Bibi Avoided 1st Official Trip to UAE over Fears of Yemeni Missiles

Bibi Avoided 1st Official Trip to UAE over Fears of Yemeni Missiles

By Staff, Agencies

“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he called off his first visit to the United Arab Emirates [UAE] through Saudi Arabian airspace at the last minute because he feared Yemeni missiles; the fourth time the visit was canceled.

In an interview with the “Israeli” entity’s Channel 13 on Saturday, Netanyahu said he canceled his first official visit to Gulf state of the UAE last week because there were “problems a week ago in the skies of Saudi Arabia”, referring to recent retaliatory missile attacks by the Yemeni forces against targets inside Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu did not elaborate, nor did he say whether his plane was targeted by Yemeni forces.

Last week, neighboring Jordan temporarily closed its airspace to Netanyahu’s flight over a spat between Tel Aviv and Amman. Thus, the Israeli premier had no choice but to take a more southerly route across Saudi skies after bypassing Jordanian airspace, meaning that his plane could fall within the reach of the Yemeni missiles.

On Thursday, officials in Netanyahu’s office claimed that the premier had been forced to call off his visit to the UAE after Jordan delayed approving his flight path over the kingdom, implying that this was the only reason behind the cancellation.

Jordan and the “Israeli” entity share strong security ties, but political relations have soured recently over the “Israeli” regime’s policies toward the occupied al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Using domestically-developed missiles, the Yemeni forces have so far launched numerous retaliatory missile strikes against targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, including the facilities of Saudi Aramco Oil Company.

Yemeni ballistic missiles have become a nightmare for the Arab kingdom, which leads a devastating war, in cahoots with its allies, against impoverished Yemen since March 2015.

Last week, the Yemeni missiles and combat drones hit one of the world’s largest oil shipping ports and suspended air traffic toward the international airport in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

Netanyahu had been scheduled to meet the UAE Prime Minister and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in his first official visit to the Persian Gulf state since Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi forged diplomatic ties last year in a US-brokered deal amid strong opposition from all Palestinian factions.

Reports on Wednesday also suggested the “Israeli” prime minister would likely meet Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, and/or Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok during the trip as well.

Netanyahu, who is in hot water in Tel Aviv over his corruption cases, had hoped to use the audience with the Emirati crown prince to boost his reelection campaign days before the regime’s March 23 parliamentary elections.

HOUTHI DRONES ONCE AGAIN POUND TARGETS IN SOUTH OF SAUDI ARABIA

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On March 15, the Yemeni Houthis (formally known as Ansar Allah) launched another strike in its long series of attacks on military targets in Saudi Arabia.

A Houthi military spokesperson said that three explosive-laden drones hit King Khalid Air Base in the Khamis Mushait province and the International Abha Airport targeted.

“The strike was accurate,” Yahya Sarei said adding that the attack came in response to Saudi Arabia’s continued blockade and attacks on Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition confirmed the attack claiming that it had destroyed a booby-trapped drone fired by the Houthis towards Khamis Mushait, according to the Saudi SPA News Agency.

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Yemeni Resistance Pounds King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait Liberate Most Parts of Marib

Yemeni Resistance Pounds King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait

By Staff

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced in a statement that the Yemeni resistance targeted early on Tuesday the King Khalid Airbase in Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait.

The operation involved a Qasef-2K drone, and hit its targets with high precision.

Saree concluded as usual that this operation comes in the course of the escalation of aggression against Yemen as well as its inclusive siege that is blocking all necessary materials to reach the Yemeni people.

Yemenis Liberate Most Parts of Marib

Yemenis Liberate Most Parts of Marib

By Staff, Agencies

Major parts of Marib governorate, including Marib dam, are now in the hands of the Yemeni armed forces and supporting local tribes as Yemen’s army continues its operations to liberate the strategic governorate.

Military experts say the Yemeni army holds its fire off the city to preserve the lives of the civilians and the infrastructure, however, the battles continue around the city and many terrorists are retreating.

Yemen is approaching the seventh year of war and siege imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, which has left tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children, dead.

Saudi Arabia is about to lose its last stronghold in northern Yemen, amid terrorist groups’ inability to confront the Yemeni army backed by the Yemeni tribes, both looking forward to cleaning the city from terrorists.

Last week, Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul-Malik Badreddine al-Houthi said the country’s army and Popular Committees are fighting in Marib against the US-Saudi aggression as they have turned it into a main front for the aggression.

Sayyed al-Houthi said that since the beginning of the US-Saudi aggression, the enemies have turned Marib into a main front for their aggression, and moved in it militarily with their armies from various countries and Takfiri groups.

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Hell on Earth Exists

By Stephen Lendman

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Made in the USA, assisted by its imperial partners, hell exists in raped and destroyed nations by US-led aggression.

It’s worst of all in ravaged Yemen since October 2001, a nation under attack by the US and complicit aggressors for nearly two decades without let-up.

According to World Food Program executive director David Beasley in remarks to Security Council members last week:

“Just two days ago, I was in Yemen, where over 16 million people now face crisis levels of hunger or worse.” 

“These aren’t just numbers. These are real people.” 

“And we are headed straight toward the biggest famine in modern history.” 

“It is hell on earth in many places in Yemen right now.”

“Around 400,000 children may die in Yemen this year without urgent intervention.” 

“That is roughly one child every 75 seconds.” 

“So, while we’re sitting here, every minute and a quarter, a child is dying.”

“Are we really going to turn our backs on them and look the other way?”

“To add to all their misery, the innocent people of Yemen have to deal with a fuel blockade.”

“(M)ost hospitals (still operating) only have electricity in their intensive care units because fuel reserves are so low.” 

“I know this first-hand because I’ve walked in the hospital.” 

“And the lights were off. The electricity was off.” 

“The people of Yemen deserve our help. That blockade must be lifted, as a humanitarian act.” 

“Otherwise, millions more will spiral into crisis.”

“Man made conflict is driving instability and powering a destructive new wave of famine that threatens to sweep across the world.” 

“The toll being paid in human misery is unimaginable.” 

“These looming famines have two things in common: they are primarily driven by conflict, and they are entirely preventable.”

“The cycle of violence, hunger and despair pulls in more and more individuals and families as the weeks and months pass.” 

“But the potential consequences are truly global: economic deterioration, destabilization, mass migration and starvation.”

“Beyond the immediate crisis, we also need to invest in peace, so that in the future, desperate families are not forced to the brink of survival by the bullet and the bomb.” 

“The costs of this violence are immense: just in 2019 $14.5 trillion dollars a year – 15 percent of global GDP.” 

“It would take a fraction of this money to fund the development programs that could transform the lives of people in fragile, conflict-scarred nations – and help lay new pathways to peace.”

Beasley added that he earlier warned that famines “of biblical proportions” are happpening in over three dozen countries.

He estimates around 270 million people worldwide today on the brink of starvation — what’s entirely avoidable but it’s happening because of endless wars and indifference to the health, welfare and rights of world’s most vulnerable people.

Millions reside in Yemen, victimized by US aggression because of its strategic location.

It’s near the Horn of Africa on Saudi Arabia’s southern border, the Red Sea, its Bab el-Mandeb strait — a key chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea through which millions barrels of oil pass daily — and the Gulf of Aden connection to the Indian Ocean.

It’s why war to gain and maintain control of the country rages endlessly.

Yemeni Houthi freedom fighters want their country back.   

They want US-led aggression ended, US/Saudi forces out of the country once and for all.

Millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation want to live, not die.

The Saudis are waging US proxy war on the country, massacring thousands, destroying vital infrastructure —  schools, food storage facilities, residential areas, and hospitals, wrecking Yemen’s healthcare system.

Millions of Yemenis face endless violence, lack of treatment for illnesses and injuries, starvation, and for many in the country widespread famine.

The entire population is at risk.

Beasley warned that things are “sliding toward the brink of the abyss” today.

Millions of desperate people in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, the Sahel and elsewhere — dozens of countries where millions of people go hungry because of US aggression and/or support for endless wars.

Beasley visited Sana’a, Yemen’s Al Sabeen children’s hospital.

He was overwhelmed by horror stories and what he saw firsthand.

He witnessed pain, incredible hardships, sick children whose bodies were skin and bones, and countless numbers on the brink of death from preventable or treatable illnesses and hunger.

“If I showed you some of the pictures, you would not believe it, and no one with a heart at all could sit idly by and let this continue. No one,” he stressed!  

Ending war in Yemen and other countries, along with lots of money for food and healthcare are desperately needed to save lives. end pain and indescribable suffering.

Beasley estimates around 250,000 deaths in Yemen from war, untreated diseases and starvation.

A more accurate toll since Bush/Cheney launched aggression in the country almost two decades ago is likely at least ten-fold higher than Beasley’s estimate.

What’s going on won’t likely end unless world community members no longer tolerate US-led wars on humanity.

They continue in multiple theaters by hot and/or other means, the human toll mounting exponentially each day.

Yemen’s Marib Offensive Born of Desperation, with No Sign Saudis/US Will Cease Their War

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By Ahmed Abdulkareem

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Having all but given up on the prospect of peaceful settlement under the administration of Joe Biden, the Houthis are now betting it all on retaking Yemen’s oil-rich Marib province from Saudi Arabia.

MARIB, YEMEN — Overcoming a rugged and Sahara-like desert climate and under the constant fire of Saudi warplanes, Tawfiq Hassan, a third-term Sufi law school student, along with a cadre of other young Yemeni fighters, partook in the recent liberation of the Nakhla Valley near the western gate of the city of Marib.

“To recapture Marib and its natural resources is the last chance to secure its oil,” Tawfiq told MintPress. But for Khaled Mudaher, a soldier in Yemen’s Republican Guard, liberating Marib is a sacred patriotic duty. ”They bomb us, kidnap our women, block medicine and fuel, and steal our wealth,” Mudaher lamented.

Battles over Yemen’s oil-rich Marib province, which lies only 100 kilometers east of the capital Sana’a, have raged on since 2015 when the war began. The clashes pit Saudi-led Coalition soldiers and their Salafist militant allies against Yemeni forces supported by the Houthis as well as partisans from local tribes. Those clashes have become more fierce as the war and Saudi-imposed blockade approach six years’ duration on March 26, and amid a new push by Sana’a to liberate the last strongholds of the Saudi-led Coalition from Riyadh’s control.

For the past few months, Yemeni forces have fought a grueling ground campaign to recapture strategic points on Marib battlefields, including villages and military positions surrounding Marib city. Across the western and north-western oil-rich fronts, fierce clashes have erupted as more and more local tribes join battles to reclaim ancient landmarks with evocative names from Saudi forces. From The Thunders and The Hunter’s Birthmark to the strategic Shower Heights overlooking the Dish of Jinn and the tribal Balkan Mountains near the famous Marib Dam itself, long battles slog on, peppered with small but frequent hit-and-run battles in outlying districts, including Altielat Alhamra. Coalition forces for their part claim that they are thwarting ٍSana’a’s advance and have recaptured many of the liberated sites.

Escalation born of desperation

The recent escalation is not only a result of the brutal siege and bombardment of Yemen, which has bred a communal sense of desperation, but it is also born from a recognition that there are no real intentions on behalf of the Saudis or Americans to stop the war. That sense of hopelessness has had fuel poured onto it in the form of violent acts carried out by Saudi forces that violate the core tenants and mores of Yemeni people, not to mention their very dignity.

On February 1, Saudi-backed militants raided the homes of an unknown number of displaced families in Marib and kidnapped seven women who were allegedly then sold to Saudi Arabia. Five of the women were kidnapped on a Saturday night and, as locals were still reeling, the militants returned the next morning and kidnapped two more women by force. The news quickly spread across Yemen and anger mounted, sparking dozens of protests against Saudi forces. Major tribes in Marib, who for decades have maintained either neutrality or loyalty to Saudi Arabia, held a meeting in Sana’a to declare their desire to create a united front and expel Saudi forces and their allies. The declaration came on the heels of historic non-aggression treaties signed between Houthi-backed Yemeni forces and elders from Marib’s indigenous tribes of Ubaidah, Murad, Jahm, and Jadaan in the weeks leading up to the kidnappings.

Tragic stories drive the fight

Yemen’s battlefields, especially those in Marib, are a picture of contradiction. On one side are the latest warplanes and weapons made by the likes of Raytheon and BAE; fighters from a variety of backgrounds, including al-Qaeda and ISIS; Egyptians; American and British experts; and an extensive network of intelligence agents from around the world monitoring everything. On the other, young partisans with Kalashnikovs and machine guns; sometimes artillery or missiles mounted to the back of an old pickup truck; and explosive charges, usually old Soviet-era RPGs. They advance under heavy airstrikes and bombings through the rugged terrain, usually wearing sandals but sometimes barefoot.

