Ansarullah Includes ’Israel’ in Its List of Targets أنصار الله تضمّ «إسرائيل» إلى قائمة الأهداف

Jan 25 2022

By Hussein Ibrahim | Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by al-Ahed News

Each new day reveals more about the UAE’s ambitions in Yemen, requiring the Sanaa leadership to respond with the sort of attacks carried out against Abu Dhabi and Dubai. According to the latest information coming from the ground, the objective of the UAE-backed militias was not only to establish a presence in Shabwa, but to use it as a springboard to penetrate southern Marib. The aim is to lift the siege on the last remaining areas of the governorate that are occupied.

Today, it’s also evident that the Emiratis aren’t alone in this battle. The Americans are standing with them. There was also an “Israeli” role, which is still being examined by Ansarullah. When the nature of that role is confirmed, Ansarullah will determine the appropriate response. According to the information coming out Sana’a, “Israel” will not be spared.

Elsewhere on the battlefield, the Yemeni army and the popular committees regained the initiative and altered their tactics in line with recent changes adopted by the Saudi-Emirati alliance.

Meanwhile, the Sana’a leadership is preparing for all scenarios, realizing that the Americans who are returning to the region will not refrain from using all means, including psychological dimensions, to implement the agenda they previously failed to advance. But according to assurances from Ansarullah, they won’t succeed in implementing it.

This is what the scene in Yemen looks like at the moment: The aggression exhausted all its options when it went to the limit, which involves “butchering” Yemeni civilians, to compensate for its inability to stop the strikes on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

But scenes of the martyred children that the world saw became a burden on the aggressors, who rushed to shift blame to one another. On the other hand, the source of the UAE’s strength, which appeared during the attack of the “Giant Brigades” in Shabwa, is its weak point. The attack was carried out with massive fire cover from “Israeli” drones, especially since the region where the battles unfolded are broad areas of flat land.

The Ansarullah movement is currently working to ascertain whether “Israeli” crews or Emirati crews trained by “Israel” directly operated these drones. If the first case scenario turns out to be true Ansarullah is determined to target “Israel” directly, which is causing panic in Tel Aviv, because the “Israelis” know that whoever struck Abu Dhabi can hit Eilat.

But in either case, the “Israeli” involvement in the war, especially in command and control operations such as communications, and jamming poses a threat to the Emirates itself, whose long-cherished security that represents the pillar of its prosperity has become a hostage to the tampering of “Israeli” projects – which Abu Dhabi had sought to mitigate by sending delegates to Tehran and other concerned parties before the events in Shabwa.

Meanwhile, the pretext for the attack in Shabwa is that the directorates seized by the “Giants” belong to southern Yemen and not to the north. This is based on what the Emiratis say is a tacit agreement with Sana’a – Abu Dhabi will leave the war in exchange for Ansarullah not approaching the south.

However, the course of the Emirati actions, on the ground and politically, shows that the Emirati goal is Marib and nothing else. The fighters loyal to Abu Dhabi, who withdrew from Hodeidah weeks ago, are the same ones who fought in Shabwa. On the political front, among the objectives of the rapprochement processes launched by Abu Dhabi a few months ago (involving efforts to reestablish ties with Turkey) was to prepare for this particular battle.

It was clear that Saudi Arabia had reached a dead end in Yemen and was unable to make any difference on its own. Therefore, a global alliance was established: the Americans are the decisionmakers, leading from the shadows, there is an active “Israeli” role, and the UAE spearheading it, backed by Saudi Arabia.

Hence, despite the recent massacres, Washington hastened to recruit the world to serve the aggression and protect Abu Dhabi. This is evidence of a critical weakness in the structure of the Emirati state, which isn’t capable of withstanding successive strikes by Ansarullah, especially since the Yemeni strikes against Abu Dhabi and Dubai were more extensive than what was previously announced and included ballistic missiles and drones. The UAE’s presidential adviser, Anwar Gargash admitted as much.

The UAE, which has been thrown into a position it cannot cope with, tried to compensate by announcing the cessation of the “Giants’” attack in Shabwa, but the Ansarullah movement had absorbed the attack and established its defensive positions. It also assessed what happened and changed some tactics so as to avoid a repeat of the situation. Soon, it will return to the offensive, with a determination to complete its journey to the city of Marib, no matter the cost.

As for taking the war into the Emirates, the next blow is only a matter of time – because nothing can protect this country from such strikes that Ansarullah sees as an easy matter. Neither Abu Dhabi nor Tel Aviv, nor Washington possess the cure for this matter, as the latter is confused on how to confront it in Iraq – knowing that the drones come from over the sea and cannot be downed before they reach their Emirati targets. The most sensitive targets are spread out across the beaches, such as Burj Khalifa. This terrifies the rulers in the UAE, as it terrified the rulers of Saudi Arabia before them, despite the fact that the possibility of intercepting incoming projectiles in the Kingdom is far greater, especially in areas far from the shores.

Hence, the war has become a war of drones, where Tel Aviv and Washington excel only in the ability of their drones to launch missiles, that is, to throw them into battles similar to what happened in Shabwa. Meanwhile, the technology of drones loaded with explosives and capable of flying long distances is available to everyone.

Therefore, danger looms over the UAE, as the price of handing over state security to “Israel” will be very high, while the latter seeks to seize the security of all Gulf countries through the Emirati gate, as an alternative or partner to the Americans. This will lead to the destabilization of those countries not only through external threats, but also by provoking their people, who cannot be separated from their surroundings by superior decisions. Despite the foregoing, it is expected that arms deal between Gulf capitals and Tel Aviv will intensify, especially in the field of missile interceptors.

The UAE brought it upon itself. Ansarullah was not in the process of bringing it back into the battle it left for many reasons, including tribal factors such as the internal fabric of Yemen, especially in Marib, as well as political and military factors related to the neutralization of Riyadh’s allies.

Despite the American mobilization to support the aggression, which the Emirati ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, worked on in the White House and Congress and that resulted from a call made by the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed, the mobility of the Americans is restricted; the escalation completely contradicts declarations by the Joe Biden administration about its supposed desire to stop the war and end offensive weapons deliveries to the coalition, especially after it was proven that the Ansarullah movement’s weapons are mostly manufactured locally. A confidential report by the UN Security Council, which was seen by the Los Angeles Times confirmed that the movement manufactures most of its missiles using local materials and other components that it obtains from abroad through a complex network of brokers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The movement also makes its own decision. Therefore, the only solution is to end the aggression and not rely on negotiations which only complicate matters.

Accordingly, in order to achieve this goal, Washington will need to negotiate with the Yemenis and no one else.

أنصار الله تضمّ «إسرائيل» إلى قائمة الأهداف

الإثنين 24 كانون الثاني 2022

حسين إبراهيم 

يوماً بعد يوم، تتكشّف المزيد من الحقائق حول الخطوات الأخيرة التي قامت بها الإمارات في اليمن، واستدعت من قيادة صنعاء ردّاً بحجم ضرْب أبو ظبي ودبي. إذ بحسب المعلومات، لم يكن هدف الميليشيات المدعومة إماراتياً، وفق ما يتمّ ترويجه، الاستقرار في شبوة فقط، وإنّما أرادت النفاذ من شبوة إلى جنوب مأرب، بهدف فكّ الحصار عن مركز المحافظة الأخيرة. كذلك، يتّضح اليوم أن الإماراتيين لم يقفوا وحدهم في هذه المعركة، بل اصطفّ جنباً إلى جنبهم الأميركيون، مع مشاركة إسرائيلية لا تزال «أنصار الله» تتفحّص طبيعتها. ومتى تتأكّد بالنسبة إلى الحركة نوعيّة تلك المشاركة، حتى تُقرّر الردّ المناسب عليها، والذي لن يوفّر الكيان العبري، وفق المعطيات الآتية من صنعاء. أمّا على أرض الميدان اليمني، فقد استعاد الجيش اليمني و»اللجان الشعبية» المبادرة، وغيّرا من تكتيكاتهما بما يتوافق مع التحوّلات الأخيرة التي سُجّلت على جبهة التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، فيما وضعت قيادة صنعاء في حساباتها كلّ الاحتمالات، مدرِكةً أن الأميركي الذي يعود اليوم إلى المنطقة، لن يستنكف عن استخدام أيّ وسيلة، بما فيها الأثر النفسي المفترَض للمذابح المرتكَبة أخيراً، من أجل إخضاعها لأجندته التي فشل سابقاً في تسويقها، ولن يستطيع الآن إنفاذها، طِبْق تأكيدات «أنصار الله»

الصورة في اليمن الآن على الشكل الآتي: استنفد العدوان كلّ خياراته حين ذهب إلى الحدّ الأقصى، وهو «التجزير» بالمدنيين اليمنيين، تعويضاً عن العجز عن وقْف الضربات على السعودية والإمارات. لكنّ المشاهد التي رآها الرأي العام العالمي للأطفال الشهداء، صارت عبئاً على قِوى العدوان نفسها، التي سارعت إلى محاولة تقاذف المسؤولية عنها. من ناحية أخرى، مصدر «قوّة» الإمارات، والذي ظهر خلال هجوم «ألوية العمالقة» في شبوة، هو ذاته نقطة ضعفها. فالهجوم، وفق المعلومات، تمّ بتغطية نارية هائلة من مسيّرات إسرائيلية، خاصة أن المناطق التي جرت فيها المعارك مكشوفة. وتعمل حركة «أنصار الله» حالياً على التأكّد ممّا إذا كانت طواقم إسرائيلية قامت بتشغيل تلك المسيّرات بصورة مباشرة، أم طواقم إماراتية درّبتها إسرائيل. في الحالة الأولى، تُبدي الحركة عزماً على استهداف الكيان العبري بصورة مباشرة، الأمر الذي يثير ذعراً في تل أبيب، لمعرفة الإسرائيليين بأن مَن يضرب أبو ظبي يستطيع أن يضرب إيلات.

لكن في أيّ من الحالتين، يشكّل التورّط الإسرائيلي في الحرب، وخاصة في عمليات القيادة والسيطرة مثل الاتّصالات والتشويش وغيرهما، خطراً على الإمارات نفسها، التي صار أمنها الذي طالما تغنّت به، ويمثّل ركيزة ازدهارها، رهينةً لِعبث المشاريع الإسرائيلية، وهو ما كانت أبو ظبي قد سعت للتخفيف منه، من خلال إرسال الموفدين إلى طهران وجهات أخرى مَعنيّة، قبل أن يحدث ما حدث في شبوة، والذي كانت ذريعته أن المديريات التي جرت السيطرة عليها من قِبَل «العمالقة» تتبع لجنوب اليمن وليس لشماله، على أساس ما يقول الإماراتيون إنه اتّفاق ضمني مع صنعاء على خروج أبو ظبي من الحرب، مقابل عدم اقتراب «أنصار الله» من الجنوب. لكنّ مسار التحرّكات الإماراتية، ميدانياً وسياسياً، يُظهر أن الهدف الإماراتي هو مأرب وليس أيّ شيء آخر؛ فالمقاتلون الموالون لأبو ظبي، والذين انسحبوا من الحديدة قبل أسابيع، هم أنفسهم مَن قاتلوا في شبوة. أمّا على المستوى السياسي، فإن عمليات التقارب التي أطلقتها أبو ظبي قبل أشهر، وشملت خاصة تركيا، كان من ضمن أهدافها التمهيد لهذه المعركة بالذات.

