Saudi Arabia Abandoning its Puppet in Yemen: Coming to Terms

April 13, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Hussam AbdelKareem 

KSA can no longer “pretend” that things are under control and going according to plan. Actually, there is no plan, and no horizon, for the Saudis.

Saudi Arabia Abandoning its Puppet in Yemen: Coming to Terms

News just broke in from Yemen that the so-called “legitimate” Yemeni President AbedRabbu Mansur Hadi (widely mocked as a Saudi puppet) announced that he’s surrendering “power” to a new “Presidential Council”. The “Presidential Council”, Hadi’s statement goes on, will have to enter into negotiations with other parties in Yemen to reach a political settlement. This important step comes after about one week of Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it’s halting its military operations and easing restrictions and blockade on Yemeni ports for a two–month period. 

After seven long years of aggression in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is coming to painful terms with the truth on the ground. The Saudi enterprise in Yemen has failed miserably in all directions. The Saudi-led coalition “to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen,” the banner under which KSA launched its war on Yemen in 2015, has all vanished. Only UAE is still in it, though half-heartedly. The large sums of money that KSA invested in Yemeni espionage groups have gone in vain, with no real achievement on the ground. The government of Hadi does not have a significant real presence or control in Yemeni territories. The Hadi government is still stationed in a Riyadh hotel, leaving Ansar Allah in control of the North and West of Yemen (where the main population is concentrated), and the secessionist Transitional Council controls most of the South and Eastern parts of Yemen (with the sporadic presence of Al Qaeda & ISIS). After seven years of war, Hadi and his government are practically powerless and irrelevant.

But what’s more catastrophic for the Saudis is the way military operations are going. The war launched in 2015 is now back-firing very badly. ARAMCO, the giant Saudi oil company, has become a regular target of the Yemeni attacks. Yemeni missiles and drones are reaching strategic economic and military targets inside KSA more frequently than ever before. That’s an unimaginable and embarrassing situation that the Saudis have never anticipated. 

To put it in a word: It’s obviously defeat, plain and simple. KSA can no longer “pretend” that things are under control and going according to plan. Actually, there is no plan and no horizon for the Saudis. Realities on the ground must be acknowledged, the sooner the better. That’s the background for Hadi’s dismissal. The Saudi know very well that Hadi, in his position for ten years, cannot be entrusted with leading a new stage in Yemen. A totally new group will be needed for the negotiations with Ansar Allah and Sanaa government. It was noted that Hadi’s deputy and strong military commander, Ali Mohsin Al Ahmar, was also dismissed.

The person who was chosen to replace Hadi, as head of the “Presidential Council”, is Rashad Al Olaimi. Al Olaimi was known in the Yemeni circles as one of the closest personalities to the USA, always advocating for a more American role in Yemen. Al Olaimi’s selection gives further indication that negotiations with Ansar Allah will be the top priority for the new Saudi–backed Yemeni side. The Biden administration has long advocated a political arrangement in Yemen that includes Ansar Allah as a main party.

What’s next?

We’ll have to wait and see the reaction of Ansar Allah to the new call for a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue with the new “Presidential Council”. It is known that Ansar Allah so far has insisted on negotiating with KSA on a state-to-state basis, i.e. Yemeni-Saudi negotiations, refusing to grant KSA the image of the mediator or sponsor to the peace talks between the Yemenis. 

However, this time things look serious. Saudi Arabia appears keen to get off the tree and embark on real negotiations with its adversaries in Yemen, Ansar Allah. There is a pressing interest for the Saudis to prolong the brittle ceasefire that is now in place and try to make it permanent. The Saudis don’t want to see their oil facilities in flames any time soon. Therefore, they will be ready for real concessions. A kind of negotiated settlement in Yemen that sees Ansar Allah holding major positions in the national Yemeni government is probably in the minds of Saudis. Ansar Allah, in its turn, has always wanted peace with dignity in Yemen. Yemenis always wanted the peace that preserves Yemen’s sovereignty, and if the Saudis are ready for it, then Ansar Allah will be there. And let’s not forget that the Saudis have tried to negotiate with Iran about Yemen’s issues, during many rounds held in Iraq, but received a firm answer from the Iranians that Sanaa, and only Sanaa, is the right address for that purpose.

For that higher goal, formalities could be overlooked. Ansar Allah and Sanaa government could accept to negotiate with KSA indirectly through its “Presidential Council”. Without a doubt, negotiations will be very difficult and complex, because of the broad range of horny issues like the South-North sensitivity maps, the role of Al Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood), and Yemen’s political positioning in the region. But the beginning itself is a positive step. If Saudis give up the “victory” notion and start readiness to acknowledge the Yemeni realities, then this will be a starting point to achieving peace in the war-torn country.

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Deconstructing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s position regarding Russia-Ukraine Crisis

April 09, 2022

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by Mansoureh Tajik 

At the outset of Russia’s military operations in Ukraine, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s position and views were clearly spelled out by the Leader, Ayatullah Khamenei, and by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The crux of Iran’s stance is that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not condone foreign military advancements into any sovereign country by any power due to the fact that death of innocent civilians, destruction of critical civil infrastructures, regional instability, and unpredictable adverse outcomes become inevitable. At the same time, Iran considers the United States to be the main instigator and culprit of the crises in Ukraine. In an earlier article posted on the Saker blog (see here), I quoted Ayatullah Khamenei pointing to some of these concerns:

 “[United States of] America is a mafia regime and Ukraine, too, is a victim of this policy of crisis creation. [United States of] America brought Ukraine to this point by infiltrating into the internal affairs of that country, inciting uprisings against its governments by velvet movements or color revolutions, by presence of US senators in the gatherings of oppositional groups and by creating, toppling this government and replacing it with that government. Naturally, they led to this point. We, of course, are against wars and destruction anywhere. This is our fixed policy.”

This official and transparent stance is clearly devised with full awareness of geopolitical developments and events (both overt and covert) of the past few decades. It is quite evident that key decision makers in Iran neither condone Russia’s military advancement into Ukraine nor do they consider Ukraine to be a genuinely sovereign country free from foreign meddling and interventions.

In fact, we could imagine Ukraine to be just as independent as many other countries in Europe and Asia and the likes of United Arab Emirates, Saudi kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and more. These countries have allowed their respective lands to become stumping grounds for arrogant powers to set up shops to export crime and mischief to their neighbors and beyond. In the shortcomings of their rulers, people cannot be absolved of responsibility.

The Iranians have years of empirical evidence and first-hand field experience as proof that most of the above named countries and nations lack independent decision-making capacity. In private conversations, too, many of their [official] people make embarrassingly heart-felt confessions to our official people about their lack of core endoskeleton when it comes to reneging on their obligations to Iran due to incessant pressure from the United States.

It is not difficult to deduct, therefore, that officials in Iran consider Russia’s goals and concerns to be legitimate and well-founded. However, they also consider an all-out military advancement into Ukraine may not have been the most prudent and sagacious way to address Russia’s well-justified concerns.

So, what do they suggest? Exactly how long should Russia have waited to take any action serious enough not to fall on deaf ears? Should Russia have waited and fought the NATO-trained- Nazi-inspired foot soldiers of the West conduct operations in Moscow neighborhoods or are they suggesting an alternative? Did/does Russia have any alternatives? More significantly, how are all these convoluted aspects of Russian-Ukrainian crises teased apart in terms of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy, its strategic partnership with Russia, Iran’s internal affairs, and the Resistance’s activities in the region?

In this essay, I hope to explore limited dimensions of some of these questions as well as discuss other contrasting views circulating in Iran about the subject. Hopefully, this exploration could illuminate Iran’s current position and possible future position.

Other Viewpoints about Russia-Ukraine Crises Circulating within Iran

Some alternative views that stand in stark contrast with the views expressed by our Leader, Ayatullah Khamenei, and the government officials here have been channeled through some well-known personalities such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an ex-president of Iran. Mr. Ahmadinejad has been quite vocal about his views. In fact, Mr. Ahmadinejad issued an official statement in this regard addressing the government of Russia and the Russian people, the Ukrainian people, and Mr. Zelensky.

Ahmadinejad’s views obtained some currency in some circles but are regarded as fringe by a great majority of the public here. I think it would be useful to translate at least parts of his statements in order to have a more well-rounded understanding of various perspectives inside Iran.

In a videotaped statement he released about the events (see here), he declared (I transcribe and translate):

“Without a doubt, the attack and aggression by Russia against Ukraine is a critical event and an introduction to many more critical events that follow. Here, for the nth time and very frankly, I must severely condemn the attack and aggression of Russia against Ukraine. Before, I spoke about the plot to change the political map of the world by [the US] America, Russia, and China. These three countries, in a coordinated fashion, have devised a plan to secure their power and control over the world once again. That is, with this enormous wave of humans, of human awakening that has begun, they have become frightened. They say, very soon, this wave would surpass the world. They sat and made a decision that one would take Ukraine, the other one would take Taiwan, and this one would come for Iran. That means, they would remove their gravest worries and, at the same time, they dominate.

Now, if, in our mind, we review the world, if this happens, then there is no place for anyone to say anything. Today, and fortunately, the epic presence and the heroic resistance by the Ukrainian people have introduced serious obstacles in execution and completion of that plot. They hit a bump.”

I do not intent to translate the entire 13-minute statement. In the last couple of minutes of his script-reading speech, he finishes with the following pronouncements:

The Iranian nation holds in high esteem their [the Ukrainian people’s] participation and epic resistance and prays for their victory against the aggressors. The Iranian nation asks God to prevent the expansionist gluts from continuing and to end the war, and to make possible the sweet flow of life among all people, including two great people of Ukraine and Russia. At the end, once again, I hold in high regard the resistance of the nation of Ukraine, President Zelensky, and other officials in Ukraine. And I send to them the friendship and prayer of the Iranian nation.

I take refuge in God when He turns us into a lesson for others! Firstly, I wonder if Mr. Ahmadinejad realizes that he is reading an exact script written by major architects of the crises in Ukraine. Secondly, I am not too sure how many times he must be reminded that he is no longer the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and he is not authorized to speak on behalf of this nation. Thirdly, his statement reflects an array of uninformed, non-critical, and non-strategic thinking in a matter that is rather convoluted, complex, and rather nuanced. It is unfair and unjust in what it deliberately omits.

In the entire 13-minute video statement, there is not a single reference to the events of the past few years in Ukraine (including 30 plus US-financed and operated biological weapons labs about which he wrote an official complaint to the UN and to which I referred in one of the essays I wrote last year about COVID in the Islamic Republic of Iran (See here). Neither is there any mention of the role the US-West, Inc. has played in destabilizing that country and using it as a lever against Russia and a launching pad for all sorts of mischief in the region.

I must open a parenthesis here and add that I do not find Ahmadinejad’s stance all that surprising. When Daesh/ISIS was advancing in Syria and was busy chopping heads right, left, and center, he came forcefully against Bashar Asad and the Syrian government. He fiercely objected to Iran’s involvement and help in that country and issued statements in that regard. I referenced some of these when discussing his disqualification in the Iranian presidential election in another essay published last year (See here). Had he been in charge of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s overall foreign policy, we have little doubt would have now been busy fighting ISIS or some other variants inside our own cities and neighborhoods. Close parenthesis. We thank God Almighty for His Blessings in the form of a wise Leader.

As I mentioned, the majority of the public in Iran do not share Ahmadinejad’s particular view. There are some though who would like him to join his brother in armchair, Mr. President Zelensky, in his fight in Ukraine. Perhaps after they have defeated Russia, they could have a live show discussing the following two videos on Ukrainian national television: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Homosexuality versus Freedom Gay Fetish Dance with President Zelensky. Who knows, perhaps he could lead him to the Straight Path.

Again, I take refuge in God when He leaves us (due to our own arrogance and delusions of grandeur) to our own devices even for a nanosecond.

The Boundaries of Iran-Russia Relationship and Partnership

Successful collaboration and strategic coordination of operations between Iran and Russia in the battlefields of Syria, geopolitical and economic shifts in Asia and Eurasia, and perhaps a sense of comradery primarily due to the fact that both countries have been fierce targets for “crippling” sanctions by the US/West Inc. have all made the relationship between Iran and Russia to a phenomenon that is rather interesting and noteworthy. I discussed some contemporary and historical aspects of this relationship in another essay published last year (See here).

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s general framework for any foreign relation and partnership is firmly rooted in the jealously guarded Revolutionary motto of “Neither East, Nor West”, freedom, and full independence from any foreign pressure and interference. Its relationship with Russia, too, must be viewed, first and foremost, within that framework. So, what does this tell us about Iran’s policy and approach towards these particular crises?

Let us be rather frank and transparent and deal with the obvious first. Russian military’s advancement into Ukraine has suddenly resulted in some favorable outcomes for Iran and for some other countries friendly to Iran in the region. It has sent panic, disillusion about the US power, and insecurity to some other countries not so friendly to Iran.

Higher oil prices, halt in all sorts of restrictions on oil export, higher enthusiasm on the part of the US and Europe to reach an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over JCPOA, which has been in coma and on life support for a while now, sudden visits by keepers of oil wells with flag masquerading as Arab nations to bury the hatchet and make nice with Iran have also been among the consequences.

Missile attacks by Yemen on Saudi Oil facilities had never produced any sort of meaningful change in the attitude of the aggressors (US-Saudi-Brits) before. With Russia’s retaliatory work and countermeasures, the last couple of missile attacks by Yemen, however, seem to have become highly effective since they occurred at the right time. Oh, our cup runneth over!

Why? Three important reasons: 1) The US-West Inc. cannot fight effectively in more than one meaningful front at a time; 2) The US and Western nations cannot weather the storms of high energy and oil-based products (which includes almost everything). So, it is attempting to temporarily put Iran and others in our region on the back burner; and 3) There are always always always limits to how much media magic shows can achieve. The US-West Inc. will realize this, as always, soon enough.

