Al-Houthi: US plans were paving way for controlling, occupying Yemen

September 20, 2022 

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The leader of Ansar Allah movement asserts that the US was working to escalate chaos in Yemen, but the Yemeni people thwarted these plans.

The leader of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi

The leader of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, said on Tuesday that the US plans were aimed at dismantling Yemen internally, fueling divisions and fragmentation, and stirring internal differences.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the September 21 revolution, Al-Houthi explained that the United States adopted a destructive policy against Yemen and did not care about the interests of the Yemeni people, adding that the US plans were paving the way to completely control and occupy Yemen.

He indicated that Washington was working to escalate chaos in Yemen, underlining that the alertness and action of the Yemeni people are what foiled the schemes of the United States and its allies.

The Yemeni leader pointed out that Washington was working to strip the Yemeni army of its military capabilities, noting that the targeting of the state’s military, civil, and administrative facilities unravels the destructive policy of aggression that aims to force Yemen into total collapse.

Al-Houthi added that Washington has turned its embassy in Sanaa into a headquarters for managing all sabotage activities in Yemen, adding that all Yemeni parties were sure that what the US ambassador in Sanaa was doing represented a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty and independence.

He mentioned that some Yemeni political parties were responding to US demands, but the resistance of the Yemeni people confused the Americans.

The leader of the Ansar Allah movement emphasized that the slogans, goals, and popular momentum of the revolutionary movement were broad, stressing that the revolution was not restricted to one group without the other; rather, it belonged to all components of the Yemeni people.

The popular movement expressed the awareness and values ​​of the Yemeni people, as well as their rightful demands that are far from any factional and sectarian discourse.

Al-Houthi said the Yemeni people insisted on gaining freedom in its true sense in order to obtain their rightful independence on September 21.

He considered that the aggression against Yemen revealed the reality of those who wanted to continue the guardianship over the country and exposed their hostile policy, adding that the aggression confirms the hostile policy of the Americans and their allies against our people.

The Yemeni leader noted that the aggression targeted government and service facilities, which shows the true American intentions to destroy everything in the country.

He pointed out that the coalition of aggression destroyed all infrastructure and even targeted courts, prisons, cemeteries, and schools and sought to tighten the noose on Yemenis in their livelihood by means of a harsh inhuman siege and economic conspiracies.

Yemen stands against path of normalization

Al-Houthi indicated that Yemen is militarily doing what many Arab countries are unable to do and is currently moving to work on the civil industry sector.

Regarding normalization with the Israeli occupation, Al-Houthi said Washington and its allies are seeking to bring about change in the region under the title of normalization and the loyalty of Arab regimes to “Israel”, stressing that Yemen stands against the path of normalization and by the Palestinian cause and the free people of the nation against its enemies.

Al-Houthi mentioned that the coalition of aggression and traitors among the Yemeni people are plundering the Yemeni oil wealth and controlling the country’s resources and wealth.

Earlier, the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, headed by Mahdi Al-Mashat, affirmed the country’s geographical and social unity and sovereignty over its wealth.

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Ansarullah Leader: Yemeni Security Apparatus Frustrated Saudi-Led Coalition’s Conspiracies

September 17, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement has hailed efforts and sacrifices being made by the country’s Ministry of Interior and security forces to maintain nationwide peace and stability, stressing that they have foiled fiendish plots developed by the Saudi regime and its regional allies.

“Apart from waging an atrocious military campaign [against Yemen] and massacring civilians, the Saudi-led coalition of aggression is making blatant attempts to undermine Yemen’s national security and stability,” Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said on Thursday afternoon as he addressed a massive military parade in the capital Sanaa via video link.

He added, “The Saudi-led coalition recruits Takfiri extremists and other terrorists in order to implement its criminal plots such as explosions. Brutal acts of violence and appalling massacre of ordinary people by Takfiri terrorists would be a common occurrence of the Yemeni nation’s lives if the enemy had managed to advance it plots.”

“Thanks to the grace of God and efforts being made by the Ministry of Interior and security forces, the Saudi-led alliance has failed to achieve any of its goals,” Sayyed al-Houthi pointed out.

He emphasized that “Security is our top priority, and the Yemeni Ministry of Interior is working within the framework of its duties to support the nation and maintain security and stability.”

The Ansarullah chief went on to say, “The Saudi-led coalition has spared no effort to target Yemeni security institutions, which serve the nation, guarantee its security and defend the country. The Saudi-led coalition has recurrently targeted Yemen’s infrastructure. This is while Yemeni security forces have withstood all these wicked bids, and are now more powerful and efficient.”

“It is of paramount significance for the Yemeni nation and the Ministry of Interior to have a strong relationship as it will help the latter to successfully perform its duties.

“Our message to the enemy in this military parade is that its efforts to infiltrate into Yemen’s security apparatus have dismally failed,” Sayyed al-Houthi highlighted.

“Security and stability are the legitimate rights of all Yemenis. Enemies’ plots against our nation’s security expose the extent of their hostile goals. We warn enemies about their conspiracies against the Yemeni nation and the country’s security and stability,” the Ansarullah leader said.

“Yemen’s security is highly beneficial to all its neighboring countries and Muslim nations. We are ready for security cooperation agreements for the benefit of our nations,” Sayyed al-Houthi concluded.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has caused the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Al-Shami: Preparing the Yemeni Army to have a role in Palestine

September 8, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Information Minister of the Yemeni National Salvation Government Daifallah Al-Shami stresses that any attack against Yemen will be met with a response.

Information Minister of the Yemeni National Salvation Government Daifallah Al-Shami 

In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Information Minister of the Yemeni National Salvation Government Daifallah Al-Shami confirmed that calling the military parade “The Promise of the Hereafter” confirms “Yemen’s connection with Palestine.”

Al-Shami said, “We are preparing our Yemeni army and people to have a role in the nation’s issues, especially in the liberation of Palestine,” adding that “Yemen is not a country that can be subject to normalization with Israel.”

The Yemeni Minister of Information indicated that “The Promise of the Hereafter military parade was an affirmation of the strength of the Yemeni army, despite the ongoing eight-year war.”

Regarding the selection of the city of Al-Hudaydah as a site for the military parade, Al-Shami said, “it is a message to the forces of aggression that the efforts to destroy Yemen have failed.”

Al-Shami stressed that Yemen will respond to any aggression, saying, “if any attack on Yemen from any side whatsoever occurs, it is our legitimate right to respond, and we have the ability to do so.”

