‘GREAT STRENGTH’: HOUTHIS REVEAL DETAILS OF LARGE-SCALE OPERATION IN MA’RIB (18+ VIDEO)

 17.09.2021

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‘Great Strength’: Houthis Reveal Details Of Large-Scale Operation In Ma’rib (18+ Video)

On September 17, the Houthis announced that they “liberated” more than 1,600 square kilometers in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation.

The operation, codenamed “Great Strength,” saw the Houthis and their allies imposing control of the districts of Medghal and Majzar. The Mass Millitary camp also fell into the hands of the Houthis. The camp was one of the Saudi-led coalition main bases in Ma’rib.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, claimed that the coalition used to shelter elements of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the camp.

During Operation Great Strength, the Houthis’ Missile Force carried out a total of 161 attacks. 128 of the attacks were against targets in Yemen, while 33 were launched against targets deep inside Saudi Araba.

The Houthis’ Air Force also carried out 319 attacks with drones. 136 attacks targeted Saudi-backed forces in Yemen and 183 targeted Saudi Arabia.

‘Great Strength’: Houthis Reveal Details Of Large-Scale Operation In Ma’rib (18+ Video)

According to Brig. Gen Sari, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies sustained heavy losses as a result of Operation Greater Strength. Around 3,000 Saudi-backed fighters were killed, 12,400 others were wounded and 550 were captured. Furthermore, 1,500 vehicles of Saudi-backed forces were destroyed, burned or damaged.

In the course of the operation, the Houthis documented 3,290 airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes. The airstrikes failed to stop, or even slow down the group’s advance in Ma’rib.

Last week, the Houthis announced that they captured the districts of Mahliyah and Rahbah in Ma’rib after advancing from the nearby province of al-Bayda during the third phase of Operation Evident Victory.

The Houthis have been advancing towards Ma’rib city and nearby oil fields for well-over six months now. All attempts to stop them by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies were a complete and utter failure.

Operation Great Strength was not the end of Houthi operations in Ma’rib. The Yemeni group will not likely stop its operations in Ma’rib before capturing the provincial center.

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Yemeni Resistance Reveals Details of Operation ’Severe Punishment’ Against Saudi Aggressors In Marib

September 17, 2021 

Yemeni Resistance Reveals Details of Operation ’Severe Punishment’ Against Saudi Aggressors In Marib

By Staff

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced in a press conference on Friday the details of a wide-scale military operation carried out by the Yemeni resistance.

Saree announced the results of wide-scale qualitative military Operation “Severe Punishment” that was carried out in Marib Province where large swathes of territories have been liberated.

The operation lasted for several months and achieved its goals successfully, Saree said, adding that mercenaries were kicked out of the liberated areas.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces started a new phase of liberating Yemen from invaders and occupiers, opened new paths, and followed tactics that suit the military operation’s geography,” the spokesman said.

The Rocketry Force and the Propelled Air Force carried out dozens of successful military operations, 128 of which took place inside Yemen and 33 others were carried out in the Saudi depth, Saree added.

Badr, Nakal, Qassem, Zolfikar, and Quds2-type missiles were used during the series of operations.

Meanwhile, the Propelled Air Force carried out 319 operations that targeted the enemy on its land, in addition to 183 other operations that targeted the aggressors on Yemeni ground.

Furthermore, Saree explained, the Engineering and Anti-armored Units played a major role in this battle.

“The Rocketry and Aerial Force targeted gatherings and sites belonging to mercenaries and forces of the coalition of aggression against Yemen inside the occupied Yemeni territories,” he said, noting that during the course of Operation “Severe Punishment”, the coalition of aggression waged hundreds of strike in the area.

The Yemeni Armed Forces monitored more than 3290 strikes in attempts to hinder the progress of the Yemeni Armed Forces, the forces of aggression also targeted civilians during that period.

Among the most important results of Operation “Severe Punishment” was gaining huge amounts of heavy weapons.

The duration of the operation extended from March 2020 to November 2020 in which 3000 members of the enemy were killed, 12400 sustained injuries, and 550 others were detained.

“Our forces managed to liberate around 1600 square kilometers of Marib during the operation,” Saree said, naming in particular the directorates of Medghal and Mejzar in the province.

Additionally, among the most important results was the liberation of Mas Camp, one of the biggest bases that have been used by the enemy over the past years.

“We hail the resistance role played by our people in Marib during this operation,” Saree noted, concluding that “Our cause is to liberate Yemen.”

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

The Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees, however, have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni Resistance Deals Heavy Blow To Aggressors: 16 Drones, Ballistic Missiles Target Saudi Depth

Yemeni Resistance Deals Heavy Blow To Aggressors: 16 Drones, Ballistic Missiles Target Saudi Depth

By Staff, Agencies

In yet another heroic achievement scored against the Saudi aggressors, the Yemeni resistance, represented by the Armed Forces, used 16 drones and ballistic missiles to hit targets deep inside Saudi Arabia in their latest operation, Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced.

“As part of confronting the crimes of [the Saudi-led] aggression against our country, our Armed Forces carried out the 7th Operation Balanced Deterrence, targeting vital facilities and military bases of the Saudi enemy,” Brigadier General Saree said in a televised statement on Sunday.

Saree explained that the operation targeted vital installations and military bases of Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah, Jizan and Najran regions, which he said were bombed with five Badr ballistic missiles and two Sammad-3 drones.

He added that Saudi Aramco facilities in Ras al-Tanura in the Dammam region, eastern Saudi Arabia, were also targeted with eight Sammad-3 drones and a Zulfiqar ballistic missile.

The spokesman stressed that Yemeni forces successfully hit their targets in both attacks.

In a statement on Saturday, Riyadh claimed that its air defenses had intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles and three explosive-laden drones launched towards Dammam, Jizan and Najran regions.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating war against the poorest Middle Eastern country to reinstall Yemen’s overthrown government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sanaa and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war, accompanied by a tight siege, has failed to reach its goals and killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people, putting millions more at risk of starvation by destroying much of the country’s infrastructure.

The new operation came after the Yemeni Armed Forces repeatedly warned Saudi Arabia to stop the war and siege against the country or face larger and more extensive operations.

The Yemeni forces have stepped up their retaliatory attacks deep inside Saudi Arabia in recent months.

In his Sunday remarks, Saree said the new operation succeeded in achieving its goals, warning Saudi Arabia of the consequences of its continued military campaign against the Yemeni people.

He underlined that Yemen is entitled to carry out more military operations to defend itself and its people until the war and siege against the country come to an end.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces will continue their jihadist battle until the liberation of all the lands of the republic and the achievement of freedom and independence,” Saree affirmed.

Last month, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that about 5 million Yemenis are “just one step away” from succumbing to famine and related diseases.

“Ten million more are right behind them,” Griffiths warned.

According to Henrietta Fore, the executive director of UNICEF, one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from preventable causes, including malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases, which are the ramifications of the war on Yemen.

In another development, the spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement affirmed the Yemeni people’s right to defend themselves so long as Saudi Arabia insists on continuing the war.

“Just as they insist on continuing their aggression and siege, our Yemeni people continue to defend themselves,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam tweeted on Sunday.

The latest operation against Saudi Arabia coincided with the liberation of the southern district of Rahba district by the Yemeni Army and allied popular committees, he said.

A security official in Marib Province told Yemen News Agency [SABA] that all the residents of Rahba can return to their homes and farms and practice their normal lives after the district was completely secured by Yemeni forces.

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Yemen Defense Forces Not Far From Recapturing Whole Marib – Report

September 1, 2021

Yemen Defense Forces Not Far From Recapturing Whole Marib - Report

By Staff, Agencies

Yemen’s allied defense forces decisively escalated their counterattacks on Saudi Arabia’s allies in Marib, the capital of a hugely strategic west-central Yemeni province of the same name, and are reportedly on the verge of recapturing the whole city.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees were reported on Tuesday to have advanced as far as the city’s “government buildings.”

The advancements were made possible, despite heavy Saudi bombardment of the flashpoints in the city from above, Yemen Press Agency reported. It came after the forces successfully pushed back against the kingdom’s allies there, namely Riyadh-backed militants and al-Qaeda terrorists, the outlet added.

The terrorists, it added, have been forced to abandon their positions and beat a retreat towards the city’s administrative buildings.

The Yemeni forces “are not far from” reestablishing Sanaa’s sovereignty over the city, Yemeni media sources noted.

The two sides are now engaged in intense confrontation “using heavy weaponry,” local sources noted.

The Saudi-led coalition, meanwhile, tried to shift the Yemeni allies’ attention away from their pending victory by trying to create diversionary clashes in other places. It, however, failed in its bid, the Yemeni outlets said.

The locals said the coalition’s forces had suffered considerable human and material losses during the developments. “A large number” of the enemy’s military commanders were either killed or injured during the advances, they announced.

The coalition invaded Yemen in March 2015 in a self-proclaimed bid to restore power in the country to Saudi Arabia’s favorite officials.

Seven years on, however, it is still nowhere close to realizing that avowed aim.

The invasion has, meanwhile, killed tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process. The military aggression and a simultaneous siege of Yemen has also turned the Arab world’s already poorest nation into the scene of, what the United Nations has deplored as, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Yemeni forces have invariably retaliated heavily against the war, striking targets that lie as far as the capital of the kingdom itself and its war ally, the United Arab Emirates.

Pledging never to lay down their arms until Yemen’s complete liberation, the forces have been focusing on Marib and its surrounding province’s recapture for many months now.

Given its strategic location, the province’s liberation is expected to open the floodgates of further victories for the Yemenis.

According to Yemen’s Ambassador to Tehran, Ibrahim al-Deilami, the war in Marib is currently underway in “more than 50 fronts.”

The Yemeni counterblows have managed to fully liberate as many as nine of the province’s 14 districts so far.

Yemeni Army, Allies to Seize Control over Marib If Pro-Hadi Militants Dismiss Truce

August 14 2021

Yemeni Army, Allies to Seize Control over Marib If Pro-Hadi Militants Dismiss Truce

A senior Yemeni official said the country’s army troops and fighters from allied Popular Committees will establish full control over the entire districts of the central province of Marib in case Saudi-led militants refuse calls for a ceasefire in the strategic area.

Marib provincial governor in Yemen’s National Salvation Government, Major General Ali Muhammad Taiman, told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen network that the Yemeni army troops and allies are now in control of 85% of the province, and are only about 6 to 7 kilometers away from the provincial capital of the same name.

He added that the Yemeni armed forces are currently positioned on the outskirts of Marib city, stressing that, “We agreed to the initiative by [the leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement] Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, for a ceasefire. However, Saudi militants loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi kept bombing women and children. We want peace and strongly oppose bloodshed.”

He added, “[Sayyed] al-Houthi’s initiative is fair, as it involves the locals of Marib in its administration and appropriation of its resources. Such an initiative had not been developed for the past 40 years. We presented the truce initiative from a position of strength.”

Taiman highlighted that he was “ready to sit with his counterpart in Hadi’s administration, Major Sultan al-Aradah, either in the al-Jubah district or in Sirwah, in order to discuss the initiative and stop skirmishes in Marib.”

“We hope [Saudi] mercenaries in Marib would agree to Houthi’s initiative, and quickly implement it if they want to spare the province from war and destruction,” he added.

The senior Yemeni official further noted: “If the mercenaries have the courage to take the decision, we are ready to sit down with them.” 

Taiman said, “While we follow the initiative and are waiting for the other side’s action[s], no measure has unfortunately been taken yet. Yemeni army forces and fighters from Popular Committees would not hesitate to liberate the rest of Marib in case Saudi mercenaries turn down the truce initiative.”

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

US Preventing Political Solution in Yemen – National Delegation

August 12, 2021

US Preventing Political Solution in Yemen – National Delegation

By Staff, Agencies

The head of the Yemeni National Delegation Mohammad Abdul Salam stressed on Wednesday that the United States is preventing a political solution in Yemen from being reached.

“US intervention in Yemen led to the violation of national sovereignty through brutal aggression, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE were brought in to execute this aggression” Abdul Salam said in a tweet.

He pointed out that the US imposed a stifling siege on the Yemenis, which resulted in disasters that affected all aspects of life, pointing out at the same time that US worked to activate al-Qaeda and Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ‘ISIS/ISIL’ terrorist group]. “We believe that Saudi Arabia is only the face of the aggression against Yemen, and that the UAE is working behind it,” the head of Yemen’s National Delegation and the Ansarullah spokesman went on to say.

Abdul Salam further stressed the need to create a joint administration from the people of Marib Governorate, to maintain security and stability, and to expel al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists. The initiative requires commitment to share with other provinces oil and gas and to repair the Safer-Ras Issa pipeline.

The initiative also requires ensuring freedom of movement, releasing all kidnapped people, compensating those affected, and returning the displaced from Marib, he added.

In earlier remarks following the appointment of the new UN Envoy to Yemen, Abdul Salam stressed that United Nations only works in the context of the countries of aggression and works within the allowed margin. He pointed out that “the problem is not in changing a person or not. The problem is that countries of aggression do not have a decision to stop the aggression and establish peace.”

Yemeni People Reject Call For ‘Peace’ With Those Killing Them – Ansarullah Official

03/07/2021

Yemeni People Reject Call For ‘Peace’ With Those Killing Them – Ansarullah Official

By Staff, Agencies

Member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi reacted to the latest remarks by US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking about ongoing clashes in the country’s strategic central province of Marib, emphasizing that Yemeni people dismiss the call for peace with parties that are targeting and killing them on a daily basis.

“Yemeni people hate siege, attacks by the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries, as well as the call for peace with aggressors who are killing them every day,” al-Houthi wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page late on Thursday.

He added, “The United States is negotiating with and supporting al-Qaeda and Daesh [Arabic for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] worldwide. This is while it expresses concern over the Yemeni nation’s campaign and struggle against these terrorists.”

“The hatred for America will end as soon as its aggression stops, the siege is lifted and the occupation of Yemen halts. This is what the Leader of Ansarullah movement [Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi] has long been demanding,” Houthi pointed out.

“Why doesn’t the United States stop selling its weapons to those waging aggression against Yemen? The main reason is its insistence to prolong the war and occupy Yemen,” the Ansarullah official noted.

Earlier in the day, Lenderking said there was a need to pressure Yemeni Ansarullah fighters into stopping their attacks on Marib.

The US State Department spokesperson Ned Price also told a press briefing that Washington is “beyond fed up” with retaliatory attacks by Yemeni army forces and their allies.

Houthi’s remarks come as all efforts by the United Nations and collective action at the international level for establishing peace and ending the imposed war have failed.