Regardless of Russia’s mode of dealing with Ukraine problem and current needs for the US-West, Inc. to keep oil prices low, I can state for a fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran will, God Willing, never sacrifice its long-term goals for any short-term superficial gains.

Iran’s two main priorities were and are the eviction of all US forces from our region in retaliation for the martyrdom of our great Sardar, Shahid Soleimani, and dismantling of the illegitimate Zionist regime to return the land of Palestine to its rightful owners, the true Palestinians (Muslim, Christians, Jews, Arabs, and non-Arabs). Her collaboration or deal with Russia or any other nation or group of nations with plus or minus designations in ANY activity, exchange, and operation, be they short-, medium-, or long-term, will be directly related to how such collaborations and activities bring her a step closer to achieving the Islamic Republic of Iran’s own main goals and priorities.

In this context, it is not too difficult to see how Russia’s potential concerns with the countries and regions to her south happen to be largely alleviated simply due to the fact that they may coincide with Iran’s independent priorities and activities, be they military, economic, and political, and her vigilance in achieving her stated goals.

When the United States, Inc. attacked Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein from power, most notable think tanks in the West claimed that the Islamic Republic of Iran emerged the biggest winner. With Russia attacking Ukraine, who knows what other oppressed nations could emerge as the winners. God works in mysterious ways.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis in a Larger Inter-continental Context

In an essay titled Afghanistan, Taliban, the Resistance, and the Region (see Here), I alluded to a method used by the US-West, Inc. on Iran, Russia, and China to dismantle stability and positive developments in our region. I wrote:

“Afghanistan is a major keystone species in this ecosystem. Disintegration of Afghanistan means the new “Silk Road” will first turn into a “Rough Road” and then into an “Abandoned Road” and ultimately destroys the concord among the main players in Asia. In addition, it can serve as a tool for the application of internal-external clamp-style customized and separate pressures on Iran, Russia, China, and other countries in the region.”

Clamp-style pressures include inciting unrest, instability and sedition within each country and using belligerent neighbors from without each country. For the Islamic Republic of Iran they did/do everything they can to drag Iran’s military into Afghanistan. There is not a day that goes by and we do not hear about the massacre of Shia in this mosque and that school, in this gathering and that outing. Then, there is the Republic of Azerbaijan to the north and the Iraqi Kurdistan to the west, the oil wells with flags to the south that have each turned themselves into US-West-Zionist regime’s concubines in some form or shape. Certainly, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not take any of these lying down but we have military operations that are loud and we have calculated military operations that are silent but deadly enough.

To pressure Russia, there is Ukraine + a handful of other has-been nations proudly flying rainbow flags pretending they count for anything. And finally for China there is Tao (Taiwan + AUKUS + Occupied territories of Japan and South Korea).

The goal is rather simple, as Connable & McNerney opined in their commentary titled “The Will to Fight and the Fate of Nations,”:

 “Overmatching Russian mass and equipment is one part of a more complex and important pathway to overmatching the Russians. It is worth repeating that Russians — and Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean soldiers, sailors, airmen, and political leaders — can be broken. The U.S. military simply does not devote enough attention to understanding how to break them, or at least erode their resolve, in order to make war less likely and to make our success in war more likely and less costly.”[1]

To have a good grasp of where the authors are coming from, I highly recommend two other documents published by RAND Corporation titled: “Will to Fight: Analyzing, Modeling, and Simulating the Will to Fight of Military Units,”[2] and “National Will to Fight: Why Some States Keep Fighting and Others Don’t,”[3] from which the authors’ commentary obtains its essence.

Russia’s military advancement into Ukraine seems to have provided the US-West Inc. with a field experiment necessary to assess their “Will to Fight Model” answering the following question: “What are the political, economic, and military variables that may strengthen or weaken national will to fight, and which are most important?” Or, put more succinctly and eloquently, they wish to confirm or refute their null hypothesis of “No relationship between ‘will to fight’ (at individual, unit, national, and leadership levels) and winning the game of chicken.”

Allow me just post an image of the WTF Model[4] I have referenced for those who may not search and study the documents:

I am quite curious to see how this conceptual model, its multiple constructs, and included variables fair in this test. However, given what we have been observing in the media, I very much like to suggest the following changes to the model (let’s suppose it is an iterative model) for the sake of accuracy and add another layer that is often omitted by gods of war:

Now, I think that looks much better and more accurate. With the new model, let’s see how things turn out. Meanwhile, War on the Rocks seems to believe “Ukraine shows how Taiwan needs more air defense,”[5] based on preliminary reports of fabricated data collected from the imagined field and reported through the beacon of honesty and accuracy, Tweeter. I do not know why but the article just flashed Miller’s Death of a Salesman play before my eyes. والسلام.

Refrences

[1] War on the Rocks, B. Cannable & M. McNerney (2018). “The will to fight and the fate of nations,” Accessed online at: https://warontherocks.com/2018/12/the-will-to-fight-and-the-fate-of-nations/

[2] RAND Arroyo Center (2019). “Will to Fight: Analyzing, Modeling, and Simulating the Will to Fight of Military Units,” by B. Connable, M.J. McNerney, et al., RR2341-A, 2019. Accessed online at: www.rand.org/t/RR2341.

[3] RAND Corporation (2019). “National Will to Fight: Why Some States Keep Fighting and Others Don’t,” by M. J. McNerney, Ben Connable, et al., RR-2477-A, 2019. Accessed online at: www.rand.org/t/RR2477.

[4] RAND Corporation Brief,(2019). “Will to Fight: Returning Human Fundamentals of War.” Accessed online at: www.rand.org/t/RB10040.

[5] War on the Rocks. “Ukraine Shows Why Taiwan Needs More Air Defense,” by H. Halem and E. Freymann, published on April 7, 2022. Accessed online at: https://warontherocks.com/2022/04/ukraine-shows-why-taiwan-needs-more-air-defense/

اليمن: الصبر العظيم يأتي بالنصر العظيم

 ناصر قنديل

في ذكرى مرور سبع سنوات على الحرب التي شنّها التحالف الذي تقوده السعودية على اليمن، بدا ان وقف إطلاق النار او الهدنة العسكرية تدخل حيز التنفيذ، بعدما استجابت للشروط التي وضعها أنصار الله، عبر ربط وقف النار برفع الحصار، بفتح مطار صنعاء وميناء الحُدَيدة. وهذا ليس حدثاً عادياً بعد سبع سنوات دفع خلالها اليمنيون أثماناً غالية للدفاع عن كرامتهم وسيادتهم، كما نجحوا بتغيير المعادلة الخليجية والعربية والإقليمية وهم يخوضون حربهم الدفاعيّة المشروعة. ومهما كانت الطرق المتعرّجة والملتوية لصيغة وقف النار أو الهدنة، بالحديث عن فتح مشروط للمطار والمرفأ، يعرف كل معني بالحرب أن ذلك من باب حفظ ماء الوجه لصاحب قرار الحرب السعودي، وليس تعبيراً عن منظوره لوقف النار، الذي بقي دائماً يتجاهل رفع الحصار كشرط لوقف النار، وبقي يفشل لأن الفريق المعني بالحرب وهو المين، لم تكن تمثله حكومة منصور هادي، بل أنصار الله وحكومة صنعاء، ولهذا الفريق شروط لوقف النار، ولديه القدرة على رفض تجاوزها.

خلال سبع سنوات تحوّل عنوان رفع الحصار الى التعبير السياسي الرئيسي عن تميّز حكومة صنعاء وأنصار الله في مقاربة وقف النار. فلا أحد سواهم يرفع هذا الشعار، لكن السبب في ذلك هو أن ربط وقف النار برفع الحصار ليس شأناً لوجستياً بل هو كل الشأن السياسي في الحرب، لأن الحصار هو الحضور الأبرز لتوصيف الدور السعودي كشريك في الحرب ومسؤول عنها، يسقط عنه صفة الراعي والمحايد، وينفي نظرية الحرب اليمنية اليمنية، ولأن الحصار هو السلاح الأمضى لتركيع الشعب اليمني وفرض الاستسلام عليه، وهو سلاح صامت وغير مكلف كسلاح الدمار والخراب والقتل. والحصار بالتالي آلة ذهبيّة لتغيير موازين القوى دون تحمل كلفة مادية ومعنوية للحرب، بينما رفع الحصار بوابة لتغيير معاكس في موازين القوى، حيث يلمس اليمنيّون بعائدات رفع الحصار ثمرة الصمود والتضحيات, يشعرون بمعنى أنهم ينتصرون في الحرب.

هذه المعادلة ما كانت لتتحقق لولا صمود أسطوري لليمن يفوق كل الحسابات، ولكن ما كان للصمود وحده أن يصنع هذه المعادلة الجديدة في عالم ظالم لا يريد أن يسمع شيئاً عن مظلومية اليمن، وكان عائد الصمود الوحيد هو صناعة معادلة توصيف الحرب بالعبثيّة، أي التشكيك بجدوى مواصلتها، لكن الصمود عندما ترافق مع بناء قدرة ردع تمثلت بالسلاح الصاروخيّ وسلاح الطائرات المسيَّرة لليمنيين، وتمكّن هذا السلاح من رسم معادلة العمق بالعمق بين اليمن والسعودية، وصولاً لتهديد المنشآت النفطية الحيوية التي يرتبط بها موقع السعودية في سوق الطاقة العالمي، وفقاً للبيان السعودي الأخير بعد إصابة منشآت أرامكو واعتذار السعودية عن الوفاء بالتزاماتها في السوق العالميّة، حتى صارت مواصلة الحرب شديدة الكلفة وليست عديمة العائدات فقط، وصار وقف الحرب مصلحة سعوديّة، وليس تدبيراً سياسياً عاقلاً فقط.

الواضح أن السعودية تسعى لملاقاة شروط أنصار الله بطريقة متعرّجة تحول دون الإحراج وتظهيرها مهزومة، فاختارت أن تعلن هي مبادرة لحوار يمني يمني تعلم أن انصار الله لن يتجاوبوا معها، واختارت ان تكون المبادرة باسم مجلس التعاون الخليجي، وأن تطلق معها دعوة لوقف النار، ثم تسلم للمبعوث الأممي مشروعاً لضمان نجاح الهدنة في رمضان، لكنها زوّدته بالاستعداد لتلبية الشرط الذي تعلم أن أنصار الله لن يقبلوا بالهدنة بدونه، وهو فتح المطار والمرفأ، واختارت أن يكون الإعلان تحت شعار رحلات منتقاة، ما يجعل الهدنة قواعد اشتباك جديدة، سيتعامل معها أنصار الله بالمفرق لا بالجملة، ويضعون مقابلها معادلة موازية لحدود تطبيق الهدنة، والجبهات التي تشملها، وفقاً للشروط التي يتم وضعها على حركة المطار والمرفأ.

ما يجعل التوقعات بسريان الهدنة، وتقديم السعودية ما يجعل تنفيذها ميسراً، أكبر من مخاطر التعثر، هو أن السعودية تتعامل مع الملف اليمني ضمن حزمة ملفات لا يمنحها أي منها فرصة المناورة. فهي تشهد تهرّب واشنطن من خوض الحرب الى جانب أوكرانيا. وتشهد صعود روسيا والصين كحلف عالمي يعلن سعيه لنظام عالمي جديد. وتشهد تسليم واشنطن بمكانة إيران الإقليميّة والعجز عن فرض شروط تغيير السياسات عليها مقابل رفع العقوبات في سياق العودة للاتفاق النوويّ، والحرب على اليمن وقد باتت بلا جدوى، وباتت عالية الكلفة، ومهدّدة بفقدان وظيفتها الإقليمية والدولية مع توقيع الاتفاق النووي بين الغرب وإيران، بات وقفها جواز مرور لحجز مقعد للسعوديّة في منطقة الأمان بين محورين عالميين إقليميين كبيرين كانت السعودية أحد العناصر الفاعلة في أحدهما، محور أميركي أوروبي، ومحور روسي صيني إيراني.

النصر العظيم ثمرة الصبر العظيم. هذا كان شعار اليمنيين، وهم الآن يتلقون أولى بشائر مسارهم القائم بالتضحيات، وعيونهم مفتوحة على كل المتغيّرات، وأيديهم على الزناد.

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Ungenerous Deeds: While the Coalition of the Wicked [US-Saud-Brits] are basking in fires of Aramco oil facility, they refuse to share the virtual warmth with their European servants

March 28, 2022

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By Mansoureh Tajik

On Friday, March 25th, Yemeni Forces, under the leadership of the Houthi Ansar Allah, launched a series of ballistic missiles several of which hit Saudi’s energy facilities, including the giant Aramco Oil Facility. At a time when the Western rulers are in fact sanctioning the Europeans on Russia’s oil and gas, and when the actual oil ebbs more than it flows, and its price flows more than it ebbs, this is yet another scourge about which they can afford little publicity.

While the Coalition of the Wicked, US-Saud-Brits triangle, are basking in the fires of Saudi Aramco, Western and West-sponsored outlets ( ReutersAl JazeeraCNBC, et al.) are rather busy managing the news to spin it less negative than it really is and working quite seriously to hid the true extent of the damages. How ungenerous of them. Surely, they could share the warmth with their sanctioned-out-of-Russian-energy European servants. If not the actual fire, at least they should allow the Europeans warm themselves vicariously through their leaders. Correct and true images and news of the Aramco fire would be a good start.

