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Houthis 3km from Aden. It seems too late for intervention.
Not confirmed yet. Saudi Arabia and the anti Houthi tribes won't not allow that to happen. What you read is only propaganda to property to the world that the Houthi hold the majority of Yemen while in reality they are not.
 

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Yemen's Houthi militia poised to take president's Aden base



Southern People's Resistance militants loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi take positions on the frontline of fighting against Houthi fighters in the country's southern province of Lahej March 24, 2015.

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(Reuters) - Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized a key air base on Wednesday and appeared poised to capture the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said.

After taking al-Anad air base, the Houthis and their military allies, supported by heavy armor, advanced to within 40km (25 miles) of Aden, where Hadi has been holed up since fleeing the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa last month.

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

Yemen's slide towards civil war has made the country a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Shi'ite Iran, which Riyadh accuses of stirring up sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis.

Sunni Arab monarchies around Yemen have condemned the Shi'ite Houthi takeover as a coup and have mooted a military intervention in favor of Hadi in recent days.

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

While the battle is publicly being waged by the Houthi movement, many in Aden believe that the real instigator of the campaign is former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a fierce critic of Hadi.

It was Saleh who was the author of Aden's previous humiliation in 1994, when as president he crushed a southern secessionist uprising in a short but brutal war.

Unlike other regional leaders deposed in the Arab Spring, Saleh was allowed to remain in the country.

Army loyalists close to Saleh on Wednesday warned against foreign interference, saying on his party website that Yemen would confront such a move "with all its strength".

Diplomats say they suspect the Houthis want to take Aden before an Arab summit this weekend, to preempt an expected attempt by Hadi ally Saudi Arabia to rally Arab support at the gathering for military intervention in Yemen.

Yemeni officials denied reports that Hadi had fled Aden.

HOUTHI ADVANCE

The Houthi advance was taking its toll. The bodies of fighters from both sides lay on the streets of the outskirts of Houta, capital of Lahej province north of Aden, residents said.

In Houta, storefronts were shuttered and residents reported hearing bursts of machine gun fire and saw the bodies of fighters from both sides lying in the streets.

Eyewitnesses said Houthi fighters and allied soldiers largely bypassed the city center and traveled by dirt roads to the southern suburbs facing Aden.

In Aden, heavy traffic clogged Aden as parents brought schoolchildren home and public sector employees obeyed orders to leave work. Eyewitnesses said pro-Hadi militiamen and tribal gunmen were out in force throughout the city.

"The war is imminent and there is no escape from it," said 21-year-old Mohammed Ahmed, standing outside a security compound in Aden's Khor Maksar district, where hundreds of young men have been signing up to fight the advancing Shi'ite fighters.

"And we are ready for it.

The northern Houthi militia alongside army units loyal to Saleh have driven back an array of tribal fighters, army units and southern separatist militiamen loyal to Hadi.

Houthi militants took control of Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they moved closer to Aden.

Houthi leaders have said their advance is a revolution against Hadi and his corrupt government, and Iran has blessed their rise as part of an "Islamic awakening" in the region.

While Hadi has vowed to check the Houthi push south and called for Arab military support, his reversals have multiplied since heavy fighting first broke out in south Yemen on Thursday and the Houthis began making rapid advances southward.

(Reporting By Mohammed Mukhashaf, Sami Aboudi, Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning; Editing by Giles Elgood)
Yemen's Houthi militia poised to take president's Aden base| Reuters
 

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Public sector workers in Yemen's Aden told to go home: witnesses

ADEN, Yemen Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:07am EDT


(Reuters) - Public sector workers in Yemen's southern city of Aden were instructed to return home and some residents armed themselves, local witnesses told Reuters on Wednesday, amid rapid advances by Houthi attackers opposed to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Houthi forces backed by allied army units earlier seized al-Anad air base about 60 km (37 miles) north of Aden from defenders loyal to Hadi, local residents said. The Houthis and their allies later advanced to within 40 km of the city, where Hadi has been holed up since fleeing the capital Sanaa last month.

(Reporting By Noah Browning, Editing by William Maclean)

Public sector workers in Yemen's Aden told to go home: witnesses| Reuters
 

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@BLACKEAGLE what is the expected scenario we are going to see as to Saudi Arabia reaction towards the situation in Yemen.
 

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Two Yemen aides say Hadi remains in Aden

ADEN, Yemen Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:07am EDT


(Reuters) - Two senior Yemeni officials including the head of national security said on Wednesday that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi remained in Aden and had no plans to leave following advances by Houthi forces towards the city.

Chief of national security Maj. General Ali al-Ahmadi, asked if Hadi was in Aden, told Reuters: "He's here, he's here, he's here. I am now with him in the palace. He is in Aden."

