Yemeni War Report – February 7, 2018: Internal Conflict In Saudi-led Coalition

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Ground forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen have faced a major internal crisis over the control for the strategic coastal city of Aden. In January, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Shabwan Elite Forces (SEF) launched a series of operations against forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Since then, the SEF and the STC have captured a major part of Aden, including the nearby military facilities, as well as the city of Ataq, the capital of the province of Shabwah. Pro-Hadi forces were not able to put up a significant resistance to their opponents even with air support from the Saudi Arabia’s air force.

Thus, the UAE and its allies on the ground further expanded its influence in southern Yemen while the Saudi-backed Yemen government was put on the verge of the collapse. The Yemeni capital, Sanaa, is controlled by the Houthis. So, President Hadi and the Saudi-backed government used Aden as own capital.

In early February, the sides formally reached the ceasefire in Aden. Nonetheless, sporadic clashes continued in the city and across the southern part of the country.

Some source say that the main reason of tensions is an ill-advised policy of Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and his cabinet. However, it is clear that the real reason behind the tensions is ongoing competition for the spheres of the influence between various factions of the so-called Saudi-led coalition.

Furthermore, Aden lies at the cross-section of multiple trade routes and has a high economic importance serving as a key logistical hub in the area.

The STC was formed by the Southern Movement, a political movement and paramilitary organization active in the former territory of the state known as South Yemen. The political goal of the movement is to secede from the Republic of Yemen and to establish an independent state.

On February 5, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported that STC Head, Aidarus al-Zubaidi, departed Aden to visit the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and the Saudi capital Riyadh. The visits show the growing influence of the STC amid the developing conflict in Yemen.

On the same day, the Saudi military claimed that it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis from the Yemen province of Sa’adah at the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait. The Houthis continue using ballistic missiles to pound facilities of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen as well as targets inside Saudi Arabia. This shows that efforts of the Saudi-led coalition to destroy stockpiles and arms depots of the Houthis across the country resulted in little effect, most likely because of a lack of the reconnaissance on the ground.

Another important threat is cross-borders attacks by the Houthis. For example, on February 3, seven Saudi military service members were killed in cross-border attacks in the Saudi province of Jizan and Najran. On February 2, the Houthis attacks Saudi-led forces in the village of al-Khadra in the province of Jizan and destroyed at least three vehicles. Such attacks reveal a poor security situation at the Saudi-Yemeni border.

On the other hand, the Saudi-led coalition and its local allies were able to develop momentum against the Houthis in the area of Taiz and south of the port city of Hudaydah. Right now, the most intense fighting is ongoing west of Taiz.

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  • Rodney Loder

    King Salman is probably about 60% demented, the ideology of the House of Saud is up for grabs, the Crown Prince has to come up with a victory before King Salman abdicates, if you try it you bought it, particularly for a illegitimate Pretender that is the no.1 rule.

    Bin Salman the son of King Salman is standing in front of bin Nayef, so Saudi Arabia would become Salman Arabia if Mohammed bin Salman is successful.

    Bin Nayef is one of the Sudeiri 7 (son’s of Hassa Al Sudeiri the woman al-Saud married, divorced, allowed to marry his brother then married again) a family within the 1000 odd family of al Saud, outside of this inner circle heridity claims to Monarchial Title have no meaning, also Nayef occupied Ministerial positions under al-Saud, Salman was only a Governor.

    It’s rumoured MbS the controversial Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was sending Valentine’s Day presents last year copying UAE Doctrine.

    These Sheikhs of UAE are very Western UAE became independent 1971 and they figure the Bonaparte connection to Aden is still strong hence their desire for Aden at any cost, it’s also rumoured UAE is working with the US Democrats to promote homosexuality in the GCC via Tel Aviv, demonstrating further the Bonaparte connection.