One should not be some apathetic by-stander and must do what one can to help spread the warmth, nay, the heat, to all those who need it the most. The statement reported by the English version of Al Mayadeen about the attack and the extent of the damages is straight forward:

 “Special sources told Al Mayadeen that Operation Break Siege III is one of the fiercest operations by the Yemeni Armed Forces against Saudi Arabia. The sources said that the information confirms that Aramco facilities in Jeddah were completely burnt, resulting in an unprecedented outbreak of fires.”[1]

Direct and actual facts-on-the-ground reports by major Iranian and the Resistance media are broadcasting the above story, however, Western outlets broadcast much lighter and slimmer version of what is actually occurring. They are reporting something similar to the following statement published by Reuters:

“The coalition has repeatedly said it is exercising self-restraint in the face of the attacks, but launched a military operation in Yemen early on Saturday saying it aimed to protect global energy sources and ensure supply chains. A coalition statement on state media on Friday said the fire had been brought under control.”[2]

A new definition for “under control”, for sure:

آتش سوزی کامل تاسیسات آرامکو در جده در پی حمله ارتش یمن

Aramco Oil facility burning, Mehr News Agency

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد احتراق منشآت أرامكو بالكامل في جدة

Aramco Oil Facility burning, a different angle, Al Mayadeen Net

It is important to remember that Friday, March 25th, marked 8th anniversary of the direct and relentless war on Yemeni people by the US-Brits-Saudi coalition. Officially, that war on the people of Yemen, including innocent men, women, and children, young and old, entered in to its 8 long years of death, destruction, famine, and more. The “human-right-loving” nations and so-called international organizations are mute. They are willfully deaf, dumb, and blind and the said coalition understands no other language but force. So be it.

When the said coalition waged a relentless war against the people of Yemen, they thought they could reach their goals within weeks. Seven years and 1 day, 29 billion dollars direct purchase of military hardware and software from the US government, 34 billion dollars purchase of military equipment from other US and Western Sources, the death and injury suffered by more than 47,000 civilian people, total and complete sanctions and blockade of air, sea, and land, the destruction of most schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, mosques, and more, and the deafening silence of the so-called United Nations and all its subsidiaries later, the Yemeni people have stood tall and proud!

Yesterday, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, the leader of the Ansar Allah movement, in his speech on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of Yemen’s Holy Defense War said,

“The beginning of the war and the one who initiated the war against the Yemeni people is quite telling as to who the aggressor is and who is in the position of defense. The engineers and the architects of this aggressor coalition are [US] America, Britain, and Israel. And the US is the leader of the coalition. Saudi Arabia and UAE are only the executers of this attack and the rest of the members are hired help for money. The role of the Zionists and the Brits in this geometry is quite clear and their fingerprints are found at the crime scenes everywhere. The Brits have been present in all stages of the war against Yemen and the [US] America has participated as a constant over-seer of the battles.”[3]

An article by Lea Akil published in Al Maydeen yesterday nicely contrasts the war in Yemen with the Russian operation in Ukraine and exposes obvious hypocrisies and double standards. It reads:

“Seven years of raging war on Yemen exhausted the population’s capacity to cope, and the global attention shifted toward Ukraine following Russia’s military operation. The darkest forms of irony have been heard by officials concerning Ukraine with complete disregard for Yemen. Simply, the core players fuelling the Saudi war on Yemen have taken a stand in solidarity with Ukraine. In numbers, so far, there are 17,734 martyrs, including 4,017 children, 2,434 women, and 11,283 men, while the number of the wounded reached 28,528, including 4,586 children, 2,911 women, and 10,032 men.”

“It is as simple as that, the United States and its Western allies have rediscovered the importance of international law when it comes to Ukraine but continue to turn a blind eye to Yemen.”[4]

Since the enemies of Yemeni people understand the language of missiles much better than any other language[5], they will be communicated, God Willing, in that language more often as the Yemeni military sources have promised:

“In the upcoming days, Sanaa will continue its strikes on vital Saudi sites if the siege on Yemen continues. Sanaa is determined to destroy Aramco’s vital facilities in Ras Tanura, Rabigh, and Jeddah.”[6]

None the less, there are several effective and simple solutions for the US-Brits-Saudi coalition to get themselves out of their own self-created crises. They could, for example:

1) stop this illegal war on Yemen, remove all their illegal sanctions, give reparation for all the damage they have caused, and give solid and verifiable guarantees not to engage in such acts against Yemen. This will de

2) stop using the Ukrainians as an expendable population and abide by their obligations under multiple security pacts they had with Russia and pay for the economic and security damages they have caused to both the Ukrainians and the Russians;

3) They could repent and ask God for forgiveness and then submit themselves to an independent international committee to be investigated for their crimes and punished accordingly.

Or, they could just print more dollar to buy time. Sooner or later, their wretched deeds will catch up with them. Inshallah.


Sources:

[1] Al Mayadeen Net, https://www.almayadeen.net/news/politics, under: صنعاء وضعت كل منشآت أرامكو أهدافاً لعملياتها, آذار 25, @ 22:18.

[2]Aziz El Yaakoubi & Maha El Dahan, “Saudi Aramco petroleum storage site hit by Houthi attack, fire erupts.” Reuters, March 26, 2022; @ 2:28pm. Accessed online at: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-air-defences-destroy-houthi-drones-state-tv-2022-03-25/

[3] Mehr News Agency, “The Fingerprint of England and [US]America is quite visible everywhere in Yemen War.” Farvardin 5, 1401 [March 25, 2022] @ 21:20; News Code: 5453582. Accessed online at: mehrnews.com/xXnpC

[4] Al Mayadeen Net, “Selective Humanity: Who stood with Yemen?” by Lea Akil, March 26, 2022, @ 00:03, Accessed online at: https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/selective-humanity-who-stood-with-yemen

[5] Mashreq News, “The Enemy understands better the language of missiles,” Bahman 9, 1400 [January 29, 2022] @ 15:54, News Code: 1332683. Accessed online at: mshrgh.ir/1332683

[6] Al Mayadeen Net, “Exclusive: Sanaa announces all Aramco facilities are targets.” March 25, 2022, @ 23:14, Accessed online at: https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/exclusive:-sanaa-announces-all-aramco-facilities-are-targets

Yemenis, Arabs come together as nation marking 7 years since Saudi assault started

27 Mar 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Naseh Shaker 

Yemenis and some citizens of Arab States living in Yemen have gathered in a Square near the Old City of Sanaa to commemorate the seventh year since the Saudi assault launched in March 2015.

Yemenis, Arabs come together as nation marking 7 years since Saudi assault started

Tens of thousands of Yemenis and citizens of Arab States living in Yemen have gathered on March 26 at Bab Al-Yemen Square in Sanaa and several other provinces under the control of Ansar Allah to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the National Day of Resilience in the face of US-backed Saudi aggression against Yemen.

Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee from Damascus living in Yemen since 2009, walked on his legs for half an hour to attend the Bab Al-Yemen Square rally to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Saudi war on Yemen along with Yemenis.

A drone image for the Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (courtesy of Abdusalam Sherhan for Al-Mayadeen English)

“I am observing this occasion because of its importance, even though yesterday Yemenis set fire at Saudi oil facilities in Jeddah,” Hussein told Al Mayadeen English while sitting on a sidewalk off Bab Al-Yemen of the Old City of Sanaa.

“Saudis have the money, but the time has proven that money can not protect the kingdom from Yemeni strikes,” Hussein said, accusing the Saudis of committing war crimes by bombing civilian populations including women and children at their homes. 

Yemen’s armed forces launched Friday retaliatory attacks targeting vital infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including Aramco facilities in Jeddah, where Saudi authorities failed to distinguish the fire in the facility where the fire continued until early hours on Saturday. “I hope Ansar Allah can increase such attacks, and Yemen will win, God willing,” said Hussein.

During early hours on Saturday, the Saudi coalition launched airstrikes on the capital Sanaa, targeting two houses for families of the bodyguards of the General Insurance and Pensions Authority. “Eight people were martyred and four others were injured, including children and women,” the authority said in a statement.

Hussein, the Syrian refugee, accused Saudi Arabia of primarily destroying Yemen, Syria, and other Arab countries like Iraq and Libya. “I advise Saudi Arabia not to destroy Yemen because this is not in its interest,” he noted.

Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee sits on sidewalk off Bab -Al-Yemen on March 26, 2022 ( by Naseh Shaker Al-Mayadeen English)

Asked what words he would love to send to the US President Joe Biden, who promised to end the war on Yemen, Hussein said “Biden is a volatile man like the Chameleons. Instead of ending the war, Biden along with the Saudis have been imposing an unprecedented blockade on fuel ships by preventing them from entering Hodeidah port.”

“Biden must fulfill his promise to end the war by lifting the siege, stopping the aggression, and allowing Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue with no foreign intervention,” Hussein explained. 

A new report for the United Nations in 2021 has projected that the death toll of the Saudi war will reach 377,000 people by the end of that year.

‘Send your warplanes to hit Zionists not Yemenis’

Najib Fare’a, a Somali refugee based in Sanaa, said he is “attending the rally as an Arab citizen to prove to the Saudi coalition that it is not an Arab coalition as it calls itself, because if it was an Arab, it would not have attacked Yemen, which is the origin of the Arabs.”

“This coalition is an American coalition and the seven years have proved that,” said Najib. “I -as an Arab citizen- do not accept this aggression against a fraternal Arab State like Yemen.”

Ralliers in Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker Al-Mayadeen English)

Najib sent the Saudi coalition a message saying that “Yemeni people can never be defeated, and the word ‘defeat’ isn’t in their dictionary.” 

“Yemen is known as a graveyard of invaders and Saudis should ask the Turks who invaded Yemen decades ago how they were buried in Yemen,” Najib told Al Mayadeen English while pointing his hand to the nearby Turkish Memorial Cemetery near Bab Al-Yemen Square, a burial ground of Ottoman soldiers killed in Sanaa, that was attacked by angry citizens last weeks in condemnation of Turkey welcoming of Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

“The Saudi coalition should apologize to the Yemenis and send its warplanes to target the Zionists who are occupying the first qibla of Muslims, Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Najib.

‘Lean years’

Nasser Saleh Abdul-Jabbar, 63, from Yafa’a District of the Lahij Governorate that is under the occupation of the Saudi-UAE coalition, attended the Square to show the unity of Yemen and to warn Yemenis in the southern provinces from the Saudi and UAE secessionist agendas.

“I am here to express my rejection of the Saudi occupation, siege, and bombing of Yemen,” Abdul-Jabbar said, pointing out that Ansar Allah needs immediately to take control of southern provinces including Lahj Governorate because the coalition is supporting separatists to divide Yemen into many states.

Nasser Saleh Abdul-Jabbar from the occupied Yafaa District of the Lahij Governorate stands inside Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker for Al-Mayadeen English)

After clashes with Hadi forces, the secessionist UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) took control of Aden province in 2019 and other southern provinces, including Lahj. In 2020, STC declared autonomous rule in the provinces controlled by the council militias.

Abdul-Jabbar sent a message to the UAE-backed separatists in south Yemen saying, “Don’t be mercenaries of Saudis and UAE. Be patriots. No foreign state wants good for us but wants to divide Yemen into small states so Yemen can be easy pickings for them to swallow. United we stand, divided we fall”.

Asked how the seven years of the war passed, Abdul-Jabbar said, “They were seven LEAN years,” urging the Saudi coalition to “leave Yemen alone. Yemen is a sovereign state.”

‘We are going to invade you in retaliation’

Mohammed Abdo attended the rally along with his 18-year-old Ahmed from Al-Hymah district of Sanaa Governorate. Abdo’s son Ahmed is fighting the Saudi-backed militias in Al-Balaq Mountain of Marib Province and returned to Sanaa one week ago to visit his family.

“My son Ahmed is on a family visit for one week and will return to the frontline in Marib soon,” 47-year-old Abdo explained while sitting with his son Ahmed under a tree at Bab Al-Yemen Square.

Mohammed Abdo along with his son Ahmed inside Bab Al-Yemen Sqaure before the rally starts on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker for Al-Mayadeen English)

Abdo said the first airstrikes of the Saudi aggression against civilians and civilian infrastructure forced him to send two of his sons to the frontlines.

“My elder son Ali was martyred in the bordering frontline of Najran with Saudi Arabia in 2016. I sent him to take revenge for the Saudi killing of Yemeni children and women,” Abdo told Al Mayadeen English.

“The importance of this day lives in it is a National Day of Resilience and the day of remembering martyrs whom I promise to continue their path of defending Yemen until victory is achieved,” Abdo added.

Abdo is one of 23.7 million Yemenis out of 30 million whose lives have changed dramatically since the war began in March 2015 and need humanitarian assistance according to UNICEF, where the war has created in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

Abdo sent a message to the US that’s backing the Saudi war on Yemen, saying “One day, we are going to invade you in retaliation for invading us today under cover of the Saudi coalition. It’s a matter of time.”

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

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Oil Prices Soar after Retaliatory Yemeni Missile, Drone Strikes on Saudi Facilities

March 26, 2022

Oil Prices Soar after Retaliatory Yemeni Missile, Drone Strikes on Saudi Facilities

Crude oil prices have surged and broke the 120 US dollars level as reports of retaliatory missile and drone strikes by the Yemeni Armed Forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees against oil storage facilities in Saudi Arabia rekindled concerns over supply shortages.

Brent light crude oil for May delivery increased 1.62 dollars, or 1.4 percent, to close at 120.65 dollars per barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.

The West Texas Intermediate  (WTI) for May delivery also added 1.56 US dollars, or 1.4 percent, to settle at 113.90 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Both had dropped $3 earlier.

Both benchmarks notched their first weekly gains in three weeks – Brent rose more than 11.5% and WTI gained 8.8%.

The news added fuel to the already volatile oil market shadowed by supply risks related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), on Thursday reiterated the IEA’s willingness to release further oil from emergency reserves if necessary.