ستعود «أنصار الله» قريباً إلى الهجوم مع تصميم على إكمال الطريق نحو مأرب مهما كلّف الأمر


كان واضحاً أن السعودية وصلت إلى طريق مسدود في اليمن، وباتت عاجزة بمفردها عن إحداث أيّ فرق. ولذلك، قام تحالف عالمي موازٍ، بقرارٍ وقيادةٍ (من الخلْف) أميركيَّين، وبمشاركة إسرائيلية نشطة، على أن تكون الإمارات رأس الحربة فيه، والمملكة خلفها. ومن هنا، وعلى رغم المجازر المرتكَبة أخيراً، سارعت واشنطن إلى تجنيد العالم لخدمة العدوان وحماية أبو ظبي، وهذا دليل وهْن كبير في بنية الدولة الإماراتية، التي قد لا تحتمل ضربات متلاحقة من جانب «أنصار الله»، خصوصاً أن الردّ اليمني بقصف أبو ظبي ودبي، كان أكبر مما أُعلن عنه سابقاً وشمل صواريخ باليستية ومسيّرات، وفق اعتراف المستشار الرئاسي الإماراتي، أنور قرقاش. حاولت الإمارات، التي تشعر بأنها تورّطت في ما لا قِبَل لها به، التعويض من خلال الإعلان عن وقْف هجوم «العمالقة» في شبوة، إلّا أن حركة «أنصار الله» كانت قد استوعبت الهجوم، وثبّتت مواقعها الدفاعية، كما أجرت تقييماً لما حصل وغيّرت بعض التكتيكات حتى لا يتكرّر، على أن تعود قريباً إلى الهجوم، مع تصميم على إكمال الطريق نحو مدينة مأرب، مهما كلّف الأمر.

أما في ما يتّصل بنقْل الحرب إلى داخل الإمارات، فإن الضربة التالية هي مسألة وقت فقط؛ ذلك أن لا شيء يمكن أن يحمي هذه الدولة من هكذا ضربات تُعتبر مسألة يسيرة بالنسبة إلى «أنصار الله»؛ فلا «دواء» لهذا الأمر لا عند أبو ظبي، ولا لدى واشنطن التي تحتار في كيفية مواجهته في العراق، ولا بحوزة تل أبيب، علماً أن الطائرات المُسيّرة تأتي من فوق البحر، ولا يمكن التقاطها قبل أن تبلغ أهدافها الإماراتية التي ينتشر الأكثر حيوية منها، مثل «برج خليفة»، بالقرب من الشواطئ، وهذا ما يرعب حكّام الإمارات، كما أرعب من قَبْلهم حكام السعودية، على رغم أن إمكانية الالتقاط والاعتراض في المملكة أكبر بكثير، وخاصة في المناطق البعيدة عن الشواطئ. إذاً، الحرب صارت حرب مسيّرات، حيث لا تتفوّق تل أبيب وواشنطن إلّا بقدرة طائراتهما على إطلاق الصواريخ، أي زجّها في المعارك كما حصل في شبوة، بينما تتوفّر تقنية المسيّرات المحمَّلة بالمتفجرات والقادرة على الطيران مسافات طويلة، للجميع. ومن هنا، يأتي الخطر على الإمارات، حيث سيكون ثمن تسليم أمن الدولة لإسرائيل باهظاً جدّاً، فيما الأخيرة تسعى للإمساك بأمن دول الخليج كافّة من البوّابة الإماراتية، كبديل أو شريك للأميركي، مع أن ذلك سيؤدي إلى زعزعة استقرار تلك الدول، ليس بفعْل الاستهداف الخارجي لها فقط، بل أيضاً من خلال استفزاز شعوبها التي لا يمكن سلخها عن محيطها بقرارات فوقية. وعلى رغم ما تَقدّم، يُتوقّع أن تتكثّف صفقات السلاح بين عواصم خليجية وتل أبيب، خاصّة في مجال الاعتراض.

جنَت على نفسها الإمارات، التي لم تكن «أنصار الله»، في الأساس، في وارد إعادتها إلى المعركة بعدما خرجت منها، لأسباب كثيرة، بينها ما هو قبَلي يتعلّق بنسيج اليمن الداخلي، وخصوصاً في مأرب، وبينها ما هو سياسي وعسكري يتّصل بتحييد حلفاء الرياض. وعلى رغم الاستنفار الأميركي لدعم العدوان، والذي عمل عليه السفير الإماراتي في واشنطن، يوسف العتيبة، في البيت الأبيض والكونغرس، وأسفر عن اتّصال أجراه وزير الدفاع الأميركي، لويد أوستن، بوليّ عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، إلّا أن الحركة الأميركية تظلّ مقيّدة؛ ذلك أن التصعيد يتعارض تماماً مع ما أعلنته إدارة جو بايدن من رغبتها في وقف الحرب، وإنهاء دعم «التحالف» بالأسلحة الهجومية، خاصة بعدما ثبت أن سلاح حركة «أنصار الله» يُصنع في غالبيّته محلياً (يؤكد تقرير سرّي لمجلس الأمن الدولي، اطّلعت عليه صحيفة «لوس أنجلس تايمز» الأميركية، أن الحركة تَصنع معظم صواريخها باستخدام مواد محلية ومكوّنات أخرى تحصل عليها من الخارج، عبر شبكة معقّدة من الوسطاء في أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وآسيا)، كما أن قرارها ذاتي، وبالتالي فإن الحلّ الوحيد هو وضع نهاية للعدوان، وليس التفاوض الذي يمزج بين الساحات. وعليه، ستحتاج واشنطن، من أجل تحقيق هذا الهدف، إلى التفاوض مع اليمنيين وليس مع أيّ أحد آخر.

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في ربيع عام 2015 عندما كان الأميركي قد حسم أمره لجهة التوقيع على الاتفاق النووي، بدأت السعودية والإمارات حربهما على اليمن، بالتنسيق مع الأميركي ولم يكن خافياً وقوف “إسرائيل” في خلفية الحرب، باعتبار حسم أمر اليمن وتصفية المخزون الصاروخي الذي كان بحوزة أنصار الله آنذاك، وفرض السيطرة على مضيق باب المندب وساحل البحر الأحمر، والإمساك باليمن كجغرافيا ذات قيمة استراتيجية في الخليج هو تعويض خسائر السعودية والإمارات و”إسرائيل” جراء التوقيع الأميركي على الاتفاق النووي مع إيران دون انتزاع تنازلات منها في ملفي سلاح الصواريخ ودعم قوى المقاومة. وكان الرهان المؤسس على زواج تقديرات القوة العسكرية، والخلفية العنصرية لاستصغار قدرات اليمن وتهوين ما يختزنه شعبه من مؤهلات وإمكانات، إن الحرب ستحسم خلال أسابيع أو كحد أقصى خلال شهور، حتى أن الأميركيين الذين وعدوا بالحسم خلال مطلع الصيف مددوا فترة ما قبل توقيع الاتفاق النووي مرتين أملاً بأن يُنجز الحسم قبل التوقيع، الذي أنجز في منتصف شهر تموز.

  المتغيّرات التي رافقت الحرب جعلت من اليمنيين رقماً صعباً في معادلة أمن الخليج، بصورة لم تكن قائمة قبل انطلاق الحرب، فقد نجح اليمنيون بفرض حضورهم وتمكّنهم من إفشال أهداف الحرب، رغم خسائرهم الهائلة بالأرواح، وأغلبها خسائر في المدنيين، ورغم الدمار والخراب الذي أصاب عمرانهم وبناهم التحتية، بحيث لم ينجُ جسر ولا منشأة ولا مدينة ولا مرفق من هذه الضريبة الغالية. وبالتدريج بدأ اليمنيون يمسكون بزمام المبادرة الاستراتيجي، المرتكز على ثلاثية أمن البحر الأحمر، مدى الطائرات المسيّرات والصواريخ البالستية نحو مياه الخليج وممرات الطاقة والتجارة العالمية، وعمق كيان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، وصولا لإقامة معادلة العمق بالعمق عبر النجاح بإيصال الصواريخ والطائرات المسيّرة الى مرافق حيوية في السعودية ولاحقاً في الإمارات رداً على كل استهداف نوعي للعمق اليمني.

عشيّة بدء السنة الثامنة من الحرب، يبدو المشهد شبيهاً لما كان عليه مع بدئها، سواء لجهة ما يجري على الساحة الدولية والإقليمية، أو ما يجري في مسارات الحرب نفسها من ضراوة، فالأميركي الذي خرج من الاتفاق النووي مع إيران، يفاوض اليوم للعودة، وكل الوقائع تقول بأنه بات قاب قوسين أو أدنى من توقيع وثيقة العودة للاتفاق، وهذه المرّة بتسليم مسبق واضح بالعجز عن ضم ملف الصواريخ الإيرانية وما يسمّونه بالنفوذ الإيراني الى ملفات التفاوض، وعدم ضم ملفات الإقليم للملف النووي بمقدار ما هو انتصار لإيران، فالاتفاق نفسه سيخلق مناخاً إقليمياً عنوانه نهاية الفصل الأهم من المواجهة الأميركية الإيرانية، التي تمثل نصف مضامين حروب المنطقة، ويشكل إطفاء نيرانها إيذاناً بانطلاق زمن التسويات، على الأقل من زاوية النظر الأميركية التي لا تحتمل مزيداً من الحرائق في زمن سعيها لتفادي التورط في المزيد من الحروب في زمن له عنوان واحد هو الانسحاب من أفغانستان، ومثال التفاوض حول أوكرانيا حي يُرزق.

إذا كان الوقت المتبقي لحرب اليمن لم يعُد طويلاً، وهو الوقت الفاصل عن توقيع الاتفاق النووي أو ما بعده بشهور قليلة، فإن الوقت المتبقي لتحقيق مكتسبات سعودية وإماراتية تحفظ ماء الوجه عند وقف الحرب، يضيق أكثر، ووحده يفسر هذا التصعيد الجنونيّ، لكن الوقت لا يعمل في اتجاه واحد، فاليمنيون يعتبرون أن الوقت معهم، وأن إنجاز الاتفاق النووي يفتح أمامهم المزيد من الوقت لتحقيق الإنجازات، ولذلك فهم لا يقيمون حساباً لما يجري على ساحات التفاوض، والإصرار السعودي الإماراتي على التصعيد سينتج مزيداً من التصعيد اليمني، الذي سيفرض عليهما الكثير من الخسائر، بدلاً من المكتسبات، وربما يجعل الفترة الفاصلة عن وقف الحرب أقصر.

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Massacre in Yemen confirms forces of aggression barbarism: Hezbollah

21 Jan 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Lebanese Hezbollah condemns the horrific massacre committed by the Saudi-American coalition in Yemen and says this massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure on the battlefield.

Hezbollah: The massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure on the battlefield (archive photo)

Hezbollah strongly condemned “the horrific massacres committed by the Saudi-US aggression on Yemen,” denouncing the “deadly silence that envelops the world regarding these massacres.”

Today, Friday, the Lebanese party said in a statement that “this heinous massacre confirms the barbarism of the forces of aggression and their lack for human, moral and religious values.”

The party stated that “this massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure [of the Saudi coalition] on the battlefield” calling on “the Free to stand with the Yemenis.”

The condemnation of the party came following the Saudi coalition targeting civilian neighborhoods and infrastructure in the capital, Sanaa, Saada, and Al-Hudaydah. Air raids launched by its warplanes, at dawn today, Friday, on the central prison in Saada, resulted in the deaths of more than 65 victims and the injury of more than 120.

The Saudi coalition aircraft targeted the telecommunications building in the city of Al-Hudaydah, leaving 6 victims, including 3 children, and injuring 18, most of whom are children. Sanaa was also subjected to heavy aerial bombardment by coalition warplanes.

Palestinian factions condemn Saudi massacres in Yemen

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine affirmed Friday that the deliberate targeting of Yemenis by US aircraft is evidence of the failure of the Saudi-led coalition aggression and its defeat on the battlefields.

In a statement, the movement condemned the massacres committed by the Saudi-led coalition, stressing that the deliberate targeting of civilians is “a desperate and cheap” attempt to break the will of Yemenis who refused the dictates of regimes that linked their fate to US-Israeli policies in the region and abandoned the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds.

The movement affirmed its support and solidarity with the Yemeni people against aggression,​​ expressing its confidence that they will triumph over the aggression.

PFLP: Yemen will defeat aggression

For its part, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) expressed its full solidarity with the families of the victims and with the Yemeni people, wishing them a speedy deliverance from suffering.

