدّي لطائراته، خاصة المروحيات وطائرات الاستطلاع، ثانياً.


في حين شكّل الهجوم الجوي الصاروخي اليمني، على مجمعات أرامكو السعودية في ابقيق وخريص، بتاريخ 14/9/2019، قمة النجاحات الاستراتيجية، في مسار الهجوم اليمني الاستراتيجي المعاكس. ذلك الهجوم الذي دمّر أجزاء كبيرة من تلك المنشآت وأوقف نصف إنتاج السعودية من النفط.

ولعل من المهم التنويه بآراء العديد من الخبراء والمحللين العسكريين والسياسيين، بمن فيهم الإسرائيليون، الذين يعتقدون او حتى يؤكدون بأن السعودية تواجه مأزقاً حقيقياً في اليمن مما دفعها، أكثر فأكثر، الى التقرب من “إسرائيل” في محاولة منها لتشكيل تحالف إسرائيلي سعودي معادٍ لليمن وبقية أطراف حلف المقاومة. الأمر الذي يرفض الانصياع لتبعاته صانعو القرار في واشنطن وتل أبيب، وذلك خوفاً من الخسائر التي قد تلحق بـ”إسرائيل” والمصالح الأميركية في المنطقة، في حال حصول أي مواجهة اقليمية.

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من هنا، وبناء على ما تقدم، فإن المصادر الأوروبية الدبلوماسية والأمنية، التي تتابع تفاصيل العدوان على اليمن، تؤكد أن سعي السعودية، الى الدخول في نوع من الحوار مع الحكومة اليمنية وحركة أنصار الله، لا يعبر عن تحول في خيارات الحكومة السعودية وإنما هو تعبير عن :

عجز تحالف العدوان عن تحقيق أية نتائج ميدانية وتيقنه من استحالة تغيير موازين القوى العسكرية في الميدان، خاصة أن محمد بن سلمان قد تلقى تحذيرات، من أكثر من جهة أميركية وإسرائيلية، مؤداها ان استمرار العدوان سوف يجبر القوات المسلحة اليمنية على توجيه المزيد من الضربات ضد أهداف استراتيجية سعودية. الأمر الذي قد يؤدي الى شلل الدولة السعودية.

وهنا يبدو أن ثمة محاولة محكمة من بن سلمان لتأمين فترة هدوء، او فترة سماح، كما يسميها البعض، لتأمين بيع عملاق النفط السعودي، شركة أرامكو، أي خصخصتها عن طريق بيعها لمستثمرين ماليين، وبالتالي نقل ملكيتها من الدولة السعوديه الى مستثمرين مختلفين لا نستثني منهم لا الأميركي ولا الإسرائيلي. خاصة أن محمد بن سلمان يروّج، من خلال الآلة الإعلامية السعودية الى أن قيمة أرامكو، في أسواق البورصة الدولية، ستصل الى تريليوني دولار.

وعلى ذمة محمد بن سلمان، وفِي ظل عدم وجود اية معلومات موثوقة، من جهات مالية دولية، حول قيمة الحصه التي تمّ بيعها من أرامكو، نقل وعلى ذمته فإن هذه القائمة بلغت ستة وعشرين مليار دولار.


وبغض النظر عن القائمة الفعلية أو الاسمية لهذه الشركة فإن استمرار الضربات الصاروخية اليمنية سوف يقضي على فرص بيعها، وبالتالي على فرص محمد بن سلمان في تقديمها قرباناً للسيد الأميركي على مذبح وصوله او إيصاله الى العرش السعودي. الأمر الذي يدفع الكثيرين من الخبراء لتحذير الجانب اليمني في صنعاء من الوقوع في فخ الهدنة، سواءٌ المؤقتة أو الطويلة الأمد، خاصة أن مَن يخطّط لبن سلمان هم خبراء أمنيون أميركيون وإسرائيليون يجيدون إضاعة الوقت وخلق الأوهام والكثير من السراب دون الوصول الى أي هدف.

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لذلك فإنهم يَرَوْن بان مواصلة الهجوم الاستراتيجي اليمني هو الطريق الأضمن والأقصر لوقف العدوان ورفع الحصار عن الشعب اليمني، وبالتالي هزيمة العدوان وردّ السيف الى نحره وتحرير كل شبر من أرض اليمن من قوى العدوان وصولاً الى تحرير الركن اليماني من العلو والاستكبار السعودي كما هو حلم كل يمني منذ عقود.

لكل نبأ مستقر ولكن يعلمون،بعدناطيبين،قولواالله.


Is Trump Preparing A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

Is Trump Preparing A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

By Simon Watkins –

A moment of monumental importance for US-Iran relations took place early last week when a high-level exchange of prisoners took place in Switzerland. can exclusively reveal that during the exchange the US, for the first time, made it clear that it would resume negotiations with Iran on the removal of sanctions “with no preconditions.”

Iran made it equally clear that it saw the prisoner exchange as the road to re-engaging in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] nuclear deal, without the removal of sanctions by the US being required beforehand. “This is the beginning of the end of this extremely dangerous global stand-off between the US and Iran,” a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry exclusively told last week.

Where we are now in US-Iran relations is a product of two key factors that have occurred in just over the past six months. The first of these was the absolute absence of any support for any meaningful US retaliation against Iran for either the downing of the US ‘surveillance’ drone in June, or the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Khurais oil field and the Abqaiq refinery in September.

In the case of the former, military retaliation was halted at the last moment, and subsequently John Bolton – the most insistent proponent of military action against Iran over the years – was fired as National Security Adviser. In the case of the latter, various high-level officials from the US State Department repeatedly tried to persuade US allies in NATO and other supposedly sympathetic states in the Middle East to take part in a joint naval task force to patrol the Strait of Hormuz, but to no avail.