There are no paranormal forces aiding their advance, but incentives born out of desperation. Some are steeped in patriotism, some bear a sense of religious duty; but a majority are driven by some tragic story. A loved-one lost in an airstrike or to hunger or disease, unable to travel abroad for treatment. Others have had to pull family members from beneath the rubble of their own homes. Most have lost their jobs, homes, or farms. But all of their stories speak to the suffering endured by Yemenis.

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A Yemeni boy prays at the grave of a relative killed fighting Saudi-led forces, at a cemetery in Sana’a,. Mar. 2, 2021. Hani Mohammed | AP

The Saudi-led Coalition’s campaign in Marib is not limited to the massive airstrikes for which it is now known, but it relies heavily on ideologically-driven fighters from al-Qaeda and Daesh armed with the latest Western weapons. On the al-Murad battlefield, members of al-Qaeda led by Mansur Mabkhout Hadi al-Faqir al-Mouradi, known colloquially as “Zubair Al-Mouradi,” have many tasks including artillery bombardment, bomb-making, and their trademark across the Middle East, planting IEDs.

According to a recent report from Yemen’s Security and Intelligence Agency (SIA), the Saudi government has facilitated a massive al-Qaeda presence in the oil-rich Marib province. This includes a fully-equipped headquarters, shelters, houses, farms, camps, and hotels used openly by al-Qaeda-linked groups. The SIA released the names of more than 100 leaders and members of the so-called “State of Marib” and presented the tasks assigned to them.

According to the SIA, the leadership of the organization in the “State of Marib” has established a safe haven for the group in the Shabwa governorate, establishing medical and reception shelters to aid Saudi-led military operations. Moreover, the villages of Al-Khatla and al-Fageir, the al-Jufina region, and the Wakra region in Marib have all turned into al-Qaeda strongholds.

In fact, al-Qaeda has become more organized and publicly active. They have a fully-functioning organizational structure with Samir Rayan, also known as Mutaz al-Hadhrami, appointed as “Amir of the state of Marib,” and Jamal al-Qamadi, known as Abu Abdul Rahman al-San’ani, appointed as a medical officer and military logistics official. Osama al-Hasani, also known as Muath al-San’ani, has been appointed as head of al-Qaeda. Their organizational structure includes an official to oversee transportation, a medical representative at the Commission Hospital in the Marib, a procurement officer, and even an official to head the organization’s “housing.”

“No Iranians here”

Bakeil al-Murady’s face immediately began to redden and a thoughtful grin appeared when I asked the 35-year-old, who had been captured on Marib’s al-Alam battlefield, whether he really believed that he was on a sacred mission to defend against the Iranians. “There are no Iranians here, but there are Saudi Rials and we are in need,” he answered. Like most Yemenis, al-Murady was inundated by warnings of Iranian intervention in Yemen from Saudi-funded media but never saw it with his own eyes. Most hear tidbits of news about the Iranian nuclear program or other aspects of the country that lies two thousand kilometers away but has been tied ad nauseam to the war in Yemen.

As the media ties recent developments in Yemen to the Iranian nuclear issue or to Houthi attempts to position themselves favorably for potential American-led negotiations, the tragic truth on the ground is that the plight of 17 million Yemenis is being wholly ignored.

The offensive against Saudi Arabia taking place in oil-rich Marib, a province deep inside of Yemen, was launched as part of an effort to end, or at least deter, ongoing Saudi airstrikes against civilian targets and to force the Saudis to allow the entry of life-saving goods. It has nothing to do with the Iranian nuclear program or a future settlement. In fact, most Yemenis, including the Houthis, have announced repeatedly that their only demand is that the blockade against Yemen ends and that the airstrikes be halted. The simple reality of the battle over Marib is that, regardless of the outcome of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will rage on until Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign in Yemen grinds to a halt.

Death from the air

On Sunday, scenes of frightened children and families fleeing their homes amidst plumes of rising smoke were repeated after Saudi warplanes bombarded the densely populated al-Nahdhah neighborhood in central Sana’a. The airstrikes hit near Halima Girls School, causing damage to the school and surrounding houses and civic facilities. The attack was one of more than a hundred Saudi airstrikes that targeted populated areas and military sites this week across Yemen, including a scientific center in Arhab.

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Smoke rises following Saudi airstrikes in a residential area of Sanaa, Mar. 7, 2021. Hani Mohammed | AP

In retaliation for the airstrikes, on Sunday the Houthi-backed Yemeni military launched 22 drone and missile attacks against Saudi targets, including an Aramco oil facility in the port of Ras Tanura, the largest of its kind in the world, located north of the capital of Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of Dammam. The attacks came on the back of other Yemeni strikes on Saudi targets, including on the Abha Airport and King Khalid Air Base, located near Khamis Mushait, some 884 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Both of the airbases have been used to launch airstrikes against targets in Yemen, according to officials.

Yemen’s Houthi-backed Army unveiled the ballistic missiles and drones that were used in Sunday’s attacks on Ras Tanura last Thursday in an event in which Mahdi al-Mashat, the president of the Supreme Political Council, reiterated that attacks on Saudi Arabia will stop if the Kingdom halts airstrikes in Yemen and lifts the blockade on the country.

“Sparkling words”

The UN has warned that the recent clashes in Marib could trigger the displacement of thousands of civilians. “An assault on the city would put two million civilians at risk, with hundreds of thousands potentially forced to flee — with unimaginable humanitarian consequences,” U.N aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Tuesday, urging de-escalation.

According to the UN, more than 8,000 people have been displaced in and around Sirwah since early February, many of them fleeing existing refugee camps. Sana’a said the camps are being used as human shields and that Saudi-backed militants are preventing civilians from leaving the province in order to obstruct the advance of Houthi-led forces towards Ma’rib or to spur anger from the international community should the advance continue.

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A girl plays at a camp for internally displaced people in Marib, October 2, 2020. Ali Owidha | Reuters

The advance on Marib has sparked panic among Saudi Arabia and her allies, including the United States, which called on the “Houthis” to stop military operations, warning them that they should not interpret President Joe Biden’s public pivot on Yemen as a sign of weakness. “The Houthis are under the false impression that this administration intends to let its leadership off the hook,” U.S. State Department spokesman and former intelligence officer Ned Price said, adding, “They are sorely mistaken.”

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken added that “The United States joins France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom in condemning the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and their offensive in Ma’rib,” concluding, “We call on all parties to engage in the diplomatic efforts through the Yemen process to bring peace to Yemen.”

Mohamed AbdulSalam, the official spokesman and chief negotiator for Ansar Allah, the political arm of the Houthis, responded by tweeting “The U.S. depicts the battle of Marib as an aggression, asking us not to defend ourselves and leave the terrorist recruitment centers to operate with freedom.” AbdulSalam insisted that the military operation in Marib was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, nor was it decided on January 20, when President Biden assumed power. He added, “So far, the American statements have been still [just] words. We have not noticed any actual progress; the airstrikes and the blockade are continued with American backing. Sparkling words will not deceive us.”

The Yemenis’ rush to liberate Marib, which is home to sizable oil reserves, may be understood in light of the stifling humanitarian crisis foisted upon the country for the past six years — especially the ongoing fuel crisis, which has plunged much of the nation into darkness. It is incomprehensible to many Yemenis that international criticism has now surfaced over the advance on Marib when the same critics cannot muster condemnation of the battles, airstrikes, and blockade that are battering and squeezing more than 30 million people already struggling against famine and Covid-19.

The region’s wars are concentrated in Yemen حروب المنطقة تتركّز في اليمن

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The region’s wars are concentrated in Yemen

The U.S. push to stop the war in Yemen, when the U.S. adopted Saudi conditions based on the separation of the request to stop the bombing of the Saudi rear by Ansar Allah, without asking to stop the Saudi-Emirati aggression on Yemen, and stop the blockade that closes Sana’a airport and the port of Hodeida, thus making the war the only way to end the Yemeni crisis.

The U.S. formula to stop the war, which was rejected by the Yemenis, coincided with a U.S. alignment behind the defense of Saudi Arabia by placing a priority on stopping the bombing of the depths of Saudi Arabia as a condition for any discussion of efforts aimed at stopping the war.

The Americans know that establishing a balance of fire allows making the bombing of the Saudi depth, which is very costly to the Yemenis, will not bring new results after the Saudi air strikes on the Yemeni rear have reached its highest extent, and that any change that can be bet on is the creation of a new field balance in the ongoing ground war in a number of Yemen’s governorates, especially in the strategic and highly sensitive governorate of Ma’rib.

The Saudis, backed by the Americans, are begging for Turkish and Qatari aid to seek a new equation in the ground war, and the Turkish-Qatari support is carried out by transferring fighters from Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood from Libya and Syria to Yemen to fight battles in the governorates of Ab, Abyan and Marib.

Practically speaking, the Yemen war is turning into the Mother of Battles drawing new balances in the region, the regional map appears to be the subject of mixing papers against that could open the door to changes in the US- relationship, from the gate of improving Turkish-Egyptian relations, and the talk about improved relations Turkish with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, and that can explain the circumstances in which the new Libyan government was born.

The Russian pursuit towards the Gulf and Turkey under the title of understandings concerning Russian efforts to move solutions in Syria, will not affect the real changes imposed by Yemen, and will not succeed in changing its equations, as much as it will make the defeat of the Saudis and Emiratis, more comprehensive, broader and an entry point for equations affecting the entire region. .

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حروب المنطقة تتركّز في اليمن

توقفت الاندفاعة الأميركيّة لوقف الحرب في اليمن، عند تبنٍّ أميركيّ للشروط السعوديّة القائمة على فصل طلب وقف قصف العمق السعودي من قبل أنصار الله، عن طلب وقف العدوان السعودي الإماراتي على اليمن، ووقف الحصار الذي يقفل مطار صنعاء وميناء الحديدة، ما يجعل الحرب ميداناً وحيداً لتحرك الأزمة اليمنية.

ترافقت الصيغة الأميركية لوقف الحرب التي رفضها اليمنيون، مع اصطفاف أميركي وراء الدفاع عن السعودية بخلفية السعي لوضع أولوية وقف قصف العمق السعودي شرطاً لأي بحث بالمساعي الهادفة لوقف الحرب.

يعرف الأميركيون أن إقامة توازن ناري يتيح جعل قصف العمق السعودي عالي الكلفة على اليمنيين بعدما بلغ العدوان بالغارات السعودية على العمق اليمني مداه الأعلى لن يأتي بنتائج جديدة، وأن التغيير الذي يمكن الرهان عليه هو إحداث توازن ميداني جديد في الحرب البرية الدائرة في عدد من محافظات اليمن، وتتقدّمها محافظة مأرب الاستراتيجية والشديدة الحساسية.

يستنجد السعوديون ويدعمهم الأميركيون بالمعونة التركية والقطرية، في السعي لخلق معادلة جديدة في الحرب البرية، ويتجسّد الدعم التركي القطري بنقل مقاتلين من تنظيم القاعدة، ومن تنظيم الأخوان المسلمين، من ليبيا وسورية الى اليمن، لخوض معارك في محافظات أب وأبين ومأرب.

عمليا تتحوّل حرب اليمن الى أم المعارك في رسم التوازنات الجديدة في المنطقة، وتبدو الخريطة الإقليمية موضوعاً لخلط أوراق على خلفية هذا التحول، ويمكن أن تفتح الباب لتغييرات في العلاقة الأميركية التركية، من بوابة ما بدأت طلائعه في تحسين العلاقات التركيّة المصريّة، والحديث عن تحسّن علاقات تركيا بالسعودية والإمارات، وما يمكن أن يفسر الظروف التي ولدت فيها الحكومة الليبية الجديدة.

السعي الروسي نحو الخليج وتركيا تحت عنوان تفاهمات تخصّ المساعي الروسية لتحريك الحلول في سورية، لن يغير حقيقة الخلفية الحقيقية للتغييرات التي فرضها اليمن، والتي لن تنجح في تغيير معادلاته، بقدر ما ستجعل الهزيمة التي مُني بها السعوديون والإماراتيون، أشمل وأوسع ومدخلاً لمعادلات تطال المنطقة كلها.

تركيا تخلط الأوراق الإقليميّة مجدداً؟

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قبل ست سنوات كانت تركيا رأس الحربة في الحرب المركزية التي تخوضها واشنطن في المنطقة، وكانت سورية المستهدف الرئيسيّ فيها، وكانت أوروبا ودول الخليج وكيان الاحتلال تصطف كلها في هذه الحرب، قبل أن تتموضع روسيا عسكرياً في سورية، وتنخرط مع إيران وقوى المقاومة في خطة موحّدة لدعم الجيش السوري في مواجهة هذه الحرب، وتدور رحى المواجهة الحاسمة في معركة حلب. وعند هذا المنعطف لم تتردد تركيا في خوض المواجهة مع روسيا وتسقط طائرة حربية روسية، حتى ثبت لها عدم وجود قرار أطلسي بالتصادم مع روسيا، فكانت الخطوة التركية الأولى نحو خلط الأوراق الإقليمية، بالانتقال من موقع رأس الحربة في الحرب على سورية، إلى موقع جديد عنوانه تفاهمات أستانة التي ربطت تركيا مع روسيا وإيران، الذي سلّمت بموجبه تركيا بخسارتها مع حلفائها من الجماعات الإرهابية التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة وتنظيم الأخوان المسلمين، في حلب وحمص وحماة ودرعا والغوطة، مقابل احتفاظها بنفوذها وحضورها في إدلب، كقوة فصل ورعاية لتفاهم يقضي بفصل المعارضة السياسية التي دعيت للانضمام الى العملية السياسية عن الجماعات الإرهابية التي يفترض نزع سلاحها وترحيلها، عبر التفاوض أو الحسم العسكري، وهو الأمر الذي لم ينفذ ولم تقُم خلاله تركيا بواجباتها.

