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September 07, 2016

Steady Progress For Saudi Coalition In Yemen (Or Not?)

Gulfnews, October 6, 2015 - Al Houthis flee last bastion in Marib

Al Houthi militiamen who had been occupying large parts of Yemen fled their last bastion in Marib en masse on Tuesday, according to news reports, ...
Arabic language news outlets reported that coalition forces and the Yemeni Popular Resistance successfully retook the Al Zor area in the city of Sirwah, the last Al Houthi stronghold in Marib province.

Gulfnews, September 5, 2016 - Yemeni forces move to push Al Houthis out of Marib

Yemeni forces waged a fresh offensive on Monday aimed at driving Al Houthis out of their last bastion in the Marib province.

Government officials and army commanders speaking to Gulf News say the assault was backed by heavy air support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, ...
“The national army and resistance forces attacked Al Houthi militants and Saleh’s forces in Serwah, their last stronghold in western Marib,” an official close to the governor of Marib told Gulf News on the condition of anonymity.

The town has been under Al Houthi control since their takeover of many parts of the country in 2015.

h/t Haykal Bafana

Posted by b on September 7, 2016 at 15:16 UTC | Permalink


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the Muslim world to join forces and bring the Saudi puritanical regime to justice for its atrocities in Muslim countries of the Middle East like Syria and Yemen Who can doubt that it is Saudi Arabia destroying the Arab world their philosophy if you can't buy it, destroy it. Time for some proxy war in Saudi Arabia, funded oh so discretely by Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile that gob shite Foreign Sec Boris Johnson sides with the Syrian HNC in calling for regime change in Syria, Boris flip flops to the US position.
Time for that Johnson poem again, hope Erdo sees it.

There was a young fellow from Ankara

Who was a terrific wankerer

Till he sowed his wild oats

With the help of a goat

But he didn’t even stop to thankera.

The author of this winning entry is former Mayor of London and chief Brexiteer, Boris Johnson MP.

Posted by: harrylaw | Sep 7 2016 16:29 utc | 1

Gulfnews must employ former members of WaPost and NY Times given the remarkable similarity to their repetitive lying.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 7 2016 16:44 utc | 2

your are either for wahabbism, or you're not.. you are either for the wanton destruction of the yemeni people, sanaa and etc, or you aren't... clearly saudi arabia and their coalition - usa/ and etc - are such a sad kettle of losers, it is hard to follow the ongoing developments in the destruction of another country, when the one you want to see destroyed is the saudi kleptocracy, er monarchy...

Posted by: james | Sep 7 2016 16:57 utc | 3

According to Masdar the Houthis are advancing in the Jizan plain too. The Saudis don't seem to be able to do anything about it.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 7 2016 17:00 utc | 4

Watching the casual way in which the Houthis take care of the Saudi military, it's hard not to admire these 'stoned' warriors. Complete with khat bulging cheek, they appear to make very light work of their enemies despite their far superior equipment. Ambling around in their sandals, I can't help but be amused by their laid back approach, even though I loathe the concept of war. The quicker the Saudis realise that these relaxed raiders aren't going to lay down and die, the better. Another thing I find strange is their destruction of anything with an engine in it, natural instinct would be to load all their new found weaponry into their newly acquired people carriers.
All they seem to need is a piece of cardboard and/or a grenade to chant their theme tune - al maw to li amerika, al maw to li israel.

Posted by: oblivious | Sep 7 2016 17:24 utc | 5

So the 4 bombings in Syria 2 days ago were a little message addressed to Asad in case he refuses the Saudi plan? I hope he accept with the two following conditions, that the Saudis apply the same Road map in their own country and that in the election process it will be forbidden for the parties to receive foreign money (we ve had the egyptian and tunisian exemples before). Parties should simply be given the same envelope for posters etc and the same amount of time on tv radio
But i don't think the Saudis could figure out an election where the poor cannot be bought off with a few kilo of meat or bags of rice

Posted by: Mina | Sep 7 2016 17:26 utc | 6

@1 harrylaw

Time for some proxy war in Saudi Arabia, funded by Iran, Russia, Iraq, Syria...