The Yemenis say the Saudi-led aggressors have to end all their attacks against Yemen, take out all their forces, end an all-out siege that they have been imposing on the Arab country, and compensate the victims before entering any peace process.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The war has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the Arab country.

Terrified Washington resorts to piracy as it loses grip over West Asia

Terrified Washington resorts to piracy as it loses grip over West Asia

June 25, 2021

by Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

In what can only be called an act of piracy, the US government “seized” several pro-resistance media outlets in a coordinated attack this week. One of the outlets that were siezed was Presstv.com. Other web domains, including Palestine al-Youm, a Palestinian-directed broadcaster, Karbala TV – the official television of the Imam Hussein (PBUH) shrine in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, Iraqi Afaq TV, Asia TV and al-Naeem TV satellite television channels, as well as Nabaa TV which reports the latest stories about Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, were also seized.

Citing bogus reasons such as “threat to national security”, the US regime once more proved what a great leader of democracy and freedom it indeed is. Apparently, Washington believes that it cannot win a free and fair debate with outlets such as PressTV, so the only way to “win” is to prevent others from presenting their viewpoint. Imagine if other countries did the same thing and seized CNN or Fox News’ website. The US would probably start a war if countries like Iran or North Korea made such moves. The self-worshipping West loves to criticize other countries for “suppressing free media” while they portray themselves as a safe haven for “opinions of all kinds”.

The fact that the United States ranks last in media trust — at 29% — among 92,000 news consumers surveyed in 46 countries, doesn’t seem to matter. That’s worse than Poland, worse than the Philippines, worse than Peru, yet Washington still seems to have the “moral” right to condemn these countries as well, because any lack of trust in US media is explained as being the result of “foreign disinformation campaigns” and totally not related to the fact that the US media only exists to manufacture consent for Washington’s continued imperialist aggression.

Ironically, the suppression of information is happening while Washington funds and supports perhaps hundreds of propaganda networks such as BBC Persian, VOA Iran and ManotoTV, all known for disseminating vulgar and unprofessional propaganda. Some of these networks are being run by the family members of the Shah of Iran and via using the Iranians’ plundered wealth, to openly call for violent regime change and the return of the degenerate monarchy. Other networks, connected to John Bolton’s close friends in the MEK terrorist cult, openly call for terrorist attacks inside Iran. These are the people that want “democracy” for Iran, and these are the people that Washington supports.

If it hadn’t been proven a thousand times before, then this pathetic move proved once more that America’s claim about advocating freedom and democracy as well as freedom of expression is nothing more than a lie and hypocrisy. Washington is and has always been morally bankrupt, however, this recent act of thuggery shows that Washington, known for lecturing other governments overseas about free speech, democracy, and freedom of expression, is also scared and panicking.

Of course they are afraid. Is it a coincidence that these seizures happened right now? No! The Iranian nation elected what the westerners call a “hardliner” president. They know that the game of “diplomacy and talks”, which they use to stall the lifting of sanctions, is over. President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi won’t be as kind to them as the previous administration has been. He has already declared that there will be no talks with Washington over the US return to the JCPOA. On top of that, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has rejected the Saudis shameful “peace proposal” and are in their way to capture the crucial city of Ma’rib, further humiliating Washington. So Washington resorted to silencing the world’s poorest country, which is under siege by land, sea and air in what can only be called a genocide.

There is absolutely no way for Washington to save face here. It is clear that they are terrified as the pro-resistance outlets are getting their messages across. More and more people are seeing Washington for what it is: a terrorist entity that takes pride in killing and starving people who refuse to bow down to them. This coincides with Washington’s waning influence in the region of West Asia, or as they call it, the “Middle East”. (the term “Middle East” is a colonial term from the British Empire era in which Europeans believed that they were the centre of the world, while West Asia was “the near east”).

Apparently, hundreds of US troops, aircraft and air defence batteries are being withdrawn from the puppet Persian Gulf kingdoms, as the Biden administration allegedly wants to focus on Russia and China instead. In reality, this is Washington’s way of quietly leaving the region as they know and understand what the inevitable alternative would be – getting kicked out of the region with force. Throughout the region, from Syria and Iraq, to Palestine and Yemen, the forces of colonialism and imperialism are losing ground and influence. Their repeated and continued atrocities and crimes are fuelling the fire in our hearts as more and more people, not just in the region, but worldwide are realizing the criminal nature of the imperialists.

This is not the first time nor the last time that the imperialists and their tools have silenced the voices of dissent. Throughout the years, tens or perhaps hundreds of thousand blogs, and social media pages have been shut down for supporting Syria, Palestine or Yemen. I have personally had 4 social media accounts shut down over the years, for supporting Syria’s legitimate government, for posting pictures in loving memory of Martyr Soleimani and for speaking out against the genocide going on in Yemen. But I will not back down, nor will I give up, and neither should anyone who has spoken out against the savage actions of the imperialists. It should never be forgotten that they silence and shut us down because they fear us, not because they are morally superior to us.

Resistance must continue on all fronts. Every act of aggression should be seen as an opportunity to show the world what liars and hypocrites the Western warmongers are who think that they can win the hearts of the people of this region through their lies and crude propaganda while bombing the people’s homes and loved ones.

S. Arabia has lost its cards in Yemen: analyst

June 23, 2021 – 18:55

By Reza Moshfegh

TEHRAN – A Yamani writer says that Saudi Arabia looks for a solution to get out of Yemen’s swamp as it has lost its cards in the regions and Yemen.

“Saudi Arabia is looking for a way to exit from this war, which entered this year its seventh,” Talib al-Hassani tells the Tehran Times.

“Saudis have lost more cards facing more military and economic pressures, and this means that time is not going in their favor, but rather in the interest of Yemen,” al-Hassani adds.

Following is the text of the interview:

Q: How do you see Saudi Arabia’s position on Yemen after the Yemenis showed that they are able to respond to the Saudi aggression? Is Saudi Arabia in a position of strength?

A: Saudi Arabia is looking for a way to exit from this war, which entered this year its seventh.

 Meanwhile, Saudis have lost more cards facing more military and economic pressures, and this means that time is not going in their favor, but rather in the interest of Yemen.

The decision to end this catastrophe will not be in hands of Saudis, as the war decision was. The United States of America is a major partner in decision-making, and therefore today they are partners in the search for safe exit from Yemen.

These partners in war after their failure have no card on the negotiating table, unless embargo, economic sanctions and further restrictions.

All the Saudi or American initiatives that have been put forward since Biden came to power are based on negotiating with Sana’a over two options: 

lifting the siege in exchange for stopping targeting Saudi Arabia and freezing military operations inside Yemen, including the process of restoring the city of Marib in eastern Yemen, which is the last stronghold of the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen, or continuing embargo and more sanctions.

Sana’a has rejected this deal in whole and in detail and stipulated the lifting of the siege without expecting something in return, as well as the withdrawal of the Saudi and Emirati forces and all foreign forces from the south of the country.

This is a very big achievement and progress for Yemenis that did not exist during the past years.

In all cases, and according to the current developments, the coalition not only failed, but prompted Saudi Arabia and the Emirates to search for a gradual retreat, and it is now clear that Sanaa has achieved two strategic goals:

The first is to preserve the revolution and to remove Yemen from the U.S. and (Persian) Gulf camp that has lasted for decades.

The second is putting Yemen on an anti-U.S. axis that is a real threat to some (Persian) Gulf countries. This shift means that the American axis has failed after years of unremitting efforts and billions of dollars.

The first objective of the aggressive war on Yemen was to return it to the arms of America, through blocking efforts for change, and to impose more hegemony within two axes:

The first is a regional axis that ensures the existence of America’s allies in the region, and the second is international and within the conflict with Iran, China and Russia. In a word, the two axes are the continuation of dominance over the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the coasts of the Red Sea and Arab Sea or the Indian Ocean. 

All the headlines that were raised and announced in the media, including the restoration of the government of Abd Rabbeh Mansour Hadi, are considered marginal.

Saudi Arabia is currently in a predicament after losing its military and political reputation and is also threatened by political and economic instability.

The goals of the Saudi crown prince and Saudi rulers will not be realized as long as the war remains open, and therefore it will be the biggest loser.

Q: How do you see the level of coordination between the Yemeni resistance with other resistance groups in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine?

A: Yemen has become practically and openly within the axis of resistance; it is an important stronghold and a great addition to the axis, especially given its geopolitical geography is very pivotal in terms of supervising one of the most important seaports, Bab al-Mandab, as well as part of the map of the Chinese Silk Road. The Israeli statements were clear about their fear of Yemen playing an important role in blocking the movement of the Israelis in the Red Sea.

The other matter is the military future of Yemen, as the predictions say that Yemen will turn into a large military force, which is not far from the occupied Palestinian territories. The offer of Abdul Malik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, the leader of the revolution, to send military assistance to the Palestinian resistance factions in the last war, Seif Al-Quds, signals an important change in the regional balances. It is very important, and the Palestinian resistance factions commented on that with much praise and belief that this is a major shift on the path to liberating Palestine. This was not a slogan, but rather Yemen currently possesses winged missiles and drones whose range reaches the Palestinian territories. All the resistance factions have representatives in Sana’a, and there is clear coordination.

Q: What is the status of the Palestinian cause among the Yemenis? What are the reasons for Yemeni support for Palestine?

A: The Yemeni people view the Palestinian cause from a religious ideological standpoint. Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque are sacred lands and must be liberated.

The other matter is that America seeks hegemony over the Yemeni people, which constitutes a real threat to Islam and Muslims.

The U.S. has committed war crimes against Yemeni people that are not permissible. Yemeni people cannot remain silent or form a coalition with the United States of America, which represents an existential threat to Islam.

The Yemeni people also look at the Palestinian cause from a nationalistic point of view. Palestine is an Arab land that must be liberated, and this appears through the broad popular response in demonstrations and marches in solidarity with the Palestinian people on all occasions, including the International Quds Day.

Therefore, the Yemeni people are still part of the Arab nations. The new development is that the Ansar Allah Islamic Movement has now become the ruling political front in the country, and this movement led by Abdul Malik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi succeeded in changing the failed and puppet traditional system, which did not represent the Yemeni Islamic and religious identity.

This shows the volume of support for this popular movement, which is a major shift in the future of the country, especially its active role in making and influencing the decision in the region in the future.

Q: What will be the fate of the peace negotiations between Yemen and Saudi Arabia? Who are the mediators in peace talks?

A: Negotiations still have a long road to reach results. It was clear that the Omani delegation that went to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, to meet with officials was expected more than what it could carry out, and therefore hopes were opened wide to reach an end to the war on Yemen, lifting the siege, and opening Sana’a International Airport, which has been closed since 2017. 

There are many reasons for this reliance on the Omani role, the first of which is the positive position of the Sultanate of Oman and its great efforts in playing the role of mediator between the various regional and international parties, as well as its embrace of the Yemeni national negotiating team, as it has been leading this role for years.

Among these reasons is the Yemenis’ confidence in Omanis, and hence some observers confused the mission of the sultanate’s delegation with the chaos of political analysis and deductions based on wrong information.

 Especially since it coincides with a great regional and international diplomatic move, from which it was understood that the final touches are being put in steps to stop the war that has been going on for six-and-a-quarter years.

But the reality says:

First, the delegation does not have an Omani initiative to be presented to various parties, if so the Sultan of Oman would have presented it to officials in the capital, Sana’a, and if that was the case, this initiative would have been announced.

Secondly, the official Omani media, even the unofficial ones, did not issue a statement explaining the mission of the delegation, and the official media were limited to referring to the presence of this delegation in Yemen. This necessarily means that the delegation, despite its importance, does not exceed its mission as a continuation of efforts to bring the views closer and try to overcome the obstacles to address the crisis and support the process of negotiations that do not move much.

Third, the official statements made by the chief Yemeni negotiator and head of the national negotiating team, Muhammad Abd al-Salam, who accompanied the Omani delegation, whether made during arrival or during departure, were limited to praising the humanitarian role of the Sultanate of Oman and referring to the establishment of humanitarian arrangements in an effort to (to mitigate the suffering of our Yemeni people) as Muhammad Abd al-Salam says, and this means that efforts are focused on trying to separate the humanitarian file and lift the siege on the civil international airport of Sana’a, as well as the port of Hodeidah from the political and military files.

Whoever follows the statement issued by the ruling Supreme Political Council in the capital, Sana’a, which followed the meeting of Al-Mashat and members of the Political Council with the Omani delegation who praised the position and role of the Sultanate, will find that he focused on three main points, one of which is very important, which is the point related to the necessity of the withdrawal of Saudi, Emirati and foreign forces from all Yemeni lands before talking about any ceasefire initiative, as well as lifting the siege and opening Yemeni airspace for civilian flights as a legitimate, humanitarian and sovereign right of the Republic of Yemen.

The statement summarizes the Yemeni vision that was presented to the Omani side, and therefore the mission that the royal delegation carried out did not go beyond the fact that Oman wanted to know directly from the office of Mr. Abdul-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi, as the leader of the revolution, towards the various issues being discussed.

They wanted to address the major reasons for the failure of the United Nations and the failure of Biden’s envoy to Yemen, during the past few months.

The mission of the Omani royal delegation can be described as being limited to knowing Sana’a’s point of view, ideas, and approaches to a comprehensive solution in Yemen, and then transferring it to the other side. 

Therefore, this is an Omani effort that cannot be talked about its failure or success. In the end, it is a humanistic effort, an effort that its results cannot be discussed.

Some went on to think that the Sultanate of Oman intended to present an initiative of its own to Sana’a, and linked the visit of the Omani Foreign Minister Badr al-Busaidi and his delivery of a message from Sultan Haitham bin Tariq to King Salman and the delegation that flew to the capital Sana’a. 

Therefore, the failure of the “Omani initiative” would mean that the position of the Sultanate has changed over Yemen. This perception and description is inaccurate and goes beyond the pivotal and important strategic role that Oman plays for all parties, a role that stems from its stance and vision of the crisis in Yemen.

Some Arab newspapers and Saudi analysts worked a lot in this direction and hinted in one way or another to their dissatisfaction with the Omani role.

They made every effort to ruin the Omani-Yemeni relationship and its mediating role in trying to solve the crisis by receiving delegations and coordinating meetings between the various parties, within a humanitarian and political framework to stop the aggression on Yemen and the ongoing war, including hosting the (secret) Yemeni-Saudi dialogue.

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Yemen is on the brink of a massive humanitarian crisis, and it is all Ansar Allah’s fault. At least, as far as the collective ‘West’ and MSM are concerned.