Birol added that the IEA member countries are seeking to radically reduce their imports of Russian oil and gas.

Spokesman for Yemeni armed forces said in a statement aired by the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni troops had carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation Breaking the Siege III, against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and winged missiles as well as combat drones.

Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated that the Yemeni troops and their allies pounded high-value sites in the Saudi capital Riyadh, energy facilities in the strategic Jizan and Najran regions, as well as an Aramco’s fuel distribution station in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah among others.

“A number of bomb-laden drones targeted the oil refineries in Ras Tanura and Rabigh, as well as the Aramco oil facilities in Jizan and Najran. A barrage of winged missiles targeted Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah and vital facilities in the Saudi capital Riyadh,” he said.

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces added that important targets in the southern cities of Dhahran al-Janub, Abha and Khamis Mushait were also hit with ballistic missiles.

Saree highlighted that the Yemeni troops will conduct more qualitative strikes with the intent to break the crippling Saudi-led siege, emphasizing they will not hesitate to expand their military operations until the Saudi-led aggression stops and the blockade is completely lifted.

Formula 1 practice delayed

The Yemeni attack on Aramco facilities set off a huge fire near Jeddah’s Formula One circuit during televised practice sessions on Friday.

A massive plume of black smoke was seen rising from the plant near the circuit and the second practice was delayed, as the city prepared to host a Formula One race on Sunday.

UAE increases security, alertness levels

Arabic-language media outlets reported that officials in the neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) have raised the level of alertness in the aftermath of the Yemeni retaliatory strikes on the Saudi oil facilities.

The Abu Dhabi regime is a major contributor to the devastating Saudi-led military campaign and brutal siege against Yemen, and Yemeni forces have launched a series of strikes against the Persian Gulf country in retaliation.

Source: Agencies (edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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البخيتي لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين: عملياتنا ستستمر.. وقرار زيادة إنتاج النفط في يدنا أيضاً

2022 الاثنين 21 آذار

المصدر: الميادين نت

عضو المجلس السياسي لحركة “أنصار الله”، محمد البخيتي، يؤكد لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أنّ العمليات اليمنية في العمق السعودي “ستستمر وتتصاعد”، ويشدد على “أنّنا بتنا على مشارف مرحلة جديدة”.

كلوب هاوس

قال عضو المجلس السياسي في حركة “أنصار الله”، محمد البخيتي، اليوم الإثنين، إنّه “عندما يصبح النظامان السعودي والإماراتي في خطر، يصبح وقف الحرب على اليمن مصلحة للأميركي والبريطاني”.

وفي حديثٍ إلى “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أكد البخيتي أنّ “هذه هي المرة الأولى التي يتمّ فيها وصف عملياتنا باسم عملية كسر الحصار”.

وأضاف البخيتي أنّ “اليمن يعتمد في الزراعة على مادة الديزل”، لافتاً إلى أنّ التحالف السعودي “يعرف أنّ منع دخول المشتقات النفطية يُعَدّ منعاً للحياة في اليمن”.

ورأى القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنه لم يكن أمام بلاده خيار غير “التصعيد وضرب منشآت النفطية السعودية في العمق السعودي”، موضحاً أنّ هذه العمليات “سوف تستمر على نحو تصاعدي”.

وتابع البخيتي: “نحن جادون في تصعيدنا العمليات ضد منشآتهم النفطية”، مؤكداً امتلاك اليمن “مخزوناً كبيراً من الصواريخ الباليستية والمجنَّحة والطائرات المسيّرة”.

وكان المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، العميد يحيى سريع، أكد أمس استهداف شركة “أرامكو”في جدة، وأهداف حيوية أخرى في جيزان، خلال المرحلة الثالثة من عملية كسر الحصار الثانية.

البخيتي: استمرار العدوان على اليمن خطر على الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا

وبحسب البخيتي، فإنّ “العدوان على اليمن مرّ في عدة مراحل؛ الأولى عندما لم يكن اليمن يمتلك القدرات الجوية، وكانت السعودية في موقعٍ آمن وقتذاك. أمّا المرحلة الثانية، فتمثّلت بأنّ وقف الحرب أصبح مصلحة مشتركة للطرفين السعودي واليمني”، مضيفاً أنّ “المرحلة الجديدة هي أنّ استمرار العدوان على اليمن بات يشكل خطورة على الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا”.

وأكد القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنّ بلاده ستصل إلى هذه المرحلة “عندما تستشعر الولايات المتحدة أنّ نظامَي آل سعود وابن زايد لم يعودا آمنين”، لافتاً إلى أنّ “من اتخذ قرار الحرب هو شخص ليس لديه أي خبرة، مثل خبرة الملك عبد العزيز، حين دخلت السعودية حرباً لمدة 3 أشهر وانسحبت”.

وقال إنّ “قيادات، مثل محمد بن سلمان، لا تفكر وفق المنطق الأخلاقي”، مشيراً إلى أنّ “هذا تحدٍّ كبير واجهناه”. وأوضح البخيتي وجود “قرار إماراتي سابق للخروج من الورطة في الحرب على اليمن”، مؤكداً حدوث “ضغوطات عليها مؤخراً”.

وتابع “أننا بتنا على مشارف مرحلة جديدة، تتأكّد من خلالها الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا أنّ عدوانهما بات يشكل خطراً على سيطرتهما على المنطقة”.

البخيتي: نمتلك الإرادة والقدرة على التصعيد

وقال القيادي في “أنصار الله” إنّ “القيادتين السعودية والإماراتية تعرفان ماذا نقصد بالأهداف الحساسة والبعيدة”، لافتاً إلى أنه “ليس لدينا مصلحة في الإفصاح عن بنك أهدافنا الحساسة”.

وأكد البخيتي أنّ “زيادة عدد الضربات ستحدث”، مشدداً على أنّ بلاده تمتلك “الإرادة والقدرة على التصعيد وستكون الضربات موجعة للسعودية”.

ورأى أنّ “محمد بن سلمان ومحمد بن زايد لن يصحو ضميرهما. لذلك، نحن عازمون على التصعيد”، معتبراً أنّ “القوة العسكرية هي اللغة التي يفهمها التحالف السعودي”. 

وشدد البخيتي على أنّ “عملياتنا في العمق السعودي ستستمر وستتصاعد، وليست مرتبطة بما يحدث في أوكرانيا وأوروبا”، مؤكداً أنه “سيكون لها وقع كبير على السعودية وإسرائيل”.

وأضاف أنّ “الأحداث الأخيرة تشكّل عاملاً مساعداً من أجل زيادة تأثير ضرباتنا في العمق السعودي”، مضيفاً أنّ “زيادة ضرباتنا ستضاعف أزمة النفط العالميّة”.

وأكد القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنّ “الموقف الدولي تجاه العملية الروسية في أوكرانيا عرّى الصورة الإجرامية للمجتمع الدولي في العالم”، مشيراً إلى أنّ “ما يحدث في اليمن، بالمقارنة مع ما يجري في أوكرانيا، كافٍ ليعرّي الجميع”.

البخيتي: قرار زيادة إنتاج النفط أصبح في يد اليمن أيضاً

ورأى البخيتي أن “من الخطأ أن نقلّل ضرباتنا في هذه الظروف”، لافتاً إلى أنه “نتيجةً للظروف التي يمر فيها العالم، أصبح لليمن دور كبير “.

وتوقّع رضوخ السعودية للمطالب الأميركية بشأن زيادة إنتاج النفط، مؤكداً أنّ “قرار زيادة إنتاج النفط في السعودية والإمارات لم يعد في أيدي الولايات المتحدة والسعودية والإمارات فقط، بل أصبح في يد اليمن أيضاً”.

وأشار البخيتي إلى أنّ الإمارات “لا تزال في دائرة الاستهداف”، مضيفاً أنّ “من يقرر موعد العمليّة المقبلة هو القيادة”.

وأوضح القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنه لا يوجد لدى الحركة اليمنية حسابات بنكية، لا في داخل اليمن ولا خارجه، متابعاً: “قالوا إنهم جمدوا أرصدة لبعض الشخصيات من أنصار الله، لكن نحن لا نملك أيّ حسابات مصرفية”.

وأردف: “أي قرار من المنظمات الدولية في حق اليمن لم يعد لديه أي تأثير بعد أن أمعنت في الحصار علينا”، مؤكداً أنّ “القرارات الدوليّة لا تؤثر فينا، لا من قريب ولا من بعيد”.

البخيتي: لا يستفزّنا التقارب بين الدول العربية

وفيما يخص زيارة الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد للإمارات، ولقاءَه وليَّ عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، قال البخيتي إنّ “سياستنا تتماهى مع الأمتين العربية والإسلامية، وأي تقارب بين الدول العربية والإسلامية نعدّه أمراً إيجابياً”.

وأضاف: “كنت وجّهت دعوة إلى الحكومة السورية من أجل استعادة علاقتها بالمقاومة الفلسطينية (حركة “حماس”)”، مؤكداً أنه “لا يستفزنا التقارب بين الدول العربيّة”.

وتابع: “سبق أن عبّرت عن إيجابية استعادة العلاقات بين السعودية وإيران، لأنه يجب أن يكون هناك موقف موحد بين الدول العربية والإسلامية “، مؤكداً أنه “يجب أن تتوحَّد وجهتنا لنواجه “إسرائيل””.

المتوكل: فتح ميناء الحديدة سيخفّص أسعار النفط

وبشأن احتجاز السفينة النفطية، “سي أدور”، من جانب التحالف السعودي، أكد المتحدث الرسمي لشركة النفط اليمنيّة، عصام المتوكل، لـ “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أنه “تمّ احتجاز سفن النفط، والتضييق على الشعب اليمني”.

وأضاف المتوكل أنه “لا يمكن استيراد النفط باسم الشركة النفطية اليمنية، لذا لجأنا إلى التجار ليقوموا بهذه المهمّة”، موضحاً “أنّنا مجبَرون على شراء النفط من الإمارات ودفع المستحقات مسبّقاً، وإيداعها في مصارف خارجيّة”.

وأشار إلى أنّ “سفن النفط تنطلق من الإمارات نحو جيبوتي لتلبث بضعة أيام، لتنطلق بعدها إلى بحر اليمن قبل أن تدخل المياه الإقليمية اليمنية، لتتمّ قرصنتها وسحبها إلى سواحل جيزان”.

ولفت المتوكل إلى أنّ “الحكومة اليمنية تسرق ما يقارب 165 مليون دولار شهرياً من العائدات النفطية”، موضحاً أنّ “قوات التحالف تأخذ رشوة من كل شحنة نفطية تقدَّر بنحو 8000$”، مضيفاً أنّ “ميناء الحديدة هو ميناء إنساني وفتحه سيخفّص الأسعار”.

يُشار إلى أنّ شركة النفط اليمنية أعلنت، اليوم الإثنين، أنَّ التحالف السعودي احتجز السفينة النفطية “سي أدور”، على الرغم من تفتيشها وحصولها على تصاريحَ أمميةٍ لدخول ميناء الحُدَيْدَة.

The Most Expensive War in History: Yemen!

21,03,2022

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – In 2018, the Foreign Policy magazine published a report on the Saudi regime’s expenses in its war on Yemen. The report, detailing the expenses of the war’s third year, included staggering numbers paid by the Saudis daily for the military equipment manufactured by western countries, mainly the USA.

The FP report merely mentions the most prominent and notable expenditures without delving into details. By doing simple math, one can easily calculate the total amount of money spent after the seven years of war on Yemen.

The most significant financial losses were distributed as follows according to the report: 

The cost of renting two warships and their 12 frigates used in the Saudi-led siege on Yemen is $300 million per day. The barge carrying 6000 soldiers, dozens of planes, missiles, and long-range artillery costs $54 billion in 6 months, subsequently $756 billion over the seven years.

The hourly cost of renting a satellite is $1 million, meaning that the daily cost of the two satellites used on the aggression on Yemen is $48 million, and therefore $8,640 billion dollars for a half year, and $120,960 billion in seven years of war.

The cost of analyzing, displaying and extracting information and data from military satellite images is $10 million per day or $1.8 billion over six months. The equivalent of $25.2 billion over the course of seven years.

The cost of renting the AWACS [Airborne Warning and Control System] detection aircraft is estimated at $250,000 per hour, or $6 million per day, equivalent to $1,80 billion within six months, and $15.12 billion and $120 million during the seven years of failure in Yemeni airspace.

Speaking of the raids, 140 thousand missiles of different sizes varying between small, medium, and large, where the value of one missile ranged between $150 and $500,000 have been dropped. Therefore, the total estimated number of raids until the year 2019, according to the number mentioned by FP magazine, amounts to $46 billion. However, according to the number announced by the spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces, which amounted to 272000 raids by the end of 2021, those raids cost more than $89,332 billion during the seven years.

The cost of air supplies, jet fuel, maintenance, and spare parts for each aircraft in a single raid was estimated at $150,000 – when multiplied by the total number of raids, we end up with $9.71 billion.

Added to the aforementioned are the arms deal with the United States which is worth $150 billion and the $36 billion arms exports from France, bringing the total of what was mentioned only to an estimated $1,179,920 trillion.

Not to mention, the 300 tanks and armored vehicles that Saudi Arabia lost during its aggression, in addition to the operating expenses, salaries, and the value of oil cuts granted by Saudi Arabia to the US, Europe, Sudan, Morocco, and Pakistan amount to hundreds of billions of dollars. The losses of the Yemeni armed forces’ deterrence operations, the production stoppage in Aramco, the decline in the market value, and the inflation of foreign capital as a result of the war, also add to the total costs.

