Yemeni Army and Popular Forces Take War to Saudi Territory

By;  Hassan Al-Haifi

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Zilzal (Earthquake) III launched on a number of occasions over last two weeks

Zilzal (Earthquake) III launch

Zilzal (Earthquake) III launching on July 19, 2016

 

Uragon Missile

Uragon Missile

Uragan

Uragan missiles fired into new Jaizan military bases.

Since the final days if the fasting month of Ramadhan, the war in Yemen took on a more violent posture.  Since then,  the Yemeni Army and Popular Committeed have returned to taking the initiative, both inside Saudi territory and taking positions occupied by mercenary forces or thwarting all efforts by Saudis themsellve  to make advances in Northern Hajjah Province (Haradh and Midi) or by their mercenaries in all the fronts in Lahj, Ta’ez, Mareb Governirates, Nehm District and Al-Jouf Governorate.

This new turn in the fightingv has been manifested by ballistic miisiles launches into Saudi Arabia like the recent (July 19, 2016) launching of Zilzal (Eartquake) III Ballistic Missile targeting the Saudi National Guard Base in Najran and the launching of three Uragan Missiles on a newly set up base in Jaizan Province.  All missiles hit their targets successfully.   A military source said that in the Najran base, large explosions could be heard, a big fire resulted and ambulances and helicopters were  seen rushing to the base to pick up fatalities and wounded..  

While in the Jaizan Base at least 3 Saudi tropps were reported among the casualties killedd.

In addition, a Zilzal 3 missile hit a mercenary troops concentration in the Base of the 115th Brigade in Al-Hazm, Al-Jouf Governorate inflicting scores of fatalities and wounded  amongst the Saudi led, armed and funded mercenaries based there.

Despite the Yemeni side’s adherence to the cease fir, the Saudis have not ceased their round the clock bombing of everywhere in Yemen (including the repeated bombing of their mercenaries in Ta’ez, Al-Jouf, Lahj, etc) and prodding their local and foreign mercenaries to make futile advances in all the battle hot spots of Nehm, Ta’ez, Mareb, Al-Jouf, Lahj, etc. The Saudis hoped to exploit the lull inside Saudi territory to achieve successes on the ground.  The Yemeni attacks heretofore inside Saudi territory have led to at least 2,000 Saudi troops killed, 500 tanks and hundreds of Armored Personnel Carriers and other military vehicles, accirding to Washington Post and were abig embarassment to the Saudi aggressorss internally and internationally.

Because of the unabashed flagrant  Saudi violations, uninterrupted bombings, , which continued inflicting hundreds of martyred and wounded civilians (attested to by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, UN and other international organizations) of the truce and their continuous prodding, arming and financing of mercenary troops, the Yemeni side has had no choice but to restore the initiative until the Saudis show serious signs of ceasing their heartless aggression on Yemen and the economic and baseless blockade of Yemen and interference of all air and sea traffic to the country.

 

A New Massacre in Sana’a and Hadhramaut: If You Can’t Beat’em, Kill’em!

The Messy Carnage of Tahrir Square 1

The Messy Carnage of Tahrir Square 1

Tahrir Square Carnage 3

Tahrir Square Carnage 3

Tahrir Massacre 4

Al-Qaeda and Friends (Al-Ahmars) are Said to be Behind This

Hadhramaut Massacre2

Hadhramaut Massacre

Hadhramaut Massacre

Hadhramaut Massacre

A wounded victim of the Tahrir Massacre

A wounded victim of the Tahrir Massacre

 

 

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

A big explosion rocked the center Sana’a at Tahrir Square (Liberation Square) near the Head Office of the Yemen Bank for Reconstruction and Development with the death of at least 47 unarmed civilians, including children and the wounding of scores of others (77 at least).  The suicide bomber was targeting peaceful marchers protesting the appointment of Dr. Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak, which the protesters led by the Houthi Movement said was done without full agreement of the political factions party to the Peace and Partnership Agreement signed on September 21, 2014.  Moreover that the appointment was made only after consultation with the US Ambassador to Yemen U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller angered the protesters led by the Houthis, who saw this as continued interference in Yemeni by the United States, which does not have any veto power over Yemeni Government decisions.

It is not farfetched to note that the recent attack (October 9) by a suicide bomber on peaceful marchers in Liberation Square, is a similar tragic use of excessive force by former political power centers in the Yemeni political scene, against their political opponents as these elements have strong connections to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations operating in Yemen. These power centers include the removed General Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar, the AL-Ahmar Sheikhs and extremist elements of the Islah Party, well known for their strong support and facilitation of these terrorist organizations. The latter power centers were recently deposed by a coup d’état organized by the Houthis and their supporters from many of the tribes of Yemen and Yemeni urban centers. The latter had organized a march against the recent decision by President Abdu-Rabbo Hadi to appoint the Director of his office to form a new Cabinet of technocrats. The suicide bomber blew himself up amidst the unarmed protesters.  The former deposed elements constituted the other side of the Saleh regime and were also known for relying on repressive and violent means to deal with their opponents.

