Hundreds of Thousands of Yemenis Mark 3rd Anniversary of September Revolution

September 21, 2017

Revolution anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to mark the third anniversary of the country’s September 21 Revolution and condemn the bloody Saudi war against the nation.

The demonstrators in Thursday’s mass rally reaffirmed their commitment to the government in Sanaa and the Yemeni forces defending the country against an ongoing Saudi war.

Large crowds from across the country have been flocking to the capital since Thursday morning to celebrate the occasion.

A convoy of UAE military forces captured by Yemeni forces during their operations was also displayed at the rally. The military equipment was being used by Saudi-led troops and pro-Riyadh militia fighting on the ground against the Yemeni army, which is backed by the Houthi Ansarullah revolutionary fighters and popular groups.

In September 2014, the Ansarullah fighters took state matters in their hands in Sanaa amid the absence of an efficient government there.

Before gaining control of the capital, the Houthis had set a deadline for the political parties to put aside differences and fill the power vacuum, but the deadline was missed without any change in the impoverished country’s political scene.

However, the former Saudi-backed president, Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi, later stepped down, refusing a call by the Houthi movement to reconsider the move.

Hadi then fled to Saudi Arabia, which launched a military campaign against Yemen along with a number of its allies in March 2015 to reinstall Hadi and crush the Houthi movement.

In a speech aired on al-Masirah TV on Wednesday on the anniversary of the revolution, leader of the Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi slammed the Saudi-led war against the country.

He praised the existing diversity in Yemen’s social fabric and warned that the enemy, including the US, Zionist entity and the Saudi-led coalition, seeks to use such differences to create divisions in the country and disintegrate Yemen.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the Saudi military campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

SourcePress TV

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Sayyed al-Houthi Warns Saudi-led Coalition: Our Missiles Can Reach Abu Dhabi

16-09-2017 | 08:19

In March 2015, the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen was ambitiously named “Operation Decisive Storm”. Nearly three years into the conflict, and Riyadh’s war can be described as anything but “decisive”.

Ansarullah ballistic missile

Sparking the worst cholera epidemic in generations and leaving millions facing starvation, the Saudis and their allies have killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, while failing to achieve any of their stated military objectives.

“The Saudis planned to bomb the Houthis [Ansarullah] into submission and that clearly didn’t work. The two-year campaign is a failure. The Houthis were not defeated and they are stronger,” says Yemen expert Nadwa al-Dawsari.

Although this new reality has given way to an increasingly desperate Saudi monarchy attempting to claw its way out of the Yemen quagmire, there are still those within the coalition’s security structure that believe they can have ‘peace with honor’ by forcing Ansarullah to make more concessions at the negotiating table.

Their strategy appears to revolve around the capture of the crucial Houthi-controlled port in Yemen’s Hodeidah, which would choke off the only supply route for the country’s desperately-needed food aid, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian catastrophe.

In response, Ansarullah’s leader, Sayyed Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, issued a stern warning to the members of the coalition.

In a televised speech on Thursday, Sayyed Houthi said that his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates [UAE], its capital Abu Dhabi, as well as any location inside Saudi Arabia.

“Today the port of Hodeidah is being threatened and we cannot turn a blind eye to that,” he said. “We have to take steps that we haven’t taken before.”

Reuters reported that it “was unclear whether the Houthi group has the capability to carry out its threats.”

But according to an Ansarullah activist, Hussein al-Boukhaiti, the preparations have already been completed.

“About a week ago, they [Ansarullah] launched a ballistic missile towards the United Arab Emirates, it was a test missile,” al-Boukhaiti explains.

Citing sources close to the group’s military wing, he says, “we know the missiles can reach Abu Dhabi”.

“Abdul Malik Al Houthi is not going to say something that he isn’t capable of doing,” al-Boukhaiti adds. “If you remember Riyadh; he said we can hit Riyadh and people doubted the group’s capacity, the same way they are doubting it now. But after a couple of weeks they launched several missiles towards Riyadh.”

The Saudi dissident and director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, Ali al-Ahmed, believes that Houthi’s comments “will affect the UAE’s approach to the conflict because if one missile lands in a place like Dubai, the country stands to lose billions of dollars.”

Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is practically a stone’s throw away from Abu Dhabi. Any disruption of its image as a safe regional business and tourist hub could be catastrophic for the UAE and the entire Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC].

The UAE’s ambition

When Riyadh unleashed its “storm” on Yemen, it was understood that the Saudis would be doing most of the heavy lifting, with other coalition members making primarily symbolic contributions.

