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Yemen is a Classic Western Imperialist War

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Like Syria and Ukraine, Yemen is on the front lines of Zionist expansion. 
“This was all done on my iPhone. No electricity and only solar power means away with my laptop. Sanaa has been completely off the grid for a year.” 
The indifference of Westerners to atrocities committed by our governments 
in Yemen is another example of our political paralysis and hypocrisy. 
Reporting from Saan’a, HA believes, Yemen is humanity’s shinning hope and example against the satanic Anti-Christ New World Order” 
 
 
by HA
Saan’a: The War on Yemen is probably the most underestimated and unreported newsworthy story of of our lifetime. There is a reason why. An embarrassing 20-nation coalition (led by US, Israel and Gulf States spearheaded by Saudi Arabia) defeat in Yemen proves that the world has a chance against this satanic Rothschild onslaught.
Saudis have been known to adhere to an age-old warning of Yemen by their late father. ‘Your prosperity and your demise is from Yemen’; words of wisdom that has rung in the ears of his children and successors up until the death of King Abdullah when things began to spiral out of control for the Saudi royals.  The meaning: If Yemen were left alone to flourish and develop it would mean their end.  But if Yemen is left to decline, that this too would bring about their demise.
The Saudis were first tested in Yemen’s 1962 revolution against the Zaydi (moderate Shia sect) Imam of Yemen. The Saudis favored the monarchy style rule of the Imam in opposition to democracy. Ironic that over 50 years later, Saudis would favor western-backed ‘democracy’ against the Houthis who are Zaydi and led by an Imam like young Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi.

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[Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, the JFK of Yemen]
For over 50 years, the Saudis have been terrified of change in Yemen. So much so that when a humble and ambitious leader, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, left, assumed position of presidency in Yemen in 1974 and attempted to lift the country he was quickly neutralized. Most historians and researchers believe the Saudis to be main culprits and benefactors of his assassination which was sparked when Al-Hamdi claimed Yemeni borders all the way into Makkah. The Kaaba has a corner which was named by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) ‘Al-rukun Al-Yemani’ or ‘the Yemeni corner’.
Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who took the presidency a couple of years after the assassination of Al-Himdi enjoyed full support of the Saudi crown. For 33 years, Saleh worked hand in hand with the Saudis in abiding all-round corruption, destabilizing Yemen through Al-CIAduh and promotion of Wahhabi doctrine, robbing the country of its riches and keeping Yemen under the de facto control of Saudi rule. A simple example of this is Yemen’s ‘National’ Airline, Al-Yemenia which is co-owned by Saudi Arabia.
In the Muslim Brotherhood, the Saudis found the perfect opposition to Saleh. They supported both sides just as dictated in the protocols of Zion, but when Saleh overstepped by unifying both north and south Yemen in 1990, the Saudis knew that they were slowly losing him and soon would have to deal with him. Enter the ‘Arab Spring’.

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[Move over Bashar Al-Assad: Ali Abdullah Saleh former Yemeni dictator and Saudi puppet now is zionists most wanted man]
The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ gave the Zionists and their loyal servant monarchies including Morocco and Jordan a pretext to topple any nationalist leaders in the region. Mubarak, Assad, Saleh and Qadafi all had to go. They were becoming loose canons and over zealous for sovereignty from the dictation of Saudi Arabia/Zion. This is why the ‘Spring’ did not even blossom in places like Morocco or Jordan.
General Ali Mohsin and then Vice-President Abdu Rubu Masour Hadi were to be to Saleh what LBJ was to JFK. Mohsin, the highest ranking military man in Yemen and without a doubt the most corrupt individual in the country collaborated with Hadi and the Saudis to takeout Saleh. A failed assassination attempt on Saleh in his presidential place mosque was the wake up call Saleh needed to realize Saudis no longer needed him.
In February 2012, Saleh was convinced through an agreement called ‘the gulf initiative’ to step down and hand power to his
Vice President Hadi in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The agreement gave Hadi two-year interim presidency until elections are held. Two years later under Hadi, terrorism exploded in Yemen. What once was one of the strongest militaries in the region was crippled with a series of terror attacks, assassination and defragmentation.
Subsidies lift on fuel was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In Mid-2014 the Hadi government increased the price of fuel which ignited what was to become the revolution of September 21, 2014 when Sanaa fell in the hands of the revolutionaries. Hadi and Ali Mohsin fled to Saudi Arabia where they still are being touted by Saudis and the UN as legitimate government of Yemen.

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[Abdul-Malik Alhouthi, 36 years of age first came to prominence in 2004 at age 24 as he formed his group Ansarullah who fought 6 wars (2004-2010) against Saudi-backed Ali Abdullah Saleh government]
In Sanaa, however an alliance was being formed. The once sworn enemies of each other through six wars spanning six years, Saleh and Al-Houthi formed a pact against the Muslim Brotherhood and their Zionist masters, the Saudis.
Six months after the revolution, on March 26, 2015, the war on Yemen was announced by Saudi FM from Washington. This was long before the formation of what was later called ‘the Arab coalition’. Insinuating a conflict the Zionist handlers hope to be a Arab/Sunni bloc versus Persian/Shia bloc bloodbath to clear way for Greater Israel to commence.
THE AXIS OF EVIL: ISRAEL, US & UK
The axis if evil (Israeli-US-UK) war on Yemen is evident in the full support and supply of hardcore internationally banned weapons such as neutron, phosphorous and cluster bombs, all of which were heavily used since the start of the onslaught late March 2015. Hospitals, schools, wedding halls, marketplaces, houses, farms, children, women, animals all have been targeted in the over arial 100,000 bombs dropped. Housings for the orphans and blind were not spared.