No space is enough to mention these enormous figures, as the Saudi regime may have been witnessing the worst financial drain in its history. This has direct consequences on the citizens of the Kingdom, and it poses an important question. What are the goals that has been achieved by the aggression on Yemen till now?!

Yemeni Resistance Launches Multiple Retaliatory Strikes inside Saudi Depth

21,03,2021

By Staff, Agencies

Statement of the third phase of the second siege-breaking operation in the Saudi depth

The Yemeni Armed Forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, including one on a facility run by oil company Aramco in the strategic Jizan region, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s ongoing military aggression and all-out blockade against the war-torn Arab country.

The official Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression, said early on Sunday that attacks targeted a water desalination plant in the city of al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco facility in Jizan, a power station in the southern Dhahran al-Janub city, and a gas facility in Khamis Mushait.

State-run al-Ekhbariya television news network later quoted the coalition as claiming it had intercepted and destroyed three drones that struck the economic facilities.

The coalition also alleged to have foiled a strike on an Aramco Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] facility in the Saudi city of Yanbu, the TV channel added.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree later confirmed the operations, saying Yemeni troops carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation “Breaking the Siege II,” against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and cruise missiles as well as combat drones.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sanaa on Sunday, Brigadier General Saree stated that the Yemeni troops and their allies pounded the facilities of Aramco Company in the Saudi capital Riyadh, in addition to several important sites in the cities of Yanbu, Abha, Khamis Mushait, Jizan, Samtah and Dhahran al-Janub.

“God willing, Yemeni armed forces will carry on special military operations to break the brutal siege. The strikes will be against critical and sensitive targets, which the enemy would never imagine,” Saree pointed out.

He also highlighted that Yemeni armed forces have the complete coordinates of vital targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, adding they could come under attack at any time.

“The Yemeni army warns the criminal enemy of the consequences of its oppressive siege on the country’s economic facilities and projects. Yemeni armed forces have always declared they will hit the strategic and sensitive facilities of the Saudi-led coalition’s member states as long as the siege persists.”

Saudi Arabia has launched a new round of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen.

Saudi jets carried out four air raids against the Rahabah district in Yemen’s central province of Marib on Saturday evening, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network said.

Three aerial assaults also hit the Abs district and another targeted the Harad district in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah. There were no immediate reports of casualties or extent of damage.

Two civilians also lost their lives when Saudi artillery units pounded a residential area in the Shadaa district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led military coalition’s soldiers and their mercenaries have breached a truce deal for the western coastal province of Hudaydah 132 times in the last 24 hours.

Citing an unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room, al-Masirah TV reported that the violations included reconnaissance flights over various districts, 31 counts of artillery shelling and 92 shooting incidents.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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LARGE DRONE ATTACK HITS SAUDI ARABIA AMID REPORTS OF NEAR PEACE TALKS WITH HOUTHIS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

 20.03.2022

Illustrative image. Source: the Houthis Military Media.

Late on March 19, a large-scale attack with suicide drones targeted vital facilities in the southern region of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led coalition said that the attack targeted a water desalination plant in the city of al-Shuqaiq and an oil facility of Aramco near the city of Jizan.

The coalition didn’t provide any details on the damaged caused by the large attack. However, it claimed in two separate statements shared by the Saudi Press Agency that five suicide drones were intercepted over the Kingdom’s southern region by its air defense means.

Saudi coalition: Aramco facility in Jizan, desalination plant under attack

March 19, 2022 

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net 

The Saudi-led coalition claims it intercepted and destroyed drones launched toward Khamis Mushait from Sanaa International Airport.

The Saudi coalition claims to destroy 4 Yemeni drones.

Saudi TV reported, on Saturday, that the Saudi-led coalition intercepted and shot down four Yemeni drones that were launched toward Khamis Mushait and the Southern Region.

The Saudi-led coalition added that an attack has also targeted a water desalination plant in the Saudi city of Al-Shuqaiq and Aramco’s facility in Jazan.

The Saudi coalition said it was “following up hostile border attacks from Sanaa International Airport,” as they put it.

“The Houthis targeted the water desalination plant in Al-Shaqeeq and a facility belonging to the Aramco oil company in Jazan,” Saudi TV reported.

Meanwhile, Yemeni armed forces have not commented on the incident yet.

Last week, the Saudi coalition warplanes launched eight raids on the border districts of Al-Zahir and Shada on the western outskirts of Saada Governorate, and two raids on Al-Far area in Al-Kitaf border district, east of the governorate.  

The renewed artillery shelling of the Saudi coalition on Al-Raqqo area in the Munabbih border district, west of Saada Governorate, resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of three others.

On March 11, Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced the targeting of the Aramco facility in the depths of Saudi Arabia, as an initial part of Operation Break Siege I.

Saree declared in a statement that in response to the Saudi escalation and siege of preventing the entry of oil into Yemen, the Aramco facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was targeted with 9 drones.

Earlier, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced the downing of a US-made Scan Eagle spy plane, with a suitable weapon, in the border district of Haradh in Hajjah Governorate, northwest of the country. 

According to the coalition, the drones were launched by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) from the international airport of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

“A [new] escalation by the [Houthis] military with hostile attacks on economic facilities and civilian infrastructure,” the coalition said in one of its statements.

The Houthis have not commented on the coalition’s accusations, so far. The Yemeni group launch drone and missiles attacks on Saudi Arabia on a regular basis.

The new drone attack came following reports of a near Saudi-led initiative to hold direct talks with the Houthis in the Riyadh. The group welcomed the initiative, but refused to send representatives to the Saudi capital. The group said that the talks should be held in a neutral Gulf state.

The Saudi-led coalition will likely respond to the drone attack by resuming its airstrikes on Houthi-held areas in Yemen. This may put end the Saudi-led initiative before it starts.

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An Israeli attack on Iran: True threat or hollow rhetoric?

The Israelis have neither the capabilities nor the resources to strike multiple Iranian nuclear sites, but the threats to do so keep mounting

February 07 2022

By Mohammad Salami

In the past few months, Israeli officials have conspicuously ratcheted up their threats to attack Iran’s nuclear energy sites, and have even launched provocative Israeli air force training exercises intended to simulate strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

In response to Israel’s escalatory language and behavior, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in late December, held its annual military drills dubbed ‘Great Prophet 17.’

Major General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the IRGC, said the military exercises intended to send a “very clear message” and a “serious, real warning” to Tel Aviv.

“We will cut off their hands if they make a wrong move,” he said, in a strongly-worded warning. “The difference between actual operations and military exercises is just a change in the angles of launching missiles.”

IRGC warnings aside, there are plenty of reasons to suggest that Israel’s threats are little more than empty rhetoric for foreign and domestic consumption. In short, Tel Aviv may not in fact have either the resources to attack Iran or the capacity to absorb Tehran’s guaranteed retaliatory measures.

The many constraints on Israel

Israel’s primary constraint in launching these attacks is due to the multiplicity and dispersion of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Unlike the Israeli air force’s operational destruction of Iraq’s nuclear sites in 1981 (Operation Opera) and its 2007 strike on an alleged nuclear facility in Syria (Operation Outside the Box), where it was only tasked with striking a single point – Baghdad and Deir Ezzor, respectively – it will face a vastly different landscape in Iran.

Iran has four types of nuclear facilities, including research reactors, uranium mines, military, and nuclear sites. In total, there are more than 10 known nuclear facilities that are scattered from north to south of the country.

For example, there is a ground distance of about 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) from the Gachin uranium mine in the city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran to the Bonab research reactor in the country’s northwest. Attacking such a large number of nuclear facilities from a great distance would require extreme coordination and sophisticated operations to ensure that all facilities are hit at the same time.

In addition, Iran has invested heavily in developing its counter-air defense in recent decades, which currently covers more than 3,600 points and is able to localize its surface-to-air missiles.

The noteworthy point here is that Iran claims self-sufficiency in the construction of its missiles, whereby it can produce and proliferate its missiles without interruption, despite international sanctions. The Bavar-373 missile – a homegrown version of Russia’s S-300 system – is one of these.

Reportedly, the Bavar-373 can simultaneously engage up to six targets with twelve missiles at a distance of up to 155 miles (250 kms). Multiple missiles are likely to be fired at an individual target to increase the probability of a kill.

With this powerful and unified defense arsenal, the possibility of Iran hunting down and destroying Israeli warplanes is high.

A further constraint for Israel is that some of Iran’s nuclear facilities are underground. Nuclear sites, such as the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, where uranium is enriched to above 20 percent, are built at a depth of 80 meters (260 feet) inside a mountain. Israel does not have the special bombers that can destroy facilities deep underground.

While the US does possess the massive bunker-busting ordnances needed to strike such facilities – the 13,600-kilogram (30,000-pound) GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) – Washington has so far refused to provide them to Tel Aviv.

Selling the incredibly heavy MOPs to Israel would be pointless, at any rate, as the Israeli Air Force has neither the aircraft capable of delivering them nor the airfield infrastructure needed to support those planes.

Furthermore, the sale of some types of MOPs has been banned under the New START treaty, also known as the ‘Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms,’ between the US and Russia.

Confronting Iran and its allies

Unlike Israeli airstrikes on Syria and Iraq, which went unanswered, Tel Aviv is well aware that Iran’s response would be severe and decisive. Iran’s indigenous military capabilities far outpace its neighbors, and over the past four decades, it has developed iron-clad relationships with allies in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and Yemen, who have voiced willingness to defend an Iran under attack by a mutual adversary.

In April 2021, a Syrian missile was able to pass through Israel’s Iron Dome Anti-Rocket System, exploding near the country’s secretive Dimona nuclear reactor. This event could be repeated by allies such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and pro-Iranian groups in Syria and Iraq in the case of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

To strike Iran, Israelis will have to cross the airspace of the ‘unfriendly’ countries of Syria and Iraq. Even the Arab states of the Arabian Peninsula are unlikely to permit Israeli warplanes using their territory to attack Iran due to fear of retaliatory Iranian attacks.

The memory of the well-targeted Yemeni missile strikes on the Aramco oil facility in September 2019 – incorrectly attributed to Iran rather than Yemen – drummed home to Gulf states that cause for Iranian retaliatory strikes should be avoided at all costs.

Russia may also oppose the attack as, in the event of an Israeli attack on Iran, the activities of Iranian proxies inside Syria could trigger a renewed crisis in the country’s military-political balance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has spent millions of dollars stabilizing the situation in Syria, does not wish to see Syria upended again. And given Russia’s clout in the UN Security Council, Israel would be reluctant to confront Moscow.

Facing the international community

The US and Europe are currently in Vienna negotiating with Iran to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, which the previous US administration abandoned. US President Joe Biden is keen on quickly reaching a “good nuclear deal” with Iran, in part, to peel Tehran away from its strategic allies in Moscow and Beijing – Washington’s two main global adversaries.

If Israel attacks Iran, Tehran may withdraw from the negotiations, and in retaliation, is likely to raise its 60 percent enrichment level to above 90 percent (suitable for building a nuclear bomb). Biden needs a peaceful West Asia so that he can exit the region’s various quagmires with ease and “pivot to the East” to restrain China and surround Russia, his two most urgent strategic priorities.

According to Foreign Policy, US opposition to attacks on Iran’s nuclear plants has been longstanding, as emphasized in the autobiography of Israel’s former defense minister Ehud Barak, My Country, My Life.

“I want to tell both of you now, as president, we are totally against any action by you to mount an attack on the [Iranian] nuclear plants,” then-US President George W. Bush told Barak and then-premier Ehud Olmert in 2008. “I repeat in order to avoid any misunderstanding, we expect you not to do it. And we’re not going to do it, either, as long as I am president. I wanted it to be clear.”

The Biden administration’s current approach is to return Iran’s nuclear program to the 2015 nuclear deal without war or the use of force.

In an October 2021 article, Dennis Ross, former US President Barack Obama’s special assistant and senior director for the central region at the National Security Council wrote:

“Although they reject the Iranian justification of actions that move Iran toward a nuclear weapon, Biden administration officials told the Israelis, as I learned recently in Israel, that there was ‘good pressure on Iran and bad pressure’ – citing the example of sabotage at Natanz and Karaj as bad pressure because the Iranians seized on it to enrich to near weapons-grade.”

Dennis Ross comments show that, at that stage, the Americans were not seeking to attack or even sabotage Iran’s nuclear facilities, and were intent on preventing the Israelis from attacking Iran.

It is becoming clear that Israeli threats on Iran’s nuclear capabilities are mainly for domestic consumption – and possibly also to keep Israel relevant amidst the fast-moving geopolitical shifts unfolding in West Asia.

Israel’s current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is currently facing relentless criticism from former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rivals, as well as internal shortages in the country following the pandemic crisis. Attacking a foreign country – or Gaza – is an Israeli staple in diverting public opinion from domestic problems.

Talk of Israeli airstrikes on Iran constitute little more than hollow rhetoric, despite repeated verbal threats from Israeli officials. At this moment, Israel has neither the power nor the means to attack Iran, nor can it act unilaterally against US policy.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Yemeni Resistance strikes the heart of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Date: 18 January 2022

Author: lecridespeuples

Statement by Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Yahya Saree, January 17, 2022.

Source: Yemeni Armed Forces

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

In the Name of God, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

God the Most High said: “So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you.” [Qur’an, II, 194]

God Almighty has spoken the truth.

In response to the escalation of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression against Yemen, our armed forces carried out a successful special operation, thank God the Most High, which targeted the airports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, oil refining facilities in Abu Dhabi, and various strategic and sensitive sites. This successful operation was carried out with 5 ballistic missiles and a large number of drones, which hit their targets with precision.

