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US-Saudi Blitz into Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

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The “proxy war” model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen.

Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the “Islamic State,” pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American “soft power” and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible ground force are.

Though Saudi Arabia claims “10 countries” have joined its coalition to intervene in Yemen, like the US invasion and occupation of Iraq hid behind a “coalition,” it is overwhelmingly a Saudi operation with “coalition partners” added in a vain attempt to generate diplomatic legitimacy.

The New York Times, even in the title of its report, Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen,” seems not to notice these “10” other countries. It reports:

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that it had launched a military campaign in Yemen, the beginning of what a Saudi official said was an offensive to restore a Yemeni government that had collapsed after rebel forces took control of large swaths of the country.

The air campaign began as the internal conflict in Yemen showed signs of degenerating into a proxy war between regional powers. The Saudi announcement came during a rare news conference in Washington by Adel al-Jubeir, the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States.

Proxy War Against Iran

Indeed, the conflict in Yemen is a proxy war. Not between Iran and Saudi Arabia per say, but between Iran and the United States, with the United States electing Saudi Arabia as its unfortunate stand-in.

Iran’s interest in Yemen serves as a direct result of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” and attempts to overturn the political order of North Africa and the Middle East to create a unified sectarian front against Iran for the purpose of a direct conflict with Tehran. The war raging in Syria is one part of this greater geopolitical conspiracy, aimed at overturning one of Iran’s most important regional allies, cutting the bridge between it and another important ally, Hezbollah in Lebanon.

And while Iran’s interest in Yemen is currently portrayed as yet another example of Iranian aggression, indicative of its inability to live in peace with its neighbors, US policymakers themselves have long ago already noted that Iran’s influence throughout the region, including backing armed groups, serves a solely defensive purpose, acknowledging the West and its regional allies’ attempts to encircle, subvert, and overturn Iran’s current political order.

The US-based RAND Corporation, which describes itself as “a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis,” produced a report in 2009 for the US Air Force titled, Dangerous But Not Omnipotent : Exploring the Reach and Limitations of Iranian Power in the Middle East,” examining the structure and posture of Iran’s military, including its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and weapons both present, and possible future, it seeks to secure its borders and interests with against external aggression.

The report admits that:

Iran’s strategy is largely defensive, but with some offensive elements. Iran’s strategy of protecting the regime against internal threats, deterring aggression, safeguarding the homeland if aggression occurs, and extending influence is in large part a defensive one that also serves some aggressive tendencies when coupled with expressions of Iranian regional aspirations. It is in part a response to U.S. policy pronouncements and posture in the region, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Iranian leadership takes very seriously the threat of invasion given the open discussion in the United States of regime change, speeches defining Iran as part of the “axis of evil,” and efforts by U.S. forces to secure base access in states surrounding Iran.

Whatever imperative Saudi Arabia is attempting to cite in justifying its military aggression against Yemen, and whatever support the US is trying to give the Saudi regime rhetorically, diplomatically, or militarily, the legitimacy of this military operation crumbles before the words of the West’s own policymakers who admit Iran and its allies are simply reacting to a concerted campaign of encirclement, economic sanctions, covert military aggression, political subversion, and even terrorism aimed at establishing Western hegemony across the region at the expense of Iranian sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia’s Imperative Lacks Legitimacy

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The unelected hereditary regime ruling over Saudi Arabia, a nation notorious for egregious human rights abuses, and a land utterly devoid of even a semblance of what is referred to as “human rights,” is now posing as arbiter of which government in neighboring Yemen is “legitimate” and which is not, to the extent of which it is prepared to use military force to restore the former over the latter.

The United States providing support for the Saudi regime is designed to lend legitimacy to what would otherwise be a difficult narrative to sell. However, the United States itself has suffered from an increasing deficit in its own legitimacy and moral authority.

Most ironic of all, US and Saudi-backed sectarian extremists, including Al Qaeda in Yemen, had served as proxy forces meant to keep Houthi militias in check by proxy so the need for a direct military intervention such as the one now unfolding would not be necessary. This means that Saudi Arabia and the US are intervening in Yemen only after the terrorists they were supporting were overwhelmed and the regime they were propping up collapsed.

In reality, Saudi Arabia’s and the United States’ rhetoric aside, a brutal regional regime meddled in Yemen and lost, and now the aspiring global hemegon sponsoring it from abroad has ordered it to intervene directly and clean up its mess.

Saudi Arabia’s Dangerous Gamble

The aerial assault on Yemen is meant to impress upon onlookers Saudi military might. A ground contingent might also attempt to quickly sweep in and panic Houthi fighters into folding. Barring a quick victory built on psychologically overwhelming Houthi fighters, Saudi Arabia risks enveloping itself in a conflict that could easily escape out from under the military machine the US has built for it.

It is too early to tell how the military operation will play out and how far the Saudis and their US sponsors will go to reassert themselves over Yemen. However, that the Houthis have outmatched combined US-Saudi proxy forces right on Riyadh’s doorstep indicates an operational capacity that may not only survive the current Saudi assault, but be strengthened by it.

Reports that Houthi fighters have employed captured Yemeni warplanes further bolsters this notion – revealing tactical, operational, and strategic sophistication that may well know how to weather whatever the Saudis have to throw at it, and come back stronger.

