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Old 07-07-2015   #181
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Plenty of food for thoughts here:
Today’s Civilian Victims in Yemen Will be Ignored Because U.S. and its Allies Are Responsible
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...Because these deaths of innocents are at the hands of the U.S. government and its despotic allies, it is very predictable how they will be covered in the U.S. None of the victims will be profiled in American media; it’ll be very surprising if any of their names are even mentioned. No major American television outlet will interview their grieving families. Americans will never learn about their extinguished life aspirations, or the children turned into orphans, or the parents who will now bury their infants. There will be no #FayoushStrong Twitter hashtags trending in the U.S. It’ll be like it never happened: blissful ignorance.

This is the pattern that repeats itself over and over. Just see the stone-cold media silence when President Obama, weeks after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, ordered a cruise missile strike in Yemen, complete with cluster bombs, which ended the lives of 35 women and children, none of whose humanity was acknowledged in virtually any Western media reports.
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All of that stands in the starkest contrast to the intense victim focus whenever an American or Westerner is killed by an individual Muslim. Indeed, Americans just spent the last week inundated with melodramatic “warnings” from the U.S. government — mindlessly amplified as always by their media — that they faced serious terror on their most sacred day from ISIS monsters: a “threat” that, as usual, proved to be nonexistent.

This media imbalance is a vital propaganda tool. In U.S. media land, Americans are always the victims of violence and terrorism, always menaced and threatened by violent Muslim savages, always targeted for no reason whatsoever other than primitive Islamic barbarism. That mythology is sustained by literally disappearing America’s own victims, pretending they don’t exist, denying their importance through the casual invocation of clichés we’ve been trained to spout (collateral damage) and, most importantly of all, never humanizing them under any circumstances.

This is how the American self-perception as perpetual victim of terrorism, but never its perpetrator, is sustained. It’s also what fuels the belief that They are propagandized but We aren’t.
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Except for about 5,000 killed Yemeni civilians meanwhile (that's the figure according to the MOD in Sana'a, not the government in exile or the UN), what's also not reported are all the Saudi causalties caused in multiple clashes along the border. These are primarily related to crews of their M60 and AMX-30 MBTs hit during ATGM-attacks by Houthis and Yemeni Army special forces (one of RSNG AMX-30s was even captured intact, about a week ago).

Some of 'classics' can be seen in videos like these:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f7d_1435414670

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D71UBLrSepo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGaQU6Vf4bg

...and a particularly spectacular example can be seen here (apparently showing a Metis-M going all the way through the turret of a M60 - which is: in, and out on the other side):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYerF_51wOw
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So....

- Two weeks ago, Houthis issued a decree with which all the Saleh's allies were removed from their government in Sana'a.

- Immediately afterwards, all the YA troops that sided with Houthis were withdrawn: from Aden, from the border to Saudi Arabia and few other places.

- 'Surprise, surprise': ever since we do not get to see all the possible sorts of videos of knocked-out Saudi tanks...

- even more so: we now see MRAPs operated by Emirati special forces driving down the streets of Aden, 80% of which should be in hands of 'loyalist' forces.

- Emiratis then de-facto admit they have 'boots on the ground in Yemen' (at least indirectly, through admitting a casualty there, see:
UAE Confirms Two Officers Killed in Yemen)

- though nobody there is ready to admit that half the 'loyalists' in Aden are either al-Qaida or Daesh, and the other half actually Separatists, i.e. people who want the return of an independent South Yemen.

The sole exception is the WSJ, which is meanwhile discovering some 'hot water' about this conflict - though not without faithfully sticking to 'pro-Iranian' legend about Houthis too: al-Qaida Fights on Same Side as Saudi-Backed Militias in Yemen
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...Local militias backed by Saudi Arabia, special forces from the United Arab Emirates and al Qaeda militants all fought on the same side this week to wrest back control over most of Yemen’s second city, Aden, from pro-Iranian Houthi rebels, according to local residents and Houthi forces....
- Even then, one has to correct the WSJ, then it was the Daesh that held a victory parade in Aden, as can be seen... well, approximately at this link:
https://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_t...gsEXeZv5jX.jpg

Somehow sad to see even the last stronghold of decent journalism succumbing to sensationalism and nonsense...