The Yemeni armed forces, who fulfilled their promises today, renew their warning to the aggressor countries, informing them that they will suffer new strikes even stronger and more painful, and warning the businesses and residents of the Emirates, an enemy country, that we will not hesitate to expand the bank of our targets, and to include even more important sites in the coming period. They must move away from vital places for their own safety, because we declare the Emirates an “unsafe country” as long as they persist in their escalation of aggression against Yemen.

Long live a free, dignified and independent Yemen! The victory will be for Yemen and for all the free men of the (Muslim) Nation.

Sanaa, 14th day of the month of Jumada II, year 1443 of the Hijri calendar, equivalent to January 17, 2022 of the Gregorian calendar.

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Nasrallah about the war in Yemen: Saudi Arabia & UAE will be annihilated

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on September 20, 2019.

« Continuing the war against Yemen is a dead end. This is an absurd war, and you started paying the price. A single strike destroyed half of Saudi oil production. The second strike will annihilate you. This is the situation.

Your houses are made of glass, and your economy is made of glass. You have a glass economy, just like the glass cities of the Emirates. Those whose homes are glass, whose economy is glass and whose cities are glass must remain calm, be reasonable and end the war. It is wiser and more recommended for them, and more merciful to everyone and all the oppressed. »

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

[…] My final point concerns what happened in the region in the last few days, I mean the strikes of the Yemeni Army and (Resistance) Committees against Aramco’s oil facilities, for which their official spokesman clearly claimed responsibility in a press conference in which he explained everything. I will not be long about it, I have only two words to say.

There is no doubt that this is an event of great importance, which has clearly shaken the entire region, and had a major impact and repercussions worldwide. Indeed, this event also had international consequences.

Faced with this event, I want to emphasize a few points.

The first point is that, unfortunately, it appears clearly, whether at the level of the world opinion or of the interest of the media, the political & governmental attention or even at the UN level, that oil is infinitely more precious than the blood (of the Yemeni victims). Of course, this is not something new. We have said it in the past, and many people have said it in recent days, but I want to join all those who have said it. Oil is more precious than the blood (of the innocent).

It seems that there were no casualties in these strikes against Saudi oil installations. To my knowledge, the media reported no killing, no injuries. These are only oil installations. Iron and oil burned. There are material losses (but no human casualties). The whole world is moved and burst of indignation, with expressions of condemnations, marks of support (to Saudi Arabia), etc. While this happened after 5 years of war against Yemen.

During these 4 years and a few months, daily, including today, every day, the coalition aircraft, the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression are bombing the people of Yemen, their mosques, their schools, their hospitals, their houses, their markets, killing women and children in front of television cameras, so much that there is not the slightest doubt about it, but it does not bother anyone. This does not shake the region, nor the world, neither the United Nations, nor the US administration, nor the European countries, nor anyone. (The Martyrdom of Yemen) is considered as a normal and natural thing.

As it happened yesterday. A Palestinian woman was killed in cold blood at the Kalandia crossing point in occupied Palestine, but it is quite normal, nothing significant happened, people can walk by such events and look the other way. Even in the Arab world, many people did not even bother to condemn, denounce or even mention it in the news. For it is not oil (that got spilled). This is blood. Only blood.

That is my first point. This is a condemnation (of this shameful indifference).

Anyone who wants to express solidarity (with Saudi Arabia) can do so, whether in Lebanon or elsewhere. But we also ask that solidarity is expressed with the torn bodies and the blood of children, women and the Yemeni people, with the sick, the besieged, the thirsty, the hungry, the oppressed, killed and displaced in Yemen. We must stand in solidarity with them. We must be balanced O my brother. At the very least, oil and blood should be placed on the same level. Actuallt, it would be unfair (because blood is more precious than oil), but that would be enough (because right now, blood is deemed worthless).

The second point… Such is the world, the world of force, the world of money, the world of economy, in whose eyes the man, his blood, his dignity, his rights, his future, are not even on the list (of things that matter), and when they are on the list, they come last.

The second point I want to mention… In general, when I speak about Yemen, I end my speech being very outspoken against the Saud and the Saudi regime. But this time I will not be virulent, I’ll give good advice. This is not a new advice that I am about give, but after this event, (it is wise to repeat it).

What should the Saud do to protect their oil facilities? They begin to wonder if they’ll buy air defenses to the US, but they already have anti-air defenses, they have Patriot batteries. They might be going to South Korea to buy anti-aircraft defenses. Or maybe they’ll wise up, as President Putin suggested them, like the Iranians, and buy S-300, or like the Turks, and buy S-400. Putin said that.

But instead of ruining themselves in new air defense systems, which will not be easy for Saudi Arabia, because we speak of a very large country, with a very large surface, facing drones that have a very high maneuverability (unlike ballistic missiles). Maybe you will place your defenses and your missiles in this side, but the drones will make a detour and hit you on the right side, or on the left side, or will bypass you and strike you from behind. And there are also some missiles that are maneuverable (not ballistic). What can you do? Buy enough defense systems to cover all Saudi skies? How much would it cost you? The price is absolutely outrageous (even for you), and it would not solve your problem (as there would always be ways around).

The least expensive way for Saudi Arabia to protect its oil facilities, infrastructure, etc., and for the UAE, because it is clear that the spokesman of the Armed Forces Yemeni directly threatened the UAE as well… And in terms of the Emirates… Saudi Arabia can withstand a few hits, but the UAE would be incapable of bearing any strike! The advice I give to them both, is to make the least expensive choice, namely to end the war. This is the least expensive choice.

The way to protect the infrastructure of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is to end the war against the Yemeni people. Why is it cheaper? It eliminates the need to purchase new air defenses, and it allows you to end your daily war spending, huge for both Saudis and for Emirates, in the war against Yemen. Similarly, it would be a worthy choice, more noble, more honorable, that would preserve you from being humiliated again by the United States.

Do you know what we are witnessing? Do not blame me for the familiarity of the expression, but it is a new milking operation (of the Saudi cow). Trump sits, legs crossed, not angry at all (with what happens), speaking nonsense, (do not blame me for this Lebanese expression), he says one thing and its opposite, speaking sometimes about peace, sometimes about war, saying he does not want war, that (Iran) is responsible, that he has promised nothing, that he is committed to nothing, and that if the Saudis want help, they have to pay… They have to pay! It is a humiliation, a total humiliation.

Spare yourself the humiliation, save your money, get back on your feet, fix your infrastructure, and restore your internal situation and your national security. This is the only equation : the only path that will lead you to these objectives is to stop this unjust war against Yemen and against the Yemeni people. And leave Yemen and the Yemeni people alone. Let them hold a dialogue, sit, talk. They can achieve a result.

As for all of your other attempts, such as calling for help the United States, Britain, your international coalition, this will only lead you to more chaos and destruction. And you know that the (Resistance) Axis in front of you is very powerful. Very powerful. And what happened in your oil facilities is one of the signs and an evidence of the power of our (Resistance) Axis, of the courage of this Axis, and of the fact that the men who defend Yemen are ready to go far, very far away in self-defense.

If you want to learn from this experience, I have just exposed you the way. As for the current incitement of the US or the West against Iran, claiming to come to wage war against Iran (for your eyes), it won’t change a thing. You have to stop hoping that.

Trump was clear: Trump wants money, and he does not want war. Trump soon willl face elections. On whom do you rely?

If I can take two more minutes. You place your hopes in an incompetent administration. God willing, another time, our brothers will prepare a detailed study of all the failures of the Trump administration: the failure of the Trump policy in Venezuela, who overcame (threats), while it was about a military coup, war against Venezuela, sanctions, civil war, siege… But Venezuela (victoriously) overcame the crisis. Failure in Venezuela, failure in North Korea, failed attempts at economic subjugation of China, failure in Syria, failure in Iraq, failure of the Deal of the Century, as this deal is doomed to failure…

And if Netanyahu falls, which is possible, but I will not make predictions… Our brother Zarif (Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs) speaks of the B list: the first B, Bolton left. And maybe the second B, Binyamin Netanyahu, is on hiw way out. The Deal of the Century failed. And also, the failure with Iran. Failure to submit Iran, to push it to surrender.

Today, Trump begs the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Eminence Sheikh Rouhani, to kindly meet him! He literally begs him! This is the Trump on whom you place your hopes! And I repeat that Iran is so powerful that all the barking, cries of outrage, screams, threats, intimidation and accusations you have uttered in recent days did not shake a single hair of the lesser officials in Iran. This does not scare them or terrorize them at all because they are strong, united and attached (to their rights) present (where necessary), perfectionists in all their actions and equations, etc., etc., etc.

Therefore, my advice today, because I do not want to be virulent or anything, my advice is to reconsider things, to think carefully. It is futile to bet on a war against Iran, because it would destroy you.

Continuing the war against Yemen is a dead end. This is an absurd war, and you started paying the price. A single strike destroyed half of Saudi oil production. The second strike will annihilate you. This is the situation.

Your houses are made of glass, and your economy is made of glass. You have a glass economy, just like the glass cities of the Emirates. Those whose homes are glass, whose economy is glass and whose cities are glass must remain calm, be reasonable and end the war. It is wiser and more recommended for them, and more merciful to everyone and all the oppressed. […]

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Yemeni Armed Forces Target Military, Vital Sites in Saudi Depth: More Ops to Come

December 7, 2021

By Staff, Agencies

In response to the escalation of the continuous US-Saudi aggression and siege on Yemen, the Yemeni Armed Forces has implemented the 7th of December Operation on military and vital targets in Saudi Arabia.

“In response to the crimes of the US-Saudi aggression against our people and the continuation of the siege, the Armed Forces carried out the 7th of December qualitative military operation targeting a number of enemy military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Jizan, Najran and Asir,” the Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said in a televised statement Tuesday morning.

The Armed Forces stated that the 7th of December Operation was carried out with a number of ballistic missiles and 25 drones.

“Six Sammad-3 drones and a number of Zulfiqar missiles targeted the Ministry of Defense, King Khalid Airport and other military targets in Riyadh, six Sammad-2 and Sammad-3 drones targeted the King Fahd Air Base in Taif and Aramco in Jeddah, while five Sammad-1 and Sammad-2 drones targeted military sites in Abha, Jizan and Asir and eight Qasef-2K drones and a large number of ballistic missiles targeted sensitive and important sites in Abha, Jizan and Najran,” Sare’e added.

Meanwhile, he renewed his call to all citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia to stay away from military areas and sites, as they have become legitimate targets for Yemeni forces.

The Yemeni official further promised the aggression with more operations in response to the continued crimes and siege, saying: “We will face escalation with escalation, and we will carry out more military operations within our legitimate defense in response to the continued aggression and siege.”

Yemeni Resistance Operation Targets ’Depth’ Of Saudi Soil

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni resistance launched a daring operation against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the kingdom and its allies’ war on the impoverished country.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces launched an extensive operation against Saudi Arabia,” Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced late Monday.

The operation targeted the “depth” of the Saudi soil, Saree added.

Saudi Arabia said the operation targeted the kingdom’s capital Riyadh and the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

Saree, however, said “details [of the operation are] to be revealed tomorrow morning.”

The counterattack “comes in response to the crimes of the US-Saudi aggression,” he noted.

The spokesman was referring to the war that the kingdom and its allies have been waging against Yemen since March 2015.

The war that enjoys generous arms, logistical, and political support on the part of the United States, has been seeking to restore Yemen’s rule to the country’s Western and Saudi-backed former officials.

The aggression has fallen short of the objective, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and dragging the entire Yemen close to the brink of outright famine.

The Armed Forces’ and their allies have vowed, though, not to lay down their arms until Yemen’s complete liberation.

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Buckle up: Yemen is about to deliver a Saudi lesson

December 06 2021

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Every time the Saudis bomb Sanaa, the Yemeni resistance retaliates against Riyadh’s strategic vulnerabilities. With nonstop strikes on Yemen’s capital city today, brace yourself for a big Saudi explosion.

By Karim Shami

“Tell him Sanaa is far, Riyadh is getting closer” is what Yemenis call out whenever their capital city is targeted by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

The ‘him’ in this battle cry refers to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), who launched the six-year aggression against the Arab world’s poorest nation.

After every Saudi hit on Sanaa, this phrase floods social media, imploring the Yemeni resistance to retaliate directly against Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city.

As the Saudis and their dwindling allies pound Sanaa relentlessly in the last days of their failed war, one wonders why they don’t yet comprehend the retaliatory firepower they are inviting in response.

It started like this …

In March 2015, one year after Yemen’s resistance movement Ansarallah took control of the capital, a 10-nation coalition was formed led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and backed logistically and politically by both the US and UK. Shortly thereafter, fighter jets and ground forces began conducting operations across provinces surrounding the capital.

More than ten thousand airstrikes were reported by the close of 2016, with Sanaa taking the lion’s share – 2,600 raids – equivalent to one airstrike every 3.5 hours, every day for two consecutive years.

In parallel with the non-stop air operations, coalition-led land forces – mainly Yemeni mercenaries and Sudanese soldiers – wrested thousands of square kilometers from Ansarallah’s control.

Ansarallah, which found itself governing populations for the first time in its short history, had only secured their authority in Sanaa one year before the aggression. The movement had not yet had the time or resources to build their infrastructure, economy, military power, and foreign policies/connections.

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A game-changing 2018

By 2018, the war that was ‘supposed to take weeks to months at most’ – and according to MbS himself, just “a few days” – had become long, directionless, and costly, especially after Saudi/UAE hostilities against Qatar surfaced and blew up Gulf cohesion.

The 10-nation military alliance against Yemeni independence, once consisting of Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Morocco, Senegal and the Gulf states (except Oman) shrank overnight to two: the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

By 2018, Saudi-backed militias were entrenched in Sanaa’s west (Hodeidah) and east (Marib), and on Saudi Arabia’s southern borders, adjacent to Ansarallah’s stronghold in northern Yemen’s Saada Province. The UAE had its own undisclosed interests, and moved its militias primarily to the south, both for protection and to control Yemen’s strategic ports and waterways.

