The Biden doctrine, the return of empires and the European paradox

The Biden doctrine, the return of empires and the European paradox

February 01, 2021

By Fabio Reis Vianna for the Saker Blog

At the end of the tragic year 2020, Jake Sullivan launched a tweet urging Europeans to act together in the face of “China’s worrying economic behavior.”

Today’s National Security Advisor to the newly sworn-in Democratic administration thus gave the first signs of what the Joe Biden administration would look like to the traditional allies of the United States.

Sullivan’s words not only confirm the use of Twitter as an efficient and routine diplomatic instrument of global scope, but also inaugurate the rhetoric that should shape what some analysts already call the Biden Doctrine.

The aggressive attitude of the Trump administration, which in the end revealed itself concretely in pure rhetoric – since surprisingly Trump, in his own words, was the first president in “decades” that did not initiate “new wars” – was certainly not a point out of the curve in the impositive conduct and with imperial bias that the United States has been deepening uninterruptedly since 1991.

Having been the first demonstration of military and technological power of the new unipolar liberal order born of the iron curtain debris, the first Gulf War could be considered the inaugural staging of the U.S. path toward a global military empire.

An absolutely unnecessary war against a defenseless enemy that served only as a parameter setter; the institution of a coercive power based on the control of a feeling that paralyzes anyone who dares to challenge this power: fear.

The control of fear, or the principle of limit, represented above all a warning to the rest of the world that the winner of the cold war, who paradoxically was won without a (hot) war, will not admit to being challenged under any circumstances.

The national security strategy of 2017, as if in a written confession, only outlined and made official what in practice had been happening and deepening since that fateful war of 1991.

In practice, the 2017 national security strategy is a more forceful warning to emerging and “revisionist” powers, especially Russia and China, that the model of global governance regulated by the liberal international order – in force throughout the postwar period – is over. Welcome to the old Westphalian order.

In this new (old) scenario of permanent competition among sovereign states, the United States therefore assumes, without subterfuge, that its own national interest will guide its actions. And if necessary with the use of force.

Biden’s own economic strategy seems to imply a continuation of the nationalist line initiated in the Trump administration, even if a softer rhetoric and democratic style is being rehearsed.

Realizing where the wind is blowing – even if late and at the end of her term – Angela Merkel rushed to demonstrate to Beijing the concrete European interest in concluding the comprehensive investment agreement as soon as possible.

Sniffing the opportunity, Xi Jinping ends up facilitating the agreement by giving in to a series of very expensive concessions to the European interest, mainly the one concerning the non obligatory technology transfer by European companies that will settle in China.

Most likely the Chinese leader sought to take advantage of the transition period to anticipate the agreement before Joe Biden actually took the presidential seat.

A wake-up call to Chinese and European leaders may have been the document signed by Jake Sullivan himself entitled “Making U.S. Foreign Policy Work Better for the Middle Class.

The document published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace practically anticipates the economic bias of the strategy to be followed by the Biden administration.

It is an ode to the reconstruction of the post-Pandemic American economy with a focus on the national interest, and is in fact a continuation of Trump’s sovereignist policy, but with tones more to the left.

Thus, those who think that the Biden doctrine will be a resumption of the economic liberalism of the Democratic governments that preceded it are mistaken; on the contrary, everything leads us to believe that the erratic way in which the United States has dealt domestically in containing the pandemic – which has drastically affected its role as global leader – will lead to an aggressive reaction not only in economic terms, but especially in military terms.

It is undeniable that the leadership vacuum generated by American incompetence in fighting the pandemic has accelerated an increase in rivalries and competition in the world system.

An increase in the escalation of military tensions that has already been observed in several regions of the planet and has accelerated dramatically with the advent of the plague.

The resurgence of ancient empires such as China, India, Turkey and Russia itself – which, using the same mechanisms of the power game invented by Westerners, has shown impressive strength and resilience during the pandemic crisis – seems to have raised the alarm even from old Europe.

De facto inventors of the world system in place since their small national states began the expansive adventure about five hundred years ago, Europeans are now at a real existential crossroads.

What allowed the expansion out of these small and bellicose territories was precisely the violent internal competition between them, which even prevented Europe from becoming a unified empire.

Time and destiny ironically come to throw the weight of this new era of empires into the lap of a Europe more divided than ever.

Most likely aware of the challenges ahead, Angela Merkel affirmed last January 26 in Davos the importance of the pandemic as a test “of the resilience of our systems and societies” and that “our vulnerability has become obvious.

Europe’s paradox is that without a peaceful, strong and unified EU, it will lag behind. But the strength that has always allowed Europe to accumulate power and wealth over centuries has been precisely this chaotic machine of war, violence and internal competition.

Fabio Reis Vianna, lives in Rio de Janeiro, is a bachelor of laws (LL.B), MA student in International Relations at the University of Évora (Portugal), writer and geopolitical analyst. He currently maintains a column on international politics at the centennial Brazilian newspaper Monitor Mercantil.

Balance of Deterrence: Yemen’s Latest Operation against Biggest Strategic Saudi Target

Balance of Deterrence: Yemen’s Latest Operation against Biggest Strategic Saudi Target

By Staff

The Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced that the Yemeni forces targeted with 10 drones the Shaybah oil field and refinery, which belongs to Saudi Aramco Company.

The target has the largest strategic oil reserve in the Saudi Kingdom, which accommodates more than 1 billion barrels.

Saree stressed that targeting Aramco’s oil field and refinery comes as the first operation to establish a balance of deterrence.

The operation, dubbed “first balance of deterrence”, is part of the legitimate deterrence of the Saudi aggression’s crimes and siege, Saree noted.

Yemeni Air Force Carries out the Largest Attack against the Saudi Aggression

August 17, 2019

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The Yemeni air force and the Popular Committees carried out the largest attack in the Saudi depth since the beginning of the Saudi-US aggression on Yemen.

The forces have conducted attacks on an oil field affiliated to Saudi Aramco in the east of the kingdom in retaliation for Riyadh’s war on their country, al-Maseerah TV reported. Oil facilities at Shaybah, which has the largest strategic oil reserve in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border, were targeted by 10 Yemeni drones.

The Shaybah field and refinery has the largest strategic stockpile in the Kingdom and can accommodate more than one billion barrels, Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e.

Sare’e said the operation was launched as part of “a legitimate deterrence for the aggression crimes and siege” against the Yemeni nation.

He renewed call on companies and civilians to stay away from all vital sites in Saudi Arabia, adding that Yemen’s bank of targets inside the kingdom “expands daily” and that the future attacks would be more painful to the enemy.

“Forces of aggression have no choice but to stop the war and lift the siege on the Yemeni people,” Sare’e said.

Early on Saturday, Saudi-led coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen’s southern port city of Aden near camps occupied by the Emirati-backed separatists.

The coalition also urged the southern separatists to withdraw from all sites they have recently captured in Aden.

However, Aden local officials said that although the UAE-sponsored elements had moved away from the nearly empty presidential palace and central bank, they were not quitting the city’s military camps.

“We will not retreat, we will not budge and planes will not scare us,” a statement from one of the brigades fighting as part of the Emirati-backed militants.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led Coalition, in a bid to restore control to fugitive Hadi who is Riyadh’s ally.

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured in the strikes launched by the coalition, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Source: Websites

Shaybah Oil Field under Yemeni Drones Fire

By Staff

The Saudi Shaybah Oil Field was targeted by ten Yemeni drones as part of the latest operations to deter the Saudi crimes against Yemen.

Here are some important points to learn about it:

  • It is a desert area located east of Saudi Arabia.
  • It is some 10 kilometers away from the UAE’s Abu Dhabi border.
  • It was a disputed area between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • It is one of the most important oil fields in Saudi Arabia.
  • Its oil reserve is 16 billion barrels of crude oil and 25 trillion cubic meters of gas.
  • It produces some 600,000 barrels a day, and is capable to continue with the same range for around 70 years.
  • It was labeled by The Guardian as almost of same value as a gold mine rather than an oil field.

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Yemeni Defense Minister Visits Army & Popular Committees’ Sites in Najran, Promises Surprises

June 8, 2019


The Minister of Defense, Major General Mohammed Al-Atefi, visited Najran’s frontline, conveying greetings and congratulations of the Leader of the Revolution and the political and military leadership on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. The Minister inspected the field situation for the conduct of combat operations in Najran, where he toured a number of sites in Najran.

He praised the steadfastness of the Army and Popular Committees in the Northern frontlines, praising at the same time the victories achieved during the past few days. The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees thanked the Minister of Defense and the Commander of the Sixth Military Region for this visit and participation in Eid Al-Fitr celebrations in the frontlines, reiterating the steadfastness until the liberation of every inch of the homeland.

The Yemeni army and popular committees struck the sites of the Saudi-led mercenaries in Various areas, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and Al-Masirah


Military Situation In Yemen On June 8, 2019 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Yemen On June 8, 2019 (Map Update)

  • Ansar Allah targeted Jizan Aiport with several Qasef K2 loiternig drones;
  • Saudi-led forces advanced in the Midi area, Hajjah province. Ansar Allah claimed that the advance was repelled;
  • Clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces were reported in the Al Boqa desert area;
  • Ansar Allah fired a Zilzal-1 missile at positions of the Saudi Army west of Sudays;
  • Clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continue in the Rabua and Baqem areas and at the Alab crossing;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Haradh and Midi area 10 times;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Sanaa 3 times;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck the Kitaf area 8 times;
  • Saudi-led forces shelled Kilo 16 and east of Al Hudaydah with medium weapones;
  • Saudi-led forces shelled the area northwest of Hays with 18 mortar shells.

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Yemen Gov’t Spox: US Responsible for Saudi War on Yemen, We’re Part of Resistance Axis

Al-Ahed Correspondent

Sana’a – Spokesman of Sana’a National Salvation Government, Dhaifullah Al Shami, accused Washington of being responsible for the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

Al Shami told al-Ahed News that Saudi Arabia launched the [Decisive Storm] thinking it will storm Yemen within two weeks, stressing that today we are on the threshold of the fifth year and it has achieved nothing.