In recent days, the Houthis (as Ansar Allah are known) have ramped up their attacks and have had some successes in clashes with the Saudi-led coalition. As has become customary, calls that this will lead to a humanitarian disaster immediately surface when such an occasion comes round.

In the most successful operation, at least 3 Saudi-coalition personnel were killed in attack at the base at the Wadi’ah crossing on June 19.

The next day, the Houthis shot down a US drone over the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib, where they have been leading a large-scale offensive against the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies for more than three months.

Ansar Allah spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that the drone, a Boeing Insitu ScanEagle, was intercepted with a ground-to-air missile over the area of al-Mushaj’a in the Sirwah district. It was likely used to provide reconnaissance to the Saudi-led coalition, as that is what a ScanEagle is typically used for.

The US drone was shot down amid a major military escalation between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition.

A day earlier, the Saudi-led forces intercepted a total of 17 “booby-trapped” drones launched from Yemen by the Houthis. On June 19th, between morning and noon, the coalition intercepted seven Houthi drones. The drones were shot down over Yemen, likely by warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force. Later in the day, 13 more were intercepted.

Sources in Saudi Arabia also shared videos on social media showing what they claimed to be missiles launched by the Houthis impacting targets in an unspecified part of the Kingdom.

The Houthis are yet to pay for the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia, only one drone attack has been admitted.

The attacks were likely a part of a large-scale operation. Usually, the Yemeni group announces such operations once they are over.

In recent days, Saudi Arabia boasted that it had stopped bombing civilian targets such as the capital Sana’a while its warplanes continue carrying out air raids throughout Yemen, hunting for Houthi targets. That has led to very limited success, while Ansar Allah’s offensive could potentially just be in its early stages.

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معادلة القدس تفجّر حرباً إقليميّة تشغل واشنطن

03/062021

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فيما انصرف كيان الاحتلال والجوقات العربية واللبنانية المناوئة للمقاومة، لتعميم الشائعات عن صحة الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله أملاً بطمس المضامين الفعلية للمعادلة التي أطلقها في إطلالته النوعيّة في ذكرى عيد المقاومة والتحرير، وحدَها واشنطن فهمت بعمق معنى الكلام الذي قاله الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله، عن أن معادلة المرحلة المقبلة هي “القدس تساوي حرباً إقليميّة”، فانصرفت تتعامل مع المعادلة وكيفية الحؤول دون وضعها قيد التطبيق، بعدما أثبتت حرب غزة بما حملت من وقائع كشفت هشاشة كيان الاحتلال، وخطورة انهياره إذا ما بلغت الأمور حدّ تطبيق معادلة السيد نصرالله، وأدركت واشنطن أنها معادلة للتنفيذ وليست مجرد شعار، لأنها تابعت عن كثب ما كان يجري خلال حرب غزة من تحضيرات وما رافق تطوّراتها من قرارات، وعملت بموجب هذه المتابعة على تسريع الوصول لوقف النار منعاً لوقوع الأسوأ على كيان الاحتلال.

بعد نجاح التوصل لوقف النار في غزة، وضعت واشنطن أمامها ثلاثة ملفات تتصل بالمعادلة الجديدة، الملف الأول في الكيان وخطر قيام رئيس حكومته بنيامين نتنياهو بارتكاب حماقة تؤدي الى الانزلاق الى هذه الحرب؛ والثاني في اليمن وخطورة أن يكون محور المقاومة قد أعدّ اليمن ليكون مع لبنان شركاء المرحلة الأولى من تطبيق هذه المعادلة، في حال وضعت قيد التطبيق؛ أما الملف الثالث فيتصل بإيران التي تشكل عمق محور المقاومة، وثقله الاستراتيجي، انطلاقاً من أن بين إيران وكيان الاحتلال حساباً مفتوحاً، سيجد فرصة تصفيته في حال طبقت معادلة السيد نصرالله، إضافة لما لدى إيران من اسباب عقائدية واستراتيجية تجعلها تنظر للحظة الحرب الإقليمية تحت عنوان القدس فرصة تاريخية لا تفوّت.

في الملف الأول المتصل بوضع الكيان، سارعت واشنطن الى إيفاد وزير خارجيتها الى المنطقة وخصوصاً لاستطلاع الوضع في الكيان، وتقدير الموقف، وكانت الحصيلة تقول إن بقاء بنيامين نتنياهو على رأس الحكومة يعادل خطر نشوب حرب إقليمية لثلاثة أسباب، الأول أنه يجد هذه الحرب فرصة لتوريط واشنطن في مواجهة مع إيران ومحور المقاومة عندما يبدو أن الكيان يواجه خطراً وجودياً لا تكفي لتلافيه إمدادات السلاح الأميركي، وهو بذلك يترجم احتجاجه على السياسات الأميركية الذاهبة الى العودة للاتفاق النووي مع إيران، الثاني أن نتنياهو يسير وراء المستوطنين والمتطرفين ويعتبرهم القوة الحيوية الوحيدة التي تضمن له تفوقاً انتخابياً، وهو ليس على استعداد لممارسة أي جهد لضبطهم وكبح جماح عدوانيتهم على الفلسطينيين، خصوصاً في القدس ما يجعل خطر الانفجار وشيكاً، خصوصاً أن الملفات الشخصية لنتنياهو المتصلة بالفساد وخطر السجن والمحاكمة تجعله أسير حسابات ضيقة يتقدمها بقاؤه على رأس الحكومة مهما كان الثمن، والسبب الثالث أن نتنياهو المثقل بتاريخه السياسي الرافض لأية تسوية ليس رئيس الحكومة المناسب لترجمة مشروع واشنطن بتمييع الصراع حول فلسطين عبر نظرية التفاوض للتفاوض، فهوامشه محدودة للمناورة لو أراد التعاون، وحجم المطلوب منه كثير فلسطينياً وعربياً ليكون للتفاوض بعض مصداقيّة، مهما كانت سقوف المعنيين العرب والفلسطينيين بخيار التفاوض للتفاوض منخفضة، بينما أي رئيس حكومة بلا تاريخ نتنياهو يكفي أن يرتضي التفاوض بلا شروط مسبقة حتى يكون ممكناً فتح الطريق لسحب فتيل التصعيد ولو لفترة.

في الملف اليمنيّ برز تطوران، الأول كلام السيد عبد الملك الحوثي زعيم حركة أنصار الله، الذي أعلن التزام أنصار الله واليمن بمعادلة السيد نصرالله حول القدس والحرب الإقليميّة، والثاني هو حجم التفوّق الميداني الذي يظهره أنصار الله ومعهم الجيش واللجان في كل المعارك التي تدور على جبهة مأرب وجبهة الحدود السعودية في جيزان، وفي القدرة على مواصلة تهديد العمق السعوديّ بالطائرات المسيّرة والصواريخ، وللمرة الأولى تحرك الأميركيون على مسارات السعي لوقف النار بطريقة مختلفة، فوضعوا مشروعاً يحاول محاكاة مطالب أنصار الله بربط وقف النار بفكّ الحصار، وبالرغم من عدم تلبية المقترحات الأميركيّة لما يطلبه أنصار الله، والتحفظات السعوديّة على الطرح الأميركي، فإن واشنطن تبدو عازمة على فعل ما تستطيع لتفادي استمرار التصعيد على جبهة اليمن، وفتح الباب للتفاوض السياسي، لاعتقادها بأن وقف الحرب يخفف من مخاطر انخراط اليمن في حرب إقليمية إذا توافرت شروط معادلة السيد نصرالله لها.

في الملف الإيراني، حملت مفاوضات فيينا تطوّرات هامة من الجانب الأميركي، ترجمتها تصريحات البيت الأبيض التي يقرأ فيها التمهيد السياسي والإعلامي للإعلان عن التوصل للاتفاق في الجولة المقبلة للتفاوض، والحساب الأميركي يقوم على الاعتقاد بأن العودة الى الاتفاق النووي ورفع العقوبات الأميركية كنتيجة لذلك، ستخلق مناخاً يعقد انخراط إيران في أية حرب إقليميّة، ويفتح الباب لأصوات تدعو للتريّث ما يمنح واشنطن في أية ظروف مشابهة متوقعة الحدوث هامش وقت أوسع للتحرك لوقف التدهور الذي يفتح باب الحرب الإقليمية.

النصف الأول من حزيران سيشهد تطوّرات في الملفات الثلاثة، بحكومة تقصي نتنياهو في الكيان، والمضي قدماً في مساعي تقديم مقترحات لوقف النار في اليمن، وتسريع العودة للاتفاق النوويّ، ومحور المقاومة سيقطف ثمار هذه التحوّلات، ضعفاً وانشقاقاً في الكيان وانتصاراً في اليمن وإيران، لكن المعادلة باقية لا تتزحزح، لا تمزحوا في القدس، فالحرب الإقليميّة وراء الباب.

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DESPAIR GRIPS THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

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29.04.2021 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman voiced rare praise of Ansar Allah joined by ample promises, in hope of a ceasefire.

In his recent interview, the Crown Prince said that the Houthis (as Ansar Allah are known) have strong relations with Iran, but that they are still Arabs and Yemenis more than anything. He went on to promise financial rewards, peace, prosperity and normality.

All the Houthis need to do is agree to a ceasefire and to sit at the negotiating table.

This could potentially mean that the Kingdom is close to realizing that massive resources spent over the course of more than 6 years on weapons and mercenaries have achieved little.

This is likely the result of two developments.

Firstly, the United States has ceased its support for the Saudi-led forces in the war on Yemen and suspended some arms sales to the Kingdom earlier this year.

Secondly, the Houthis have carried out almost daily drone and rocket attacks on targets in Saudi Arabia, far from the contact line. They were further emboldened by Washington ending part of its support of Riyadh.

Various military positions, airports, as well as Aramco oil infrastructure have been targeted in succession. Most recently, on April 28th, Houthis attacked King Khalid Airbase with a Qasef 2K drone. The attack was reportedly a resounding success.

On April 27th , right before the Crown Prince’s interview, an explosive-laden boat was intercepted off the Red Sea port of Yanbu, which is the end point of the kingdom’s crucial East-West Pipeline. It is unclear who was behind the attack, since Riyadh usually immediately blames the Houthis if they were behind it.

Meanwhile, Marib stands as the last Saudi-led coalition stronghold in the relatively calm central part of Yemen, and if it falls, this would pave the way for even more Houthi operations on Saudi soil.

The Houthis also took control of the Talaat al-Hamra area near Marib, and even repelled a Saudi-led coalition attack.

The Houthis’ success is accompanied by calls from the UN and the collective West that a humanitarian disaster is looming.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, carried out his duties on April 27th. They include occasionally appearing before the UN Security Council and providing a briefing that largely disregards Saudi Arabia’s frequent airstrikes on civilians and ceasefire breaches in al-Hudaydah, among other things.

Griffiths held a series of meetings with representatives of Yemeni civil society, women’s groups and political parties, during which he called on the Houthis to “prioritize the needs of the Yemeni people, stop fighting and engage seriously with the UN’s efforts.”

Essentially, he urged Ansar Allah to agree with Saudi Arabia’s humble request and offer for a bribe in return for a ceasefire. It is unlikely that this would result in anything noteworthy, especially while the Houthis are carrying out successful ground and aerial operations.

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Yemeni Forces Only Two Kilometers Away from Marib

28/4/2010

Yemeni Forces Only Two Kilometers Away from Marib

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni army and Popular Committees forces advanced to as far as only two kilometers from the strategic west-central city of Marib, the gateway to potential liberation of much more of their homeland amid an ongoing Saudi Arabia-led aggression.

The U-News website, which covers regional developments, especially those of Yemen, reported the victory on Tuesday, saying the forces were now only two kilometers away from the city’s entrance.

Yemeni military sources said the lightning advances had taken the ranks of Saudi-led mercenaries apart, forcing them to move their military equipment outside the city and try to set up some bases there.

Leading a coalition of its allies, Saudi Arabia started a war against Yemen in 2015 in an attempt to return the impoverished country’s rule to its own favorite officials there.

The Saudi-led coalition has so far stopped short of achieving the goal. Tens of thousands of Yemenis have died during the war and a simultaneous siege that the coalition has been enforcing on Yemen.

Now, the Yemeni defense forces have focused a good part of their defensive efforts on retaking Marib that is of huge strategic importance, given its potential to contribute to liberation of many more areas.

Speaking about the developments that concern Marib, Yemeni political expert Brigadier General Abed al-Thawr told Press TV, “This part of Yemen’s soil serves as the key to liberation of all the eastern and southern provinces.”

He said Marib practically gave the Yemeni defense forces entrée into the country’s Shabwah, Hadarmaut, and al-Mahrah as well as the entire northern border stretch with Saudi Arabia.

Apart from the Saudi-led forces, the province was also playing an unwilling host to United Arab Emirates-led mercenaries as well as terrorists fighting for the al-Qaeda and Daesh Takfiri groups, the expert said. The Takfiris, he noted, were working under the United States’ supervision there.

He, however, insisted that Marib’s liberation has been “finalized” given the advances made there by the Yemeni forces.

According to the Yemen News website, as many as 115 Saudi-led militants had been either killed or injured during clashes with Yemeni defense forces.

Al-Thawr said the aggressive forces were now caught in a very bad situation in Marib, noting that they had failed in their efforts to use the province’s residents as human shields to prevent its liberation.

Also addressing Marib’s developments, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen, tweeted that Sanaa did not seek to resolve the situation in the province and other locations through military means. “However, the Saudis and the Emiratis as well as the United States and the UK as their supporters were imposing this choice on the Yemeni nation,” he added.

Al-Houthi said the most immediate solution to the province’s situation lied in withdrawal of the foreign forces and Takfiri terrorists.

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Ansar Allah is back at it in Marib city, hoping that this time the offensive would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for the Saudi-led coalition.

As of April 24th, the Houthis (as Ansar Allah are known) reportedly took control of the Kassara battlefield northwest of the city and made progress on western frontlines.

The fighting had reportedly left at least 65 dead, including 26 Houthis.

The numbers are sure to fluctuate, since Ansar Allah seldom share the numbers of their losses.

Marib and its surrounding oil fields make up the last significant pocket of government-held territory in the north, the rest of which is under rebel control, including the capital Sanaa.

It is, however, the central region that features a general calmness, and the city is the last significant stronghold in this area.

Houthi officials said fighting had now moved to the Al-Mil area, approximately 6 kilometers from Marib’s city center.

The Yemeni puppet government said the Houthis had poured in hundreds of reinforcements in recent days, resorting to motorbikes after the coalition targeted their military vehicles.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes continue their heavy airstrike activity, and Ansar Allah appear to be unfettered by it.