Add Israel, USA and UK, who have a long history of proxy warring in Yemen, while subtracting Syria and Iraq, and you've got the main protagonists funding the current proxy war to destabilize CIA Safari Arabia and the region more generally.

Saudi is next up for total annialation, likely ramping up right after the US election, no matter who is the winner.

Let's call it Just Desserts Storm. Hahahaha..

All parties to the secret agreement, including the USA, Russia and Iran, have agreed that Saudi Arabia will be the biggest repo project in human history. Russia and Iran get $160 per barrel oil while the Rothschild Empire gets the oil shock plus market panic it needs to crash the economy and seize all Saudi assets to cover their losses in the Great Ponzi economy, which doesn't mean they aren't going after yours and my assets as well.

Watch for it. Everyone benefits from the destruction of S.A.

Posted by: C I eh? | Sep 7 2016 17:39 utc | 7

oblivious | Sep 7, 2016 1:24:51 PM | 5
I think it's
"Al mawt li Amerika, al mawt li Israel"

Posted by: blowback | Sep 7 2016 17:45 utc | 8

Thanks blowback @8.

Posted by: oblivious | Sep 7 2016 19:03 utc | 9

It seems that the USA has been covertly undermining Saudi Arabia under the facade of 'supporting its ally'. Like the USA encouraged Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait so to offer a justifiable pretext to weaken it, the USA has encouraged Saudi Arabia to enter in Yemen.
In addition the USA has pushed Saudi Arabia toward Turkey putting them in competition for the leadership of the Sunnis in the region.
The latest blow encouraged by the USA is Iran's direct confrontation with Saudi Arabia over the legitimacy of the Saud family to be the "manager" of the Holy sites. What is needed now is an 'accident' with turkish pilgrims in Mecca so as to have Iran and Turkey calling for a 'joint' management of the holy sites of Islam.
The leaders of Saudi Arabia are in total disarray and are weakening by the day, their legitimacy put into question and their foreign policy in Yemen and Syria decried.
The collapse of that sick regime could come unexpectly and would be welcomed by the world.

Posted by: virgile | Sep 7 2016 19:07 utc | 10

Middle East Eye has a series of articles by veteran journalist Peter Oborne who is currently with the Houthis in Yemen.

Posted by: Mr Toad | Sep 7 2016 19:09 utc | 11

I agree with the badly-labelled commenter 'oblivious'' at #5 and #9. I watched a few recent videos of Houthis successfully attacking Saudi lookout towers on hills along the Saudi-Yemen border. Here's one uploaded 30 aug 2016 (but not recommended because too slow-moving). At the end, at time 16:09, the victorious Houthis chant "Allahu Akbar... al-mout (الموت) l'Israel" = "death to Israel". It's a terribly bizarre chant. The Arab League is fighting against the Houthis, and Israel is not, and the conflict in Israel is inconsequential for the Houthis. Speaking of terrible, the terrain of the video action is terribly desertous, very little sand, craggy, uninhabited, uninhabitable.

Posted by: Ghubar Shabih | Sep 7 2016 19:41 utc | 12

the victorious Houthis chant "Allahu Akbar... al-mout (الموت) l'Israel" = "death to Israel". It's a terribly bizarre chant.

Well . . . every little helps

Posted by: BadMax | Sep 7 2016 19:51 utc | 13

Well ... at least there seems to be some suggestions in the above comments re solutions along with the usual blathering ...

Proxies in Saudi Arabia? Can't you just hear the genocidal DuhMericans now? Only the hegemon can do that ... or the hegemons allies ... nobody else is allowed to use proxies!

Thus Spake Old-Bomb-Er and the Killary! (not to let the Trump-ette off the hook ...

Posted by: rg the lg | Sep 7 2016 19:56 utc | 14

oblivious | Sep 7, 2016 1:24:51 PM | 5

Those lumbering sets of engines, wheels and tracks that the Houthi's always destroy would make great targets for the US war toys the Saudi's use. A few Houthi's wandering around in the rocks are much harder to hit.