What may result is a conflict that spills over Yemen’s borders and into Saudi Arabia proper. Whatever dark secrets the Western media’s decades of self-censorship regarding the true sociopolitical nature of Saudi Arabia will become apparent when the people of the Arabian peninsula must choose to risk their lives fighting for a Western client regime, or take a piece of the peninsula for themselves.

Additionally, a transfer of resources and fighters arrayed under the flag of the so-called “Islamic State” and Al Qaeda from Syria to the Arabian Peninsula will further indicate that the US and its regional allies have been behind the chaos and atrocities carried out in the Levant for the past 4 years. Such revelations will only further undermine the moral imperative of the West and its regional allies, which in turn will further sabotage their efforts to rally support for an increasingly desperate battle they themselves conspired to start.

America’s Shrinking Legitimacy

It was just earlier this month when the United States reminded the world of Russia’s “invasion” of Crimea. Despite having destabilized Ukraine with a violent, armed insurrection in Kiev, for the purpose of expanding NATO deeper into Eastern Europe and further encircling Russia, the West insisted that Russia had and still has no mandate to intervene in any way in neighboring Ukraine. Ukraine’s affairs, the United States insists, are the Ukrainians’ to determine. Clearly, the US meant this only in as far as Ukrainians determined things in ways that suited US interests.

This is ever more evident now in Yemen, where the Yemeni people are not being allowed to determine their own affairs. Everything up to and including military invasion has been reserved specifically to ensure that the people of Yemen do not determine things for themselves, clearly, because it does not suit US interests.

Such naked hypocrisy will be duly noted by the global public and across diplomatic circles. The West’s inability to maintain a cohesive narrative is a growing sign of weakness. Shareholders in the global enterprise the West is engaged in may see such weakness as a cause to divest – or at the very least – a cause to diversify toward other enterprises. Such enterprises may include Russia and China’s mulipolar world. The vanishing of Western global hegemony will be done in destructive conflict waged in desperation and spite.

Today, that desperation and spite befalls Yemen.

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Yemen’s latest crisis

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Zio-Wahhabi War in Yemen ”SHOAH”

By: Abu Aardvark

When the Houthis seized Sanaa last fall, I published a collection of links of useful articles by academics which had thoroughly anticipated the fundamental shortcomings of the National Dialogue process, the fracturing of Yemeni state institutions, and the rising power of both the Houthi and the southern insurrections. With the Houthi move south, the flight of ex-President Hadi, and the launch of a Saudi-led military campaign, Yemen’s long predicted new crisis has now entered an even more dangerous phase.

There were never any illusions in the academic or Yemen policy community about the limitations of the so-called Yemen model, especially the exclusion of youth activists and marginalized communities from the National Dialogue, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s imposition of a top-down, largely anti-democratic transition process, and — above all — the immunity granted to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Their analysis has been overwhelmingly, depressingly, vindicated by the recent turn of events, and also deeply complicates the popular but simplistic sectarian narratives of Sunni resistance to Iranian expansionism.  Today, an equally robust consensus has quickly emerged among Yemen analysts that the Saudi-led military campaign is likely to badly backfire, one which is likely to be just as ignored to equally negative effect.

Below is an updated collection of useful links and analysis, which may be useful to those trying to make sense of the current stage of Yemen’s crisis.

POMEPS Briefing #19  Yemen’s National Dialogue:   collection of essays by leading academics and analysts, including Danya Greenfield, Holger Albrecht, April Alley, Stephen Day, Peter Salisbury, Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Silvana Toska, Adam Baron, Lisa Wedeen and more.

April Alley, “The Huthis: From Sadaa to Sanaa.” Crisis Group.

Stephen Day, What’s behind Yemen’s recent political turmoil” The Monkey Cage

Stacey Philbrick Yadav and Sheila Carapico, The Breakdown of the GCC Initiative in Yemen Middle East Report

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, The limits of the sectarian framing in Yemen.  The Monkey Cage.

Silvana Toska, Shifting balances of power in Yemen’s crisis.“  The Monkey Cage.

Peter Salisbury, Yemen and the Saudi-Iranian Cold War, ECFR

Gabriele vom Bruck, Yemeni Political Dialogue in Riyadh” Middle East Report

Susanne Dahlgren, Four Weddings and a Funeral in Yemen Middle East Report

Adam Baron, What we got wrong in Yemen (and why foreign intervention would be the worst course, Politico

Gregory Johnsen, Yemen past the point of peaceful return Buzzfeed

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Yemen’s Houthis and Islamist Republicanism under strain The Monkey Cage

Charles Shmitz, The Huthi Ascent to Power.” Middle East Institute.

Iona Craig, What the Huthi takeover of Sanaa reveals about Yemen’s politics Al-Jazeera America.

Peter Salisbury, Yemen’s Huthis redraw political map, upend transition.” World Politics Review.

I’ll update this list as appropriate, with a + to indicate the new ones!

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YEMEN: “HAPPY ARABIA” ABOUT TO MAKE ZIO-WAHHABI’S VERY UNHAPPY

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No, this is not Nellie Fox, the legendary American baseball player.  He is a typical Yemeni who is about to be turned into a savage fighting machine thanks to the blundering of the Wahhabi apes.