The Yemeni official further called on Saudi Arabia to understand the lesson and abandon its arrogance and pride and leave Yemen.

Al Shami noted that the peace process in Yemen “remains stalled” and moves like an ageing and sick turtle, that when it takes a step forward, it takes backward another step.

The US role is like the role of the Devil, according to Al Shami, which he said US acts clandestinely but is the owner of the idea and the planner, and the others are but cheap tools only.

“The United Nations is unable to provide anything, as there had not been any success provided by it since its foundation for the sake of any people in the world, but conspires with invaders and occupants in each country and what happens in Palestine is the starkest evidence,” said Al Shami.

Al-Ahed News spoke to Sana’a government’s spokesperson and Minister of Information, Dhaifullah Al Shami, in an exclusive interview on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the war on Yemen launched on March26, 2015.

Following is the full text of the interview

Al-Ahed News: On the threshold of the fifth year of the war on Yemen that has made in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis of this century… What are your messages on this anniversary for the Yemeni people, the Saudi-led military coalition, and the international silence?

Al Shami: The Yemeni people launches their fifth year of the legendary steadfastness in the face of the US- Saudi, UAE aggression, with confidence, generous spirit, faith in God and His victory and support while they see the field victories have been progressing so they have to gain more confidence, strength, and toughness in God in the face of their enemies. In return, the aggression and its allies fall apart and differences arise among its leaders and instruments and it is this that increases that great resilience.

With regard to the aggression – coalition (Saudi-led coalition) the field messages and successive defeats are the salient for its understanding if it wanted to as it launched its first storm [Decisive Storm] to storm Yemen within two weeks, that today we are on the threshold of the fifth year and it has achieved nothing. So could it be possible to understand the lesson and abandon its arrogance and pride.

For the silent and complicit world, they could be reminded that history does not pardon and will write their involvement through silence on the blood shed of the Yemeni women and children, thus let them record their history in the shape they love.

Al-Ahed News: Whosoever do you think launched the war machine?  Is it Washington? Or it is your neighbors in the Gulf region? Or it is as a result of mistakes you made too?

Al Shami: War machine launched from Washington and the aggression on Yemen is an American with great distinction and neighboring states’ ambition has been fully exploited by America and its allies at the International High-handedness States to implement a design of eliminating the Koranic project, which exposed the American design in Yemen.

Al-Ahed News: After four years, what has the war produced on the political and military levels?

Al Shami: The war has produced the Yemeni society between a cowering down, agent, traitor, and men who believe in an issue and sovereignty of homeland and decline guardianship and bondage. It has produced national forces from puppet forces and dropped down masks from those disguised under nationalism to see themselves naked from it and standing at the rank of the foreign and occupier enemy against their country and its citizens. The war has made from the Yemeni people an international force recognized by the world for what it has of value, force, honesty, faith, persistence, and  steadfastness shattered in front of it empires of the American weapon and the Saudi money.

The war although it is catastrophic in killing children, women,  civilians, and the infrastructure but it has built the pride, steadfastness and dignity values that the enemy wanted to destroy.

Al-Ahed News: How could you comment on the indirect cooperation of the Saudi-led coalition with terrorist organizations like AQAP and Ansarullah Sharia? Where ISIS went after its terrorist attacks at Al Hashoosh and Badr mosques in Sana’a one week before the so-called “Decisive Storm” was launched on March 26, 2015?

Al Shami: The co-operation between the Saudi-led coalition and the criminal organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS hasn’t been invisible, but it was clearly noticeable, because the traitors and the collaborators were facilitating their [Al Qaeda and ISIS] operations while they were at the highest level in power, and what the Saudi Arabia wanted to be blown up, they should implement and that is through the two embassies of KSA and USA that were running these black ops. When the Yemeni army moved to confront such organizations, the master planers went crazy, so they tried to rescue them via politics and intimidation and several techniques, but it was exposed all together, so they has to ditch directly with them [ Al Qaeda and ISIS] against the sons of Yemen in general and managed to prepare for major crime operations for the purpose of sowing terror and fear among the Yemeni community like the massacres of Al Hashoosh and Badr mosques in a preparation for the aggression as a proactive step to confront with these tools.

Al-Ahed News: Where has the peace process become particularly with the British role in the Security Council and the movements of the British Foreign Secretary in the region in support of the peace process in Yemen, where the British Martin Griffith, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, has sought the Mission’s Hero? Do you welcome these movements and what is your stance on the political process after the remarks of British Foreign Secretary from the port of Aden?

Al Shami: The peace process remains stalled and moves like an ageing and sick turtle, that when it takes a step forward, it takes backward another step, that’s why Britain role has emerged prominently through the UK Foreign Secretary movements, the envoy role who is of a Britain nationality, and his office where UK nationalities at make up large proportions of those employed in 85% to highlights the role UK tried to hide to no vain. Dealing with the political profile from our side with credibility and clarity unbended the truth of that role.

I think if things have gone at this pace, fate of the political action will continue to be frustrating, despite concessions and advances that we present from one side to enhance trust and build it because we have the resolution and in no way affiliated [with any side] or our decision at the other’s hand as is the case with the allies and their tools.

Al-Ahed News: Why the US role has disappeared?  What about the role of the United Nations?

Al Shami: For the disappearance of the US role, it is the same as the role of the Devil, who acts clandestinely but Devil is the owner of the idea and the planner, and the others are but cheap tools only. If this role before the world has disappeared, we are here with our culture and awareness seeing it clearly.

The United Nations is unable to provide anything, as there had not been any success provided by it since its foundation for the sake of any people in the world, but conspires with invaders and occupants in each country and what happens in Palestine is the starkest evidence.

Al-Ahed News: What do you expect from the parliamentary By-elections that preparations are being made in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a?

Al Shami: The By-elections represent a legal step taken by the House of Representatives to strengthen the role of the institutions of the State and deliver a message to the world that building the Yemeni state will not require the International Guardian, that we even if we have been under aggression and siege, we are moving forward towards building the fair and modern Yemeni state.

Al-Ahed News: The leader of the revolution, Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has always declared that the Yemenis are part of the axis of resistance and that you are ready to defend this nation and its sanctuaries, what role can Ansarullah play in this axis?

Al Shami: The statements of Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, do not come out of the blue or just as a political bidder. These leaders do not talk randomly, the same way as is the case with the great Mujahid Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. They know what they are talking about and act in accordance with the methodology of the nation. Therefore, we are proud of them and proud the world by them and proud that we are part of the axis of the resistance, which kneeled the noses of the arrogant and considers the Palestinian issue the central issue of the nation and the joint work of all Muslims and the aggression on Yemen is,  but an attempt to weaken this struggling and resisting project, but it is like steel getting stronger and stronger and indeed by the action that comes before being said that the issues of our nations will not be forgotten despite our wounds and tragedies, and  that our leadership is based on methodology, and great people embody words with deeds.

Al-Ahed News: How do you assess your relationship with Hezbollah today, and how do you see it possible to develop it in light of the recent challenges in the region?

Al Shami: Our relationship with Hezbollah is an issue and a position. We are one nation and one body. We worry about it and it worry about us and nothing to be ashamed of.

The enemy’s charge  against us of having  relationship with Hezbollah is a pride we do not deny, rather we pride ourselves on it, and it is an enough proud for us that Hezbollah and its leadership are the strong and sincere voice with our [Yemeni] people and its grievance and rejected the aggression on it.

When we hear the Americans, “Israelis”, Saudis and Emiratis declare that they do not accept a new Hezbollah in Yemen, we say to them, we too didn’t accept and will not accept another Israel in the entire existence.

Al-Ahed News:  How do you see the latest British decision to list Hezbollah on its lists of “terrorist groups”?  Are there any messages wanted to be sent through the meeting of the British Foreign Secretary with Muhammad Abdul Salam in Oman that was followed by Jeremy’s movements in the region including visiting Aden that ended up at the invitation of the so-called head of the “Southern Transitional Council” Aydrus al-Zubidi to UK where he said, Britain was in “partnership” and not an occupation with the southern people?

Al Shami: The British decision against Hezbollah is a decision with no validity and it will only increases the strength and position of Hezbollah in the eyes’ of the people.

If Britain, United States, or “Israel” applauded Hezbollah, there we can be at state of fear for it.

The Brits react with politics by trickery, deceit, contradictions, and playing. And this can no longer deceive Muslim people, and that those visits and meetings just to pull the fleece over the eyes so a new role and a key player may appear in the region and this is something that is not an unknown.

Subsequently, the statements made by al-Zubidi are more spectacular fall reveal the true nature of transactions concluded by Britain with this instruments that create and pave the way for the occupation again.

Deadly Drone Attack on Al-Anad Kills, Injures Dozens of Aggression Forces

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Yemeni drone (archive)

Al Manar

A Yemeni drone strike hit a military parade outside the southern port city of Aden on Thursday, killing or injuring dozens of Saudi-led aggression forces.

The drone attack targeted graduation ceremony in Al-Anad airbase in Lahij, military sources close to both Houthi revolutionaries and aggression forces reported.

The drone managed to get into the airbase and hit the main platform of the parade, Yemen’s Al-Massirah reported.

The casualties included high-ranking commanders of Saudi-backed fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s forces, military sources said.

Sky News Arabia reported that Chief of Staff of Hadi’s forces, along with Lahij governor were among those injured in the drone attack.

Al-Massirah reported that the strike accurately hit its target, noting that the attack followed a surveillance operation of the aggression forces’ moves and gatherings in Al-Anad airbase.

Local sources said that sirens of ambulances were heard in the area, Al-Massirah reported, adding that many of the injured are in serious condition.

Talking to Al-Manar following the attack, Yemeni Air Force and Air Defense Spokesman, Abdullah Al-Jafri said that the attack on Al-Anad airbase killed or injured 150 Saudi-led forces and mercenaries, including high-ranking Saudi and Emirati commanders.