The Popular Front stressed that with its legendary steadfastness, Yemen will eventually defeat the aggression, stressing the need for the Arab national liberation movement forces and the people of the nation to move urgently to curb and stop the aggression against Yemen.

“Gulf countries will pay the price”

In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a Hamas official in Gaza, confirmed that the Gulf countries will pay the price for normalization, as well as their policy in Yemen.

Earlier, the PFLP-GC issued a statement against the aggression of the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen.

The Palestinian movement’s statement said the massacres committed by the Zionist-affiliated enemy coalition under US cover against the people of Yemen will turn into a stab in the hearts of the leaders of normalization.

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Saree: Operation Yemen Hurricane is in response to continued aggression

17 Jan 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net

The Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson adopts Operation Yemen Hurricane in the depth of the UAE in response to the continued coalition aggression, and different Yemeni forces react.

Saree: We carried out the Operation Yemen Hurricane in response to the continued aggression.

The Spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, explained in a statement Monday evening, details regarding the qualitative operation that targeted the Emirati depth today.

“We carried out a qualitative military operation, Operation Yemen Hurricane, in response to the escalation of aggression against the country,” Saree said in a statement.

He added that “the operation targeted Abu Dhabi’s airport, the oil refinery in Mussafah in Abu Dhabi, and several sites.”

The Spokesperson revealed that “the operation was carried out with five ballistic and winged missiles and a large number of drones.” He also warned that they might expand their targets to include more critical sites and facilities in the coming period.

The Yemeni Spokesperson warned foreign companies, citizens, and residents of the “Emirati enemy state”, asking them to “stay away from vital installations”, considering that “the UAE is an unsafe state as long as its aggressive escalation against Yemen continues.”

What happened?

The Yemeni Armed forces announced earlier today that they had carried out a qualitative operation in the UAE, noting that more details will be revealed later after it had previously revealed in 2019 its intention to target the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in addition to dozens of other targets in the Emirates.

The Yemeni spokesperson’s words came after the police forces in Abu Dhabi announced the death of a Pakistani citizen and two people of Indian nationality, as well as the injury of six others, as a result of the explosion and fires in the capital today, on Monday.

Moreover, a reliable Yemeni source said that the military operation in the heart of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi “is still ongoing,” explaining that “the fires are burning.”

Yemeni forces’ reactions to the operation

Yemeni Joint Meeting Parties

The Yemeni Joint Meeting Parties vowed that this operation will not be the last if the aggression continues and stressed that this operation that targeted the depths of the UAE confirms that “any country that targets Yemen, violates its sovereignty and independence, and occupied its islands,” will not be spared. 

It confirmed in a statement that “any country that targets Yemen will have to deal with the Yemeni forces, no matter how geographically far it is from the Yemeni border.”

The Joint Meeting Parties warned that the UAE must re-calculate its actions and take its hands off of Yemen, or else the missiles force and the air force will remain on the lookout for them, stressing that “this operation will not be the last if the Emirati enemy continues its actions that serve the Americans and the Israelis.”

Top commander of the Yemeni Armed Forces

Brigadier-General Abdullah bin Amer, a top commander of the Yemeni Armed Forces, said “the UAE has contacted South Korea for air defense systems. It has carried out undeclared operations in Yemen, and several messages were sent to it through the Sultanate of Oman.”

Bin Amer confirmed that the Emirati forces are under full surveillance on more than one front.

He emphasized that “whoever are capable of having their drones reach Riyadh is capable of having them reach Abu Dhabi,” stressing that “the UAE however cannot tolerate such strikes.”

In this context, he called on the UAE to stop meddling in Yemen’s affairs.

Head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi Al-Mashat

On his part, the head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi Al-Mashat, commended the qualitative operation and stressed that is it part of the legitimate rights of the Yemeni people in confronting the aggression as per national and international laws.

Al-Mashat warned that if the forces of aggression and their crimes and attempts to occupy Yemen continue, this will pose real threats to the economy and investments in the UAE in the future.

This qualitative operation represents a message to the UAE regime about the danger of continuing its aggression against Yemen and reflects how advanced the Yemeni armed forces and their strategic deterrent weapons are.

Head of the Sanaa negotiating delegation, Muhammad Abdul Salam

On his part, the head of the Sanaa negotiating delegation, Muhammad Abdul Salam, said in a tweet that “such a tiny state in the region so desperate to serve America and “Israel” claims it had distanced itself from [the aggression on] Yemen, but it was recently exposed, and the truth contradicts its claims.”

Abdul Salam too warned the UAE to keep its hand off Yemen and stop meddling in the country’s affairs. 

Ansar Allah Political Bureau

In the same context, Ali Al-Qahoum, a member of Ansar Allah Political Bureau, blessed the Yemeni operation in the UAE depth, saying that “this operation and others will continue as long as the aggression and siege continue with strategic goals further ahead.”

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Macron, the Gulf, and Islam

January 6, 2022

French President, Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan prior to a working lunch at Fontainebleau castle on September 15, 2021 in Fontainebleau, France. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images.

BY ALAIN GRESH


n December 3 and 4, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to the Gulf for a short visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. This is likely to be his last foreign trip outside of Europe, as France has entered election season. The presidential election will take place on April 10 and 24, 2022, and

Macron is preparing to run for re-election.

Macron’s trip highlights the importance of the Gulf countries on at least two levels. First, at a time of the United States’ disengagement from the region, France is trying to occupy its place economically, militarily, and politically.

Second, at a time when the issue of Islam and Muslims is at the center of the presidential campaign, Macron wants to seek support for the French position against “radicalism,” and especially so after the adoption of the “Law against Separatism,” renamed the “Law Reinforcing the Principles of the Republic,” which came into force in August 2021 and which has caused much misunderstanding in the Muslim world (and elsewhere) as it appears to be (and is in fact) a law against Islam and Muslims.

The most successful stopover was in Abu Dhabi, where President Macron has a close personal relationship with the Emirates’ strongman, Mohamed bin Zayed (MBZ). The signing of a record contract for the sale of 80 Rafale aircraft was accompanied by the sale of twelve Eurocopter EC725 Caracal helicopters, and the singing of various economic partnership agreements. “This is the biggest military contract with a French component in our history – worth some 17 billion euros,”  Macron said.

For Macron, this is proof of the close ties between Paris and Abu Dhabi. “I think that the Emirates and the Crown Prince saw that France was a solid partner in the fight against terrorism (…), that is to say that we kept our commitments in the region and that we were attached to its balance.” For it is not only a question of arms sales, but of a community of views and coordination between Abu Dhabi and Paris in the “war against terrorism” (notably in Libya), and in the fight against “political Islam,” as shown by the presence on the trip of Laurent Nuñez, the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism. MBZ’s support for French laws against “separatism” is particularly appreciated.

We should notice that the French president said nothing about the authoritarian nature of the Abu Dhabi regime, which imprisons and tortures its opponents, about its involvement in the deadly war in Yemen, or about its use of Pegasus spy software. Yet, a few days later, a report by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) highlighted the dark side of the regime and Paris’s complicity in it.

The second stop was Doha. Although it did not call into question the very good relations between the two capitals (the visit was fruitful), the meeting was marked by an incident that was barely reported. The French delegation reported that Nuñez gave the local authorities a list of approximately fifteen entities (mosques, associations etc.)  whose funding by Qatari sources, private or public, France requested comes to an end. Anonymously, a Qatari official reacted quite strongly,

“This is a pure invention by Mr Nuñez – no such list has been given to our government and there would be no reason to create one. This is an attempt at political gain at the expense of Qatar. (…) Our government is working closely with its French counterparts on several bilateral and international initiatives to combat illicit financing from source to destination.”

Beyond the controversy, the incident illustrates Macron’s emphasis on controlling France’s Muslims and his willingness to assert that he is doing all he can to counter “political Islam”.

The last and most controversial stop of Macron’s trip to the Gulf, in France at least, was his visit to Saudi Arabia. For the first time since the horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, a major head of state of the Western world agreed to meet Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Saudi crown prince, widely considered the mastermind of this crime.

Relations between MBS and Macron had not been rosy since the French president “rescued” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in 2018, when he was reportedly kidnapped in Saudi Arabia by MBS and forced to announce his resignation from Riyadh.

Relations between MBS and Macron had not been rosy since the French president “rescued” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in 2018.

While the aim of the meeting was also to give a boost to bilateral relations – and to take advantage of the rift between Washington and Riyadh, with President Joe Biden refusing any contact with MBS – one of the objectives was a new mediation with Lebanon, which the Saudis are subjecting to a trade embargo that is aggravating the economic crisis in the country. The result was modest: a conversation between Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and MBS on Macron’s phone. Nothing more came of the visit – no return of ambassadors and no lifting of the embargo.

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‘No Roof, No Seats, No Desks’: Photographing Yemen’s Conflict-hit Schools

December 28 2021

By Bethan McKernan – The Guardian

Their classroom has no roof, no seats, no desks; most of the 50 small children sitting on the rubble-strewn floor have no pens or paper. But the students in this makeshift school in Hays, a village in Yemen’s Hodeidah province, are still among the luckiest in the country simply for having a teacher and a place to learn.

Seven years into a catastrophic war that sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen’s conflict shows no signs of ending soon, and the future of an entire generation is at risk of being destroyed. About 3 million children are unable to attend school, according to the Red Cross, with 8.1 million needing urgent educational assistance.

“There is a huge pressure to leave school to work to support the family,” says Yemeni Agence France-Presse photographer, Khaled Ziad, who took the picture in September. “Some children in Yemen are now 10 years old and they’ve never had the chance to enroll in any school. If families don’t have money for food or medicine and hospital fees, how can they afford education expenses?”

The UN has yet to make an official declaration of famine in Yemen because there is not enough reliable data to meet the technical definition. But 16.2 million people – around half the population – are food insecure, and fluctuating pockets of famine-like conditions have left nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five acutely malnourished. Weakened immune systems also make infants susceptible to Yemen’s devastating outbreaks of cholera and dengue fever: most people say Covid-19 is the least of their concerns.

Yemeni childhoods are ending earlier and earlier. The average age of marriage for girls in some rural areas was just 14, even before the conflict broke out, and has only dropped since.

Most of the children getting basic literacy and numeracy lessons in Hays had already been displaced from other areas, Ziad says, as families attempt to flee the fighting.

“Students do not feel safe while they get lessons. They can’t afford supplies. Schools are destroyed, homes are destroyed … years go by, and there is still no chance to get a proper education,” Ziad says.

Civil servant salaries in some areas have not been paid in several years, meaning many teachers and doctors effectively continue to work for free. While Yemen has about 170,000 teachers across primary and secondary schools, about two-thirds do not receive regular salaries.

“The teachers say that, even though they don’t have salaries and the conditions are harsh, they feel there is a responsibility to keep working. If they leave education, they know the disaster would be even greater,” Ziad says. “They continue to perform an important duty.”

Ziad, who lives in the nearby city of Hodeidah, says that he hopes his work as a photographer will help the world understand Yemen’s tragedy. He worries constantly about what the future holds for his two-year-old son.

“If the war continues, I do not think that my child or the rest of the children in Hodeidah will be able to have a better future. It has to end,” he says.

Saudi expert defends intensified bombardment in Yemen, Ansarullah vows painful response

December 27, 2021

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During a recent political talk show on RT Arabic, Saudi military expert Mohammad al-Qabibaan defended the recent intense escalation of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment campaign in Yemen, describing the relentless airstrikes of recent weeks as “successful operations” designed to force the Houthi Ansarullah movement to sit down at the negotiating table.

For his part, Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, a representative from the Sana’a-led Media Ministry, said that the Yemeni Army had no choice but to respond to the intensified coalition bombardment that was targeting innocent civilians and his country’s civil infrastructure, and vowed that the army ‘will respond by striking locations’ that hurt Riyadh.