خلال السنوات الفاصلة مضت تركيا تحت غطاء موقعها الجديد، الباقي في حلف الأطلسي والمنفتح على روسيا وإيران، فعقدت صفقة شراء صواريخ الأس 400 من روسيا، ولم تلتزم بالعقوبات الأميركية على إيران، واندفعت نحو فرض حضور إقليمي من ليبيا إلى ناغورني كاراباخ، ونجحت بتحقيق موقع متقدّم فيما كانت قوى دولية بحجم فرنسا تتراجع في ليبيا، وكانت قوى إقليمية أخرى كبرى مثل مصر والسعودية والإمارات تعجز عن بلورة هجوم معاكس يصدّ التقدّم التركي، وبدا أن تركيا التي يرى الكثيرون من خلال قراءة خطاب رئيسها رجب أدروغان انها تتسم بالرعونة والتهوّر، قد نجحت بالتفوق التكتيكي على دول مثل فرنسا ومصر والسعودية والإمارات، وتلاعب الدولتين الأعظم في العالم روسيا وأميركا، وتلعب بين خطوطها الحمر، لتحجز موقعاً بين الكبار وتظهر بصفتها بيضة القبان في التوازنات الإقليميّة، وقبلة اهتمام القوتين العظميين، وتنافسهما على اجتذابها.

مع وصول الرئيس جو بايدن وفريقه الى البيت الأبيض، ورسم عناوين سياسته الخارجية، تريثت تركيا وها هي تتحرك مجدداً، والتحرك التركي الجديد يسير على ثلاثة خطوط متوازية، الأول هو خط الدعم للسياسات الأميركية في الخليج وعنوانها محاولة فرض توازن يتيح التفاوض من موقع القوة في اليمن، لوقف الحرب بشروط مناسبة لواشنطن، بعدما بدا أن التوازن قد تمّ كسره لحساب أنصار الله على حساب السعودية، ومن هذا الباب يبدو الإصطفاف التركي مع السعودية والإمارات عبر نقل المسلحين التابعين لتنظيم القاعدة والأخوان المسلمين من سورية وليبيا إلى اليمن. والثاني هو خط التجاوب مع المساعي الروسية لتزخيم فرص الحل السياسي في سورية عبر قبول صيغ تتبناها موسكو للجنة الدستورية تتيح تحقيق مثل هذا التقدم، وكان الاجتماع الروسي القطري التركي إطاراً لبلورة تفاصيلها، وتفتح الباب لعودة سورية الى الجامعة العربية، بتفاهم يشترك فيه الثلاثي المصري السعودي الإماراتي، وتنضمّ إليه قطر. والثالث هو التحرك على خط التقاطع الروسي الأميركي لوقف الحرب في ليبيا، وتسهيل حل يبتعد من خلاله حليفها فايز السراج عن المسرح، وتمسك فيها تركيا فرص الشراكة الأمنية والسياسية في إنجاح حلقات الحل السياسيّ.

النقلة الجديدة لتركيا، التي ستترجم بتسوية تركية مصرية تطوي صفحة نزاع مديد، تشبه النقلة التي سبقتها من بوابة الانفتاح التركي على روسيا وإيران عبر بوابة أستانة، وتفتح الباب لتركيا لتشكل مع مصر ومن خلفها السعودية والإمارات ثنائي الرعاية المستقبلية للملف الليبي، ومقايضة تراجع الأخوان المسلمين من الواجهة المصرية، وربما الليبية مقابل حضورهم في اليمن من بوابة مأرب عسكرياً، تمهيداً لعودتهم إلى الواجهة سياسياً. والمغامرة التركيّة الجديدة، تصطدم هذه المرة بمعادلة يمنية تختلف عن ما شهده الأتراك في ليبيا، والقيادة التركية لا مشكلة لديها بانعطاف ثالث لتلافي المخاطر بعد انتزاع الاعتراف بالدور، نحو أستانة يمنيّة تمهد لحوار خليجي إيراني تكون تركيا شريكاً فيه.

رغم كل أوصاف التهوّر والمغامرة، تقدم السياسة التركية نموذجاً قادراً على المبادرة والمناورة، وتحقق تقدماً باللعب على خطوط التوازنات، وتنجح بخلط الأوراق، والتقدّم كبيضة القبان في اللعبة الإقليميّة، بينما تتراجع مكانة الثلاثي السعودي الإماراتي المصري، وتتأرجح دولة عظمى مثل فرنسا، على حبال الفشل اللبناني بعد الفشل الليبي، ربما بانتظار خطوة تركية جديدة تخلط الأوراق من بوابة أدوار جديدة وتحالفات جديدة.

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اليمن على مفترق طرق… هل تصبح مأرب إدلب أم يثرب؟

محمد صادق الحسيني

يقترب «أنصار الله» رويداً رويداً باتجاه مركز مدينة مأرب ووسطها… المدينة التاريخية التي تعتبر بوابة الدخول الى الجنوب اليمني المحتلّ، ومركز الطاقة وحوض النفط والغاز اليمني المسيطَر عليه من قبل قوات الاحتلال السعودية، ومركز عمليات ما يُسمّى بالتحالف العربي، ايّ تحالف العدوان السعودي الإماراتي الأميركي «الإسرائيلي»…

وهي المدينة التي باتت تضمّ أيضاً تجمع بقايا نفايات القاعدة وداعش وأيضاً حزب الاصلاح اليمني الميليشياوي المتحالف مع المخلوع هادي رئيس حكومة الفنادق في الرياض.

وهي أيضاً وأيضاً الممرّ الحيوي لحكم الرياض الذي لطالما أرادها أن تكون بوابته الى الجنوب ومن ثم الى بحر العرب والمحيط الهندي للابتعاد بخطوط الطاقة التابعة لها عن مضيق هرمز الذي يتقاسم ضفتيه الإيرانيون والعُمانيون الذين لم يكونوا يوماً على وئام مع الوهابيين، عبر التاريخ.

لهذا ولتدافع الظروف المستجدة دولياً وإقليمياً وداخل اليمن الجديد، فقد قرّر «أنصار الله» أن تكون معركة مأرب هي المعركة التاريخية الفاصلة التي ستطيح عملياً بالدولة الوهابية في اليمن والتي كانت حاضنتها مأرب منذ نحو قرنين – أيّ منذ الدولة السعودية الأولى– وتفتح صفحة جديدة ليمن قال عنه مؤّسس المملكة عبد العزيز مخاطباً العائلة الحاكمة يومها: «انّ عزكم – أيّ أنتم السعوديون – في فقر اليمن، وفقركم في عز اليمن…»!

عزيز أنت يا يمن اليوم وأنت تجتاز هذه المرحلة التاريخية الحساسة والمصيرية في تاريخك الحديث.

على المستوى الميداني فإنّ ما يجري في الساعات الأخيرة في مأرب هو انّ التركيز يتمّ الآن من قبل قوات التحرير الزاحفة نحو قلب المدينة الذي باتوا يبعدون عنه ما بين ثلاثة الى عشرة كيلومترات من كلّ الجهات..

ولكن لأنها منطقة مفتوحة للطيران المعادي وهو الذي يقصف محيط المدينة بجنون… فقد لاحظ المتابعون لما جرى في الأيام الخمسة الماضية بأنّ التركيز تمّ على العمق السعودي وضرب منشآته ومطاراته إنما تمّ ذلك بهدف تحييد الطيران.

في هذه الأثناء فإن مصادر «أنصار الله» تؤكد بأنّ الأيام المقبلة سيتمّ خلالها الكشف عن أسلحة استراتيجية جديدة لخلخلة موازين القوى لصالح اليمن…

كلّ هذا تهيئة لاقتحام المدينة ولكن بمنهجية القضم من كلّ الجهات تماماً كما حدث في حلب والغوطة في معركة تحرير سورية، مع الفارق بأنّ مدينة مأرب محاطة بالتباب والصحراء ما يعني انّ المعركة هنا تدور بين الجيش واللجان الشعبية والطيران السعودي المعادي المدعم بطيران «إسرائيلي» وأميركي حتى الساعة…!

أما ما ظهر في الإعلام من تشويش على معركة تحرير مأرب فجأة من خلال إبراز جبهة حرب ثانية بعنوان تعز، فما هو إلا حرب إعلاميّة أكثر منها ميدانية، الهدف منها رفع معنويات المرتزقة في مأرب بالقول إنّ الجبهات الأخرى تساندهم والهدف الثاني للقول إنّ جيش الإصلاح اليميني الإخواني المتمركز في تعز وهو ثاني قوة بعد قوات هادي السعودية في مأرب، إنما يريد من ذلك التنصّل من التوجه الى مأرب بذريعة أنه يخوض معركة موازية، والهدف الثالث هو قدوم الشهر الكريم ليستجدوا بذريعته، من أسيادهم في الرياض مصاريف وتكلفة حضورهم في كلّ جبهات المواجهة…

التقارير الميدانية من الجبهات كافة، تؤكد أن أمر دخول مأرب بات بيد القيادة الميدانية العليا في صنعاء الأمينة على اليمن وهي التي تقاتل اليوم بتكتيك أقلّ الخسائر وبالذات البشرية لدى قوات التحرير. في المقابل فإنّ العالم تابع بدقة تصريحات محافظ مأرب المرتزق الذي اعترف بأنّ خسائر قوات المرتزقة 18 ألف قتيل وخمسين ألف جريح، هذا ما يدلّ على أنهم يعيشون وضعاً كارثياً…

حتى هذه اللحظة كان التسارع مطلوباً لتصل قوات التحرير الى هذا المحيط وكانت القيادة تخطط لأن تحسم المعركة بساعات لو تمّ تحييد الطيران تماماً، لكن رغم ذلك فإنّ المعركة باتت على بعد أيام قليلة لكن التقدّم بات أشبه بالتطهير المتدحرج…

المصادر المتابعة والمواكبة لجيش التحرير اليمني والتي تعتبرها المعركة الفاصلة بين يمن الوهابية واليمن المنصور بالله تؤكد بأن لا خوف ولا قلق على اليمن الجديد وان القيادة واعية تماماً خطورة وحساسية اللحظة التاريخية، ولن تسمح بدخول المساومات الدولية أو الإقليمية على خط التحرير، فمأرب يجب أن تعود لحضن الوطن وستعود أياً تكن التحوّلات السياسية المحيطة، والمعركة هي في أيامها الأخيرة…

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والله يحب المنتظرين.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله.

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Ansarullah Ballistic Missiles Saudi Arabia’s Nightmare

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Member of the Political Bureau of the Yemeni Ansarullah revolutionary movement, Ali al-Qahoum, said that the capabilities of the military Armed Forces are amplified by our own ability.

In comments to al-Mayadeen network, al-Qahhoum asserted that after 6 years of aggression against Yemen, “the Al Saud plan failed due to the steadfastness of the Yemeni people.”

He also stressed that the armed forces have proven “they have multiple options on the field and can reach strategic ranges,” noting that “Yemeni ballistic missiles have become a nightmare for the enemies.”

Al-Qahhoum went on to say that the Saudi regime “will not be able to break the will of the Yemeni people, and Yemen now has many options and surprises.”

“If Saudi Arabia continues its aggression and tyranny, our blood is not cheap, and our response will be of equal force.”

It is noteworthy that the Yemeni Armed Forces have targeted, during the past few days, military and oil sites in the Saudi depth, the most recent of which was the targeting of Abha International Airport and the port of “Ras Tanura

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March 2021 began with a mix indiscriminate air strikes by Saudi Arabia, of incredible Houthi activity, and calls for them to halt their attacks, which testifies to their efficacy.

This new round of hostilities is a kind of common occurrence in the Middle East, as the standoff between Iran and the U.S. and its allies appears to be ramping up.

Starting from March 2nd, Ansar Allah, or as they are more colloquially known – the Houthis have been launching steadily increasing waves of suicides drones and missiles on various locations in eastern and southern Saudi Arabia.

It all began with a single Qasef 2K drone being used to target the Abha Airport. On the very next day, to claim that no damage had been done, Riyadh released a video showing that the drone had been intercepted.

There was a short lull in activity, with the intensity of attacks increasing again on March 5th. Several attacks happened all in the same day. Initially, the Houthis targeted the Abha Airport and the King Khalid Airbase with 3 Sammad-3 drones and a Qasef 2k drone. Then, again, Ansar Allah targeted the King Khalid Airbase with 5 Qasef 2k drones.