This was followed by the decision from the US to effectively disengage from the rolling conflicts in Syria, even if it involved leaving its former allies in the fight against Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group], the Kurds, at the mercy of their longstanding mortal enemy, Turkey. Given the twin realization that the US was no longer willing to and/or could not meaningfully safeguard them and that Iran had everything to gain from further attacks on oil and gas targets in the region, Middle Eastern countries have been looking to row back on any hostility against Iran. Even the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Ansarullah in Yemen since 2015 have begun releasing jailed Ansarullah members in an attempt to bring some resolution to the conflict.

From the US side, there is the realization that, without the option to have an enduring [and costly in blood and money terms] military presence in multiple countries across the Middle East, it needs to have Iran on side to protect its political and energy interests there.

“Wherever the US withdraws, China increases its presence, with Russia close alongside, and the US is finding itself marginalized not just in Syria but also in Iraq and further East in Afghanistan by China and/or Russia, as these places are central to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ project and to Russia’s attempts to isolate the US internationally,” the Iran source told

“The US is looking at being left with just Saudi, which is not the force that it once was either in political or energy terms and a country that is deeply unpopular amongst many segments of the US, including in both Houses [Senate and Representatives],” he added. “Iran, on the other hand, with Rouhani, is relatively moderate and has enormous influence across the entire Shia crescent of power [Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria] and into Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he underlined.

This ties in to the second game-changing reason that portends an end to sanctions and a resumption of the nuclear deal…

From both perspectives, then, an agreement makes sense and the prisoner exchange “marks an extremely important signal that we on the road to a lasting and workable resolution,” said the Iran source. As important as the exchange – Iran released Princeton PhD student Xiyue Wang [accused of spying], detained since 2016, and the US dropped [spying] charges against Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani, who was arrested in the US in 2018 – was the rhetoric [and absence of rhetoric in interesting places] involved.

At the time of the exchange, US President Donald Trump Tweeted: “Thank you to Iran on a very fair negotiation… See, we can make a deal together!” Behind the scenes, US officials highlighted that Trump is willing to meet with Iran “without preconditions” and added that the administration was “hopeful [that the release of Wang] is a sign that the Iranians may be willing to come to the table to discuss all these issues.” Iran, in the meantime, signaled that it is willing to engage in more prisoner swaps and, crucially, according to the Iran source: “That it does not necessarily expect all sanctions to be removed before sitting down for negotiations with the Washington team.”

مؤشرات جديدة في المشهد الدولي والإقليمي

ديسمبر 10, 2019

ناصر قنديل

تستعدّ باريس لعقد اجتماع دولي برعاية فرنسية أمميّة مشتركة لدعم لبنان، مخصّصة لتأمين جرعات مالية سريعة، ونفي وجود شروط سياسية خاصة بتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة في لبنان، منعاً للانهيار الذي بات الاعتراف الغربي جامعاً بوصفه كخطر ممنوع وليس كهدف مرتجى. والاجتماع يضمّ الدول الدائمة العضوية في مجلس الأمن ومعها الاتحاد الأوروبي والأمم المتحدة والجامعة العربية بالإضافة إلى ألمانيا وإيطاليا، وبالتوازي تنعقد قمة رباعية روسية ألمانية فرنسية أوكرانية لوضع اللمسات النهائية على تفاهمات جديدة بين روسيا وأوكرانيا، يرجّح تتويجها بتبادل للأسرى، كما قال الرئيس الأوكراني المنتخب الذي يلتقي الرئيس الروسي للمرة الأولى، وتبدي فرنسا آمالاً بالنجاح في السير قدماً بتطبيق تفاهمات مينسك التي تجمع المشاركين في قمة النورماندي الخاصة بالأزمة الأوكرانية التي افتتحت باب التصعيد الغربي بوجه موسكو، وشهدت ضمّ روسيا لشبه جزيرة القرم، رداً على التصعيد، وشكلت مع الحرب في سورية ثنائية الأمن القومي الروسي، وميمنة وميسرة الهجوم الغربي على روسيا، وتبدو وقد قاربت نهايتها في سورية وأوكرانيا لصالح تكريس دور المرجعية الروسية، مع وقائع محلية استقلالية وطنية تأقلم الغرب مع قبول الاعتراف بشرعيتها، سواء شرعية الدولة السورية أو شرعية ضمّ القرم إلى روسيا او شرعية الخصوصية في الأقاليم الشرقية لأوكرانيا.

يصل بالتزامن وزير الخارجية الروسية سيرغي لافروف إلى واشنطن بدعوة من نظيره الأميركي مايك بومبيو، ويلتقي لافروف في ختام زيارته الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب. ومن المحتمل أن يتفق الجانبان على عقد قمة روسية أميركية في العام المقبل، وهو عام الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية، الذي يريده الرئيس الأميركي عام الإنجازات السلمية، وليس عاماً للتصعيد، وفيما يبدو خصوم واشنطن مستعدين لمنح الرئيس ترامب الهدوء الذي يحتاجه لا يبدو ترامب متعنتاً بشروط تعجيزيّة لتحقيق ذلك. ففي الملفين السوري والأوكراني تبدو الصورة أقرب للتسليم الأميركي للمرجعية الروسية رغم كل الكلام الأرعن للرئيس ترامب حول مبرّرات بقاء قواته في سورية وعلاقة ذلك بالنفط، أو كلامه عن أوكرانيا والعقوبات على روسيا، بحيث يبدو الملف الرئيسي للمفاوضات الروسية الأميركية بعيداً عن هذين الملفين وبعيداً أيضاً عن ملف فنزويلا التي تتواصل مفاوضات الحكومة والمعارضة فيها وتتقدّم. فالاهتمام الأميركي والروسي هو بالبحث عن مخرج محدود الكلفة المالية للعودة إلى التفاهمات الخاصة بالأسلحة الاستراتيجية بدلاً من سباق تسلح سيُضعف فرص نمو اقتصادات البلدين اللذين لا يعيشان وضع ثمانينيات القرن الماضي عندما كانت واشنطن في بحبوحة وموسكو في حال شحّ في الموارد.