On April 25th, however, the Yemeni Information Minister denied that the Houthis had progressed on the ground, saying that they hadn’t captured Kassara.

Regardless, the Houthis are perpetuating their drone and rocket attacks on Saudi targets behind the contact lines, with frequent strikes on the King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait, as well as on other positions and Aramco facilities in the south of the Kingdom.

Some attacks even reach as far as Riyadh, with air defense systems efficiently protecting the city.

Most recently, on April 26th the Houthis carried out a successful attack on the King Khalid Air base with a Qasef-2k drone, reports such as these are commonplace.

As is typical of any Houthi success and push on areas that are under Saudi-led control, international observers and the collective West are quick to warn of an incoming “humanitarian disaster”.

According to many who claim neutrality, but leap at every opportunity to clandestinely support the Saudi Arabian intervention in Yemen, the Houthis are placing the entire country at risk of a humanitarian disaster.

During those intermissions of humanitarian spirit, Saudi Arabia’s frequent airstrikes on civilians, the blockade of al-Hudaydah and more, are briefly forgotten.

When the Houthi drone and missile strikes are mentioned, Riyadh is presented as the victim, and its military activities in Yemen are unmentioned, it allegedly simply wishes for a “ceasefire” according to MSM, but the savage Ansar Allah are unrelenting in their quest for destruction.

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The Americans’ battle in Yemen is reeling in Marib معركة الأميركيّين في اليمن تترنّح في مأرب

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21/4/2021

معركة الأميركيّين في اليمن تترنّح في مأرب

د. وفيق إبراهيم

هناك مَن يعتقد أن هزيمة قوات هادي الموالية للسعودية في مارب هي أكبر من هزيمة للمشروع الأميركي – السعودي في اليمن.

فمأرب التي حقق أنصار الله تقدماً ملحوظاً في معظم اتجاهاتها ليس مجرد ناحية جغرافية تتمتع بمميزات بشرية ونفطية وموقع جغرافي هام وكتلة بشريّة لا بأس بها ودور أساسي في الحرب على اليمن من جهات أخرى.

لذلك من الواجب التنويه أن مأرب تجمع بين أهميات استراتيجية واقتصادية وتاريخية وزراعية ونفطية وقوة بشرية معتدلة 700 ألف نسمة وهي البوابة الى الشمال ومخازن النفط والغاز.

والمعروف عن أهلها شدّة بأسهم كما كانت تصفهم ملكة سبأ وحافظوا على هذا الوصف بتطبيق فعليّ مشكلين تلك الهراوة اليمنيّة التي لا تكل ولا تمل في دفاعها عن منطقتها مع كامل يمنها السعيد.

هذا جزء من تلك المعارك التي تدور رحاها على أرض مأرب وتثبت أن المعركة أميركية صرفة، والدليل أن خط الدفاع عن مأرب هو أميركي سعودي الى ان يتبين ان المنطقة ملأى بالنفط والغاز ما يؤكد الاهتمام الأميركي بها والتلاعب السعودي بها أسبابه نفطية وغازية وموقع استراتيجيّ على علاقة بضرورات استمرار الحرب على اليمن ومنع أي انتصار يمنيّ يصل بقبائلها إلى خط الحدود مع السعودية. وهذا يعني سقوط السعودية نفسها وتضعضع جزيرة العرب.

يتضح الاستنتاج أن الشماليين من أنصار الله نجحوا في السيطرة على القسم الأكبر من مأرب ولولا التدخل الأميركيّ السعوديّ للسيطرة عليها بكاملها وربطها بخط تعز. ما يعني سيطرة انصار الله على منطقة القاعدة المنتشرة في مأرب وتعز. والمعروف أن المنظمات الإرهابية مدعومة عسكرياً ومادياً من الفريق الأميركي السعوديّ ولولا وجود القاعدة في مأرب لكانت هذه المنطقة مع أنصار الله منذ مدة طويلة من الزمن.

يجب الانتباه أيضاً إلى أن مأرب هي آخر المعاقل الأميركية السعودية في حرب اليمن الأمر الذي يكشف مدى الاهتمام الخارجيّ بها وحرصهم على منع أنصار الله من الإمساك بها نهائياً، فمعركتها هي معركة الحرب الأكثر أهمية في اليمن وربما في جزيرة العرب.

بعد التقدّم الشماليّ في مأرب لا بدّ من تأكيد أن المعارك في اليمن لن تقف عند خطوط حمر.

لكنها أصبحت معروفة ومكشوفة أنها حرب الأميركيين على اليمن والحرب التي تشنها السعودية لمنع اليمن من تحقيق استقلاله وعنفوانه.

هناك جوانب أخرى لحرب مأرب فالانتصار فيها معنوي قتالي نفطي، ويشكل مادة أساسية لجعل حرب اليمن تترنّح من جهة وتصبح غير قادرة من جهة أخرى على الاستمرار بقوة خصوصاً أن مأرب هي بوابة الشمال.

اما النقاط الإضافية فحرب مأرب هي أم المعارك التي تسمح بتقدّم اليمانية نحو الحدود السعوديّة. وهذا يعني تلقائياً تقدّم القوات الإصلاح نحو جزيرة العرب. ما يطرح السؤال التالي: لماذا يدافع الأميركيون عن الهجمات اليمنية على السعودية ويحمون آبار النفط وقصور الملك خالد ومحطات البترول التي يقصفها.

هذه أسئلة كبيرة وتحتاج الى أجوبة غير موجودة حتى الآن، فها هي مواقع السعوديين تتعرّض لقصف يمني صائب يضع كامل إمكانات النفط والقصور السعوديّة تحت مرمى صواريخ عاديّة يمنيّة تنطلق وتخترق الحمايات الأميركيّة والسعوديّة وتسجل إصابات دقيقة في مرمى آل سعود وممتلكاتهم.

فلماذا يصمت الأميركيون والأوروبيون والسعوديون والإماراتيون والأردنيون؟

إنّها الحبكة في الإجابة عن هذه الأسئلة التي تؤكد أن كل هذه القوى الغربية تفرّ وتهرب لأسباب تقنيّة أما القوات السعودية فضعيفة ولا قدرة لديها على مجابهة أدوات الحرب اليمنية التي تسجل تطوراً من صواريخ بسيطة وقاذفات الى طائرات مسيّرة وصواريخ بالغة التعقيد.

أما التفسير الوحيد للقرار الغربي من حروب السعودية فهي رفض الانخراط في حروب إيرانية سورية ويمنية. وهذا يعني أنها حروب قاسية قابلة للاتساع من جزيرة العرب الى إيران وسورية ولبنان وربما الى أمكنة أكثر اتساعاً. حرب اليمن إلى أين؟ إنها نموذج لحروب إدلب واليمن المنتصر هو القابل لإلحاق هزيمة بالكتلة الغربية السعودية ومعها أحزاب الجنوب التي أصبحت ترفض المعارك عليها من السعودية وحلفائها.

The Americans’ battle in Yemen is reeling in Marib

21/4/2021

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Dr. Wafiq Ibrahim

There are those who believe that the defeat of Hadi’s pro-Saudi forces in Marib is greater than the defeat of the U.S.-Saudi project in Yemen.

Marib, who has made remarkable progress in most of its directions, is not just a geographical area with human and oil features, an important geographical location, a good human mass and a key role in the war on Yemen from otherparts.

It should therefore be noted that Marib combines strategic, economic, historical, agricultural, oil and a moderate human force of 700,000 people, which is the gateway to the north and oil and gas stores.

Its people are known for their severity, as the Queen of Sheba used to describe them, and they preserved this description in defence of their region and all Yemen.

Those battles that are taking place on the land of Marib is purely American, due to its strategic location related to the necessities of continuing the war on Yemen and prevent Yemeni victory which means the fall of Saudi Arabia itself and the weakening of the Arabian Peninsula. The line of defence of Marib is Saudi American until because the region is full of oil and gas, which confirms the American interest in it and Saudi manipulation.

The northerners, Ansar Allah, succeeded in controlling the greater part of Marib, and had it not been for the US-Saudi intervention, they would have controlled it in its entirety and linked it to Taiz line, and also took control of the al-Qaeda areas spread in Marib and Taiz. It is known that the terrorist organisations are supported militarily and materially by America and KSA. If it were not for the presence of al-Qaeda in Marib, this area would have been with Ansar Allah for a long time.

It should also be noted that Marib is the last American-Saudi stronghold in the Yemen war, which reveals the extent of foreign interest in it and their keenness to prevent Ansar Allah from seizing it permanently, as its battle is the most important war battle in Yemen and perhaps in the Arabian Peninsula. It must be confirmed that the fighting in Yemen will not stop at the red lines. The American war on Yemen is waged by Saudi Arabia to prevent Yemen from achieving its independence.

There are other aspects of the Marib war, as the victory in it is moral, combative and oil, and it constitutes an essential material to make the Yemen war falter on the one hand and become unable on the other hand to continue vigorously, especially since Marib is the gateway to the north.

Marib war is the mother of the battles that allow Ansar Allah to advance towards the Saudi border. This automatically means the advance of reform forces towards the Arabian Peninsula. This raises the following question: Why do the Americans defend the Yemeni attacks on Saudi Arabia and protect the oil wells, the palaces of King Khalid, and the oil oil plants?

These are big questions and need answers that do not yet exist, for here are the sites of the Saudis subjected to a sound Yemeni bombardment that puts the full potential of Saudi oil and palaces under the range of ordinary Yemeni missiles that launch and penetrate US and Saudi protections and record accurate injuries in the range of the House of Saud and their properties.

These are big questions and need answers that do not yet exist. The sites of the Saudis are exposed to correct Yemeni bombing, which puts the full potential of oil and Saudi palaces under the range of ordinary Yemeni missiles that launch and penetrate US and Saudi protections and record accurate injuries in Saudi Arabia.

Why do Americans, Europeans, Saudis, Emiratis and Jordanians shut up?

The answer to these questions confirms that all of these Western powers are fleeing for technical reasons. As for the Saudi forces, they are weak and incapable of confronting the Yemeni war tools, which are recording an evolution from simple missiles and bombers to drones and highly complex missiles.

As for the only explanation for the Western decision not to participate in the Saudi wars, it is that they are cruel wars that can expand from the Arabian Peninsula to Iran, Syria and Lebanon, and perhaps to more spacious places. Yemen war to where? It is a model for the Idlib wars, and Yemen is the one capable of inflicting a defeat on the Saudi western bloc, along with the southern Yemen parties, which have come to reject the battles against them by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

قوات الجيش واللجان تقترب من صحن الجن: مدينة مأرب .. قاب قوسين او أدنى The army and committees are approaching Sahn al-Jin: The city of Ma’rib … is about to fall

فيما قوات الجيش واللجان تقترب من صحن الجن:مدينة مأرب .. قاب قوسين او أدنى

قوات الجيش واللجان تقترب من صحن الجن: مدينة مأرب .. قاب قوسين او أدنى

الميادين

19 نيسان/أبريل 2021

تساقط قادة المرتزقة من الصف الاول واحد تلو اخر بين قتيل وجريح ما يعكس السيطرة الميدانية لقوات صنعاء التي لم تفقد أي من قيادتها رغم انها قوات مهاجمة

فيما قوات المرتزقة التي تحاول دفاعها المستميت على المدينة يعتبر انتحاراً مما يدل على انها تعيش في مراحلها الاخيرة وما هي الا مسألة وقت حتى تتحرر مدينة مأرب التي بات المواطنون القاطنون فيها يعيشون ظروفاً مأسوية خاصة بعد انقطاع الكهرباء عنهم وعدم وجود البدائل وهو ما يدلل على عدمية القيادة المتواجدة فيها وارتباكها كونها لم تضع حساباتها لمعركة المدينة التي يسكن في نفسياتها الغرور الذي أوقعها في محرقة لم تحسب لها حساب من قبل .

خاص 26 سبتمبر
اليوم تشارف قوات الجيش واللجان الشعبية على تحرير المدينة ولكن المدنيين والنازحين الذين يتمترس خلفهم المرتزقة يعمل ابناء الجيش واللجان الشعبية على ادارة المعركة بنوع من الهدوء ليحافظ على ارواح المدنيين والنازحين الذين استرخص المرتزقة ارواحهم والاحتماء بهم لتأخير تحرير المدينة.

ومن بشائر النصر في اسوار مدينة مأرب إن دفع المرتزقة بخيرة قادتهم الذين كان لهم ابطال الجيش واللجان الشعبية بالمرصاد فتساقطوا واحدا تلو اخرى في جبهة غرب وشمال مدينة مأرب وهو ما اصاب قيادة المرتزقة في ارتباك وانهيار نفسي ومعنوي ما دفع بما يسمى برئيس اركانها صغير بن عزيز الى زيارتها لغرض ايقاف تدهورها وانهيارها الذي بات وشيكاً خاصة بعد كان الواقع هو الاقوى وقعاً عليهم في تقدم الجيش واللجان وتحرير عشرات المواقع والاقتراب من المدينة اكثر فأكثر فلا الزيارات لمن تبقى من قادة المرتزقة جديرة بإيقاف تقدمهم ولا المرتزقة انفسهم باتوا يصدقون وعود زيارات قادتهم التي لم تستطع حتى اليوم ايقاف ذلك التقدم بل زاد من انهيارهم وفرارهم من تلك الجبهات متأثرين بفقدان عشرات القيادات والتي كان ابرزهم اللواء الركن المرتزق أمين الوائلي قائد المنطقة العسكرية السادسة واللواء المرتزق محمد مشلي الحرملي اركان حرب ما يسمى المنطقة العسكرية السابعة والعميد المرتزق محمد عبدالعزيز العسودي قائد اللواء 203 والمرتزق العميد المرتزق سيف عبدالرب الشدادي قائد ما يسمى اللواء 159 مشاة و العميد المرتزق “عبدالغني شعلان قائد ما يسمى بقوات الامن الخاصة ” وقائد ما يسمى بفرع الشرطة العسكرية بالمحافظة العميد المرتزق عبدالله بن عبدالله دحوان المرادي وقادة اخرين سقطوا بضربة صاروخية اثناء اجتماع لهم قتل 11 مسلحا وأصيب 13 اخرين بينهم قيادات رفيعة بهجوم صاروخي استهدف معسكرهم شرق مدينة مأرب.