Mohammed Marem, director of Hadi’s office, told Reuters: "President Hadi is in Aden and he is following up the situation ... We urge people to close ranks and we are certain that Yemenis and the Arab people and governments will not accept that Aden be sacked."

(Reporting by Yara Bayoumy in Cairo and Sami Aboudi in Aden, Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
Two Yemen aides say Hadi remains in Aden| Reuters

Yemen Houthis capture airbase near Aden: residents

ADEN, Yemen Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:28am EDT


(Reuters) - Houthi forces backed by allied army units seized al-Anad air base about 60 km (37 miles) north of Aden on Wednesday from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said.

The Houthis and their military allies later advanced to within 40 km of the southern port city, where Hadi has been hold up since fleeing the capital Sanaa last month.

(Reporting by Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashef, Writing by Noah Browning, Editing by William Maclean)
Yemen Houthis capture airbase near Aden: residents| Reuters
 

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I don't think there will any ground missions. Only airstrikes and arms the anti-houthi tribes.
 

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@BLACKEAGLE what is the expected scenario we are going to see as to Saudi Arabia reaction towards the situation in Yemen.
I think military intervention is unlikely. Iran wants Saudi Arabia to get involved in Yemen to exhaust as much as possible of it's economic and military capabilities noting that Yemen is a big and very wild country just like Afghanistan. Houthies are now very well armed and spread all over Yemen, so fighting them is much harder than 2009 war. Houthies have strong allies which are Saleh and his loyal armed forces. Therefore Saudi fight will not only be against only Houthies but also their former enemy, Saleh. Hadi and his local allies are too weak to survive even with outside help.

Despite all of this, Saudi Arabia will be in great danger if Houthies take control of Yemen, as it will be an extra Iranian circle around Saudi Arabia.

It's complicated my brother. I'm angry at Saudi lazy and slow reaction. It's late now, but not sure if it's too late. However, the only ray of hope I see is Saleh - Houthies conflict after they defeat Hadi.
 

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Factbox: Some main factions in Yemen's crisis
Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:53am EDT


Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 21, 2015.

Credit: Reuters/Anees Mahyoub


n">(Reuters) - Yemen's crisis cuts through the country's political, tribal, regional and sectarian layers to create a complex conflict that risks sucking in neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival, Iran.

These are some of the most important factions in Yemen's crisis.

* The Houthis, or Ansarullah. The group began as a movement of young men called the Believing Youth set up in 1992 to back the rights of the Zaydi Shi'ite sect that makes up around a fifth of Yemenis and it fought the government from 2003-09. It recently claimed the mantle of a national revolution and swept southwards, seizing Sanaa. The Houthis are allied to Iran, but the extent of the relationship is a matter of speculation.

* Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Elected as an interim president in 2012 to lead a political transition towards democracy, Hadi's residence was besieged by the Houthis after they seized Sanaa. He resigned in January and was put under house arrest, but escaped last month to Aden, repudiated his resignation and formed a government there, and called on the army to join him.

* Ali Abdullah Saleh. The ruler of north Yemen from 1978 and of the unified state from 1990 was forced to concede power in 2011 after mass protests, although he stayed ceremonial president until 2012. Western countries accuse him of using his wide influence, military power base, and an unlikely alliance with the Houthis to undermine Hadi in a bid to win back power.

* Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. AQAP has been the most active wing of the Islamist militant movement for years, plotting attacks on international airliners and launching raids into Saudi Arabia. Despite repeated army campaigns to oust it from its strongholds in the south and east, it has carried out a string of deadly attacks against Yemen's security forces.

* Southern Hirak. The movement is an unwieldy coalition of groups who want to reverse the state's 1990 reunification and revive the old South Yemen. Hirak can mobilize large numbers of people in the streets of southern cities such as Aden, but has no coherent leadership to translate its popular support into action.

* Islah. A party which combines Islamist and tribal interests, Islah has widespread support across Yemen and looked poised to win more power during the transition, but it lost out in the Houthi advance. Its military might came from an alliance with General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who held the loyalty of key brigades, but has fled to Saudi Arabia.

(Compiled By Angus McDowall, editing by Noah Browning, William Maclean, Sami Aboudi and Louise Heavens)

n">(Reuters) - Yemen's crisis cuts through the country's political, tribal, regional and sectarian layers to create a complex conflict that risks sucking in neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival, Iran.

These are some of the most important factions in Yemen's crisis.

* The Houthis, or Ansarullah. The group began as a movement of young men called the Believing Youth set up in 1992 to back the rights of the Zaydi Shi'ite sect that makes up around a fifth of Yemenis and it fought the government from 2003-09. It recently claimed the mantle of a national revolution and swept southwards, seizing Sanaa. The Houthis are allied to Iran, but the extent of the relationship is a matter of speculation.

* Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Elected as an interim president in 2012 to lead a political transition towards democracy, Hadi's residence was besieged by the Houthis after they seized Sanaa. He resigned in January and was put under house arrest, but escaped last month to Aden, repudiated his resignation and formed a government there, and called on the army to join him.

* Ali Abdullah Saleh. The ruler of north Yemen from 1978 and of the unified state from 1990 was forced to concede power in 2011 after mass protests, although he stayed ceremonial president until 2012. Western countries accuse him of using his wide influence, military power base, and an unlikely alliance with the Houthis to undermine Hadi in a bid to win back power.

* Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. AQAP has been the most active wing of the Islamist militant movement for years, plotting attacks on international airliners and launching raids into Saudi Arabia. Despite repeated army campaigns to oust it from its strongholds in the south and east, it has carried out a string of deadly attacks against Yemen's security forces.

* Southern Hirak. The movement is an unwieldy coalition of groups who want to reverse the state's 1990 reunification and revive the old South Yemen. Hirak can mobilize large numbers of people in the streets of southern cities such as Aden, but has no coherent leadership to translate its popular support into action.

* Islah. A party which combines Islamist and tribal interests, Islah has widespread support across Yemen and looked poised to win more power during the transition, but it lost out in the Houthi advance. Its military might came from an alliance with General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who held the loyalty of key brigades, but has fled to Saudi Arabia.

(Compiled By Angus McDowall, editing by Noah Browning, William Maclean, Sami Aboudi and Louise Heavens)
Factbox: Some main factions in Yemen's crisis| Reuters
 

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I think military intervention is unlikely. Iran wants Saudi Arabia to get involved in Yemen to exhaust as much as possible of it's economic and military capabilities noting that Yemen is a big and very wild country just like Afghanistan. Houthies are now very well armed and spread all over Yemen, so fighting them is much harder than 2009 war. Houthies have strong allies which are Saleh and his loyal armed forces. Therefore Saudi fight will not only be against only Houthies but also their former enemy, Saleh. Hadi and his local allies are too weak to survive even with outside help.

Despite all of this, Saudi Arabia will be in great danger if Houthies take control of Yemen, as it will be an extra Iranian circle around Saudi Arabia.

It's complicated my brother. I'm angry at Saudi lazy and slow reaction. It's late now, but not sure if it's too late. However, the only ray of hope I see is Saleh - Houthies conflict after they defeat Hadi.
Most tribes in Yemen don't support Al-Houthi and are welling to fight them. I don't think Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries are going to dispatch ground troops but might conduct some surgical airstrikes to slow the movement of the Houthi. I disagree with you on Houthi being well trained well armed. They are bunch un-confronted kids. What should be done is create a buffer zone, evacuate civilians and then boom destroy all military airports that are under their control and then destroy arms warehouses and check points. Next step is arm the tribes with some sophisticated weaponry and ask them to march from the east and the south while the RSAF and navy launch attack from the west through the sea and using artilleries from the north. This way is going to push the Houthi to the center and have them by the hook.

The mission should be executed as fast as possible with no mercy.
 

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Does not seem like battle of Aden started yet, it may start soon. It's too late for any form of intervention in Yemen. Also it wouldn't have helped. Houthis will take Aden without much resistance. Then Iran will place ballistic missiles in Yemen aimed at Saudi Arabia. As I expected, Arabs will not do anything. They will only attack Sunni Muslims. Like they did in Egypt, and will only do buffer zone against Gaza. No buffer zone in Yemen.

I don't understand why there hasn't been a revolution yet in these countries. Do you guys really hate Ikhwan al Muslimeen so much that it blinds your vision everywhere else? Do you guys notice what your governments are doing? Which is support israel, attack MB, attack Hamas, attack Sunnis in Iraq. I don't know how the Gulf people and Egyptian people support this. You guys bring us back one hundred years.

Egypt rejected participation in Yemen military intervention. That's the piece of shit that you helped organized coup for and give him 30$ billion over two years.
 

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Most tribes in Yemen don't support Al-Houthi and are welling to fight them. I don't think Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries are going to dispatch ground troops but might conduct some surgical airstrikes to slow the movement of the Houthi. I disagree with you on Houthi being well trained well armed. They are bunch un-confronted kids. What should be done is create a buffer zone, evacuate civilians and then boom destroy all military airports that are under their control and then destroy arms warehouses and check points. Next step is arm the tribes with some sophisticated weaponry and ask them to march from the east and the south while the RSAF and navy launch attack from the west through the sea and using artilleries from the north. This way is going to push the Houthi to the center and have them by the hook.