Source: RT Arabic (YouTube)

Date: 26 December, 2021

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Mohammad al-Qabibaan, Saudi Military Expert:

I believe this (Saudi-led) escalation is the correct path, in order to say force the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table, this is one. Point two: this (escalation) is not carried out for the sake of revenge – thanks be to God, whatever is fired at the (Saudi) Kingdom from missiles and mortars is being dealt with and with great expertise. However, the purpose (of this escalation) is to support the peace process.

The international community calls for peace; the international community and the UN envoy and all sides call for sitting at the negotiating table. These special operations that the (Saudi-led) coalition is carrying out, occurred after the statement of our brother (General) Turki (al-Malki) that there will be operations of restraint by Saudi officials and the coalition, so that the Houthis and those who support the Houthis may come to understand that there is a desire for peace, and I believe you remember Mr Mohammad (the RT host) the proposal put forward by the coalition states. So in my opinion, I believe these operations have been successful, and they call upon the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table…

Host:

Okay, ‘successful operations’… but what supports this new strategic approach by the coalition which exposes many civilian sites (to airstrikes)? The images that we are seeing, at least those that are coming from the other side, (appear to reveal) the targeting of civilians and civil infrastructure, roads, bridges, hospitals…I mean, this is what the images show?…

Mohammad al-Qabibaan, Saudi Military Expert:

Frankly speaking this is not new in terms of the behaviour of the Houthis, in how it benefits from civilian sites and hospitals, schools, and even mosques, in order to hide its weapons, recoup its plans and spread out it (capabilities) as it sees fit. So (the Houthis) benefitted from this, and the international community usually looks towards the side that wields greater power, and (expects it) to practice more restraint, and that it avoid targeting civilian sites.

The (Saudi-led) coalition announced, and gave a deadline, and also confirmed to the international community that it was the Houthis who were moving the battle into populated areas by using such sites. Yesterday or before yesterday, brother (General Turki) Malki announced that the Houthis had six hours to remove its weapons from where? From sports facilities. This is the biggest proof that the (Saudi-led coalition’s) intelligence (apparatus) is working really well and in cooperation with its partners in Yemen, and that these weapons were stored in such locations. This to some extent may affect the reports that the UN humanitarian team produces, and they may benefit from reports that say the coalition forces carried out such operations. Otherwise, I reassure you that the coalition states are carrying out operations back by intelligence (information), operations which send a message that the Houthis may understand.

Host:

Okay that’s clear, I move now to Mr Nasr al-deen. With regards to these latest developments, in your opinion, what are the reasons for this escalation that is unprecedented at least in recent times? Could we say that one of the major reasons (for this escalation) is the (developments in the battle) for Ma’rib?

Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, (Yemeni) Media Ministry Representative:

In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful. There is no doubt that when we wish to analyse such issues, we must not forget the stance of America. Because from the very first moment this war came from Washington, was announced in Washington, and is directed from Washington. This escalation would not have come – and in this form – if it were not for the frank statements issued by the American envoy to Yemen, who it was said was coming for the sake of peace. (The US envoy) called upon what he called the ‘Yemenis’ to confront the Houthis. He called for war, escalation, the escalation of the fighting, (only) then did these (airstrikes) come with such intensity.

As for the (potential) consequences of (this heavy escalation of airstrikes) on the various fronts (of the battle), I believe this (airstrike campaign) has an impact, however, (these strikes) cannot be justified at all because we are liberating Yemeni land. After all we are responding to (foreign) aggression and liberating Yemeni land.

Furthermore, these airstrikes are absolutely not targeting weapons stockpiles, as your guest and the (Saudi-led) coalition claims. The (Saudi-led) coalition stated with regards to Al Thawra Sports City and the Al Thawra Sports Stadium, that it contained weapons (stockpiles). I personally called on all media outlets working in Sana’a, and I personally went with them to that area from the very first moment after this announcement was made, and no (weapons) were found at all. Similarly, all the sites that (the Saudi coalition) is targeting are (say) main roads, while they say they are ‘weapons storage facilities’. They call bakeries ‘weapons storage facilities’. Children are killed, then that say ‘weapons storage facilities’. in these locations. This is a narrative which they got use to repeating in order to justify their crimes, yet this does not change the reality and we have the right to respond to these massacres. In addition, we have no concern for the condemnations coming out of the American and French embassies, because they have no sense of (human) feelings whatsoever, because they are glutted with Saudi money and oil, and thus (their condemnations) will not have any effect, and (our) operations in response will continue.

Host:

Okay, how will this situation be dealt with? Is Ansarullah capable of bearing further strikes, whether strikes targeting civilians or military sites or civilian sites being used as military sites, we saw how the (Saudi) coalition has said that it has widened the list of targets that it has, meaning that the campaign will go on until they manage to force the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table, as Mr Mohammad said?

 Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, (Yemeni) Media Ministry Representative:

Let me tell you something. We admit that they know what hurts us. (The targeting) of civilians hurts us, yes correct. (The targeting) of children hurts us, yes correct. The siege targeting and starving the Yemeni people hurts us, yes that’s correct. However, we are in a very difficult situation. (Yet) we know what hurts them (too). And we will strike the areas that hurt them. They themselves know the areas that hurt them, because they are concerned with their wealth and not their people. Why do we not target the Saudi people? Because we know that (their rulers) do not care about them. They target that which hurts us, that is, the Yemeni civilians.

Ultimately, this war was imposed upon us and we must fight. Our decisions (are in reality) seeking (a just, lasting) peace. We wish and call always for peace. However, (this war) has been imposed upon us. When the civilians, roads, children and women are struck, what are we suppose to do? Stand and smile at them? We must respond. This is a religious, moral, constitutional and principled commitment by the Yemeni Army, that it respond to these massacres, and the whole world does not concern (the Yemeni Army) and nor will it affect (its resolve).

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Dec 15, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Two recent reports by the New York Times highlight some of the US’ manifold crimes in Syria, murdering untold numbers of Syrian civilians over the years, under the pretext of fighting the Islamic State.

They exposed a 2019 US bombing in Baghuz, eastern Syria, which killed 70 civilians, and that this was but one of numerous instances, with the Delta Force routinely launching “reckless airstrikes” while purportedly fighting ISIS. 

Stating the obvious: had the wanton and repeated mass murder of civilians been committed by Syria or Russia, it would have been in headlines, ad nauseum…because the legacy media genuinely cares about the Syrian people. But, since the crimes were committed by the US, we’ll neither see outrage nor crocodile tears. In fact, it’s pretty shocking that the New York Times, a noted apologist for American Imperialism which has promoted outright fabrications about Syria over the years, has deigned to report honestly on actual war crimes in the country. 

In April 2019, Airwars (and Amnesty International) reported that, “at least 1,600 civilians died in Coalition strikes on the city of Raqqa in 2017 during the battle to evict so-called Islamic State – ten times the number of fatalities so far conceded by the US-led alliance, which had admitted 159 deaths to April 24th.” 

It noted that, “most of the destruction during the battle for Raqqa was caused by incoming Coalition air and artillery strikes – with at least 21,000 munitions fired into the city over a four-month period. The United Nations would later declare it the most destroyed city in Syria, with an estimated 70% laid waste.”

Along with reporting from Syria since 2014, I’ve keenly followed news on the subject and, unless my memory betrays me, I don’t recall overwhelming media outrage following this report. 

In November, former United Nations Weapons Inspector and former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer, Scott Ritter, wrote“The Battle of Raqqa became a template for all future anti-ISIS operations involving the SDF and the US going forward. By the time the mopping up operations around Baghuz were conducted, in March 2019, there was in place a seamless killing machine which allowed the US to justify any action so long as it was conducted in support of an SDF unit claiming to be in contact with ISIS.” 

The US strikes were apparently meant to be portrayed as “self-defense” protecting US proxies on the ground, a feeble excuse for the slaughter that occurred. Yet, what Syria, with the aid of allies, has been doing the past ten years has literally been self-defense: defending the country against the death squads supported and funded by the West, the Gulf, Turkey and Israel in their war on Syria. 

Were such death squads to descend on Western cities, they would almost immediately be eviscerated. This scenario is highly unlikely given that the terrorists are tools of the West, but this illustrates the hypocrisy of the situation: Syria has been doing its utmost to restore security to the nation, via strategic warfare against terrorist factions, as well as reconciliation deals enabling Syrian armed men among the foreign terror groups to lay down their weapons and return to civilian life. Simultaneously, the US, their allies, and the terrorists they support, have wantonly murdered Syrian civilians and wreaked destruction on the country.

Referring to the New York Times reports, RT reported recently that former Pentagon and State Department adviser Larry Lewis, who co-authored a 2018 DoD report on civilian harm based on classified casualty data, said the rate was “10 times that of similar operations he tracked in Afghanistan.’ … and that, when interviewed by the New York Times, Gen. Townsend blamed any civilian casualties on “the misfortunes of war.” 

Funny how that works. When Syria is actually fighting terrorism, they are condemned. When the US is fake fighting terrorism and slaughtering civilians, it’s just a “misfortune of war.”

It should be no surprise to any thinking person that the US has committed untold war crimes in Syria (and many other countries) during its illegal presence in the country. Still, even with ample documentation of these crimes, the US is not held accountable. Completing this unjust scenario, the US and allies have repeatedly hurled unfounded accusations of chemical weapons attacks and Russian war crimes, providing no evidence and generally relying on unnamed sources or the al-Qaeda-affiliated White Helmets.

wrote about this last year, noting, “A UN-mandated report, which accuses Russia of war crimes in Syria, heavily relies on anonymous sources and lacks evidence, but also smacks of deliberate disinformation that is halting the eradication of terrorism in Idlib.” 

Emphasizing that this report was based on testimonies taken in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon or by phone, I noted, “I scoured the 24 pages of the report, but even in the annexes I could find no transparent and credible sources, only the following vague terms repeatedly referred-to: Witnesses, civilians, NGO rescuers, medical teams, first responders, flight spotters, and early warning observers.”

In the relentless propaganda against Syria, and Russia, that report got a lot of traction in regime-change media. The recent reports on US crimes in Syria? Not so much.

Some days ago, the Twitter account @USEmbassySyria tweeted about the US standing firm in its commitment to human rights and the rights of women. A ludicrous tweet given the US’ support for terrorists who quash human rights and imprison and rape women. 

It is also worth mentioning that Twitter account represents a non-existent entity: in their push for human rights for Syrians (as they bomb and murder Syrians or starve them with sanctions), the US Embassy in Syria long ceased to exist, as did most embassies involved in the plan to put extremist terrorists in power. 

In a world where Israel can daily imprison and slaughter children and other Palestinians, and Saudi Arabia can wage war on Yemen while beheading its own civilians, the crimes of the US (and allies) in Syria are sadly not surprising.  Nor are they new. The US has a decades-long history of attempting regime-change in Syria. 

But seriously? Syria and Russia are to blame in this upside-down world…? 

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SYRIA: My Published Articles From and on Syria (2014-2021)

It’s 10 years since the war in Syria began, and Western media & pundits are still eager to keep it going

Guilty until proven innocent (again): UN report on alleged Russian ‘war crimes’ in Syria is based on ‘We Say So’ & unnamed sources

75 Years & Counting: A History of Western Regime Change in Syria Part I

A Western-backed war couldn’t destroy Syria, now sanctions are starving its people

Israel’s airstrikes in Syria are not newsworthy for Western media, as a result status quo continues & civilians suffer

US exceptionalism: Exploiting certain Syrians, ignoring others

The Strategic Importance of Yemen’s Marib

Dec 2, 2021

By Al-Ahed News

Sayyed Al-Houthi Denounces Brutal Saudi Crimes in Yemen’s Hudaydah

Nov, 30 2021

By Staff, Agencies 

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi slammed the Saudi aggression’s brutal crimes in the western coastal city of Hudaydah.

Speaking in a meeting with a delegation of AL-Bayda tribal leaders in the capital Sana’a on Monday evening, Sayyed Al-Houthi warned against seditious conspiracies and divisive attempts by enemies in order to establish their control over Yemen.