It is worth noting that the Yemeni Armed Forces’ The Promise of the Hereafter military parade held in Al-Hudaydah saw the participation of various units of the Yemeni army, such as the coast guard, the navy, the air force, the air defense force, and several elite forces, sources told Al Mayadeen last Thursday.

Some 25,000 soldiers participated in the parade, spanning all of the aforementioned forces, the sources added, noting that the parade kicked off with the troop companies before large forces of armored vehicles, tanks, and ground and naval weapons exhibited their capabilities.

The Yemeni armed forces showcased their ground and air defenses, as well as homemade UAVs, the sources added.

They pointed out that the military parade “The Promise of the Hereafter”, in which the armed forces revealed “Yemeni-made marine missiles that have never been unveiled before, the Mandeb 2 and Mandeb 1 and Russian-made missiles Rubezh.”

Following the military parade, the head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi Al-Mashat, said that “the Yemeni forces have developed their weapons, and they are able to hit their targets by land and sea.”

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“The Promise of the Hereafter”: Yemeni Armed Forces Hold Grand Military Parade, Vow Major Surprises [Video]

September 3, 2022 

By Al-Ahed News

The Yemeni Armed Forces organized a grand military parade dubbed “The Promise of the Hereafter”, in which the al-Nasr Brigades, the Infantry, and the Naval and Aerial forces took part.

Drones had a prominent part of the parade, as well as the naval mines and anti-ship missiles.

As part of the parade that was held in the coastal Red Sea city of Hudaydah, the Yemeni Army’s Naval Force unveiled its land-to-sea “Faleq-1” missile.

Sources reported that the newly unveiled missiles can hit any target in the sea when launched from any point in Yemen, not only from coastal sites.

The Naval Force also displayed its “al-Mandib-2” and “Rubezh” missiles other than the several types of naval mines that were shown.

The parade conveyed a sounding message to the forces of aggression that the Yemenis would never compromise on their naval sovereignty no matter how many atrocities have been committed.

During the event, Spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Saree underlined that the forces didn’t rest but are rather ready and prepared to defend the nation, pointing to that the military parade in the Province of Hudaydah proves the level of preparedness of the Yemeni Armed Forces and the Popular Committees against the enemies.

Saree further vowed major surprises in the days to come, in line with the promise of Ansarullah Leader, Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi.

The spokesman also emphasized that the “Faleq-1” missile is capable of striking any target in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, or the Arab Sea, from any point in Yemen and not only from the city of Hudaydah.

As he vowed that the aggressors will suffer from painful and unexpected strikes, Saree made clear that the parade serves as an announcement that the Yemeni Armed Forces are at full preparedness to confront the enmies.

“After eight years of defiance, Yemen has turned stronger and more equipped than ever. The enemies have to understand this message and learn that Yemen today can turn their days into hell,” Saree further cautioned.

Exclusive: Details of Yemeni Armed Forces Al-Hudaydah military parade

1 Sep 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

Sources reveal to Al Mayadeen details about the Yemeni Armed Forces’ Promise of the Hereafter military parade.

A screengrab from a video published by the Yemeni Military Media center depicting an Al-Mandeb 1 anti-ship cruise missile during the Yemeni armed forces parade that took place today, September 1, 2022 (MMY.YE)

The Yemeni Armed Forces’ The Promise of the Hereafter military parade held in Al-Hudaydah saw the participation of various units of the Yemeni army, such as the coast guard, the navy, the air force, the air defense force, and several elite forces, sources told Al Mayadeen on Thursday.

Some 25,000 soldiers participated in the Promise of the Hereafter military parade, spanning all of the aforementioned forces, the sources added, noting that the parade kicked off with the troop companies before large forces of armored vehicles, tanks, and ground and naval weapons exhibited their capabilities.

The Yemeni armed forces showcased their ground and air defenses, as well as homemade UAVs, the sources added.

She pointed out that the military parade “The Promise of the Hereafter”, in which the armed forces revealed “Yemeni-made marine missiles that have never been unveiled before, the Mandeb 2 and Mandeb 1 and Russian-made missiles [rebranded as Rubij].”

The commander of the victory brigades also made an address to the armed forces, stressing that all of the armed forces in Yemen will continue fighting until the country’s liberation of its occupation.

The Yemeni armed forces celebrated today the graduation of new soldiers in Al-Hudaydah, and the fifth military district held a large-scale, unprecedented military parade.

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Yemeni Armed Forces Reveal Qualitative Op for Air Force in Ad-Durayhimi’s Documentary

June 2, 2022

By Staff | Ansarollah.com

The Yemeni Armed Forces displayed a third part of the documentary series “Ad-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory”, which revealed scenes of a qualitative operation carried out by the Yemeni resistance in the besieged Ad-Durayhimi district in al-Hudaydah Province.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree said the scenes revealed for the first time the participation of the Air Force in breaking the siege on the city of Ad-Durayhimi, with a qualitative operation beyond the limits of expectations.

The documentary reveals the secrets of an epic of the legendary Yemeni steadfastness despite the continuous siege and bombardment for two whole years in a coastal city exposed to enemy fire by land, sea and air.

At least 7,000 civilians remained trapped in Southern Hudaydah’s Ad-Durayhimi district by Saudi-led Coalition forces, in what has become a de facto two-year siege amid Yemen’s broader humanitarian crisis. Conditions in Ad-Durayhimi were dire, as civilians endured an acute shortage of food and the spread of disease and epidemics.

In June 2018, Saudi-led forces imposed a land and air blockade on the heavily-populated area of Ad-Durayhimi, which lies about 20 km from the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah. Saudi forces left no safe corridors for civilians to flee and then began an indiscriminate campaign of rocket and artillery strikes on the district.

Without humanitarian corridors, local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and ambulance crews have been left unable to evacuate the wounded.

Following is the link to watch the third part of the aforementioned documentary:

related topic: Yemenis Use ‘Food-carrying Rockets’ To Help Saudi-blocked City

Documentary | Al-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory – Part One (EN)
Documentary | Al-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory – Part 3 (EN)
The participation of the Air Force in the operation to break the siege on the city of Durayhimi

‘Tortured to death’: Saudi Army kills seven Yemeni migrants trying to cross border amid UN silence

27 May 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen English

Naseh Shaker 

Families of the seven Yemeni migrants reveal to Al Mayadeen English who killed their sons as Ansar Allah, Saudi coalition trade blames.

‘Tortured to death’: Saudi Army kills seven Yemeni migrants trying to cross border amid UN silence

Yemeni migrant Abdullah Hasan Saeed left his village in Al-Hudaydah on May 9 toward the Yemeni crossing-border of Al-Raqo to find a job in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On May 12, his father Hasan received a call from the Republican Hospital in Saada telling him the Saudi Army has tortured and killed his son.