On the next day the attacks continued, with the Houthis targeting the King Khalid Airbase with a Sammad-3 drone.

On March 7th, the Houthis went even further and targeted the Jeddah Airport with several drones.

Later on the same day, Houthi spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that a total of 14 suicide drones and six missiles were used in the operation codenamed “Deterrent Balance 6.”

Ten Samad-3 suicide drones and a Zulfiqar ballistic missile were launched at one of Saudi Arabia’s major oil ports, Ras Tanura, on the Persian Gulf.

The Houthis also launched 4 Qasef-2K suicide drones and six Badir artillery rockets at targets in the southern Saudi provinces of ‘Asir and Jizan.

The Saudi-led coalition announced the interception of only two missiles, meaning that the Houthis could consider the operation as a success.

This level of activity from the Houthis has been unseen in recent months, and the group appears to be making progress. In response, Saudi Arabia also began carrying out airstrikes with an intensity that has been absent for a while.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of powerful airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, of Sanaa, and other areas held by the Houthis. Despite the attempt at a Saudi counter-offensive, the Houthis seem undeterred and the attacks are ramping up.

Riyadh, a typical US ally, and an enemy of the Iran-led Axis of Resistance is struggling in the fight, and Houthi raids are likely to increase in the upcoming days and weeks.

Yemeni Resistance Publishes Aerial Images Showing Damage in Saudi King Khalid Airbase

Yemeni Resistance Publishes Aerial Images Showing Damage in Saudi King Khalid Airbase

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Aerial images published on Tuesday showed the extent of damage inflicted to one important Saudi military King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait after being targeted by the Yemeni resistance in the past days.

The before and after images displayed the massive destruction in the site that was almost completely damaged and razed.

According to observers, the images revealed the preciseness and power of the Yemeni Forces’ monitoring of their targets, not to mention the coalition of aggression’s false claims that the Yemeni forces are targeting residential neighborhoods.

The Yemeni resistance has stepped up its retaliatory operations against Saudi Arabia as the Saudi-led war on Yemen enters its sixth year this month.

The Yemeni Armed Forces vow in every statement to keep up progress in their military actions as long as the Saudi bombing and siege against their nation continue.

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يترافق إعلان النيات الأميركي بالخروج من سياسات المراحل السابقة لعقدين ماضيين، التي توزعت بين الحروب المباشرة في عهد الرئيس السابق جورج بوش، والحروب بالوكالة في عهد الرئيس الأسبق باراك أوباما، والعقوبات القاتلة في عهد الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب، مع محاولات تلمّس خريطة طريق لاستراتيجية بديلة تسعى لصناعة تفاهمات دولية إقليمية بأقل قدر ممكن من التنازلات التي تمسّ بهيبة ومكانة واشنطن العالمية، وتأمين ما يلزم لاستراتيجيتها القائمة على أولويّة المواجهة مع الصين وروسيا، من بوابة ما وصفه الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن باستبدال مثال القوة بقوة المثال، بعناوين حقوق الإنسان وحماية البيئة ومكافحة الفساد، لأن واشنطن تدرك أن التخفف من أعباء المراحل السابقة بتسويات سيُبنى على موازين قوى أظهرتها مراحل المواجهة، كما تدرك أن الترسمل لمرحلة قوة المثال تستدعي تقليم أظافر وتحجيم حلفاء رئيسيين يترتب على إضعافهم تراجع النفوذ الأميركي لحساب الخصوم الإقليميين، ولذلك تختبر واشنطن بالتتابع سقوف التفاهمات التي تحاول تحقيقها، وكلما اكتشفت فشل تسويق سقف مرتفع تستبدله بسقف أدنى، وهي محكومة بالخشية من دفع أثمان يصعب ترميم التوازنات ما بعدها، أو الفشل بصناعة التفاهمات بسبب الأثمان المكلفة لها، أو تزعزع كيانات حليفة وتراجعها بسبب الترسمل على حسابها للمهمة المقبلة، أو ضياع فرص الترسمل بسبب الحرص على حماية هذه الكيانات وأدوارها الحليفة.

في الملف النووي الإيراني يتحكّم عامل الوقت الداهم على القرار الأميركي الذي لم يُخفِ الخشية من أن ينجم عن طول أمد التفاوض قبل العودة إلى الاتفاق النوويّ، نجاح إيران ببلوغ العتبة الخطرة، أي عتبة امتلاك إيران مقدرات كافية لإنتاج سلاح نووي. وهذا ما يشكل أولويّة أميركيّة عالميّة تختلف عن الأولويات الإقليمية المتمثلة بملفات تفرضها ساحات الاشتباك وتعقيداتها، حيث لا خارطة طريق أميركية واضحة بعد لكيفية التعامل معها، وفيما يبدو أن سورية تمثل أعقد الملفات، لتداخلها مع الأجوبة الصعبة على الأسئلة الصعبة، من نوع كيف سيكون أي تصوّر لسورية واقعياً من دون أن يضع في الاعتبار أن ميزان القوى لم يعد يسمح بفرض شروط على الدولة السورية التي تجاوزت مرحلة الخطر، وحيث روسيا وإيران وقوى المقاومة شركاء في الإنجاز، وكيف سيكون تأثير اي تصور واقعي على مستقبل أوزان وأحجام روسيا وإيران والمقاومة، التي لا يريد لها الأميركي أن تتعزّز، وكيف سيكون تأثير أيّ تصور واقعيّ لسورية على كل من «إسرائيل» وتركيا، ولكل منهما ملف خاص وحساس في رؤية الأمن والدور ضمن أي استراتيجية أميركية للمنطقة؟

يبدو أن الملف اليمني هو الملف المتقدم والأشد قدرة على رسم توازنات يمكن التأسيس عليها لملفات أخرى في الرؤية الأميركية، وفقاً للاختيار الأميركي الذي بدأ مقاربة أوضاع المنطقة بمقاربة الملف اليمني من زوايا عدة، واحد يتصل بإعلان واضح بالدعوة لوقف الحرب وتوصيفها ككارثة إنسانية يجب ان تتوقف وتحميل السعودية والإمارات مسؤولية استمرارها، وترجمة ذلك بإعلان وقف صفقات السلاح الأميركي إلى حكومتي البلدين، وثانٍ يتصل بالتقرب من أنصار الله عبر إلغاء تصنيفهم على لوائح الإرهاب، وثالث بإرسال وفد أميركي إلى عُمان لحوار أنصار الله. وهذه المقاربات الأميركية رغم وضوحها تبدو اختبارات تجريبية لما يمكن أن ترسو عليه التوازنات التي ستكون ذات تأثير موضوعي ومعنوي على سائر ساحات الاشتباكات، بحيث يبدو حجم المسافة الأميركية من الحليف السعودي مؤشراً يراقبه سائر الحلفاء في تل أبيب وأنقرة، وصولاً إلى منظمة قسد، ومشروع الدويلة الكردية شمال شرق سورية. وبالمقابل يمثل حدود ما يمكن قبوله في العلاقة مع أنصار الله مؤشراً يمكن القياس عليه لما سيكون ممكناً قبوله من خصوم واشنطن في ساحات أخرى كسورية ولبنان وسواهما، والفشل في التوصل لتفاهمات تنهي الحرب في اليمن كما النجاح مؤشرات لمستقبل المقاربة الأميركية في سائر الساحات.

يشهد الملف اليمني سخونة غير مسبوقة، واستثمار الحد الأقصى لأوراق القوة من الطرفين السعودي واليمني. والأكيد أن التوازنات التي سيرسو عليها مستقبل المواجهة، على جبهة مأرب من جهة، وتوازن الردع الصاروخي من جهة مقابلة، سيكتب تاريخ اليمن والخليج وربما المنطقة بأسرها.

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HOUTHIS’ INTELLIGENCE SERVICE REVEALS DETAILS ON AL-QAEDA’S STRUCTURE IN MA’RIB

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Houthis' Intelligence Service Reveals Details On Al-Qaeda’s Structure In Ma’rib
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On March 6, the Yemeni General Intelligence Service, which is allied with the Houthis (Ansar Allah), revealed details on al-Qaeda’s structure in the central province of Ma’rib.

In a detailed report, the intelligence service revealed information on more than 100 leaders and members of al-Qaeda in the so-called “Wilayah Ma’rib.” The report included the names of about 20 persons who fought before in al-Bayda and eight leaders who fought in al-Jawf.

“Marib province represents the main artery of al-Qaeda organization, [including those] who were present in al-Bayda province, especially the Qifah area, before it was cleared,” the report reads.

The report names Wilayah Ma’rib’s commanders as it follows:

  • Samir Rayan, “Mutaz al-Hadrami,”: the General Emir [Commander] of Wilayah Ma’rib.
  • Akram Hussein Hussein al-Qalisi, “Auiys al-San’ani,”: the Military Commander of Wilayah Ma’rib.
  • Osama Hussein Hajam al-Hussni, “Muaz al-San’ani,”: Millitary Supplies Director.
  • Jamal Abdh Nasir Sa’ad al-Qumadi, “Abu Abdulrahman al-San’ani,”: Medical Director.
  • Salim al-Iraqi, “Bashir,”: Financial Director.
  • Munsir Mabkhut Hadi al-Faqir al-Muradi, “al-Zubir al-Muradi,”: Commander of Munt Murad Front.
  • Jalal Ahmad Sa’ad al-Sba’ai, “Hashid al-Dub,”: Commander of al-Alam Front.
  • Wail Hadish Nasir Urayj al-Waili, “Abu Musab al-Waili,”: Procurement Director.
  • Bashir Ahmad Qaid al-Omrani, “Abu Baker al-Ebi,”: Medical Director at Ma’rib Hospital.
  • Abdallah Ahmad Sa’aid Suhayb al-Zaydi, “Abu Turab al-Ma’ribi,” Saleh al-Hijazi, “Abu Amar al-Juhmi,” and Majd Ahmad Saleh al-Silmi, “Numr al-San’ani,”: Transportation and Movement Directors.
Houthis' Intelligence Service Reveals Details On Al-Qaeda’s Structure In Ma’rib

The General Intelligence Service also revealed the coordinates of many hideouts, camps, medical points, ammunition depots of al-Qaeda in Ma’rib. Some of the positions are hosting senior leaders of Wilayah Ma’rib. Others, are operating with the knowledge of Saudi-backed forces.

“Wilayah Ma’rib operates a number of camps, and they vary between preaching camps only, or military and advocacy camps if they are in a place that is an incubator for the organization, such as the village of al-Khatla al-Fuqa’ra,” the report reads.

According to the agency’s report, the recent operations by the Houthis and their allies in al-Bayda have pushed several cells of al-Qaeda to Ma’rib.

Currently, the Houthis are leading a large-scale attack against Saudi-backed forces and al-Qaeda in Ma’rib. The advance is slow. However, the situation on the ground is in favor of the Yemeni group and its allies.

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Ansar Allah’s “Concerning” Success In Operations Against Riyadh

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Yemen’s Ansar Allah are on the offensive on Marib city, once again. The Saudi-led coalition is struggling.

The Houthis, as Ansar Allah, are colloquially known, reportedly captured 10 out of 14 districts of the region in their latest push on March 4th.

The Houthi government deputy foreign minister, Hussein al-Ezzi said that apart from the significant central district of Marib city, every other significant location was under their control. A key strategic location, home to one of the largest oil infrastructures in Yemen, Marib has seen intensified fighting and a renewed military offensive. It is also the last Saudi stronghold in the relatively calm area of Central Yemen. If entirely lost by the Saudi-led coalition, the city would allow the Houthis to carry out even more attacks on targets within the Kingdom’s borders.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have continued bombarding Houthi positions, according to Houthi media. These manage to impede the swift movement of forces, but haven’t deterred the offensive. As it usually happens when the Houthis get the upper hand anywhere in Yemen, the so-called Western world begins yelling “foul”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres immediately said that widespread fighting could lead to the displacement of thousands. He called on Ansar Allah to halt their offensive on every front, and primarily on Marib. No calls for the Saudi-led coalition to stop their airstrikes or continuous ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah were made.

In addition to Marib City, the Houthis struck behind enemy lines. This included two attacks.

The first one targeted the King Khalid Air Base in the southern Saudi province with a Qasef-2K suicide drone. It was reportedly successful. Ansar Allah claimed to have had fired a cross-border missile and struck a Saudi Aramco facility in the Read Sea city of Jeddah.

According to the Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, the attack took place at dawn on March 4th, and was carried out with a Quds-2 winged missile. It reportedly struck its target.

Riyadh has not admitted either of the attacks, and there are no other details. The UN also said it has received unconfirmed reports.

The Axis of Resistance appears to be really pushing its enemies back, with 4 US convoys being targeted in the same day in Iraq, and Israel having a lull in its activity in recent days.