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The year-long blockade and bombardment of Yemen has caused a humanitarian catastrophe unlike any witnessed in recent age. Never has a nation and a people been under such a vicious attack and such adversity for wanting to break free from the Rothschild/Zionist hegemony.
Over a year later, the people and revolutionaries of Yemen have been steadfast. Yemen’s Army and popular Committee fighters /Ansarallah have been successful in causing the Saudis and zionists huge loses all across the board. Only 9 Toshka rockets and three Scud missiles fired thus far against the occupying forces have lead to thousands of military-men, including high ranking generals, blackwater mercenaries and paid African soldiers dead. A miraculous feat considering barefooted fighters with decades old arms and rockets. The Americans as well as the Israelis who lost 20 generals in one Scud blast are asking themselves; what do you do when it is God who is firing?
One March 26, 2016 millions of Yemenis took to the street of Sana’a and other cities to show their firm stand against this cowardly onslaught and in support of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters. An estimated and never witnessed before gathering of 7-10 million people paralyzed the capital from morning till sunset. 
Overcoming a conspiracy spanning over five decades and war unleashed by the satanic Anti-Christ order known as the UN, Yemenis are still defiant and adamant to break free from this global enslavement. Proving yet again that Yemenis are the time-tested people and the toughest fighters on earth.
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– See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2016/04/yemen-humanities-shinning-hope.html#sthash.DfNWl7oS.dpuf

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Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda Alliance in Yemen, No Clashes, Saudi’s Lied

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Talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war opened in Kuwait on April 21. The delay of the talks is explained by experts by the inability to achieve some key preconditions to start them. For instance, Saudi Arabia had demanded that the Houthi alliance has to hand over all heavy armament to the coalition. It’s obvious that it’s unacceptable for any warring side of the conflict.

The ceasefire exists only on the fronts where the sides can’t inflict a military defeat on each other. Considering the low morale and a poor level of coordination of the Saudi-led forces, they can’t do this almost everywhere. However, the coalition had been used warplanes massively against the Houthi alliance recompensing the situation on the ground.

Separately, Saudi Arabia made an important PR move which followed Obama’s visit to Riyadh. The Saudi-led coalition claimed to have killed more than 800 Al-Qaeda fighters seized the strategic coastal city of Mukalla in Yemen. However, local sources argue that there were no clashes in the area of Mukalla and no casualties among Al-Qaeda, for sure. The coalition made a pact with the terrorists and AQAP withdrew from the city. This move was made amid the US promises to provide additional technical and military aid to the UAE in order to fight jihadists in Yemen.

Furthermore, the sides achieved an agreement that, in this case, the US Navy will join the naval blockade of the country. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia de-facto continues to use AQAP to control different zones of Yemen.

In turn, the Houthi alliance has been expanding the zone of control in Shabwah Governorate and at the Western coast of the country. Thus, the negotiations haven’t even prevented the continuation of local firefights and it’s hard to expect that they could push the conflict to a peaceful solution in general. Moreover, 2 powerful Yemeni political forces: the Southern Movement and the Islamist party of Al-Islah. This is why any possible agreement dividing the spheres of influence in the country among the Houthi movement, Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Saudi-backed forces won’t guarantee a stable balance of powers in the country.

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West Complicit in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Rape of Yemen

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West Complicit in Saudi Rape of Yemen

(left, Fatima Noman 17, begs the world  to take notice of the travesty taking place in Yemen.) 

More than 8,900 people have died in the year-long Western-backed 

Saudi onslaught against Yemen which is motivated by a desire to 

control a new oil route and acquire Yemen’s riches. Western complicity is 

another example of its moral bankruptcy, greed and hypocrisy.

Out of Yemen’s 26 million people, about 23 million require some form of humanitarian aid, including 14.4 million who are starving.
If ever there was in fact a proxy fight in Yemen, it would be over the control of Bab-el-Mandeb, the world’s oil route; Saudi Arabia’s proposed, U.S.-backed Hadramawt pipeline; and Yemen’s water resources in a region where desertification is a matter of national security.
by Catherine Shakdam
By continuing to sell weapons to a known violator that has done little to curtail its abuses, the US, UK, Canada, Israel and France risk being complicit in unlawful civilian deaths.
Over 8,900 Yemenis have died in the onslaught, according to Sheba Rights.
Schools, electric grids, water towers, factories, hospitals, cultural heritage sites, NGOs, and residential areas have been levelled by the fury dispensed by Riyadh, earmarked for destruction so Yemenis would be made to suffer absolute destitution.

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(left, starving child)
Adding insult to injuries, Riyadh arranged for Yemen to be completely sealed off from the rest of the world — an isolated political pariah which had to be broken and starved before being allowed back into the kingdom’s fold as a pliable vassal of the House of Saud.
Dr. Riaz Karim, the director of the Mona Relief Organization, one of the very few truly independent NGOs based in Yemen, attested to the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen as a result of Riyadh’s aggression.
“Yemen is a veritable humanitarian black hole. I have witnessed firsthand the destruction and the despair civilians have been put through under al-Saud’s draconian siege,” Karim told MintPress News. “Hospitals have long run out of medicine — no antibiotics, no anaesthetic, no pain relief in any form.”
GEOPOLITICS 
A jewel among all geopolitical jewels, Yemen today is to Saudi Arabia what India was to the Crown in the 19th century. Both a bridge and an access point onto several continents, Yemen also happens to possess vast natural resources, rich arable lands, and water.