Posted by: Peter AU | Sep 7 2016 20:30 utc | 15

obvious 5. I noticed that in the Yemen videos, too. Khat is big business there and an integral part of the society although some have broken away from the drug. It's probably a good thing they haven't figured out how to purify it or they would have serious problems like we do here in the US with crack and meth.

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 7 2016 21:30 utc | 16

@12 Ghubar Shabih,

Israel, whose modus vivendi is neoliberal bourgeois imperialism, lives and dies by the "groaf" of resource and land piracy enabled by the manufactured terrorism problem. The death of the spirit of colonialism, piracy and empire is far from a bizarre thing for the colonized to call for.

Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 7 2016 21:35 utc | 17

Yes PeterAU, the numerous helicopters and jets heard in the videos would (if piloted by anyone half useful) produce fried Houthis in no time. If, on the other hand they are as useless as their infantry colleagues appear to be, they could make hard work of it. I agree with all the comments thus far, the chants are bizarre and sometimes topped off with some regional dancing (not unlike Morris Dancing, lol). There is something so charismatic about them which never ceases to amuse me. I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of them though.

Posted by: oblivious | Sep 7 2016 22:29 utc | 18

@Ghubar Shabih 12

The death to Israel chant is not so strange as Israel is supporting the Saudi attacks against Yemen. Since Saudi forces cannot contain Ansarullah and Yemeni forces, they asked an Israeli company (division of G4S) called "almajal G4S", and in exchange for 45 million dollars, to take the responsibility of creating barriers and planting mines in the Kingdom's southern border. More specifically, Saudi Arabia has hired the worlds largest security firm to protect their borders from Yemen “invasion” (

The Saudi regime has also recruited more than 5,000 Yemeni mercenaries (probably G4S contractors) to help repel growing retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces inside the kingdom's border regions.

Fortunately, Ansarullah and Yemeni forces are holding their own against Saudi forces and their UAE, Al Qaeda and ISIS allies which are supported by the US and Israel.

In addition, Egypt's national defense council, in January, has extended its military's participation in Yemen (along with 33 other Muslim nations) for up to one year in exchange for a few billion in Saudi aid.

It is ironic that Egypt previously lost a war in Yemen against Saudi forces

It's all about most world leaders being paid off by Saudi Arabia!

Posted by: Krollchem | Sep 7 2016 22:42 utc | 19

Trump has a time machine

Posted by: Thegenius | Sep 7 2016 22:49 utc | 20

There's been some news that Yemeni army forces (the Yemeni Republican Guard) fired their own locally designed and made missile into Saudi Arabia and hit a location in Ta'if which is more than 700 km southeast of Riyadh. As of today, the news hasn't been confirmed but if it turns out to be true, this suggests that Yemen has or will soon have the capacity to attack Riyadh.

Posted by: Jen | Sep 7 2016 23:13 utc | 21

Overheard in Berlin in late 1945:

I knew that we were losing, when our victories kept coming nearer and nearer.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 8 2016 3:07 utc | 22

What a hoot. Who knew that Gulfnews had a fully-functioning WABAC machine in their offices? I assume it was Mr Peabody who instructed Sherman to set the controls for Sirwah, 2015.

Or maybe this is a deliberate re-enactment, in which case the Saudis should think about making this an annual event. They can call it Marib Victory Day, the Saudis parading around with pig-shaped lighter-than-air balloons, distracting fellow revellers just long enough to enable that flying-pig-holder to pull the leg of the gullible and the inattentive.

Fun for everyone, and it'd do wonders for the Saudi tourism industry.

Obviously a moveable feast, sure, but within reason it can be the biggest thing in the Saudi festival calendar.