...and while everybody is looking to Aden and wondering how comes that 80% of that city 'turned Saudi in a matter of one day' (I'm sarcastic again, of course), local reports cite reports 136 Saudi-led air strikes against Houthis and YA troops inside that city in a matter of the last 36 hours.

Another 6 on Sana'a too: 4 apartment houses flattened, 31 killed, 24 injured.

Makes me wonder: exactly how much of the aid they're promising to Yemen are Saudis & Co calculating in expenses for PGMs they're dropping on that country..?
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Bruce Reidel of Brookings has a short commentary and he ends with:
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The Aden victory will encourage the Saudi political leadership to continue the war. King Salman has staked his prestige on dealing the Houthis, Saleh and Iran a defeat in Yemen. The war has produced a wave of nationalist enthusiasm in the Kingdom behind the royal family.
But the south has never been the stronghold of the Houthis or Saleh. They are regarded as outsiders there. If the war moves north the Houthis will be closer to their power base. The war fundamentally remains a stalemate with an enormous cost for the Yemeni people.
Link:http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/marka...01US0001-07171
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I am never convinced such maps (as below) tell the "ground truth", they can help show complexity and nowheere better than the Yemen.

Taken from a short BBC News summary:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33586062

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...related to such maps is one of biggest ironies of this war: in all of the reporting about what's going on in Yemen, absolutely nobody says a single word about anybody there doing something against the AQAP and the Daesh.

...that is: nobody except Houthis:
Ansarullah Kills ISIL Commander in Western Sana'a, Yemen
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A senior Ansarullah commander announced that the revolutionary movement has killed a senior ISIL commander in in heavy clashes in the capital of Sana'a on Monday.

"Abu Omar al-Shami was killed in the Western parts of Sana'a," Oday Movafaq said on Monday.

He noted that in another operation Abu Farouq, a senior commander of pro-Hadi militants, was also killed.

Last month, Yemen's popular Ansarullah fighters captured a number of fugitive Al-Qaeda terrorists who were fleeing Ma'rib province.

The captured terrorists had fled their military bases in Al-Bayanat, Al-Jawf and Al-Sahil in Ma'rib province.

They were arrested by the Yemeni revolutionary forces on Ma'rib-Sana'a road.
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The Saudis are meanwhile completely out of control...
Yemen: Coalition Strikes on Residence Apparent War Crime
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Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed at least 65 civilians, including 10 children, and wounded dozens in the Yemeni port city of Mokha on July 24, 2015, are an apparent war crime. Starting between 9:30 and 10 p.m., coalition airplanes repeatedly struck two residential compounds of the Mokha Steam Power Plant, which housed plant workers and their family members.

The failure of Saudi Arabia and other coalition members to investigate apparently unlawful airstrikes in Yemen demonstrates the need for the United Nations Human Rights Council to create a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of laws-of-war violations by the coalition, the Houthis, and other parties to the conflict, Human Rights Watch said.
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“The Saudi-led coalition repeatedly bombed company housing with fatal results for several dozen civilians,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher. “With no evident military target, this attack appears to be a war crime.”

Human Rights Watch visited the area of the attack a day-and-a-half later. Craters and building damage showed that six bombs had struck the plant’s main residential compound, which housed at least 200 families, according to the plant’s managers. One bomb had struck a separate compound for short-term workers about a kilometer north of the main compound, destroying the water tank for the compounds, and two bombs had struck the beach and an intersection nearby.
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Bombs hit two apartment buildings directly, collapsing part of their roofs. Other bombs exploded between the buildings, including in the main courtyard, stripping the exterior walls off dozens of apartments, leaving only the load-bearing pillars standing.

Workers and residents at the compounds told Human Rights Watch that one or more aircraft dropped nine bombs in separate sorties in intervals of a few minutes. All of the bombs appeared intended for the compounds and not another objective.

Human Rights Watch saw no signs that either of the two residential compounds for the power plants were being used for military purposes. Over a dozen workers and residents said that there had been no Houthi or other military forces at the compounds. The power plant and the compound were built in 1986.