في الإقليم تتبلور مشاهد مشابهة على الجبهة الرئيسية للتوتر. فالعلاقات السعودية الإيرانية تتجه نحو التفاوض المعلن عبر منصة مؤتمر الخليج الذي دعت إليه عُمان، والذي يتوقع توسّعه ليضم تحت مظلة الأمم المتحدة بالإضافة إلى إيران وجوارها الخليجي، الدول الدائمة العضوية في مجلس الأمن الدولي، بينما يتحدث السعوديون علناً بقرب إنجاز تهدئة في اليمن تتحوّل إلى تسوية، وتنشر وثائق مسقط للتفاهمات الخاصة باليمن وتظهر فرصاً حقيقية للتوافق، بعدما تثبت موقع أنصار الله ميدانياً كلاعب إقليمي حاسم، وصار الأمن السعودي مرتبطاً بوقف حرب اليمن، وتشكل المساعي الإماراتية نحو إيران وسورية تعبيراً عما تستعد له السعودية. بينما تستأنف المحادثات الأوروبية الإيرانية حول الاتفاق النووي وسبل إنعاشه وتتقدم، رغم الخطاب الإيراني الذي يزداد قوة وطلباً للمزيد.

على خلفيةهذا المناخ المعاكس لمناخ ما قبل شهرين، تدور أحداث لبنان والعراق، وقد بدأت هذه الأحداث بينما كان يجري التحضير لتفجير الوضع في إيران. وتبدو اليوم أضغاث أحلام. ففقدت الأحداث في لبنان والعراق رغم أسبابها الوجيهة محلياً في البلدين، وظيفتها الدوليةوالإقليمية، لكنها خرجت عن السيطرة برفع السقوف وما رافقها عراقياً من تصعيد دموي، وما رافقها لبنانياً من تكسير لبيض التسويات، بهدف قلي عجّةالمواجهة،وصارت السياسةذريعة لتبرير الحاجة للوقت للنزول عن الشجرة.

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Shocking Figures of Saudi Losses in its War Against Yemen



Losses of Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen amounted to $ 725 billion so far, Foreign Policy revealed. If these funds were spent on the rise of Saudi Arabia, it would have been risen and developed, it added.

The Saudi aggression against Yemen caused it an economic recession and grumbling by the various industrial and commercial sectors, in addition to the disintegration in the ruling family after the imprisonment of its most important symbols in the Ritz Hotel and the resultant smuggling of funds to outside.

This large amount was spent to kill Yemeni children and women and destroy infrastructure, the Foreign Policy report said, Saudi money was also used to kill Syrians and destroy their country.

Thousands of civilians, children, women and old people have been victimized by this aggression without achieving any real military achievements, it added. Indeed, the war has cost Saudi Arabia huge sums that will make it stand on the brink of bankruptcy.

The magazine published in its report some fine details, for example, it spoke about the costs of two warships followed by six accompanying frigates, indicating that the ship’s rent is $ 150 million per day, that is, “300” million dollars per day for the two warships and their dependencies. The warship carries 6,000 soldiers with their equipment, 450 aircraft with their pilots and also has long-range cannons and missiles, meaning that the total costs of the two ships with their accessories amounted to 54 billion dollars within 6 months.

The costs of the expenses of two satellites for military purposes of one hour is one million dollars. With a simple calculation, we find that the cost of the two satellites per day is 48 million dollars, or one billion and 440 million dollars during one month. If you multiply it by six months it will cost 8 billion and 640 million dollars. Analyzing, displaying and extracting information from the images and data of the military satellites would cost $ 5 million per day for the satellite, or $ 10 million per day, or $ 300 million per month, bringing the amount to one billion and 800 million dollars within six months.

The cost of the AWACS aircraft is $ 250,000 in an hour, or $ 6 million per day, equivalent to $ 180 million per month, or one billion and $ 80 million within six months.

So far, the Saudi aerial aggression have carried out approximately 35,000 raids on Yemen launched by more than 150 aircraft, during which they cast 140,000 missiles on mostly civilian and populated targets, with their forms and types, including internationally prohibited; 40,000 small-sized missiles, each with a cost of 150,000 dollars, totaling 6 billion dollars, 50,000 medium-sized missiles, each with a cost of 300,000 dollars, with a total of 15 billion dollars, and 50,000 large-sized missiles with a cost of one Of which 500 thousand dollars, totaling 25 billion.

Air supply and aviation fuel: the cost of maintenance, spare parts and kerosene for each aircraft in a single raid is $ 150,000, the total number of raids would cost $ 5 billion.

Weapons deals: Al Saud regime purchased US-made weapons with $ 150 billion, in addition to training, maintenance and spare parts for five years. It purchased aircraft from France worth 36 billion. The Saudis also paid $ 26 billion to purchase French Rafale fighter jet as a gift to Egypt.

Saudi Arabia has lost 300 tanks and armored vehicles of the latest types on the border since the beginning of its aggression against Yemen.