“A Saudi bullet in his back killed him,” Hasan, father of Abdullah, told Al Mayadeen English in a phone call. He added, “There are also signs of torture on his body.” 

Abdullah, 28, is one of seven Yemeni citizens tortured and killed by the Saudi Army while on their way to the Kingdom seeking job opportunities to make a living.

Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against Yemen in 2015 following the success of Ansar Allah popular revolution to topple the US-Saudi-backed corrupt government of Abed-Rabu Mansour Hadi.

On May 12, Al-Masirah TV, citing its reporter in Saada, reported that seven corpses of Yemeni migrants tortured and killed by the Saudi Army in the bordering area of Al-Raqo have arrived at the Republican Hospital in Saada.

Insan Organization condemned this crime and published the names and images of four out of the seven citizens tortured and killed:

– Abdullah Hasan Said, from Al-Hudaydah Province 

– Abdullah Darweesh, from Al-Hudaydah Province

– Khaleel Darweesh, from Al-Hudaydah Province 

– Mohammed Al-Badani, from Ibb Province.

“The Saudi soldiers have tortured several Yemeni civilians along the border area of ​​Al-Raqo until they died, as seven bodies of civilians arrived in the Republican Hospital in Saada, bearing signs of torture by beating and electrocution,” Yemeni Eye of Humanity Center For Rights and Freedoms said in a statement, pointing that the number of victims will most likely increase.

“This crime revealed the true face of this takfiri Wahhabi regime that rules Saudi Arabia and does not accept coexistence with others,” the statement added. 

Ahmed Abu Hamra, Director of Eye of Humanity Center For Rights and Freedoms, condemned this Saudi crime, saying, “The Saudi regime’s record is full of daily crimes in the border areas.”

“We have contacted all UN organizations regarding these crimes, but organizations do not take any action,” he noted.

Full-fledged crime

On May 13, the Saudi-led coalition in a statement published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said, “Ansar Allah’s allegations that there are deaths in the border area of Al-​​Raqo, with the Saudi forces dealing with them, are untrue.”

“Dozens of migrants were killed in the process of forced displacement and armed clashes launched by the Houthis,” SPA reported, citing the US-backed Saudi coalition allegations in the statement. 

Hasan, father of Abdullah, from Al-Marawi`ah District of the port city of Al-Hudaydah, denied the Saudi allegations and accused the Saudi Army of killing his son Abdullah. “He was killed by a Saudi bullet over a Saudi territory off Al-Raqo area.”

Asked what job Abdullah was seeking in the Kingdom, he replied, “He used to work in restaurants.”

Yemeni Ministry of Health said on May 12 in a statement that the torture and killing of the seven Yemeni citizens is “a full-fledged crime and a grave violation of international and humanitarian law…”

“The coalition continues to shed Yemeni blood by various means, whether by airstrikes, rocket-propelled grenades and artillery, or torture till death,” it added.

The Ministry also called on the United Nations to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for war crimes and to refer these crimes to the International Criminal Court.

Mourning

Hasan Saeed said his son Abdullah was married and the father of a 3-year-old boy and a 40-day-old baby girl.

“The whole family is mourning his death,” Hasan told Al Mayadeen English. “He was working to feed his sons and five other brothers and sisters.”

Mohammed Ali, a neighbor of Abdullah, said the entire village is mourning the death of Abdullah.

“He was very kind to all who knew him,” Ali told Al Mayadeen English.

“The UN has been covering the Saudi atrocities against Yemenis and the international community should put an end to this discrimination against Yemenis,” Ali cried out.

Tortured to death

Khaleel Darweesh had spent two years in the Saudi Kingdom gathering money to get married. In 2021, he returned home to Yemen to get married. Now his wife is pregnant in the second month, his brother Hamed said.

Khaleel Darwish while in Saudi Arabia (Exclusive)

After Eid Al-Fitr, Khaleel Darweesh, his brother Hamed, and cousin Abdullah Darweesh left Al Marawi`ah District of Al-Hudaydah toward Al-Raqo crossing border aiming to return to the Kingdom.

However, Khaleel and his cousin Abdullah decided to cross the border on May 11, leaving behind Hamed in Al-Raqo market, and they were captured and tortured to death by the Saudi Army using water and electricity.

Khaleel Darweesh left along with brother Hamed right (Exclusive)

“They weren’t killed in clashes with Ansar Allah, as the Saudi coalition claimed,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English.

“They were peaceful migrants carrying nothing other than food and water,” the 32-year-old Hamed explained.

Hamed survived the torture because he said he didn’t travel with Khaleel and Abdullah on the night of May 11 and remained at Al-Raqo market until the second day.

Hamed received the news of migrants being tortured to death on May 12 and went to look, but found his brother Khaleel and cousin Abdullah amongst the tortured migrants.

Khaleel during his wedding party wearing Yemeni uniform (Exclusive)

“I found their frozen bodies,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English of his brother and cousin. “I wish they were killed by bullets rather than being tortured to death.”

“I will never try again entering the kingdom of torture and terrorism,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English when asked if he plan to return to the Kingdom as a survivor. “It is the Kingdom of barbarism, and the UN is silent about Saudi crimes against Yemeni migrants.”

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

Report: Saudi Arabia Plans to Annex Several Yemeni Provinces

May 9, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A Yemeni media report has revealed that Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a devastating war on Yemen for over seven years, is planning to annex a number of key Yemeni provinces.

According to a recent report by the Crater Sky, a Saudi official held a meeting with a committee consisting of a number of people from the Yemeni provinces of Hadhramaut, Shabwah, al-Mahrah, and Abyan to announce that the kingdom has decided to grant the people of those provinces the right to self-determination so that they would be able to join Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, the Saudi official also announced that the decision would not be overturned, the Aden-based website reported.

The official also referred to the Yemeni provinces, which are rich in natural resources, as “Saudi Arabia’s Arab South.”

According to the report, the kingdom’s decision comes as part of its plans to have access to the Indian Ocean.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi plan to annex the Yemeni provinces comes while Saudi-backed forces have been consistently losing ground in recent months, especially in the key Ma’rib province, as the Yemeni armed forces continue their advances to free their country.

Under another plot attributed to Riyadh, Hadi announced last month that he had delegated his self-proclaimed powers to the “presidential leadership” council and dismissed vice president Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

The Wall Street Journal later reported that the former Yemeni president had been forced by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] to step down.