There are 2 things which enliven a Yemeni male: the first is Qaat, the narcotic plant that provides much of Yemen’s happiness and, sadly, its relegation to the lowest domains of the Third World.  The second is invasion. The Yemenis don’t like to be invaded and predictably make the lives of invaders most unpleasant. Whether it’s the Romans, Egyptians, Abyssinians, Ottomans, English or whoever, the Yemenis rise up like a geothermal geyser, with its exasperating regularity,  to beat away the offending culture into submission and withdrawal.   Think of Afghanistan as a sister state with the element of opium as a substitute for Cathinone (Qaat) and the mountain folk as a reasonable facsimile for the Zaidis of Yemen.  The graveyards of conquerors.

It’s no wonder the Romans called Yemen “Arabia Felix”, Happy Arabia, since the people have been chewing the amphetamine-like plant for millennia to keep their moods always at their most elevated even though the side-effects often involve chronic laziness, both physical and mental.  But, once the invasion starts, the Qaat becomes the Captagon of warfare enabling Houthis to leap tall buildings in a single bound and to run faster than a speeding bullet.  Never feeling pain or exhaustion, the mountain people of Yemen persist in fighting the invader until he screams: “Uncle!”.

The government of Jamaal ‘Abdul-Naasser, former president of Egypt and pan-Arab icon,  jabbed its thumb into Zio-Wahhabi eye back in 1962 after the collapse of the monumental unification of Syria and Egypt in the United Arab Republic, an event that reportedly broke Nasser’s heart.  But, it didn’t break his determination to punish Zio-Wahhabi for its support of the royalists in Yemen.

Egypt embarked on its own Vietnam when it sent 50,000+ troops to Yemen to fight on the side of the republican forces who were arrayed against the Wahhabi-backed royalists, most of whom, interestingly, were Zaydis  (Houthis).   Please note too that the Ottoman’s conquered Yemen in 1538 during the reign of Sultan Sulaymaan the Magnificent.  Once Sulaymaan died in 1567, it was the Houthis led by Imaam Mutahhar Ibn Sharafeddeen  who mounted a rebellion against the Ottomans.  One hundred years later in 1635, they were expelled in a humiliating fashion by the Houthis/Zaydis during the reign of Sultan Muraad IV.   It appears the present Sultan in Ankara is anxious to avenge that degrading withdrawal from Yemen.  Erdoghan has declared total support for the Wahhabi campaign in Yemen.

Egypt lost and left Yemen in 1967, just in time to get whacked in the June War of that same notorious year.   Such is the luck of Egypt.  But, Arabian luck may be even worse as you shall soon see.  

Zio-Wahhabi have never fought a war with a modern army.  That is because they have no army of their own.  Almost all their pilots, except for a handful of royal family members who thought it would be really cool to learn how to fly high-performance jets in order to leave the country more quickly once the rebellion against their pre-Iron Age rule began, are foreigners, mostly Pakistanis.  There are some Jordanians who retired from service in their own miserable Zionist kingdom and graciously accepted the $250,000.00 per year salary that flying for the Zio-Wahhabists brought into their otherwise barren accounts.

Zio-Wahhabi can’t tell you this, but, they can’t trust their own people.  They are genuinely terrified of engaging the services of fellow Wahhabi because most of their people despise Wahhabism and the profligate way the “royal” family has squandered the wealth of the nation.  There are millions of Saudis who are homeless.  You wouldn’t want to train them to fly an F-16…..would you?   A Saudi student once told me that if a Saudi Arabian citizen ever sat in an American fighter jet, his instincts would be to immediately strafe the royal palace.

And, in all their encounters with the Houthis of Yemen, they have lost each and every battle often withdrawing pell-mell into their own backyards as the Houthis advanced in hot pursuit. Zio-Wahhabi officers, the few who exist, know that they cannot count on the people to fight any patriotic war for a Zionist royal family so steeped in deception, brigandage and outright vampirism, that doing so would be, in the eyes of God,  a mockery of their own true religion.

Zio-Wahhabi has agreed to extend its war with ‘Shi’i’ Iran to the Yemen.  It was not enough for them to foment barbaric wars in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.  Now, feeling surrounded by Iran, it has decided to take up Obama’s doctrine as its own by acting as a proxy for the United States and I$rahell at the coccyx of ‘Aseer, at the southern opening of the Red Sea.

Zio-Wahhabi Army is a paper army. It’s equipment is poorly maintained.  Most deals for the purchase of weapons were red herrings to conceal huge transfers of moneys out of the kingdom into bank accounts in New York and Tel Aviv or the Isle of Man for the corrupt “royal” family.  This is embezzlement at its most gaudy.  When the Zio-Wahhabi decided they had to create another war for themselves, a war that would now force them to withdraw currency reserves due to a shortage in their coffers,  they suckered Egypt and Jordan into their “Coalition of Resolute Storm” by convincing them to send “boots”.

These are dirt-poor countries reeling from decades of incompetent management and endemic shrinkage – heck, Jordan never even had a chance having been created out of Syria’s haunches by the British in an effort to assuage the hurt feelings of the flea-bitten Hashemites of the Hijaaz.   Even after the publication of the canard about Zio-Wahhabi deploying 150,000 of its own troops to the 900-mile border with Yemen, their glans-like ambassador in Washington D.C. told everyone there will be no ground invasion – as though any such invasion could take place in the real world – or even worse – that Zio-Wahhabi really had more than 150 soldiers.

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Photo of Zio-Wahhabi ape reconnaissance aircraft crashing after being shot down by Yemeni air defenses a few miles west of Sana’aa`. Prepare for many more of these scenes.  The airplane might have been a pilotless drone.