“Enemies are seeking to dominate Yemeni people through incitement of sedition and division,” he said.
The Yemeni leader further underscored that “Meetings and reunions among people from various walks of life are truly indicative of the level of fraternity, cooperation and understanding within the Yemeni nation. The opportunity is ripe to push for promotion of brotherhood, cooperation and social peace in order to restore security and stability in Al-Bayda province.”

“We want to beef up nationwide peace and resolve lingering disputes… We want the government and the nation to work together in order to provide civil services,” the Ansarullah chief pointed out.

Sayyed al-Houthi also pointed to the anniversary of the expulsion of colonial British forces from Yemen, stressing that November 30 marks a bright page in the history of the Arab nation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Ansarullah leader also condemned the execution of ten prisoners by Saudi-sponsored Takfiri militants in Hudaydah, describing it as a “heinous crime” and a blatant violation of international humanitarian law.

According to Abdulqader al-Mortadha, head of the Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs in the Yemeni National Salvation Government, Saudi mercenaries executed the victims on November 13 and dismembered their bodies.

Five of the prisoners were residents of Yemen’s Hudaydah province, while the rest were respectively from the provinces of Hajjah and Mahwit.

مرة أخرى إيران تنجح بوضع الأمور بين خيارين: «الاتفاق أو الاتفاق»

الثلاثاء 30 نوفمبر 2021

ناصر قنديل

ليست العودة إلى مفاوضات فيينا جولة استكشافية، ولا محاولة مفتوحة على احتمالات، فالشهور التي مضت منذ توقف التفاوض كانت هي شهور المفاوضات الفعلية، وساحة الاستكشاف الحقيقية، وميدان اختبار الاحتمالات المتعددة، وقبل سنوات عندما قررت واشنطن استئناف المفاوضات في مثل هذه الأيام من عام 2013 ، بعدما توقفت عام 2012، قلنا إن العودة للمفاوضات هي قرار بالتوصل لاتفاق، لأن ما سبق العودة كان اختبارات كافية للبدائل، وأن الحرب على سورية وتحريك الأساطيل نحوها في آب 2013، كانت سقف هذه الاختبارات، وفي كل مرة كان هناك من يعتقد بأن فرص التوصل للاتفاق تتراجع كنا نقول إن بديل الاتفاق هو الاتفاق، واليوم نعيد أن البدائل التي يتحدث عنها الإسرائيليون هي تلك التي حازوا تفويضاً أميركياً باختبارها ولكن سقفها عمليات التخريب التي لحقت بالمنشآت النووية، والاغتيالات التي استهدفت علماء الملف النووي، وراقب الأميركيون نتائجها فوجدوا ان المشروع النووي الإيراني لا يزال يتقدم، علماً أن الإسرائيلي قبض نقداً وسلفاً ثمن ما قام به، سواء بعمليات التطبيع مع الخليج، أو بأموال عربية مولت هذه العمليات، أما الحرب فقد اختبرها الأميركيون في عهد الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب، سواء يوم أسقطت إيران طائرتهم التجسسية العملاقة فوق الخليج، أو يوم دكت بصواريخها قاعدة عين الأسد، رداً على اغتيال الجنرال قاسم سليماني.

الاختبارات التي يفترض أن تقرر مصير المفاوضات قد جرت، والبدائل التي يمكن أن يلجأون إليها قد تم اللجوء إليها، ولذلك نكرر وبثقة أن بديل الاتفاق هو الاتفاق، وأن شروط إيران للعودة إلى الاتفاق قد تم فرضها في ساحات الاشتباك التي جعلت مسار فيينا بتوقيت طهران خياراً وحيداً أمام الأميركيين، على رغم كثرة كلامهم عن أن الوقت ينفد من أمام خيار التفاوض، وهم يكررون ذلك طوال ستة شهور، ثم يعودون عندما قررت إيران أن العودة صارت مناسبة، فذلك لأن التفاوض يأتي على خلفية بدائل تم اختبارها، أولها كان في لبنان بمحاولة الإنقلاب على حزب الله من بوابة الأزمة الاقتصادية وتفجير الشارع بوجهه، وقد انتهت بنتيجة صفرية، والثانية بمحاولة دعم الحرب على اليمن ودفعها باتجاه الحسم، عبر تشديد الحصار وحملات التجويع، والقصف التدميري الوحشي، ففاجأتهم مأرب بحضورها وتحول الحرب إلى حسم معاكس يقترب، والثالثة بمحاولة تغيير قواعد الاشتباك في فلسطين، ودفع غزة إلى التنازل طلباً للقمة الخبز، فكان سيف القدس، والتدهور في ميزان الردع الإسرائيلي لحساب ميزان ردع معاكس.

بعد الانسحاب من أفغانستان يدرك الأميركيون أنهم خارج سياقات حروب جديدة، وبعد الاتفاق الصيني- الإيراني يدرك الأميركيون أن إيران لم تعد بحاجة حيوية للعودة إلى الاتفاق، بل إن إيران التي قطعت أشواطاً في تطوير برنامجها النووي مستظلة بالانسحاب الأميركي من الاتفاق، فرضت معادلة قوامها أن أميركا خسرت الاتفاق الذي كان يقيد البرنامج النووي الإيراني، ولم تكسب بالمقابل شيئاً في الميادين التي قالت إنها تعترض على عدم تضمينها للاتفاق، وهي البرنامج الصاروخي الإيراني، الذي باتت فروعه منتشرة على ضفاف البحر المتوسط والبحر الأحمر وفوق مياه الخليج، وصولاً لباب المندب، أما الوضع الإقليمي فقد بات حضور قوى المقاومة فيه صاحب اليد العليا في كل ساحات الاشتباك، وكما يقول الروس للأميركيين، لم تعودوا في وضع يهدد إيران بكلفة عدم العودة، بل عليكم أن تقدموا لها حوافز للعودة، ويكفي دليلاً أن إيران ليست راغبة بامتلاك سلاح نووي عودتها للمفاوضات بنية العودة للاتفاق، على رغم بلوغها العتبة النووية.

معادلة فيينا هي العودة للاتفاق أو العودة للاتفاق، وإلا لما تمت العودة إلى فيينا.

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The Reasons Behind the Emirati Withdrawal from the Yemeni Coast

19 11, 2021

The Reasons Behind the Emirati Withdrawal from the Yemeni Coast

By Hussein Kourani

Beirut – It seems that the field map is becoming clear in the governorates of northern Yemen. With the approaching fall of the strategic city of Marib in the hands of the Yemeni army and the popular committees, the other fronts in Hudaydah and Mokha began to fall apart, as if the Marib front has shaken the other fronts and decided the whole battle.

In a sudden turn in the course of the field, the Emirati-backed forces withdrew from the southern areas of Hudaydah that is led unilaterally by Haitham Taher in an unreasonable way with respect to the forces in Mokha city led by Tarek Saleh and backed by the United Arab Emirates [UAE] as well, which left the latter shocked, confused, and doubtful about the existence of an agreement and a prior coordination between Taher and close confidents of the fugitive president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is supported by Saudi Arabia.

Sources reported unannounced heated disagreements among the factions of the UAE-backed forces in the western coast of Yemen, in the aftermath of the sudden and wide withdrawals in Hudaydah areas, which represented a stab in the back of Saleh’s forces, leaving the armed factions affiliated with the southern transitional council shocked and confused. The sources added that the so-called “legitimacy of Hadi” is coming to an end.

The withdrawing forces, however, claimed that they have evacuated the fighting areas in Hudaydah in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement reached late 2018, which is supposed to take place in coordination and understanding with the United Nations mission; but it was not kept informed with the updates.

But other sources asserted that the Emirati forces had previously started a large-scale evacuation of its forces after receiving a series of military strikes from the Yemeni Ansarullah movement. Such strikes were based on accurate intelligence by the movement.

In addition, the Yemeni army and popular committees rushed to take control over these areas, and opened the main road that connects them with the capital Sanaa. Among these areas are the eastern and northeastern coastal city of Hudaydah, and areas to the south of the city on the outskirts of the Hudaydah International Airport, in addition to the Ad Durayhimi District, the coastal line of the “Beit Al-Fakih” District, At Tuhayta District, Al-Haima port to the south of Al-Khawkha District, areas in the Hays District and areas to the south of these two directorates of the Taizz Governorate.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia evacuated most of its compounds in the last few weeks, especially in Al-Mahrah governorate, but a number of its troops is still at its center in Al-Ghaydah, along with a group of officers who still roam about 27 compounds where mercenaries forces of the southern separatists are present, and it has become rare to find any Emirati forces in many southern areas. 

Regarding the Marib front, the Yemeni army and the popular committees have eased their attack on the city and headed to the south, achieving a progress that surpassed what it was like before, and succeeded, for the first time since years, to return to southern areas, even though a settlement with the local tribes there. But this operation allowed them to lay siege to all the southern and eastern crossings- the southern crossings that lead to Marib, and that made the Saudis and all the southern mercenaries in need for a long trip that takes them from Hadramout to the sieged city.

Accordingly, there is only one passage left, and if the Yemeni army and popular committees decide to go for an all-out confrontation to capture the city, this passage will be closed. The problem of Saudi Arabia here is that the support it received from the US did not help. Therefore, Marib has fallen and the greater is yet to come. Was the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash right when he said that “the liberation of Hudaydah is the beginning of the end of the war”?

Yemeni journalist Ali al-Darwani confirmed to Al-Ahed News that nothing is being done confidentially regarding the Emirati withdrawal from the western coast that is at least more than 50 km long, but rather a relocation in case Marib fell, which will impose new fields on Ansarullah, first of which will be this coast where Taher’s forces consider themselves to be trapped between the jaws of the pincers, for this coast’s width reaches 5 km in some areas. He added that these forces opted to withdraw to the southern areas to strengthen their influence in order to defend Bab al-Mandeb strait which is a US-“Israeli” quest, fearing its fall in the special committees hands and thus taking control over the maritime navigation.

Al-Darwani also said that in case Marib fell, 50,000 to 100,000 fighters of the Islah party backed by the UAE and its allies like al-Qaeda and Salafists will flee to the southern regions, where they have authority. This large number will enhance their resilience in defending Bab al-Mandeb which might be a priority for the Yemeni army and the committees, and even for the Saudi-backed forces in Aden and the south, which fought the Islah Party in many areas.

The Yemeni journalist concluded that the Emirati withdrawal is a purely tactic withdrawal so that Abu Dhabi maintains its interests in the south, fearing Ansarullah first, and Saudi Arabia second.

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أنصار الله يربحون الحرب ويقلبون الطاولة على الجميع

الاربعاء 17 نوفمبر 2021

محمد صادق الحسيني

يفيد مصدر أمني خاص جداً بانّ ثمة غرفة عمليات مشتركة لما يُعرف بالتحالف العربي لا تزال تأمل في إعاقة تقدّم أنصار الله باتجاه وسط مدينة مأرب، يشترك فيها بالإضافة إلى ضباط بريطانيين، ١٤ ضابط أركان “إسرائيلي” يشاركون جنباً الى جنب مع ضباط سعوديين في ما بات يسمّيه أنصار الله آخر معارك اليمن الكبرى…!

كما تفيد أنباء متداولة في الكواليس وفي صالونات السياسة الإقليمية أنّ حاكم أبو ظبي يتجه لخسارة مدوية لحرب الموانئ التي أوحى يوماً بأنه امتلك ناصيتها فيما هو آخذ في التقهقر نحو اليابسة الإيرانية، بخاصة بعد أن قطعت عليه تل أبيب خطوط إمداداته النفطية من إيلات إلى عسقلان أو أشدود (بحسب وزارة الطاقة الإسرائيلية التي طالبت بوقف مشروعه)!

هذا كما تفيد الأنباء بأنّ الزيارة المرتقبة في الساعات المقبلة لابن زايد إلى أنقرة إنما تأتي في هذا السياق، أي التنسيق مع غريمه الإخواني السابق أردوغان، لكيفية استخدام الأراضي الإيرانية للتجارة الدولية بدلاً من خط إيلات ـ عسقلان، وذلك في إطار المشروع الصيني العملاق: حزام واحد ـ طريق واحد.