Tel Aviv accused Iran of carrying out an “eco-terrorism” attack by spilling oil in the Mediterranean Sea. There are concerns that a large-scale, heavy retaliation is coming. Time will only show if a response will really come and in what form it will be.

Currently, the Houthis are pushing successfully and the US is suffering for its attack on the Iraqi-Syriain border, and Israel is plotting its next move.

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Biden becomes the fourth successive President to bomb Iraqis: how far could this latest round of escalation go?

Biden becomes the fourth successive President to bomb Iraqis: how far could this latest round of escalation go?

March 04, 2021

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

Another president, another act of aggression. For the past few decades, it’s almost like a mandatory rite of passage for US presidents to bomb Muslim countries. I don’t think many of us are surprised to see that current US President Joe Biden turned out to be no different to his predecessors, when Washington once more bombed Iraqis last week.

Continuing the same policy of terrorism and humiliation from the Trump era, Washington felt the need to show strength against the Resistance forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border area. What angers me most, is not just the terrorist act of killing people who are fighting US occupation and US backed terrorism, but the fact that Washington cannot and will not recognize that there is a growing local resistance to Zionist hegemony, instead resorting to degrading and humiliating legitimate resistance groups such as Hashd al-Sha’abi of Iraq (PMU) or the Houthis of Yemen by labelling them “Iranian backed proxies”.

Everything and everyone that oppose Washington and Zionist hegemony in West Asia are “Iranian backed”. Whether it is a Houthi attack on a Saudi airport, a Taliban attack on a NATO convoy or a suspiciously random rocket attack on a US base in Iraq, it is always Iran’s fault and somehow the Islamic Republic must be held responsible for these attacks. Both Washington and the Zionist entity keep attacking Resistance forces in the very area where ISIS remnants have been re-emergent for the past months, claiming their right to self defense. Self defense?! America is more than 10 000 kilometres away. US troops are occupying Syrian and Iraqi territory and Washington claims the right to self defense? This narrative has been drilled into the minds of so many people in the West that nobody even reacts when one of the Obama gang’s old crude liars, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was telling the press that Washington acted to “de-escalate” the situation when it bombed Resistance forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

What Kirby really meant by “de-escalation” was that he believes that Washington sent Iran and its allies a “clear message”, that messing with Washington is unwise. The sad part is that he and the other psychopaths in Washington actually believe that the so called “message” will in any way deter the Resistance forces in West Asia. It is pretty clear what the US is doing with these random attacks on the Resistance forces. Washington knows the realities on the ground and acts in response to them. In Syria, it has become clear for Washington that Damascus won’t fall, that dream came down crashing when Russia entered the war in 2015. So, Washington is acting to deny Syria and her allies their well deserved victory through the occupation and looting of eastern Syria. Washington will act for as long as it takes to starve the Syrian people into submission.

In Iraq, Washington, being well aware that the Iraqi parliament has voted to expel US forces from Iraq, is desperately seeking new reasons to prolong their occupation. Be it through the magical re-emergence of Daesh terrorists in Western Iraq or through suspicious Katyusha rocket attacks on US interests in Baghdad’s green zone, which are then blamed on the Iraqi Resistance forces without any kind of evidence presented, Washington is seeking to undermine the Iraqi parliament’s decision.
In Iraq, Washington has a foothold in Baghdad not seen in Syria’s Damascus. It is through this foothold that Washington wields influence over many Iraqi politicians and thus has the ability to cause great internal disunity and animosity among Iraqis themselves.

Washington has both great influence over the Kurds in northern Iraq and over the Prime Minister’s office. PM Al-Kadhimi is known to be a close associate of Washington’s and is suspected to be cooperating with the US to prolong their stay in Iraq. During his tenure, tensions between Baghdad and the PMU have run high as government forces have made random raids on the PMU headquarters, arresting some members even. Yet even more dangerous is the escalating tensions between Washington and the PMU. On Wednesday March 3rd, a new rocket attack on the Ain Al-Assad military base was reported. This is the same military base that was struck by the IRGC last year in retaliation for Washington’s murder of martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis. Previously the PMU had vowed revenge for Washington’s attack last week, which makes it rather obvious that Washington will blame the PMU for this recent strike.

With this latest round of escalation, one wonders what will happen next? Of course I’m just speculating but I see some real dangers with tensions running this high. I believe that Washington could very well seek to push Iraq into a new civil war in a bid to eradicate the Hashd al-Sha’abi. Many of the groups within the PMU have threatened to wage war on US forces if Washington refuses to withdraw. Unfortunately, this threat by the PMU can easily be exploited by the US, giving Washington a casus belli, as they intensify their “defensive” airstrikes while claiming to support Baghdad’s campaign to bring “stability” to Iraq. Such an endeavour could risk dragging several regional countries into the conflict as the Islamic Republic could be forced to intervene on behalf of the Iraqi Resistance forces. It is clear that Washington cannot and will not attack Iran directly, such an adventure would be too risky for the crazies in the White House and Pentagon. However, fighting “Iranian backed” forces and rolling back Iranian influence could serve to both solidify the continued US occupation of Iraq in the short term, and prevent the Resistance forces from achieving complete victory, in the mid-to-long term. In order to manufacture consent, Washington must portray their actions as both “defensive” and in service of “stability and peace”. Having others fight Washington’s wars for them is a speciality for the Empire. This is why I believe the most likely scenario to be one where Washington attempts to pit Baghdad against the PMU, then sweep in to “help” Baghdad “preserve stability”. This strategy has been used in different ways before by the Obama regime when it unleashed the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq, then claimed to fight the same terrorists it had armed and trained, in a bid to continue their occupation of Iraq and pressure pro-Iran PM Nouri Al-Maliki to resign. Obama then did the same thing in Syria with the support of Kurdish militants in a bid to pressure Damascus into concessions. Trump continued on the same path but went even further when his administration began using phony attacks on “US interests” in Iraq as a pretext for direct confrontation with the PMU, a path that ultimately led to the murder of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis. The then-secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Washington had acted to “stabilize” Iraq with the murder of these “terrorists” who were “hated among Iraqis”.

Iraq is key to the Resistance Axis and cannot fall into enemy hands. It is however also the most vulnerable of the countries where the Resistance forces are active, as not only does Washington have great influence over Baghdad, but also over the Kurdish autonomous region in the north.

Supporting Kurdish independence is another way that Washington could seek to attack the Resistance Axis. This can be seen in Syria as well where the Kurdish militants are acting as excellent proxy troops for Washington, occupying about a third of the country and helping US forces in the looting of Syrian oil. Kurdish parties also have excellent ties to the Zionist entity in Tel Aviv, as Zionist chieftain Netanyahu has on several occasions been a vocal supporter of Kurdish independence, often likening the Kurdish people’s cause with the Zionist one. The reactionary Kurdish parties, who are too ignorant and too greedy to understand and realize that they are being used as cannon fodder to further US imperial ambitions, will be more than happy to wage war on Syria and Iraq with US support behind them.

It’s been almost 10 years since the war in Syria began, and 18 years since the war in Iraq began, and still there seems to be no peace in sight for any of the Arab countries. Biden has been in office in less than two months, but in my opinion, the next four years seem to be rather clear in terms of Washington’s policies towards the West Asia region- the long wars will continue and more blood is to be expected. Bush bombed Iraq, Obama bombed Iraq, Trump bombed Iraq, and now Biden bombs Iraq. For our people, it never matters who or what occupies the White House, the bombings and wars will continue. Iraq has a rather young population, more than 60 percent of the population is under 25 years of age. This means that most Iraqis have known nothing else except the US imposed wars on their homeland. It is a tragedy and a shameful moment in human history where most people in the totally “advanced, civilized, democratic, morally superior” West don’t care about what their despicable governments are doing in Iraq or Syria, because they are stupid Muslim terrorists anyway. This is why Iraq cannot and should not rely on Western public opinion. Resistance is the only way, and the US Empire must be kicked out with force in order for Iraqis to finally have some peace.

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TV report on “huge operation” targeting Saudi capital by Yemeni forces

March 5, 2021 admin

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TV report on the “huge operation” targeting the Saudi capital & other cities by Sana’a-based Yemeni forces

Source: RT Arabic (You Tube)

Date: March 1, 2021

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Reporter:

Sana’a sought to send several messages through its (latest) strikes that targeted what it described were “sensitive and important” sites in Saudi Arabia.

The operation was carried out using 15 drones and a ballistic missile, forming the “biggest operation” to date, targeting Riyadh, Abha and Khamis Mushait, according to the statement. Sana’a said that the launching of such offensive operations was its legitimate right. Sana’a

underlined that its operations would expand further, because they come in response to the continuing war and siege.

Brigadier General Yehya Saree’, spokesman of the Sana’a-led Yemeni Armed Forces:

Our UAV Unit and Missile Unit, with Allah’s grace, jointly carried out a huge operation targeting the Saudi depth, in an operation dubbed “Balance of Deterrence 5.” The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm that its operation will continue, and will expand further and further, so long as the aggression and siege on our country continue.

Reporter:

These developments come as fierce battles continue to take place in the oil-rich province of Ma’rib in eastern Yemen, leaving behind a large number of dead and injured for both sides.

The Defense Ministry in Sana’a said that the clashes (in Ma ’rib) take place amidst heavy (Saudi) coalition warplane activity, this while military reinforcements continue to arrive to the battle fronts.

Major-General Abdullah al-Jaffry, military expert:

Regarding the battles in the city of Ma ‘rib, the (Yemeni) army was actually able to gain these great victories on the outskirts of the city. Today, the city of Ma ‘rib is besieged from all sides, and this comes after the political and military decision had been taken (to retake it). What is going on now is merely the final steps to control the security situation in (in Ma ‘rib), in a bid to protect (Yemeni) civilians and save their lives as well as their assets.

Reporter:

With the continuing escalation, the scene (in Yemen) seems to be very unclear and is open to various scenarios.

The political deadlock and international inability to achieve progress in this regard has had repercussions on the battlefield situation, further complicating the current crisis which continues to grow day by day.

Jamal al-Ashwal

RT, Sana’a

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الأميركيّون يستنجدون بمسقط لوقف الانهيار… اليمن ينتصر ومدن الملح تنحسر!

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محمد صادق الحسينيّ

«كلّ الشواهد والقرائن والإشارات تدلّ على أننا ماضون في أمّ المعارك حتى الظفر بالنصر الكبير وقلب موازين القوى في المنطقة لصالح شعب اليمن المحتسب والصابر منذ ست سنوات…

والمعارك حامية الوطيس على كلّ جبهات مأرب وإنْ شاء الله الأمور تتجه الى النصر بإذن الله».

هذا ما أبلغته لنا مصادر يمنيّة رفيعة المستوى مواكبة للمعارك الميدانية الدائرة على مشارف مأرب التاريخية، وكذلك للفريق اليمني المفاوض باسم الدولة الوطنية اليمنية وأنصار الله المقيم في مسقط.

و»أما بخصوص الرسالة الأميركية الواصلة عبر القناة العُمانية والمتعلقة بمطالبتنا بوقف المعارك على جبهة مأرب، والطلب إلينا بالدخول في مفاوضات مباشرة مع الرياض بهذا الخصوص»، فإنها كما تضيف المصادر إنما «تأتي في إطار خوف واشنطن وهلعها من انعكاس خسارة الرياض للحرب بشكل مدوّ مع انتهاء تحرير مأرب على كلّ النفوذ الأميركي في المنطقة، الأمر الذي يمكن أن يقوّض نظام الحكم السعودي كلياً، وهو ما لا تريده واشنطن بهذا الشكل وإنما تريد إعادته إلى ما قبل السلالة السلمانيّة وبما يخدم سياسات الإدارة الجديدة التي ترى أنها خسرت الحرب في اليمن وعليها ترتيب أوراقها في المنطقة بناء على موازين القوى الجديدة المعبّرة بصعود أنصار الله الصاروخي ومعهم كلّ حلفائهم في المنطقة وفي مقدّمهم إيران.

في هذا الإطار فقط يمكن فهم المطالبة الأميركية المستعجلة عن طريق العُمانيين الذين نقلوا هذه الرسالة الى اليمنيين أصحاب الدولة الشرعيّة والممثلين بوفد أنصار الله المقيم في مسقط.

ودائماً حسب هذه المصادر نفسها فقد جاء الطلب الأميركي «في إطار كلام عام زعموا فيه أنهم جادّون في وقف الحرب»… فيما نحن أبلغناهم الجدّية أيضاً في وقف الحرب، ولكن ليس قبل رفع العدوان والحصار أولاً ونقطة ومن أول السطر».

وهذا يعني أنّ الردّ اليمني جاء واضحاً وسريعاً وحازماً: «من دون رفع الحصار عن الميناء والمطار ووقف العدوان كلياً لا حلّ يُرتجى لأيّ موضوع، والحرب لن تتوقف… وأما عن مأرب فستعود الى حضن الوطن ومن دون شروط».

