Yemen has been a bloody mess for decades…….and now that the Saudis have decided to intervene it will become even more bloody…….the reports are that the airstrikes are not the only action in the plan….the Saudis claim to have 150,000 troops massed on the border with Yemen awaiting orders…….
All this seems like a neighborhood conflict…..some want to define it as a sectarian rift between the Sunni and the Shi’a…….what are the chances that this could go beyond just a religious slap fight?
Egypt seems to be siding with the Saudis in this action……..
Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the way for possible ground operations.
A top priority after the air campaign has weakened the rebels is for coalition troops -likely Egyptians – to move into the southern port city of Aden, a main stronghold of supporters of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was forced to leave the country as the rebels and their allies moved on the city, Yemeni and Egyptian military officials said. Hadi arrived in Egypt Friday, where Arab leaders will be meeting to discuss the crisis.
Could this expand beyond the few players we have today?
Pakistan is considering a request from Saudi Arabia for troops to send to Yemen, the foreign office said on Thursday.
“We have been contacted by Saudi Arabia,” said spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam in response to a question about whether Pakistan would send troops. “The matter is being examined.”
Pandora’s Box is opening slowly but continuously……….
Jordanian air force fighter jets are participating in the Saudi- led operation with its Arab allies against Houthi fighters in Yemen, a Jordanian official source said on Thursday.
“This is in line with supporting legitimacy in Yemen and its security and stability … Yemen and the Gulf’s security is a high strategic interest (for Jordan),” an official Jordanian source told Reuters.
A joint statement by the five Gulf Arab countries said Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar had decided to act to protect Yemen against what they called aggression by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
All this sounds a bit ominous don’t you think? But what about the old US of A?
The White House has confirmed today that they are in contact with the Saudi Arabian government, and coordinating with them on the ongoing attack and pending invasion of Yemen.
The scope of US involvement in the war is still being fleshed out, but for now, President Obama has authorized the Pentagon to provide “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudis, according to National Security Council officials.
This situation does not look as if it will end in a good way…….the one point that few are focusing on……Iran. How will they react to the attacks on fellow Shi’as?
THE US will most likely lose in this conflict…..in some way we will be held accountable.