But as the bloody conflict dragged on, some withdrew their participation altogether, while others stepped up their involvement.

In the lead-up to its bold entry into the fray in Yemen, the UAE sent security forces to neighboring Bahrain to crush a popular uprising in 2011, while playing an instrumental role in propping up an insurgency that toppled Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi.

The progression of the Yemeni conflict also led to the evolution of the UAE’s agenda and its ambitions. Today, the Gulf state is determined to project a more assertive image of a powerful military force capable of influencing the outcome of Middle Eastern conflicts on behalf of its own national interests.

These interests have not only put the UAE on a collision course with the Saudis at times, but have also made it a more strategic target for the Ansarullah-led alliance.

The timing of Sayyed Houthi’s decision to unveil Ansarullah’s capabilities to strike targets in the UAE is also interesting.

The Emiratis are reportedly spearheading efforts to try and create a power struggle in Sanaa, in the hope of undermining Yemen’s alliance against the Saudi-led coalition.

During his address on Thursday, Sayyed Houthi intentionally broached the subject, letting Yemen’s enemies know that the country’s different parties had reached an agreement on “political stability.”

The question now is whether the Saudis and their coalition partners will heed Sayyed Houthi’s warnings, or whether they insist on a demonstration of Ansarullah’s capabilities with potentially disastrous consequences. The chosen course of action will certainly be of interest to all the major players involved in this bloody, unending conflict.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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Horrific footage showing the aftermath from the Saudi massacre in northern Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – People were seen rummaging through the rubble of a Saudi-led airstrike, in Saada, on Friday.

The strike reportedly killed nine members of the same family, at least three women and six children, local officials reported.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a powerful assault in the JIzan Region of Saudi Arabia on Friday night, following the Saudi-led Coalition’s massacre of civilians in Yemen’s Sa’ada Governorate.

Using their plethora of ATGMs, the Houthi forces rained missiles on several Saudi military posts in the Jizan Region, scoring a multitude of direct hits in the process.

In response to the Houthi attack, the Saudi-led Coalition launched several airstrikes over the Jizan Region and northern Yemen, targeting any potential threat near the border.

The Saudi Coalition began the day by carrying out a massacre in the Sa’ada Governorate of Yemen, killing at least nine civilians, including six children and three women.

The official media wing of the Houthi forces has issued a statement condemning the Coalition’s massacre.

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Graphic pictures: Yemeni troops annihilate entire Sudanese contingent paid by Saudi Arabia

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Saudi Arabia has unleashed a wave of inexperienced African mercenaries upon war-torn Yemen in a bid to defeat the Houthi-led government based in Sanaa.

On Monday, the Popular Committees wiped out over a hundred Saudi-backed militants, mostly Sudanese foreign fighters, amid clashes in the coastal province of Midi which borders Saudi Arabia.

According to a military source, tens of military vehicles were destroyed and tons of weaponry captured in an attack said to be one of the most succesful operations this year.

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With Saudi-backed forces falling like flies on the battlefield, the Houthi-led troops are on the verge of fully recapturing Midi province. Nevertheless, clashes are still ongoing in the provincial capital while Saudi Arabia controls Midi port.Saudi Arabia is reportedly weary of deploying too many of its own troops across the border after Houthi contingents have killed some 130 Royal Saudi Land Forces (KSA) in 2017 alone.

Effectively, the Gulf Kingdom is relying increasingly on paid foreign fighters to do their dirty work in Yemen.

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Al-Saud’s Only Gamble Option

May 22, 2017

by Ghassan Kadi

A lot has been said and speculated on about the “real” objectives of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Seasoned veteran British journalist/analyst and Middle East expert Robert Fisk sees it as an attempt to create a Sunni-style NATO to curb the Iranian expansion, and his speculation is on the money, but in realistic terms, what can this visit and its “aftermath” achieve?

Despite the slump on crude oil prices over the last 2-3 years, the Saudis are not short on cash, despite the huge and growing deficit they are running. Their reserve cash is estimated to be a whopping three quarters of a trillion American dollars, and the unit “trillion” has been chosen here because it is the millions of the 21st Century and billions have become too small to consider.

That said, the Saudis have recently pledged nearly a third of their stash on “investments” with the USA. The first allotment came in the form of an undertaking to invest over 100 billion dollars in the American housing sector less than a fortnight ago, and upon Trump’s historic Riyadh visit, the Saudis signed an excess of 100 billion dollar arms deal contract. This is a total of an excess of 200 billion American dollars to be injected into the American economy. But on the scale of trillions again, this huge figure amounts to only a mere 1% of America’s staggering official 20 trillion dollar debt.