    • Nigel Maund

      Rod, time the corrupt, greedy and evil House of Saud collapsed altogether. One day there will be a revolution in the KSA. This destructive war and any future collapse in the oil price should seal the House of Saud’s fate. The country is a tinder box ready to go ablaze.

      • Rodney Loder

        Russia and China say that Salman really can’t lose the Yemeni war, they will just have to replace Hadi, and the South could achieve secession because the Arab League that saved Yemen in 1978 is not really in the position to do that again, only the UN could stop it.

        Salman is unable to accept South Yemen because a New South Yemen State would be very wealthy and influential and combined with the Emirates the House of Saud would be hard pressed to continue to use Wahhabism as it’s Doctrine.

        Outright hedonism would take over, which it already has and always was since 1932 but the Bedouin Tribes don’t know that and aren’t interested, Wahhabi is not saleable outside of the Kingdom, they don’t even try except for some Gulf States.

        The house of Saud’s grip on the Country is really the political “Book of Unity” a Wahhabi Ideology not Theologically Islamic, its only a legal precedent that is Saudi Arabia, more of a bureaucracy with incredible surveillance capability.

        That’s why Russia and China won’t go against them, it’s like the British Monarchy only more so, although they don’t have to be the Guardians of the Holy Precincts the King can’t be the Guardian because the Prophet (pbuH) only ever prescribed Caliphate not Kingdom, King Fahd adopted the title Guardian, 1986 but kept on being King, I think Saladin was the first to use Guardian title.

        Russia and China also think that the house of Saud could eaisly vanish but nothing would change very much.

        • Kira Binkley

          Can Wahhabism thrive in a state where the Sauds are not in power?

          • Rodney Loder

            al-Wahhab just virtually made everything up, the reason he could do that and be anything other than a fool was because he left his teachers in Medina who were both followers of Ibn Taymiyya of the Hanbali school of Law and also Muhammad Hayat of Sind was also a Sufi, al-Wahhab didn’t reject any of his teachers ànd swore loyalty to them, but when he got back in the desert he found he had no opposition.

            That’s the trademark of al-Wahhab like US warmongering there has to be no opposition or they can’t sustain themselves.

            Wahhabism has never been accepted outside of the Kingdom, in really poor countries like Sudan it gets a small bit of support because they are eaisly bribed.

          • Kira Binkley

            Why was there no opposition? Did all Bedouins agree with him?

          • Rodney Loder

            I think that al-Saud was only a minor Sheikh because al-Rashid controlled most of the central region of the Peninsula (Nejd) before 1918, the West says diffrrend to hide the fact that al-Saud and Wahhabism was nothing without British support but in that sense al-Saud and Zionism are brother and sister, that’s the clown show incestuous relationship now taking place.

            Life in the desert is very hard, mirages are incredibly deceptive exactly how to anchor your knees in the camel’s hip bone to ride in comfort is a reasoned agreement, other wise known as reasonable.

  • Rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3gKz-5SyPs
    Yemen Explained: Saudi Coalition, Houthis and Famine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npk7tfKyXok

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzgKd1cl8Ow

    Zionist Terror headquarter Israel control Saudi government and the rest of the whole world.
    Yemen: On the brink of starvation – BBC News Washington sponsor Zionist Terror Network by US$10billion each year. The Zionists end result is too close.

    1. The Largest Humanitarian Disaster.
    2. 8 Million People Hungary.
    3. About 11,000 people killed.
    4. About 50,000 people injured.
    5. Entire villages and towns have been demolished and erased from the earth.

    Russia and China could help to open blocked on Houthis, send them humanitarian aid.
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    • Nigel Maund

      Rob, very good post thanks! The UK and USA are serial major war criminals of the first rank. Indeed, their Governments deserve a Nuremburg War Trial like Nazi Germany in 1945. If so, many Government people would face long jail sentences. Instead they hide behind a complicit Mainstream (Propaganda) Media which has absolutely no moral compass whatsoever and as such are as guilty of the crimes they are covering up as the perpetrators.