[The Saudi bombing of Yemen could best be understood as the periodic Saudi clean-up of their threatening militant problem, i.e., “Al-Qaeda,” were it not for the obvious attempts to make Yemen all about Iran. King Salman seems to be a little more aggressive than his brother was, preferring action to threats. The danger of this is the entanglement of royal militant house-cleaning with the Zionist war on Iran.
In order to counter Iranian breakthroughs on the diplomatic battlefield, proxy warfare is underway in Yemen, as it is in Syria, Lebanon, Libya and other choice locations. This is a chess move, intended to endanger the Iranian queen. Iran must not be allowed equilibrium. Situations between Sunni and Shia cannot be allowed peaceful resolution, other than the sweeping, absolute peace obtained via holy war throughout the region. The Saudis have acted as the hands of the CIA in all of this, channeling their radical Sunni militants into Yemen and Iraq, where they have served the Empire’s strategy of regime change and sowing sectarian warfare. The Saudis have created the most radical Islamic militants in the world, their leadership spawning the most notorious of all Sunni terrorist cells in the Middle East and N. Africa.
The cell known as “Al-Qaeda In Yemen (Arabian Peninsula)” is a direct creation of the Saudi terrorist rehabilitation/reconditioning program, whether that is inadvertent or intentional. The Eleven top leaders in the terrorist organization (branded most dangerous by US Govt) have all graduated with honors from the Saudi rehab program, after spending years in Guantanamo prison. If anybody has reason to be pissed-off at the royals and us, it is these guys. Same goes for the so-called “Islamic State” bitches, their top guys all went through the Saudi rehab program at Camp Bucca prison camp in Iraq. Whatever the Saudis did to these guys, it made them determined to kill Saudis and Westerners. One of the grads of this program, who claimed that he wished to “repent”, personally, to the head of the rehab program, where he blew himself up with an internal bomb (ass) as he stood near Prince Nayef/Naif, on August 31, 2009.
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
Hunting the Al-Qaeda Eleven and their friends has served the Pentagon well, justifying Special Forces and drone bases in Yemen. Huthi rebels recently forced the Americans to abandon these bases. The Saudi Air Force and friends are now allegedly trying to dislodge the Huthis from the same bases.
Al Anad air base, Yemen
For many years, Western researchers have been charging that the Saudi royals have paid Al-Qaeda millions as “protection money,” buying immunity from terrorist attacks by exporting the militants to their neighbors…like Yemen. The entire deranged arrangement may be unravelling.]
[The following originates at Wash. Post, so perhaps the map is the only informative part of the article.]
HUGH NAYLOR AND CAROL J. WILLIAMS
The Shiite insurgents who have toppled Yemen’s government are threatening to take over a key oil-producing province to the east of the capital, triggering fears that the country could explode in all-out civil war.
The rebels, known as Houthis, have already seized much of the country’s north with relative ease. But they are likely to encounter stiff resistance if they move into Marib province. Already, the largely Sunni tribes in the region are arming themselves with tanks and rocket-propelled grenades, according to tribal leaders, and the governor has ringed the area with tribal fighters and military units.
“It will be civil war if they come here,” said Mohammed al-Wills, a leader of the Murad tribe in Marib, who has begun coordinating with fellow tribesmen and soldiers to defend the province.
The Houthis say they want to protect residents of Marib from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, whose fighters have launched periodic attacks in the province. But diplomats and analysts say a conflict could wind up strengthening Yemen’s franchise of al Qaeda, which has plotted high-profile attacks on the United States. A battle could also draw in tribesmen and Sunni fighters from other provinces.
Sectarian tensions are inflaming the situation. The Houthis follow the Zaydi branch of Shiite Islam, but the majority of Yemen’s 24 million citizens are Sunni. While Yemen has a history of conflict, it has been spared the kind of Sunni-Shiite rivalry that has torn apart Syria and Iraq.
Many Yemenis believe that the Houthi rebels are backed by Iran, a majority-Shiite nation. Neighbouring Saudi Arabia – a Sunni powerhouse – has long seen Yemen as within its sphere of influence. Now, Houthi officials and Western diplomats say, Saudi Arabia is providing cash to Marib residents to arm themselves for a confrontation.
“This is becoming a sectarian-driven war because of these outside powers,” said Ali Saif Hassan, a Yemeni political analyst.
The Houthis swept into Sanaa in the fall and effectively forced out the pro-US government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in January. The rebels recently seized a military base on the way to Marib, and they have taken over parts of the province to its south, heightening speculation that they might soon move on to the important oil-producing province.
Marib is a strategic prize. Yemen is a small petroleum producer compared with some of its neighbours. But the national government’s budget is overwhelmingly dependent on oil sales. Marib is also home to power plants that provide electricity to Sanaa and other areas of the country, giving whoever controls the province a chokehold over Yemen’s energy supply.
“Everybody’s bracing for a clash there. It’s about the resources,” said a Western diplomat who until recently was based in Yemen, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The governor of Marib, Sultan al-Arada, said in a telephone interview that the Houthis had carried out an Iranian-backed “coup” against the Yemeni government. He said his office is coordinating the defense of the province and its oil installations with local tribes as well as military units that are not loyal to the Houthis. He denied that the Saudis were pouring money into the area to parry a rebel advance.