الحراك الأميركي والغربي المتواصل منذ إحاطة أنصار الله بخناق المرتزقة من جماعة هادي المقيم في فنادق الرياض، وإرهابيّي داعش والقاعدة الذين سرعان ما انضمّوا الى حزب الإصلاح وحكومة الفنادق في هذه المعركة، انْ دلّ على شيء فإنما يدلّ على خسارتهم للحرب على اليمن كلياً، وكلّ ما يتمنّونه الآن هو وقف تدهور وانحسار دور كلّ مدن الملح في المنطقة من مملكة الدرعيّة حتى آخر نقطة ارتكاز لهم في بقايا قراصنة الساحل المعروفة بالإمارات المتصالحة…!

وهكذا يكون أنصار الله قد حققوا بصبرهم الاستراتيجي وأخلاقهم العليا في الحرب والسلام، نوعاً من توازن الرعب مع تحالف العدوان الأميركي «الإسرائيلي» السعودي الإماراتي، لا عودة فيه الى الوراء، فإما التسليم بمعادلة القصف بالقصف والنفط بالنفط والميناء بالميناء والمطار بالمطار، والبادي أظلم، وإما انحسار مدن الملح وانتصار يمن السيف والرمح والدخول في عهد جديد من معادلات القوة وجغرافيا اقتدار الشعوب.

تحوّل سيغيّر وجه المنطقة برمّتها ويترك انعكاساته على سائر معادلات الإقليم والعالم.

والله غالب على أمره ولكن أكثر الناس لا يعلمون.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

Ansarullah Releases Footage of Ballistic Missile at Targets in Saudi Capital

Ansarullah Releases Footage of Ballistic Missile at Targets in Saudi Capital

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni Ansarullah revolutionary movement’s Military Media released footage of a large-scale ballistic missile strike against the Saudi capital in retaliation for the devastating military campaign that the Riyadh regime and its allies are waging on the country.

The video shows Yemeni armed forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees firing a domestically-developed Zolfiqar ballistic missile that struck King Khalid International Airport, located 35 kilometers north of Riyadh, on Saturday.

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Saree said in a press conference on Sunday that Yemeni army troops and allied popular fighters had targeted the Saudi soil with 15 unmanned aerial vehicles and a ballistic missile as part of “Operation Balance of Deterrence 5.”

He said sensitive positions and places in the Saudi capital Riyadh were struck with a Zolfaqar ballistic missile and nine Sammad-3 [Invincible-3] combat drones.

Saree noted that six Qasef-2K [Striker-2K] combat drones had also hit designated military targets inside Abha and Khamis Mushait cities in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asir.

“As long as the attacks and siege on our country [Yemen] continue, our operations will continue and will be more extensive,” he added.

The United Nations said Yemen has the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 80 percent of the country’s 30 million people needing some form of aid or protection. About 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, UN data showed.

Last week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said some 16 million people in Yemen were going hungry and five million of those people were “just one step away from famine.”

Some 400,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished, he said.

“Those children are in their last weeks and months,” he warned. “They are starving to death.”

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the Ansarullah.

The Yemeni armed forces and allied popular groups have gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and successfully defended Yemen against the aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni forces advance toward Marib despite U.S.-backed Saudi brutal campaign

March 1, 2021 – 21:29

TEHRAN – Yemen’s government forces have launched a liberation campaign to capture the strategic province of Marib while initiating a new operation against Saudi Arabia, a move that indicates the growing capabilities of the Sanaa government despite the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

The Saudis began a war on Yemen in 2015 in the hope of eradicating Yemen’s Asarallah movement, which they accused of being backed by Iran. 

But after more than five years of nonstop aggression, the Saudis not only failed to defeat Ansarallah, but they also helped the movement become even stronger than ever by continuing their aggression.

This fact was on full display in February when the Ansarallah-led forces launched to separate operations against Saudi Arabia and its allied groups inside Yemen.

On Sunday, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e announced in a statement that Yemen’s Air Force along with the Missile Force successfully carried out a large and joint offensive operation deep inside Saudi Arabia.

The operation, formally called “5th Operation of Balanced Deterrence,” targeted sensitive sites in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

“The 5th Operation of Balanced Deterrence came in retaliation for the kingdom’s ongoing escalating aggression and siege on our dear people,” Sare’e said.

He explained that the operation was carried out with a Zolfaghar ballistic missile and 15 drones, including 9 Sammad-3 drones, targeting sensitive sites in the enemy’s capital, Riyadh, according to Al-Masirah TV.

The spokesman pointed out that 6 Qasef-2K drones targeted military sites in Abha and Khamis Mushait, stressing that the hit was accurate.

Sare’e stated that the 5th Operation of Balanced Deterrence continued from Saturday evening until Sunday morning.

He confirmed that “our retaliatory attacks are continuing and will expand more and more as long as the aggression and siege on our country continues,” renewing caution to residents of these areas to stay away from all military sites and airports or places that may be used for military purposes.

The fact that the Yemeni forces were able to launch the fifth operation against Saudi Arabia while fighting with Saudi-backed forces inside Yemen is in itself a telling indication. The government in Sanaa has been under Saudi bombardment right from the start. It not only survived, but also managed to become strong enough to fight on various fronts.

The first Yemeni operation that targeted the oil-rich country was launched in mid-August in 2019 when ten drones targeted the Shaybah oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia.

The Yemeni Air Force launched one of its most consequential operations against Saudi Arabia in mid-September 2019, targeting Saudi Arabia’s eastern oil processing facilities of Abqaiq and Khurais, and cutting off half of the country’s oil production – nearly five percent of global oil supplies – for a few days.

Five months later, the Yemeni forces launched another operation in which they hit Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities in Yanbu with 12 drones, three medium-range and long-range missiles.

Last year in June, the Yemeni forces launched their fourth operation in which the Saudi capital of Riyadh was hit with a large number of ballistic and winged missiles as well as drones. 

The fifth operation carried a long-term strategic message at the regional level, especially with the ongoing battles between the Yemeni army and the coalition forces in Marib, according to Al-Masirah TV. 

Citing observers, the channel network said the operation proves once again the increase in Yemeni military capabilities and the failure of Saudi Arabia at the tactical and strategic level despite the capabilities it possesses.

The observers emphasized that the strike at this time is a warning message to stop the mobilization of takfiri and terrorist organizations to Marib. And also, that the Saudi regime may pay a lot for the consequences of not responding to it, in the event that the Yemeni forces are forced to carry out a Sixth Operation of Balanced Deterrence.

Marib has become a battleground that would determine the fate of the Yemen war. Over the past few days, the Sanaa-based government forces have increased their military activities in a bid to liberate Marib from the Saudi-backed forces who appeared to endure a series of defeats on various fronts. A military source close to the Saudi-backed forces told the AFP news agency that more than 20 members of the Saudi-backed forces were killed in the last 24 hours in the fighting. 

Marib is the last bastion of the Saudi-baked forces in northern Yemen. “Fighting continues unabated on all fronts in Marib province,” the source said.

In an attempt to prevent Marib city from falling in the hands of the Yemen forces, Saudi Arabia has launched an air campaign against the Yemeni forces in a number of provinces.

However, Saudi Arabia failed to stop the march of the Sanaa forces toward Marib. This debacle is the latest in a series of failures that Saudi Arabia has faced in Yemen in recent weeks despite enjoying overwhelming international support, including from the United States.

Of course, the U.S. has most recently sought to distance itself from the Saudi fiasco in Yemen by taking a series of measures that seemingly restrict American support for the Saudi war on Yemen.

The Biden administration has ended Washington’s support for offensive operations in Yemen. 

“This war has to end. And to underscore our commitment, we’re ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales,” President Biden said in a recent speech at the State Department while underling the U.S. commitment to ensuring Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial integrity.

The Biden administration also removed Yemen’s Ansarullah movement from the U.S. government’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

But these measures were taken only after the new U.S. administration took office with a clear understanding that the Saudi war on Yemen is bound to end in failure and thus American support for this war will make no difference in the fate of the war.

The U.S. threw its weight behind Saudi Arabia over the years of the Yemen war, selling it state-of-the-art offensive weapons. But this all-out earned the U.S. nothing but a heinous reputation as complicit in the worst humanitarian disaster of the world.

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The strategic importance of Ma’rib: Saudi-backed Hadi’s ‘last stronghold’

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The strategic importance of Ma’rib: Saudi-backed Hadi’s ‘last stronghold’

February 25, 2021

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TV report on the strategic importance of Ma’rib province for the fate of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, particularly following reports that Sana’a-led forces were on the verge of taking control over the entire Ma’rib governate.

Source: Al Maydeen TV

Date: Feb 20, 2021

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Welcome. The Yemeni army and armed forces are advancing in Ma’rib. We are witnessing a decisive battle because we are talking about the last northern city in Yemen that remains under the control of the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Establishing control over this city would deal a heavy blow to this government and would be a major advantage to the (Sana’a-led) armed forces and the tribes of Ma’rib. So why Ma’rib?

The strategic, oil-rich governorate of Ma’rib lies to the east of the capital, Sana’a, about 120 km away from it. Al-Mayadeen sources confirm that Sana’a-led forces have taken control of Tala’at al-Hamra and surrounding sites in the Sarwah district, west of the (Ma’rib) governorate. This is taking place after a series of concentrated military operations on multiple fronts over the past year. (Following these operations, Sana’a-led forces) have gained control over multiple regions in Ma’rib, including Mahliya and Rahba in the south, Serwah about 30 km west of Ma’rib, and have seized control over the Coufal camp (i.e. the largest Hadi government military camp). In the meantime, hit-and-run raids continue in the north and northeastern districts of Ma’rib, such as Raghwan, Hailan, Al-Kassara, Jabal Murad, and others.

For the forces of Sana’a, gaining control over Ma’rib represents the fall of the last stronghold of the Hadi administration, and a further step towards controlling northern Yemen as a whole. It also provides an open road to the southern governorates such as Shabwa and Hadramout, leading to “the liberation of every inch of Yemen”, as a military commander in Ansarullah says.

According to the Carnegie Middle East Center, for the Hadi administration, Ma’rib is the last resort in the north for its political team, especially for the Islah party. AFP says the city was seen as a Saudi protectorate in which Riyadh invested heavily. Perhaps this is what explains the information gained by Al Mayadeen sources indicating that Hadi’s forces and the Saudi coalition are trying to use refugee camps in Ma’rib as human shields to prevent the (Sana’a-led) army and (popular) forces from advancing.

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Marib: Tribal coup against Saudi Arabia مأرب: انقلاب قبلي على السعودية

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Sanaa is expected to succeed in turning the tables on the “coalition” and the Hadi government from within (AFP)

Marib: Tribal coup against Saudi Arabia

Marib province is witnessing a real coup against Saudi Arabia, whose old tools for creating loyalties are no longer effective, after six years of control by militias loyal to it. One by one, tribes join the Peace Agreements with Sana’a, in order to spare their areas from fighting. Riyadh does not want to do everything in its power to nullify it, without succeeding in doing so, which is a great shock to it given the roots of its tools and obsolescence in Marib, and the historical relations that bring it together with its faces.

A full-scale coup against Riyadh: Marib tribes drift for peace

Yemen Rachid Al-Haddad Monday, February 22, 2021

Marib province is witnessing a real coup against Saudi Arabia, whose old tools for creating loyalties are no longer effective, after six years of control by militias loyal to it. One by one, tribes join the Peace Agreements with Sana’a, in order to spare their areas from fighting. Riyadh does not want to do everything in its power to nullify it, without succeeding in doing so, which is a great shock to it given the roots of its tools and obsolescence in Marib, and the historical relations that bring it together with its faces.

Sana’a | Far from any financial inducements, the rescue government in Sana’a has opened all channels of communication – official and otherwise – with the Marib tribes, and renewed its call for the people of the province, who are engaged in fighting alongside the Saudi-Emirati alliance, to spare the city, which is home to more than two million people, hundreds of thousands of whom are displaced, the consequences of the conflict, opening the door to return to Sana’a to officials loyal to the outgoing president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, military or civilian. This negotiating approach, which coincides with the progress of its forces towards the vicinity of Marib from more than one direction, comes after the success of Ansar Allah in concluding understandings with the Tribes of Al-Ja’an, which extends control over the directorates of Maserati, Medgul and Rajwan to the west of the city, and with the Tribe of Bani Abd, which controls the Abdiya district in the south of the province, and has avoided large areas of these fighting directorates. Despite Saudi Arabia’s bet on the position of the Murad tribe, which is a major force in the province and controls the directorates of Rahba, Al-Gobba, Jabal Murad, Al-Mahla and Hareeb, to repel the advance of the army and “popular committees” in the fronts of the south of the province, The Leadership of Sana’a was able, in early September, to conclude a number of agreements with the Murad tribes, including large areas of the directorates mentioned recently, which fell under the control of the army and the “popular committees”, except for some areas, while the fighting with Hadi’s forces intensified, supporting fighters from “Murad” loyal to Saudi Arabia, in parts of the Directorate of Jabal Murad.