He said that the strike on the strategic air base of Al-Anad has sparked fear among aggressions powers, stressing that they will not be able to stop the revolutionaries’ drones.

Source: Agencies


Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured


Local Editor

Yemeni Air Forces and the Popular Committees launched on Thursday an air strike on the Saudi aggression forces at Al-Anad Air Base in the southern province of Lahij.

A Yemeni military source said that the air strike was carried after a careful monitoring of the gatherings and movements of the Saudi forces inside the base.

The source confirmed that dozens of Saudi led forces and mercenaries were killed in the operation.

Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured

Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured


Meanwhile, Hadi regime chief of general staff, deputy chairman of general staff, and the intelligence chief, and a prominent military leader were all injured in the operation.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces and artillery unit of the army and the popular committees carried out a joint operation that targeted forces in Al-Baydaa region.

Source: Al-Masirah, Translated by website team

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Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemen’s Houthi Leader

Head of Yemen’s Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi

Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemen’s Houthi Leader

November 10, 2018

The Washington Post published on Friday the first article of the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi.

“Houthi leader: We Want Peace for Yemen, But Saudi Airstrikes Must Stop”

The continued escalation of attacks against the port city of Hodeida in Yemen by the U.S.-Saudi-Emirati coalition confirms that the American calls for a cease-fire are nothing but empty talk. The recent statements are trying to mislead the world. Saudi leaders are reckless and have no interest in diplomacy. The United States has the clout to bring an end to the conflict — but it has decided to protect a corrupt ally.

Any observer of the crimes committed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia — a campaign that has been accompanied by disinformation and a blockade of journalists trying to cover the war — can offer an account of the indiscriminate killing thousands of civilians, mostly through airstrikes. Their attacks have led to the greatest humanitarian crisis on earth.

The brutality of the Saudi regime was reflected in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And it can be seen in the military escalation and airstrikes in Hodeida and other cities, in  defiance of all international warnings.

The blockade of the port city is meant to bring the Yemeni people to their knees. The coalition is using famine and cholera as weapons of war. It is also extorting the United Nations by threatening to cut their funds, as if it were a charity and not a responsibility required under international law and Security Council resolutions.

The United States wants to be viewed as an honest mediator — but it is in fact participating and sometimes leading the aggression on Yemen.

We are defending ourselves — but we don’t have warplanes like the ones that bomb Yemenis with banned ammunition. We can’t lift the blockade imposed on Yemeni imports and exports. We cannot cancel the air embargo and allow daily flights, or end the ban of importing basic commodities, medicines and medical equipment from any place other than the United Arab Emirates, as it is imposing on Yemeni business executives.

And the list goes on. These repressive practices are killing and destroying Yemen.

Yemen was not the one who declared the war in the first place. Even Jamal Benomar, the former United Nations envoy to Yemen, said we were close to a power-sharing deal in 2015 that was disrupted by the coalition airstrikes. We are ready to stop the missiles if the Saudi-led coalition stops its airstrikes.

But the United States’ calling to stop the war on Yemen is nothing but a way to save face after the humiliation caused by Saudi Arabia and its spoiled leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has ignored Washington’s pleas to clarify Khashoggi’s murder.

Moreover, Trump and his administration clearly prefer to continue this devastating war because of the economic returns it produces — they drool over those arms sales profits.

We love peace — the kind of honorable peace defended by our revolution’s leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi. We are ready for peace, the peace of the brave. God willing, Yemenis will remain the callers of peace and lovers of peace.

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French MP Asks Macron: How Many People Should Die to Stop Saudi Criminality?

November 2, 2018

French MP Bastian La Chaux lashed out at President Emanuel Macron’s foreign policy regarding supporting the Saudi regime in its (43-month) war on Yemen and the various crimes it commits elsewhere.

“How many people should die to stop those crimes?” La Chaux asked Macron.

La Chaux considered that Macron’s policy stigmatizes France which prefers the Saudi billions of dollars to its own honor, stressing that Saudi has committed hundreds of war crimes in Yemen.

The French MP also stressed that Saudi has spread the dark thought across the various countries, condemning Macron’s invitation to the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit Paris on November 11 and considering that the latter purchases France’s silence via the weaponry deals.

La Chaux also disapprovingly stressed that the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered (October 2 in Saudi consulate in Istanbul) by a group of criminals sent by the Saudi regime which is supported by France.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

Declan Walsh

Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the 3-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital bed in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for breath.

His father, Ali al-Hajaji, stood anxiously over him. Mr. Hajaji had already lost one son three weeks earlier to the epidemic of hunger sweeping across Yemen. Now he feared that a second was slipping away.

It wasn’t for a lack of food in the area: The stores outside the hospital gate were filled with goods and the markets were bustling. But Mr. Hajaji couldn’t afford any of it because prices were rising too fast.

“I can barely buy a piece of stale bread,” he said. “That’s why my children are dying before my eyes.”

The devastating war in Yemen has gotten more attention recently as outrage over the killing of a Saudi dissident in Istanbul has turned a spotlight on Saudi actions elsewhere. The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence.

But aid experts and United Nations officials say a more insidious form of warfare is also being waged in Yemen, an economic war that is exacting a far greater toll on civilians and now risks tipping the country into a famine of catastrophic proportions.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni allies have imposed a raft of punitive economic measures aimed at undercutting the Ansarullah revolutionaries. But these actions — including periodic blockades, stringent import restrictions and withholding the salaries of about a million civil servants — have landed on the backs of civilians, laying the economy to waste and driving millions deeper into poverty.

Those measures have inflicted a slow-burn toll: infrastructure destroyed, jobs lost, a weakening currency and soaring prices. But in recent weeks the economic collapse has gathered pace at alarming speed, causing top United Nations officials to revise their predictions of famine.

“There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great, big famine engulfing Yemen,” Mark Lowcock, the undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Eight million Yemenis already depend on emergency food aid to survive, he said, a figure that could soon rise to 14 million, or half Yemen’s population.

“People think famine is just a lack of food,” said Alex de Waal, author of “Mass Starvation” which analyzes recent man-made famines. “But in Yemen it’s about a war on the economy.”

The signs are everywhere, cutting across boundaries of class, tribe and region. Unpaid university professors issue desperate appeals for help on social media. Doctors and teachers are forced to sell their gold, land or cars to feed their families. On the streets of the capital, Sana, an elderly woman begs for alms with a loudspeaker.

“Help me,” the woman, Zahra Bajali, calls out. “I have a sick husband. I have a house for rent. Help.”

And in the hushed hunger wards, ailing infants hover between life and death. Of nearly two million malnourished children in Yemen, 400,000 are considered critically ill — a figure projected to rise by one quarter in the coming months.

“We are being crushed,” said Dr. Mekkia Mahdi at the health clinic in Aslam, an impoverished northwestern town that has been swamped with refugees fleeing the fighting in Hudaydah, an embattled port city 90 miles to the south.

Flitting between the beds at her spartan clinic, she cajoled mothers, dispensed orders to medics and spoon-fed milk to sickly infants. For some it was too late: the night before, an 11-month old boy had died. He weighed five and a half pounds.

Looking around her, Dr. Mahdi could not fathom the Western obsession with the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

“We’re surprised the Khashoggi case is getting so much attention while millions of Yemeni children are suffering,” she said. “Nobody gives a damn about them.”

She tugged on the flaccid skin of a drowsy 7-year-old girl with stick-like arms. “Look,” she said. “No meat. Only bones.”

The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington did not respond to questions about the country’s policies in Yemen. But Saudi officials have defended their actions, citing rockets fired across their border by the Ansarullah…

The Saudis point out that they, along with the United Arab Emirates, are among the most “generous donors” to Yemen’s humanitarian relief effort. Last spring, the two allies pledged $1 billion in aid to Yemen. In January, Saudi Arabia deposited $2 billion in Yemen’s central bank to prop up its currency.

But those efforts have been overshadowed by the coalition’s attacks on Yemen’s economy, including the denial of salaries to civil servants, a partial blockade that has driven up food prices, and the printing of vast amounts of bank notes, which caused the currency to plunge.

And the offensive to capture Hudaydah, which started in June, has endangered the main lifeline for imports to northern Yemen, displaced 570,000 people and edged many more closer to starvation.

A famine here, Mr. Lowcock warned, would be “much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives.”

When Ali Hajaji’s son fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting, the desperate father turned to extreme measures. Following the advice of village elders, he pushed the red-hot tip of a burning stick into Shaher’s chest, a folk remedy to drain the “black blood” from his son.

“People said burn him in the body and it will be OK,” Mr. Hajaji said. “When you have no money, and your son is sick, you’ll believe anything.”

The burns were a mark of the rudimentary nature of life in Juberia, a cluster of mud-walled houses perched on a rocky ridge. To reach it, you cross a landscape of sandy pastures, camels and beehives, strewn with giant, rust-colored boulders, where women in black cloaks and yellow straw boaters toil in the fields.

In the past, the men of the village worked as migrant laborers in Saudi Arabia, whose border is 80 miles away. They were often treated with disdain by their wealthy Saudi employers but they earned a wage. Mr. Hajaji worked on a suburban construction site in Mecca, the holy city visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year.

When the war broke out in 2015, the border closed.

The fighting never reached Juberia, but it still took a toll there.

Last year a young woman died of cholera, part of an epidemic that infected 1.1 million Yemenis. In April, a coalition airstrike hit a wedding party in the district, killing 33 people, including the bride. A local boy who went to fight for the Houthis was killed in an airstrike.

But for Mr. Hajaji, who had five sons under age 7, the deadliest blow was economic.

He watched in dismay as the riyal lost half its value in the past year, causing prices to soar. Suddenly, groceries cost twice as much as they had before the war. Other villagers sold their assets, such as camels or land, to get money for food.

But Mr. Hajaji, whose family lived in a one-room, mud-walled hut, had nothing to sell.

At first he relied on the generosity of neighbors. Then he pared back the family diet, until it consisted only of bread, tea and halas, a vine leaf that had always been a source of food but now occupied a central place in every meal.