Rai al-Youm, an Arabic language digital news and opinion website, confirmed the WSJ report, adding that Hadi’s private meeting with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, which took place during the latter’s recent visit to Riyadh without the attendance of any Saudi official, was behind MBS’s decision.

Hadi had once resigned from the presidency in early 2015 and fled to Riyadh following a popular uprising led by the Ansarullah movement. He later rescinded his resignation after arriving in Saudi Arabia.

من نتائج الحرب الأوكرانيّة: ترتيب قوة حزب الله عالميّاً

الأربعاء 20 نيسان 2022

 ناصر قنديل

تعتبر الحرب الأوكرانية أول مواجهة عسكرية كبرى على الصعيد العالمي منذ الحرب العالمية الثانية، تدور في ظروف متكافئة سياسياً واقتصادياً وعسكرياً، بين أحد أقوى جيوش الغرب الذي يملك خلفية إمداد مالي ولوجستي مفتوحة، بصورة تتيح له التحوّل إلى طليعة مقاتلة لجيوش الغرب، تحظى بجسر برّي تتلقى عبره كل أنواع الأسلحة المفيدة، والمعلومات الاستخبارية، واستيعاب اللاجئين وتأمين الموارد البديلة للاقتصاد المدمر لمواصلة الحرب، والشراكة بالتضييق وفرض الحصار على الجهة المعادية اقتصادياً وسياسياً وعسكرياً وتكنولوجياً، وبالمقابل أقوى جيوش الشرق المدجّج بسلاح نوويّ والمتطور تكنولوجياً، والمستند الى عمق جغرافي وسكاني هائل، وصناعة حربية متطورة، واقتصاد يصعب تجفيف موارده المالية لاستناده الى موارد الطاقة التي لا غنى عنها للاقتصادات المعادية. وتتشكل ساحة المناورة العسكرية للحرب من مساحة تزيد عن مليوني كلم مربع، هي مساحة أوكرانيا نفسها، والبحار المحيطة والدول المجاورة.

تتزامن هذه الحرب الممتدّة منذ شهرين مع دعوات بعض الأطراف اللبنانية، بتشجيع عربي وغربي، على خوض الانتخابات النيابية تحت شعار نزع سلاح حزب الله، الذي يوازي شعار الحرب التي أعلنتها روسيا بنزع سلاح الجيش الأوكراني، فيما تقدم الحرب الأوكرانية فرصة لتقدير موقف عسكري حول مدى إمكانية جعل شعار نزع حزب الله واقعياً، من خلال مقارنة العناصر التي يمكن لها أن تجيب على هذا السؤال من الزاوية العسكرية الصرفة، بعيداً عن الرغبات والتمنيات، سواء بحفظ السلاح أو نزعه، فربما لا ينتبه البعض من غير المعنيين بالشؤون العسكرية وخبرائها، أن حجم القوى المتقابلة في حرب أوكرانيا، والتي يقدّرها الخبراء بـ مئة الف جندي من كل طرف، تعادل الرقم الرسمي المعلن من قبل الأمين العام لحزب الله لحجم القوة المنظمة للحزب عسكرياً. ومن أهم نتائج معارك الشهرين الماضيين في حرب أوكرانيا إثبات عدم فعالية سلاح المدرعات والدبابات على طرفي الحرب، حيث صارت أهدافاً سهلة لطائرات روسيا المروحية المزوّدة بصواريخ مضادة للمدرعات، على الجانب الأوكراني، وأهدافاً سهلة لصواريخ غربية موازية مضادة للمدرعات، على الجانب الروسي، بينما يجمع الخبراء على محدودية فاعلية سلاح الجو الروسي رغم تفوّقه الكبير كماً ونوعاً، بعدما تحول خشية صواريخ دفاع جوي محمولة، الى مصدر إطلاق صواريخ بعيدة المدى عالية الدقة، مثله مثل الغواصات، ومثل منصات اطلاق الصواريخ من البرّ، فظهر التفوق الروسي بذلك في القدرة الصاروخية العالية الدقة، سواء في استهداف البنية التحتية العسكرية للجيش الأوكراني او خطوط الإمداد الآتية من الغرب، او خزانات الوقود والأهداف الحيوية المزدوجة الاستخدام في الحروب، بينما ظهر التفوّق الأوكراني في فعالية مشاة البر المدربين وخصوصاً الجماعات العقائدية منهم، كفرقة آزوف التي خاضت ولا تزال معركة ماريوبول، ما استدعى لمواجهتها استحضار قوة توازيها في فنون حروب المشاة والتعبئة العقائدية يمثلها الجيش الشيشاني.

وفقاً لمراكز الأبحاث العسكرية الغربية يصنف الجيش الأوكراني في المرتبة الحادية والعشرين عالمياً، بينما انخفض تصنيف الجيش الإسرائيلي من المرتبة الخامسة عشرة إلى المرتبة العشرين، تحت تأثير حروبه مع حزب الله ومع المقاومة في غزة، ووفقاً لمقارنة بسيطة فإن الجيش السعودي يصنف في المرتبة السابعة عشرة عالمياً، وما آلت إليه حرب اليمن، التي خاضها تحت شعار نزع سلاح أنصار الله، تقدّم الكثير للراغبين في امتلاك فهم علمي لموازين القوى ومسارات حسم الحروب ومعاييرها، وقد نجح أنصار الله بقوة اعتمادهم على ثلاثة عناصر، هي صواريخ محدودة العدد وعالية الدقة، وشبكة فعالة من الطائرات المسيّرة، ولكن أساساً على جبهة داخلية متينة تحمي قوة مشاة بر شديدة الاحتراف والتماسك والقدرة، وبالمقارنة مع حرب اليمن ومع حرب أوكرانيا على ضفتيها الروسية والأوكرانية، ومع فوارق القدرة على تحمل الخسائر البرية بين روسيا وجيوش الغرب الأميركية والأوروبية، يمكن القول إن الجيش الأوكراني هو الجيش الأول بين جيوش الغرب القادر على مواجهة الجيش الروسي وتحمل الخسائر البشريّة، وأن ما يستطيعه الجيش الروسي في مواجهة الجيش الأوكرانيّ على هذا الصعيد، وما استطاعه الجيش السعوديّ على هذا الصعيد أيضاً، أي تحمل الخسائر البشرية لا يستطيعه الجيش الأميركي والجيش الإسرائيلي معاً في مواجهة حزب الله.