في صحن الجن
تتجه قوات الجيش واللجان الشعبية بعد تحقيق هذه الانتصارات نحو تطويق مدينة مأرب من المدخلَين الغربي والجنوبي تمهيداً لدخول المدينة التي باتت أقرب إلى السقوط من أي وقت مضى وفق ما يشير إليه مسار العمليات العسكرية وبعدما تقدما من الاتجاهين الغربي والشمالي الغربي نحو قاعدة «صحن الجن» العسكرية استكمل الجيش واللجان الشعبية منذ يومين سيطرتهما على سلسلة جبال البلق القبْلي ما من شأنه أن يمنحهما هامشا واسعا لتقييد حركة قوات المرتزقة في الطلعة الحمراء والإشراف على طريق مأرب ــــ صنعاء كما تمكن من السيطرة على إثره من السيطرة على حمة الحجيلي ونقْل المعركة إلى التومة العليا والتومة السفلى الواقعتين على بعد خمسة كيلومترات من مقر قيادة المنطقة العسكرية الثالثة التابعة لقوات المرتزقة والواقعة في نطاق الأحياء الغربية لمركز المحافظة. وتتجه وفق ما يشير إليه مسار المواجهات إلى تنفيذ خطة تطويق المدخلين الغربي والجنوبي للمدينة تمهيدا للحسم.
ويشير التقدم الجديد الذي أحرزته قوات الجيش واللجان في سلسلة البلق القبْلي من منطقة الزور وخلف سد مأرب جنوب غرب مأرب إلى بدء تلك القوات بتطويق مداخل المدينة من أكثر من اتجاه (الغربي والشمالي الغربي والجنوبي) تمهيدا للسيطرة على الطلعة الحمراء وتبت المصارية والتقدم في اتجاه مركز المحافظة من الاتجاهين الغربي والشمالي الغربي وفصْل جبهات مراد التي اشتعلت خلال اليومين الماضيين عن جبهات محيط المدينة بشكل كلي وتأمين جميع المواقع الخلْفية لدخول مأرب التي أصبحت أقرب من أي وقت مضى إلى تحرير المدينة.

فقدان ثقة  
التطورات المتسارعة في مأرب أفقدت النظام السعودي الثقة بقوات هادي والاصلاح وبزعماء القبائل الموالين لها مما حدا بعدد من القبائل الى التمرد على تلك القيادات وقطع خطوط الامداد عن المدينة بعد إن ضاق بها الحالة والمعاناة  من الممارسات والقمع والاختطافات لأبنائها من قبل قوات الارتزاق مطالبتاً بإطلاق عدد من المختطفين فيما ادخل المدينة بظلام دامس انعكس على حياة ومعاناة المواطنين في المدينة  وأشارت المصادر إلى نصب قبائل عبيدة في منطقة العرقين على خط صافر جنوبي المدينة نقطة لقطع دخول الإمدادات النفطية وغيرها إلى قوات هادي في  المجمع الحكومي ويعجل مثل تلك التحركات القبلية بقرب موعد سقوط المحافظة النفطية الهامة بيد قوات الجيش واللجان الشعبية  وتفجر ثورة قبلية ضد قوات التحالف السعودي ومرتزقتهم  .

إخفاق وفشل  
في المقابل وبعدما أخفقت قوات المرتزقة في إعادة إشعال جبهات العلم الواقعة على بعد 65 كيلومترا شمالي مارب خلال الأيام الماضية حاولت التصعيد عسكريا في جبهة أسداس الواقعة ضمن مديرية رغوان شمال غرب المدينة لكنها فشلت في ذلك أيضا بسبب رفض القبائل في المديرية الانخراط في القتال وإعلانها الوقوف على الحياد بعدما أبرم زعماؤها اتفاقات مع صنعاء العام الماضي قضت بتحييد قراهم ومزارعهم عن الصراع.
وفي محاولات عدة لتخفيف الضغط عن مدينة مارب وعرقلة تقدم الجيش واللجان الشعبية قامت قوات المرتزقة بتعزيز ما تبقى لها من مواقع في الجبهة الغربية بمسلحين قبليين موالين للقيادي في «حزب الإصلاح» منصور الحنق لكن الأخير وقع في كمين مسلح نفذته قوات الجيش واللجان الشعبية في منطقة ذات الراء غربي مأرب ليصاب إصابة بالغة أسعف على إثرها إلى الرياض لتلقي العلاج. وأفادت مصادر لقوات هادي في مدينة مأرب بأن قائد اللواء 312 مدرع العميد فيصل عبد الله القعود قتل هو الآخر في هذا الكمين.

تغيرات متسارعة
التغيرات المتسارعة في مسار معركة محيط مدينة مأرب أفقدت السعودية الثقة بقوات هادي وبزعماء القبائل الموالين لها في المحافظة, وفي هذا الإطار كشفت مصادر قبلية أن العميد يوسف خير الله الشهراني قائد عمليات المنطقة الشمالية الغربية والمعين قائدا للقوات السعودية في مأرب في تموز/ يوليو 2020 طالب مشايخ القبائل الموالين للرياض أثناء زيارة خاطفة قام بها إلى المدينة قبل أيام بتسليم الأسلحة والأطقم التي تسلموها من قيادة التحالف للقتال وذلك بعد انسحاب مقاتلي قبائل مراد وعبيدة من جبهات القتال قبل عدة أسابيع بعد إن رجحت كفة المعركة لصالح قوات الجيش واللجان الشعبية التي باتت أكثر قرباً من تحرير المدينة.


معركة مأرب: قوات صنعاء تقترب من انتزاع «الطلعة الحمراء»

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الاخبار رشيد الحداد الإثنين 19 نيسان 2021

صنعاء | شهدت الجبهة الغربية لمدينة مأرب مواجهات عنيفة استُخدمت فيها مختلف أنواع الأسلحة، بين الجيش اليمني و»اللجان الشعبية» من جهة، والقوات الموالية للرئيس المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، من جهة أخرى، وعلى رغم كثافة غارات طيران العدوان السعودي ــــ الإماراتي الذي شنّ أكثر من 20 غارة، مساء السبت وفجر الأحد، على مناطق التماس في الطلعة الحمراء شرق صرواح وفي الجبهة الشمالية الغربية، تقدّمت قوات صنعاء غرب «الطلعة»، ونقلت المعركة إلى الشمال منها. وبحسب مصادر عسكرية، فقد نفّذ الجيش و»اللجان»، فجر السبت، عملية التفاف سريعة من مسارَين على مواقع قوات هادي وميليشيات «الإصلاح» وعناصر التنظيمات الإرهابية غرب الطلعة الحمراء، حيث استمرّت المواجهات لأكثر من عشر ساعات انتهت بمقتل وجرح عدد كبير من عناصر المجاميع الموالية لـ»التحالف» وقياداتها، بينهم قائد الجبهات الغربية للمدينة المُعيّن منذ أيّام، العميد أحمد راجح أبو إصبع، الذي أصيب إصابات بالغة. كما اعترفت قوات هادي بمقتل قائد الإمداد العسكري للطلعة الحمراء القيادي السلفي سالم صالح المُلقَّب بـ»أبو تراب»، والقيادي في «الإصلاح» عبد المقيت رفيق الخفجي، فضلاً عن إصابة القيادي عبد الإله ناجي القردعي إصابة بليغة. وبعد توقُّف المعارك لساعات، حاولت خلالها قوات هادي الدفع بتعزيزات جديدة من البيضاء وشبوة للدفاع عن الطلعة الحمراء التي بسقوطها سيصل الجيش و»اللجان» إلى منطقة الجفينة التي تُعدّ من ضمن الأحياء الجنوبية لمدينة مأرب، تجدَّدت المواجهات فجر أمس غرب «الطلعة»، لتتمكّن قوات صنعاء من السيطرة على الجانب الغربي منها ونقْل المعركة إلى شمالها.

وأكدت مصادر محلية امتداد المعارك إلى الخطّ العام الرابط بين صرواح ومدينة مأرب، وصولاً إلى الجبهة الشمالية الغربية. إذ شنّ الجيش و»اللجان» هجوماً مزدوجاً على مواقع قوات هادي وميليشيات «الإصلاح» المقابِلة لحمة الديرة التي سقطت الجمعة، وتقدَّما نحو أرض الهبوط القريبة من قاعدة صحن الجن العسكرية غربي المدينة. كما أكدت مصادر قبلية، بدورها، سقوط عدد كبير من المواقع الصغيرة الواقعة في أطراف وادي نخلا، وتقدُّم قوات صنعاء في منطقة ذات الراء بعد المشجح، ونقلها المعركة إلى مناطق حسّاسة غرب الطلعة الحمراء، قد تتسبّب بوقوع من تبقّى من قوات هادي في «الطلعة» تحت الحصار. وأفادت المصادر نفسها بأن المجاميع الموالية لـ»التحالف» فشلت في الحفاظ على مواقعها في محيط تبّة البس غربيّ المدينة، مضيفة إن تلك المجاميع دفعت، خلال اليومين الماضيين، بكلّ ثقلها العسكري إلى جبهات غرب المدينة وشمال غربها، لوقف تقدُّم الجيش و»اللجان» لكنها فشلت، متحدّثة عن وقوع «مقتلة كبيرة» لتعزيزات عسكرية تابعة لـ»الإصلاح» قَدِمت من البيضاء، وكانت في طريقها إلى الطلعة الحمراء للدفاع عنها بعد سقوط أجزاء منها غرباً. وأوضحت المصادر أن قوات صنعاء تلقّت، السبت، معلومات استخبارية من المتعاونين معها بأماكن وجود التعزيزات «الإصلاحية»، لت ستهدفها بهجوم صاروخي أوقع عشرات القتلى.وكانت قوات هادي قد فقدت عدداً كبيراً من قادتها العسكريين خلال الأسبوعين الماضيين (آخرهم عبد ربه الشدادي، نجل قائد المنطقة العسكرية الثالثة، والمُكلَّف بقيادة جبهات مراد)، وهو ما ضاعَف حالة الانهيار المعنوي في صفوفها، توازياً مع تساقُط مواقعها المتقدّمة غربي مأرب. مع هذا، حاولت تلك القوات، السبت، تجهيز ﺧﻂّ دﻓﺎﻉ جديد يمتدّ ﻣﻦ ﺣﻤﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺲ وﺧﻂّ ﺍلأﻧﺒﻮﺏ إﻟﻰ منطقتَي ﺍﻟﺸﻌﻠﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻴﻞ شمال غرب المدينة، وذلك ﺑﻌﺪ اﻧﻜﺴﺎﺭ ﺧﻂّ دفاعها ﺍﻷﻭﻝ ﻓﻲ إﻳﺪﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺀ ﻭﺍﻟﻌُﻄﻴﻒ وملبودة ودش الخشب والحمة الحمراء. لكن خطوتها هذه لم تَحُل دون خسارتها، السبت، عدداً من المواقع في منطقة الميل غربي المدينة. ووفقاً للناشط طارق بن سلامة، وهو من أبناء المحافظة، فقد سيطر الجيش و»اللجان» على أكثر من 10 مواقع صغيرة بالقرب من تبّة المصارية، آخر التباب الواقعة بالقرب من الأحياء الغربية لمركز المحافظة. وكان سقوط تبّة سنجر في جبهة المشجح، مطلع الأسبوع الفائت، قد وضَع تبّة ماهر، المقابلة لتبّة المصارية، تحت نيران قوات صنعاء.

امتدّت المعارك إلى الخطّ العام الرابط بين صرواح ومدينة مأرب (أ ف ب )صنعاء | شهدت الجبهة الغربية لمدينة مأرب مواجهات عنيفة استُخدمت فيها مختلف أنواع الأسلحة، بين الجيش اليمني و»اللجان الشعبية» من جهة، والقوات الموالية للرئيس المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، من جهة أخرى. وعلى رغم كثافة غارات طيران العدوان السعودي ــــ الإماراتي الذي شنّ أكثر من 20 غارة، مساء السبت وفجر الأحد، على مناطق التماس في الطلعة الحمراء شرق صرواح وفي الجبهة الشمالية الغربية، تقدّمت قوات صنعاء غرب «الطلعة»، ونقلت المعركة إلى الشمال منها. وبحسب مصادر عسكرية، فقد نفّذ الجيش و»اللجان»، فجر السبت، عملية التفاف سريعة من مسارَين على مواقع قوات هادي وميليشيات «الإصلاح» وعناصر التنظيمات الإرهابية غرب الطلعة الحمراء، حيث استمرّت المواجهات لأكثر من عشر ساعات انتهت بمقتل وجرح عدد كبير من عناصر المجاميع الموالية لـ»التحالف» وقياداتها، بينهم قائد الجبهات الغربية للمدينة المُعيّن منذ أيّام، العميد أحمد راجح أبو إصبع، الذي أصيب إصابات بالغة. كما اعترفت قوات هادي بمقتل قائد الإمداد العسكري للطلعة الحمراء القيادي السلفي سالم صالح المُلقَّب بـ»أبو تراب»، والقيادي في «الإصلاح» عبد المقيت رفيق الخفجي، فضلاً عن إصابة القيادي عبد الإله ناجي القردعي إصابة بليغة. وبعد توقُّف المعارك لساعات، حاولت خلالها قوات هادي الدفع بتعزيزات جديدة من البيضاء وشبوة للدفاع عن الطلعة الحمراء التي بسقوطها سيصل الجيش و»اللجان» إلى منطقة الجفينة التي تُعدّ من ضمن الأحياء الجنوبية لمدينة مأرب، تجدَّدت المواجهات فجر أمس غرب «الطلعة»، لتتمكّن قوات صنعاء من السيطرة على الجانب الغربي منها ونقْل المعركة إلى شمالها.

وأكدت مصادر محلية امتداد المعارك إلى الخطّ العام الرابط بين صرواح ومدينة مأرب، وصولاً إلى الجبهة الشمالية الغربية. إذ شنّ الجيش و»اللجان» هجوماً مزدوجاً على مواقع قوات هادي وميليشيات «الإصلاح» المقابِلة لحمة الديرة التي سقطت الجمعة، وتقدَّما نحو أرض الهبوط القريبة من قاعدة صحن الجن العسكرية غربي المدينة. كما أكدت مصادر قبلية، بدورها، سقوط عدد كبير من المواقع الصغيرة الواقعة في أطراف وادي نخلا، وتقدُّم قوات صنعاء في منطقة ذات الراء بعد المشجح، ونقلها المعركة إلى مناطق حسّاسة غرب الطلعة الحمراء، قد تتسبّب بوقوع من تبقّى من قوات هادي في «الطلعة» تحت الحصار. وأفادت المصادر نفسها بأن المجاميع الموالية لـ»التحالف» فشلت في الحفاظ على مواقعها في محيط تبّة البس غربيّ المدينة، مضيفة إن تلك المجاميع دفعت، خلال اليومين الماضيين، بكلّ ثقلها العسكري إلى جبهات غرب المدينة وشمال غربها، لوقف تقدُّم الجيش و»اللجان» لكنها فشلت، متحدّثة عن وقوع «مقتلة كبيرة» لتعزيزات عسكرية تابعة لـ»الإصلاح» قَدِمت من البيضاء، وكانت في طريقها إلى الطلعة الحمراء للدفاع عنها بعد سقوط أجزاء منها غرباً. وأوضحت المصادر أن قوات صنعاء تلقّت، السبت، معلومات استخبارية من المتعاونين معها بأماكن وجود التعزيزات «الإصلاحية»، لتستهدفها بهجوم صاروخي أوقع عشرات القتلى.