You would think President Sisi would pause for a moment to scrutinize what he was doing and where he was going to send his troops.  The disastrous Egyptian intervention in Yemen is still within the parameters of his memory.  And, Zionist puppet King Abdullah II, whose own family lost Mecca and all Arabia to the self-same codpieces, jackdaws and child molesters who presently rule in Riyaadh, should sit down at his Play-Station to ruminate over the mess he already has on his border with Syria and Iraq.  If Zio-Wahhabi have depleted their cash supporting the cannibals in the Fertile Crescent, how much can they draw from their reserves to pay off the Egyptian and Jordanian Armies?  Is this the end of Zio-Wahhabi dynasty?  Tee hee hee.

Let’s tell the truth. Obama doesn’t like Mileikowski (a/k/a Netanyahu).  And Obama doesn’t like Naziyahu’s allies in Arabia, either.  It may be that someone has told this diffident leader of the Free World that Zio-Wahhabi is a military abyss with no credible warring capability.  With the Wahhabi having botched every effort to coordinate a policy on Syria – openly tsk-tsking Obama’s every move; Kerry’s insinuation that Washington would have to talk to Dr. Assad; or the potential resolution of the Iranian nuclear program; maybe, Obama is figuring Saudia needs this kind of bog-wash to finally get it out of his graying hair.

Zio-Wahhabi are, of course, a standing embarrassment to everyone who thinks of himself as a 21st Century Man or Woman.   The bizarre infatuation with “active” retrogressive devolution of society; the psychopathic antipathy to women – a hostility so mired in simian ideation it creates its own precedents when there are none – women can’t drive cars; women can’t travel without a male relative; beheading sorcerers; beheading blasphemers; beheading marijuana smugglers; beheading homosexuals; prohibiting alcohol; prohibiting cinemas.  I mean, it’s almost a world designed by Ted Cruz for his imaginary Texas.  No. I think Obama wants to break the link to Arabia and is deliberately snookering the deliriously desperate nabobs of nihilism into a self-immolating act that will free the United States from the stifling stigma of mere association with Zio-Wahhabism.

Out of this roiling cauldron of misbegotten recipes concocted certainly by a British felon emanates the aroma of imminent disaster.  The Egyptians are sending 2 battleships to the Red Sea to protect the waters at the Baab Al-Mandib Straits.  Ooooh.  And, they have suggested the amphibious landing of their troops to further that aim.  I wonder how the first officer who lands is going to feel when he sees ten thousand angry Houthis charge his salient resembling the angry mobs of Boxers made famous in the movie “The Sand Pebbles”?  As they swarm over his position, their saliva infused with the restorative powers of Qaat, will he curse President Sisi?  Will he curse the Wahhabi?  Wouldn’t it be nice if the Russians delivered Yakhont ground-to-sea missiles along with a complement of Syrian technicians?  Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

And what about Zionist puppet Jordanian army being sent to help with the coalition?  The coalition!  The Jordanian Zionist puppet regime insists it’s not going to encroach on Yemeni soil.  So, what are the Jordanians doing so far from their mythical kingdom of Lilliput?  Are the  Zio-Wahhabi so afraid of the Houthis they need all this support?  You betcha.  Zio-Wahhabi are rightfully terrified that the Houthis will reclaim the entire area of ‘Aseer and Tihaama.

And why shouldn’t they?  Most Saudis will greet them more hospitably than they would the leprous Wahhabis of the Najd.  The Houthis will be viewed as liberators in the form of populists.  Iran will further expand its influence as Zio-Wahhabi “royals”  soil their dishdaashas at the very thought the apostates of Persia have completed the encirclement of the heresy the Zio-Wahhabi clan has imposed on its own people and the Arab World.  Theocracy v. Theocracy.  And may the best man win.

In the meantime, the U.S. is surreptitiously retooling its foreign policy to both inaugurate a détente with Iran and to usher in a civilized but cautious relationship with Syria.  In order to get their “quantum of wantum” in Iraq (i.e. some bases) Americans need the quietude of Iran and Syria.  They also need to keep Zio-Wahhabi dog far hence which is why Obama is so determined to trip up the Wahhabi in the quagmire of Yemen.  Some might argue that my hypothesis makes no sense.  Why would Iran look aside at new U.S. bases in Iraq which would threaten the country’s internal system?  Good question.

What I am saying is that the United States prefers a powerful Iran which is capable of maintaining order in the Gulf as opposed to a “rogue” state, like Zio-Wahhabi regime, fueling nihilistic militants who are determined to wreak havoc in the Western World and in the Gulf.  Efforts to curb Zio-Wahhabi penchant for bankrolling terrorist groups like Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” have met with failure.  When the U.S. presses down on a nerve, Zio-Wahhabi recoil accusing the U.S. of backpedaling.  It’s been very frustrating for Obama to have to deal with a Zionist State incapable of bringing the tragedy of Palestine to a close.  It has been even more frustrating trying to get the Wahhabi to shut the faucet that nourishes barbarians like ISIS.