Early in the morning of July 25, a news ticker on Al-Arabiya TV, a Saudi-owned media outlet, reported that coalition forces had attacked a military air defense base in Mokha. Human Rights Watch identified a military facility about 800 meters southeast of the Mokha Steam Power Plant’s main compound, which plant workers said had been a military air defense base. The plant workers said that it had been empty for months, and Human Rights Watch saw no activity or personnel at the base from the outside, except for two guards.
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“Again and again, we see coalition airstrikes killing large numbers of civilians, but no signs of any investigation into possible violations,” Solvang said. “If coalition members won’t investigate, the UN should.”
Of course, US and (allied) Arab media are completely ignorant of such reports. All that matters is how much is the Saudi-led coalition 'beating Iranian-supported Houthis'. Because of that, it doesn't matter if the Saudis are not sticking even to their own cease-fire and continue bombing wide and far over Yemen.

During the night from Sunday to Monday, they've flown three air strikes against targets in Sabr area; several against Jaawala (northern Aden); several against targets in Lahj Province (including al-Anab AB); at least one against Ma'arib (east of Sana'a), etc.

...and they are not only bombing civilians: in Lahj, they killed 12 combatants from the pro-government forces, and injured 30: :roll:
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The Arab coalition has launched new air strikes in at least two Yemeni provinces amid a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, according to security officials.

Two of Monday’s air strikes killed 15 fighters allied with the coalition in the province of Lahij, security officials and field commanders said.

More than 40 fighters were also wounded in the apparent “friendly fire” incident, they said, adding that the death toll was expected to rise.

The strikes occurred near the strategic military base of al-Anad, which is held by Houthis, and which was also hit by coalition jets on Monday.

The coalition also struck north of the port city of Aden.
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...the only 'good' thing about this 'incident' is: most of those killed were from the AQAP - by pure accident, of course...
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A military source affirmed on Tuesday that 10 al-Qaeda and pro-Saudi aggression members were killed and more than 40 others injured.

In a statement to Saba, the source said that the army and popular committees carried out military operations destroying 5 armored vehicles and also caused big losses in lives and materials while al-Qaeda and pro-Saudi aggression members were trying to infiltrate into Dar Sa’ad area in Aden.

It noted that the Saudi aggression has launched more than 50 sorties against Dar Sa’ad and Al-Arish areas in Aden.
... of course, hardly a word about this all in the Western media (except for WT): makes one wonder if Oblabla might find it worth a word or two when back from Africa - or is it so that such 'unimportant developments' are not worth attention of a Nobel Prize laureate...
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Two interesting reports about certain 'details' of the war in Yemen have been published in the last few days.

Firstly:
Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N.Korea: official
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Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebels in recent months came from North Korea, a South Korean intelligence official said Wednesday, in the latest case that illustrated North Korea's support for the weapons programs of some countries in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia has shot down about 40 percent of some 20 Scud missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, said the official, who is familiar with the issue.

He did not give further details on how South Korea reached the conclusion that the missiles originated from North Korea. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

Missile exports have long been a major source of hard currency for North Korea.

"North Korea has sold missiles to Yemen and sent missile engineers to that country in the 1990s," said a former North Korean official, who was in a position to know about the arms deals.

Another former North Korean intelligence official in Seoul said North Korea sold many Scud missiles to countries in the Middle East, noting Egypt was the hub of North Korea's arms trade in the region.

The two former North Korean officials, who later defected to South Korea, asked not to be identified, citing the issue's sensitivity.
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'Some 20 Scuds fired...into Saudi Arabia'... Now, all that was reported in the media were 4-6 firings. This is the first report about five times more 'Scuds' being fired.... So, if the YA managed to fire up to 20 (or more?), and this was not reported, then we can draw some quite useful conclusions about how much on this war is never reported at all (plus understand why are there now rumours that Saudi Arabia is demanding PAC-3s from the USA).

And then, wasn't it that Saudis said that the primary objective of the Operation Decisive Storm is to 'destroy the threat from ballistic missiles and heavy weapons "captured by Houthis"'? At least it happens I recall that Maj Gen Assiri explained on 21 April 2015, that Decisive Storm had been accomplished because such were destroyed. But then, the Houthis began firing Scuds against Saudi Arabia on 6 June...

...ah well, never mind...

Secondly, The Rolling Stone distinguished itself by filling the first report by a Western journo from central and northern Yemen in quite some time.