وكانت قوات هادي قد فقدت عدداً كبيراً من قادتها العسكريين خلال الأسبوعين الماضيين (آخرهم عبد ربه الشدادي، نجل قائد المنطقة العسكرية الثالثة، والمُكلَّف بقيادة جبهات مراد)، وهو ما ضاعَف حالة الانهيار المعنوي في صفوفها، توازياً مع تساقُط مواقعها المتقدّمة غربي مأرب. مع هذا، حاولت تلك القوات، السبت، تجهيز ﺧﻂّ دﻓﺎﻉ جديد يمتدّ ﻣﻦ ﺣﻤﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺲ وﺧﻂّ ﺍلأﻧﺒﻮﺏ إﻟﻰ منطقتَي ﺍﻟﺸﻌﻠﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻴﻞ شمال غرب المدينة، وذلك ﺑﻌﺪ اﻧﻜﺴﺎﺭ ﺧﻂّ دفاعها ﺍﻷﻭﻝ ﻓﻲ إﻳﺪﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺀ ﻭﺍﻟﻌُﻄﻴﻒ وملبودة ودش الخشب والحمة الحمراء. لكن خطوتها هذه لم تَحُل دون خسارتها، السبت، عدداً من المواقع في منطقة الميل غربي المدينة. ووفقاً للناشط طارق بن سلامة، وهو من أبناء المحافظة، فقد سيطر الجيش و»اللجان» على أكثر من 10 مواقع صغيرة بالقرب من تبّة المصارية، آخر التباب الواقعة بالقرب من الأحياء الغربية لمركز المحافظة. وكان سقوط تبّة سنجر في جبهة المشجح، مطلع الأسبوع الفائت، قد وضَع تبّة ماهر، المقابلة لتبّة المصارية، تحت نيران قوات صنعاء.


The army and committees are approaching Sahn al-Jin: The city of Ma’rib … is about to fall

Al-Mayadeen

فيما قوات الجيش واللجان تقترب من صحن الجن:مدينة مأرب .. قاب قوسين او أدنى


19  April 2021

The mercenary commanders from the first row fell one by one between one dead and one wounded, which reflects the field control of the Sana’a forces, which have not lost any of their leadership even though they are attacking forces.

While the mercenary forces trying to desperately defend the city of Ma’rib is considered suicide, which indicates that it is only a matter of time until the city of Ma’rib is liberated. Ma’rib citizens are living in tragic conditions ,especially after the electricity was cut off from them and the lack of alternatives, which indicates the nihilism, vanity and confusion of the mercenary leadership.

On Sept. 26, Army forces and people’s committees were about to liberate the city, but civilians and displaced people, who are preyed upon by mercenaries, are working to manage the battle with a kind of calm to preserve the lives of civilians and displaced people whose lives have been taken by mercenaries and taken cover to delay the liberation of the city.

One of the signs of victory was that the mercenaries pushed the best of their leaders into the battle, and they fell one by one in the front of the west and north of the city of Ma’rib, which afflicted the mercenary leadership in confusion and psychological and moral collapse, which prompted its chief of staff, Saghir bin Aziz, to visit its chief of staff, Saghir bin Aziz, to visit it to stop the deterioration as a result of the advance of the army and committees, liberating dozens of sites and approaching The city is more and more. The mercenaries themselves did not believe their leaders, which could not stop the progress and their collapse and their flight increased the loss of dozens of leaders, the most prominent of them are Major General Mercenary P.S.C Amin Al-Waeli, Commander of the Sixth Military Region, and Major General Muhammad Mashli al-Haramli, Staff of the War of the so-called Seventh Military Region, Brigadier General Muhammad Abdulaziz al-Asoudi, Commander of the 203rd Brigade and the mercenary Brigadier General Saif Abd al-Rab al-Shaddadi, commander of the so-called 159 infantry brigade and the mercenary Brigadier General Abdul-Ghani Shaalan and the commander of the so-called Military Police branch in the governorate, Brigadier General Abdullah bin Abdullah Dahwan al-Muradi and other commanders were killed by a missile strike during a meeting with them, 11 militants were killed and 13 others, including high commanders, were wounded by a missile attack Their camp targeted the east of the city of Ma’rib.

In Sahn Al-jin: after achieving these victories, the army and the popular committees are heading towards encircling the city of Ma’rib from the western and southern entrances in preparation for entering the city, which is closer to falling than ever before, according to what is indicated by the course of the military operations and after they advanced from the western and northwestern directions towards the “Sahn Al-Jin” military base. Two days ago, the army and the popular committees completed their control of the mountain range of the Balq control range, which would give them a wide margin to restrict the movement of mercenary forces on the Red Race and supervise the Ma’rib-Sanaa road as well as to control the control of Hama al-Hujaili and move the battle to the Upper Toma and Lower Touma, five kilometers from the headquarters of the third military zone of the mercenary forces located within the western neighborhoods of the provincial center. The army and the popular committees was also able to control Hama Al-Hujaili and transfer the battle to Al-Tuma Al-Upper and Lower Al-Touma, which are located five kilometers from the headquarters of the mercenaries’ third military region, and may go to encircle the western and southern entrances to the city in preparation for the settlement. The new progress in the tribal Balkan chain from the Al-Zour area and behind the Ma’rib Dam southwest of Ma’rib indicates that these forces began to cordon off the entrances to the city from more than one direction (west, northwest and south) in preparation for controlling the red flight and Tabit Al-Masariah and advancing towards the governorate center from the western and northwestern directions. And the complete separation of the fronts of Murad, which flared up during the past two days, from the fronts of the periphery of the city, and securing all the hidden sites for entering Marib, which has become closer than ever to the liberation of the city.

Loss of confidence: Rapid developments in Marib have lost the Saudi regime confidence in Hadi and Islah forces and the loyal tribal leaders, prompting a number of tribes to rebel against these leaders and cut off supply lines from the city after it was fed up with the situation and suffering from practices, repression and kidnappings of its children by mercenary forces demanding the release of a number of abductees while entering the city in darkness Damas reflected on the lives and suffering of citizens in the city and the sources pointed to the installation of Obeida tribes in the area of Arakin on the Safir line south of the city a point to cut off the entry of oil supplies and others to Hadi forces in the government complex and accelerate such tribal movements near the fall of the important oil province in the hands of the army forces and popular committees and blow up a tribal revolution against the Saudi coalition forces and their mercenaries.

Failure: On the other hand, after the mercenary forces had failed to re-ignite the Al-Alam fronts, located 65 kilometers north of Marib, during the past few days, they tried to escalate militarily in the Asdas front located within the Ragwan district northwest of the city, but they also failed to do so due to the refusal of the tribes in the directorate to engage in the fighting and their announcement that they would stand on Neutrality after its leaders concluded agreements with Sanaa last year that decided to neutralize their villages and farms from the conflict.

In several attempts to relieve the pressure on the city of Marib and obstruct the advance of the army and the popular committees, the mercenary forces reinforced what remained of their positions on the Western Front with tribal militants loyal to the leader of the “Reform Party” Mansour al-Hanq, but the latter fell into an armed ambush carried out by the army and the popular committees in the area of ​​That Al-Ra`a, west of Ma`rib, to be seriously injured, as a result, I am to Riyadh for treatment. Sources of Hadi’s forces in the city of Ma’rib reported that the commander of the 312nd Armored Brigade, Brigadier General Faisal Abdullah Al-Qoud, was also killed in this ambush.

Rapid changes: The rapid changes in the course of the battle around the city of Ma’rib have made Saudi Arabia lose confidence in Hadi’s forces and the tribal leaders loyal to it in the governorate, and in this context, tribal sources revealed that Brigadier General Yusef Khairallah al-Shahrani, commander of operations in the northwestern region, who was appointed commander of the Saudi forces in Marib in July 2020, a student sheikhs The tribes loyal to Riyadh during a lightning visit to the city a few days ago by handing over the weapons and crews that they received from the coalition leadership to fight, after the withdrawal of the Murad and Ubaida tribesmen from the fighting fronts several weeks ago after the battle tilted in favor of the army and the popular committees that became closer to liberating City.



Battle of Marib: Sana’a forces close to extracting the “Tala’a Hamra”

معركة مأرب: قوات صنعاء تقترب  من انتزاع «الطلعة الحمراء»
The battles extended to the main line linking Serwah and the city of Ma’rib (AFP)

Al-Akhbar Rashid Al-Haddad Monday, April 19, 2021

The western front of the city of Ma’rib witnessed violent confrontations in which various types of weapons were used, between the Yemeni army and the “Popular Committees” on the one hand, and the forces loyal to the outgoing President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Islah militias on the other hand, and despite the intensity of the air raids of the Saudi-Emirati aggression that launched more than 20 raids, on Saturday evening and Sunday dawn, on the contact areas in the “Tala’a Hamra” east of Sirwah, and in the northwestern front, the forces of Sana’a advanced west of the ” “Tala’a”, and moved the battle to the north of it. According to military sources, the army and the “committees” carried out, at dawn on Saturday, a rapid turn-around operation of two lanes on the sites of Hadi forces, the “reform” militias, and other terrorist organizations, the clashes lasted for more than ten hours ended with the killing and wounding of a large number of terrorists, including the leader of the western fronts appointed days ago, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Rajeh Abu Isba’a, who was seriously injured. Hadi’s forces also confessed to the killing of the commander of the military supply of the Al-Tala’a Al-Hamra, the Salafi leader Salem Saleh, nicknamed “Abu Turab,” and the leader in “Al-Islah” Abdul-Muqit Rafiq Al-Khafji, in addition to the serious injury of the leader, Abdul-Ilah Naji Al-Qardai. After the fighting stopped for hours, during which Hadi’s forces tried to push new reinforcements from Al-Bayda and Shabwa to defend “Tala’a Hamra”, which with its fall, the army and the “committees” would reach the Al-Jufina area, a southern neighborhoods of Ma’rib. The confrontations renewed at dawn yesterday, west of Al-Tala’a, and the Sana’a forces managed to control the western side of it and moved the battle to its north.

Local sources confirmed that the fighting extended to the general line linking Sarawah and Marib, all the way to the north-western front. The army and the “committees” launched a double attack on the positions of Hadi’s forces and al-Islah militias corresponding to the meat of Deira, which fell on Friday, and advanced towards the landing ground near the Al-Jinn military base west of the city. Tribal sources also confirmed, in turn, the fall of a large number of small sites located at the outskirts of the Nakhla Valley, and the advance of the Sana’a forces in the area of ​​Dhat Ra`a after Al-Mushajeh, and the battle moved them to sensitive areas west of the “Tala’a Al-Hamra”, which may cause the remaining Hadi forces to fall into the “Tala’a” Under siege. The same sources reported that the groups loyal to the “coalition” had failed to maintain their positions in the vicinity of Tabbah Al-Bis west of the city, adding that, during the past two days, these groups had pushed with all their military weight to the fronts in the west and northwest of the city, to stop the advance of the army and the “committees.”, but failed, speaking of the “big killing” of the “Islah” terrorist’s that came from Al-Bayda, and was on its way to defend “Tala’a Hamra”. The sources explained that Sana’a forces received, on Saturday, intelligence from their collaborators about the reinforcements, and target it with a rocket attack that killed dozens of people.

Hadi’s forces had lost a large number of their military leaders during the past two weeks (the last of them was Abd Rabbuh al-Shaddadi, son of the commander of the Third Military Region, who was assigned to command the Murad fronts), which doubled the state of moral collapse in its ranks, parallel to the fall of its advanced positions west of Ma’rib.

On Saturday, however, those forces tried to prepare a new line of defense that extends from “Himat al-Biss” and the pipeline to the Al-Shuala and Al-Mel areas northwest of the city, after their first line of defense was broken. According to activist Tariq bin Salama, who is from the governorate, the army and the “committees” have taken control of more than 10 small sites near “Tabat al-Masariya”, the last of Tabat located near the western neighborhoods of the governorate center. The fall of the “Sanjar Tabbat” on the Al-Mashjah front, at the beginning of last week, put the “Maher Tebbat”, opposite the “Masariya Tabbah”, under fire from the Sana’a forces.

SAUDI ARABIA SUFFERS FROM HOUTHI ATTACKS. IS THERE A NEW JOB FOR TURKEY’S MERCENARIES?

South Front

12.04.2021 

Yemen’s Ansar Allah give the impression that it has an endless supply of drones.

The Houthis (as Ansar Allah is also known) appear to be adept at using them, if their own claims are to be entirely trusted.

On April 11th, two Qasef-2K drones were used to separately target the Jizan Airport and the King Khalid Airbase.

The Jizan Airport is a new target that has recently come up in reports of Houthi attacks.

The location includes hangars containing Saudi warplanes.

The King Khalid Airbase in ‘Asir suffers from the Houthi drone attacks more frequently, and has been subject of attacks at least 4 times in separate incidents since April 1st.

On April 9th, the Jizan Airport was targeted for the first time, and so was the Abha International Airport.

The Houthis are using their drones to disturb the aerial operations of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Riyadh generally either denies these reports of attacks or says they were ineffective, while Ansar Allah claims they successfully fulfilled their mission.

Clashes on the ground continue in Yemen, with the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis fighting in the Madghal district, and in the southern Kadhah district.

Saudi Arabia attempts to dig out every reason why its war in Yemen is failing, and on April 10th announced the execution of three of its soldiers for “high treason”.

They were allegedly collabarating with an enemy against Riyadh’s military interests.

They could have been in contact with the Houthis or with Iran.

This is practically the same, as Tehran supports Ansar Allah.

This means that Riyadh can’t fully trust its own armed forces, and it could require some help, in the form of mercenaries.

The militants in Syria that Turkey deploys and uses in small-scale conflicts such as Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh could be potential candidates for this.

Turkey, under Egyptian pressure, is expected to withdraw the mercenaries from Libya.

According to reports, it will do so within the next 5 months.

Separately, a video showing Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries complaining for not getting paid after fighting for Azerbaijan went viral.

Immediately after it gained popularity, these same militants released a video saying that the news was fabricated, and that they never fought in Nagorno-Karabakh to begin with.