The Kingdom grants the US and the European Union oil at reduced prices for a period of 3 months, and since the US imports approximately 10 million barrels per day from the Gulf states, the difference is $ 150 million per day, and the total amount reaches $ 13 billion within 3 months, most of it is Saudi. As for the European Union, the size of the discount reached nearly 4 billion dollars.

The American magazine report concludes that the approximate total of what Saudi Arabia has spent since the beginning of its war on Yemen amounted to $ 725 billion

As Yemen Starves, Billions in Donor Funds Fill the Coffers of International Aid Agencies

By Ahmed AbdulKareem


Of the billions of dollars pouring into Yemen from international donors, only a trickle is actually reaching the people who need it the most reports Ahmed AbdulKareem.

SANA’A, YEMEN — The phenomenon of mercenarism in the impoverished Arab country of Yemen is not limited to the foreign fighters joining the Saudi-led coalition for money, but also includes UN relief organizations, international agencies, and their local partners who are ultimately denying Yemenis the food, healthcare, money and other aid they urgently need. Regardless of their goodwill.

According to a recent report, every ten minutes a child under the age of five dies from extreme hunger in Yemen, while six newborn babies lose their lives every two hours as a result of the continued deterioration of the health situation in the country. This, at a time when the country is riddled with aid agencies.

There are 22 million Yemenis in need of relief, including seven million at risk of starvation, and nearly two million children on the verge of dying from malnutrition according to UN reports, despite the massive sums of money allocated to Yemen from both the international community and regional organizations.

Moreover, 100,00 people die every year in the country as a result of diseases and epidemics, most of them children. Now, four years after the flow of donor funds into the war-torn country, these diseases and epidemics are increasingly emerging where aid, particularly medical assistance, was supposed to prevent their expansion.

According to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), poverty in Yemen has jumped from 47 percent of the population in 2014, before the war began, to a projected 75 percent by the end of 2019. That figure betrays the reality on the ground and suggests that donor money is simply not reaching Yemenis in need.

In 2018, the UN praised international donors for raising large amounts of money to tackle Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. Almost all of the $3 billion pledged has been either received by the UN or formally committed. In 2017, when the first pledging conference for Yemen was held, 94 percent of the pledges, $1.1 billion, was fulfilled, according to the UN.

However, this year, the United Nations announced that humanitarian needs in Yemen for this year amount to $2.96 billion, $2.1 billion of which has already been collected, while other countries pledged the remaining amount.

Where does the aid money go?

The United Nations annually declares and approves a public response plan involving local authorities including Yemen’s National Authority for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Recovery (NAMCHA).

By investigating official documents of the annual public response and its actual outcomes, as well as tracking the flow of millions of dollars of supplies and funds from aid programs, it becomes apparent that most donor funds go to the coffers of UN relief organizations and international and local NGOs. In other words, more than seventy percent of the aid is stolen off the top.

That money is distributed to dozens of UN agencies, international organizations and local NGOs. The largest recipients include the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

According to budget lists in the UN’s annual public response, 15-20 percent of grants are taken in the form of dues before they reach Yemenis. Then, an additional 45-60 percent of the grants go to relief organizations to cover operating and support expenses.

Yemen Food Aid

he scant food supplies of a displaced family hangs on the wall of a home in Lahj, Yemen, Feb. 11, 2018. Nariman El-Mofty | AP

Moreover, a review of the UN budget shows that grant money allocated to Yemen has been wasted on projects that are not a part of the UN’s annual public response plan. That money is supposed to go towards serving the needs of Yemenis based on research by civil society organizations and local authorities.

At a time when hundreds of residents, mostly women and children, die every day due to shortages of food and medicine, millions of dollars are being funneled into reproductive health projects such as the International Child Welfare Organization’s reproductive health project with a budget of $4,592,632 to distribute contraceptives and educational sex dolls.

The Yemeni minister of public health and population, Taha al-Mutawakel called on the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to clarify the fate of funds allocated to Yemen. Al-Mutawakel bemoaned how aid money has been squandered on cars and services instead of alleviating the sufferings of Yemenis. “Stop shedding tears for our children who get killed, whilst there is no credibility whatsoever in your international reports and they do not help assuage this tragic situation, he said from inside the Sabeen Maternal Hospital in the capital Sana’a.

 We are not demanding toys and video game consoles, but we are calling for incubators and other related devices to give children the right to life.”


Relief agency corruption trickles down to Yemen’s locals

Further analysis of public documents shows that a portion of aid money goes to the accounts of UN relief organizations via its procurement policy. Those organizations often allot excessive amounts of money to buy imported products, yet often end up buying those products from local markets or from abroad at lower prices than specified in their detailed humanitarian plan.

For example, in 2019, the World Food Program (WFP) budget included money to purchase 70 million liters of diesel at 92 cents per liter, for a total cost of $64.5 million. However, the domestic market price for diesel in just 75 cents per liter and the organization buys the diesel from Yemen Oil Company at the local price according to official agreements which have been reviewed by MintPress. That disparity means that a staggering $21,700,000 will end up in WFP coffers.

Relief organizations that have diverted donated food, medicine, fuel and money from desperate Yemenis amid their country’s five-year war also receive significant financial benefits by leveraging currency exchange rates. The procurement process and projects carried out by many of these organizations are paid for in local currency, not in U.S. dollars. In this way, organizations save substantial sums of money by engaging in a sort of currency speculation.

In addition, organizations workers have been caught selling relief items to local merchants who then trade them on the black market. Two merchants, as well as eyewitnesses, confirmed to MintPress that they were sold relief items bearing the WFP’s logo by the organization’s workers. Some residents engage in the sale of these items out of desperation and the need for money for medical treatment or to pay rent according to residents who spoke to MintPress.