 وعودة التركي إلى “بيت الصديق” كما عبّر أحمد شاويش أوغلو في طهران مستحضراً بيت شعر شهيراً لأحد شعراء إيران القدامى، وهو بضيافة عبد اللهيان، فإنّ ثمة من فسّرها بهذا الاتجاه أيضاً.

أيّ تقهقر المشروع التركي في البحار بعد غزواته الفاشلة الثلاث في المتوسط والأحمر وبحر الخزر (ليبيا ـ اليمن ـ أذربايجان)، وتراجع وتيرة الصراع التركي- الإيراني لصالح اتفاقية طويلة الأمد بين البلدين يتمّ التحضير لتوقيعها بين أنقرة وطهران خلال زيارة مرتقبة لأردوغان إلى العاصمة الإيرانية قريباً.

كلّ ذلك يقول عارفون ومطلعون لما يحصل على حدود شبه الجزيرة العربية بين أنصار الله وأرباب الحرب الكونية على اليمن منذ 7 سنوات، والتي تبوء بالفشل وتتوه في صحراء الربع الخالي كما حصل لسابقتها الحرب الكونية على سورية وتكسّر نصالها على أبواب الشام.

لا يظنن أحد أبداً بأنّ زيارة الوزير التركي للبنان وهو الآتي إليه من طهران، والأخرى القطرية المشابهة المرتقبة، إنما تأتي في إطار مبادرات إنقاذ الرياض أو إنزالها من الشجرة كما يتصوّر البعض، أو حتى إصلاح ذات البين بينها وبين بيروت، أبداً بل هي للتقرّب من محور المقاومة المنتصر، وقبل ذلك وبعده فهي من ثمار ذلك الفشل الكبير للغزوات “الجهادية” المندحرة على أسوار مدننا، والتي يتمّ تتويج هزيمتها الكلية في هذه الساعات ضدّ حكم الرياض أيضاً وعلى يد أنصار اليمن الأحرار القابضين على الجمر طوال 7 سنين من الحرب والحصار.

أن هروب مرتزقة تحالف العدوان من الحديدة على عجل ومن دون ترتيب مسبق لا مع الرياض ولا مع الأمم المتحدة والذي سموه إعادة تموضع أو إعادة انتشار، إنما هو انكسار مرّ اضطروا له خوفاً من خسارة ما هو أخطر.

فالأنصار يُطهّرون الآن مدينة مأرب والوادي حيث مجمع صافر النفطي يتجهون لوصله بمجمع بلحاف للغاز في شبوة وعينهم على البحر جنوباً لقطع الطريق على مشروع نظام الرياض التاريخي الذي ظلّ يسعى لسنوات طويلة لتوظيف الأراضي اليمنية جسر عبور للوصول لإعادة رسم خطوط تصدير نفطه ملتفاً عن مضيق هرمز باتجاه بحر العرب.

كلّ هذا يحصل وسط إعادة رسم الخريطة الكونية كلها بين القوى العظمى التي خاضت حروب أنابيب الطاقة والمضائق والبحار خلال السنوات العشر الماضية، والتي يُقال إذا ما نجح أنصار الله في إكمال خطتهم الخاصة بتحرير اليمن كل اليمن، فإنهم ليس فقط سيأخذون لهم دور بارز في المعادلة الكونية الجديدة جيوسياسياً وجيواقتصادياً بل وجيواستراتيجياً أيضاً، أي بلغة أخرى سيقلبون الطاولة على الجميع.

وما ترونه اليوم من تدافع أو تدفق على دمشق لمصالحتها، سترون أضعافه على صنعاء، ما بعد انقراض القبيلة الحاكمة في الرياض عاصمة الوهابيين، وانتقال مركز ثقل الجزيرة العربية صوب الركن اليماني جنوباً.

وعندها فقط سترون كيف أن مرفأ بيروت سيستعيد عافيته فيما يأفل نجم ميناء حيفا وأشدود وعسقلان فعلاً.

وكذلك ستستعيد بغداد الرافدين دجلة والفرات من هيمنة قرار الغزاة المتعدّدي الجنسيات وكلاء الناتو ومخلبه الجنوبي الطوراني.

ويومها أيضاً سترون كيف أن مدن المقاومة والتصدي لمشاريع الهيمنة الغربية من جزائر الأطلس الكبير إلى تخوم جدار الصين العظيم تأخذ دورها الرائد في إعادة رسم جغرافيا آخر الزمان.

قاحلة أنت يا مدن الملح اليوم أكثر من أيّ وقت مضى بفضل الصبر الاستراتيجي لأنصار الله ومسيرتهم القرآنية التي وضع أسسها الشهيد القائد السيد حسين بدر الدين الحوثي.

وعامرة وعزيزة أنت اليوم يا مدن اليمن المنصور بالله بفضل قيادة القائد السيد عبد الملك بدر الدين الحوثي بحكمته وصبره ومعجزات رجاله الأنصار، وعقول كوادر اليمن المبدعة وما يقدّمونه من تضحيات من مأرب حتى باب المندب.

*بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله*

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لهذا السبب انسحب طارق صالح من الحديدة إلى تعز…

الأحد 14 نوفمبر 2021

باريس ـ نضال حمادة

 من دون مقدمات وعلى حين غرة أخلت قوات طارق صالح مواقعها على ساحل الحديدة في اليمن متوجهة إلى تعز، في وقت انسحبت قوات العمالقة التي كانت تشاركها جبهات الحديدة إلى ثلاث جهات… هي البرح للقتال مع صالح وعدن بينما رفضت بعض قوات من العمالقة الانسحاب ووقع غالبيتها في الأسر كما حصل مع كامل اللواء الخامس من العمالقة في الحديدة.

في معلومات حصلت عليها «البناء» فإنّ طارق صالح كان قد أبلغ قادة القوات المتواجدة في الحديدة قراره الانسحاب من الساحل الغربي إلى موزع ومن ثم البرح في محافظة تعز، وقالت المصادر إن طارق صالح زار الحديدة قبل أيام من الانسحاب وأبلغ القادة هناك قائلاً:

«أيها الإخوة سوف تسقط كلّ جبهات الساحل من الحديدة حتى خوخة، ونحن قررنا إعادة التموضع في البرح وموزع ومن يريد منكم الانضمام معنا فأهلاً وسهلاً بمن يريد منكم أن يكون تحت قيادتي». وأضاف صالح «من لا يريد كان الله بعونه يبقى وعليه مواجهة مصيره فوافق البعض وطلب البعض الآخر مبالغ مالية».

لماذا الانسحاب وإلى تعز تحديداً؟

تقول مصادر يمنية مقرّبة من آل صالح إن الانهيار في جبهات مأرب كان قوياً ومتسارعاً بشكل وضع خريطة الحرب اليمينة كلها على طريق النهاية السريعة لمصلحة أنصار الله.

وتضيف أن منطقة الساحل الغربي لا يمكن الدفاع عنها في حال سقوط مأرب إذا ما تمكّن أنصار الله من إرسال آلاف المقاتلين الذين كانوا في مأرب إلى الساحل الغربي، بالتالي أصبحت الخيارات أمام طارق صالح محدودة للغاية… إذ أنه ليس في وارد الذهاب للقتال في مأرب بوجه عشرات آلاف المقاتلين من أنصار الله، وليس لديه في الجنوب أيّ محب أو صديق، بالتالي فإنّ وجوده في الجنوب مرفوض من قبل الانتقالي، فكانت تعز أقلّ الخيارات سوءاً، خصوصاً أن لِعمّه فيها أنصار كون تعز كانت المحافظة التي تشكل منها كلّ كوادر الدولة اليمنية أيام حكم علي عبدالله صالح، بالتالي فسوف يجد طارق صالح فيها مقرأً للاستقرار المؤقت الذي يمنحه هامشاً من المناورة لعدة أشهر ربما، مع علمه أن محاولته هذه محفوفة بالمخاطر والصعوبات كون تواجده في تعز سوف يكون عرضة للحصار بسبب طول خطوط الإمداد وقدرة أنصار الله على قطع هذه الخطوط، فضلاً عن تواجد الإصلاح فيها، غير أن ضيق الخيارات لديه وحاجته إلى الحماية جعلته ينتقل إلى تعز، فكلّ ما يطلبه الرجل حالياً هو حماية نفسه لا أكثر.

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The “Worst Director” Award Goes to MBS for His “I Blame My Failure in Yemen on Hezbollah”

Nov 15 2021

The “Worst Director” Award Goes to MBS for His “I Blame My Failure in Yemen on Hezbollah”

By Mohammad Youssef

Beirut – Saudi Arabia that has ignited unfounded irrational crisis with Lebanon, continues to exercise its mounting pressure on the country to dictate its political will, avenge its humiliating defeat in Yemen, and invest in tension to yield electoral gains in the next parliamentary elections early next year.

Riyadh has used a feeble pretext to escalate the situation; a statement by the Lebanese minister of information that he pronounced prior to assuming his office depicting the war in Yemen as absurd and aimless.

Saudi Arabia launched a fierce campaign against Lebanon threatening to severe the relations; announced Lebanese ambassador to Riyadh persona non grata and summoned its ambassador to Lebanon back to Riyadh.

Not only that, Saudi Arabia dictated on other Gulf countries especially Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates to follow its path and impose similar stern measures against Lebanon.

Digging into the reasons as why Riyadh is punishing Lebanon and the Lebanese, we could simply find the following:

First, Riyadh is outraged with the futility of its allies in Lebanon that yielded no gains whatsoever in their antagonistic relation with Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia had supplied them with all kinds of support and spent billions of dollars to fight the party through its allies, and the whole issue ended with Hezbollah accumulating gains and successes on every level.

Riyadh has never treated Lebanon as a sovereign independent state, but as an another arena for its political influence where it could dictate its will as it likes. This was clearly dramatized when it imprisoned former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and forced him to resign back in 2017.

Second, Riyadh wants Lebanon to hold the brunt and responsibility of its humiliating defeat in Yemen, it accuses Hezbollah of helping Ansarullah and supplying them with military expertise.

Hezbollah has clearly announced its condemnation for the Saudi criminal war against the Yemenis, politically and morally and on media outlets supported their struggle against Riyadh aggression. After it has exhausted other places in Iraq and Syria, and not finding any other place to avenge its defeat and continued losses, Saudi Arabia is taking revenge on Lebanon using Hezbollah as a pretext to compensate its defeat in Yemen.

Third, Hezbollah is the target for a persistent campaign from the Western Powers headed by Washington and its proxy “Israel” and aided by retrogressive Arab countries headed by Saudi Arabia.

Now, after their failed military attempts to eradicate the Resistance in Lebanon, thanks to the Axis of Resistance that successfully sabotaged their aggressive conspiracies, those sinister tyrant powers have joined efforts to make use of the coming parliamentary elections to gain the majority, so it can carry out a comprehensive change in the political scene.

To sum up, Riyadh’s oppressive aggression against Lebanon is baseless and unjustifiable. It is surely doomed to fail as its precedents.

Riyadh is not only acting in an irrational way, more dangerously, it lacks a sober and wise foreign policy, no wonder it is making all these grave strategic mistakes.

From Lebanon to Yemen, the same shameful scenario is on play with the signature of a director who lacks any vision, Mohammad bin Salman!