Soon his first son to fall ill, Shaadi, was vomiting and had diarrhea, classic symptoms of malnutrition. Mr. Hajaji wanted to take the ailing 4-year-old to the hospital, but that was out of the question: fuel prices had risen by 50 percent over the previous year.

One morning in late September, Mr. Hajaji walked into his house to find Shaadi silent and immobile, with a yellow tinge to his skin. “I knew he was gone,” he said. He kissed his son on the forehead, bundled him up in his arms, and walked along a winding hill path to the village mosque.

That evening, after prayers, the village gathered to bury Shaadi. His grave, marked by a single broken rock, stood under a grove of Sidr trees that, in better times, were famous for their honey.

Shaadi was the first in the village to die from hunger.

A few weeks later, when Shaher took ill, Mr. Hajaji was determined to do something. When burning didn’t work, he carried his son down the stony path to a health clinic, which was ill-equipped for the task. Half of Yemen’s health facilities are closed because of the war.

So his family borrowed $16 for the journey to the hospital in Hajjah.

“All the big countries say they are fighting each other in Yemen,” Mr. Hajaji said. “But it feels to us like they are fighting the poor people.”

Yemen’s economic crisis was not some unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of the fighting…

At the Sabeen hospital in Sana, Dr. Huda Rajumi treats the country’s most severely malnourished children. But her own family is suffering, too, as she falls out of Yemen’s vanishing middle class.

In the past year, she has received only a single month’s salary. Her husband, a retired soldier, is no longer getting his pension, and Dr. Rajumi has started to skimp on everyday pleasures, like fruit, meat and taxi rides, to make ends meet.

“We get by because people help each other out,” she said. “But it’s getting hard.”

Economic warfare takes other forms, too. In a recent paper, Martha Mundy, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, analyzed coalition airstrikes in Yemen, finding that their attacks on bridges, factories, fishing boats and even fields suggested that they aimed to destroy food production and distribution in Ansarullah-controlled areas.

Saudi Arabia’s tight control over all air and sea movements into northern Yemen has effectively made the area a prison for those who live there. In September, the World Health Organization brokered the establishment of a humanitarian air bridge to allow the sickest Yemenis — cancer patients and others with life-threatening conditions — to fly to Egypt.

Among those on the waiting list is Maimoona Naji, a 16-year-old girl with a melon-size tumor on her left leg. At a hostel in Sana, her father, Ali Naji, said they had obtained visas and money to travel to India for emergency treatment. Their hopes soared in September when his daughter was told she would be on the first plane out of Sana once the airlift started.

But the agreement has stalled, blocked by the Yemeni government, according to the senior Western official. Maimoona and dozens of other patients have been left stranded, the clock ticking on their illnesses.

“First they told us ‘next week, next week,’” said Mr. Naji, shuffling through reams of documents as tears welled up in his eyes. “Then they said no. Where is the humanity in that? What did we do to deserve this?”

Only two famines have been officially declared by the United Nations in the past 20 years, in Somalia and South Sudan. A United Nations-led assessment due in mid-November will determine how close Yemen is to becoming the third.

To stave it off, aid workers are not appealing for shipments of relief aid but for urgent measures to rescue the battered economy.

“This is an income famine,” said Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. “The key to stopping it is to ensure that people have enough money to buy what they need to survive.”

The priority should be to stabilize the falling currency, she said, and to ensure that traders and shipping companies can import the food that Yemenis need.

Above all, she added, “the fighting has to stop.”

One hope for Yemenis is that the international fallout from the death of the Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which has damaged Prince Mohammed’s international standing, might force him to relent in his unyielding prosecution of the war.

Peter Salisbury, a Yemen specialist at Chatham House, said that was unlikely.

“I think the Saudis have learned what they can get away with in Yemen — that western tolerance for pretty bad behavior is quite high,” he said. “If the Khashoggi murder tells us anything, it’s just how reluctant people are to rein the Saudis in.”

Source: NYT, Edited by website team


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Mohammad bin Salman’s Days Are Numbered: The Times

September 14, 2018


“Hopes that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be a reformer who could heal the region have come to nothing,” wrote Michael Burleigh in his article published by the UK newspaper The Times.

“First came the hype, with millions spread around like muck by western PR companies and lobbyists to trumpet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s world tour last March. He was the coming Saudi strongman, you will recall, all at the age of 32.”

The writer went on to say that six months on, the realities of his soaring ascent look more uncertain, with even his father, King Salman, beginning to show signs of doubt, adding that all the media campaign launched to highlight bin Salman’s alleged economic reforms does not match the facts.

Burleigh pointed out that the Saudi war on Yemen costs $5-6 billion, adding that it has been involving KSA in a quagmire for three years.

The writer also stressed that bin Salma’s attempt to impose isolation on Qatar has failed, noting that this policy led to the destruction of the Gulf Cooperation Council in favor of the duo, Saudi and Emirates.

The slogan of modernization raised by bin Salman has almost faded away in light of the ongoing oppression against the Shia Muslims in the east of the country.

Source: The Times

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Saudi Royal: King, Heir Apparent Responsible for Yemen War

Saudi Royal: King, Heir Apparent Responsible for Yemen War

Local Editor

Saudi prince has told protesters in Britain’s capital that the wider royal family ought not to be blamed for what is happening in the region, pointing the finger instead at the “king and his heir apparent”.

The comments can be heard in a video that captured an encounter outside an unnamed London location between Prince Ahmed bin Abdelaziz – one of the few remaining sons of the founder of Saudi Arabia – and a group of activists chanting slogans such “down, down, the Al Saud” and “criminal family Al Saud”.

In the footage, which was posted on social media earlier this week, the prince approaches the activists and answers some of their questions on the situation in Yemen and Bahrain.

“There are specific people that are responsible. Don’t blame the entire family,” the prince said. “In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war ends today before tomorrow.”

Asked who these individuals were, the prince said it “was the king and his heir apparent”, in reference to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS.

The conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically since March 2015, when Saudi-led forces launched a military aggression.

Campaigners have accused MBS, who also serves as defense minister, of being the “chief architect” of the Yemen war, which has led to what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen?

The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen?

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 17.08.2018

The Hour When Children Die: What Is Going on in Yemen?


A busload of young boys are on a field trip. They are excited – their summer session of school is over, and this is to be the outing to celebrate. The boys jostle on the bus. It is noisy. One of them covers his ears. They are all laughing.

One of their friends is taking a video (which will later be shown on Yemen’s al-Massira television). The video shows the universal joy of being an adolescent, of being filled with anticipation at the field trip.

Along the way, the bus stops at a crowded market in the town of Dahyan, in the Saada governorate in Yemen’s north, on the border with Saudi Arabia. This governorate, or province, is largely in support of the Ansarullah insurgency and is the center of regular aerial bombings by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The teachers with the young boys make the stop to pick up supplies for the trip: snacks and water. The excitement on the bus does not abate.

It is just then, in this crowded market, that Saudi aircraft fire on the bus. It is a direct strike, according to witnesses.

The Red Cross now says that 50 children died in the strike (11 adults were killed). Among the 79 wounded, 56 are children – many fighting for their lives.

report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  this year suggested that this kind of violence is not unusual. Five children have been killed or injured in Yemen each day since the start of the Saudi-UAE war on the rebel-held areas of that country in March 2015.

The numbers are shocking, but also numbing – nearly every child in those parts of Yemen (11 million of them) needs humanitarian assistance, with millions of children acutely malnourished, with no safe drinking water or sanitation, with few schools, with cholera and acute diarrhea as normal features of life and with regular bombings and shootings around them.

Funerals in places of war and occupation are not sober affairs. They are heightened by the anger at the manner of death, but more so they are political rallies of great emotion.

The children’s bodies arrived in cars wrapped in green. The coffins, wooden boxes, had a picture of each child on them. They were carried along the road to a simple graveyard. Their coffins were carried by boys from the Yemeni Scouts and Guides Association, their motto on their shirts reading kun musta’idan, or “be prepared.”

Bomb strikes are routine; Saudi and Emirati planes might have struck this funeral as they did in 2016, when they killed about 155 people in the al-Kubra Hall in Sanaa. Chants against Saudi Arabia rent the air. They were mingled with chants against the United States. No one in Yemen is unaware of the US complicity in this war.

‘War can’t be a clean operation’

Remorse is not forthcoming from either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. Both governments insist that the raid was “legitimate” and that “war can’t be a clean operation unfortunately” (as UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash put it in Dubai). The Saudis, like the Israeli government when it arrests and kills children, said it was the Yemenis who were “responsible for recruiting and training young children.”

There is barely remorse in the United States, from which the weapons of death go to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It was a US-made plane that fired US-made bombs on these Yemeni children. Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee took a picture of part of the 500-pound (227-kilogram) Mark 82 bomb used to kill the children.

This bomb was made by General Dynamics at its plant in Garland, Texas. In 2017, bombs from this factory made their way to resupply the arsenal of Saudi Arabia, whose free-fall bombs were getting low as a result of the war on Yemen. General Dynamics made millions of dollars on this sale. This same type of bomb was used in the Saudi strike on the funeral in Sanaa in 2016. US weapons firms have made hundreds of billions of dollars selling weaponry to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he had sent a three-star general to lead an internal investigation into “what happened.”

But what happened is well known and has been well known for a very long time.

Last November, a 30-year veteran of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Bruce Riedel, described Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen as a “quagmire.” He said it had become the “worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world” and that if the Saudi blockade continued, “50,000 children could die in Yemen.”

A year before that, Riedel pointed his finger directly at Washington and London. In April 2016, he said frankly, “If the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman [of Saudi Arabia] that this war [on Yemen] has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.”

In other words, any war crime committed in Yemen by the Saudis and the Emiratis is a war crime committed by the governments in London and Washington, which continue to supply these monarchies with billions of dollars’ worth of deadly weaponry that can be used to kill children on a school trip.

Exit from this war?