Moreover, the scant food aid which millions of Yemenis rely on for their daily sustenance often doesn’t reach people until it is already expired, by that time often crawling with worms and cockroaches because of lack of proper storage facilities, constant power outages, or long hours in transport. Rotten food aid is sometimes burned as it is not fit for human consumption. To make matters worse, coalition forces have bombed bridges linking Yemen’s main port in Hodeida with Sana’a, the capital city, which has meant trucks loaded with vital supplies have to take other routes adding many hours to the journey.

Yemen Aid

The aftermath of a Saudi airstrike on a truck carrying UN World Food Program aid in Saada, February 11, 2019. Photo | Ali al- Shorgbi

Current conditions on the ground are seriously hindering the delivery and distribution of aid as the Saudi-led coalition is enforcing a commercial blockade on sea and air routes into the country, and placing restrictions on relief supplies where aid is subject to long inspection delays and in some cases, rejected altogether. The fate of the rejected aid is not known.

Inflated salaries and internal waste

Aid money isn’t just being squandered away on expired food and operating expenses. Some relief organizations, which often do not provide detailed financial reports on how aid money is spent, are riddled with financial mismanagement, corruption and nepotism. Donor money often goes to pay the inflated salaries of senior staff of international organizations, particularly to UN relief agency workers. The salary of just eight staff at the World Food Program in Yemen amounted to around $50 million.

According to the outcomes of a project for internally displaced people (IDPs) implemented by the UNHCR, the percentage of staff salaries, expenses and additional petty cash, which included the hiring of cars and houses for staff, makes up 64.3 percent of the project’s total budget. Just 35.7 actually went to IDPs. The salary of the manager for another UNHCR project implemented by the CARE organization reached $15,500 per month, although his contract stipulates a salary of $9,500 per month. Other documents showed his salary at $11,500 per month.

Yemen’s National Authority for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Recovery (NAMCHA) said there has been a deliberate waste of humanitarian aid funds allocated to the people of Yemen which amounts to a total of $4.2 billion, despite the humanitarian needs the Yemeni people not being met in 2019.

The United Nations has admitted to some incidents of corruption by aid workers, including a case in which a dozen of its aid workers enriched themselves from the billions of dollars in donated aid flowing into the country as well as from financial mismanagement.

In one particularly egregious case uncovered by the Associated Press, UN World Health Organization (WHO) employee Nevio Zagaria, an Italian doctor, arrived in Yemen in December 2016 after a four-year stint in the Philippines to lead the agency’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen. According to the AP’s investigation, the WHO’s Yemen office under Zagaria was riddled with corruption and nepotism.

Zagaria brought in junior staffers who worked with him in the Philippines and promoted them to high-salary posts that they were not qualified for. Two of them – a Filipino university student and a former intern, were given senior posts but their only role was to take care for Zagaria’s pet dog.

Even American organizations, whose work in Yemen carries an heir of exceptionalism since the United States in the largest single supplier of lethal weapons, information, and experts to the Saudi-led Coalition, has given Yemenis little more than crumbs. For example, in two projects implemented by American World Communities Organization, as well as a project from the American Mercy Corps, only 25 percent of aid went to people in need, while 75 percent went to the organizations and their workers.

The loss of donor funds by organizations is not without precedent. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) froze more than $239 million of funds intended for Syrian aid programs due to significant fraud after it investigated 25 reported cases, some two-thirds of which were directly related to outright theft and fraud. As in Yemen, most of the $5.5 billion in American aid was distributed through the United Nations and a host of partner organizations.

The simultaneous funding of war and aid

Areas along the frontline of Yemen’s ongoing war, such as the country’s western coast as well as border areas, are a priority for many relief organizations. Yet those organizations often provide little in the way of humanitarian support and instead have been found to be gathering intelligence or recruiting new fighters on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition, according to local residents. Many relief agencies have paid huge sums of money to the heads of local tribes. Two Yemeni tribal leaders, known locally as sheiks, told MintPress on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject, that they received payments from Mercy Core as an incentive to carry out secret tasks for the Coalition. The nature of those tasks was not revealed.

According to documents reviewed by MintPress and interviews with employees of relief organizations as well as eyewitnesses who spoke to MintPress, many organizations are working with groups classified by the United States as terrorists, including Ansar al-Sharia, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). For Example, the American Mercy Core allegedly contracted Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen’s Abyan province through an unauthorized Somali merchant to supply the group with foodstuffs and money.

Last week, authorities in Sana’a detained a number of U.N. humanitarian workers accused of spying, including two Jordanians who have since been released. Authorities accuse UN relief organizations of funding and conspiring with intelligence services to secretly target Yemenis, along with importing expired drugs and withholding fuel shipments.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that two of its citizens conducting a humanitarian audit in Yemen were released and later flown home. The World Food Program, for its part, said that none of its workers were being held by authorities in Sana’a.

Amongst the largest donors and financiers of U.N relief organizations are the very same countries participating in the war on Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and supported by the United States.

Saudi Arabia United Nations Donation

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presents a donation to the UN’s Antonio Guterres during a meeting about Yemen, March 2018. Dennis Van Tine | IPx

Most of these organizations’ workers have political loyalty to ousted president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, or to the UAE or Saudi Arabi.

As a result of the lack of neutrality of a number of organizations, many Yemenis have not only been denied humanitarian aid, the risk to aid workers working in the country has grown. Last week, UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Ursula Mueller warned the Security Council that attacks on aid workers have escalated in Yemen.