The mission should be executed as fast as possible with no mercy.
They took control of some Yemeni army equipment including ballistic missiles.
 

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They took control of some Yemeni army equipment including ballistic missiles.
They are pretty much outdate. What we need is to bomb those facilities. I don't think after they are going to launch them. It will be suicidal.
 

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The populations of Egypt, Jordan , Saudi Arabia and Gulf are responsible for the crisis in the Arab world. If it wasn't for these spoiled, arrogant populations the Arab world would have been a strong one. Instead these garbage populations destroyed the opportunity we had to become powerful when Ikhwaan were elected in Egypt, Libya, Turkey , Palestine and so on. And almost was Syria. Actually your nations supported Assad in Syria because they didn't want MB to take over. They didn't support him materially but wanted him to stay.

If God is going to punish anybody , it's going to be your populations which have failed to do anything to support Islam. I could care less about Gulf Arabs or Egyptian low iq morons. But Saudi Arabia used to be birth of Islamic revolution. The best men used to come out of it. Today when we need these men the most we can't find them .

Btw, its no secret Shia will attack Saudi Arabia next. Max of two years from now. They will target Saudi Arabia because they believe Imam Mahdi will come out if they do. Also because Iran wants to take revenge for Islamic conquest of Persia.
 

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Does not seem like battle of Aden started yet, it may start soon. It's too late for any form of intervention in Yemen. Also it wouldn't have helped. Houthis will take Aden without much resistance. Then Iran will place ballistic missiles in Yemen aimed at Saudi Arabia. As I expected, Arabs will not do anything. They will only attack Sunni Muslims. Like they did in Egypt, and will only do buffer zone against Gaza. No buffer zone in Yemen.

I don't understand why there hasn't been a revolution yet in these countries. Do you guys really hate Ikhwan al Muslimeen so much that it blinds your vision everywhere else? Do you guys notice what your governments are doing? Which is support israel, attack MB, attack Hamas, attack Sunnis in Iraq. I don't know how the Gulf people and Egyptian people support this. You guys bring us back one hundred years.

Egypt rejected participation in Yemen military intervention. That's the piece of shit that you helped organized coup for and give him 30$ billion over two years.
The populations of Egypt, Jordan , Saudi Arabia and Gulf are responsible for the crisis in the Arab world. If it wasn't for these spoiled, arrogant populations the Arab world would have been a strong one. Instead these garbage populations destroyed the opportunity we had to become powerful when Ikhwaan were elected in Egypt, Libya, Turkey , Palestine and so on. And almost was Syria. Actually your nations supported Assad in Syria because they didn't want MB to take over. They didn't support him materially but wanted him to stay.

If God is going to punish anybody , it's going to be your populations which have failed to do anything to support Islam. I could care less about Gulf Arabs or Egyptian low iq morons. But Saudi Arabia used to be birth of Islamic revolution. The best men used to come out of it. Today when we need these men the most we can't find them .
Tea'z is yet to completely fall under houthi let alone Aden. With all due respect, we are not at any war with the MB nor we allying with Israel by any means. The first thing Morsi did when first elected was sending a letter to Israel assuring for respecting all treaties and economic cooperation. Iranian missiles are not high tech and can be easily intercepted by our missiles shield. But what will happen in response? One f-15 is able to carry 11 tons of bombs let alone the whole fleet. Note that I didn't mention the navy. Don't lump us altogether. Saudi Arabia doesn't border Gaza. Plus we are the only Arab countries that don't recognize Israel and have no relations with them. The situation in Yemen is much more complicated than that of Palestine. I don't need to remind you of the political dispute over power in Palestine and how Hamas whom you support is undermining our effort by allying with Iran.

We don't hate the MB. In fact we much respect its founder but the current MB approach has gone far to what its suppose to be. You can call that a betrayer. Turkey itself has relations with Israel so please don't be confused here. You support the MB in countries like Egypt and Turkey where these two countries have relations with Israel and yet to hate Saudi Arabia and Gulf states neglecting all what we have done, we are doing and will be doing in the future to Palestine. How can we support Islam when Hamas and Fateh are at each throat? How can we support Islam when Libyans are fighting each other, Yemenis, Tunisians, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Morocco and Algeria, Pakistan/Afghanistan and Taliban and the list goes on. Why should we be accounted for one else's fault? We have tried many times to bridge gaps but with no positive outcome. We hosted the MB when they got kicked from Egypt during Abud-Alnasar era. We did everything we could but lady we get stabbed in the back every time we try to give a hand.

Finally, We are in position to wage war here and there. We don't have strong defense industry. Economy is not everything. We need to be self reliant and then we may progress.
 

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