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It’s also a geostrategic key to the world’s oil route, Bab-el-Mandeb, and holds the promise of an alternative to the Strait of Hormuz through the construction of an oil pipeline in the eastern province of Hadramawt.
With Yemen as its vassal, Saudi Arabia stands to eclipse not just Iran, but any contender to its might through an almost absolute monopoly over the world’s oil route.
“The geopolitical importance of Yemen cannot be ignored. The country controls entry into the Red Sea (towards the Suez Canal) and the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which although less important than the Strait of Hormuz, is the point of passage for oil and gas on its way to Europe,”  wrote Alain Gresh in April 2015 in a report published for The New Arab….
For fear of upsetting the wealthy and growing Saudi lobby the international community has mostly chosen to [ignore the slaughter], only too aware of the lucrative contracts a “friendly Saudi Arabia” could offer in exchange for political pliability.
“For Yemen dared imagine itself free, for Yemen had the audacity to stand in rejection of Riyadh’s U.S.-backed imperialism, an entire nation was allowed to suffer the abomination of a genocidal war, a war so violent and murderous that not even the most Saudi-sold and Saudi-controlled NGOs and other international institutions have been able to keep mum,” noted Kim Sharif, founder and head of The International League for Yemen War Crimes, to MintPress.
For the sake of appearances, and likely to justify the military violence which Riyadh’s military coalition unleashed upon Yemen, this war has been sold as a legitimate struggle against Iran’s covert militantism.
Touted as a necessary evil set in motion to return Yemen to its democratic transition and to prevent Tehran from claiming yet another capital to its growing coalition of allies, the so-called “Shia Crescent,” which Saudi Arabia and its Western backers have been so intent on portraying as a nefarious development.
Writing for The Huffington Post on Feb. 8, Akbar Shahid Ahmed explained: “The Saudis see Yemen a key arena for their regional competition with Iran. They and the U.S. both say Iran has supported the Houthis as a thorn in Saudi Arabia’s side.”
Iran’s role and pull in Yemen have long been overblown and taken out of context. More than that, though, experts have mostly misinterpreted Iran’s real connection to Yemen, playing into pre-packaged propaganda instead of assessing geopolitical realities.
However, this has not prevented Saudi Arabia from playing the Iranian card ad nauseam….
LOCAL FACTORS
In November 2014, Asher Orkaby wrote for the Washington Institute: “For its part, the foreign media has portrayed the Houthi rebellion in global terms of religious sectarianism, Iranian foreign policy, and al-Qaeda, while largely ignoring local Yemeni factors.” …
The Houthi-led resistance movement has been conflated with Iran’s alleged Shi’ization campaign, an argument which echoes a dangerously rancid xenophobia.
“The Saudis’ principal aim – to restore Yemen’s deposed President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – has not been achieved. If they hoped to contain spreading Iranian regional influence, that has not worked, either,”  Simon Tisdall wrote for the New Zealand Herald in March 2015.
This race for access and control is the true red line between Iran and Saudi Arabia that’s at the heart of the war on Yemen. Sectarianism was only ever played up as a weapon of mass deception and mass distraction.
 YEMEN’S RICHES 
Yemen was thrown into the fires of war so its land and the power it hides would remain under the control of Riyadh and, by extension, the United States.
Yet Yemen’s oil and gas reserves pale in comparison to that of its neighbors. The country’s true strength lies in its geography, even if foreign oil and gas companies’ interests suggest the country has more to offer than officials might have proclaimed.
With over 1,000 miles of coastline, this poorest nation of Arabia sits atop the world’s most strategic chokepoint. Should Gulf monarchies lose control over it, the Arab world as we know it would simply cease to exist. This is why Riyadh’s call for war was answered so fervently by the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and their regional and global allies.
What would happen if unruly Yemen were to unite with non-aligned Iran and resist an imperialist power-grab in the region? What power would the Islamic Republic hold over those nations which long sought to curtail its independence?
Indeed, Yemen’s war was devised long ago as a last attempt to protect interests regional players cannot afford to abandon. Everything else is mere political decorum.
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Another POV from Dan: “We have no right to expect “the Saudis” to be neutral when an obvious Iran Shia proxy is taking over strategically crucial Yemen.” 
Before taking sides in a matter that most readers weren’t thinking about when they got out of bed this morning, if you want to be fair, you have to study the history of Yemen for the last four decades at least.  I have, and to be fair, neither Saudi Arabia, the United States or even Israel started the civil war in Yemen.
The Saudis left Yemen alone during the four decades they were ruled by the stereotype Reagan-era perpetual President  Ali Abdullah Saleh, who took power in 1978 with a bloody coup.  The recent civil war wasn’t the first one.  The last Yemeni Civil War was in 1994 between Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ‘union’ forces and separatist Socialists that tried to split Yemen in two.  The Saudi’s didn’t feel threatened because it was a strictly secular power struggle between the Kleptocracy and Socialists in 1994.
They also didn’t intervene during the turbulence of Yemeni internal power struggles to wrest power from  Saleh that went on since 2006 to 2012.  In 2011 “Arab Spring” erupted in Yemen.  Initially Saleh feigned concession to step down at the end of his term in 2013, but soon as the protesters went home he announced moves to make his term permanent. A the resulting protest troops opened fire into the crowd, killing 52 and injuring 200.
Wikileaks release of US State Department cables reveal some of their involvement in backing the leader of the largest tribe to keep massive crowds on the streets until Saleh cut a deal to step down in return for immunity from charges.  The deal was arbitrated by the ‘Gulf Cooperation Council’; which includes the monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.  But Saleh welshed on the deal.
A month later a bomb exploded, seriously injuring Seleh and several members of his cabinet.  The son-of-a-bitch still clung to power, while gun battles became common in the streets, and several of Seleh’s party were killed in ambush.  Finally he signed the State Department backed deal,On 27 February 2012, Saleh formally ceded power to his deputy Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Soon as Hadi took charge, it was obvious that he got along with the US State Department.  Three years ago Hadi formed a ‘National Dialogue Conference’ of regional tribes, proposing a ‘power sharing’ government.  This approach would try to balance power equally between factions.  The Houthi didn’t like it, so they took the city of Sana’a by violence in 2014.  Thus the civil war was begun by Zaydi Muslims loyal to Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, a powerful tribal leader from the northern Saada Governorate.  This prompted their rival tribes and old enemies to take up arms too.  Islamists from Yemen’s Islah party attacked the Houthis in Dammaj.
So this is the sort of circumstances that have resulted in this current mess in Yemen.
We shouldn’t ignore the fact that Saudi Arabia stayed out of Yemen’s domestic affairs for decades until the Houthis seized control in the Yemeni civil war.
The Houthis are Zaydi sect Shiites.  They are a minority among Yemeni Zaydis: the Houthi are a militant deviant of Zaidism, essentially another Hezbollah.
I don’t like the Saudis or the US State Department, but whether I like them or not has nothing to do with the situation.  We shouldn’t ignore the fact that Saudi Arabia stayed out of Yemen’s domestic affairs for decades until the Houthis seized control in the Yemeni civil war.  We have no right to expect them to be neutral when an obvious Iran Shia proxy is taking over strategically crucial Yemen.  Indeed, the Houthis leader  Abdul-Karim Badreddin Al-Houthi will have to rely on backing from Iran to keep him in power over his tribal enemies.
Also if the Houthis win, Iran will gain the same control of the mouth of the Red Sea as they already have of the Straight of Hormuz.   And that would be pretty well “checkmate” for Saudi oil tanker access to the sea.
I don’t like any of the dirty business either, but that’s the truth of the situation.