This 'must read' is concluding in following fashion:
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...Yemen's Byzantine, fractious politics seem to confound even experienced observers. And yet, looking at what has already happened in Libya, Iraq and Syria, there seemed to be a precedent. Yemen's war will intensify. Rival sides will splinter into even smaller, more brutal militias. Regional powers will pour fuel on the fire in the pursuit of their own rivalries and domestic agendas, despite the risk of blowback. The international community will stand by helplessly. A massive human tragedy will unfold, shattering millions of lives and sending refugees into teeming camps and to the shores of an unwelcoming West. And a succession of increasingly nihilistic jihadist groups, the war's only winners, will thrive and pose a grave threat to the world.

"The world hasn't learned anything from the Syrian experience," Faqih, the human rights activist, tells me. "What's happening in Yemen is creating an environment that encourages jihadist groups. They have been dreaming of this day."
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"The Saudis, as well as Al Qaeda and ISIS — it's all the same," he says, his face made gaunt by the beam of a flashlight. "We're expecting that there will be more".
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...and now there's clear evidence of UAE troops fighting in Yemen on the side of 'Southern Resistance' (read: a wild mix of few Hadi-loyalists, but foremost Southern separatists, and plenty of AQAP)...

Two stills posted at Forget Syria. Start focusing on Yemen!...

Namely, the Yemeni Army does operate (Russian-made) Kornet ATGMs, but surely no quad-mounts installed on Humvees, and even less so does it operate any LeClerc MBTs...
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Another video report by VICE, this time from southern Yemen... or, shall I write, 'Southern Yemen' in the future, then what they've found out is that majority of so-called 'Southern Resistance' can't care less about Hadi, and only want an independent Southern Yemen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKUMMdGIMDE
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Default Hundreds of Saudi (UAE) tanks in Aden

The WSJ is reporting (behind a pay wall):
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The fight for control of Yemen’s largest air base raged Tuesday, with Saudi-led coalition fighters saying they were rooting out the last Houthi rebels holed up in the airfield.
Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/coalitio...els-1438676961

On Twitter a few tweets:
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Videos and photos show dozens of Leclercs, BMP-3s, other armored vehicles. Action indicates a UAE sizable armored deployment at very least...from available pictures it looked like a battalion-sized element. 20+ Leclercs and 30+ BMP-3s
There is a Tweet citing 'MFS - The Other News' which has a short RT video of armour that hundreds of Saudi tanks are rolling out of Aden. I am not great on tank recognition, are they Abrams or Lerclerc MBT; an unknown SPG and a few BMPs.

Link:http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2015...udi-tanks.html

One aspect intrigues me. How did this armour plus get to Aden? By sealift? Unlikely as most reports IIRC state the port is closed or not working. More likely overland? A long distance and are there good enough roads linking Yemen to KSA or Oman?
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Yup, sealift. For one of examples, see HSV-2 Turns up off Aden (when it comes to ships, Jane's remains 'unbeatable').

...and the SPH is the (South African-made) G-6. I saw another video with M-ATVs too.

One of UAEGF units idenitifed so far is the 42nd Mechanized Battalion (BMP-3s).
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The UAEGF brigade deployed in Yemen (meanwhile reinforced by a battalion of Egyptian special forces) continued its advance and - 'in cooperation with fighters opposed to Houthis', led by Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafaee (CO of Hadi's 4th Military District) - has seized six districts of the central province of Ibb, yesterday. Northernmost of these is al-Qafr, only 125km (80 miles) from Sana'a.

Some Yemeni sources indicate deployment of 'Apache helicopters' in this area too.

Houthis have declared state of emergency in Sana'a, even more so as one of SR's commanders, Brig Gen Abdullah as-Subaihi, announced a plan to liberate the capitol, and that this is expected to begin in a matter of days.