Corruption undermines the trust of civilians and donors

A number of Yemenis that spoke to MintPress said that they are not receiving any humanitarian assistance. Fatima, a 45-year-old mother of four, said she had not received food or medicine from aid organizations in four years. Fatima suffers from Inflammation of the spinal cord and relies on aid to get by. “No organization has helped us, where does the money go?” she asked.

Yemenis activists say that relief organizations, including UN organizations, are making a fortune in Yemen, asking the UN and international agencies to provide financial reports on how hundreds of millions of dollars that have been poured into Yemen since 2015 have been spent.

For its part, NAMCHA has called for the formation of an international committee to investigate the corruption of international organizations working in Yemen. However, the UN puts much of the blame on the Houthis, saying they have diverted donated food, medicine, fuel and money from desperate people over the course of the country’s five-year war.

The UN accuses the Houthis of corruption and stealing food and medicine for its own use. Yet most of the money squandered during humanitarian operations has been lost in the financing of marginal projects, procurement, transport and the distribution of medicines, food, and building materials, responsibilities which lie exclusively with relief organizations according to Transparency International.

The corruption of international relief organizations, as well as the bias they seem to harbor, undermines the trust of Yemen’s civilians on multiple levels. War-weary people don’t trust aid agencies to provide assistance and local authorities don’t trust the principled rhetoric around impartiality. Ultimately, this leads to donors not trusting that their money will reach the people who need it most.

US Reportedly Finds ‘Significant Cache’ of Iranian Missile Parts Being Smuggled to Houthis by Boat

An Iranian woman looks at Taer-2 missile during a street exhibition by Iran's army and paramilitary Revolutionary Guard celebrating Defence Week marking the 39th anniversary of the start of 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, at the Baharestan Square in Tehran, on September 26, 2019


Anonymous US officials reported the seizure of a “significant cache” of missile parts by a US destroyer in the Gulf of Oman last week, with the weapons reportedly being linked to Iran and suspected of being smuggled to the Houthis in Yemen. The report comes amid backroom peace talks to end the war in Yemen.

The USS Forrest Sherman seized missile parts found onboard a boat in the Gulf of Oman last week, an anonymous US official told the Associated Press Wednesday. The official said the weapons were linked to Iran and believed to be bound for Yemen and the Shiite Houthi militant movement there.

The anonymous official did not say how many missiles or parts were found, only that a small wooden boat had aroused US suspicion by not flying a country flag, prompting the destroyer to stop and search it.

‘Fake and Fabricated’ Accusations

The US and its allies have accused Tehran of supporting the Houthi movement before, claiming Iran is fighting a proxy war against its regional rival Saudi Arabia, which has waged a bloody war in Yemen against the Houthis for nearly five years.

In December 2017, then-US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called the “smoking gun” of Iranian support for the Houthis: pieces of a missile fired at Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid International Airport just outside the capital of Riyadh, which she claimed were of Iranian origin.

Iran’s envoy to the UN at the time, Gholamali Khoshroo, said the accusations were “fake and fabricated,” an attitude generally shared at the time even by US allies. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, later explained the Houthis had overhauled older missiles themselves, turning them into more potent weapons.

Washington renewed the accusation in June 2019 following the downing of a US drone over Yemen by Houthi forces. The US said the anti-air missile that struck the drone had been provided to the Houthis by Iran, but as Sputnik reported, the old, Soviet-made weapon was sold to dozens of nations decades ago and could have been bought anywhere.

US allies split in September over the issue of who carried out the aerial attack on two Saudi Aramco petroleum sites in eastern Saudi Arabia: Washington claimed the missiles were fired from Iran, while Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz claimed the Houthis carried out the attack, as the group itself claimed, but at Tehran’s orders.

The Houthis have been fighting a war against the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015, when the group forced Yemeni President Adrabbuh Mansur Hadi out of office. The Zaidi Shiite group represented a diverse alliance of Yemenis disaffected by Hadi’s federalization plans and slashing of state welfare benefits, both of which hit the northern border areas the Houthis call home extremely hard. The Saudis claim to be defending the Yemeni government’s sovereignty, but they and their chief partners, the United Arab Emirates, have also found erstwhile allies in the radical Islamist militias active in Yemen, including Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which now controls much of the country’s southeast.

Via Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, US weapons have been found in the hands of these militias in large numbers, including American MRAP anti-mine vehicles, French LeClerc main battle tanks and Agrab Mk2s, a unique vehicle of South African design.

Peace Deal in the Works

Sputnik reported last week on peace talks between the Houthis and Saudis being quietly hosted by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Muscat and accompanied by large prisoner exchanges.

Former Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi told Foreign Policy that handling of the peace talks by Saudi Vice Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman, brother of de facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reflected “a commitment to a final comprehensive peace … and a realization that there is no military solution to the conflict. I believe Prince KBS hopefully has come with a new vision to put an end to a costly war which has created great regional stability.”

“The war has exhausted Saudi Arabia financially, and the worsening military situation in its south is not in its best interest,” Nabeel Khoury, the former deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Sana’a, told the US-based outlet Al-Monitor for an article published on November 26. “The fact that Prince Khalid has been assigned the Yemeni dossier is positive because it is a complicated issue and it needs a full-time decision-maker who Mohammed bin Salman trusts.”

An estimated 91,000 Yemenis have died as a result of the war, most of them civilians killed by the humanitarian catastrophe created by shortages of food, medicine and clean water. Despite the Saudi air campaign, the Houthis have gone on the offensive in the last year, conducting deeper strikes inside Saudi Arabia that targeted airfields, petroleum facilities and other sites.