ساحة مناورة أية حرب لنزع سلاح حزب الله ستتسع على مساحة تزيد عن عشرة ملايين كلم مربع تصل الى إيران والخليج والبحر الأحمر والبحر المتوسط، وسيكون حجم الصواريخ العالية الدقة المستخدمة فيها أضعافاً مضاعفة لتلك التي استخدمت في الحرب الأوكرانيّة، ومجموع القوة البرية المحترفة التي ستشارك فيها على مساحة الحرب جغرافياً، من لبنان الى فلسطين واليمن والعراق وسورية وإيران، ستزيد عن مليون مقاتل عقائديّ محترف، فهي عملياً عشرة حروب من حرب أوكرانيا، لكن ما يلفت الانتباه أكثر هو أن حزب الله وحده يملك ميزات التفوق المجتمعة لدى الجيشين المتحاربين في أوكرانيا، الجيش الروسي والجيش الأوكراني، سلاح فعّال مضاد للمدرعات والأساطيل، 100 ألف من مشاة البر المحترفين والعقائديّين، وشبكة مكوّنة من آلاف الصواريخ العالية الدقة الشديدة الانفجار من نوعية متقدّمة، وشبكة موازية من الطائرات المسيّرة العصريّة، وشبكة استخبارات ومعلومات واستطلاع شديدة التميّز والفعالية. واذا كان الجيش الأوكراني بأقل منها استطاع مواصلة القتال بوجه الجيش الروسي لشهرين ولا يزال يقاتل، فهل نتحدّث عن سنة مثلاً لبلوغ المرحلة ذاتها إذا كان الجيش الأميركي والجيش الإسرائيليّ في موقع الهجوم وحزب الله هو الذي يواجه؟

بعض هواة السياسة المستجدّين والسذج يتحدثون عن الحاجة لقرار دولي، يضمنون معه نزع السلاح، وهؤلاء ربما فاتهم أن هذا القرار صدر وحمل الرقم 1559، وحظي يومها بموافقة روسيا والصين، وجاءت حرب تموز 2006 وفقاً لتصريحات غونداليسا رايس آلية تنفيذية للقرار، وفي ظروف نموذجيّة لن تتكرر لصالح فرض تنفيذه، لبنانياً وإقليمياً ودولياً، وكان الفشل نصيب أصحاب القرار وأصحاب الحرب، فعن أي مجتمع دولي نتحدّث اليوم والحرب تقسمه نصفين، وأي إقليم، وأي لبنان، وأي حزب الله وأية قوة عسكرية لديه، كلها تغيّرت لصالح جعل مجرد التفكير بفرض قرار دولي، وقدرة دولية، وفلسفة نزع السلاح، مجرد حماقة وغباء!

بقياس معايير تصنيف الجيوش العالمية بالتأكيد سيكون هناك خبراء متنوّرون، يعتمدون العلم كأداة قياس، وخبرات الحروب كمعايير، وسيكون بينهم من يصنف حزب الله كخامس أو سادس قوة عسكرية في العالم، وربما يتجرأ البعض للقول إن هناك معسكرين نوويين عالميين هما الغرب والشرق، ومقابلهما هناك قوة ثالثة هي محور المقاومة، وفي قلبه حزب الله يمثل القيمة المضافة والطليعة المقاتلة ورأس الحربة الفعال!

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اليمن: الصبر العظيم يأتي بالنصر العظيم

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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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Mercenaries in Yemen: Nationalities, numbers & horrors

March 29 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Mona Issa 

American. French. Sudanese. German. Colombian. Yemeni. Eritrean. You name it.

Mercenaries in Yemen are a significant factor in what prolonged the war.

It’s the twenty-first century. Corporates have armies. With as little as a few ID papers and almost no governmental regulation, you can take up state-of-the-art arms and be sent to a war that’s not your war, not your battle, and kill people whose names you can barely pronounce. The trade offer? You receive some $10,000 a week. That’s $40,000 a month. That’s more than 30x the American minimum wage for some honest work. You need not read some Veronica Roth, because we’re already living in a dystopian novel. 

Let’s address the word “mercenaries.” In the very far away bureaucratic world of secret operations where sharp terms are smoothed down (recalling comedian George Carlin’s usage of post-traumatic stress disorder as a euphemism for shell-shock!), “mercenaries” is a taboo word. Instead, they’re called special forces to drive people away from the clandestine, underground nature of foreign soldier recruitment. An ancient ‘job’ dormant since the Middle Ages, the United States revived the mercenary industry with Bush’s War on Terror, and continued the venture into the UAE and Saudi-led war on Yemen, and now in Ukraine

Putting Saudi Arabia aside for now – UAE is the perfect orbit state for Washington. With a population of only 1 million with a total of 9 million expatriates, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan does not want to risk it all for a wealthy population that can barely manage a home without housemaids – the UAE is largely operated by foreigners rather than locals. So how was the UAE going to fight this war? An army operated by foreigners – namely US lieutenants and colonels and allies.

But why mercenaries? One reason is numbers. There was no way MBZ was going to send soldiers from his local population of 1 million to war. A foreign population, however, is cost-effective, could be bought in abundance, and will guarantee to prolong the war – especially if major terrorists like ISIS are on the ground.

Another reason is accountability. Because mercenaries operate outside the scope of direct military command – or, at least that’s what we know – Abu Dhabi benefits from zero accountability. Mercenaries can kill, maim and commit other war crimes with no investigation from a legitimate governmental body. They’re bought and sold like a commodity, where corporates, on the long run, can transform into superpowers like states in the new world.

A third reason would be, as an ex-Navy SEAL – Erik Prince – once said: Muslim soldiers could not be counted on to kill fellow Muslims. Sending Muslim soldiers, Emirati or Saudi, to kill Yemenis will bear a conflict of interest. 

Read more: 7 years of aggression on Yemen, victims surpass 46,000

The Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees in Yemen can testify to witnessing American, Australian, Sudanese, Colombian, Eritrean, and even Yemeni mercenaries, working for Gulf and US interests in Yemen. Some were recruited out of ignorance and poverty, others were recruited out of coercion and deception, and many bear arms for major cash.

Kingfish

Erik Prince is a former US Navy SEAL who was behind the revival of the private security industry. 

He also calls himself ‘Kingfish.’ 

Notoriously known for Blackwater and his involvement in the Iraq War, he established another private military company called Reflex Responses – or R2 – after he sold Blackwater to investors as an escape from controversy. The UAE secretly hired both companies, Blackwater and R2, to go to Yemen. 

See more: Blackwater founder to charge $6,500 per seat on Afghanistan evacuation plane

Blackwater, which has massacred scores of Iraqis and is despised in Iraq more than the US soldiers themselves, has taken pride in employing Colombians and other Latin American military personnel, from soldiers to commanders. 