Ansarallah had already absorbed the shock of three years of foreign aggression, and gained valuable experience in both combat and military tactics. Its weapons manufacturing (mainly ballistic missiles and drones) capabilities and technological advances had steadily grown within the landlocked environs of Sanaa – under siege by the coalition and its western allies since the onset of war.

So, by 2018, Ansarallah was primed and ready to change the direction of the war from a purely defensive one to launching proactive hit-and-run battles.

The game changer in the Yemen war came in 2019, fast and hard. After four years of defense, Ansarallah began launching a series of operations named ‘Balance of Deterrence.’ The first of these, on 17 August, was the first operation where Yemen’s resistance launched homemade and modified ballistic missiles alongside tens of suicide drones at targets 1200km distance away, equivalent to the distance between London to Madrid or New York to Miami.

The targets were Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO Sheba oil fields and refineries on the Saudi–UAE borders.

The second operation, which took place on 14 September, hit ARAMCO facilities in Saudi Arabia’s eastern-most territories, in Dammam. This time the strikes were on a spectacular scale and caught the world’s attention in a big way; photos and videos flew across social media before the Saudis had time to bury the details.

It took another five similar operations to discipline the Saudis to understand that targeting Sanaa would trigger a retaliation into the strategic depth of Saudi Arabia. In the aftermath of Ansarallah’s retaliatory strikes, air raids on Sanaa dropped from around one strike every three hours to three strikes per year.

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The war’s final chapter looms

After rapid advances in 2018 and targeted retaliatory strikes in 2019-20, Ansarallah regained most of the territories they had lost, leaving only Marib, the last stronghold of the Saudis in Yemen’s east, which is expected to be liberated imminently.

Last month, Saudi and Emirati-backed militias and mercenaries fled Hodeidah – the last Saudi stronghold in Yemen’s west – after Ansarallah announced plans to liberate the city and target the territory of the UAE.

With that stroke, the Saudis lost their footing in Yemen. Militarily speaking, foreign land forces have already lost the war and now pose zero threats to the Ansarallah-led government.

Worse yet, in 2021, for the first time in the six-year war, Yemenis in coalition-controlled provinces launched multiple public protests, complaining that the quality of life in Ansarallah-ruled areas was superior than theirs, with lower crime rates, a stable currency and cheaper raw materials available to those citizens.

Rather than scurrying to carve out a face-saving exit from this certain defeat, Riyadh has instead begun to escalate air raids on Sanaa and Marib in a ‘throw the kitchen sink at the problem’ attempt to weaken Ansarallah, consequences be damned.

This brings us to 19 November 2021 when Ansarallah made its 8th Balance of Deterrence statement (mentioned above) and launched strategic retaliatory strikes against military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Jizan, and Najran to remind the Saudis of its red lines.

The Saudis, irrationally, continue to pound populations in Sanaa with little regard for the retaliatory consequences or the global perception of this brutality. On 23 November, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki even tried to justify bombing densely-populated areas by alleging that Ansarallah’s “military sites have taken hospitals, organizations, and civilians as human shields.”

The war is as good as over, so why these unnecessary air raids on Sanaa? Why would Saudi Arabia deliberately provoke and invite military strikes against Riyadh and ARAMCO? Why not instead exit Yemen overnight, in much the same way the US did in Afghanistan? Embarrassing as it may be, a quick, unpublicized retreat would at least keep Saudi cities protected.

This last-ditch escalation has nothing to do with war strategy, leverage-building or domestic politics.

A country of 2.1 million square kilometers boasting a population of 20 million nationals and 10 million foreigners with large oil and mineral reserves, Saudi Arabia has no parliament, no elections, and no democratic processes whatsoever.

All internal and external policies are made by one man, Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, deputy prime minister, minister of defense, chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs.

MbS is a punisher. He ordered the murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He kidnapped and beat up Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri before forcing him to broadcast his resignation from Riyadh. He besieged Qatar, destabilized Iraq, and boycotted all of Lebanon because of a single comment on the Yemen war. The list goes on.

A few years back, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor of former US president Barack Obama, recounted a chilling story during his boss’s farewell visit to Riyadh. As Obama protested the recent execution of 47 dissidents in the kingdom to King Salman, the then-deputy crown prince MbS stood up from his spectator’s seat and lectured the US president thus:

You don’t understand the Saudi justice system, he said. He argued that the Saudi public demanded vengeance against criminals, and those who had been beheaded had to be killed for the sake of stability in the kingdom.”

MbS may simply have reverted to ‘punisher’ mode in these last weeks and months of his very personal war in Yemen. ‘Vengeance’ for his defeat is merited; and killing is “for the sake of stability in the kingdom.”

But bombing Sanaa will also justify ‘Balance of Deterrence 9,’ a new set of advanced retaliatory strikes yet to be announced by Ansarallah.

Undoubtedly, ARAMCO and major Saudi cities will be targeted in the period ahead. Every ballistic missile reaching the kingdom of sand will result in a weaker Saudi Arabia and stronger Yemen, giving Ansarallah a reason to discipline the Saudis at present, and perhaps, to invade them in the future. Thus, the quote “Sanaa is far, Riyadh is getting closer” was born.

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Under the command of MbS, the Saudis are unlikely to leave Yemen alone even if the war concludes – it will try to do what it has always done in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Qatar, and Syria, dividing populations with money and weapons.

But Yemen is different. Ansarallah will implement their own institutions, unlike those other nations where the US and its regional allies remain to engineer laws and policies to ensure a country’s dependence and stagnation once they depart. Yemen, after the war, will be more like Iran in its hostility towards and determination to break with externally-imposed agendas.

Buckle your seatbelt. Retaliation and revolution is about to be unharnessed in the Arabian Peninsula.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

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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Crashing Saudi Oil Economy Explains Urgent Yemeni Peace Offer

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Finian CUNNINGHAM
Former editor and writer for major news media organizations. He has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages

Finian Cunningham

March 26, 2021

The Saudi rulers are facing a humiliating defeat as the Yemenis take revenge and Uncle Sam washes his hands of blood.

After six years of blowing up Yemen and blockading its southern neighbor, the Saudi rulers are now saying they are committed to finding peace. The move is less about genuine peace than economic survival for the oil kingdom.

The Saudi monarchy say they want “all guns to fall completely silent”. Washington, which has been a crucial enabler of the Saudi war on Yemen, has backed the latest “peace offer”. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week endorsed the initiative from the Saudi rulers, saying he had spoken with them “on our work together to end the conflict in Yemen, facilitate humanitarian access and aid for the Yemeni people”.

The Saudi foreign ministry stated: “The initiative aims to end the human suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people, and affirms the kingdom’s support for efforts to reach a comprehensive political resolution.”

Can you believe this sickening duplicity from the Saudis and the Americans?

So, after six years of relentless aerial bombing in Yemen causing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, the Saudis and their American military supplier, seem to have developed a conscience for peace and ending suffering.

The real reason for trying to end the conflict is the perilous state of the Saudi oil-dependent economy. Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil, gas and petroleum industry, recently announced that its profits have slumped by nearly half in 2020 compared with the year before. Down from $88 billion to $49 billion.

Given that its oil economy provides nearly 90 per cent of state budget that is a stupendous hit on the Saudi finances. The Saudi rulers rely on hefty state subsidies to keep its 34 million population content. With income from the oil industry nosediving that means state deficits will explode to maintain public spending, or else risk social unrest from dire cutbacks.

Saudi Arabia remains the biggest oil exporter, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic and world economies going into recession crude oil prices have plummeted. At one point oil prices fell to around $20 a barrel. The Saudi economy needs an oil price of around $70 a barrel to reel in a profit.

The upshot is the Saudi war in Yemen has become a critical drain on state finances and potentially jeopardizing the superficial stability of the absolute monarchy.

Of further alarm is the increasing missile and drone attacks by the Houthi rebels in Yemen on key Saudi locations, including the capital Riyadh.

The Yemeni rebels are escalating airstrikes on Aramco installations at its headquarters in Dhahran and Dammam in Eastern Province, as well as in the cities of Abha, Azir, Jazan, and Ras Tanura. The targets include oil refineries and export terminals. The Saudis claim they have intercepted a lot of the missiles with U.S.-made Patriot defense systems. Nevertheless, the mere fact that the Yemenis can hit key parts of the Saudi oil economy over a distance of 1,000 kilometers is a grave security concern undermining investor confidence.

The first major strike was in September 2019 when Houthi drones hit the huge refinery complex at Abqaiq. That caused Saudi oil production to temporarily shut down by half. It also delayed an Initial Public Offering of Aramco shares on the stock market as investors took fright over political risk.

At a time when the Saudi oil economy is contracting severely due to worldwide circumstances, an additional debilitating threat is the intensifying campaign of Houthi airstrikes. They are taking the war into Saudi heartland.

The Biden administration has condemned the Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia as “unacceptable”. Such American concern is derisory given how Washington has been providing warplanes, missiles and logistics for the Saudis to indiscriminately bomb Yemen causing tens of thousands of deaths. The Americans also enable the Saudis to impose a blockade on Yemen’s sea and airports, which has prevented vital food and medicines from being supplied to the country. Nearly 80 per cent of Yemen’s 30 million population are dependent on foreign aid deliveries. The blockade is a war crime, a crime against humanity, and the Americans are fully complicit.

President Joe Biden has said he is ending U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. It was an election promise. However, it is not clear what military support the U.S. has actually stopped, if at all. The Saudi bombing of food depots continues and the blockade on the country could not be maintained without essential American logistics.

More cynically, the Biden administration realizes that the Saudis started a war back in March 2015, when Obama was president and Biden was vice-president, that has turned into an un-winnable quagmire whose horrendous human suffering has become a vile stain on America’s international image.

That’s why Biden and his diplomats have been urging the Saudi rulers to sue for peace. Now it seems the Saudi monarchy realizes that the reckless war launched by “defense minister” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come with a price that they can’t afford to sustain if they want to preserve their rickety house of cards, known as the House of Saud.

On the latest peace proposal, the Yemeni rebels have rejected it out of hand. They say it contains “nothing new”. The Houthis say the only way to end the war is for the Saudis and their American sponsors to end the aggression on their country. There is no “deal”. It is a case of the Saudis and the Americans just getting out.

Meantime, the airstrikes on Saudi oil infrastructure are going to continue with ever-increasing damage to the royal coffers. Thus, the Saudi rulers have no choice but to unconditionally surrender in this criminal war. They are facing a humiliating defeat as the Yemenis take revenge and Uncle Sam washes his hands of blood.

Yemen: Trilogy of victory,, in the seventh year اليمن: ثلاثيّة النصر سنة سابعة

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Yemen: Trilogy of Victory, in the seventh year

Nasser Kandil

– None of the observers and followers of the Yemeni scene, supporters of the Yemeni people and their resistance represented by Ansar Allah, nor of their opponents supported the Saudi aggression to expected that the war will continue for this long, nor that the Yemenis can bear this amount of killing, destruction, siege, hunger and suffering, and stand at their goals to stop the aggression and lift the blockade as a condition for accepting any call for a cease-fire and the beginning of negotiations.

– Compared to all the wars that have been fought against the peoples of the region and their resistance forces, there is nothing that can be compared to the Yemeni case, as the six-years war is being fought directly by armies possessing tremendous military superiority, accompanied by a tight siege, which can be similar in terms of intensity of fire to the wars of Gaza and the 2006 aggression against Lebanon. But there is nothing like the Yemeni situation, they are wars of days and weeks, not years, and despite the fiery siege on Gaza, the Egyptian outlet remains a breathing lung for the besieged Gaza. In Syria Lebanon remained a lung to breath from, and in Syria, where the war continued for ten years accompanied by fierce sanctions, the fiery superiority of the Syrian state and its allies remained, and the sea remained under the hands of the Syrian state and its army, and a resource for armaments and imports that could be secured behind the back of the blockade, Whereas in Yemen, supremacy was for the camp of enemies, with fire and siege, and the six years continued and produced havoc, destruction, death, hunger and epidemics, and Yemen was steadfast

– During the sixth year, Yemen moved from steadfastness to regaining, developing missile salutations and drones, an unmistakable deterrent force despite the electronic jamming techniques possessed by the Americans and through them the Saudis, and within a year this weapon proved high technical capabilities that produced a military deterrence balance based on exceptional scientific superiority, and within a year the security of the Saudi rear in Yemen, and burned Aramco times, and became the security of the water The gulf and the energy corridors and ensure their flow in the hands of the Yemenis, and proved the failure of the war miserably to all those who were behind it, led by The American Joe Biden, who became president and was vice president on the day of its launch with the promise of ending it in weeks or months, and began maneuvers to get out of the war with the least losses, from trying to distinguish America from Saudi Arabia, to Saudi offers of a cease-fire, to U.S. calls for a political solution.

– On the eve of the seventh year, the Yemenis demonstrated their strength, so they presented the trilogy of victory, and their leader, Mr. Abdul Malik al-Houthi, appeared in a detailed explanation of the war, its objectives and context, and the conditions for accepting solutions through the duality of stopping aggression and lifting the siege, based on steadfastness, determination and clarity in reading the past and the present and drawing the horizon of the future. Within hours of the zero hours of the seventh year, the army and the resistance presented an intense and concentrated dose of deterrence elements, inflaming the Saudi depth with raids and missiles, saying with a full mouth that the threats of their leader had taken their way to implementation. During the day, hundreds of thousands of Yemenis gathered in the squares and streets, celebrating the Day of National Resilience, affirming their loyalty and cohesion with their leadership and army, the 2006 July scene of the destruction of the destroyer Sa’er, the speech of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, and scene of the people marching to southern Lebanon amid the cluster bombs in response to the call of the Leader of the Resistance. This trilogy victory was a harmonious symphony, drawing a clear ceiling in front of the American-Saudi alliance entitled, no place for maneuvers, the war will be a scourge, not a debate, and the negotiation path has a mandatory path: stop the aggression and lift the blockade, opening of the port and airport and the departure of foreign troops.