اليمن: ضغطٌ سعوديٌ لإنشاء منطقة عازلة

اليمن: ضغطٌ سعوديٌ لإنشاء منطقة عازلة

أثناء عودة أسرى «أنصار الله» المفرَج عنهم من السعودية إلى صنعاء قبل أيام (أ ف ب )


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الإثنين 2 كانون الأول 2019

فيما يبدو أن محاولاتها انتزاع موافقة «أنصار الله» على إنشاء منطقة عازلة بين السعودية واليمن تبوء بالفشل، تعود الرياض مجدداً إلى التصعيد في الحدّ الجنوبي، وتحديداً في جبهات عسير وجيزان، في مسعىً منها لإحراز تقدّم على الأرض، يخوّلها انتزاع مكاسب في المشاورات الدائرة مع قيادة صنعاء

صنعاء | بالسلم أو بالحرب، تجتهد السعودية في تحقيق حلم المنطقة العازلة على حدّها الجنوبي. فبعد أيام من رفض وفد صنعاء التفاوضي في مسقط أيّ نقاش حول مطالب سعودية بوجود تلك المنطقة بين البلدين، صعّدت الرياض عسكرياً في جبهات عسير وجيزان الحدودية، محاولةً إحراز أيّ تقدّم في محافظتَي حجة وصعدة، ملقيةً من أجل ذلك بكلّ ثقلها العسكري، ومستخدِمةً فيه مختلف الأسلحة الحديثة، أملاً في إحداث اختراق يمكن صرفه مكاسب في المشاورات الجارية في السرّ والعلن مع «أنصار الله». إلا أن الردّ اليمني جاء كما لم تتوقّعه السعودية التي حشدت لهجومها الأخير مئات العناصر السلفيين وقوات سودانية فضلاً عن كتائب من «الحرس الملكي». كلّها تعرّضت لمقتلة كبرى في جبهات جيزان أول من أمس.

لم تغفل صنعاء، طيلة الفترة الماضية، عن أن مشاورات السلام قد تكون خدعة، وأن السعودية ربما تحاول استغلال الهدوء الذي خيّم على جبهات الحدّ الجنوبي خلال الأسبوعين الفائتين لترتيب صفوفها وتنفيذ هجمات جديدة. تيقّظٌ بدا واضحاً خلال اللقاء الذي جمع قبل حوالى أسبوع رئيس «المجلس السياسي الأعلى» في صنعاء مهدي المشاط ووزير الدفاع في حكومة الإنقاذ اللواء محمد ناصر العاطفي، والذي تم التشديد فيه على الاستعداد لمواجهة أيّ تصعيد من قِبَل تحالف العدوان. وهو ما تُرجم سريعاً خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، حيث حاول «التحالف» تنفيذ عملية عسكرية في مديرية حرض التابعة لمحافظة حجة، متخذاً من منطقة الطوال السعودية وقرى حدودية أخرى مرتكزاً للهجوم الواسع الذي قوبل من قِبَل الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية بردّ أفقد المهاجمين توازنهم وأجبرهم على العودة إلى مواقعهم.

بالتوازي مع ذلك، كثّف «التحالف» قصف القرى والمناطق الحدودية في محافظة صعدة بالمدفعية الثقيلة من داخل الأراضي السعودية. كما شنّ طيران العدوان عشرات الغارات الجوية على محافظتَي حجة وصعدة، ما أدى إلى مقتل وإصابة عشرات اللاجئين الأفارقة إثر قصف مدفعي سعودي استهدف تجمعاتهم في منطقة الرقو في مديرية منبه الحدودية الأسبوع الماضي. وتعرّضت مديريتا باقم والظاهر في صعدة، هما الأخريان، لسلسلة غارات عنيفة أواخر الأسبوع الفائت. وترافق تكثيف الغارات الجوية مع تصعيد على الأرض، حيث شهدت جبهات عسير وجيزان محاولات من قِبَل القوات الموالية لـ«التحالف» لإحراز تقدّم، وتحديداً في حرض وميدي وحيران، إلا أن الجيش واللجان تمكّنا من إفشال هذه المحاولات بعد معارك عنيفة، وأحرزا تقدّماً في الجبهات الثلاث المذكورة، والتي يسعى «التحالف» إلى إحداث اختراق من خلالها باتجاه الحديدة، تزامناً مع الاختراقات المتواصلة من قِبَل الميليشيات الموالية للإمارات هناك، والتي تعدّها صنعاء تهديداً خطيراً لاتفاق السويد. ووفقاً للمتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، العميد يحيى سريع، فإن تلك المعارك أسفرت عن سقوط عشرات القتلى والجرحى من القوات السعودية والسودانية.

إسقاط طائرة الـ«أباتشي» بصاروخ محلّي الصنع يفتح الباب على فرض واقع جديد

وتأتي عمليات الجيش واللجان هذه انعكاساً لتأكيد صنعاء، على لسان وزير دفاعها اللواء العاطفي، الخميس الماضي، أنها «تمتلك زمام المبادرة، والأسلحة الاستراتيجية الرادعة للدفاع عن الوطن وسيادته في مختلف الظروف». وحذّر العاطفي من أنه «في حال استمرار العدوان والحصار، فإن المصالح القومية الدولية، وخاصة الاقتصادية منها، ستتضرّر أكثر مما يتصوّره البعض»، مشدداً على أن «هذا ليس من باب الاستعراض أو الاستهلاك الإعلامي، ولكن مضطرون للدفاع عن الشعب اليمني الذي يُقتل بشتى الوسائل والممارسات العدوانية، فيما العالم يتفرّج من دون أن يحرك ساكناً». تحذيراتٌ سرعان ما جلّاها تمكّن القوات الجوية اليمنية من إسقاط طائرتين، الأولى سعودية من طراز «أباتشي» استُهدفت بصاروخ أرض – جو بتقنية جديدة في منطقة مجازة قبالة عسير، ما أدى إلى مصرع طاقمها المكوّن من سعوديَين اثنين اعترفت الرياض بمقتلهما؛ والثانية طائرة استطلاع مقاتلة من طراز «Wing Loong» صينية الصنع، أُسقطت في سماء مديرية حيران في محافظة حجة بصارخ أرض – جو. ولدى إعلانه نبأ إسقاط الطائرتين، وعد سريع بالكشف عن تلك الدفاعات الجوية الجديدة التي دخلت الخدمة وتخطّت مرحلة التجربة في الوقت المناسب، مؤكداً أن «سماء اليمن لم تعد مستباحة بعد اليوم»، داعياً «الأعداء إلى أن يحسبوا ألف حساب عند دخولهم الأجواء اليمنية خلال الفترة القادمة».