But, why did MBZ’s private army, a project originally launched by Blackwater, consist mostly of Colombians? 

As Professor of Strategy at the National Defense University Sean McFate put it, think of the private military industry as the t-shirt industry. In America, it costs 20$ to make, but in Bangladesh, it costs 1$ to make.

Colombian mercenaries are not only cheap, but they are also trained by Washington and are more violent and rigorous than others given they are hardened by guerrilla warfare in Latin America. 

The UAE hired 1,800 Colombians on the ground and tripled and quadrupled their salaries. 

“They’re pretty tough warriors in my experience,” McFate said. “They obey chain of command, and they have American training.

“When you take them out of Latin America and put them in the Middle East, they have no sort of political affiliation to any Middle Eastern action or country, so they’re just truly loyal to their paymaster. So they got a lot of Latin American ex-special soldiers in Abu Dhabi. Then, as the Emirates went to war with Saudi Arabia in Yemen, that’s when the Emirates deployed these mercenaries into Yemen to kill Houthis. And they did. And now we have mercenary warfare in Yemen almost like it’s the Middle Ages again.”

Under the guise of construction workers, Colombian mercenaries became part of an American mercenary army, led by Erik Prince, who scored a $529 million budget from the UAE to create a monster. 

“That is to me a pretty crazy part of the evolution of the mercenary business model that was taken from Erik Prince developing it in the US then exporting it to Abu Dhabi – then, all of the sudden, there are Colombians dying in Yemen. It’s hard to track,” said McFate. 

Spear: A Delaware-based firm with an Israeli touch

“Give me your best man and I’ll beat him. Anyone,” said Abraham Golan, the Israeli-Hungarian owner of Spear Operations Group that has also operated in Yemen to commit targeted assassinations. 

Golan was able to convince, over spaghetti and maybe some wine, the security advisor to MBZ that hiring his security company would be more effective than his own army – and, it worked. 

On December 29, 2015, a group of mercenaries from the Delaware-based military firm planted a bomb in the Islah political party headquarters in Aden, Yemen. Escorted by UAE military vehicles front and back, one of Golan’s mercenaries, Isaac Gilmore (also an ex-Navy SEAL and Delta Force veteran), jumps from the vehicle, fires bullets at civilians around the block, as his comrade rushes to plant the explosive device just under the building. With an Emirati soldier behind the wheel, the SUV zooms off as soon as the deed is done. 

Assassination targets handed out to Spears Group Operations’ mercenaries who were sent to operate in Yemen. (BuzzFeed News)

The group that Golan and Gilmore pieced together was a 12-man army, mostly consisting of former French legion officers and ex-US soldiers. The French officers were paid half of what Golan intended to pay – around $10,000 a month – which was even less than half of their American counterparts, a testimony to the commodification of military personnel and ‘market’ value. 

The assassination plot to kill Anssaf Ali Mayo, a leader of the conservative Islah party in Yemen, was plotted out over spaghetti at a UAE military base with MBZ’s security advisor and ex-Fatah member, Mohammed Dahlan. 

Dahlan fell from grace when he was accused of collaborating with the CIA and “Israel” – and that’s exactly what he did as he sat with Gilmore and Golan. The MBZ security advisor has his hands in a lot of political mess.

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A report by Al-Khaleej Online in 2018 exposes Dahlan’s complicity in holding secret training camps in occupied Palestine. 

The secret training camps, which held hundreds of Nepalese and Colombian mercenaries, were situated in the Naqab desert in occupied Palestine, where the geological nature of the region looks synonymous with that of Yemen.

Dahlan personally supervised the training and made regular visits and check-ups.

“Mohammed Dahlan visited these camps on more than one occasion to be informed,” sources revealed to Al-Khaleej Online. Dahlan was filled in on the progress of the preparations, in addition to the mercenaries’ training.

And by the way, the Aden operation failed. 

The price of Washington lip service? The blood of young Sudanese men 

There were two ways through which young Sudanese – even minors under 18 – got recruited to Yemen. By force and deception, and by Omar Al Bashir’s thirst for power. 

Estimates and reports suggest that up to 15,000 Sudanese mercenaries were fighting in Yemen. 

By force and deception: Many Sudanese became victims of forced conscription into becoming mercenaries for a private US firm, Black Shield Security Services. 

Responding to online job posts as “security guards,” the UAE-based company would trick the job applicants into signing the contract, only to the surprise of the young men that, all of the sudden, they’re redirected to a military training camp in the UAE to be sent off to either Libya or Yemen. They were offered ‘large’ sums of money, more than they can ever get in an average job in their country which has been experiencing an ongoing political crisis. 

The contracts signed by young Sudanese men, which had an e-Visa to enter the UAE from Khartoum attached to it, had “profession: Security Guard” written on them. 

Up to 15,000 Sudanese mercenaries were reportedly deployed in Yemen, who, according to the current Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, were reduced to 5,000. Many of them were children.

Official recruitment is also the culprit. Omar Al Bashir, Sudan’s old ruler, whose throne was strangled by sanctions and international pressures, sold his pro-Iran alliance for financial help from the Gulf – which meant sending thousands of Sudanese men and children to kill in Yemen. 

To go through with the recruitment, a private company – Rapid Support Forces – or the Janjaweed, a die-hard Bashir-backing militia, scored major bags with Saudi and Emirati officials. Both groups face allegations of systematic rape, indiscriminate murder and other war crimes from the Darfur war in which 300,000 people were killed. 

Arriving by the thousands from Sudan to Saudi Arabia, the Sudanese mercenaries were handed US-made weapons and uniforms. Then, they were taken to Al-Hudaydah, Taiz and Aden. Paid in Saudi riyals, 14-year-old amateurs were paid some $480 a month, while experienced officers from the Janjaweed were paid $530 a month – both cheaper than any other mercenary, including Colombians.  

The RSF profited $350 million from its role in Yemen. 

Ahmed, who was 25-years-old at the time when he was sent to Al-Hudaydah, commented on this experience: “The Saudis would give us a phone call and then pull back.

“They treat the Sudanese like their firewood,” he told the New York Times.

Other than Sudan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have also been paying Eritrea to provide troops and assistance. In 2015, the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea revealed that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi signed a deal with Eritrea which allowed the coalition to use Eritrean military bases to attack Yemen. Chad isn’t left from the equation either: RSF mercenaries include hundreds of Chadian men, whose alignment lies with Bashir, hence maintaining an interest to keep him in power. 