Zio-Wahhabi are embarking on an aerial war similar to the one waged by Bill Clinton against Serbia.  Zio-Wahhabi thinks it can break the will of the Houthis by destroying infrastructure.  That might work if the Houthis just sit back and do nothing but mope.  History says they don’t just recline on their rugs and chew Qaat.  It is our prediction here at SyrPer that the Houthis will take the battle aggressively to the Saudis in the north.  They will attack the very poorly trained and woefully demoralized Zio-Wahhabi army – or whatever they claim is “massing” on the Yemeni border.  Expect widespread desertions and (as new systems arrive),  Zio-Wahhabi bombers crashing into the mountains of the Yemen.  Zio-Wahhabi have bitten off more than they can chew.  It is one thing to funnel money to terrorists in Syria.  It is something wholly different when you are the terrorist yourself.

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Zio-Wahhabi Military Action Turn Yemen to “Iraq-Libya-Syria Scenario”

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Shiite Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun on March 26, 2015 in Sanaa, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Saudi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi movement which controls the Yemeni capital.
Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun on March 26, 2015 in Sanaa, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Zio-Wahhabi intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi movement which controls the Yemeni capital.
Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to Yemen, has described Zio-Wahhabi military action as an “Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario”.

But in Riyadh the chief goal of the I$raHell Zio_Wahhabi-led aggression in neighboring Yemen is to “secure the embattled seat of government in the southern city of Aden”, spokesman for the coalition Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told a press conference in the capital,Reuters reports.

“I want to confirm that the operation itself has as its main objective to protect the government in Aden,” Asseri said.

Meanwhile Al-Alam correspondent in Yemen reporting that in I$raHel Zio-Wahhabi-led air strike 20 people killd in Sadda governorate.

Aden is the last base of Zio-Wahhabi puppet Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose forces are effectively surrounded there after a week of fighting with Houthi militiamen, prompting two days of Zio-Wahhabi airstrikes.

Meanwhile The Economist (British weekly Magazine) writer believe that Zio-Wahhabi- led military campaign to reinstall Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi as president by Riyadh may push Yemen into what Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to Yemen, has described as an “Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario”.

Before Sadda attacks, at least 40 civilians have been killed since Wednesday when Zio-Wahhabi- led air strike begins, six of them were under the age of ten.

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Zio-WahhabiBombs Yemen to Gain Lost Dominance on the Country: Nasrallah

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The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah
The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has slammed Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen and said real reason for the airstrikes is that Saudi Arabia has lost its domination on the impoverished country.

Nasrallah denounced the Saudi attacks on Yemen, which began on Thursday, saying that the “The Saudi war is aimed at regaining domination over Yemen” he noted.

During a televised speech delivered on Friday night, The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement said, Saudis try to justify their attacks by saying that the situation in Yemen threatens the security in the region, Nasrallah stated, adding that such justifications are false and baseless, PRESS TV reports.

The Hezbollah chief stressed that the members of the Saudi-led coalition did not take any measures against revolutionaries in such countries as Tunisia and Egypt during the Islamic Awakening movement in the Middle East and Africa, but used the situation in Yemen as an excuse to wage a bloody war on the country.

World mum on Israel atrocities

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah condemned “certain Arab countries” for their inaction towards the Israeli aggression in Palestine.

“Israel has never been an enemy in the eyes of certain Arab countries,” the Hezbollah chief said, stressing, “Arab countries have left Palestinian people to suffer.”

Crisis in Syria and Iraq

Nasrallah noted that Riyadh and its allies created and supported the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and have done nothing to help Iraq counter the terrorists.

“Who is preventing a political solution in Syria? Who is fanning the flames in Syria? The kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its allies,” Nasrallah stated.

He also emphasized that efforts by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar to turn Syria into a submissive country have proved in vain.

Iran’s support for Hezbollah

The Hezbollah chief hailed Iran’s support for the Lebanese resistance movement, saying, “Since 1982, we have had… friendship (and) very good ties.”

Nasrallah also denounced as a big lie the accusation promoted by some Arab media outlets that Iran is meddling in Yemen’s internal affairs.

“They (the Saudis) said we must retake it from the… Iranian domination. This is one of the biggest lies that have been spread,” the Hezbollah leader said.

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Ansarallah Moving Artillery Units to Border of Zio-Wahhabi regime

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An armoured vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft guns is stationed near the defence ministry in Sanaa on March 26, 2015, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Saudi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Shiite Huthi militia which controls the Yemeni capital.
An armoured vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft guns is stationed near the defence ministry in Sanaa on March 26, 2015, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Zio-Wahhabi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi militia which controls the Yemeni capital.
Houthi fighters started moving artillery from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to the Al-Baqaa region close to the territory of Saudi Arabia.

Zio-Wahhabi is leading the coalition of 10 countries in the region conducting airstrikes in yemen. The strikes started on Wednesday following the request of ousted Yemeni Zio-Wahhabi puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Sputnik reports.

Earlier on Saturday it was reported that the coalition carried out airstrikes targeting facilities in the Yemeni capital.

But against airstrikes ,Yemen’s Houthi made broad gains in the country’s south and east on Friday despite a second day of I$raHell Zio-Wahhabi-led air strikes in Yemen.

Houthi fighters and allied army units gained their first foothold on Yemen’s Arabian Sea coast by seizing the port of Shaqra 100km east of Aden, residents told Reuters.

The advances threaten Hadi’s last refuge in Yemen and potentially undermine the air campaign to support him.

The spokesman for the Zio-Wahhabi-led operation, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, told a news conference in Riyadh that defending the Aden government was the campaign’s “main objective”.

