Yemeni troops, allies seize strategic areas east of Sana’a from pro-Hadi forces
..from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: The “nice” West accuses Iran of stabilizing the region because it is helping the brave and tough as nails people defend against ruthless aggression, which NATO country arms sellers has viewed as a bonanza.
The neo-colonialists viewed what they thought would be some live fire training for the advisers and techies they sent to help the Saudis who do not like to work, which would be akin to a sporting event where one side trounced the other. It has not worked out that way.
Sure the Iranians are helping them out. The Yemenis are split between the Sunnis and Shia, with some smaller sects, and the Saudi Sunnis are terrified of any example of Shias, especially on their border, having political independence that would stir up hope for those inside Saudi Arabia.
The US, self proclaimed defender of freedom and democracy in the world, has no problem in helping autocratic medieval governments keep their boots on the necks of their chosen serfs, and worse, deploying our military people to support these sordid activities.
The good guys in our military had warned the Saudis they were pissing up a tree in taking the Yemenis on, but bin Salman could not pass on a chance to “earn” some “warrior” street cred.
Backing ISIS has not turned out so well. Neither has trying to Balkanize Syria to get a pipeline route to the Mediterranean. In fear of his track record of failure and the country going broke, the Crown Prince planned and has instigated a complete crackdown on all opposition in the country.
Washington, the protector of freedom and democracy, did nothing, thereby putting its seal of approval on the process. It seems that is a fake title now, and one that was earned. Welcome to corrupt, Deep State America, that serves only its own interests.
It is a sham that our professional military got sucked into it all, which some say have turned into a taxpayer supported machine for preparing special ops people for the likes of people like Eric Prince and crowd. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves… Jim W. Dean ]
– Fist published … January 24, 2020 –
Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have reportedly seized strategic areas in the country’s capital province of Sana’a from Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing Yemeni military sources, reported on Friday that Yemeni soldiers and their allies have managed to wrest control over key areas in the Nihm district, which lies east of the capital Sana’a.
The sources added that the areas cover an expanse of some 3,000 square kilometers, and oversee regions in the neighboring Ma’rib province.
The report added that Yemeni army soldiers and fighters the Popular Committees had taken control of dozens of positions belonging to militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party.
Also on Friday, three civilians suffered gunshot wounds when Saudi border guards opened fire at residential neighborhoods in the Shada’a district of Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.
Elsewhere in Yemen’s northwestern province of ‘Amran, Saudi fighter jets carried out three airstrikes against a number of areas in the Dhi Bin district. There were, however, no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.