There are also some 1,000 Pakistani mercenaries fighting in Yemen, despite a majority no-vote in Islamabad’s parliament. 

Yemenis fighting Yemenis 

As poverty, war and uncertainty brought millions of Yemenis to prolonged angst, many contemplated turning their back on their own kind. 

For around $1,200 a month, Yemenis were compelled to join the Al-Fateh brigade, a mercenary-militia based in Najran, Saudi Arabia, which was formed in 2016. The brigade is an all-Yemeni mercenary hub.

The Saudis recruited over 1,000 mercenaries to the Saudi-Yemen border to defend it.

In a report by the Middle East Eye, one mercenary that goes by the name Anees narrates that some thousand Yemenis were forced to advance towards Jabara valley in Saada province, Yemen, knowing that the valley is under control of the Yemeni armed forces, and that they were positioned just behind them in Najran. 

The leaders of Al-Fateh forced the mercenaries to move forward, assuring that Salafi fighters would follow and protect them.

He narrates, “Suddenly, the Houthis started to attack us from the mountains. We tried to withdraw but there were no Salafi fighters backing us up and only the Houthis besieging us from all directions.”

The Yemenis were besieged for four days, abandoned by both the Saudis and the Salafis. 

“We were about to die from hunger. We had run out of food. The Saudis and the Salafis did not break the siege on us, so we fought and pushed towards Najran and only few were escaped including me,” Anees said.

Bundeswehr

Last year, former German soldiers and police officers lodged in an offering to Saudi Arabia to form a group of mercenaries – or, according to German prosecutors, a terrorist organisation – to be sent to Yemen.

Two Bundeswehr soldiers were charged with terrorism by state prosecutors for conspiring to recruit 150 men and former soldiers from the Bundeswehr armed forces. The mercenaries were to be paid $46,400 a month to conduct operations in the Arabian peninsula.

The goal of the mercenary force to be formed was to capture land held by the Yemeni Armed Forces – however, it does not stop there. The mercenary force was also to be sent to other protracted conflicts around the world, with the two convicted terrorists in full conscious awareness that the fighters will have to commit murder and kill civilians to achieve strategic goals. 

The future

If the Saudi and Emirati armies were to fight and bleed, the war would not have lasted long with a population of 30 million willing to resist barefoot. Mercenaries played a significant role in the war on Yemen by sustaining the violence on the ground, continuously causing grief. 

Many experts would say that the future of warfare is private. The effectiveness of state armies is diminishing, while private firms have proven to get more tasks done – however bloody and sinister. 

As corporations overshadow governmental authority, warlords and investors will be more keen on keeping ‘security firms’ going in so-called “conflict zones in the Middle East,” where the flow of weapons and the funding for violence come from Western neoliberal democracies. 

While the use of mercenaries was dishonorable in recent times, the West has been promoting its use. As the foreign fighters are used to carry out targeted assassinations and other forms of murder, states and governmental bodies take in less and less responsibility and accountability for the humanitarian disaster that comes with the recruitment. 

A UN Mercenary Convention in 2001 forbids the recruitment of mercenaries in conflict: Only 36 countries supported the convention. Some of the countries that did not ratify it are the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, India, Japan and Russia. 

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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.

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GCC Talks Meant To Get Saudi Arabia Out Of Yemen Quagmire – Report

March 23, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The so-called intra-Yemeni talks, planned by the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] at the regional union’s headquarters in Riyadh, are meant to save Saudi Arabia from the quagmire it is stuck in by leading the war on Yemen, according to a report.

The New Khalij news website reported on Tuesday that the negotiations, scheduled to be held between March 29 and April 7, are set to address six issues, including what is called the opening of humanitarian corridors to restore stability in Yemen.

After the talks, according to the report, specialized committees will be formed to follow up on the implementation of the results of the discussions.

It added that Saudi Arabia spends $175 million a month on air raids against Yemen.

British daily The Times said the war costs Saudi Arabia $72 billion a year. Estimates put the cost of Saudi fighter jets participating in the offensive at $230 million a month.

Yemeni forces’ counterattacks on Saudi oil facilities have added to the kingdom’s economic problems as its Patriot and THAAD systems have not been able to counter the strikes, the report said.

“With the increasing economic pressure on Riyadh caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, as well as declining US support, Saudi Arabia appears to be seriously considering a way to rescue itself from the Yemeni crisis in a way that saves its face,” it noted.

“Arab and international circles are beating the drum of the ‘Ramadan ceasefire’ in Yemen in order to increase the chances of success of the Riyadh talks on the condition that Ansarullah participates in the negotiations. The absence of Ansarullah will cause the failure of these negotiations.”

Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement has turned down the GCC invitation for the talks, saying Saudi Arabia cannot be a mediator as it is a perpetrator of the bloody war.

The group also stressed that it will welcome discussions on a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict if the venue is a “neutral country,” and that the priority is lifting “arbitrary” restrictions on Yemeni ports and Sana’a airport.

Recently, Mahdi al-Mashat, who heads Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, vowed to uphold the rights of his nation against more Saudi aggression and siege.

“What is being said about the Riyadh talks has the title of peace, but at its heart, it means more aggression and siege,” he said, condemning Riyadh’s calls for peace while at the same time killing the Yemeni people.

“How stupid do they think the Yemeni people are? They are inviting them to peace amid a siege,” he added.

Addressing the Saudi-led military coalition, he further stressed that the invading coalition “will eventually fail and all its schemes will fall short because the Yemeni nation is treading the right path.”

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 return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the Ansarullah, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

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

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

7 years of aggression on Yemen, victims surpass 46,000

March 22, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net 

The Eye of Humanity Center for Rights and Development in Sanaa reveals the number of victims that have fallen as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s aggression on Yemen.

7 years of aggression on Yemen, victims surpass 46,000.

The Eye of Humanity Center for Rights and Development in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, announced that the number of civilian casualties as a result of the direct bombing of the Saudi-led coalition during the 7 years of the aggression on Yemen amounted to 46,262 between martyrs and wounded, including 17,734 martyrs, among which are 4017 children, 2434 women, and 11,283 men, while the number of wounded reached 28,528 wounded, including 4,586 children, 2,911 women, and 10,032 men. 

In a press conference, the center indicated that the coalition destroyed about 12,000 infrastructure facilities, including 15 airports, 16 ports, 340 stations and generators, 2,091 government facilities, 6,734 roads and bridges, 609 networks, and communication stations, and 2,799 tanks, and a water network.