Mennwhile members of Ansarullah revolutionary movement continue marching against Al-Qaeda and Zio-Wahhabi-backed forces in the Southern parts of Yemen as heavy clashes are underway near Aden Airport, media reports said.

The Ansarullah fighters are close to the town of Beihan in the Eastern parts of Aden.Also fierce clashes erupted between Ansarullah fighters and forces loyal to fugitive Yemeni Zio-Wahhabi puppet Hadi near Aden airport and also near the building of the Local Council in Khour Maskar, FNA reported.

Hadi escaped Yemen as Saudi Arabia and its allies began launching airstrikes on the Muslim Arab state where the popular Ansarullah movement has ascended to power as a result of the Arab nation’s revolution.

At least 40 Yemeni civilians, including children, were killed and tens of other wounded in the Zio-Wahhabi air strike in Sanaa.

Also, 15 more people were killed and injured in a second round of massive attacks by the I$raHell Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets in the Northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada on Friday.

Yemen’s al-Massira TV reported that the Saudi air force targeted civilians who were shopping in a market.

On the other hand, a Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Zio-Wahhabi  airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Yemen.Also one Sudani fighter jet downed in Yemen and its pilot captured. One drone also was down in Yemen yesterday

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Zio-Wahhabi Launches Airstrikes As Yemen Civil War Ignites Regional Firestorm

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The situation remains complex, but human rights activist declares “Hell is on the door” and “The worst is coming” as bombs fall in capital of Sanaa.
YemenPeople carry the body of a child they uncovered from under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said.People carry the body of a child they uncovered from under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday claiming to target military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country’s south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said.

Updated (8:11 PM EST): Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies launches airstrikes inside Yemen, says Saudi ambassador to the United States

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States,  confirmed in a press briefing on Wednesday night that the Saudi military, along with regional allies, has begun airstrikes against targets in Yemen. Reports from the ground in the capital city of Sanaa confirm that a wide-scale bombing operation was currently underway with explosions rattling buildings across the city.

Al-Jubier said the bombing campaign was designed to protect what he described as the “legitimate government” of Yemen from rebel forces.

“We have air assets from a number of countries in the [Saudi] kingdom and we have military assets that are on their way to the kingdom to participate in these operations,” Jubeir said.

A U.S. official who asked not be named told Reuters that the United States was providing support to Saudi Arabia as it carries out its operation, but gave no details.

The New York Times reports:

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that it had begun military operations in Yemen, launching airstrikes in coordination with a coalition of 10 nations.

The strikes came as Yemen was hurtling closer to civil war after months of turmoil, as fighters and army units allied with the Houthi movement threatened to overrun the southern port of Aden, where the besieged president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has gone into hiding.

Yemen shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, a major American ally, and the Saudis had been reported to be massing forces on the Yemen frontier as Mr. Mansour’s last redoubt in Aden looked increasingly imperiled.

Live-tweeting in response to the development of the bombing of capital city of Sanaa by Saudi and allied forces, Yemeni human rights activist Farea Al-Muslimi expressed horror and critical dismayat the unfolding situation:

: huge explosions in Sanaa Saudi jets launching air strikes . My goodness . The worst is coming .

 

Continues heavy air strikes and counter strikes from all around Sanaa . My god . Hell is on the door.

The worst is to come ; military intervention in is never going to bring peace .

I sadly can promise you that the sir strikes cost tonight could have saved Yemen from this years ago if if was put into its economy.

There isn’t a single direction I don’t hear bombings from its side .

Amid the complex and fast-moving situation in Yemen, this curated Twitter feed by Common Dreams hopes to serve as a source of quality updates and trusted perspectives:

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country’s south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said.

Updated (4:23 PM EST): Yemen’s embattled president may have fled stronghold in southern city of Aden as ‘all-out civil war’ all but officially declared

Reuters reports:

Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared close to capturing the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, residents said.

The United States said that Hadi, who has been holed up in Aden since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month, was no longer at his residence. It offered no other details on his movements.

After taking al-Anad air base, the Houthis and their military allies, supported by heavy armor, advanced to within 20 km (12 miles) of Aden.

Soldiers at Aden’s Jabal al-Hadeed barracks fired into the air to prevent residents from entering the base and arming themselves, witnesses said, suggesting that Hadi’s control over the city was fraying.

Houthi fighters and allied military units had advanced to Dar Saad, a village a half-hour’s drive from central Aden, residents there said.

Earlier, unidentified warplanes fired missiles at the Aden neighborhood where Hadi’s compound is located, residents said. Anti-aircraft batteries opened fire on the planes.

According to the Guardian‘s Kareem Shaheem:

Yemen has edged closer to all-out civil war as Shia Houthi rebels seized a key military base in the southern port city of Aden and reports suggested that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had fled the country.

Rebels seized al-Anad airbase, which lies between Taiz – Yemen’s third-largest city, which fell under rebel control last week – and Hadi’s stronghold of Aden, in a renewed push for control of the country’s south.

The Washington Post adds:

On a broader level, Yemen represents a potential proxy battlefield for the wider regional rivalries between Shiite power Iran and the Gulf Arab states backed by Washington, which had counted on Hadi as a partner in coordinating drone strikes against al-Qaeda.

Amid the widening chaos, Hadi’s whereabouts remained unclear.