On September 6, the various parties to this war will go to Geneva to try to restart impossible talks. The contending Yemeni parties have said they will come to the table. It is obvious that this war is seen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a way to weaken Iran, although Iran’s actual role in Yemen is dubious. Nonetheless, Iran has said it awaits an invitation from the UN to come to Geneva. It would like to hold face-to-face talks with its adversaries, with the UN as arbiter.

Iran has submitted a four-point plan to give the talks some heft, including an end to the aerial bombardments and an immediate ceasefire. But there is no stomach in Saudi Arabia to take Iran’s offer seriously.

In a recent article, Riedel says this war in Yemen is the “signature foreign-policy initiative” of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. “The crown prince,” Riedel writes bluntly, “has blemished his reputation by the reckless decision to intervene in Yemen and the humanitarian catastrophe it created.”

It is unlikely that Saudi Arabia, absent serious external pressure, will stop this war. The integrity of the current king and his son – and in many ways the monarchy itself – is enveloped in this war.

Pressure will not come from the US government. It is happy enough to see its weapons dealers make enormous profits – the kind of “Made in America” that pleases President Donald Trump. In the United Nations Security Council, the US pressured the members not to demand an independent inquiry. All that was asked for was a “credible” investigation. That means there will be no real investigation, as there was none for the Sanaa funeral bombing in 2016.

Staff members at UNICEF, meanwhile, have been heartbroken. The children had UNICEF backpacks, part of the aid that keeps the country from total breakdown. “There’s obviously a war on children,” said Juliette Touma of UNICEF.

This is the hour when children die. This is the hour when adults fail them, the hour of bombings and impossible negotiations.

Yemeni Naval Force Targets Saudi Warship off Western Coast: Al Masirah TV

Yemeni Naval Force Targets Saudi Warship off Western Coast

July 25, 2018

rocket warship

Yemen’s naval force hit on Wednesday a Saudi warship off the western coast, Al-Massirah news network reported.

The Yemeni TV channel quoted military sources as saying that the “Naval force in the Yemeni Army hit Saudi warship Al-Dammam of the western coast.”

The Saudi-led aggression, which has been launching brutal aggression against the impoverished Arab country since March 2015, did not report the Yemeni retaliatory attack.

“Al-Dammam” is the most developed Saudi warships to be hit by the Yemeni naval force, Al-Massirah reported, adding that the warship belongs to the Saudi Royal Navy.

Targeting the Saudi warship on Wednesday comes after Yemen’s Naval Force carried out 23 qualitative operations against Emirati forces in Mokha port, in which heavy losses were inflicted upon the aggression forces.

Earlier last month an Emirati ship was hit by two Yemen rockets in a failed naval drop attempt.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led Coalition, in a bid to restore control to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is Riyadh’s ally.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and injured in the strikes launched by the coalition, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

The coalition, which includes in addition to Saudi Arabia and UAE: Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait, has been also imposing a harsh blockade against Yemenis.

Source: Al-Massirah

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Ansarullah Leader: Saudi, UAE pushing US projects in ME

Local Editor

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to great lengths to further the agenda of the US administration in the Middle East and please their masters.

Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Friday afternoon, Sayyed al-Houthi stated that the Riyadh and Abu Dhabi regimes are struggling with mounting economic crises as they are pouring huge sums of money into the pockets of US statesmen.

He warned that the US and “Israel” are doing their best in order to bring all aspects of Yemenis’ lives under their control, stressing that utter humiliation awaits the Yemeni nation in case it cedes to arrogant powers’ plots.

“Enemies are trying to divert our nation from the right path. They are seeking to transform Yemen into a society beset with problems, diseases and ethical issues,” he pointed out.

He underlined that no Muslim society would become subservient to the US and the Tel Aviv regimes unless it distances from Islamic teachings and ethics.

Al-Houthi went on to say that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are following in the footsteps of the US and “Israel” concerning conspiracies against Islam.

“Yemen is under incessant attack by both the Saudi-led bombardment campaign and propaganda war. We need to foster awareness among strata of the Yemeni society, and promote the culture of Quran,” he commented.

Al-Houthi also noted that Washington and the Tel Aviv tend to brand anyone who stands up against their wishes as “rebel.”

“Enemies are targeting all aspects of our lives. We must firmly resist their all-out aggression.  They want us to recognize a despotic regime installed by the US and “Israel.” The primary goal of the Saudi-led war on Yemen is to control us. Our only choice is to fight off aggressors,” he said.

He further emphasized that the Yemeni nation is entitled to freedom and independence, and does not accept the domination and hegemony of any party.

“Aggressors are expending all their efforts to overrun the western coastal province of al-Hudaydah, but are confronted with stiff popular resistance. They have dismally failed in their attacks. We need to recruit more fighters in a bid to turn al-Hudaydah into a graveyard of enemies,” al-Houthi concluded.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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On March 25, the Yemeni Missiles Force, that’s allied to the Houthis, announced in an official statement that it had targeted the King Khalid international airport in the Saudi capita of Riyadh with a Burkan 2H medium-range ballistic missile.

The Abha regional airport in the southwestern province of Asir was also targeted by a Qaher 2M ballistic missile of the Yemeni Missiles Force, according to the official statement.

Additionally. the Yemeni Missiles Force shelled the airports of Najran and Jizan provinces in southern Saudi Arabia with several Bader-1 rockets. The is type of artillery rockets was first unveiled on March 22.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition announced that its air defenses had successfully intercepted a ballistic missile over the city of Riyadh.

However, a video published by locals from Riyadh showed that one of the US-made Patriot missiles, which had been launched to intercept the Houthis’ missile, had crashed in a civilian area. Saudi sources reported that several civilians were injured in the incident.

The coalition didn’t mention anything about the remaining missiles that had targeted the provinces of Asir, Jizan and Najran. However, Saudi sources reported that many air defense missiles had been launched in these provinces.

The Yemeni Missiles Force said in its official statement that the missile strike had been carried out to commemorate the third anniversary of the Saudi attack on Yemen. Earlier, the Houthis’ leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi promised during a televised speech that the Yemeni Missiles Force will witness significant progress this year.

Houthi missiles kill 1 person in Saudi capital

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Last night, the Houthi forces unleashed a flurry of missiles into Saudi Arabia, targeting several airports and military installations near the Kingdom’s capital city.

According to the Saudi authorities, their air defense managed to shoot down seven of the Houthi missiles.

 However, the fragments of one Houthi missile landed inside Riyadh, killing one person and wounding two others.

“With credit to the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces,  all seven ballistic missiles were intercepted and destroyed. According to preliminary information, the interception resulted in fragments raining on a few residential neighborhoods and, at the issuance of this statement, the loss of life of an Egyptian resident, in addition to material damage to civilian objects-the details of which will shortly be announced by the relevant authorities,” according to Col. Turki Al Maliki, spokesperson for the Saudi Coalition forces.

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Breaking: Houthi forces claim second Saudi warplane shot down over Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Houthi forces claimed their air defense units downed another Saudi jet over the Sana’a countryside this morning.

According to a report released by Saba News Agency, the Saudi Coalition’s F-15 was bombing the Yemeni capital when the Houthi forces shot down the warplane.


The Saudi Coalition has not reported any warplane being downed over Yemen.


If this report proves true, this will be the second Coalition warplane that has crashed in Yemen in the last 48 hours.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Earlier today, the Houthi forces claimed that their air defense units downed a Saudi Coalition warplane as it was bombing the eastern countryside of Sana’a.

At the time of the crash, there was no confirmation from the Saudi Coalition regarding the fate of their warplane.


While the Saudi Coalition did confirm the loss of their aircraft, they did not specify the reason for the crash.


As a result of today’s crash, the Saudi Coalition has now lost two warplanes in the last 48 hours in northern Yemen.


The Yemeni TV channel Al Masirah released a video showing the moment when the Houthis’ surface-to-air missile hit a F-15 warplane of the Saudi-led coalition over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

According to Al Masirah, the F-15 was downed on January 7 just few hours after the Houthis shot downed another Saudi-led coalition warplane Panavia Tornado multirole – over the area of Kitaf wa al-Boqe’e district in the province of Sa’ada.

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Over 700 Yemeni Civilians Killed and Wounded by US-backed Saudi Airstrikes in December

Over 700 Yemeni Civilians Killed and Wounded by US-backed Saudi Airstrikes in December

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 31.12.2017

Over 700 Yemeni Civilians Killed and Wounded by US-backed Saudi Airstrikes in December

Bill Van AUKEN

The US-backed Saudi monarchy and its allied Gulf oil sheikdoms have dramatically escalated their bombing campaign against Yemen, the poorest nation in the Middle East, killing scores of civilians within the last few days.

In the bloodiest of the airstrikes, Saudi warplanes targeted a crowded marketplace in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz province on Tuesday, killing 54 civilians.

While coverage of the bloodbath by the US and Western media has been scarce, Yemen’s Al Masirah television network published photos on its website showing the market’s bombed-out shops and the dismembered remains of slaughtered civilians. It reported that body parts had been thrown hundreds of yards from the blast sites.

Among the dead were at least eight children. Another 32 people were wounded in the bombing, including six children.

On the same day, warplanes attacked a farm in the al-Tuhayta district of Yemen’s western Hodeida province killing an entire family of 14, including women and children.

Yemeni sources reported that Saudi and allied warplanes carried out more than 45 airstrikes on Wednesday targeting several Yemeni cities and killing at least another six civilians, including a family of five whose house was targeted in the port city of Hodeida.

According to the Al Masirah television network the number of Yemenis killed and wounded in Saudi airstrikes since the beginning of December had risen to 600 before the latest round of casualties beginning on Tuesday.

This bloody new phase in the more than 1,000-day-old war by the wealthy and reactionary Arab monarchies against impoverished Yemen is driven by the House of Saud’s frustration over its inability to shift the military stalemate and made possible by the unrestrained support from Riyadh’s Western allies, principally the US and Britain.

The stepped up bombing campaign has come partly in response to the failure of a Saudi-backed coup by the former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh against his erstwhile allies, the Houthi rebel movement. The abortive effort ended in Saleh’s death and the routing of his supporters earlier this month.