 

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi-led forces enter town after Qaeda exit

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Forces loyal to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi-backed C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Emirati troops have reportedly overrun Mukalla after al-Qaeda militants left the seaport in South east Yemen.

Reuters quoted residents as saying that local clerics and tribesmen negotiated with al-Qaeda to exit quietly and that militants withdrew Sunday westward to neighboring Shabwa province.

They said there was no fighting after Saudi Zio-Wahhabi backed units mobilized their forces at Mukalla’s suburbs. However, the official Zio-Wahhabi news agency SPA claimed on Monday that more than 800 al-Qaeda members had been killed.

Around 2,000 pro-Hadi and Emirati troops reportedly advanced into Mukalla, home to an estimated 200,000 people, taking control of its maritime port and airport and setting up checkpoints.

Mukalla has been the center of a rich mini-state that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) built up over the past year. The group took control of an almost 600-km (370-mile) band of Arabian Sea coastline.

Once faded into irrelevance, AQAP has gone from strength to strength in Yemen since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi began its ferocious military campaign against the impoverished neighbor.

Al-Qaeda and other Takfiri groups such as Daesh have become stronger as Houthis – their arch enemy in Yemen – have come under the heaviest Saudi Zio-Wahhabi attacks for more than a year.

The Rai al-Youm newspaper on Monday pointed out that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi had supplied weapons to al-Qaeda militants in the Abyan and Hadhramaut to confront Houthi fighters.

The paper, edited by prominent Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, wrote that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi had decided to retake Mukalla from al-Qaeda in the face of rising criticism in the West of the fallout of the invasion.

The decision was also linked to a US congressional motion to hold the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ruling family accountable for potential roles in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it added.

Pro-Saudi Zio-Wahhabi forces, however, retreated from Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province in south Yemen, after they entered it on Saturday night.

A bomb-laden vehicle exploded Sunday killing seven pro-Hadi militants who had launched an offensive with the help of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi air power.

“The withdrawal was decided following information that al-Qaeda was preparing other car-bomb attacks against our troops,” AFPquoted a pro-Hadi officer as saying.

The alleged recapture of Mukalla coincided with UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait after a ceasefire entered into effect on April 11, but from which Takfiri groups are excluded.

There was no immediate official reaction to the reports from Houthis and their allies who are to hold their fifth day of peace talks on Monday in a bid to end 13 months of war.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi launched its airstrikes against Yemen last March.

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US/Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Aggression in Yemen

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US/Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Aggression in Yemen Celebrated by Co-Aggressor UAE
By William Boardman 

The National is an English language publication owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Media, the government-run media organization of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There is no press freedom in the UAE. Government media report the government point of view, which rarely includes criticism of the government.

On March 26, the first anniversary of the UAE’s unprovoked attack on Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states, the UAE’s official media published a document about the carnage in Yemen illustrative of George Orwell’s observation: “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” The truth about the war in Yemen is a largely unreported secret. The UAE officially hides that truth from itself in an editorial in The National (which follows in its entirety, section by section). It begins with the headline:

“After a year in Yemen, our resolve is firm”

After a year in Yemen, the US/Saudi coalition has managed to reduce the region’s poorest country to an almost unthinkable condition, where some 20 million Yemenis – about 80% of the population need humanitarian assistance. In a country both under attack and on the verge of mass famine, what does “our resolve is firm” really mean if not continued crimes against humanity? The UAE editorial’s first sentence has no discernible meaning at all.

The start one year ago of Operation Decisive Storm comes as a reminder of the importance of the war in Yemen.