Sana’a’s experience in removing barriers between them and the Marib tribes and reaching binding agreements with them is not new. Over the past years, I have been able to make several agreements with the Tribes of Jahm and Bani Jabr, which are spread in the directorates of Badda and Hareeb al-Qaramish, which are in contact with the directorates east of Sana’a, as well as bani Jabr’s control of the Saroah district. As the clashes reached the territory of the Obeida tribe, whose influence extends from the vicinity of Marib to Wadi Obeida, Safar and Ruwaik, near the Saudi-Yemeni depositary port, Sana’a finally opened all channels of communication with Obeida, whose leader, Sheikh Mohsen bin Ali bin Ma’ili, called before his death in 2018, the leader of Ansar Allah Abdul Malik al-Huthi, with a poem in which he expressed his tribe’s readiness to receive the army and committees and fight with them to liberate Marib. According to a tribal source who spoke to Al-Akhbar, the Sanaa government has been able to reach agreements with a number of sheikhs of the Obeida tribe in recent days, to spare a number of areas of the tribe confrontations. The source pointed out that «the recent agreements have been reserved and not officially announced for the sake of the safety of their parties, and they will be implemented as soon as the army and committees arrive in the areas concerned, adding that «communication and negotiation are still continuing between Sana’a and a number of tribes of Marib, through the sheikhs guaranteethem a great tribal weight.”

Sana’a’s experience in removing barriers between them and the new Marib tribes is not


Sana’a is expected to turn the tables on the Coalition and Hadi’s government from within, especially since the Marib tribes’ response to the “rescue” calls came not from a vacuum, but rather as a result of cumulative mistakes made by the Al-Islah (Brotherhood) party against the tribes over six years, where it forcibly controlled the province’s revenues and wealth, and attempted to subjugate an area that had not been subject to any central or local authorities over the past decades. Hence, it is unlikely that the Saudi threats and inducements of tribes cooperating with Ansar Allah will work, because the islah militias committed the most heinous crimes against the tribes during the past three years, raided the houses of the “Shafar” in early 2019 with tanks, bombed farms, burned houses, destroyed houses, and last year annicity, and fought al-Haq, Al-Shabwan, Jalal, Al-Muthanna and other tribes descending from Obeida, which controls the entire eastern province.

The coalition had finally raised its level of threats to tribes cooperating with Sanaa’s forces, and stressed pressure on others whose leaders were loyal to him to force them to break agreements with the army and the “committees.” Days after it deliberately foiled a new agreement with the Sheikh of al-Zawr, Mohammed Ali Ta’iman, east of the Saruh front, the enemy aircraft launched dozens of raids on the area, turning it into a battlefield that lasted for several days after Hadi’s forces stormed its borders, before the clashes ended with the army and “committees” on it. Under Saudi pressure, Hadi’s forces also reversed a tribal agreement that has been in place for years between Sana’a and the Bani Dabian and Kholan tribes, neutralizing large areas extending from Kholan, west of the capital Sana’a, to areas east of Sarawah.  The clashes that continued for hours and ended with the fall of the area under the control of Sanaa forces.

Saudi Arabia and Hadi’s forces are trying to thwart any agreements concluded in Marib, their fears of a sudden tribal coup against them, the failure of the policy of seduction and containment that they have used among Obeida and Murad during the past period, and the division of tribes that fought within hadi’s forces with direct Saudi support, as a result of the confiscation of 120 million Saudi Arabia handed over to a number of pro-government sheikhs in Marib to move Murad’s front, and did not act to tribal fighters late last year, in addition to accusing the tribes, Al-Islah and Saudi Arabia, of deliberately filtering their sons with friendly raids, after repeated in the past months against positions that were under the control of tribal gunmen.

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تشهد محافظة مأرب انقلاباً حقيقياً على السعودية، التي لم تَعُد أدواتها القديمة في ابتياع الولاءات فاعلة، بعد ستّ سنوات من سيطرة الميليشيات الموالية لها على المحافظة. واحدةً تلو أخرى، تنضمّ القبائل إلى «اتفاقيات السلام» المعقودة مع صنعاء، من أجل تجنيب مناطقها القتال. اتفاقيات لا تني الرياض تفعل كلّ ما في وسعها من أجل إبطالها، من دون أن تفلح في ذلك، وهو ما يُمثّل صدمة كبيرة لها بالنظر إلى تجذّر أدواتها وتقادمها في مأرب، والعلاقات التاريخية التي تجمعها بوجوهها

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تشهد محافظة مأرب انقلاباً حقيقياً على السعودية، التي لم تَعُد أدواتها القديمة في ابتياع الولاءات فاعلة، بعد ستّ سنوات من سيطرة الميليشيات الموالية لها على المحافظة. واحدةً تلو أخرى، تنضمّ القبائل إلى «اتفاقيات السلام» المعقودة مع صنعاء، من أجل تجنيب مناطقها القتال. اتفاقيات لا تني الرياض تفعل كلّ ما في وسعها من أجل إبطالها، من دون أن تفلح في ذلك، وهو ما يُمثّل صدمة كبيرة لها بالنظر إلى تجذّر أدواتها وتقادمها في مأرب، والعلاقات التاريخية التي تجمعها بوجوهها

صنعاء | بعيداً عن أيّ إغراءات مالية، فتَحت حكومة الإنقاذ في صنعاء، خلال الأيام الفائتة، جميع قنوات التواصل – الرسمية وغيرها – مع قبائل مأرب، وجدّدت دعوتها أبناء المحافظة، المنخرطين في القتال إلى جانب التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، إلى تجنيب المدينة التي يسكنها أكثر من مليونَي نسمة، مئاتُ الآلاف منهم من النازحين، تبعات الصراع، فاتحةً باب العودة إلى صنعاء أمام المسؤولين الموالين للرئيس المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، عسكريين كانوا أو مدنيين. تَوجُّه صنعاء التفاوضي هذا، والمتزامن مع تقدُّم قواتها نحو محيط مدينة مأرب من أكثر من اتجاه، يأتي بعد نجاح حركة «أنصار الله» في إبرام تفاهمات مع قبائل الجدعان التي تمتدّ سيطرتها على مديريات مجزر ومدغل ورغوان غرب المدينة، وأخرى مع قبيلة بني عبد التي تسيطر على مديرية العبدية جنوبي المحافظة، جنّبت مناطق واسعة من تلك المديريات القتال. وعلى رغم رهان السعودية على موقف قبيلة مراد، التي تُعدّ قوة كبيرة في المحافظة وتسيطر على مديريات رحبة والجوبة وجبل مراد والمأهلية وحريب، لصدّ تقدُّم الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية» في جبهات جنوب المحافظة، إلا أن قيادة صنعاء تمكّنت، مطلع أيلول/ سبتمبر الماضي، من إبرام عدد من الاتفاقيات مع قبائل مراد، بما حيّد مناطق واسعة من المديريات المذكورة أخيراً، والتي سقطت تحت سيطرة الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية»، ما عدا بعض المناطق، فيما احتدم القتال مع قوات هادي، بإسناد مقاتلين من «مراد» موالين للسعودية، في أجزاء من مديرية جبل مراد.

وليست تجربة صنعاء في إزالة الحواجز بينها وبين قبائل مأرب والتوصُّل معها إلى اتفاقيات ملزمة، جديدة. فخلال السنوات الماضية، تمكّنت من عقد عدّة اتفاقيات مع قبائل جهم وبني جبر، والتي تنتشر في مديريتَي بدبدة وحريب القراميش الواقعتَين على التماس مع مديريات شرقي صنعاء، فضلاً عن سيطرة «بني جبر» على مديرية صرواح. ومع وصول المواجهات إلى أراضي قبيلة عبيدة التي يمتدّ نفوذها من محيط مدينة مأرب وصولاً إلى وادي عبيدة وصافر والرويك القريب من منفذ الوديعة الرابط بين السعودية واليمن، فَتَحت صنعاء، أخيراً، جميع قنوات التواصل مع «عبيدة» التي نادى زعيمها، الشيخ محسن بن علي بن معيلي، قبل وفاته عام 2018، زعيم حركة «أنصار الله» عبد الملك الحوثي، بقصيدة شعرية أبدى فيها استعداد قبيلته لاستقبال الجيش و»اللجان» والقتال معهما لتحرير مأرب. وبحسب مصدر قبلي تحدّث إلى «الأخبار»، فقد تَمكّنت حكومة صنعاء من التوصُّل إلى اتفاقيات مع عدد من مشائخ قبيلة عبيدة خلال الأيام الماضية، لتجنيب عدد من مناطق القبيلة المواجهات. وأشار المصدر إلى أن «الاتفاقيات الأخيرة تمّ التحفُّظ عليها ولم تُعلَن رسمياً حرصاً على سلامة أطرافها، وهي ستُنفّذ حال وصول الجيش واللجان إلى المناطق المعنيّة بها»، مضيفاً أن «التواصل والتفاوض لا يزالان مستمرّين بين صنعاء وعدد من قبائل مأرب، عبر مشائخ ضمان لهم ثقل قبلي كبير».

ليست تجربة صنعاء في إزالة الحواجز بينها وبين قبائل مأرب جديدة

إزاء ذلك، يُتوقّع نجاح صنعاء في قلب الطاولة على «التحالف» وحكومة هادي من الداخل، خصوصاً أن استجابة قبائل مأرب لنداءات «الإنقاذ» لم تأتِ من فراغ، بل نتيجة لأخطاء تراكمية ارتكبها حزب «الإصلاح» (الإخوان) ضدّ القبائل على مدى ستّ سنوات، حيث سيطر بالقوة على إيرادات المحافظة وثرواتها، وحاول إخضاع منطقة لم يسبق لها أن خضعت لأيّ سلطات مركزية أو محلية على مدى العقود الماضية. ومن هنا، يُستبعد أن تُجدي التهديدات والإغراءات السعودية للقبائل المتعاونة مع «أنصار الله» نفعاً، لكون ميليشيات «الإصلاح» ارتكبت أبشع الجرائم بحق القبائل خلال السنوات الثلاث الماضية، فداهمت منازل «الأشراف» مطلع العام 2019 بالدبابات، وقصفت المزارع، وأحرقت المنازل، وأبادت العام الماضي أسرة آل سبيعيان، وقاتلت آل حتيك وآل شبوان وآل جلال وآل مثنى وقبائل أخرى تنحدر من «عبيدة» التي تسيطر على النصف الشرقي بأكمله من المحافظة.

وكان «التحالف» رفع، أخيراً، مستوى تهديداته للقبائل المتعاونة مع قوات صنعاء، وشدّد ضغوطه على أخرى يُعدّ زعماؤها موالين له لإجبارهم على نقض الاتفاقيات المبرَمة مع الجيش و»اللجان». كذلك، وجّهت قيادة قوات هادي، عناصرها، بعدم الالتزام بأيّ اتفاقيات من هذا النوع. وبعد أيام من تعمُّدها إفشال اتفاق جديد أُبرم مع شيخ منطقة الزور، محمد علي طعيمان، شرق جبهة صرواح، شنّت طائرات العدوان عشرات الغارات على المنطقة، وحَوّلها إلى ساحة حرب استمرّت لعدّة أيام إثر اقتحام قوات هادي أطرافها، قبل أن تنتهي المواجهات بسيطرة الجيش و»اللجان» عليها. وتحت ضغوط سعودية أيضاً، نقضت قوات هادي اتفاقاً قبلياً ساري التنفيذ منذ سنوات بين صنعاء وقبائل بني ضبيان وخولان، لتحييد مناطق واسعة ممتدّة من خولان غرب العاصمة صنعاء، وصولاً إلى مناطق شرق صرواح. ووفقاً لمصدر قبلي، فإن قوات هادي اخترقت، مساء السبت، بإسناد جوي سعودي، اتفاق السلام في منطقة الراك شرق صرواح، مُحاوِلةً فتح جبهة جديدة ممتدّة من شرق صرواح إلى غرب صنعاء، وساعيةً في السيطرة على آخر منطقتين في وادي ذنة وحصن مطول والراك التي توجد فيها المئات من الأسر النازحة، ما أدّى إلى اندلاع مواجهات عنيفة استمرّت لساعات، وانتهت بسقوط المنطقة تحت سيطرة قوات صنعاء.

وتعكس محاولات السعودية وقوات هادي إفشال أيّ اتفاقيات تُبرَم في مأرب، مخاوفها من انقلاب القبائل المفاجئ ضدّها، وفشل سياسة الإغراء والاحتواء التي استخدمتها في أوساط «عبيدة» و»مراد» خلال الفترة الماضية، وانقسام القبائل التي قاتلت في صفوف قوات هادي بدعم سعودي مباشر، من جرّاء مصادرة 120 مليون ريال سعودي سَلّمتها الرياض لعدد من المشائخ الموالين لها في مأرب لتحريك جبهة مراد، ولم تُصرَف للمقاتلين القبليين أواخر العام الماضي، إضافة إلى اتهام القبائل، «الإصلاح» والسعودية، بتصفية أبنائها بغارات صديقة بشكل متعمّد، بعد تكرارها خلال الأشهر الماضية ضدّ مواقع كانت تحت سيطرة مسلّحين قبليين.