Riyadh has also been shaken by the firing of missiles from Yemen targeting both the international airport and the House of Saud’s royal palace. Both missiles were brought down without causing any casualties.

Washington has long relied upon the Saudi monarchy as a pillar of reaction in the Arab world, arming it to the teeth and in the process reaping vast profits for US arms corporations.

During his trip to Saudi Arabia in May, US President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime. While the agreement represented the single largest arms deal in US history, it represented a continuity with the policy pursued by the Democratic administration of Barack Obama, which had struck a $29 billion agreement to sell F-15s the Saudis—representing the previous largest single US arms deal—and had a total of $100 billion worth of weaponry slated for sale to the kingdom.

In addition to providing the warplanes, bombs and missiles being used to slaughter Yemeni civilians, Washington is a direct accomplice and participant in the assault on Yemen, a flagrant war crime that has produced the greatest humanitarian catastrophe on the face of the planet. US Air Force planes are flying refueling missions that keep Saudi fighter bombers in the air, while US intelligence officers are assisting in the targeting of airstrikes and US warships are backing a Saudi sea blockade that is part of a barbaric siege of the country aimed at starving its population into submission.

While an estimated 13,600 civilians have lost their lives to the US-backed Saudi military campaign launched in March of 2015, that death toll has been massively eclipsed by the number of lives lost to hunger and disease resulting from the destruction of basic water and sanitary infrastructure, along with factories, farms, medical facilities and other vital resources, and the blockading of food, medicine and humanitarian supplies.

Almost three years into the war, 21.2 million people, 82 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance, lacking access to food, fuel and clean water,. An estimated 8 million people are on the brink of starvation, while soaring food prices have placed essential commodities out of reach for all but the wealthiest layers of Yemeni society.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced last week that the number of cholera cases had topped 1 million, the worst epidemic in modern history, while the country has also been hit by an outbreak of diphtheria, a disease that has been almost entirely eradicated in the rest of the world.

The apocalyptic scale of the human suffering in Yemen has moved some in the West to make timid criticisms of the Saudi regime. Thus, French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly called Saudi King Salman on December 24 to advocate a “complete lifting’ of the blockade of Yemen. Macron made no move, however, to amend the 455 million euro arms deal struck with Riyadh by his predecessor, François Hollande, providing weapons being used to murder Yemeni civilians.

Similarly, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick pointed to the latest mass casualties resulting from Saudi bombings to condemn the “complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war.”

The reality is that the overwhelming majority of deaths have been caused by illegal Saudi aggression. The war, from the standpoint of both Riyadh and Washington, moreover, is not “absurd,” but rather part of a broader regional strategy being pursued by US imperialism to prepare for a military confrontation with Iran, which has emerged as an obstacle to the drive to assert American hegemony over the oil-rich Middle East.

Finally, the New York Times published an editorial Thursday saturated with hypocrisy and deceit. Titled “The Yemen Crucible,” it accuses the Trump administration of applying “a double standard” to the catastrophe in Yemen by denouncing alleged Iranian arms support for the Houthi rebels, while “having nothing bad to say” about the Saudi bombing campaign.

The Times, a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party establishment, raises the possibility that Iran “could be in violation” of a UN Security Council resolution barring it from the export of missiles and other weapons, and guilty of “escalating a crisis” that could lead to war with Saudi Arabia.

Referring to the recent performance of the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who appeared at a US military hangar in Washington with what was claimed to be debris from an Iranian-supplied missile fire by the Houthi rebels at Riyadh, the newspaper acknowledged that the presentation recalled the “weapons of mass destruction” speech delivered by then US Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN Security Council in preparation for the US invasion of Iraq.

Of course the Times supported that war of aggression in 2003 and became one of the main propagandists of the “weapons of mass destruction” lie used to justify it.

The editorial utters not a word of criticism of US arms sales to the Saudi regime—much less about the Obama administration’s initiation of Washington’s support for the war on Yemen—and concludes with claims of seeing signs that the Trump administration is exerting “constructive influence on the Saudis.”

These lies and omissions make clear that if and when Washington embarks on a potentially world catastrophic war against Iran, the “newspaper of record” will once again provide its services as a propaganda organ for American militarism.

قواعد الإمارات «الإسرائيلية» و«أمر العمليات» الأميركي للسيطرة على باب المندب

محمد صادق الحسيني

ديسمبر 30, 2017

لما كانت الحرب الكونية على اليمن تتجه نحو الحسم، بعد معادلات الردع الاستراتيجي التي صنعها ثوار 21 أيلول/ سبتمبر، لا بدّ لنا من تركيز الأضواء على ما يفعله صبية الإمارات في هذه الحرب بأمر عمليات أميركي إسرائيلي، وإليكم بعض خفايا أمر العمليات المذكور، منذ أن انطلقت ثورة أنصار الله لتحرير اليمن من الوهابية والوهابيّين…!

لم يكن بقاء الاحتلال البريطاني لجنوب اليمن، الذي يضمّ محافظة عدن وميناءها حتى نهاية عام 1967 إلا تعبيراً عن الأهمية القصوى التي كانت توليها بريطانيا، زعيمة الدول الاستعمارية حتى بداية خمسينيات القرن العشرين، لميناء عدن وموقعه المتحكّم بالمدخل الجنوبي لمضيق باب المندب والذي هو بمثابة الشريان الأهمّ في حركة الملاحة الدولية، سواء التجارية أو العسكرية، حيث كان الحفاظ على السيطرة الاستعمارية الكاملة على هذا الشريان الحيوي يمثل مصلحة بريطانية عليا اقتصادياً وعسكرياً واستراتيجياً.

وفِي هذا الإطار وبعد استيلاء العصابات الصهيونية على ميناء أم الرشراش إيلات الفلسطيني عام 1949 اكتسب باب المندب أهمية مضاعفة واتسعت رقعة الصراع الدولي للسيطرة عليه. حيث كان الزعيم العربي جمال عبد الناصر أوّل المهتمّين بالعمل على إنهاء السيطرة الاستعمارية عليه وذلك ضمن الصراع مع الكيان الصهيوني والعمل على حرمانه من المنفذ البحري من إيلات إلى مختلف الطرق البحرية المتصلة بالبحر الأحمر.

فكان ان قام الرئيس جمال عبد الناصر بتقديم الدعم العسكري والسياسي والمعنوي لثورة الجنوب اليمني ضدّ الاحتلال البريطاني والتي انتهت بانتصار الثورة اليمنية وإعلان استقلال الجنوب بتاريخ 30/11/1967.

هذا الانتصار الذي كانت إحدى أهمّ أسبابه الثورة اليمنية في العام 1962 وتدخل الجيش المصري في اليمن لمساندة الثوره التي قادها عبد الله السلال والتي حاربتها كلّ القوى الاستعمارية في العالم، عبر عملائها من حكام الرجعية العربيه في المنطقة وعلى رأسهم مملكة آل سعود التي كانت ترى في عبد الناصر «الشيطان الأكبر» الذي لا يهدّد السعودية فحسب وإنما يشكل تهديداً استراتيجياً لمصالح الدول الغربية الاستعمارية بشكل عام والذي يجب القضاء عليه حتى يتمّ تأمين تلك المصالح على المستوى البعيد.

أيّ انّ المعادلة وبكلّ بساطة، كانت تقضي بضرورة استمرار السيطرة على باب المندب، خدمة لمصالح الدول الاستعمارية تحت كلّ الظروف. وقد أوكلت هذه المهمة بعد انسحاب قوات الاحتلال البريطانية من جنوب اليمن إلى مملكة آل سعود التي عملت كلّ ما بوسعها لضمان استمرار سيطرة سياساتها التدميرية على الشعب اليمني ومقدّراته، عبر الكثير من الوسائل، والتي لم يكن آخرها شراء ذمم بعض شيوخ العشائر في مختلف محافظات اليمن وآخرين من القيادات العسكرية حتى وصلت الى «وهبنة» المجتمع والدولة اليمنيين.

ولكن كلّ هذه السياسات باءت بالفشل الذريع والذي أصبح جلياً عند خروج الشعب اليمني عن بكرة أبيه للتظاهر مطالبين بإزاحة الرئيس اليمني السابق، علي عبد الله صالح، وذلك في أواخر عام 2011، تلك الثورة التي اضطرت صالح إلى التنازل عن الحكم في نهاية المطاف والتي استكملت في 21/9/2014 عندما دخل مقاتلو ومناصرو حركة أنصار الله إلى صنعاء وسيطروا على مفاصل الدولة الأساسية الى جانب سيطرتهم الضرورية والحيوية على مقارّ الوحدات العسكرية اليمنية التي كانت تأتمر بأمر آل سعود، أو تلك التي كانت على ارتباط وثيق مع تنظيم «القاعدة» في اليمن والتي كان لها وجود كثيف وغاية في الأهمية في العديد من القواعد العسكرية اليمنية في صنعاء ومحيطها إلى جانب وجودها في عدة محافظات يمنية أخرى تحت عين المتوهّبين من رموز السلطة.

وقد شعرت الدول الاستعمارية، وعلى رأسها قائدة الاستعمار الحديث، الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، بأنّ وجودها أو بالأحرى سيطرتها على هذا المنفذ البحري المهمّ باتت في خطر شديد وانّ ذلك قد يحرمها من مواصلة استخدامه وما حوله من موانئ في اريتريا والصومال واليمن نفسه، حيث كان علي عبد الله صالح قد أعطى الأساطيل الأميركية تسهيلات واسعة لاستخدام ميناء عدن وغيره من الموانئ التجارية والعسكرية اليمنية بحجة محاربة القاعدة، من مواصلة استخدامه باب المندب في تعزيز قبضتها على كلّ الدول المحيطة به وببحر العرب وغرب المحيط الهندي وذلك لضمان استمرار حشدها العدواني العسكري الاستراتيجي ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران.