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الاثنبن 15 نوفمر 2021

ناصر قنديل

يتراجع المشهدان اللبناني والعراقي إلى الخلف، نحو ربط نزاع في كل منهما مع أزمات مستعصية، ومحاولات فاشلة لتغيير موازين القوى بوجه محور المقاومة، ففي العراق فشلت محاولات التفجير على خلفية المجزرة التي ارتكبت بحق أنصار المقاومة المعترضين على نتائج الانتخابات بصورة سلمية، ثم فشلت محاولة التفجير على خلفية الاعتداء الذي تعرض له منزل رئيس وزراء العراق مصطفى الكاظمي، ونجحت إيران بشخص قائد فيلق القدس الجنرال إسماعيل قآني بتبريد الأجواء وجمع الكاظمي مع قادة فصائل المقاومة، لربط نزاع عنوانه، مواصلة الفرز لحسم نتائج الانتخابات قانوناً، ومواصلة التحقيق القضائي في مقتل المتظاهرين وحادث الاعتداء على منزل الكاظمي، واعتماد الحوار أساساً لحل الخلافات، وفي لبنان تجاوز الوضع خطر الإنزلاق نحو المواجهات الأهلية على خلفية مجزرة الطيونة، وخطر انهيار الحكومة على خلفية الأزمة السعودية مع لبنان والمطالبة باستقالة وزير الإعلام جورج قرداحي، وفي البلدين يبدو ربط نزاع على القضايا العالقة سيتكفل باستهلاك الشهرين المقبلين.

خلال الشهور المقبلة وفي الطريق إلى القمة العربية في الربيع المقبل التي ستستضيفها الجزائر، تتسارع الأحداث على المسار السوري، خصوصاً في اتجاهين رئيسيين، الأول هو انسحاب القوات الأميركية الذي تزداد المؤشرات على قرب حدوثه، سواء لجهة الحراك العسكري الجاري في شمال شرقي سورية، أو لجهة الحراك السياسي للقيادة الكردية باتجاه دمشق، والحضور الروسي على الجبهتين العسكرية والسياسية لتسهيل قرار الانسحاب على الأميركي، أما الاتجاه الثاني فهو تسارع الخطوات الدبلوماسية نحو سورية لإنهاء المسار الذي بدأ مع الحرب عليها، وترتب بموجبه قطع العلاقات الدبلوماسية بينها وبين العديد من دول العالم، والدول العربية بصورة خاصة، وجاءت زيارة وزير خارجية الإمارات إلى دمشق وما سبقها وما رافقها إشارة لما سيليها، وما سيتضمن من تلاحق زيارات مشابهة تعترف بنصر سورية، وتفتح أمامها طريق استعادة دورها الدبلوماسي والسياسي على الساحة العربية الرسمية، التي ستتوج بحضور رئيسها لقمة الجزائر.

بالتوازي مع تطورات المشهد السوري لصالح تعافي الدولة ونهوضها وعودتها إلى المشهد الرسمي العربي من موقع المنتصر من جهة، ومواصلة تقدم مؤسستها العسكرية في فرض حوضرها على المزيد من المناطق التي كانت خارج سيطرتها، يبدو اليمن على موعد مع تحولات كبرى يتسارع إيقاعها، بحيث تبدو المنطقة على موعد مع زلزال قادم من مأرب، بدأت تداعياته العسكرية في مشهد الساحل الغربي حيث جاءت الانسحابات العسكرية  للقوى المناوئة لأنصار الله والجيش واللجان، كترجمة للقلق من مرحلة ما بعد مأرب، وسط اتهامات متبادلة بين حلفاء السعودية والإمارات بمقايضات تمت تحت الطاولة مع أنصار الله، لضمان مستقبل ما بعد مأرب، وإذا كان ديفيد شنكر قد سبق الجميع بتوصيف انتصار أنصار الله في معركة مأرب بصفته حسماً للحرب في اليمن بأسوأ سيناريو ممكن بالنسبة لواشنطن والرياض، فإن من الصعوبة بمكان تخيل المشهد مع هذا الانتصار للأنصار، حيث التداعيات ستكون أكبر من مساحة اليمن وتترك ظلالها على المشهد الإقليمي كله، خصوصاً مع التساؤلات حول اليمن الجديد الذي سيولد من رحم هذا الانتصار، فاليمن أكبر دول الخليج بعدد السكان، الذي يزيد على عدد سكان دول الخليج مجتمعة، واليمن صاحب ثروة نفطية غير مستثمرة واعدة وهائلة، واليمن في موقع استراتيجي شديد الأهمية في منطقة النفط العالمية، وعلى عقدة خطوط التجارة العالمية، والممرات المائية الاستراتيجية في أمن الملاحة.

يمكن تخيل ملامح الوضع العربي الجديد الناتج من الانسحاب الأميركي والصعود السوري والانتصار اليمني، اذا توقفنا عند النتائج المباشرة لهذه التحولات على لبنان والعراق، والتوازنات الجديدة في الخليج، وميزان القوى الجديد في الصراع بين محور المقاومة وكيان الإحتلال.

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Saudi & Lebanese guests clash over diplomatic crisis

NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Saudi & Lebanese guests clash over diplomatic crisis

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/video-saudi-lebanese-guests-clash-over-diplomatic-crisis/

Link to subtitled video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ga1OAOuoBQ

Description:

In a recent talk show program on RT Arabic, Saudi Major General Abdullah Ghanem al-Qahtani and Lebanese journalist Khalil Nasrallah engaged in tense, back-and-forth exchanges over the roots of the current diplomatic crisis between their two countries.

Source: RT Arabic (YouTube)

Date: November 5, 2021

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Transcript:

Abdullah Ghanem al-Qahtani, Saudi Major General:

Great Mr Kamal, the issue has gone beyond Kordahi, Kordahi’s resignation (from his position as Minister of Information) is not required – it won’t be enough (to fix Saudi-Lebanese ties), nor is it (manner) required (to resolve current issues), not even – clearly (saying) – not even the President (Michel Aoun), (Gebran) Bassil (Head of the FPM), or anyone (else’s apology would do), the issue (now) for Saudi Arabia (isn’t related to Kordahi anymore), (Saudi Arabia) very clearly says: ‘we wish (to deal with) Lebanon as a state, we do not wish (to deal with) a militia(-led) Lebanon’, meaning that Hezbollah is the one running Lebanon, hijacking (power) in Lebanon, and making peace and war decisions in Lebanon; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not accept this.

Moreover, (speaking to) brother Khalil and others (as well), why are they upset? Saudi Arabia has done nothing more than withdraw its ambassador (to Lebanon) and told the (Lebanese ambassador to the kingdom) to leave, we do not want to import drugs from Lebanon, what’s wrong with that? What harm (does it cause)? If this issue concerns them a lot, why this nervousness and arrogance? Why (would they) speak in such a way and why (do they act) in such a pathetic and desperate way? Let me assure you something, Hezbollah is hated by Lebanese in Lebanon, the people of Lebanon – (Hezbollah) ignores – (and I’m saying this) to you (too Mr) Khalil, (Hezbollah) ignores millions (of Lebanese people) and says ‘we are Lebanon’, ignoring the people of Lebanon. All the Lebanese people, or most of them, want to get rid of Hezbollah. Look Mr –

Host:

– this means –

al-Qahtani:

– (Allow me) for a few (more) seconds, look at (the situation in) Lebanon –

Host:

Mr Ghanem, you wish to say to Lebanon: ‘form a government that excludes Hezbollah, we wish to see a Lebanese government in which (there is no representation) of Hezbollah’, through these words you’re telling the Lebanese people: ‘you must exclude Hezbollah from the government and the political scene’, although it (Hezbollah) gained many votes –

Al-Qahtani:

(I’m not speaking about) exclusion, (I didn’t mean) the exclusion (of Hezbollah), Mr Kamal, (it’s not a matter of) exclusion, we demand Lebanese sovereignty. Is it (not) reasonable for Hezbollah to be a political component among the Lebanese, (a component) that forms, leads, and takes part in the governance of Lebanon? Should (Sayyed) Hassan Nasrallah do this? Brother, a few days ago, the man (Sayyed Nasrallah) came out (on TV) and said ‘we have a 100,000 fighters, I will crush Lebanon and (everyone) in Lebanon…’, so how would you deal with it? How would you hope for (good and stable) relations with a militant leading a state, hijacking its power? This is out of the question!

In the end – just a few seconds – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to my analysis, I’m not an official, (it) has passed all the boundaries, the choice is now in the hands of the Lebanese, they have an opportunity, they have the elections, they have the international community; France will not do them any good, nor will the US, the IMF is the one telling them ‘I will not lend you a single dollar before the election (takes place)’. (Yet,) what will the elections do? Will it put Hassan Nasrallah (in power) again? Let the Lebanese do whatever they want to, (let them) put Hassan Nasrallah –

Host:

– Good –

Al-Qahtani:

– as a leader affiliated to Iran, and (after all,) this is their (own) affair.

Host:

What do you have to say about that Mr Khalil Nasrallah? He says if Hezbollah was elected (by the Lebanese), let the (ballot) box and citizens elect him again, and (then) let Hezbollah and the ones supporting it in Iran do them (any) good.

Khalil Nasrallah, Lebanese Journalist:

Firstly, I wish to take the whole time I need, because the game of time is somehow leaning in favour of the (other) guest.

Al-Qahtani:

– do not interrupt me next time –

Nasrallah:

– in favour of Abdallah from Saudi Arabia –

Al-Qahtani:

– or else I’ll interrupt you, please! –

Nasrallah:

– The first point, –

Host:

– Yes please –

Nasrallah:

– He hasn’t lived in Lebanon, he doesn’t know (how things are in) Lebanon, he doesn’t know (the reality of) Lebanon at all, he hasn’t read anything about Lebanon, he doesn’t know about the electoral equations, he knows nothing about these numbers. He speaks what he hears on some (TV) channels, or maybe according to what is dictated (to him) by (certain sides) in a certain place.

Secondly, regarding the issue of the Arabic language, I’ve learned the Arabic language very well in Sanaa, so until now, it seems that he hasn’t heard the words of his eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah –

Al-Qahtani:

– where did you learn it? –

Nasrallah:

– (Nasrallah) the hero of the Arabs, he didn’t listen to him when he said –

Al-Qahtani:

– where did you and the Sayyed learn (Arabic)? –

Host:

– Mr Ghanem –

Nasrallah:

– Those 100,000 fighters are –

Al-Qahtani:

– Did you learn (Arabic) in Qom or Tehran? –

Host:

– (Just) a moment –

Nasrallah:

– (while another party) has a 15,000 fightesr in Lebanon and wants to ignite a civil war (in Lebanon), and is supported by the Saudi embassy, (and this man) is Samir Geagea (Head of the Lebanese Forces party). Sayyed Nasrallah said that day, (and he said it using) formal and eloquent Arabic, he clearly said: (I’ve mentioned the number of) these (fighters) to prevent a civil war in Lebanon, and we prepared them to defend Lebanon (against external aggression and threats); those (fighters) fought in Syria and are fighting against Israel. So, if this issue made Riyadh upset, it’s Riyadh’s problem to deal with –

Al-Qahtani:

– They fight in Syria against Israel? –

Nasrallah:

The third point, in everything Abdallah from Saudi Arabia has said – we (in fact) destroyed your (i.e., Saudi Arabia’s) scheme in Syria, we struck your scheme, we struck your (military) forces and the ‘Jaysh al-Islam’ –

Al-Qahtani:

– You fight Israel from Syria! –

Nasrallah:

– funded by Mohammed bin Nayef which was operated by Bandar bin Sultan in the beginning –

Al-Qahtani:

– Why don’t you fight Israel from Lebanon! –

Nasrallah:

– we know you (Saudis) very well. Thirdly, regarding the issue of –

Al-Qahtani:

– We too know you well –

Nasrallah:

– exporting of –

Al-Qahtani:

– we know you well, (we know) all of you militants –

Nasrallah:

– and accusing us of (exporting) Captagon (drugs), I wish that Saudi Arabia (understands) that Hezbollah does not export such substances. The second issue – and the most important point in this regard – is that they (Saudis) export suicide bombers to many Arab states. (The other) issue regarding the discourse of –

Al-Qahtani:

– How many (suicide bombers) have we exported to you in Lebanon? –

Nasrallah:

– Abdallah from Saudi Arabia, and the discourse of Saudis –

Al-Qahtani:

– how many Saudi (suicide bombers) have come to you, to Lebanon? –

Nasrallah:

– is that you have to do x, y, and z… what do you have to do with (Lebanon)? Whether Hezbollah is part of the (Lebanese) government or not? What do you have to do (with Lebanon’s internal affairs)? Mind your own problems, and mind your Yemen-related issues –

Al-Qahtani:

– and you, stay (concerned with the internal affairs of) Lebanon –

Nasrallah:

– Look (for solutions; what) should you do with the Yemen (issue) –

Al-Qahtani:

– Enjoy (having) Hezbollah (in Lebanon)! –

Nasrallah:

– the country which you have attacked in the first place. Above all –

Al-Qahtani:

– what do you have to do with Yemen?