Senior security officials told The Washington Post that Hadi had left his stronghold in Aden, where his government sought a foothold after being driven from the capital, Sanaa, by the Houthis.

Looters soon swarmed the presidential buildings, and fighting flared on several fronts on the edge of the city, said Anis Mansour, editor of the port city’s Huna Aden newspaper.

 

Earlier (7:45 AM EST):

As Houthi forces in Yemen reached the port city of Aden on Wednesday amid conflicting information of the whereabouts of embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, separate reporting indicated that Saudi Arabia is mobilizing its military forces along its southern border—fulfilling predictions of a total breakdown of peace efforts and stoking fears for a wider and more protracted conflict.

Alarms have been ringing this week that the breakdown of peace talks between the government of President Hadi—which has received backing and patronage from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia—and the Shi’ite factions from the north, backed by  Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and thought to be receiving at least tacit support from Iran, could lead to a full-scale war inside the country. On Sunday, UN special envoy to Yemen declared that continued fighting and the inability to bring a complex array of Yemeni factions to the table was pushing the impoverished nation to the “edge of civil war”.

According to reporting by Reuters late Tuesday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the developments, Saudi Arabia was “moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen,” a move seen as raising the risk that the Sunni monarchy and powerful U.S. ally—also the region’s wealthiest and most heavily-armed country—could soon enter the worsening Yemeni conflict.

Reuters reports:

The [Saudi] buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Hadi.

The slide toward war in Yemen has made the country a crucial front in Saudi Arabia’s region-wide rivalry with Iran, which Riyadh accuses of sowing sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis.

The conflict risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi’ite Iran backing the Houthis, whose leaders adhere to the Zaydi sect of Shi’ite Islam, and Saudi Arabia and the other regional Sunni Muslim monarchies backing Hadi.

On Wednesday morning, Al-Jazeera reports information suggesting Hadi and his top commanders had fled Aden after Houthi forces entered the city, though other reports indicated this was not the case.

As Iona Craig, a UK-based independent journalist who has covered Yemen for years and followed recent developments closely, noted on Twitter:

Hard to tell what’s real and what’s not right now in Yemen.

According to Al-Jazeera:

The developments [in Aden] came just hours after a television station said Houthi fighters and their allies had seized an airbase where US troops and Europeans helped the country in its fight against al-Qaeda.

The Al-Masirah TV station reported that the Houthis had “secured” the al-Annad airbase near the town of Lahij, and claimed the base had been looted by both al-Qaeda fighters and troops loyal to Hadi.

That airbase is only 60km  away from Aden, the port city where President Abd- Rabbu Mansour Hadi had established a temporary capital.

Witnesses said they saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi’s palace, located at the top of a hill in Aden overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Associated Press news agency reported.

The advance of the Houthis threatens to plunge the Arab world’s poorest country into a civil war that could draw in its Gulf neighbours. Already, Hadi has asked the UN to authorise a foreign military intervention in the country.

Saud Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, had previously warned that his country would take “necessary measures” if the Houthis did not resolve the crisis peacefully, without elaborating further.

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Violence and Chaos in Yemen

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American Fingerprints

by STEPHEN LENDMAN

Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure – indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy “of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries – much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly.

Houthis control the capital Sanaa, Taiz (Yemen’s 3rd largest city), other areas, and head toward seizing Aden.

In February, Hadi fled there from Sanaa. Declared himself still president.

Reports now indicate he fled the country after Houthi forces approached Aden.

They seized al-Annad air base near Lahij – about 60 km from Aden. Hadi established it as a temporary capital.

US personnel were evacuated from the country. Witnesses saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi’s residence on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Reports indicate he fled by boat as Houthis advanced. AP said he left with aides around 3:30PM local time Wednesday – in two vessels under heavy security.

His destination wasn’t disclosed. He’s scheduled to attend an Arab summit this weekend in Egypt.

AP reported Houthis “closing in on Aden…(T)he city’s fall appears imminent” as of midday Wednesday.

Yemen heads toward exploding in full-blown civil war. Involving IS fighters for good measure – US proxies used to help Washington regain control.

If things turn out like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, years of fighting may follow on top of what’s already happened.

Hadi asked UN officials to authorize foreign military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal warned Riyadh may take “necessary measures” if Houthis don’t resolve things peacefully – with no further elaboration. More on this below.

Hadi’s Gulf State allies evacuated their Aden-based diplomatic personnel. Earlier they relocated them from Sanaa.

Houthis occupied Yemen’s capital last August. Seizing the presidential palace in January forced Hadi’s resignation.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi leader’s cousin Mohammed Ali al Houthi was declared new president.

Hadi was placed under house arrest. He escaped, fled to Aden, organized supportive military forces, and now apparently fled Yemen altogether.

The Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee called on security forces and civilians to fight what it called “terrorist forces across the country.”

Obama bears full responsibility for Yemeni chaos. Drone warfare followed his December 2009 missile attack on Al Majan village.

It killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar addressed an emergency Security Council session on Yemen via video conference.

Things are headed for a “rapid downward spiral,” he said.

“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations.”

“Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.”

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect over 60% of the population. UN sources call Yemen “a patchwork of simmering feuds.”

On March 20, suicide bombers targeted Sanaa mosques during Friday prayers – killing at least 126, injuring scores more.