وانطلاقاً من رؤيتها هذه وفي ظلّ عجزها وعدم رغبتها في الدخول في حروب مباشرة في الشرق الأوسط، نتيجة لهزيمة أميركا في العراق، فقد قامت الولايات المتحدة بإصدار أوامرها لآل سعود بشنّ حملة اعلامية دولية ضدّ إيران و»سياساتها التوسعية» في العالم العربي، وتصوير حركة أنصار الله على أنها الذراع العسكري لإيران في الجزيرة العربية كما هو حزب الله ذراعها العسكري في بلاد الشام، وذلك تمهيداً لبدء حملة عسكرية سعودية مجنونة ضدّ اليمن، حجراً وبشراً واثراً، عقاباً له على شقّ عصا الطاعة السعودية.

تلك الحرب التدميرية التي اخترع لها آل سعود إطاراً شكلياً أسموه «التحالف العربي» والذي أصبحت «دولة» الإمارات العربية المتحدة عضواً اساسياً فيه.

تلك المشيخة التي قام المستعمر البريطاني بتنصيب آل نهيان حكاماً لأبي ظبي والإمارات الأخرى المجاورة عليها سنة 1971 عندما انسحبت بريطانيا من منطقة الخليج لأسباب عدة لا مجال لمعالجتها في هذا المقام.

وقد عمدت الولايات المتحدة كزعيمة للدول الاستعمارية في هذا العصر، ليس إلى توزيع الأدوار بين أتباعها من آل سعود وآل نهيان فحسب، وإنما إلى بدء مرحلة دمج قدراتهما العسكرية مع القدرات العسكرية لقاعدتها المتقدمة في ما يسمّى «الشرق الأوسط» والمسمّاة بـ»إسرائيل»…!

وبناء على هذه المخططات الأميركية الجديدة لتعزيز سيطرة جيوشها وأساطيلها على منطقة الجزيرة العربية بشكل عام وفِي مواجهة إيران على المدى المتوسط ومواجهة كلا من روسيا والصين على المدى البعيد، نصّ أمر العمليات الأميركي الصادر في بداية شهر شباط 2015 على ما يلي:

أولاً: تكليف محمد بن زايد بالسيطرة على محافظات اليمن الجنوبية بما فيها محافظة عدن وصولاً الى ميناء المخا بهدف منع قوى الثورة اليمنية المتمثلة بحركة أنصار الله من إحكام سيطرتها على سواحل اليمن الجنوبية والجنوبية الغربية، وذلك تمهيداً لتوسيع مناطق عمليات القواعد الإسرائيلية المقامة على شواطئ اريتريا والصومال وذلك لإعادة السيطرة على منفذ مضيق باب المندب للاسباب التي ورد ذكرها أعلاه.

ثانياً: تكليف محمد بن سلمان بشنّ حملة جوية وبرية وبحرية، بالتعاون مع الإمارات، على كلّ مناطق اليمن تهدف إلى منع تثبيت بمعنى تعطيل فعلها وتأثيراتها وحركة تغيير الواقع المحلي المحدود والإقليمي الأوسع قوى الثورة اليمنية، وعلى رأسها حركة أنصار الله، في مناطق معينة من الوسط والشمال، وذلك بهدف منعها أي قوى الثورة من السيطرة على السواحل اليمنية والهادفة إلى وضع حدّ لعربدة الأساطيل الأميركية وأساطيل الناتو المستمرة سواء في منطقة القرن الأفريقي وباب المندب وبحر العرب أو في امتداده الشرقي باتجاه مضيق هرمز وغرب المحيط الهندي.

كما انّ أحد أهداف الحرب الدائرة ضدّ اليمن، منذ ثلاث سنوات واستمرار دول العدوان في محاولاتها للسيطرة على مداخل باب المندب الجنوبية والشمالية هو دمج النشاط العملياتي للقواعد الإسرائيلية في المنطقة وبتمويل إماراتي سعودي مع نشاط القواعد الإماراتية هناك.

القاعدة الأولى: قاعدة سقطرى الجوية/ البحرية

وقد كانت أولى الأماكن التي تمّ توجيه الإمارات العربية لإقامة قاعدة جوية وبحرية فيها هي جزيرة سقطرى اليمنية وذلك لسبب رئيسي يتعلق بالعقيدة العسكرية الأميركية للقرن الواحد والعشرين والتي تنص على «انّ من يسيطر على جزيرة سقطرى فإنه يفرض سيطرته على البحار السبع الكبرى في العالم وهي التالية:

– بحر العرب.

– بحر الخليج.

– البحر الأحمر.

– البحر الأسود وبحر إيجه كونهما متصلان عبر مضائق البوسفور والدردنيل .

– البحر الأدرياتيكي.

وانطلاقاً من هذا المفهوم الاستراتيجي لأهمية جزيرة سقطرى اجتمع الجنرال ديفيد بيترايوس، قائد القيادة الوسطى الأميركية آنذاك، مع الرئيس اليمني السابق علي عبد الله صالح، بتاريخ 2/1/2010 في صنعاء وناقش معه السماح للولايات المتحدة الاميركية إقامة قاعدة عسكرية في الجزيرة مقابل رفع المعونة المالية الأميركية لليمن من 70 إلى 150 مليون دولار سنوياً. ولكن اندلاع انتفاضة الشعب اليمني أدّت إلى تأجيل التنفيذ على الرغم من استخدام الولايات المتحدة لمطار الجزيره لتشغيل طائرات أميركية بدون طيار.

وقد وجدت القيادة العسكرية الأميركية ضالّتها في ذلك عند بدء الحرب العدوانية على اليمن حيث بدأت بتحويل الجزيرة إلى قاعدة بحرية وجوية يتمّ تمويل منشآتها بأموال خليجية وليست أميركية.

حيث قامت الإمارات بتجديد وإعادة تأهيل مدرج مطار سقطرى البالغ طوله 3300 متر وبدأ سلاح الجو الأميركي استخدامه في تنفيذ عمليات جوية مختلفة في منطقة بحر العرب وغرب المحيط الهندي.

كما أقامت الإمارات، بالتعاون مع الأميركيين والإسرائيليين، غرفة عمليات خلفية لإدارة الميدان في منطقة مضيق باب المندب اليمنية. وتضمّ هذه الغرفة اثني عشر ضابطاً إماراتياً وسبعة ضباط أميركيين وستة ضباط إسرائيليين.

بالإضافة إلى ذلك فإنّ جهاز المخابرات الإماراتي ومن خلال الهلال الأحمر الإماراتي قد كلّف اثنين من المسؤولين الإماراتيين هما:

– خلفان بن مبارك المزروعي.

– محمود علي الخاجة

بشراء أراض في الجزيرة، خاصة على الساحل الواقع في الجهة الشرقية منها، لصالح شركات إسرائيلية مسجلة في دول أوروبية نتحفظ على تسميتها لأسباب المهنة ، وهي في الحقيقة شركات تملكها الكيرين كاييمت أو «دائرة أراضي إسرائيل».

علما انّ اتفاقاً قد تمّ إبرامه في شهر حزيران الماضي يقضي بنقل سرب جوي إسرائيلي وآخر أميركي الى الجزيرة بعد الانتهاء من عمليات البنى التحتية اللازمة لذلك وإذا ما اقتضت الضرورات العسكرية تنفيذ هذا الخيار.

علماً انّ سلطات الإمارات، التي تسيطر على الجزيرة، تمنع هبوط أية طائرة غير إماراتية في المطار.

القاعده الرديفة: قاعدة الريان الجوية

هي القاعدة التي سيطرت عليها العصابات الصهيوأميركية أواخر ربيع عام 2016 أو ما يطلق عليها «قوات الشرعية» المدعومة من تحالف العدوان الأميركي السعودي والتي أغلقت أمام المواطنين منذ ذلك الوقت وتمّ تحويلها، أيّ القاعدة أو مطار الريان، الى سجن كبير للوطنيين من أهل اليمن وكذلك الى قاعدة لاستقبال اعداد كبيرة من عناصر داعش، الذين قام الجيش الأميركي بإخلائهم من ميادين القتال في سورية والعراق بعد هزيمتهم على أيدي الجيشين العراقي والسوري.

وقد تمّ نقل المئات منهم إلى هذا المطار لإلحاقهم بدورات تدريب وإعادة تأهيل في معسكرات أقيمت خصيصاً في حضرموت، حيث يقوم ضباط أميركيون وبريطانيون بالإشراف على دورات التدريب تلك.

علماً انّ محمد بن زايد، وبناء على تعليمات السيد الأميركي وبعد اجتماعه مع قادة حزب الإصلاح الإخواني اليمني، محمد اليدومي وعبد الوهاب الأنسي يوم 20/12/2017 في ابو ظبي قد اتفق معهما على استيعاب عناصر الحزب الراغبين في مواجهة «التمرد الحوثي» من أجل التدريب في تلك القاعدة أو قواعد أخرى…!

أيّ أنّ هذه القاعدة قد تحوّلت إلى مخزن خلفي لعناصر العدوان التي يتمّ تدريبهم فيها وإلحاقهم بالعصابات الصهيوأميركية في جبهات القتال المختلفة في اليمن وهي بالتالي عنصراً مهماً من عناصر ترسيخ السيطرة الصهيوأميركية على سواحل اليمن وبالتالي تعزيز محاولات السعودية إعادة سيطرتها على اليمن ومنعه من الاندماج في محور المقاومة المعادي للمخططات الصهيوأميركية في المنطقة والعالم.

القاعده الثانية: قاعدة ميون الجوية

بتوجيه من القيادة المركزية الأميركية في السيلية/ قطر قامت عصابات المرتزقة الصهيوأميركية التي تموّلها مشيخة محمد بن زايد، ويطلق عليها تحالف العدوان على اليمن اسم قوات الشرعية، قامت هذه العصابات باحتلال جزيرة ميون الواقعة في مدخل مضيق باب المندب، وذلك منتصف شهر أيلول 2015، وهي البالغة مساحتها 13 كيلو متر مربع وكانت تسكنها 86 عائلة عدد أفرادها 350 نسمة.