Nasrallah:

More importantly, if you wish to see the extent of Saudi arrogance, the Saudi foreign minister said in his statement, very clearly – and clearly you’re free to jump in and talk over me, because they didn’t mute your microphone – if you go back to the Saudi foreign minister’s statement, (you’ll see) that he’s making impossible demands.

These impossible demands are the very same ones the Americans used to make, all US statements by the ambassador (to Lebanon), or David Hale used to speak of removing Hezbollah’s influence over the government, even though Hezbollah is not in control of the government…still they used to say that.

Host:

They also told you to form a technocratic government, and asked for everyone not to interfere, including Hezbollah…

Nasrallah:

When…when – the nature of the government is none of their business, neither the Americans’ nor anyone else’s, and the government turned out to be just as the Lebanese wanted it to be. This is very clear.

Host:

But that’s the French proposal. The proposal was to form a technocratic government…

The floor is yours Mr. Nasrallah…can you hear me?

Nasrallah:

Oh…no I didn’t hear you well…

Host:

What I said was that the French proposal was to form a technocratic government, a non-party government, and to keep all parties away from the government…and they later on said that it can be a technocratic government whose ministers are appointed by the different parties.

Nasrallah:

No, no, no…allow me to clarify. The French proposal, at first, was to form a national unity government that (espoused) a new political contract in Lebanon, which the Americans rejected. So, they proposed (a less effective solution of) forming a mission-driven government. “Mission-driven government” is somewhat an ambiguous term, and was part of what the Americans wanted, because at the time American pressure on Lebanon was at its highest. This led us to the formation of this government, not because a certain foreign power wanted this government to be formed, but because a certain party in Lebanon, Hezbollah, did not accept that the Lebanese people be humiliated, and brought in the fuel shipments, thereby forcing the Americans to accept the formation of a government in Lebanon, or at least to allow it to happen. By doing so, they overturned some previous objections, including (those of) the Saudis.

Not to stray too far off track, as for the Saudis, their main crisis is Yemen, that’s where their problem is. When they spoke with the Iranians, they made a few awkward suggestions…

Al-Qahtani:

Stick to Lebanon…(you have enough problems as it is)

Nasrallah:

…and the Iranians replied and told them that they should talk these things over with Hezbollah. This really irritated them (the Saudis). We understand how they deal with things, this mentality.

In Lebanon also, let me tell Abdallah something important, they (the Saudis) had some political forces whom they (encouraged) towards a civil war in 2017, and detained Lebanon’s Prime Minister (Saad Hariri), who also has Saudi citizenship.

Regardless of whether I agree with (Hariri) or not, the (Saudi) move was foiled.

Now, before the Tayouneh (massacre), and they (the Saudis) know full-well who they’re funding, the Lebanese Forces party, which is working for Saudi Arabia, has also failed in this task. They opened fire on civilians, and Hezbollah made a wise decision (to prevent any armed reaction).

Saudi options in Lebanon are now beginning to run out, and so they went toward this option (the diplomatic crisis over Kordahi)…and by the way, this business of cutting diplomatic relations has run counter to US wishes. The Americans did not agreed to the resignation of the Mikati government, they did not agree on a more severe embargo, and now the Saudis have begun to discover – and they will arrive to this conclusion in the near future – that they made a decision…just us the UN Secretary General says that the war on Yemen is foolish, this decision of theirs is also foolish. This is a decision that will have no favorable returns for them.

This show that they’ve put on, that the Bahraini government has followed in their stead, as well as the Hadi government in Riyadh, and the Abu Dhabi government…

Al-Qahtani:

What do we stand to lose?

Nasrallah:

…and so, in this next period, they’ll come to the realisation that they’ve made a wrong decision, and this decision will backfire. Let them go to Yemen, where they should talk to the government in Sana’a, peer to peer. This gamble of theirs will lose, and it has begun to lose, just as they’ve lost in other instances, they will also lose now.

How Britain Aids Saudi Massacres in Yemen, with Phil Miller

November 10th, 2021

“The state is very sophisticated in how it deals with these whistleblowers and it knows it can rely on a very pliant media that is not going to follow up these stories.” — Phil Miller

by Lowkey

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Asmall English village is hardly the first place that comes to mind when mentioning the war in Yemen. Yet Warton in the northwest of England is playing an oversized role in what the United Nations has repeatedly called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” The Lancashire village is home to an airfield and a manufacturing site where weapons dealer BAE Systems maintains, repairs and rearms Saudi jets responsible for much of the worst destruction in Yemen.

Today, Lowkey speaks to Phil Miller, an investigative journalist and producer who is currently a staff reporter for Declassified UK. He has just released the documentary “Warton’s War on Yemen,” which exposes how BAE Systems is playing a key role in the carnage in the Middle East. Every week, aircraft arrive from and leave for Saudi Arabia carrying crucial supplies to keep the Kingdom’s war machine going.

War is big business. A 2018 paper found that an estimated 7,000 employees of U.K. contractor companies, civil servants, and temporarily deployed military personnel were currently aiding Saudi forces in their attack on Yemen. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Kingdom is by far Britain’s most important arms customer, responsible for 49% of all international weapons purchases.

In September, Lowkey interviewed Ahmed Al-Babati, a Yemeni-born member of the British Army who refused to continue serving, citing the U.K.’s complicity in war crimes. “They didn’t press charges against him; they simply let him leave the Army,” Miller told Lowkey, explaining:

If that had gone to court, it could have become more of a media issue. The state is very sophisticated in how it deals with these whistleblowers and it knows it can rely on a very pliant media that is not going to follow up these stories.

Whistleblowers from inside the company itself, however, are unlikely, as BAE Systems often puts clauses in employment contracts that threaten their pensions if they speak out.

Miller noted that one of the key people in his film, Molly Mulready, had never been interviewed on camera before. A lawyer for the Foreign Office between 2014 and 2019, Mulready was responsible for giving legal advice in relation to exporting arms to the Middle East. Yet, despite very publicly blowing the whistle about the shocking human-rights abuses the government was ignoring, she had never been approached by the BBC or any other major news organization.

Miller also described the British royal family as “effectively lobbyists for BAE Systems,” as they are often sent to the Middle East to drum up orders for U.K.-made weapons.

That British-made arms are being used against civilian populations is not in doubt. A 2020 report from Oxfam noted that Saudi forces were deliberately targeting medical and water infrastructure, having done so over 200 times since the conflict began. This amounted to one attack every 10 days on average. There have been over 21,000 Coalition air raids on the country since 2015, according to the Yemen Data Project.

The effect of the continuous onslaught has been devastating, sparking a crisis of epic proportions. The United Nations estimates that 14 million people — over half the country’s population — are at risk of famine, and 20.5 million need help accessing drinkable water. “Vital infrastructure like hospitals, clinics, water tanks, and wells have consistently been in the crosshairs throughout this conflict. Their damage and destruction make Yemen even more vulnerable to diseases like COVID and cholera,” said Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Yemen Country Director. “Lives aren’t just lost when the bombs fall but also during the weeks, months or years it takes for hospitals and wells to be rebuilt.”

Miller studied politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London before switching to journalism. An acclaimed filmmaker, he is also author of the book “Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes.” Join Lowkey and Miller for a frank discussion about the incredible secret role Britain is playing in major war crimes.

The Liberation of Marib: Three Goals with Three Results

Nov 5,2021

The Liberation of Marib: Three Goals with Three Results

By Ali Al-Darwani

The pace of the liberation operations of Marib is accelerating unexpectedly, suggesting that its conclusion is around the corner. This is what the battlefield says. Looking at previous military operations by the army and the popular committees, including the ones in Nasr Min Allah, Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous, and Amkan Minhom to the subsequent operations in Al-Bayda, Shabwa, and Marib, all the way to Rabi Al-Nasr 2, tell us the victories on the ground are understated. The armed forces hold back on declarations in order not to compromise military, security, and intelligence operations. This means that the announcement by Brigadier General Yehya Saree during Wednesday’s briefing by the armed forces downplays the extent the achievements on the ground. And the coming days will reveal the reality.

This is as far as the battlefield is concerned.

The situation is not much different when we examine the data and expectations, which expose convictions among the mercenaries of the aggression, of the inevitable liberation of Marib, or, according to them, the fall of Marib. It’s just a matter of announcing it officially, which reflects the collapse of the morale of the elements of the aggression and their acceptance of the expected fait accompli. Perhaps the defeat of the aggression in Fardt Nihm, then in Kovel and Mas, and more recently in Abdiya, Mahlia, Rahba, Jabal Murad, and Juba add insult to injury. They can be added to the many setbacks they’ve suffered and will be carrying on their backs to the city of Marib.

The string of defeats were reflected in statements and insinuations by the leaders of the mercenaries and their media mouthpieces, which began to talk about the danger of the fall of Marib for the rest of region. They are not just talking about Yemen’s occupied south, but rather about the Arabian Peninsula and the region as a whole.

These exaggerations are tempting Riyadh to throw more weight behind these battles even though it has spared no effort in providing military support, especially from the air, including hundreds of raids to prevent and curb military progress on the ground. But to no avail.

Nevertheless, the mercenaries issued a statement – attributed to the parties supporting it – mourning Marib in light of the recent victories by Yemen’s armed forces and holding the Saudi-led coalition and the regime it backs responsible for the defeat.

Marib is important to Yemen politically, militarily, and economically. Politically, it is an occupied part of the country and cannot in any way be left in the hands of the invaders and occupiers. It must be returned to the bosom of the homeland and complete national sovereignty must be imposed and restored.

Militarily, Marib has always been a focal point and a dagger in Yemen’s waist. The forces of aggression used it as a camp in which they collected elements of Al-Qaeda, Daesh, and other takfiris, as well as remnants of the Islah party, and a handful of mercenaries looking for Riyadh’s crumbs, including oil and gas. This dangerous outpost, which threatened all its neighboring areas – Al-Jawf in the north, Sanaa in the west, and al-Bayda in the south – should not remain a source of danger and a hotbed for the elements of Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Economically, Riyadh has used Marib as a tool for its siege, cutting off oil, gas, and electricity supplies – the most vital services for all aspects of life for a large segment of the Yemeni people – to other areas. Liberating Marib will break part of the unjust siege and plans by the aggressors and their hopes to break the will of the people and bring them to their knees will be destroyed.

Speaking of the results, internally, thwarting the aggression and its plans, especially the partition plan, and taking one of the most important cards out of the equation, is considered an important achievement, which will bring the aggressors to the negotiating table without arrogance as well as political and humanitarian blackmail.

It will undermine their ability for political maneuvering and their dangerous gamble at the expense of the Yemeni people, their present, and their future.

The second result concerns the people of Marib who will return to their homes, and farms after being displaced for years. Meanwhile, calm and security will return to the country, the price of the riyal and the prices of essential goods and materials will decline, as these have recently been achieved in liberated districts in the south of the governorate. As for the people of Marib belonging to the other camp, Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s initiative still stands; they must seize it today because it is their only way out.

The third result is regional. It relates to [Mohammed] bin Salman and the loss of one of his most important cards, which he uses to bargain here and there, selling and buying from other people’s possessions. By doing so, he is losing what he imagined from a regional position – strength and reliance on his cross-border influence and powers. Now, he will appear to have lost all these cards and will stop fiddling with and engaging in unfair bargains.

What has been achieved to date clearly expresses that, by God’s grace, the Yemenis have overcome strategic obstacles to reach the position of imposing conditions on the enemy, with confidence and power, depending on the facts on the battlefield as well as historic and geographical facts. To God be the glory before and after.

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