The anniversary of an aggression – that the Saudis proclaimed would be brief and decisive – is important mostly for its irony. An official Saudi press release of March 25, 2015, quoted the Saudi ambassador to the US saying: “The operation will be limited in nature, and designed to protect the people of Yemen and its legitimate government from a takeover by the Houthis. A violent extremist militia.” By then the “legitimate” government of Yemen had fled to the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Not only has more than a year of US/Saudi-led war failed to achieve any significant military success, it has produced collateral damage on a massive scale, making the country of 25 million people perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. This reality makes a mockery of the UAE editorial’s next assertion.

The UAE joined the Saudi-led coalition campaign driven by its commitment and dedication to maintaining security and establishing peace in the region.

This is, almost literally, Orwellian in its “war is peace” mindset. From the start, the US/Saudi aggression has violated international law and committed war crimes against Yemeni civilians, using cluster bombs made in the USA (and sold to the Saudis with US taxpayer subsidies). The recently-released US State Department annual human rights report on Saudi Arabia for 2015 soft-pedals the allies’ slaughter of civilians in Yemen, and omits Saudi-dropped US cluster bombs entirely (perhaps because their lingering impact killing children over years and decades is deucedly hard to assess accurately, whereas profits can be tallied almost immediately). The full despicability of the Obama administration’s position on these inhumanities is revealed in its official unwillingness to speak on the record about the blatant hypocrisy of its morally indefensible defense of the murder of civilians for profit as reported in The Intercept.

A State Department spokesperson, who would only comment on background, pointed out that the U.S. has called on both sides of the conflict to protect civilians. He also claimed that the use of cluster munitions is not a human rights violation because the United States has not signed the ban on cluster munitions.

The State Department spokesperson did not acknowledge that only one side bombs civilians (in schools, hospitals, markets, and homes) with US-made planes dropping US-made munitions. This follows a years-long US campaign in Yemen to kill civilians with US-made drones (still in use from outside the country).

Yemen is drawn as a coherent state on maps, but most of the Yemeni-Saudi border has never been officially defined. Yemen has an ancient culture in the western part of the country, but it has never been a coherent state. The Saudis and Yemenis have engaged in sporadic, armed conflict for decades. In particular, the Saudis and the Houthis have fought over northwest Yemen and neighboring southwest Saudi Arabia, which is home to a large Houthi population. Security in the region is not directly threatened by the Yemeni civil war. For any Arab state to talk like the UAE of establishing “peace in the region” is fundamentally hilarious.

The UAE has long been a source of support for the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh), as have Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait – all part of the coalition waging war on Yemen. Editorially, the UAE cloaks itself in the mantle of state legitimacy.

The coalition responded to the call by Yemen’s president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to restore his internationally recognised government to power.

To call the Hadi government “internationally recognized” is to fudge the reality that the Hadi government has only limited recognition among Yemenis. Hadi came to power through what US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called, somewhat falsely, the “peaceful, inclusive, and consensus-driven political transition under the leadership of the legitimate President of Yemen, Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.” One problem with this US formulation is that Hadi’s “legitimacy” derives from his being installed as president by an international diplomatic coup, followed by his election in a race in which he was the sole candidate. Essentially, there is no legitimate government of Yemen and has not been for decades at least. The present war of aggression by outside powers intervening in a multifaceted civil war relies for its justification on a variety of dishonest fictions. The Houthis are a sub-group of the Shi’ite Zaidis, who number about eight million in Yemen. The Zaidis governed northwest Yemen for 1,000 years, until 1962. The UAE editorial invents a different historical identity.

Houthi rebels had captured the capital of Sanaa, with the support of Iran and loyalists to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and were advancing towards the southern city of Aden. On the way, they had killed civilians and destroyed neighbourhoods, leading to a vast humanitarian crisis.

Iran is widely scapegoated as a nefarious influence in Yemen, but there is little or no evidence of Iranian involvement on a scale that could possibly make a difference on the ground in Yemen. Iran’s support of the Houthis, their fellow Shi’ites, has been largely diplomatic, political, and presumably financial. Former president Saleh, who has a wide following of non-Houthis, was deposed in the coup that installed Hadi. When Saleh was president of Yemen, he also fought a Houthi insurrection. While there is little doubt that all sides in the Yemen civil war (including al Qaeda and ISIS) have committed war crimes of various degree, only the US/Saudi coalition has bombed defenseless civilian populations. There is a special deceit in the UAE suggestion that the Houthis in 2015 are the cause of the Yemen humanitarian crisis in 2016. A year of largely indiscriminate bombing by the US/Saudi forces is the more proximate and powerful cause, as is the year-long US/Saudi naval blockade that keeps Yemenis caught in the bomb range while at the same time denying them food, medicine, and other essentials for survival. Nevertheless, according to the UAE editorial, the Houthis – who have suffered attacks by ISIL – are somehow responsible for ISIL attacking coalition forces in the south.

The Houthis’ disregard for Yemen’s security created fertile ground for extremism to thrive, leading to the latest attacks by ISIL that killed 20 people in Aden on Friday.

Whatever “security” Yemen has had in recent years has been largely illusory. The US drone program in Yemen spent years creating insecurity and killing civilians until the US withdrew just ahead of the fall of the Hadi government (president Saleh had also sanctioned the lethal US military presence in Yemen). And why was the US there? Because Yemen was already “fertile ground for extremism,” in particular AQAP, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which now controls roughly half of Yemen’s southern coast, about 370 miles including the port city of Mukalla, with a 500,000 population. The effective allies in the US/Saudi war on the Houthis include not only the UAE and other coalition members, but also al Qaeda and ISIS – not in the sense that these “allies” share the same goals, but in the sense that the US/Saudi genocidal obsession with the Houthis has allowed and helped both ISIS and especially al Qaeda to expand and solidify positions in Yemen.