ويرى مراقبون أن إسقاط طائرة الـ«أباتشي» بصاروخ محلّي الصنع يفتح الباب على فرض واقع جديد، وتغيير المعادلة الجوية لصالح صنعاء، موضحين أن تحييد هذا الطيران، الذي يُعدّ سلاح رئيساً لتحالف العدوان في المعارك وله دور مؤثر في جبهات المواجهة، سيُفقد «التحالف» أحد أهمّ أسلحته التي يعتمد عليها في منع هجمات واسعة لقوات صنعاء على مواقعه، وربّما يتطور إلى مستويات لا تحتملها السعودية. وكانت صنعاء أعلنت، مطلع 2019، أن هذا العام سيكون عام تطوير الطيران المسيّر والدفاعات الجوية، وهاهي اليوم تعلن عن مفاجآت جديدة في مجال الدفاعات الجوية، بعد نجاح الطيران المسيّر في قطع مسافات تتجاوز 130 كلم واستهدافه منشآت حقل الشيبة النفطي ومنشأتَي بقيق وخريص التابعتين لشركة «أرامكو» السعودية في أيلول/ سبتمبر الماضي.

صنعاء: كشف «مخطط خطير» لتأليب الشارع

أعلنت وزارة الداخلية في حكومة الإنقاذ في صنعاء، يوم أمس، تمكّن الأجهزة الأمنية التابعة لها من «كشف مخطط خطير تقف خلفه أجهزة استخبارات في دول العدوان». وأوضحت الوزارة، في بيان، أن «استخبارات العدوان لجأت إلى محاولة اختراق الجبهة الداخلية سعياً منها لاستهداف السلم المجتمعي وضرب الاستقرار الأمني». وأضافت أن «الاستخبارات السعودية أوكلت إلى أهمّ ضباطها التجهيز للعملية التخريبية، بعد أن شكّلتهم في خليتين وأمدّتهم بالمال والدعم اللوجستي، مستغلة الوضع الاقتصادي المتردّي الذي يعدّ إحدى أدوات الحرب العدوانية والحصار الظالم». وبحسب البيان، فقد كان من مهمّات الخليتين القيام «بأعمال تخريبية تسبقها حملات إعلامية وشائعات موجّهة (…) لإثارة الشارع وخلق احتقان يؤدي إلى ضرب المجتمع بالدولة وأجهزتها المختلفة عبر تبنّي دعوات للمظاهرات»، إضافة إلى «اختراق مؤسسات الدولة المختلفة… والسعي لزرع الخلاف بين مستوياتها الوظيفية، واتخاذ قرارات غير قانونية ومستفزة لإثارة الشارع».


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Yemeni Army Downs Hostile Helicopter off Asir, Killing its Crew


Air Defenses of the Army and Popular Committees downed on Friday morning a hostile Apache helicopter, run by the US-Saudi aggression, across from Asir.

“Yemeni air defenses have been able, thanks to God, to shoot down a Saudi Apache aircraft with a new surface-to-air missile, which we will reveal later,” Armed forces spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Sare’e said in a brief statement.

He explained that the helicopter was shot down this morning in Majaza area across from Asir while carrying out hostilities. “it completely burned and the crew of two Saudis were killed,” he added.

“The operation is documented by sound and image lens of the Military Media Documentation Unit.”

“Yemeni Armed Forces confirm that approaching the airspace of Yemen is prohibited and will not be a place for a picnic for anyone and that it will address all attempts by enemies until it reaches full protection of Yemeni airspace,” he added.

The shootings come three months after the Yemeni Armed Forces unveiled two types of air defense systems, Fater1 and Thaqib1, which entered the battle in 2017 and managed to confront warplanes of aggression.

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Yemen’s Armed Forces announced they are fully prepared to respond to any ‘Israeli’ aggression had the ‘Israeli’ entity went into an adventure that includes a direct military aggression against the country.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Stresses Full Readiness to Respond to Any ‘Israeli’ Aggression

In a seminar entitled ‘’Israeli’ Greed in Yemen, which was organized by the Yemeni Armed Forces’ department of moral orientation, their spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree stressed that the message addressed by leader of the Yemeni revolution Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi during his latest speech comes from a source of power and must be taken seriously by the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

Sayyed al-Houthi had warned the ‘Israelis’ about the Yemenis’ determination to respond to attacks against their country during his latest speech while celebration Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] birth anniversary.

Saree further noted that the defense capabilities of the Armed Forces on the level of rocketry force and the propelled aircraft are qualified enough to hit vital targets deep in the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories.

Brigadier General Saree further reiterated the historical ‘Israeli’ hostility against Yemen and the Arab and Muslim nations along history, as well as the ‘Israeli’ conspiracies and plots to expand and control the most important vital positions overlooking the Gulf as well as the Arab Sea and the Red Sea.

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