وقد كانت الخطوة الأولى التي قامت بها عصابات الغزو المسماة «قوات الشرعية» هو إعلان الجزيره منطقة عسكرية وطرد سكانها منها تمهيداً لوضعها في خدمة المشاريع الاستعمارية الأميركية والغربية.

اذ بدأت مشيخة محمد بن زايد بإجراء الاتصالات اللازمة للبدء في تنفيذ مشروع إقامة قاعدة جوية في هذه الجزيرة التي تتحكم تماماً بمضيق باب المندب…! حيث أنشأت إدارة أميركية/ إسرائيلية/ إماراتية لهذا المشروع ولكن تحت واجهة إماراتية على أن توضع القاعدة بتصرف الدول التي «تحارب الإرهاب» عند الحاجة اليها. أيّ انها ليست إلا قاعدة جوية أميركية/ إسرائيلية يجري تجهيزها تحت غطاء إماراتي لتكون إحدى نقاط الارتكاز في عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الأميركي لمواجهة إيران على المدى المتوسط وفي مواجهة كلا من الصين وروسيا على المدى البعيد.

علماً انّ أعمال الإنشاءات قد بدأت في الجزيرة منتصف شهر 6/2016 حيث تمّ إنجاز المرحلة الأولى من المشروع والتي هي عبارة عن عمليات تمهيد الأرض وبناء مدرج الطائرات الذي أنجز أوائل شهر 10/2017 بطول 3200 متر، أي أنه يصلح لهبوط وإقلاع كافة انواع المقاتلات وطائرات النقل العسكري الأميركية والإسرائيلية.

ويجري الآن وضع الترتيبات الضرورية بين الجهات الثلاث لتحديد حجم العمليات الجوية وحجم الأسراب الجوية التي ستكلف بتنفيذها انطلاقاً من قاعدة ميون. ومن نافل القول طبعاً انّ أربعة ضباط كبار من سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي يشاركون بشكل دائم في غرفة العمليات الجوية التي تدير المشروع.

القاعدة الثالثة: قاعدة بربرة الجوية/ البحرية

وقّعت حكومة مشيخة محمد بن زايد في أبو ظبي، في أوائل شهر 2/2017 اتفاقية مع حكومة أرض الصومال حكومة منشقة عن موقاديشو منذ عام 1991 ، اتفاقية يسمح بموجبها لمحمد بن زايد بإقامة قاعدة جوية على مساحة أربعين كلم مربع في مطار بربرة ومحيطه وذلك مقابل 440 مليون دولار يدفعها بن زايد لحكومة أرض الصومال.

علماً انّ هذه القاعدة تحتوي على أطول مدرج طائرات في القارة الأفريقية بطول أربعة آلاف ومائة واربعين متراً، أيّ انّ بإمكان كافة الطائرات الأميركية والإسرائيلية الهبوط في هذه القاعدة والإقلاع منها بما في ذلك القاذفات الاستراتيجية الأميركية من طراز B 52…!

أيّ أنها قاعدة أخرى من القواعد التي يقوم البنتاغون بتجهيزها ضمن عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي المشار اليه أعلاه…

ومن الجدير بالذكر انّ هذه القاعدة ليست بحاجة لأكثر من اعادة تأهيل بعض المرافق، إذ انها كانت مستأجرة من قبل وكالة الفضاء الاميركية ناسا مقابل 40 مليون دولار سنوياً حتى سنة 1991.

وعليه فإنّ هذه القاعدة ستكون جاهزة للعمل تماماً لاستقبال الطائرات مع منتصف شهر 1/2018 حيث سيتمّ إنشاء تشكيل جوي مشترك، أميركي/ إسرائيلي/ إماراتي يتكوّن من 32 طائرة من طراز F16 وذلك بهدف «إجراء مناورات جوية مشتركة» حسب ما نقل عن ضابط أميركي في القاعدة المذكورة.

يُضاف إلى ذلك أنّ جزءاً من الاتفاقية يخص استخدام سلاح بحرية محمد بن زايد لجزءٍ من ميناء بربرة وتحويله إلى قاعدة بحرية تكون مهمتها المعلنة التدريب والمراقبة بينما هي في الحقيقة قاعدة بحرية سيتمّ استخدامها من قبل البحرية الأميركية والإسرائيلية والإماراتية بقيادة غرفة عمليات مشتركه يجري تجهيزها حالياً بمشاركة الأطراف الثلاثة وستشرف هذه الغرفة على إدارة العمليات في منطقتي غرب خليج عدن وباب المندب.

القاعده الرابعة: قاعدة جيبوتي

يعود تاريخ نشأة هذه القاعدة إلى سنة 2005 حين وقّعت الإمارات اتفاقية مع حكومة جيبوتي تتولى بموجبها مشيخة الإمارات إدارة ميناء جيبوتي، ولكن ظروفاً مختلفة حالت دون تنفيذ ذلك الاتفاق حتى بداية شهر 6/2017، حيث توصلت مشيخة أبو ظبي إلى تفاهم جديد مع حكومة جيبوتي ينص على إعطاء البحرية الإماراتية حق استخدام الميناء في عمليات الدعم اللازمة لتنفيذ مهمات قتالية في اليمن… وقد بدأت البحرية الإماراتية بممارسة العمل الفعلي هناك انطلاقاً من معسكر ليمونييه الذي يضمّ القيادة العسكرية الأميركية في أفريقيا وفي قوة المهام المشتركة الأميركية في القرن الأفريقي. علماً انّ الضباط الإماراتيين يتواجدون في منطقة هراموس القريبة من المعسكر المذكور أعلاه، أيّ أنها ليست أكثر من ذيل للقيادة الأميركية الموجودة في جيبوتي يعمل على خدمة أهدافها في تعزيز سيطرتها على منطقة القرن الأفريقي وخليج عدن وصولاً إلى باب المندب، وهي التي تشكل مراكز قيادة وسيطرة للجيوش الأميركية المنخرطة في عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الذي أشرنا اليه سابقاً.

القاعده الخامسة: قاعدة عَصّب اريتريا الجوية/ البحرية

وقّعت مشيخة محمد بن زايد عقداً مع حكومة اريتريا في بداية عام 2016 مدته ثلاثون عاماً لغرض إقامة قاعدة جوية في مطار عَصّب والذي يحتوي على مدرج طائرات طوله ثلاثة آلاف وخمسمائة متر قادراً على استقبال كافة أنواع المقاتلات إضافة إلى طائرات النقل العملاقة من طراز «سي 17»… بالإضافة إلى قاعدة بحرية في ميناء عَصّب ذي المياه العميقة والقادر على استيعاب السفن الحربية الكبيرة من مدمّرات وبوارج حربية…

أيّ أنّ هاتين القاعدتين مؤهّلتان للقيام بكلّ المهمات الضرورية في إطار عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الأميركي ضدّ كلّ من الصين وروسيا وإيران، وانّ الدليل على ذلك، عكس الأكاذيب التي تروّجها مشيخة محمد بن زايد حول حاجتها لهاتين القاعدتين لتقديم الإسناد اللوجستي لعملياتها في اليمن، هو قيام بن زايد بنشر كتيبتي دبابات ثقيلة في منطقة القاعدة الجوية والتي هي في الحقيقة عبارة عن نواة قوة مدرعة أميركية في القرن الأفريقي كجزء من عمليات التحشيد المذكوره أعلاه، إذ انّ مشيخة بن زايد ليست بحاجة الى أية قوات مدرعة في أفريقيا على الإطلاق.

وإذا ما أضفنا الى الانتشار الإماراتي المكثف على سواحل اليمن الجنوبية والغربية، الوجود التركي، أيّ وجود تركيا كعضو في الناتو وليس كجمعية خيرية، في قاعدة العيديد بقطر واتفاقها قبل أيّام مع الرئيس السوداني عمر البشير على إقامة قاعدة بحرية ضخمة في جزيرة سواكن السودانية الى جانب القاعدة التركية الموجودة في جيبوتي فإننا نلاحظ انّ كلّ هذا النشاط العسكري المتزايد للولايات المتحدة وأذنابها في «الشرق الأوسط» لا يمكن إلا أن يكون خطوات على طريق استكمال الحشد الاستراتيجي الأميركي المعادي للصين وروسيا وإيران، خاصة اذا ما أخذنا بعين الاعتبار الأهمية الاستراتيجية لمناطق الانتشار في ما يتعلق بالملاحة الدولية وطرق التجارة العالمية واشتداد المنافسة التجارية الأميركية/ الصينية والتي ستزداد شراسة في السنوات المقبلة.

القاعده السادسة: قاعدة المخا البحرية

وهي القاعده التي أنشأتها مشيخة محمد بن زايد بعد ان احتلت العصابات الصهيوأميركية ميناء المخا اليمني في بداية شهر 2/2017 حيث بادرت إلى إعلان الميناء والمدينة منطقة عسكرية وبدأت بعمليات ترحيل جماعي لمواطني المنطقة اليمنيين حيث بلغ عدد من تمّ طردهم عشرة آلاف مواطن.

وقد باشرت البحرية الإماراتية بإقامة عنابر لإسكان الجنود واُخرى كمستودعات للذخائر الحربية والتموين والتجهيزات الأخرى والتي يؤكد حجم طاقتها الاستيعابية حاجة بحرية محمد بن زايد وتشير بكلّ وضوح إلى أنها ليست سوى مستودعات للجيش الأميركي البحرية ومعه البحرية الإسرائيلية ولا علاقة لها بأيّ من الأكاذيب التي تنشرها مشيخة بن زايد حول دورها في حماية ممرّ باب المندب الهامّ على مستوى الملاحة الدولية فضلاً عن «أمن العرب والمسلمين في حربهم العادلة ضدّ الكيان الصهيوني».

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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

September 21, 2017

Revolution anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SourcePress TV

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

16-09-2017 | 08:19

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

Ansarullah ballistic missile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The UAE’s ambition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Al-Ahed News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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