On another note an a suicide attack by a car full of explosives on a checkpoint near Al-Mukalla, Hadhramaut Governorate in the South of the Republic of Yemen near the Arabian Sea said to be also carried out by Al-Qaeda elements or their partners (Ansar Al-Shari’a, etc).  The attack killed 20 Yemeni troops and wounded a number of others

 

 

 

Yemen Appoints New Prime Minister After 2014 Revolt with Background Explanation of Events

Dr. Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak - newly appointed Prime Minister.

Dr. Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak – newly appointed Prime Minister.

Yemenis Pray on Airport Road as part of protests

Yemenis Pray on Airport Road as part of protests

 

Mohammed Salim Basindawah - Former Prime Minister

Mohammed Salim Basindawah – Former Prime Minister

 

Jamal Bin Omer - UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen

Jamal Bin Omer – UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

The President of the Republic of Yemen, AbduRabbo Hadi Mansour appointed Dr. Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak, who was the President’s Bureau Manager, as the new Prime Minister of Yemen replacing Mohammed Salim BasindawahBasindawah was appointed as PM after the Revolt of 2014 and the signing of the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, which was supposed to resolve the political turmoil ignited by the Peaceful Revolution of 2014.

 

Mr. Bin Mubarak’s appointment came as a result of the Revolt of 2014, which brought the Houthi Movement and its followers to the forefront of the political arena and removed many of the diehard power centers, that had heretofore hijacked the youth revolt of 2014 and continued to influence the orientation of government and controlled most of its economic interests.  The Yemeni Congregation for Reform and the Al-Ahmar tribal chiefs, with the strong backing of the former Commander of the First Armored Division, and the Northwest Territory and later Defense and Security Counsellor of the President, Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar continued to dominate all military and political activities’ in the country hedging on the strong Saudi support all of them enjoyed.

 

When the Houthi Movement began confronting efforts by these combined political components to eliminate them by attempting to drive them out of the Movement’s stronghold in Sa’ada and part of Amran Governorates, under prodding from Saudi Arabia, the Houthis were able to seize the moment and not only defeated these efforts, but went on to gain more solid grounds and in fact drive the stranglehold the Ahmar tribal chiefs and their allies from the latters’ own strongholds in the Ahmar’s Hashid Tribal areas and Amran Governorate, including the Governorate Center.  In addition, the Houthis drove out most of the institutes and centers that were breeding grounds of Wahhabi terrorist culture from these areas, producing strong evidence of how these Koranic and Hadith schools were used as fronts for training terrorists and producing their bombs etc.

 

Finally the Houthis gathered a strong assembly of mainly northern tribesmen and many urban supporters from all of Yemen to lead an initially peaceful revolt against the status quo maintained by the ICC Inititative.  With the removal of the fuel subsidies, Yemeni farmers faced near extinction, especially as diesel fuel (in addition to normal gasoline) rose almost 200% in price in one shot. Thus the Houthis were able to mount strong support among the farmers and rural poor population, who could not cope with these price increases, and who were also fed up with the horrific corruption that plagued the government, not to mention the nepotism and partisan efforts of the Islah to flood the government with civil servants from its party memberships and relatives of the elements in the loyal tribal power centers that were allied to the Ahmars and their allies.  As the peaceful revolt  continued to progressively increase the pressure of their sit ins, marches and vigils, ailing Ahmar power centers turned to violence to try to terrorize the protesters.  Eventually skirmishes erupted between the forces loyal to the Al-Ahmars and Islah and the Houthis and their followers and supporters, with the latter miraculously able to overwhelm their opponents with ease.  When the base of the First Armored Division was taken over, the political arena indeed became subject to an irreversible change, which many people hoped would be for the better.

 

Thanks to the astute maneuvering of Jamal Bin Omer, the Assistant to the Secretary General of the United Nations assigned to monitor the Yemeni situation after the issuance of Security Council 2014 in 2011, an agreement was reached called the Peace and Partnership Agreement, which provided for the steps to be taken to achieve the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (see http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2014/sgsm16168.doc.htm) that had ensued between all the political entities at work in Yemen (including the Houthis, who were not a party to the GCC Initiative from March 18, 2013 to January 2014.  With the approval of the GCC and the UN of the latter agreement, Yemen was on the path towards implementation of the NDC outcomes, which was the third demand of the revolt led by the Houthis [restoration of the fuel subsidies, removal of the present Cabinet led by Basindawah (who had resigned earlier) and implementation of the NDC outcomes.

 

Among the outcomes of the Peace and Partnership Agreement was the appointment of Mr. Bin Mubarak as the new Prime Minister.  Dr Awadh was an academician at Sana’a University, a former member of the Coordinating Council of Youth Revolution for Change (CCYRC), an important independent component of the Youth Revolution for Change of 2011, Secretary General of the National Dialogue Conference and Bureau Chief of the President’s Office in Yemen.

However Ansar Allah, or the Houthis leadership, that this appointment does not meet the terms agreed upon in the Peace and Partnership Agreement.  This disagreement may have been fostered by the meeting held between Dr. Bin Mubarak and the US Ambassador to Yemen, Matthew H. Tueller prior to announcement of appointment, which the Houthis as a means of making sure that the US agrees with this appointment, whereas they view this as continued interference in Yemeni affairs by the United States.