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Saudis strike to defend 'legitimate government' of Yemen

Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, speaks about why they've chosen to launch coalition airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials


(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The 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 Abd-Rabbu Mansour 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.

The armor and artillery being moved by Saudi Arabia could be used for offensive or defensive purposes, two U.S. government sources said. Two other U.S. officials said the build-up appeared to be defensive.

One U.S. government source described the size of the Saudi buildup on Yemen's border as "significant" and said the Saudis could be preparing air strikes to defend Hadi if the Houthis attack his refuge in the southern seaport of Aden.

Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington had acquired intelligence about the Saudi build-up. But there was no immediate word on the precise location near the border or the exact size of the force deployed.

Hadi, who supported Washington’s campaign of deadly drone strikes on a powerful al Qaeda branch based in Yemen, has been holed up in Aden with his loyalist forces since he fled Sanaa in February. On Tuesday, forces loyal to Hadi drove Houthi fighters from two towns they had seized hours earlier, residents said, apparently checking an advance by the Shi'ite fighters toward Aden.



SAUDIS "DEEPLY CONCERNED"

Saudi Arabia faces the risk of the turmoil spilling across its porous 1,800 km (1,100 mile)-long border with Yemen and into its Shi'ite Eastern Province where the kingdom's richest oil deposits lie.

“The Saudis are just really deeply concerned about what they see as an Iranian stronghold in a failed state along their border,” U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller told Reuters on Monday at a conference hosted by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

But a former senior U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the prospects for successful external intervention in Yemen appeared slim. He said Hadi’s prospects appeared to be worsening and that for now he was “pretty well pinned down.”

Riyadh hosted top-level talks with Gulf Arab neighbors on Saturday that backed Hadi as Yemen's legitimate president and offered "all efforts" to preserve the country's stability.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Monday Arab countries would take necessary measures to protect the region against "aggression" by the Houthi movement if a peaceful solution could not be found.

In March 2011, Saudi troops, along with those from the United Arab Emirates, entered neighboring Bahrain after weeks of protests by that country’s Shi’ite majority that Riyadh feared could lead to an expansion of Iran’s influence.

A spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on any military movements.

Yemen asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to back military action by "willing countries" to combat Houthi militias, according to a letter from Hadi seen by Reuters.

Hadi wants the 15-member body to adopt a resolution that would authorize "willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression."

Fighting has spread across the Arabian peninsula country since last September when the Houthis seized Sanaa and advanced into Sunni Muslim areas.

U.S. officials said on Saturday that the United States had evacuated all its remaining personnel in Yemen, including about 100 special operations forces, because of the security situation. The end of a U.S. security presence inside the country has dealt a blow to Washington's ability to monitor and fight al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate.

The Houthis have denied taking material and financial support from Tehran. But last year Yemeni, Western and Iranian sources gave Reuters details of Iranian military and financial support to the Houthis before and after their takeover of Sanaa last year.

However, U.S. officials have said that Iranian backing for the Houthi rebels has been largely limited to funding. They say Iran has its hands full providing armed assistance to its allies in Syria and Iraq.

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials| Reuters
 
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These are defensive measures. Are they expecting Houthis to attack from North? That would be suicidal and drive us into regional war.
 
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These are defensive measures. Are they expecting Houthis to attack from North? That would be suicidal and drive us into regional war.
We need a regional war. We are all for it. These aren't defensive measures rather offensive. The Houthi lack basic training and advanced weapons. Our Air Force will bomb the shit out of them. There will not be any ground troops inside Yemen but slowly pushing them and establish a buffer zone inside.
 
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We need a regional war. We are all for it. These aren't defensive measures rather offensive. The Houthi lack basic training and advanced weapons. Our Air Force will bomb the shit out of them. There will not be any ground troops inside Yemen but slowly pushing them and establish a buffer zone inside.
God knows if they're defensive or offensive. But I do agree, it's going to be a mess trying to repair situation in region. If there is further delay it only means tougher war Saudi Arabia will face. We know that Bahrain will erupt next if nothing is done but it's not strategic threat like Yemen is. If it's true that it is offensive inshallah it doesn't get bad. Last thing we want is blood spilled in our holy cities.
 
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God knows if they're defensive or offensive. But I do agree, it's going to be a mess trying to repair situation in region. If there is further delay it only means tougher war Saudi Arabia will face. We know that Bahrain will erupt next if nothing is done but it's not strategic threat like Yemen is. If it's true that it is offensive inshallah it doesn't get bad. Last thing we want is blood spilled in our holy cities.
The Houthi can't/don't have the capability to even get close by. We will push them dow the sea ma man.

Now president Hadi has officially requested from the UN under the charter 7 asking for military intervention although it means nothing to us but you know just following the so called protocol.
 
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The Houthi can't/don't have the capability to even get close by. We will push them dow the sea ma man.