The center pointed out that the number of destroyed service facilities reached about 600,000, including 590,000 homes, 182 universities, 1,612 mosques, 410 hospitals and health facilities, 1,214 schools and institutes, 139 playgrounds, 253 archaeological sites, and 9,721 agricultural fields.

The center highlighted that the Saudi aggression, which began in late March 2015, destroyed about 26,000 economic establishments, including 404 factories, 378 fuel tankers, 11,000 commercial establishments, 9,770 means of transportation, 999 food stores, 416 fuel stations, and 696 markets and complexes, 433 cattle farms, 482 fishing boats, and 965 food trucks, which forced huge losses on the national economy and caused severe social crises represented by unemployment and poverty.

See more: Yemen: They are not just numbers

In the same context, Entisaf Organization for Child and Women’s Rights in Sanaa reported that the siege imposed by the aggression caused the loss of 100,000 newborn children, at a rate of six children every two hours, in addition to more than 3,000 children with cancer who face the risk of death.

Moreover, the United Nations warned this March that millions of Yemenis are at the brink of starvation, as a result of the economic collapse caused by the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen for the seventh year in a row, calling for “urgent measures to be taken.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through its mission in Yemen, wrote on Twitter, “The impact of the economic collapse on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen cannot be underestimated. Without urgent action, it could plunge millions into starvation.”

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US Sends Patriot Missile Interceptors to Saudi Arabia as Yemeni Resistance Steps up Retaliation

March 21, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The United States sent a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia upon an urgent request from Riyadh, reports suggested, amid intensified retaliatory strikes on the kingdom from the Yemeni side.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington transferred the interceptors to the kingdom within the past month.

The report added that the move was aimed to enable the kingdom to fend off drone and missile strikes conducted by the Yemeni resistance in retaliation for the years-long Saudi aggression and siege.

A senior official within the US administration of President Joe Biden, who asked not to be named, confirmed the news on Sunday night, telling the Associated Press that the transfer of the interceptors was in line with Biden’s promise that “America will have the backs of our friends in the region.”

Throughout the course of the war, the United States has supported and armed Saudi Arabia. Despite his promise to end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” Biden last year approved the sale of 280 air-to-air missiles valued at up to $650 million to Saudi Arabia.

Late in 2021, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin told a Middle East conference that Washington was “significantly enhancing Saudi Arabia’s ability to defend itself.”

Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, leading a military coalition consisting of its regional allies, including the UAE, and supported by major Western powers, especially the United States.

Although the kingdom estimated at the beginning of the war that it would come out victorious within just a few weeks, the war has continued for seven years, leaving hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displacing millions more.

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

The transfers also come as the US and its allies have been seeking help from Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to contain a surge in energy prices following Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

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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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Riyadh No Mediator but Party to War: Yemeni Official on GCC Invitation for Talks

March 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A senior Yemeni official has reacted to a recent report that the Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] is considering inviting the Ansarullah resistance movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations, saying the kingdom cannot be a mediator as it is a perpetrator of the bloody war.

“What is being circulated in the media about the GCC invitation for talks is in fact an invitation by Riyadh,” head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Riyadh is itself a party in the war, not a mediator,” he asserted.

The remarks came after two Gulf officials told Reuters that formal invitations would be sent within days for the talks, planned to be held in Riyadh between March 29 and April 7,to discuss military, political and economic aspects of the war.

Ansarullah officials, they added, would be “guests” of GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf at the body’s Riyadh headquarters and would have his security guarantees if the group accepted the invitation.

Gulf officials, who declined to be named, also noted that former Saudi-sponsored Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, had agreed to the discussions.

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 return to power the Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

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

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

Yemeni Resistance Announces Op “Breaking the Siege 1”, Targeting Riyadh, Jizan, and Abha

March 11, 2022

By Staff

The Yemeni Armed forces announced on Friday afternoon yet another retaliatory operation in response to the continued Saudi war and blockade against the Yemeni people.

A statement given by Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree read the following:

{There is no blame on those who enforce justice after being wronged.} | Holy Quran | Ash-Shuraa ~ 41

In response to the unjust blockade against our people and banning the entry of oil derivatives, the Yemeni Armed Forces carried out the wide-scale ‘Operation Breaking the Siege 1’ that deployed nine drones as the following:

Targeting Aramco refinery in the Saudi enemy’s depth of Riyadh with three Sammad-3 type drones

Targeting Aramco facilities in Jizan and Abha, and other sensitive sites with six Sammad-1 type drones

The Armed Forces, in the context of the legitimate response to the aggression and the blockade, promise the people of faith, patience, and struggle that they won’t hesitate in their legitimate response to this unjust siege, and affirm that they are at the highest level of preparedness to implement a military operation in response to banning the entry of oil derivatives.

The Yemeni Armed Forces are capable, with Allah’s support, of assuming their responsibilities towards their people and country at this critical stage until the end of the aggression and lifting the siege.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its other regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015.

The almost seven years of war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Yemeni people are facing malnutrition, hunger, and famine, which have increased risks of disease and starvation.

In light of its defeats on various frontlines and its failure to achieve any of its objectives, the US-Saudi aggression has notoriously and indiscriminately carried out numerous attacks against densely-populated centers, including markets, hospitals, farms and schools.

Yemeni Resistance Wrests Control over Key Area near Saudi Border

MARCH 04, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni army troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have taken full control of a strategic area in the country’s northern province of Hajjah close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Military sources, requesting anonymity, told Yemen News Portal website that Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters established control over al-Hathera area in the Harad district on Thursday, after they exchanged heavy gunfire with Saudi-paid militants.

The sources said Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees fighter also captured a military camp in the area, which housed Saudi mercenaries of Sudanese origin.

The development came a day after Yemeni forces fired ballistic missiles at a military base of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Hajjah province, killing 10 Sudanese soldiers.

“The missiles struck the units of Sudanese troops, who are part of the Saudi-led coalition, in Hajjah province near the border with Saudi Arabia,” a local military source said on condition of anonymity.

“A total of 10 Sudanese soldiers were killed and more than 25 others injured in Hajjah’s district of Midi.”

Meanwhile, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network said Saudi warplanes had carried out eight air raids against the Harad district in the country’s northwestern province of Hajjah. Saudi jets also bombed the Hayran district.

Warplanes launched six airstrikes on al-Ajasher desert area close to Saudi Arabia’s southern region of Najran as well. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Saudi-led warplanes also conducted four raids on the al-Jubah and Wadi al-Ubaidah districts of the central Yemeni province of Marib, in addition to four aerial assaults on an area in the At-Tuhayta district of the western province of Hudaydah.

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 return 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 shy 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.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

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