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden’s Priority?لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن؟

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden’s Priority?

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden's Priority?

Yemen: In a letter signed by members of Joe Biden’s team, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan convey that “the United States owes itself and the victims of the war (in Yemen) to learn something from the disaster.”

The thing that the Biden administration learns from the disaster is the recognition of the US responsibility in the tragedy of Yemen for moral and strategic reasons, in the words of Blinken, who said will return the file of the war on Yemen to the US State Department, and restore the relationship with Saudi Arabia to what it was in Barack Obama period.

Urgently, the Biden administration appointed the US special envoy, Tim Lenderking, along with a political and military team, to accomplish the mission, and it hopes to prepare a road map that will restore respect to the US that bin Salman has slurred it in the Yemeni mud.
In this context, the US State Department began to drive the vehicle, by reversing the classification of Ansarullah as part of the list of terrorism, and activating the decision of Congress and the Senate in 2019, which decided to withdraw from hostilities in Yemen.

Despite condemning the defense of Ansarullah and the Yemeni army in Marib and Al-Jawf, and the attacks of Abha airport and Khamis Mushait, Tim Lenderking is discussing with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan what he called the “Yemeni political solution”, in reference to the cut off the backstage link between bin Salman and Trump.

This trend caused the UN envoy Martin Griffiths for the first time to visit Iran, seeking help in putting pressure on Ansarullah, seeking cheering Biden and waiting for the promised US hopes. However, Tehran guided him to Sana’a, which decided a solution and confronted the aggression, and he heard the Iranian initiative.

On the other hand, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi clarifies that Sana’a does not accept wishes unless the Biden administration goes to stop the siege and aggression and acknowledge practical steps indicating atonement for crimes.

Tehran and Sanaa are indicating that the Biden administration should solve this crisis resulting from the US responsibility in the crime of aggression and the biggest humanitarian disaster in Yemen. This aggression led to a rift in the US Democratic Party between the Bernie Sanders wing, described as progressive on the left, and the traditional wing, as well as other sectors represented by Chris Murphy.

It is the rift that forces Biden to solve the Democratic Party’s crisis in the first place, hoping to overcome the crisis of his split, just as the crisis facing the Republican Party after the fall of Trump, especially since the anti-aggression wing on Yemen expresses structural changes in the US demography, which are indicated by the weight of “foreigners or the black race in American political life. This was the reason why Biden used the presidency for breaking the creep of white racism.

The US’s crisis that Biden hopes to alleviate in the same context, was caused by the Yemeni issue, not only before the Democratic Party, but also before the people of the world, especially the European peoples.

The United States is the one who covered the participation of European governments in crimes with Trump, and as soon as the coverage reduced the rhetoric so far, the European Parliament issues a resolution calling on the European Union to commit to halting the arms supplies for Saudi Arabia and to work for the withdrawal of Saudi Arabia and the UAE from Yemen.

The deeper crisis that exposed America’s racism inside and outside it is the loss of what Biden calls the US values. These values, exemplified by the theses of human rights, individual freedoms, and democracy … are a weapon in the hands of the US administration, to divert attention from the results of its brutality model in the misery of mankind and threatening the life of the planet.

It is a weapon of covering and launching the war to destabilize the fragile stability in some countries hostile to America, in order to open their markets and advance US interests and strategies on the other hand. The US’s responsibility for the Yemen disaster caused this weapon to rust for four years, which led Biden to make the Yemeni issue a priority, hoping to recharge it.

Mohammed bin Salman is the man whom Biden seeks to hang America’s dirt on; The front of the aggression against Yemen and America’s most brutal partner in killing. Biden is using him to relieve this heavy burden, not only because of the Yemen disaster, but also because of the human rights weapon.

In fact, Biden does not only turn the page of Trump, but also turns part of Obama’s page with Saudi Arabia and the partnership of Mohammed bin Salman. In his article in Foreign Affairs with Stephen Bomber, Robert Malley quotes a senior Obama administration official, at a National Security Council meeting in March 2015, as saying about bin Salman’s partnership: “We knew we might be riding in a car with a drunk driver.”

Iran and Sana’a intersect with Biden’s intentions to solve the US crises, if its solution helps in a solution for which Yemen made superhuman sacrifices for its sake and was subjected to various crimes against humanity, then the defeated is unable to impose conditions that he did not obtain in a destructive war, and he does not ask for free assistance to root out its thorns.

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في اختياره اليمن أولوية إدارته، يأمل بايدن تضميد جراح أميركا المتورّطة بالهزيمة فيه، لكنه في هذه الأولوية يضع نصب عينيه التخلّص من محمد بن سلمان.

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لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن؟

في رسالة وقّع عليها أعضاء فريق جو بايدن، المرشّح للانتخابات الرئاسية في العام 2018، ينقل وزير الخارجية أنتوني بلينكن ومستشار الأمن القومي جيك سليفان أن “الولايات المتحدة مدينة لنفسها ولضحايا الحرب (في اليمن) بأن تتعلّم شيئاً من الكارثة”.

الشيء الذي تتعلّمه إدارة بايدن من الكارثة هو الإقرار بمسؤولية أميركا في مأساة اليمن “لأسباب أخلاقية واستراتيجية”، بحسب تعبير بلينكن، الذي أخذ على عاتقه إعادة ملف الحرب على اليمن إلى وزارة الخارجية الأميركية، وإعادة العلاقة مع السعودية إلى مرحلة باراك أوباما بطي صفحة ترامب وابن سلمان.

على وجه السرعة، عيّنت إدارة بايدن المبعوث الأميركي الخاص تيم ليذر كينغ، إلى جانب فريق سياسي وعسكري، لإنجاز المهمة، وهي تأمل إعداد خريطة طريق تعيد الاعتبار إلى أميركا التي مرّغ ابن سلمان وجهها في الوحول اليمنية، ما انعكس على الداخل الأميركي، وعلى أميركا في العالم، وفي السعودية نفسها.

في هذا السياق، بدأت وزارة الخارجية الأميركية الانتقال إلى مقود العربة، بالتراجع عن تصنيف “أنصار الله” ضمن لائحة الإرهاب، وتفعيل قرار الكونغرس ومجلس الشيوخ في العام 2019، القاضي “بالانسحاب من الأعمال العدائية في اليمن”.

وعلى الرغم من الإدانة الأميركية لدفاع “أنصار الله” والجيش اليمني في مأرب والجوف، وفي هجومي مطار أبها وخميس مشيط، فإن تيم ليذركينغ يبحث مع وزير الخارجية السعودي فيصل بن فرحان ما سماه “الحل السياسي اليمني”، في إشارة إلى قطع صلة الكواليس بين ابن سلمان وجوقة ترامب.

هذا المنحى أطلق تحرّك “المبعوث الأممي” مارتن غريفيث لأول مرّة إلى إيران، طلباً للمساعدة في الضغط على “أنصار الله”، رجاءً بالتهليل لبايدن وانتظار الآمال الأميركية الموعودة، لكن طهران أرشدته إلى صنعاء التي تقرّر الحل ومواجهة العدوان، وتعيد على مسامعه المبادرة الإيرانية. في المقابل، يوضح القيادي محمد علي الحوثي أن صنعاء لا تأخذ بالأماني ما لم تذهب إدارة بايدن إلى وقف الحصار والعدوان والإقرار بخطوات عملية تدلّ على التكفير عن الجرائم.

طهران وصنعاء ترميان كرة اللهب في ملعب إدارة بايدن لحل أزمات أميركا الناتجة من مسؤوليتها في جريمة العدوان وفي أكبر كارثة إنسانية في اليمن. هذا العدوان أدّى إلى شرخ في الحزب الديمقراطي الأميركي بين جناح بيرني ساندرز الموصوف بالتقدمي اليساري، والجناح التقليدي، فضلاً عن تشقّقات أخرى يمثّلها كريس ميرفي.

هو الشرخ الذي يفرض على بايدن حلّ أزمة الحزب الديمقراطي في المقام الأوّل، أملاً بتجاوز أزمة انشقاقه، كما الأزمة التي يواجهها الحزب الجمهوري بعد سقوط ترامب، ولا سيما أن الجناح المناهض للعدوان على اليمن يعبّر عن متغيرات بنيوية في الديمغرافيا الأميركية، يدلّ عليها ثقل “الأجانب” من غير العرق الأبيض في الحياة السياسية الأميركية، وهو الذي حمل بايدن إلى الرئاسة على ظهر كسر زحف العنصرية البيضاء.

أزمة أميركا الأخرى التي يأمل بايدن تخفيف حدّتها في الإطار نفسه هي المسؤولية عن تمريغ وجهها في الوحول اليمنية، ليس فقط أمام الحزب الديمقراطي والأميركيين “الأجانب” فحسب، بل أمام شعوب العالم أيضاً، وفي مقدمتها الشعوب الأوروبية.

إن الولايات المتحدة هي التي غطّت مشاركة الحكومات الأوروبية في الجرائم بمعيّة ترامب، وما أن تخفّف التغطية بالكلام حتى الآن، يُصدر البرلمان الأوروبي قراراً يدعو فيه الاتحاد الأوروبي إلى الالتزام بوقف إمدادات العدوان بالسلاح، وإلى العمل لانسحاب السعودية والإمارات من اليمن.

الأزمة الأعم الأكثر عمقاً التي كشفت عنصرية أميركا في داخلها وخارجها، هي فقدان ما يسميه بايدن “القيَم الأميركية”، فهذه القيَم المتمثّلة بأطروحات حقوق الإنسان والحريات الفردية والديمقراطية الأميركية… هي سلاح ماضٍ في أيدي الإدارة الأميركية، لإشاحة النظر عن نتائج نموذج التوحّش الأميركي في بؤس البشرية وتهديد حياة الكوكب.

هي سلاح تغطية من جهة، وسلاح حرب لزعزعة الاستقرار الهشّ في بعض الدول المعادية لأميركا، من أجل فتح أسواقها وتعزيز المصالح والاستراتيجيات الأميركية من جهة أخرى. إن مسؤولية أميركا عن كارثة اليمن أصابت هذا السلاح بالصدأ طيلة أربع سنوات، ما أدّى إلى تعويل بايدن على أولوية اليمن، أملاً بإعادة شحذه.

المشجَب الذي يسعى بايدن إلى تعليق أوساخ أميركا عليه هو محمد بن سلمان؛ واجهة العدوان على اليمن وأكثر شركاء أميركا وحشية في القتل العاري، وهو يضع نصب عينيه التخفّف من هذه الورطة الثقيلة الأعباء، ليس بسبب كارثة اليمن فحسب، بل بسبب سلاح حقوق الإنسان أيضاً.

والحقيقة أن بايدن لا يقلب في هذا الأمر صفحة ترامب فحسب، إنما يقلب كذلك جانباً من صفحة أوباما مع السعودية وشراكة محمد بن سلمان. ففي مقالة روبرت مالي في “فورين أفيرز” مع ستيفين بومبر، ينقل عن مسؤول كبير في إدارة أوباما، في اجتماع لمجلس الأمن القومي في آذار/مارس 2015، قوله بشأن شراكة ابن سلمان: “كنا نعلم أننا ربما نستقلّ سيارة مع سائق مخمور”.

قد يكون هذا المسؤول الكبير هو بايدن نفسه الذي لم يسمّه روبرت مالي، بدليل قطع اتصال بايدن مع ابن سلمان وإزالته عن جدول الأعمال، بحسب المتحدثة باسم البيت الأبيض جين ساكي، وبدليل آخر أكثر جدية عبّرت عنه إدارة بايدن في عزمها على ملاحقة ابن سلمان في جريمة قتل خاشقجي، بدءاً بنشر تقرير الاستخبارات الأميركية، وعزمها على ملاحقته بتحريك الدعوى التي قدّمها مستشار محمد بن نايف سعد الجبري أمام محكمة واشنطن ضد ابن سلمان وأعوانه.

أزمات أميركا الحادة التي تدفع بايدن إلى مساعي أولوية اليمن والتخفّف من ابن سلمان هي مشكلة أميركا وإدارة بايدن، فإيران وصنعاء معنيّتان بانسحاب قوى العدوان وفك الحصار والذهاب إلى حوار بين اليمنيين لإزالة آثار العدوان والاتفاق على الحل السياسي.

إيران وصنعاء تتقاطعان مع نيات بايدن لحل أزمات أميركا، إذا كان حلّها مساعداً في حل قدّم اليمن في سبيله التضحيات البطولية الخارقة، وتعرّض من أجله لشتى الجرائم ضد الإنسانية، فالمهزوم يعجز عن فرض شروط لم ينَلها بحرب تدميرية، ولا يطلب المساعدة المجّانية لقلع شوكه.

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