– Yemen enters the seventh year with the strongest confidence in victory, and the great victory has become the fruit of great patience, but this time it is really the patience of an hour.

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اليمن: ثلاثيّة النصر سنة سابع

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لم يكن أحد من المراقبين والمتابعين للمشهد اليمنيّ، من مؤيّدي الشعب اليمنيّ ومقاومته التي يمثلها أنصار الله، وحكماً من خصومه المؤيدين للعدوان السعوديّ ليتوقع قبل ست سنوات في مثل هذه الأيام، أن تستمرّ الحرب طول هذه المدة، ولا أن يتمكّن اليمنيون من تحمل هذا الكم من القتل والدمار والحصار والجوع والمعاناة، ويصمدوا عند أهدافهم بوقف العدوان ورفع الحصار كشرط لقبولهم بأية دعوة لوقف النار وبدء التفاوض.

بالمقارنة مع كل الحروب التي خيضت وتخاض ضد شعوب المنطقة وقواها المقاومة، ليس هناك ما يمكن تشبيهه بالحالة اليمنية، فحرب ست سنوات تخوضها مباشرة جيوش تملك تفوقاً عسكرياً هائلاً، يرافقها حصار محكم، يمكن أن تشبهه من حيث كثافة النار حروب غزة وعدوان عام 2006 على لبنان، لكنها حروب أيام وأسابيع، وليست سنوات، ورغم الحصار الناري يبقى المنفذ المصري رئة تنفس لغزة المحاصرة، وتبقى سورية رئة يتنفس منها لبنان، وسورية التي استمرّت الحرب عليها عشر سنوات وما يرافقها من عقوبات، بقي التفوق الناري فيها للدولة السورية وحلفائها وبقي البحر تحت يد الدولة السورية وجيشها، ومورداً للتسلح وتأمين المستوردات التي يمكن تأمينها من وراء ظهر الحصار، بينما كل شيء في اليمن تفوق لمعسكر الأعداء، بالنار وإحكام الحصار، والسنوات الست تتواصل وتنتج الخراب والدمار والموات والجوع والأوبئة، واليمن صامد.

خلال السنة السادسة انتقل اليمن من الصمود الى استرداد زمام المبادرة، مطوّراً سلاح الصواريخ والطائرات المسيّرة، قوة ردع لا تخطئ رغم تقنيات التشويش الإلكتروني التي يملكها الأميركيون ومن خلالهم السعوديون، وخلال سنة أثبت هذا السلاح مقدرات تقنية عالية أنتجت توازن ردع عسكري مستنداً الى تفوق علمي استثنائي، وخلال سنة صار أمن العمق السعودي بيد اليمن، واحترقت آرامكو مرات، وصار أمن مياه الخليج وممرات الطاقة وضمان تدفقها بيد اليمنيين، وثبت فشل الحرب فشلاً ذريعاً لكل من كان وراءها، وفي طليعتهم الأميركي جو بايدن الذي صار رئيساً وكان نائباً للرئيس يوم انطلاقها بوعد إنهائها خلال أسابيع أو شهور، وبدأت المناورات للخروج من الحرب بأقل الخسائر، من محاولة التميّز الأميركي عن السعودي، الى عروض سعوديّة لوقف النار، الى دعوات أميركية لحل سياسي.

عشية السنة السابعة أظهر اليمنيّون بأسهم، فقدموا ثلاثيّة النصر على الملأ، فظهر قائدهم السيد عبد الملك الحوثي في شرح مفصل للحرب وأهدافها وسياقها وشروط قبول الحلول تحت شعار وقفها، وتختصرها ثنائيّة وقف العدوان وفك الحصار، وعبر عن مستوى الثبات والعزم والحزم والوضوح في قراءة الماضي والحاضر ورسم أفق المستقبل، وخلال ساعات حلّت الساعة صفر من السنة السابعة فقدم الجيش والمقاومة، جرعة مكثفة ومركزة من عناصر الردع فألهبوا العمق السعودي بالغارات والصواريخ، قائلين بالفم الملآن إن تهديدات قائدهم قد أخذت طريقها للتنفيذ، مستعيدين مشهد تدمير المقاومة في لبنان للمدمّرة ساعر ترجمة لخطاب السيد حسن نصرالله، وخلال ساعات النهار احتشد مئات آلاف اليمنيين في الساحات والشوارع، يحيون يوم الصمود الوطنيّ، يؤكدون تمسكهم بثوابتهم وتماسكهم مع قيادتهم وجيشهم، مستعيدين مشهد زحف الشعب الى جنوب لبنان وسط القنابل العنقودية تلبية لدعوة قائد المقاومة، فكانت هذه الثلاثيّة سمفونية متناغمة، ترسم سقفاً واضحاً أمام الحلف الأميركي السعودي عنوانه، لا مكان للمناورات، الحرب ستكون وبالاً لا سجالاً، وطريق التفاوض له ممر إلزامي وقف العدوان ورفع الحصار، أي فتح المرفأ والمطار وخروج القوات الأجنبية.

اليمن يدخل السنة السابعة أشدّ ثقة بالنصر، وقد بات النصر العظيم ثمرة للصبر العظيم، لكنه هذه المرة فعلاً صبر ساعة.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most “القناة 13”: القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن أكثر ما يقلق “إسرائيل”

“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most

“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most

 Al-Mayadeen Net

‘Israel’s’ Channel 13 is reporting that Iranian drones, such as those that attacked the Saudi oil company Aramco in the past, could reach ‘Israel’ from Yemen.

‘Israel’s’ Channel 13 touched on the soaring tensions between Iran and ‘Israel’ and their exchanges in the form of “strong action and words.” The broadcaster focused on the alleged deployment of an ‘Israeli’ submarine to the Persian Gulf, the launching of missiles from Gaza last weekend, and the new Iranian threats.

Channel 13 suggested that there were two important events. On the one hand there is “an Iranian desire to avenge the assassination of the nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and this draws ‘Israeli’ attention to what is happening in Yemen.” On the other hand, there is “the first anniversary of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani on January 3 which prompted the Americans to offer muscle to face the Iranians in the Gulf.”

These two matters reportedly “pushed the ‘Israeli’ security establishment to advance their preparations,” underscoring their existing “fear of Iran’s attempt to accumulate capabilities in Yemen that could pose a threat to ‘Israel’.”

Channel 13 said, “It may sound strange to most ‘Israelis’ when hearing about Yemen, which has never been on the threat map. But yes, it is Yemen. Iranian drones, like those that attacked the Saudi oil company Aramco a year and a half ago, could reach ‘Israel’ from Yemen.”

Channel 13’s military affairs commentator Alon Ben David said, “When you hear about an ‘Israeli’ submarine in the Red Sea – its target not necessarily being in the Gulf – I say that what worries ‘Israel’ most, and the army spokesman has publicly expressed this, is the Iranian capabilities in Yemen.”

It is noteworthy that ‘Israeli’ media, quoting intelligence sources, said recently that “a military submarine belonging to the ‘Israeli’ navy crossed the Suez Canal above water.”

‘Israel’s’ Kan Channel stated that this step comes “amid a very tense period between ‘Israel’ and Iran,” indicating that this “submarine that crossed the Red Sea will head, according to Arab intelligence officials’ estimates, towards the Gulf.”

“القناة 13”: القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن أكثر ما يقلق “إسرائيل”

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“القناة 13” الإسرائيليّة تتحدث عن أنّ الطائرات المسيّرة الإيرانيّة، كتلك الطائرات التي هاجمت شركة النفط السعوديّة أرامكو سابقاً، يمكن أن تصل من اليمن إلى “إسرائيل”.

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تحدثت “القناة 13″ الإسرائيليّة عن مستوى التوتر بين إيران و”إسرائيل” وتبادلهما رسائل “شديدة بالأفعال والكلمات”، خاصة بعد زعم إرسال غواصة عسكريّة تابعة للبحريّة الإسرائيليّة إلى الخليج، وإطلاق الصواريخ من غزة نهاية الأسبوع الماضي، والتهديدات الإيرانيّة الجديدة.

القناة الإسرائيليّة أشارت إلى وجود حدثين مهمين، من جهة “رغبة إيرانيّة للانتقام على اغتيال العالم النووي محسن فخري زاده، وهذا يشد الأنظار الإسرائيليّة إلى ما يحصل في اليمن”، ومن جهة أخرى “الذكرى السنويّة الأولى على اغتيال الجنرال قاسم سليماني، في 3 كانون الثاني/يناير المقبل، ما دفع الأميركيين إلى عرض عضلات بشكل كبير مقابل الإيرانيين في الخليج”.

هذان الأمران مجتمعان “دفعا إلى رفع الاستعدادات في المؤسسة الأمنية الإسرائيليّة”، بحسب القناة 13، التي أكدت وجود “خشية من محاولة إيران مراكمة قدرات في اليمن، يمكن أن تشكل تهديداً على إسرائيل”.

وقالت القناة 13: “الأمر قد يبدو غريباً لأغلب الإسرائيليين عند سماع اليمن التي لم تكن في أيّ مرة على خريطة التهديدات، لكن نعم إنها اليمن – الطائرات المسيّرة الإيرانيّة، كتلك الطائرات التي هاجمت شركة النفط السعوديّة أرامكو قبل سنة ونصف، يمكن أن تصل من اليمن إلى إسرائيل”.

كما رأى معلق الشؤون العسكريّة في القناة 13 ألون بن ديفيد، أنّه “عندما تسمع عن غواصة إسرائيليّة تتواجد في البحر الأحمر – وليس بالضرورة هدفها الخليج – أقول إن أكثر ما يقلق إسرائيل، وقد أعرب المتحدث باسم الجيش عن ذلك بشكل علني – القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن”. 

يذكر أنّ وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية نقلت عن مصادر استخباراتيّة قولها مؤخراً، إن “غواصة عسكريّة تابعة للبحريّة الإسرائيليّة عبرت قناة السويس علناً من فوق الماء”.

وذكرت قناة “كان” الإسرائيلية أن هذه الخطوة جاءت “في خضم فترة متوترة جداً بين إسرائيل وايران”، مشيرة إلى أن هذه “الغواصة التي عبرت البحر الأحمر، ستتوجه بحسب تقديرات المسؤولين الاستخباراتيين العرب تجاه الخليج”.

SAUDI ARABIA FELLS VICTIM TO EXCHANGE OF ASYMMETRICAL STRIKES BETWEEN IRAN AND ISRAEL

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In the Middle East the Houthi-Iranian alliance continues to harass forces of the Saudi-Israeli-US bloc with renewed vigour.

On November 25, a Greek-managed oil tanker was damaged in an attack on a Saudi petroleum terminal located near the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Col. Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said the tanker was hit by shrapnel resulting from an attack by the Yemeni Houthis using a water-born improvised explosive device. The spokesman claimed that the WBIED was intercepted. Nevertheless, the tanker’s operator, the Athens-based TMS Tankers, said the Maltese-flagged Agrari received a direct hit.

“The Agrari was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach,” the company said in a statement. “It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries. No pollution has been reported. The vessel is in ballast condition and stable.”

The Saudi Ministry of Energy said firefighters had extinguished a fire that had erupted after the attack. A spokesman for the ministry stressed that Aramco’s fuel supplies to its customers were not affected by the incident. At the same time, satellite images show a large oil spill off the shores of Jeddah’s terminal.

The Houthis (also known as Ansar Allah) have not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the usage of WBIEDs by the movement was widely documented in the previous years of war.

Just a few days ago, on November 23, the Houthis struck a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station near Jeddah with a Quds-2 cruise missile. According to the Yemeni movement, the missile was developed and produced by its Missile Forces. Nonetheless, the Houthi successes in missile and drone development during a total naval and air blockade would hardly be possible without Iranian help.

In these conditions, it is interesting to look at the timeframe of the Houthi strikes on Saudi Arabia. The movement says that its strikes on Saudi military and oil infrastructure are retaliatory actions to regular acts of Saudi aggression against Yemen, including airstrikes on civilian targets. Years after the ‘victorious’ Saudi intervention in Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition has still not been able to even reach the country’s capital. So, the Kingdom uses its air dominance to punish the Yemenis for their own setbacks on the battleground. However, it seems that there is one more factor motivating the Houthis. Both recent attacks on Saudi Arabia took place after Israeli strikes on Iranian-affiliated targets in Syria.

Here is the timeframe: On November 18, the Israeli Air Force struck the countryside of Damascus and the south of Syria. On November 23, a cruise missile hit the Saudi Aramco distribution station near Jeddah. Early on November 25, the Israeli military once again launched missiles at Iranian targets near Damascus and in the south. Later on the same day, a WBIED targeted a Saudi terminal off the Red Sea. The slightly delayed response to the November 18 strike could be explained by the fact that the Houthi-Iranian alliance needed a few days to prepare for the resumption of actions against Saudi targets, which were on a relative decrease in the preceding months due to the Houthi focus on the ground offensive in the Yemeni province of Marib and nearby areas. As to Iranian sources, they  are as expected denying any links between Israeli strikes on Syria and missiles, drones and WBIEDs  targetting Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, the Kingdom’s role as lamb to the slaughter in the ongoing regional standoff between Iranian-led forces and the Israeli-US bloc is not news to independent observers. Saudi Arabia predetermined its current position with its own launching of the failed military intervention in Yemen and by actively aligning itself with Israel in both public and clandestine dimensions.

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