Tribesmen from neighbouring regions have pledged to help the province hold off the Houthis, he said.
“We have thousands of people from the tribes forming a security belt on the edges of the province, and the military is coordinating with us and preparing to defend us, too,” he said.
The Houthis have called on Arada to step down. Last month, before forcing the resignation of the national government, the insurgents’ leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, warned that his fighters could intervene in Marib. He said the potential operation might be necessary to fight al Qaeda and “support the honorable people of Marib.”
Located about 120km east of the capital, Marib is poor even by Yemeni standards. The government in Sanaa has long been accused by residents of taking the area’s resources but offering few public services in return. In the political void created by the government’s collapse, the role of the area’s already powerful tribes appears to have been strengthened.
Hussein Hazeb, 50, another leader of the Murad tribe, said that tribesmen in the Marib area had armed themselves in part by seizing weapons from a military unit that recently passed through the province.
Some tribal leaders have long received financial support from Riyadh, the Saudi capital, he said, but the recent influxes of cash have been noticeably large.
“All of a sudden you’re seeing people with brand-new pickup trucks and new guns, and you know that they’re getting this from Saudi (Arabia),” Hazeb said.
An official at the Saudi Embassy in Sanaa declined last week to comment on the issue. The embassy closed its operations in Yemen on Friday.
Houthi officials also say that cash is being smuggled from the Saudi border to Marib. The Houthis deny that they are backed by Iran.
Analysts, diplomats and many Yemenis fear that the escalating violence could strengthen al-Qaeda’s franchise here by enabling it to portray itself as a champion of the Sunnis. Already, AQAP fighters may be moving from other parts of Yemen into Marib in advance of a fight, diplomats and analysts say.
On Thursday, militants from the radical Sunni group stormed a military base about 100km from Marib in a southern province, saying that they wanted to protect it from Houthi attacks.
In Marib, some tribes have fought AQAP, but the extremist group’s sectarian rhetoric appears to be resonating even among those Sunnis who have been its enemies.
The Houthis “are Shiites and they reject Islam,” said Hamed Wahaed, a Marib tribal leader. He has been storing weapons in preparation for a Houthi assault; he boasted by telephone that he owns 10 Toyota pickup trucks mounted with machine guns, two artillery pieces, and rocket-propelled grenades.
He added that Marib has “to fight the Shiite-Iranian terrorists.” Still, he said he opposed al Qaeda and wouldn’t accept its support.
Some tribal officials have threatened to blow up power lines and oil installations in the province to deter a Houthi attack. That would be a serious blow to Yemen’s already weak economy.
“There is no doubt that such an attack on the oil and gas pipelines, as well as on the power plant, will cause a huge crisis for Yemen,” said Hassan Thabet, a professor of economics at Sanaa University.
Wills, the tribal leader, said he opposes damaging the oil and power lines, but he described the threats as a last-resort measure against the Houthis.
“Some of the tribes see this as something like, ‘You may try to take us down, but we’ll take down the whole country if you try,’ ” he said.
REJECTING UN RESOLUTION
Also Monday, Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi militia rejected a unanimous appeal from the UN Security Council to restore constitutional order in the country after months of chaos, Middle Eastern media reported.
At a special meeting of the 15-member Security Council on Sunday, the diplomats adopted a resolution calling on the Houthis to return control of the government to elected leaders and release President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who has been under house arrest since January 22.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also met over the weekend in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and warned that Yemen’s neighbors would take action themselves if the Shiite militants continue to engage in clashes with other Yemenis and fail to allow government functions to resume.
“Yemen is collapsing before our eyes. We cannot stand by and watch,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned during a Security Council briefing last week.
On Monday, the Houthi rebels refused either to cede power or to release Hadi, the Al-Arabiya news agency reported from Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.
It quoted a Houthi statement as saying the outside world needed to “respect the will and sovereignty of the Yemeni people, and to be accurate and objective”. The Houthis also reportedly warned the Security Council “not to follow the lead of regional powers that aim tirelessly to eliminate the will of the Yemeni people in a flagrant violation of international conventions that criminalize meddling in internal affairs,” the news agency reported.
A UN special envoy visited Hadi at his Sanaa home Monday to discuss the international efforts to secure his freedom and avert further bloodshed in a country where badly deteriorating security has prompted an exodus of diplomats.
Special UN adviser Jamal Benomar told Yemen’s Saba News Agency that he assured Hadi that the international community was working for his release. He also urged all parties to Yemen’s turmoil to engage in negotiations to avert a full-scale sectarian war.
“Either the country will descend into civil war and disintegration, or the country will find a way to put the transition back on track,” Benomar was quoted as saying by Saba. “This largely depends on the political will of Yemeni leaders. They all bear responsibility for the current state of affairs, as well as responsibility for finding a way to pull the country from the brink.”
Nadia Sakkaf, who was information minister in the government, announced via Twitter on Monday that Hadi needs to travel abroad “immediately” for medical treatment of a heart condition that has been aggravated by his detention.