All the same, the UAE tries to blame the ISIL (ISIS) suicide bomb attacks in Aden on March 14, 2016, on the Houthis, when Aden is more or less under the military control of the Hadi government. Saudi and UAE forces have been deployed to Aden at least since July 2015, in limited numbers, to protect the Hadi government. The UAE has also secretly deployed hundreds of Colombian mercenary soldiers to Yemen, along with other mercenaries from Panama, El Salvador, and Chile, frequently commanded by Australians. During this same time period, neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE deployed any troops to fight ISIS in Syria. UAE troop strength in Yemen reportedly peaked in the fall of 2015 at about 5,000 troops of one nationality or another. Currently the UAE is estimated to have about 2,500 troops in Yemen as well as other deployments in Libya and Afghanistan. The UAE, with a population of about 6 million, has a military of some 65,000 active frontline personnel.

The UAE’s editorial summary of its year of war-making in Yemen relies on an imaginary threat of a wider war that would somehow have magically emerged from the possibility that the Houthis might secure their own country, or just part of it.

The precarious situation last year required swift intervention to guard against a wider conflict in the region. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council allies, including the UAE, realised that the security of Yemen was critical for the Arabian Peninsula at large and that a military operation would be required. Iran, which has a history of meddling in regional affairs, has been backing the Shiite Houthi group to fulfil its own nefarious agenda of expanding its footprint in the Middle East. Quite simply, unless we had taken firm action, our security would have been at risk. This has come at a great cost, including the lives of more than 80 UAE martyrs.

More than a year after collaborating in an aggressive war against Yemen, the UAE can cite no credible or rational or legal basis for joining the attack – unless “a nefarious agenda” turns out to be an obscure casus belli under international law. Worse, the UAE doesn’t even acknowledge, much less try to justify, the criminal brutality of its war.

This criminal brutality has been documented over and over by non-governmental organizations. Most recently, on April 7, Human Rights Watch issued a report centered on the war crime of bombing a civilian market, killing 97 civilians, 25 of them children. This is no isolated incident. The responsibility and guilt for these atrocities extends to those who sell the weapons as well as those who use them. As Human Rights Watch reported in part:

Since March 26, 2015, the UN and nongovernmental organizations have documented numerous airstrikes by coalition forces that violate the laws of war. The UN Panel of Experts on Yemen, established under UN Security Council Resolution 2140 (2013), in a report made public on January 26, “documented 119 coalition sorties relating to violations” of the laws of war.

Human Rights Watch has documented 36 unlawful airstrikes – some of which may amount to war crimes – which have killed at least 550 civilians. Human Rights Watch has also documented 15 attacks in which internationally banned cluster munitions were used in or near cities and villages, wounding or killing civilians…. The coalition has used at least six types of cluster munitions, three delivered by air-dropped bombs and three by ground-launched rockets….

None of these war crimes could possibly be committed by the Houthis and their allies, since they have no air force. Whatever the atrocities committed by Houthis, Saleh’s forces, or others, the humanitarian suffering in Yemen is overwhelmingly the responsibility of the US/Saudi coalition, however the UAE editorial may spin it.

The UAE has also contributed greatly to humanitarian efforts in Yemen, especially as Operation Restoring Hope got under way. More than Dh1.6 billion has been spent on infrastructure and aid programmes to provide our brothers and sisters there with electricity, food, health services, water, sanitation, fuel and transport. We will continue to help the civilian population. Of course, the ultimate goal is a political solution that restores the legitimate government.

In late April a year ago, the Saudis announced that Operation Decisive Storm was over and had achieved its goals. Saudis also announced the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope which included airstrikes and other military actions, as well as some relief missions.

The claim that the UAE has spent more than 1.6 billion Dirham ($436 million) in and on Yemen is misleading. In 2015, the UAE apparently contributed that amount to United Nations humanitarian programs in Yemen, an amount exceeded only by Saudi Arabia. A contribution in the hundreds of millions of dollars appears generous, but represents only a couple of days of the cost of the war. Saudi Arabia is reportedly picking up most of the cost of the war: $200 million per day ($6 billion per month).

Joining a military campaign is never an easy decision to make, but in this case it was a necessary one. As the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said on Friday, the UAE is more powerful today with the sacrifice of its martyrs, and history will remember the important role Operation Decisive Storm has played in drawing “a line between acceptance and submission, and determination and will.”

So ends the official UAE version of its Yemen adventure, a version that imagines with complete falsity that the Houthi rebellion somehow put the UAE under threat of having to accept and submit. Accept and submit to what? The Houthi rebellion was a thousand miles from the UAE and has yet to go beyond Yemeni borders (except for the sporadic fighting along the Saudi border in the northwest). In reality, the US/Saudi coalition has long demanded that the Houthis accept and submit to domination by their Sunni enemies of a thousand years. Now, in mid-April 2016, an open-ended ceasefire of sorts is settling over Yemen, with the Houthis still in control of much of the country, and the Saudis continuing to bomb at will. Ironically, if anyone has so far shown true determination and will, it is the Houthis, in their resistance to a ruthless and relentless international coalition.

As for “joining a military campaign,” which the UAE officially says is “never an easy decision to make,” the UAE has apparently managed the difficult choice once again. Now the UAE has reportedly asked the US for significant increases in military support in order to escalate the war in Yemen against AQAP, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Officials in the US and the UAE refuse to comment on the report, which would be an expansion of fighting long under way. According to Iranian Press TV, tensions between Saudi Arabia and the UAE emerged after the UAE withdrew large numbers of troops following defeats in late 2015, leading to a recent plan by the Saudis to replace UAE troops with Jordanians.