A drop in the ocean perhaps if taken into the context of the American economy and debt, but there is little doubt that this Saudi money will create jobs in the USA, and if President Trump is still sticking by the promise of creating jobs, he’s on the money with this one too.

Thus far, and nearly four months after his inauguration, it can safely be said that the most predictable thing about President Trump thus far has been his unpredictability. But with all of his eccentricities and swings, what was it that made him swing in favour of Al-Saud? It may not be very difficult to solve this puzzle if we look at the chain of events.

Surely, the USA has a lot of strategic interests in the area, and these interests are multi-faceted. Among other things, the USA wants to protect the long-term wellbeing of Israel, curb the influence of Russia and Iran in the region, have a share in the decision making of the “War on Syria”, and last be not least, keep a tight control on Saudi oil and cash wealth.

One of Trump’s election promises was to get America’s allies to pay their way, and he was very vocal about the Saudis saying on a number of occasions that protecting Saudi Arabia was costing the USA more than it should be paying for. Those subtle “threats” sent a wave of shivers down the spines of Saudi royals, especially that they were already in deep trouble financially and also bogged down in a protracted and highly expensive war in Yemen that seems unwinnable.

Given that the Saudis believed that former President Obama has let them down and did not invade Syria after the alleged East Ghouta chemical attack of August 2013, the unknown and rather unstable Trump looked like a wild card and they braced for the worst.

Knowing that they are in deep trouble and need America more than ever, feeling extremely nervous about the Iran nuclear deal, the Saudis realized that the only option they have with Trump was to appease him; “but how?”, they wondered. But when they put two and two together, and listened to Trump’s statements about Saudi Arabia, the Saudis realized that they can and will appease him with money; a quarter of a trillion dollars and counting.

Taking the big fat cheque book out is not a modus operandi that is alien to the Saudi psyche, because the Saudis have learned to solve their problems with money. And now, they believe that they are forging a new era of military and strategic alliance with the United States, and paying for this privilege with hard cash.

What they do not know is that whilst they were dreaming big, thinking that they are on the verge of becoming a regional superpower to be reckoned with signing an alliance with America, Donald Trump was signing a business deal, a sales contract; nothing more and nothing less.

The way Trump sees this is a win-win situation. If the Saudis do manage to get the upper military hand and curb the Iranians, he would have reached this zenith not only without having to fight Iran, but also whilst being paid for it. On the other hand, if the Saudis take a gamble to go to war with Iran and lose, he would have received his quarter trillion in advance. So for Saudi Arabia to win or lose, the deal makes America a quarter of a trillion dollar richer; or rather a quarter of a trillion less in debt.

In reality however, what are the odds of Saudi Arabia winning an open war with Iran? Or will this war eventuate in the first place? Back to this question later on.

In a part of the world that is highly volatile, supplying a huge arsenal of highly lethal weapons to a regime that is known for its atrocities, war crimes, inciting regional tension and creating conflict is pouring oil on an already raging fire. Trump’s arms deal with the Saudis probably marks one of the lowest points in America’s history. If anything, after the historic American-Iranian nuclear deal, America was in a position to play the role of an arbitrator and try to get the Saudis and the Iranians to reconcile; coerce them if needed. Instead, Trump turned his attack on Jihadi terrorism by supplying more support to the core and centre of terrorism (Saudi Arabia) and signed a huge arms deal that will only lead to further and much deadlier escalations.

With seemingly very powerful Sunni/Shiite animosities resurfacing after many centuries of dormancy, the pro-American axis happens to be predominantly Sunni and the pro-Russian resistance axis is seen to be Shiite; though it is not as such in reality. That said, the strongest Sunni army in the region is undoubtedly Turkey’s, and Turkey could potentially play a key role in bolstering Fisk’s Sunni-”NATO”. However, the Kurdish issue is a bigger threat to Turkey than Iran has ever been, and Turkey will walk away from its Sunni brothers and “NATO” allies if they were to support Kurdish separatists and arm them; and the irony is that they are.

Without Turkey, a Sunni-”NATO” will be a toothless tiger, unless perhaps it receives enough support from Israel; a support America will not be prepared to offer. But apart from some possible airstrikes and intelligence sharing, how much support will Israel give if any at all? And how much will Putin will be able to weigh in with his clout to keep Netanyahu’s nose out of it? Last but not least, how will the leaders of a so-called Sunni-”NATO” be able to “sell” the idea of getting into an alliance with Israel with its Sunni populace base?