With other words: considering the firepower deployed against overstretched Houthis, think we can expect some sort of 'Battle for Sana'a' within about a week from now.
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A video confirming deployment of Royal Saudi National Guard's AH-64D Longbow-Apaches at Aden IAP:
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Thanks to a "lurker" for this pointer to an introductory article 'The Future of Yemen's Unity', part of a forthcoming conference @ Cambridge University:http://gulfresearchmeeting.net/index...d=MTA5&yr=2015

The first paragraph of the Abstract:
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Yemen is at a critical juncture. The National Dialogue Conference (NDC) calledfor constitution drafting, a constitutionalreferendum, and new elections. The timetable has slipped, and, for the moment, no end date has been set.The question of the state's structure is tied inevitably to thesouthern issue – shorthand for the political, economic and social demands emanatingfrom the south, which had been an independent state prior to 1990. There, a looselyaligned mix of organizations and activists known as the Southern Movement (called Hiraak) is calling for separation or, at a minimum, a temporary form of a two-state federalism followedby a referendum on the South's future. Separatist sentiment is running high andappears to have strengthened over the course of the present transition process.
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Via Twitter:
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Big battalion-strengthUAEconvoy on the move in Hadramout, lots of M-ATVs and Nimr 4x4s
Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...-4&app=desktop

The exact location is not given alas. What is of note is that all the military vehicles are being moved by tractor-trailer units, that look French-made.

Methinks this is a convoy which has entered the Yemen overland, via KSA as Oman remains - according to a SME - neutral in the civil war.
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First came the Ottomans:
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Between 1539 and 1547, the mighty Ottoman Empire sent nearly 80,000 troops to conquer the territory, of which only 7,000 men survived.
Then the Egyptians:
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During the North Yemen Civil War from 1962-1970, Egypt learned the same hard lesson, as its forces were drawn into an eight-year protracted guerrilla war in the same northern mountains that swallowed so many Ottoman soldiers. Many Egyptian historians refer to the conflict as “Egypt’s Vietnam.
Now the Saudis, UAE and few others - read on:http://soufangroup.com/tsg-intelbrie...mire-in-yemen/

Important in my armchair opinion to note how it appears many in the South want to exit a united Yemen.
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Default Yemen proves Saudi Arabia's power is growing

An upbeat article by a KSA watcher; the full title and sub-title being:
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The liberation of south Yemen proves Saudi Arabia's power is growing

The oil-rich kingdom is becoming increasingly confident acting without the USA, and will soon turn its attention to the Syrian civil war
I had not spotted this aspect:
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In ​preparation for the land campaign, which began in earnest in July,​ training camps were set up ​in​ Saudi Arabia​ ​for the initial 5,000 Yemeni volunteers. Once the bulk of these forces were deemed combat ready, the Saudis ​launched​ Operation Golden Arrow..
Showing a picture with eight such volunteers doing PT is far from convincing!

Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...#disqus_thread
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One thing came to my mind this evening, and I would like to ask if there is anybody who could offer an answer...

The Pentagon is providing general advice, targeting intelligence, and tanker support (by KC-135s and/or KC-10s based in Djibouti) - plus CSAR (if necessary) - for Saudi-led alliance that's providing CAS for AQAP (and Islah Party/Moslem Brotherhood, and separatist Hirak etc.) when this is battling Houthis (and regular Yemeni Army) in places like Aden, Taiz, Marib etc...

Mind: yes, that's the same AQAP that agencies like HS, FBI etc. have declared for one of most dangerous al-Qaida outlets...

...and this is happening at the same time either USAF or CIA is flying UCAV strikes on AQAP in places like Mukalla and Hadramawt, which are de-facto under the control of extremists and while this is completely ignored by the Saudi-led coalition.

So, can anybody here say how's that functioning, actually?

And - and, please, put that nonsensical legend about 'Iranian-supported Houthis' by side now - in what way is such spending of US taxpayer's money 'in interest of national security' for the USA...?

Is somebody (or, perhaps, 'everybody') there bribed, or else?
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Via Twitter by:
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A reminder from the "left" that Yemeni history is not simple:https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/y...n-nationalism/

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North Yemen became mired in civil war following an Egyptian-backed republican coup d’etat by Abdullah as-Sallal in 1962. Foreshadowing today’s proxy violence, and notable for its apparent lack of religious sectarianism, the North Yemeni Civil War saw Saudi Arabia supporting a Zaydi Shi’a imamate against the pan-Arabist government. Riyadh was willing to overlook the Shi’ism of its monarchical ally in order to challenge secular republicanism on the Arabian Peninsula, which threatened to overtake the Saudi Royal Family as well.
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