On April 15, despite the five day old truce, US drone strikes and US-made apache helicopters attacked the city of al-Houta, near Aden in south Yemen. Coalition officials said al Qaeda forces had withdrawn and the government controlled the city, with five soldiers reportedly killed in an operation that took four hours.

The ceasefire that started April 10 has continued to remain in effect around most of the country, despite some violations. In the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, more than 100 miles north of al-Houta and still under Houthi control, tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out on April 15 for peaceful protest against continued airstrikes by the US/Saudi coalition.

The UN special envoy leading the peace talks scheduled to begin in Kuwait says peace has never been as close as it is today. Those talks include only “government” and “rebel” representatives. Most of the belligerents, including the US/Saudi coalition, al Qaeda, and ISIS, will not be taking part.

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UK military trained Saudis Zio-Wahhabi as they rained fire on Yemen, says Reprieve

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UK military personnel have delivered a series of three-week courses on “international targeting” to the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi forces currently engaged in pummeling Yemen, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request shows.

The revelations were made following a request by the human rights NGO Reprieve. The organization is now urging the UK government to stop providing military support.

While the MoD has long claimed its role is purely advisory, the revelations lay bare the closeness with which the two countries operate.

It now appears courses were being run by RAF officers as recently as 2015 on “international targeting” over three separate three-week blocks.

This included training on the Storm Shadow missile, which is launched from aircraft to destroy enemy bunkers.

Gunnery instruction on targeting and locating enemy gun batteries was also carried out by a seven-strong detachment of personnel from the Royal Artillery.

The artillery team delivered 52 hours of training to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi gunners and included a senior major, a captain, a sergeant major and a sergeant.

The MoD said the course had been delivered to “a mixed group of soldiers and officers” from the Royal Saudi Land Forces RSLF) field artillery.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi personnel have also visited the UK for training.

The military said their personnel were not involved in “carrying out strikes, directing or conducting operations in Yemen or selecting targets, and are not involved in the Saudi targeting decision-making process.”

They stressed, as they have on numerous occasions, that the UK military “provide guidance on best practice techniques, including advice to help continued compliance with international humanitarian law.”

Reprieve case worker Omran Belhadi said: “Claims by ministers that Britain is helping the Saudi government abide by the law are disingenuous.”

He pointed out that legal training on rules of engagement and the laws of war did not seem to have sunk in if, indeed, it was delivered.

“Extensive British ‘targeting training’ has done nothing to prevent the bombing of schools, hospitals and weddings, and the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians,” Belhadi told the Guardian.

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Al-Qaeda gaining power & money from Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led intervention in Yemen

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Al-Qaeda has made major financial gains as a result of the war in Yemen, running its own mini-state and pocketing $100 million in looted bank deposits and revenue from running the country’s largest port, a Reuters investigation has revealed.

The group’s deep pockets and increased power are down to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, which has reportedly helped it become stronger than at any time since its emergence almost 20 years ago.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has a major presence in Mukalla, a city of 500,000 people, where it runs the third largest port in Yemen. As part of its port “management,” the group operates speedboats manned by armed fighters who impose fees on ship traffic.

Yemeni government officials and local traders estimate that the group earns up to US$2 million every day in taxes on goods and fuel coming into the port. In addition, it is believed the group has managed to extort $1.4 million from the national oil company.

The group also looted Mukalla’s central bank branch, gaining an estimated $100 million, according to two senior Yemeni security officials.

The economic empire of Mukalla was described to Reuters in detail by more than a dozen diplomats, Yemeni security officials, tribal leaders, and residents.

AQAP has abolished taxes for local residents in Mukalla, and group members have integrated themselves with southern Yemenis who have felt marginalized by their northern counterparts for years. The group has also made propaganda videos in which they have boasted about paving local roads and stocking hospitals.

In doing so, the group has managed to win over many locals.

“I prefer that Al-Qaeda stay here, not for Al Mukalla to be liberated,” said one 47-year-old resident. “The situation is stable, more than any ‘free’ part of Yemen. The alternative to Al-Qaeda is much worse.”

AQAP has managed to expand its territory by using many of the tactics used by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). It boasts 1,000 fighters in Mukalla alone, and controls 600km (373 miles) of coastline. The group also claimed responsibility for the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 12 people dead at the satirical magazine’s Paris office.

‘Easier to expand’

According to a senior Yemeni government official, AQAP’s expansion is due to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which is supported by the US.

The coalition, which has been bombing Houthi rebels since March 2015, sides with the exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while the Houthis are aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who resigned in 2012 following a popular uprising against his rule.

The official told Reuters that the war has “provided a suitable environment for the… expansion of Al-Qaeda.”

He said the withdrawal of government army units from their bases in the south allowed AQAP to acquire “very large quantities of sophisticated and advanced weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles and armed vehicles.”

In addition, the coalition’s pre-occupation with fighting the Houthis “made it easier for Al-Qaeda elements to expand in more than one area,” the official said. “And this is why Al-Qaeda has today become stronger and more dangerous.”

But despite claims that the intervention has made it easier for AQAP to expand, a recent statement from the Saudi embassy in Washington stated that the campaign had “denied terrorists a safe haven in Yemen.”

Still, AQAP continues to grow and prosper amid a civil war which has so far led to the deaths of 6,000 people. Among the death toll are 3,218 civilians, according to the UN Human Rights Office. An additional 5,778 civilians have been injured in the violence.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Air Force struck Yemeni marketplace with US bombs 

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Two bombs dropped by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Air Force on a crowded marketplace in Yemen on March 15 were American-made, claims Human Rights Watch (HRW). The UN estimates the death toll to be at least 97 dead, among them 25 children.