There is little doubt that the Saudis now feel that Trump has given them a carte blanche to attack Iran, and if they swallow the bait fully, they may be foolish enough to take the gamble. But first, they have to finish off Yemen, and then look back and think how they miscalculated when they planned the so-called “Operation Decisive Storm”, and which was meant to be a swift and successful operation. More than two years later, victory seems further than ever predicted all the while the Yemenis have been improving their missile manufacturing capabilities and have been able to hit targets in the capital Riyadh.

Whilst the Saudis were begging the Americans to sell them more advanced weapons to win the war in Yemen, the Yemenis were developing their own. But given that Saudis believe that all problems can be solved provided one is prepared to spend as much as needed, the bottom line for them will always be, “how much?”

The Saudis will not only have to re-evaluate the short-sighted military gamble they took in Yemen, but also the financial one. No one knows for certain what has thus far been the dollar cost that the Saudis had to cough up, but it is in the tens of billions of dollars. With a country that is currently running a near 90 billion dollar budget deficit and diminishing returns, to gamble one third of the national savings on a new war aimed at Iran is tantamount to both, military and financial suicide.

If a war against Iran is at all winnable by the Saudis, what will be the dollar cost?

If the budget ceiling was broken, just like that of Operation Decisive Storm, and if the Saudis realize that the over 100 billion odd dollars they “invested” to buy state-of-the-art weaponry from the USA was not enough, by how much will they be prepared to lift the cost ceiling? They will only need to break the ceiling 3-4 fold before they actually run out of cash reserves. Such a budget overblow is not unusual in wars, and Yemen and Syria are living proof for the Saudis to learn from; if they are capable of learning.

A war against Iran will perhaps be Al-Saud’s final gamble option, but unless the Saudi royals change their rhetoric and seek reconciliation with their Shiite neighbours, this war could well be Al-Saud’s only gamble option.

But the bottom line to any military action is military pragmatism. How can the Saudis think that they can invade and subdue Iran when they haven’t been able to subdue a starved and besieged Yemen? In the unlikely event that they will be able to serve Iran with a swift “shock-and-awe” strike and achieve prompt victory, what will add to their woes is Iran’s ability to close the Strait of Hormuz and to also hit oil production areas and ports. In simple terms, the Saudi war on Yemen is expensive enough, but a war with Iran will be much more expensive, and one that will cut off Saudi life-line; its income.

Do the Saudis believe that expensive imported hardware is going to give the military edge they need? “Knowing” Trump, he will likely wait till the Saudis are down on their knees begging and then extort them by hiking the price of an elusive “super weapon”, perhaps even an A-Bomb, that will tip the war in Saudi favour. But “knowing” the Saudis and Iranians, if the Saudis attack and start an all-out war on Iran, then this may indeed earn the name of decisive storm, but not on Saudi terms. Will Iran virtually walk into Saudi Arabia? Such a scenario cannot be overruled. More than likely however, America will continue to feed the fire for as long as the Saudi cow (female camel in this instance) can be milked and for as long as there is money to be had. For as long as the infamous Al-Saud are on the throne, the kingdom will continue to be run by the same old rules of arrogance that will not stop until that evil legacy is down and vanquished.

 

Yemeni Villagers Dying of Starvation

[ Ed. note – It would appear that all the horrible war crimes US officials and the mainstream media have been alleging against Russia and the Syrian government are in reality being perpetrated by the Saudis–and, from the looks of it, maybe even far worse. Where’s Obama? Where’s John Kerry? Where are all the neocons who have been theatrically voicing their anguish over the people of Aleppo? How come we’re not hearing from them on the horrible situation in this Yemeni town? How come the Saudis are allowed to fire upon Yemeni fishermen when they try to take their boats to sea to catch fish, and Samantha Power has nothing to say about it at the UN? I guess, come to think of it, for the same reason she doesn’t say anything when Israelis fire upon Gaza fishermen. ]

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No Food, No Medicine, No money: Yemeni Town Faces Mass Death by Starvation

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Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has fallen on the coastal fishing area around the Red Sea coastal district of Tuhayat.

As RT’s Arabic-language crew visited the area, they witnessed scenes of chaos – as locals scrambled to gain food – and quiet desperation, with many residents swollen with hunger, waiting for outside help, or resigned to their fate.

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