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Yemen update 10/17\2015.. humiliating Saudi Arabia in its own territory

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Thirty Yemeni fighters killed by friendly fire from Saudi-led strikes, officials say

SANAA (Reuters) – Saudi-led coalition jets targeting Houthi militiamen in Yemen killed 30 fighters loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi when they mistakenly bombed a military camp in the province of Taiz on Saturday, local officials said.

The air strike, in which another 40 fighters were wounded, was the latest in a series of “friendly fire” incidents that have plagued the Saudi-led campaign against the Iranian-allied Houthis since it began in March.

Officials from the Saudi coalition and the Yemeni government could not immediately be reached for comment.

Saturday’s strikes hit a mountainous area close to the southwestern city of Taiz where fighting is intense between local fighters and troops loyal to veteran former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has sided with the Houthis, officials who are part of Hadi’s administration told Reuters.

“The coalition raid hit the wrong target,” one official said.

Saudi Troops Crushed in Battle in Jizan Province

The Yemeni Army and popular forces defended their positions against an unproportionally large attack of the Saudi army in the geographically strategic village of Al-Khobe in Saudi Arabia’s Southern Jizan province.

Early reports said the Saudi forces sustained heavy casualties in fierce clashes with the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces in Al-Khobe village which has been captured by the latter troops recently.

The Yemeni fighters pushed the Saudi forces back, killed and wounded tens of them and also destroyed a number of their armored vehicle and tanks.

Al-Khobe is home to a strategic Saudi military base and has been captured by the Yemeni forces in recent weeks.

The Yemeni Army and popular forces continue their attacks against the Saudi targets in retaliation for the Riyadh-led coalition aggression against Yemen.

On Saturday the Yemeni forces continued pounding the strategic military bases in Saudi Arabia’s provinces and pushed for capturing more villages in the kingdom’s border regions.

On Friday, the army and Ansarullah forces hit a strategic military air base in Asir province in Southern Saudi Arabia with Scud missiles, killing tens of high-ranking Saudi officers and commanders and destroying over two dozen F-15 fighter jets and Apache helicopters. About 300 Saudi officers were also injured in the Yemeni missile attack on Khamis Mushait air base.

On Thursday, Yemen’s army fired a Scud missile at Khalid bin Abdulaziz air base in the Saudi region of Asir.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 206 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,659 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Encircled from Within: Saudis Make a Pact with the Devil

Among many wars in the Middle East, there is one that should interest us now. It concerns the process by which Yemen is attaining power and humiliating Saudi Arabia in its own territory.

Encircled from within, the Saudis are desperate to look serious about “cooperation” and “mutual understanding” with the international community in “eliminating” ISIL and other terrorist networks in Iraq and Syria. But in reality they don’t. They have made a pact with the Devil and for those who have paid close attention to the failed war on Syria, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Saudi Arabia is not serious about eliminating ISIL and other terrorist networks. Why, because it is supporting ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The Saudis do not seem to have learnt any lesson from their failure in Syria either, as they are repeating the same silly mistake in Yemen. They are sending even more weapons and cash to their terrorist vassals in southern territories – with complete access to America’s mammoth intelligence reports.

Like ISIL’s objective, which are now presenting themselves as the credible alternative to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the stated goal of Saudis is “to avenge the Sunnis” in Yemen. It is in this sectarian perspective that ISIL and Saudi forces are bombing everything and everyone.

By its own admission, Riyadh is depending upon the so-called Southern Fighters – another term stolen by the Saudis to escape accusations of complicity with ISIL terrorists – for ground operations, as Saudi forces have repeatedly failed to gain their desired objectives. In desperation, they have given ISIL the control of some southern territories – even though the terrorist network has committed mass atrocities and declared “jihad” against the kingdom itself. And mind you, they also share control of some parts with Al-Qaeda.

All this and more ignores the reality that the war on Yemen is an impossible war to win. Despite announced “victories”, the warmongers have reached a dead end. The Saudis need ISIL and Al-Qaeda to stay the course, as a long war risks damaging their leadership and unleashing domestic dissidence. What’s more, they cannot divide Yemen like a pie or turn it into a strife-torn failing state, all the more so, because in their desperation to avoid another defeat after Syria, not only are they willingly supporting hated terrorists and extremists, but also drawing reluctant allies into the war zone, including Egypt – at high costs.

Together, the future looks bleak. Very few intelligent people today would accept that the unholy alliance of Saudi Arabia possesses any basic goodness at all. The complexity of the situation and multiplicity of actors, coupled with the division among coalition members, will undoubtedly exhaust the Saudis’ ability to leave the Yemeni quagmire in one piece. They are coming apart at the seams and what makes this prophecy so certain is that it exists at a time when the battle-hardened people of Yemen remain united in facing foreign aggression and terror. In this yet another doomed adventure, the regime changers are leading lives of quiet desperation and will likely go to the grave with the song still in them. Truly has it been said; that evil men defeat themselves in battle as well as in life


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