HRW examined the bomb blast fragmentations found at the site and determined they came from a US-made “GBU-31 satellite-guided bomb, which consists of a US-supplied MK-84 2,000lb bomb mated with a JDAM satellite guidance kit, also US-supplied,” HRW’s report says.

Since the beginning of the airstrikes of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led anti-Houthi coalition in March 2015, there have been 12 airstrikes inflicted on marketplaces throughout Yemen.

88bcf640-b609-4414-ab75-c81a1a454506HRW calls on to the US to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia until Riyadh ends unlawful airstrikes.

“One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen’s year-long war involved US-supplied weapons, illustrating tragically why countries should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia,” said Priyanka Motaparthy, emergency researcher at HRW.

Mastaba, a village in Yemen’s northern Hajja governorate, some 45km from the Saudi border, was attacked at noon. Two bombs were dropped successively with a short period. The first blasted right in front of a complex of shops and a restaurant, the second exploded a short while later near the entrance to the market, within the crowd fleeing the airstrike, HRW reports.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi air strike in Mastaba reportedly also killed 10 Houthi rebel fighters, making the attack absolutely unprecedented in military-to-civilian death ratio, causing “disproportionate loss of civilian life, in violation of the laws of war.”

The UN children’s agency UNICEF put the death toll of Mastaba airstrikes even higher, proclaiming 119 people among dead, 22 children included.

Out of two local hospitals, a clinic supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) received 45 wounded civilians from the market.

Since March 2015, the conflict in Yemen has claimed lives of about 6,300 people, over a half of them civilians, according to the UN estimates. Most of the people killed in Yemen died in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition air strikes.

The next day after the deadly air strike, the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military spokesman for the Zio-Wahhabi coalition, General Ahmad al-Assiri, said the coalition attacked “a militia gathering,” saying though, that the air strike site had been known as a place to buy qat, a mild stimulant plant widely chewed in Yemen, which means the coalition knew the airstrike hit a commercial area.

On March 18, al-Assiri told Reuters that targeting Mastaba site the coalition used reconnaissance information from Yemeni forces loyal to ousted C.I.A puppet Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and that the Houthis “deceived people by saying it was a market.”

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi FM Says ‘Good Progress’ in Talks with Yemen’s Ansarullah

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday that a delegation of Yemen revolutionary movement, Ansarullah, is holding talks in Riyadh aimed at finding a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

“The Houthi delegation is in Saudi Arabia and the discussions are ongoing. I believe we have made good progress,”  Zio-Wahhabi Jubeir told reporters, referring to Ansarullah.

“Talks with them are ongoing with the aim of finding a political solution for the Yemen crisis,” Zio-Wahhabi Jubeir said.

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Yemen has been since March 26, 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition.

Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family  launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family.

“There is significant progress in negotiations, and we have good contacts with the Houthis, with a delegation currently in Riyadh. We believe that we are closer than ever to a political solution in Yemen,” the prince said.

The revelation came ahead of a UN-brokered truce slated to enter into effect on April 10, followed by talks in Kuwait on April 18.

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Yemen: Expensive Weapons of Mass Destruction

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As Saudi and Allies Bombard Yemen, US Clocks up $33 Billion Arms Sales in Eleven Months
 
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Sometimes even to the most towering cynic, American hypocrisy is more than breathtaking.

As they lambast their latest “despot”, Syria’s President Assad – a man so popular in his country and the region that the US Embassy in Damascus had, by the end of 2006, devised a plan to oust him (1) arms sales to countries where human rights are not even a glimmer on the horizon have for the US (and UK) become an eye watering bonanza.

The latest jaw dropper, as Saudi Arabia continues to bombard Yemen with US and UK armaments, dropped by US and UK-made aircraft, is sales worth $33 Billion in just eleven months to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) according to Defense News. (2)

The GCC, a political and economic alliance of six Middle East countries, comprises of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. It was established in the Saudi Capital, Riyadh, in May 1981.

Weapons sold to the alliance since May 2015 have included:

“… ballistic missile defense capabilities, attack helicopters, advanced frigates and anti-armor missiles, according to David McKeeby, a spokesman the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.”

“In addition, the U.S. government and industry also delivered 4,500 precision-guided munitions to the GCC countries in 2015, including 1,500 taken directly from U.S. military stocks – a significant action given our military’s own needs,” he added, stressing:

“that the US government would like to continue to strengthen partnerships with Kuwait and Qatar through defense sales and other security cooperation activities.”

A metaphor for our times that “partnerships” are “strengthened” with lethal weapons, not in trade of goods, foods, medical, educational or intellectual exchanges.

A fly or two in the oil of the wheels of the US arms trade is the two year delay in approval of sales 40 F/A-18 Super Hornets to Kuwait and Qatar and also 72 F-15 Silent Eagles to Qatar.

Suspicion has been voiced that this has something to do with a pending US-Israel military financing deal, a suggestion emphatically denied by Washington.

In the meantime as Yemen continues to be blitzed, with the UN stating that eighty percent of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance. 2-4 million are displaced and approaching four thousand dead.

It seems Saudi and its allies have more than enough ordinance to continue the slaughter and more than enough US and UK military advisors to help them in the decimation.

 Notes:

  1. http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-and-conspiracy-theories-it-is-a-conspiracy/29596
  2. http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/budget/2016/03/25/state-33-billion-gcc-weapon-sales-11-months/82255660/

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