According to unnamed Yemeni intelligence sources, terrorists from Syria were expected to join the Saudi-led coalition in early April.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was reportedly waiting for new militants to arrive in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan to latter send them to Marib.

Today, many Turkish-backed mercenaries are sitting idly, unemployed.

This could mean either bad news for Syria, which will have to deal with them, or Ankara might decide to send them to Riyadh, if it “asks” for assistance.

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معركة تحرير مأرب… أهميتها وتداعياتها The battle to liberate Marib … its significance and repercussions

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معركة تحرير مأرب… أهميتها وتداعياتها

حسن حردان

طرح البدء بمعركة تحرير مدينة مأرب، التساؤلات حول مدى أهميتها وتداعياتها على مسار الحرب والتسوية السياسية ومستقبل اليمن، لا سيما أنّ التقدّم الكبير الحاصل في الميدان الذي يحققه تحالف اللجان الشعبية والجيش اليمني قد أدّى إلى رفع منسوب درجة اهتمام الدول الغربية بمجرياتها.. لما لذلك من انعكاسات على موازين القوى على صعيدي الميدان والسياسة.

انّ الإجابة على هذه التساؤلات وأسباب هذا الاهتمام الغربي الذي عكس مستوى القلق من التطورات الميدانية في مأرب، إنما يكمن في العوامل التالية:

أولاً، انّ إنجاز تحرير مدينة مأرب يعني عملياً سقوط آخر وأهمّ معقل للسعودية وحكومة هادي التابعة للرياض، وحزب الإصلاح الإخواني في شمال اليمن، مما سيشكل هزيمة مدوية لقوى العدوان على اليمن، ويحسم سيطرة تحالف اللجان الشعبية والجيش اليمني على كلّ المحافظات الشمالية وصولاً إلى الحدود مع محافظات جنوب اليمن.. وإبعاد التهديد عن العاصمة صنعاء، وبالتالي انهيار أحلام الرياض وحكومة هادي في استعادة السيطرة على شمال اليمن انطلاقاً من مأرب…

ثانياً، إنّ مأرب تقع جغرافياً على الحدود مع المملكة السعودية لجهة مدينتي جيزان وشرورة السعوديتين من الجهة المقابلة لمأرب.. وهذا يجعل استمرار السعودية بالعدوان، في مواجهة احتمال انتقال المعركة البرية إلى قلب هاتين المدينتين، وهو ما تتخوّف منه الرياض، وتحاول القوى التابعة لها التهويل من خطورته بالقول انّ قوات صنعاء اذا سيطرت على مدينة مأرب سوف يؤدّي ذلك الى سقوط خطّ الدفاع الأوّل عن مدينتَي جيزان وشرورة، وسيفتح سقوطها الباب أمام حركة «أنصار الله» لتوسيع نفوذها إلى كامل الحدود السعودية المشتركة مع اليمن.. وقد ذهب مدير التوجيه المعنوي السابق لقوات هادي في مأرب، اللواء محسن خصروف، إلى حدّ القول: «إنّ سقوط مأرب مُقدّمة لسقوط الرياض».. وذلك في محاولة لدفع الحكومة السعودية للزجّ بكلّ قوّتها لمنع سقوط مأرب بأيدي قوات اللجان والحكومة الشرعية في صنعاء…

ثالثاً، إنّ تحرير مأرب سيؤدّي إلى تحرير الثروة النفطية والغازية الهامة الموجودة فيها، والتي كانت تستغلها السعودية والقوى التابعة لها، وتحرم أهل اليمن منها، مما سيمكن حكومة صنعاء من امتلاك موارد هامة تعزز صمود اليمنيين ومقاومتهم في مواجهة العدوان والحصار المفروض عليهم منذ بدء الحرب على اليمن.. الأمر الذي سيشكل تحوّلاً كبيراً لمصلحة تعزيز تحرر اليمن من الهيمنة والسيطرة الأميركية السعودية، إذا ما أخذنا في الاعتبار أنّ أحد أهداف الحرب على اليمن إنما هو منع اليمنيين من التحكم في استغلال ثروتهم، من الغاز والنفط، التي يُقال إنّ اليمن يحوز على كميات كبيرة منها، وخصوصاً في مأرب، وإذا أحسن استغلالها فإنها تمكّن اليمن من تنمية اقتصاده وتحسين حياة الشعب، وتحوّل اليمن إلى دولة قوية مستقلة..

كما يوجد في مأرب محطة صافر لتوليد الطاقة الكهربائية بالغاز التي تغذي العاصمة صنعاء وعدد من المحافظات الشمالية والوسطى.. فيما سدّ مأرب يوفر مياه الري لمساحات شاسعة من الاراضي الزراعية، ولهذا اختيرت مأرب، في القدم، عاصمة للدولة السبئية، خلال الألفية الأولى قبل الميلاد، وفيها عرش ومحرم بلقيس.. وكانت تشكل حصناً لصدّ الغزاة الذين سعوا إلى احتلال اليمن منذ أيام الإمبراطورية الرومانية التي عجزت جيوشها عن احتلالها.. وكذلك جيوش الدولة العثمانية.

رابعاً، إنّ تحرير مأرب سيؤدي إلى تعزيز الموقف السياسي لتحالف اللجان الشعبية والحكومة الشرعية في صنعاء، في أيّ مفاوضات مقبلة لتحقيق التسوية للأزمة اليمنية، ويحدّ كثيراً من قدرة واشنطن والسعودية وحكومة هادي على فرض شروطهم..

خامساً، انّ تحرير مأرب وما يعنيه من انهيار آخر وأهمّ معقل لحكومة هادي وحلفائها، سيؤدّي إلى خلق مناخ عام بالهزيمة، وانهيار معنويات مقاتليهم، الأمر الذي سيولد تداعيات سريعة في مناطق سيطرتهم في جنوب اليمن، تسعر من الصراعات، المحتدمة أصلاً في ما بينهم، حول المسؤولية عن الهزيمة من جهة، وحول السيطرة على الجنوب من جهة ثانية، مما سيؤدّي إلى نقمة شعبية واسعة تعزز موقف القوى المعارضة لوجود المجلس الانتقالي وقوات هادي المدعومة سعودياً، ويوفر ظروفاً مواتية كي يتحالف أبناء الجنوب مع اللجان الشعبية والجيش اليمني لاستكمال تحرير المحافظات الجنوبية، من سيطرة قوات هادي والمجلس الانتقالي.. المدعومين من تحالف قوى العدوان.

هذه النتائج والتداعيات المتوقعة من جراء تحرير مأرب، هي التي تقف وراء ارتفاع درجة اهتمام الدول الغربية بما يحصل في مأرب، وفي المقدمة الولايات المتحدة، والتي عبّر عنها بمسارعتها إلى إطلاق التصريحات التي تدعو إلى وقف هجوم أنصار الله والقوات المسلحة اليمنية في مأرب، لمنع حصول التحوّلات النوعية في موازين القوى، لمصلحة تحالف أنصار الله والقوى الوطنية، على حساب الموقف الأميركي السعودي الذي سيجد نفسه يجلس إلى طاولة المفاوضات المقترحة لحلّ الأزمة، وهو في حالة من الضعف بعد أن مُنيَ بهزيمة قاسية، الأمر الذي يجعل حركة أنصار الله وحلفاءها في موقع من يملك القدرة على فرض الشروط، قبل انطلاق المفاوضات بوقف العدوان والحصار، وخلال المفاوضات بفرض شروط للتسوية تعزز قدرة الشعب اليمني على تقرير مصيره بعيداً عن التدخلات الخارجية.

انطلاقاً مما تقدّم يمكن فهم لماذا يرفض تحالف اللجان والجيش اليمني وقف الهجوم لاستكمال إنجاز تحرير مدينة مأرب.. ولماذا يرتفع منسوب القلق السعودي الأميركي الغربي من ذلك..

فتحرير مدينة مأرب سيشكل انتصاراً نوعياً يتوّج الانتصارات التي تحققت على مدى سنوات الحرب، وهزيمة كبرى لدول العدوان والقوى التابعة لهم، وسقوط أهدافهم التي سعت إلى القضاء على انصار الله والقوى الوطنية وإعادة إخضاع اليمن ومنع خروجه من فلك التبعية، لما يمثله من موقع جغرافي هامّ على طريق التجارة الدولية وفي الخليج حيث تتركز السيطرة الاستعمارية الأميركية على ثروات النفط والغاز وطرق إمدادها في مياه الخليج وباب المندب… وهو ما جعل إدارة الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن تدعو إلى وقف هذه الحرب لاحتواء تداعياتها السلبية على النفوذ الاستعماري الأميركي، وتعرب عن القلق من سيطرة حركة أنصار الله على مأرب، الأمر الذي قد يسهم في تسريع خطوات واشنطن لوقف الحرب، ومحاولة الحدّ من تداعيات الهزيمة، وتدفيع ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان ثمن هذه الهزيمة، وهو ما ظهرت مؤشراته من خلال إعلان البيت الأبيض انّ الرئيس بايدن سيتواصل مباشرة مع الملك سلمان، وليس مع ولي العهد، ومن ثم الإفراج عن تقرير الاستخبارات المتعلق بجريمة قتل الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي.. وذلك في سياق إعادة تقييم العلاقات الأميركية مع السعودية.. ما دفع المراقبين إلى التساؤل عما إذا كانت إدارة بايدن تسعى الى تقديم محمد بن سلمان كبش فداء بتحميله مسؤولية الكارثة في اليمن، والظهور في صورة من أوقف هذه الحرب لإعادة تلميع صورة أميركا في اليمن، وتمكين الدبلوماسية الأميركية من لعب الدور المنوط بها للحدّ من الخسائر واحتواء تداعيات الهزيمة… وإعادة ترميم وتعزيز نفوذ أميركا في اليمن من خلال التسوية السياسية.. لكن السؤال هل ستتمكن من ذلك، خصوصاً بعد أن اصبح هناك مقاومة تحرّرية يمنية تملك مشروعاً للتحرر، وتسعى إلى تحقيق استقلال اليمن بعيداً عن الهيمنة والتبعية للولايات المتحدة والحكومة السعودية.. ونجحت بداية في الصمود في مواجهة العدوان، واحتواء اندفاعته، ومن ثم الانتقال من الدفاع إلى الهجوم، وفرض معادلات الردع بعد أن تكمنت من نقل الحرب إلى الداخل السعودي، وتحرير المحافظات اليمنية الشمالية من سيطرة تحالف العدوان، الواحدة تلو الأخرى، حتى أصبحنا على مقربة من تحرير واستعادة آخر محافظة شمالية، وهي محافظة مأرب الاستراتيجية من جميع النواحي، الجغرافية، والاقتصادية، والعسكرية، والسياسية.

The battle to liberate Marib … its significance and repercussions

Hassan Hardan

The start of the battle for the liberation of Marib raised questions about its importance and its implications for the course of war, political settlement and the future of Yemen, especially since the great progress made in the field achieved by the Coalition of Popular Committees and the Yemeni army has raised the level of interest of Western countries in their conduct. This has implications for the balance of power in the field and politics.

The answer to these questions and the reasons for this Western interest, which reflected the level of concern about developments on the ground in Marib, lies in the following factors:

First, the achievement of the liberation of Marib city means practically the fall of the last and most important stronghold of Saudi Arabia and the government of Hadi of Riyadh, and the Brotherhood Reform Party in northern Yemen, which will constitute a resounding defeat for the forces of aggression against Yemen, and resolve the control of the coalition of popular committees and the Yemeni army on all the northern provinces down to the border with the provinces of southern Yemen. The threat was removed from the capital Sana’a, thus collapsing Riyadh and Hadi’s government’s dreams of regaining control of northern Yemen from Marib…

Secondly, Marib is geographically located on the border with Saudi Arabia to the Saudi cities of Jizan and Sharorah on the opposite side of Marib. This makes Saudi Arabia’s continued aggression, in the face of the possibility of a land battle moving to the heart of these two cities, which Riyadh fears, and its forces are trying to downplay its seriousness by saying that if Sana’a forces take control of Marib city will lead to the fall of the first line of defense for the cities of Jizan and Shororah, and its fall will open the door for Ansar Allah movement to expand its influence to the entire Saudi border with Yemen. The former director of Hadi’s moral guidance in Marib, Major General Mohsen Khasrouf, went so far as to say, “The fall of Marib is a prelude to the fall of Riyadh.” In an attempt to push the Saudi government to put all its power to prevent the fall of Marib by the forces of the committees and the legitimate government in Sana’a…

Thirdly, the liberation of Marib will lead to the liberalization of the important oil and gas wealth in it, which was exploited by Saudi Arabia and its forces, and deprives the people of Yemen of it, which will enable the Government of Sana’a to have important resources that strengthen the resilience and resistance of Yemenis in the face of aggression and siege imposed on them since the beginning of the war. This would be a major shift in favor of strengthening Yemen’s liberation from U.S.-Saudi hegemony and control, considering that one of the objectives of the war on Yemen is to prevent Yemenis from controlling the exploitation of their wealth, from gas and oil, of which Yemen is said to have large quantities, especially in Marib, and if it is best exploited, it enables Yemen to develop its economy and improve the lives of the people, and turn Yemen into a strong independent state.

There is also a gas-fired safir power plant in Marib that feeds the capital Sana’a and a number of northern and central provinces. The Marib Dam provides irrigation water for vast areas of agricultural land, which is why Marib was chosen, in the old days, as the capital of the Sabean state, during the first millennium BC, with a throne and the Sanctuary of Balqis. It was a bulwark to repel the invaders who had sought to occupy Yemen since the days of the Roman Empire, whose armies were unable to occupy it. So are the armies of the Ottoman Empire.

Fourthly, the liberation of Marib will strengthen the political position of the Coalition of Popular Committees and the Legitimate Government in Sana’a, in any future negotiations to achieve a settlement to the Yemeni crisis, and greatly limit the ability of Washington, Saudi Arabia and Hadi’s government to impose their conditions.

Fifthly, the liberation of Marib and the collapse of the last and most important stronghold of Hadi’s government and its allies will create a general atmosphere of defeat, and the collapse of the morale of their fighters, which lead to a rapid collapse in their areas of control in southern Yemen, exacerbating the conflicts, already raging between them, over responsibility for the defeat on the one hand, and over control of the south on the other hand, which will lead to a broad popular revulsion strengthening the position of forces opposed to the presence of the Transitional Council and Hadi forces backed by Saudi Arabia, and provides favorable conditions for the people of the south to ally with the popular committees and the Yemeni army to complete the liberation of the southern provinces, from the control of Hadi forces and the Transitional Council … supported by the coalition of aggression forces.

