BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The conflict in Yemen has devastated this historical country and created a humanitarian disaster that has affected millions of people.

As one of the least understood conflicts in the Middle East, the war in Yemen has often been pitted as a Saudi Arabia vs. Iran showdown, rather than a long domestic dispute that has lasted for several decades.

There is no doubt that many foreign nations have political interests in Yemen, especially neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia, who have been involved in the prior conflicts inside the country.

However, rather than being romanticized like the Syrian conflict in which the narrative was explained as peaceful protesters against a brutal dictator, Yemen has been described as a power-thirsty Shiite group against a Gulf-backed regime.

These “Shiite rebels”, which are members of the Ansarallah Movement (var. Houthis), are actually from the Zaydi Shiite denomination. The Zaydi Shiites are the second largest religious faction in Yemen; they are mostly concentrated in the northern part of the country, in particular, the historical Sana’a and Sa’ada governorates.

Before the Arab Coalition, There was Egypt

Before Iran was accused of controlling the Ansarallah Movement, the Zaydi Shiites were split between two political entities, the Mutawakkilite Kingdom (1918-1962) and the Arab nationalists.

During the Northern Yemen Civil War, the United Arab Republic (Syrian and Egypt), under then leader Jamal ‘Abdel-Nasser, intervened on behalf of republicans, while Saudi Arabia supported the Zaydi-led Mutawakkilite Kingdom.

Yemen would prove to be Egypt’s Vietnam War as they lost a large number of soldiers trying to overthrow the royalists, who managed to fend off the Egyptian military and eventually, force a stalemate.

Following talks between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the Egyptian Armed Forces would withdraw from Yemen and Riyadh would withdraw their support for the royalists.

The Yemen Arab Republic would form as a result of this civil war, but this conflict is often remembered for Egypt’s devastating losses prior to the Six-Day War of 1967.

Present Day

Saudi Arabia and their Arab allies are now in the same position in Yemen as Egypt was in the 1960s. The Saudi-led Coalition has failed to retake the capital city of Sana’a and their forces are now deadlocked with the Houthis in several governorates across the country.

Furthermore, the partial withdrawal of the United Arab Emirates’ troops from southern Yemen is a major loss for the Arab Coalition as for years the UAE backed some of the most powerful pro-government forces (i.e. Southern Resistance).

The Arab Coalition may continue to remain inside of Yemen, but they will find themselves in the same position as the U.S. Army in Vietnam. The Houthis have already proven that the nonstop air raids by the Arab Coalition has failed to weaken their resolve and won’t force them to the negotiations table.

Further adding to the Arab Coalition’s problems, the Houthis have increased their missile strikes on the Saudi military installations and airports; they have even attacked the Abu Dhabi Airport. The Houthis now possess new attack drones and cruise missiles to further antagonize the Arab Coalition.

While making peace with the Houthis is not ideal, the Arab Coalition cannot continue to suffer these losses in Yemen without making any military or political progress.

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Ilya Ilyayev

The illiterate Saudi and UAE idiots should have bought a history book on Yemen before they sank into the quagmire. The Ansarallah and Yemenis detest the Saudis and would never have agreed to become a vassal occupied state. The Saudis will rue the day they entered the Yemen abyss. The Saudis have lost to some of the world’s toughest and most resilient warriors. The Saudis are cowards who by bombing the women and children of Yemen and civilian infrastructure have now ensured Yemeni enmity for eternity. The Saudis, Emiratis and their mercenaries are doomed.

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Go Houthis, some tough hombres….

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A 2019 Human Rights Watch report stated that the Houthis have repeatedly fired artillery indiscriminately into Yemeni cities, striking populated neighbourhoods. The strikes have had a particularly devastating effect on Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city. Houthis are also accused of placing up landmines throughout the country, killing and wounding civilians and preventing their return home. Their list of crimes goes on. Since late 2014, Human Rights Watch has documented dozens of cases of arbitrary and abusive detention by the Houthis, as well as forced disappearances and torture. Former detainees, including students, human rights activists, journalists, political opponents and members of… Read more »

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the Houthis rock on!!!

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They’re to Yemen what al-Nusra is for Syria

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F*ckoff the Houthis.

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Except that the Saudis and Emiratis are doing the same as Russia does in Syria : they help the legitimate Yemeni government which has the whole army, including the National Guard which sided with impostor Saleh for 2 years, on its side.

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Your name is why birth control exists.

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Your name is why orphanages existed before birthcontrol…

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Says the fool who supports the Saudis and thinks they more humane than Iran….. Jou ma se poes

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What are you on about? That so-called legitimate Yemeni Government of yours was put in place by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis flew the Yemeni MPs who THEY had under house arrest in Saudi Arabia back to Yemen to form so called Parliament.
And Saleh, whom you called an imposter, switched sides to back Hadi before fate caught up with the former.

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Nestor Arapa

Verdaderos guerreros en defensa de su pueblo, hora de acabar con la Monarquía Saudí, con la victoria de los Houtis se extenderá la revolución de los pueblos árabes contra las monarquías absolutistas que viven aún en época feudal (esclavitud).

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You’re out of reality! Yemen is a [flawed, OK], the Houthis seized power by a coup, nobody elected them but the weapons they receive from Iran.
The Houthis have imposed heavy taxes on all sorts of consumer goods, creating an additional burden for an already struggling population. They seize UN help then sell it at high price to a population which is already at 70% in pre-famine state.

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ooops, I meant a [flawed, OK] democracy…
This is how the third of Houthi troops look like…
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ICYMI–@statedeptspox statement on recent Iranian-backed Houthis Sentencing 30 Political Prisoners to Death in Yemen
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Well, same practises as in Iran… Thus, the ayatoilets executed 30,000-33,000 political prisoners in 3 months : they’re more efficient murderers…

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Meanwhile, Iran has started to arrest Iranian bi-nationals, like French-Iranian prominent anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah.
Canadian and Brit binationals have been arrested too…
Khamenei, as the good coward he is, is taking hostages…

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HUMAN DECISION CAN OVERRULE SKY – Chinese proverb

BUT JEWS MUST LASER TILL VANISH
Then see your ignorance powerful or the truth about everything.
(Other seek DANNY WOO VK in QWANT for book of life, so you aware why you need to keep a distance from subject targeted to destroy cos human were just something replicated from machine)

And dont forget to watch how the story should end since God were kind and merciful already toasted by the meaning of Deception.

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The stalemate comes from this : 30,000 children were “recruited” in Houthi militia!
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“We are seeing children in battle, at checkpoints and unfortunately among [those] killed and injured,” Julien Harneis, Unicef’s representative in Yemen, said at the time.
He said staff of Unicef and its partners had estimated that around 30 per cent of fighters in the armed groups were minors.

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Why AMN only shows Houthi propaganda? Oh, yeah, because they’re Iranian proxies, a part of the Axis of Pestilence, to they must be shown on the bright side… Even when they deliberately shell 100% civilian areas (eg. in Ta’izz) or shoot missiles onto a civilian airport while in both cases, these are war-crimes, just as the use of child soldiers!