Yemen grows increasingly violent and chaotic. A meaningless Security Council statement said:

“(T)he solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform.”

Violence continues unabated. Last weekend, Saudi and other Gulf states issued a statement backing Hadi’s regime.

They announced their willingness to use “all efforts” to defend it.

Saudi Arabia deployed heavy weapons along its border with Yemen. A porous 1,800 km border separates the two countries.

Conditions remain chaotic. Houthis claim they seized Aden. Reuters said Hadi’s defense minister was arrested.

So far, Saudi forces haven’t moved cross border. Air strikes may be planned – maybe joint ones with Washington.

Hadi wants Security Council authorization for force – “to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression,” he said.

Yemeni military officials calling themselves the Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security reject foreign intervention, saying:

“We express our total and utter rejection of any external interference in Yemeni affairs under any pretext and in any form and from any side.”

“All members of the armed forces and security and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen with all its components will confront with all their strength and heroism any attempt to harm the pure soil of the homeland, its independence or its sovereignty or to threaten its unity and territorial integrity.”

Last month, Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of wanting Yemen divided along sectarian lines, saying:

“Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn’t respect the Yemenis and wants to impose here in Yemen the sequence of events and divisions that happened in Libya.”

Whether Saudi forces intend attacking Yemen remains to be seen. What Obama has in mind matters most.

He’s engulfed large parts of the region in conflict and chaos. Maybe he’ll compound it by greater intervention in Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia puppet of US, I$raHell: Houthi leader

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The leader of Yemen’s Houthi fighters has heaped scorn on Zio-Wahhabi for conducting unjust and heinous attacks on Yemeni people, saying the Zionist kingdom is serving as a puppet for the United States and the Zionist regime.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on Thursday in reaction to Zio-Wahhabi “unjustified” deadly attacks targeting Yemeni people in the capital, Sana’a.

Zio-Wahhabi is a puppet at the disposal of superpowers, the Houthi leader said, adding that Riyadh is putting in action the US-Zionist conspiracy in Yemen.

He noted that the US-Zionist plot in Yemen aims to break up the chaotic country and deprive people of security and freedom.

Al-Houthi said the Zio-Wahhabi invasion of Yemen came after their agents, including al-Qaeda terrorists and the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, failed to execute their plots in Yemen.

He said the “criminal” attacks uncovered the “tyrannical” nature of the Zio-Wahhabi regime.

Al-Houthi warned that Zio-Wahhabi would face consequences should it push ahead with its aggression against Yemen, saying, “We will confront the criminal forces and their tools in the country.”

“You think you can kill Yemeni people, but this is because of your stupidity,” he said. “This unjustified aggression shows the hostility and arrogance of this regime. The attacks are reflecting the inhumanity of the aggressor.”

Al-Houthi said the “aggressors” should keep in mind that the Yemeni people are “committed to defending their country and revolution” by relying on God.

On Thursday, Zio-Wahhabi warplanes carried out fresh airstrikes against Yemen, hitting the northern cities of Sa’ada and Ta’izz in the south.

Zio-Wahhabi Airstrikes also targeted arms depots in the Malaheez region in Sa’ada near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Zio-Wahhabi warplanes started bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana’a International Airport and the Dulaimi airbase early on Thursday.

Despite Zio-Wahhabi claims that it is attacking Ansarullah positions, Zio-Wahhabi warplanes have flattened a number of homes near the Sana’a airport. Based on early reports, the Zio-Wahhabi airstrikes on Yemen have so far claimed the lives of 18 civilians with more deaths feared, Yemeni sources said.

Zio-Wahhabi invasion of Yemen has drawn condemnation from many countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria, as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

The blatant invasion of Yemen’s sovereignty by the Saudi government comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction whatsoever to the violation of the sovereignty of one of its members by Riyadh.

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Zionist John McCain has applauded the offensive launched by Zio-Wahhabi regime

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Senator McCain applauds Saudi-led offensive in Yemen
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And its allies against Yemen, speculating that the “conflict will probably escalate” into a regional war in the Middle East.

Zionist puppet McCain said on Thursday Zio-Wahhabi regime and its allies “did the right thing” by launching the offensive against the country.

The Armed Services chairman added the invasion saved oil exports from the Middle East because if Yemen were to fall, it could choke off oil exports from the region.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter. It has the world’s largest proven oil reserves and production capacity.

Oil tankers carry almost four million barrels daily through the Bab el-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The strait is 18 miles wide at its narrowest point.

The offensive has raised concerns about the vulnerability of the Bab el-Mandeb strait between Yemen and Djibouti, which has been identified by the US Department of Energy as a potential “chokepoint” in the global oil market.

The tankers carry crude on a daily basis through the Red Sea and Suez Canal to Europe. Oil supplies to the United States take a longer route around the southern tip of Africa.

Analysts, however, say neither side in the Yemen conflict has the kind of weaponry that would pose a serious threat to tankers in the Bab el-Mandeb.

On Thursday, Zio-Wahhabi began launching airstrikes in the country.

Zio-Wahhabi warplanes bombed the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana’a airport and the Dulaimi airbase.

US President Barack Obama authorized the Pentagon to provide logistical and intelligence support to Zio-Wahhabi airstrikes in Yemen, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.

Secretary of State Zionist John Kerry Cohen said on Thursday that his country praises the military action and is backing it through intelligence sharing, targeting assistance and logistical support.

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