These results and the expected repercussions from the liberation of Marib are behind the high level of interest in Western countries, and in the forefront is the United States, which was expressed its hasten to launch statements calling for an end to the attack of Ansar Allah and the Yemeni armed forces in Marib, to prevent qualitative shifts in the balance of power, in favor of the Alliance of Ansar Allah and national forces, at the expense of the American-Saudi position, which will find itself sitting at the negotiating table proposed to solve the crisis, while it is in a state of weakness after suffering a severe defeat, which makes the Ansar Allah movement and its allies in a position to impose conditions, before the start of negotiations to stop the aggression and blockade, and during the negotiations to impose terms for a settlement that enhance the ability of the Yemeni people to determine their own destiny away from foreign interventions.

Based on the foregoing, it can be understood why the coalition of committees and the Yemeni army refuses to stop the attack in order to complete the achievement of liberating the city of Ma’rib … and why the level of Saudi-American-Western concern is high.

The liberation of the city of Ma’rib will constitute a qualitative victory that culminates in the victories achieved over the years of the war, a major defeat for the states of aggression and their forces, and the fall of their objectives, which sought to eliminate Ansar Allah and national forces, re-subjugate Yemen and prevent its exit from the orbit of dependency, because of the important geographical location it represents. The international trade route and in the Gulf, where the American colonial control is focused on oil and gas wealth and its supply routes in the Gulf waters and Bab al-Mandeb … President Joe Biden’s administration is calling for an end to the war to contain its negative repercussions on U.S. colonial influence, and expresses concern about Ansar Allah’s control of Marib, which could speed up Washington’s steps to stop the war, try to reduce the repercussions of the defeat, and pay for the defeat, which was highlighted by the White House’s announcement that President Biden would communicate directly with King Salman, not the crown prince, and then release the intelligence report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This is in the context of a reassessment of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia. What led observers to question whether the Biden administration is seeking to cast Mohammed bin Salman as a scapegoat by blaming him for the disaster in Yemen, appearing in the form of those who stopped this war to re-polish America’s image in Yemen, and enable U.S. diplomacy to play its role in reducing losses and containing the repercussions of defeat… Restoring and strengthening America’s influence in Yemen through a political settlement. But the question is will it be able to do that, especially after there has become a Yemeni liberation resistance that has a project for liberation, and seeks to achieve Yemen’s independence away from the hegemony and subordination of the United States and the Saudi government … and it succeeded at the beginning. In steadfastness in the face of aggression, containing its impulsivity, and then moving from defense to attack, and imposing deterrence equations after it transcended the transfer of the war into the Saudi interior, and the liberation of the northern Yemeni provinces from the control of the aggression coalition, one after the other, until we became close to liberating and restoring The last northern governorate, which is the strategic Marib governorate, in all its geographical, economic, military and political aspects.

A HARD LIFE FOR TURKEY AND ITS PROXIES IN NORTHERN SYRIA

 09.04.2021 

South Front

In the North of Syria, the Turkish armed forces and the factions backed by Ankara are attempting to move and are being punished.

This is the case in Greater Idlib, where a Turkish army convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing on a road between the towns of al-Bara and Ehsim in the southern part of Idlib.

Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq, a newly-founded al-Qaeda-linked group with unknown origins, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The IED attack was in response to insults to Muslim women in Afrin and Aleppo.

Meanwhile in Afrin, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced that two of its soldiers were killed.
The Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group also released a video showing the two Turkish soldiers being targeted with an anti-tank guided missile during a well-planned ambush in the village of Gobele.

In response, the Turkish Army shelled positions held by Kurdish forces in the town of Tell Rifaat and its outskirts.

Three Kurdish fighters were killed.

In Aleppo, the Turkish proxies are not without success. the Syrian National Army (SNA) shot down an armed drone that was flying over the Turkish-occupied northern part of the countryside.

The drone was a locally-modified copy of the commercially-available X-UAV mini-Talon, used by Kurdish groups.

While the Kurdish forces lose their drones, the Ansar Allah are putting theirs to good use in Yemen.

Early on April 8, the group announced that it had launched a Qasef-2K suicide drone at the Saudi King Khalid Air Base in the southern province of ‘Asir.

The Houthis (as Ansar Allah are more commonly known) said that the drone had struck its target successfully.

On the other hand, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that it had shot down the drone over the city of Khamis Mushait, near King Khalid Air Base.

In the late hours of April 8th, the Houthis targeted the Jizan airport in the southwest of the Kingdom with a Qasef-2K drone.

The airport contains hangars for Saudi warplanes used to carry out airstrikes throughout Yemen.

Additionally, a commander of the Seventh Military District of the Saudi-led coalition was killed in west of the city of Marib.

The Houthis are keeping up their pressure towards the city, despite constant airstrikes by Riyadh’s warplanes.

The Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes appear to be of little effectiveness.

The volatility in the Middle East continues, with rather small movements taking place in most locations.

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Yemen’s Blood Is on US Hands, and Still the US Lies about the War

Yemen’s Blood Is on US Hands, and Still the US Lies about the War

4/4/2021

By William Boardman – Towards Freedom

Six years ago, on March 26, 2015, the US green-lighted and provided logistical support for the Saudi bombing of Yemen that continues on a daily basis. The US/Saudi war, which includes as allies the several members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, is an undeclared war, illegal under international law, and an endless crime against humanity. The US and the Saudis have dropped cluster bombs on Yemen since 2009. Yemen has no air force and no significant air defenses. Two years ago, even the US Congress voted to end US involvement in the war, but President [Donald] Trump vetoed the resolution.

In 1937 the Nazis, in support of Franco in Spain, bombed the defenseless northern Spanish town of Guernica, massacring hundreds of civilians gathered in the town on market day. Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica, a shriek of protest against the slaughter, is one of the world’s best known anti-war works of art. Yemen has had more than 2000 days of Guernicas at the hands of the US and Saudis, but no Picasso.

On February 4, 2021, President [Joe] Biden got a whole lot of good press when he announced that the US would be “stepping up our diplomacy to end the war in Yemen.” Biden also promised that the US would be “ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen.” Biden gave no specific details. The six-year bombing continues. The six-year naval blockade of Yemen continues. The humanitarian crisis continues, with the threat of famine looming. In effect, Biden has participated in war crimes since January 20, with no policy in sight to end the killing.

On March 1, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that:

The humanitarian crisis taking place in Yemen is the largest and most urgent in the world. Twenty million people, including millions of children, desperately need help. The United States is committed to doing our part, both to provide aid and to help address the obstacles standing in the way of humanitarian access.

That sounds a whole lot better than it is. Blinken did not acknowledge the US role in the air war on Yemen. Blinken did not acknowledge the US role in the naval blockade preventing food and fuel from reaching those 20 million Yemenis. Those obstacles to humanitarian access remain unchanged. The US has the power to remove either one unilaterally, just as it unilaterally chose to impose them. Blinken called on “all parties” to allow unhindered import and distribution of food and fuel, as if the US played no role in blocking both.

Blinken wasn’t done inventing a reality to fit US policy. He pledged support for “the well-being of the Yemeni people” but singled out the Houthis for pressure, even though the Houthis represent a large proportion of the Yemeni people. He called on the Houthis “to cease their cross-border attacks,” even though those attacks are a response to the US/Saudi undeclared war. And then he offered an analysis that would be hilarious if it weren’t so grotesque:

… the Saudis and the Republic of Yemen Government are committed and eager to find a solution to the conflict. We call on the Houthis to match this commitment. A necessary first step is to stop their offensive against Marib, a city where a million internally displaced people live, and to join the Saudis and the government in Yemen in making constructive moves toward peace.

The Saudis are so eager to find a solution to the conflict that they maintain their air war and naval blockade, effectively waging war by starvation – a crime against humanity. The “Republic of Yemen Government” is a fiction and a joke. Yemeni president Mansour Hadi, who is 75, was vice president of Yemen from 1994 to 2011, under the late authoritarian president Ali Abdullah Saleh. When Arab Spring protests erupted against Saleh, he stepped aside in favor of Hadi, who was “elected” president in 2012 with no opposition – a “democratic” result imposed by an international cabal. When you read media referring to his “internationally recognized government,” that’s the fiction they’re hiding. Hadi’s term as president ended in 2014, the international cabal extended it for a year, and that’s pretty much the extent of his legitimacy. That and US/Saudi firepower. By any rational calculation, Hadi is not a legitimate president. He also has no legitimate alternative. No wonder Hadi doesn’t feel safe in Yemen and remains in exile in Riyadh. The population in southern Yemen under the “government’s” control has recently attacked the government palace in Aden in protest against the government’s failure to provide sustenance and stability. A recent bomb attack aimed at a Hadi government minister reflects the reality that southern Yemen has long had a separatist movement quite independent of the Houthis in the north, in effect a second civil war. The most constructive move the Hadi government could make toward peace is to abdicate.

-Marib City, the capital of Marib Governorate, is roughly 100 miles northeast of Yemen’s capital in Sanaa. Marib City was established after the 1984 discovery of oil deposits in the region. Covering 6,720 square miles in central Yemen, the Marib Governorate is somewhat smaller than New Jersey. Marib contains much of Yemen’s oil, gas, and electric resources. Marib is the last governorate under the control of the Hadi government, but it has been under increasing attack by the Houthis since early 2020. Before that, Marib was relatively remote from the fighting in Yemen, providing refuge for a million or more Yemenis fleeing the fighting elsewhere. Marib City had a population of about 40,000 when the civil war broke out in 2014. Now the city has an estimated 1.5 million people.

This map of Yemen shows the oil fields of Yemen as well as the projected route [in dotted lines of the Trans-Yemen oil pipeline, protected by Al Qaeda forces, which, when completed will allow Saudi Arabia to avoid possible clashes with Iran at the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf. Source: The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil  by Charlotte Dennett  (Chelsea Green) Map by John Van Hoesen.

The Houthi offensive against Marib has intensified since January 2021. Their offensive has continued in spite of having no air support. For the US Secretary of State to call for the Houthis to stop their offensive is an indication that it’s going their way. By March 8, Houthi forces had breached the northern gates of Marib City. Hadi government forces are supported by the Saudi coalition and local tribes, as well as elements of Al Qaeda and ISIS. [Al Qaeda also fights independently against occupying forces of the United Arab Emirates along the Gulf of Aden coastline.]

Famine has arrived in pockets of Yemen.

Saudi ships blocking fuel aren’t helping.

This was CNN’s headline on March 11, for a story reporting with reasonable accuracy on the very real, years-old humanitarian crisis that the US/Saudi war has brought on the region’s poorest country. CNN quotes a “food insecurity” analysis by the world electronics trade association IPC that predicts that more than 16 million Yemenis (of a total population of about 30 million) are “likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity” in the first half of 2021. “Out of these, an estimated 11 million people will likely be in Crisis, 5 million in Emergency, and the number of those in Catastrophe will likely increase to 47,000.”

Yemen is an atrocity from almost any perspective. Three US presidents – Obama, Trump, and now Biden – have lied about Yemen while taking the US into an endless nexus of war crimes and crimes against humanity. And for what? To support a Yemeni government that is a fraud? To support a Saudi ally that thought it could win a quick, dirty air war at little or no cost? This abomination, pun intended, never should have happened. So why did it? The formulaic answer in much of the media is usually some variation on this propagandistic patter from Reuters:

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-allied Houthi group ousted the country’s government from the capital Sanaa.

This essentially false version of reality in Yemen appears in news media across a wide spectrum, from Al Jazeera to ABC News to this version by CNN:

Saudi Arabia has been targeting Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen since 2015, with the support of the US and other Western allies. It had hoped to stem the Houthis’ spread of power and influence in the country by backing the internationally-recognized government under President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

The core falsehood in most versions is “the Iran-allied” or “Iran-backed” Houthis. The grain of truth in that characterization is far outweighed by the history on the ground. The Houthis live in Yemen. They are the only combatant force that lives in Yemen, other than elements of the Hadi government and assorted insurrectionists. Yemen is in the midst of a civil war that has flared over decades. The war that is destroying Yemen is waged entirely by outside countries, primarily the US and the Saudi coalition.

The Houthis, who are mostly Shia Muslims, have lived in northwest Yemen for generations and centuries. They fought a civil war against President Saleh and lost. They have long been an oppressed minority in Yemen. When the Hadi government perpetuated the oppression of the Houthis, they rebelled once again. This time, challenging an unpopular and divided government, they were more successful. In 2014 they captured Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, and captured Hadi himself. Then they released him and he fled first to Aden, then to Saudi Arabia, where he is a puppet figurehead.

Before it could become clear what kind of governance the Houthis would provide for their part of Yemen, the US and the Saudi coalition attacked the country. Their publicly stated motivation has always included the imaginary threat from Iran. But the Houthis have a long and independent history that does not rely on Iran for its coherence and force. Iranian support for the Houthis in 2014 was never shown to be significant. The US/Saudi war had had the perverse effect of incentivizing Iranian support for the Houthis, but there’s no evidence that support comes anywhere close to the strength of the US and Saudi coalition forces directed at the Houthis. The US and the Saudi coalition are waging an aggressive war against a country that did none of them any harm. Iran is providing support for an ally unjustly under siege.

The war in Yemen has been brutal on all sides, according to reports by more or less neutral observers. But only the US and the Saudi coalition are invaders, only they are committing international war crimes. The Houthis, as well as all the other sides fighting in Yemen, have also committed war crimes, but on a far lesser scale. Yemeni forces are not the ones waging war by starvation and disease.

Ultimately, the Houthis are the home team, along with other Yemeni factions. The Houthis have nowhere else to go. The only military solution to the Houthis is extermination, genocide, the very course the US and Saudis have been on for years, with the winking hypocrisy of most of the world.

In April 2015, with the Saudis’ saturation bombing already in its third week, the United Nations Security Council unanimously [14-0] passed Resolution 2216, which “Demands End to Yemen Violence.” The Resolution begins with an obscene misrepresentation of reality:

Imposing sanctions on individuals it said were undermining the stability of Yemen, the Security Council today demanded that all parties in the embattled country, in particular the Houthis, immediately and unconditionally end violence and refrain from further unilateral actions that threatened the political transition.

That is the official lie that has publicly defined the war on Yemen since 2015. The UN sees no terror bombing by foreign countries. The UN sees no invasion by foreign troops. The UN sees no terrorist groups in a country that has had little stability for decades. The UN cites only the Houthis for their sins, as if it were somehow the Houthis’ fault that, having no air force and no air defenses, they weren’t getting out of the way of the cluster bombs dropped on their weddings and their funerals.

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