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Sep 8 2016 4:56 utc | 23

pretty off that this was only for a few hours on the BBC front page and nowhere else
("the opposition 's plan")

Posted by: Mina | Sep 8 2016 7:54 utc | 24

typo: odd

Posted by: Mina | Sep 8 2016 7:54 utc | 25

re Mina

No, the plan has been heavily publicised in Britain, in the Guardian for example. Three articles on the same day. It received a lot of scepticism from the commenters.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2016 8:42 utc | 26

By the way, re oblivious 5, qat doesn't make you 'stoned'. You can spend a whole afternoon chewing, and still function. I've seen it happen.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2016 8:44 utc | 27

re al-mawt li'Isra'il.

One tends to forget that this is a fundamental sentiment everywhere in the Arab world. Maybe not in Morocco, which is too far away to be bothered. Just not among the governments, who continue to deal with Israel, which allows Israel to pretend that those countries have made peace with them. They haven't; only their unrepresentative governments have, and those governments keep it quiet when addressing their own people. Saudi is a good example. The dynasty deals with Israel; the people are as strongly anti-Israel as ever. The govt keeps its policy quiet. They have to, to stay in power.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2016 9:13 utc | 28

Kat, or qat, is as mild as chewing cocoa leaves, or drinking a couple of energy drinks. I think the Latin name for the plant is Kather Edulus, I'm unsure of the spelling but that's how it is pronounced. I am busy growing one in a big pot in my garden. I can either chew the leaves or brew a tea from steeping them in hot water. The effects are, in comparison to weed, very mild and energizing. But I don't doubt for a second that these soldiers are also smoking cannibis, considering that the sativa variant is indigenous to the area...

Posted by: dan | Sep 8 2016 10:26 utc | 29

Reality vs. lies and propaganda

Posted by: xyz | Sep 8 2016 11:22 utc | 30

Warning: BBC link above contains at least one disturbing image: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. What is a good English word describing his looks? In Polish there is a good word, wypłosz, "a weird person looking scared". Like an animal that it would run away in a moment, but has no idea where.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 8 2016 11:49 utc | 31


Even the Cambodian Prime Minister for Life, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo His Excellency Hun Sen, former Pol Pot leader and all-around China grifter sellout, has to make nice with miserable prols for the upcoming national elections. He's visiting the temples, handing alms to the poor, and kicking his own photo-journalist in the pills:

Don't think I've laughed this hard since Scooter took the fall for Dickie Bird.

Posted by: TheRealDonald | Sep 8 2016 13:58 utc | 32


It all depends on the meaning of 'function'. You can chew betel nut all afternoon and still 'function', just not get anything done. You can ladle out bowl after bowl of kava kava and still 'function', chuckling softly with dull glazed eyes. My dear grandmother could spend a whole afternoon drinking vodka and still 'function'. You can pick the ergot off of wild rye grass right now across northern europe beaches, and still 'function', even if you can't remember which planet you're on, lol. Qat is like that. Smoke their fine green ganga pollen will put you flat out with one hit.

Posted by: TheRealDonald | Sep 8 2016 14:11 utc | 33

"It all depends on the meaning of 'function'."

Actually I meant drive safely, on a narrow winding mountain track.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2016 14:56 utc | 34

For all those hoping SA will have a regime change, don't hold your breath. They're too important in the plans Empire has for the globe.

As for Qat, here's an interesting piece...

Posted by: ben | Sep 8 2016 15:01 utc | 35

Thnx Ben 35. The first I ever heard of Qat/Khat was from US soldiers in Somalia (Black Hawk Down story) who told of the militias settling down at night to chew qat and get loud and boisterous; it scared some of them wondering how wild it could get. It reminds me of those in South America who chew coca leaves. Bolivian Marching Powder? Chew Qat and fight the Saudis!

Posted by: Curtis | Sep 8 2016 16:23 utc | 36

Saudi Arabia cannot pay its workers or bills – yet continues to fund a war in Yemen

In Saudi Arabia itself, the government seems unable to cope with the crisis. The 'Arab News' says that 31,000 Saudi and other foreign workers have lodged complaints with the government’s labour ministry over unpaid wages. On one occasion, the Indian consulate and expatriates brought food to the workers so that their people should not starve

Robert Fisk

Posted by: mauisurfer | Sep 9 2016 2:49 utc | 37

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