Now president Hadi has officially requested from the UN under the charter 7 asking for military intervention although it means nothing to us but you know just following the so called protocol.
A cargo shipment of weapons arrived to Aden. So intervention may not be needed. Houthis aren't able to advance any further so far. According to most Yemeni sources.
 
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Hadi advisor calls for no-fly zones to thwart Houthi advance

By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Thursday, 26 March 2015
An adviser to Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi called for the establishment of a no-fly zone in parts of the conflict-ridden country in an effort to rebel Houthi rebels, who have captured the capital Sanaa and are advancing the Aden.

During an interview with Al Hadath, Al Arabiya's sister channel, the official also asked Arab countries to show their support to Yemen by taking militarily action and counter the advances of the Iranian-backed militia.

The adviser confirmed reports that Hadi was still in Aden despite the attacks carried out by the rebels earlier on Wednesday on his presidential complex.

In a separate development, Hadi requested “immediate support for the legitimate authority with all means and necessary measures to protect Yemen and repel the aggression of the Houthi militia that is expected at any time on the city of Aden and the province of Taiz, Marib, al-Jouf [and] an-Baidah."

In his letter, which was sent to the U.N. Security Council and seen by Al Arabiya News, Hadi said such support was also needed to control “the missile capability that was looted” by the Houthi militias.

Hadi also told the U.N. Security Council that he had requested from the Arab Gulf states and the Arab League “immediate support with all means and necessary measures, including the military intervention to protect Yemen and its people from the ongoing Houthi aggression.”

Yemen has been gripped by growing turmoil since the Houthi rebels launched a power takeover in Sanaa in February.

Hadi, who fled from house arrest in Sanaa last month, fled to Aden where he set up a power base in the port city.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/Advisor-to-Yemeni-president-calls-for-no-fly-zone-to-repel-Houthis-.html
 
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Hadi remains in Aden as rebels approach
Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi remained in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday despite a military offensive by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to dislodge him, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin has told Al Arabiya Channel.

Earlier reports by the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse said the president had fled Aden after the Houthi rebels captured nearby airbase and advanced toward the city.

But Foreign Minister Yassin told Al Arabiya News Channel that Hadi remained in Aden, calling for foreign military support to repel the Houthi offensive.

Yassin said the Hadi’s internationally recognized government would not be talking with the Houthi rebels until they return to their northern home province of Saada.

Meanwhile, unidentified warplanes flying over Aden fired missiles on Wednesday at a neighborhood where President Hadi's compound is located, residents said.

Anti-aircraft batteries opened fire at the planes, they said.

The Houthi’s offensive on the south took a major turn when they captured the al-Anad airbase where U.S. forces were stationed before they were evacuated on Friday.

Yemen has acknowledged that American personnel at the base were gathering intelligence for drone strikes before they pulled out.

After seizing al-Anad, Houthis advanced farther south and were just three kilometers (nearly two miles) away from Huta, the capital of Lahj province which is adjacent to Aden, the military official said.

The Houthi militia, backed by troops allied to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, have clashed with forces loyal to Hadi in at least two southern provinces as they push towards Aden.

Yemen had asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to back military action by “willing countries” to combat an advance by Shiite Muslim Houthi militia, according to a letter from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seen by Reuters.

Hadi wants the 15-member body to adopt a resolution to authorize “willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression.”

But army officers loyal to Saleh said they would confront any foreign intervention to end the country's worsening conflict.

“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,” the so-called Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security said in a statement.

The statement by the Higher Committee added that all armed forces members “will confront with all their strength and heroism” any threat to Yemen's unity and territorial integrity.

Saleh, who resigned in 2012 following nationwide protests, has been accused of backing the Shiite militia as he seeks to regain influence.

The Huthis seized the airport and a nearby military base Sunday in Taez, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Aden and seen as a strategic entry point to Hadi's southern stronghold.

Yemen is increasingly divided between a north controlled by the Huthis, allegedly backed by Iran, and a south dominated by Hadi supporters.

The U.N. Security Council, Western countries and Gulf Arab monarchies have backed Hadi as the country's legitimate ruler.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/25/Yemen-s-Hadi-asks-U-N-to-back-military-action-against-rebels.html
 
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I honestly wasn't expecting this. How wide will this operation be and what can we expect? Will Houthis target Saudi Arabia? Will Iran intervene?
 
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I honestly wasn't expecting this. How wide will this operation be and what can we expect? Will Houthis target Saudi Arabia? Will Iran intervene?

This is as scorpion said before. He described it fully. Some surgical airstrikes targeting airport, military bases and naval blockade. No Iran cant intervene at all. Why? because the US collation in Takrit that is under Iran and shia militias is now under attack by Saudi Arabia/UAE. Just to shift their attention from the situation in Yemen.


That was smart move and expected by Saudi Arabia in outmaneuvering Iran. :--)
 
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Finally! :--)
 
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