The Senseless War on Yemen Three Years of Sanctioned Genocide: Part IV: The Most Unusual War of All Times

Part IV: The Most Unusual War of All Times

By: Hassan Al-Haifi
Yes, we heard Adel Al-Jubeir shoot his mouth off about how Saudi Arabia has mustered up an alliance to squash a heretofore “militia” force of perhaps the most hardened warriors of modern times (https://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/middleeast/yemen-unrest/index.html)

Ambassador Adil Al-Jubeir (later current Foreign Minister of KSA) announces War ln Yemen with the blessings of Washington on 25 March 2015

The declaration of war by the Saudi Ambassador to Washington against Ansar Allah and (supposedly) former President Ali Abdullah from Washington, D.C. was itself one of those unusual mysteries that have puzzled international relations analysts since the Third Millenium began. Okay, you have one of the wealthiest countries in the world set out to swing fists with an ungloved adversary, who has just gone through six wars, a flop of a “peaceful” revolution and a transitional government that couldn’t maintain electricity service for its citizens for more than an hour a day, let alone stop the menacing terrorist attacks against mosques, schools, police stations, military parades and put a halt to political assassinations that targeted some of Yemen’s finest resourceful politicians, academicians and genuine moderate religious leaders.

The Last Wahhabi sadistic Terrrorist Attack Before yhe Escape of Hadi and the other facilitators of terrorist bombings and assassinations to their hotels in Riyadh and other capitals. This last attack killed over 150 worshippers in two mosques in North and South of Sana’a including many notable personalities

The mismatch doesn’t end there. Al-Jubeir revealed that all their Bedouin partners of wealth and splendor [United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and the (all-powerful) Kingdom of Bahrain) in the Arabian Peninsula are joining their not so fearless Saudi despotic brethren in this Great War for the Salvation of the Arab World (Oman wisely stayed out). But hold on! The line-up of belligerents does not end there We still have more than a couple of the major Big Powers in this war wanting to play their part and make sure that they have a slice of this big cake of green dough and petrodollars, for which these Bedouin chiefs have allocated. Well, As it was declared in Washington, the good old USA must have the biggest slice cut out for Uncle Sam. Yes, intelligence and logistical support, as well as armaments are slated for Uncle Sam in this greatest of disproportionate military showdown to hit the Arabian Peninsula in history. In addition, the US Sixth Fleet will have the privilege of insuring that a strangling siege and boycott is built up around Yemen, so that even a needle can’t go through to the Houthi and Saleh “rebels against legitimacy”, who have taken over the not so legitimate Government of Abdu Rabbo Hadi in Sana’a, whose officials for the last three years have been playing make-believe government from suites and rooms in hotesl in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – a legitimacy in exile.
The siege, thanks to the US, has brought on the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world with 27 million people facing famine or near famine, as well as deprivation from minimal adequate health care, which adds staggering numbers to the already huge number of civilian dead and wounded from direct aerial and sea bombardment and from crossfire from ground combatants.
Wait, the stage of the conflict has not been completed. You also have Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Djibouti and don’t forget Senegal and the mighty Army of General Omar Al-Bashir, which couldn’t keep the Republic of the Sudan in one jigsaw puzzle piece in Africa. Still, we have more! Yes, Blackwater and other guns for hire are bringing US and Columbian veteran killers to engage in their bloody trade in Yemen. The USA, United Kingdom, France and other military hardware producers assured the Bedouin warmongers of unlimited and uninterrupted supply of state of the art killing tools and machinery.
I think that should pretty much give a half way decent picture of how the current genocide in Yemen is unfolding full strength for the past three murderous and tragic years for the people of Yemen. But, is Yemen worth all this military attention and the starvation and suffering of its mostly innocent poor farmers, fishermen, laborers and common folks, not to mention the intentional deprivation of the most basic of human needs, such as food staples, fuel, medical supplies and travel?

Al-Jazeera International in a report on the war notes: “In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states to defeat the Houthis in Yemen. The coalition includes Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Senegal. Several of these countries have sent troops to fight on the ground in Yemen, while others have only carried out air attacks.” Even here the list misses a few actors including Qatar which had sent fighters and a 1,000 man ground force, which have been withdrawn when Qatar was designated a new enemy of the leaders of the Saudi-Led Coalition earlier in midyear 2017, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia and UAE engaged most of the personnel and hardware in the fighting as well as the bulk of the costs (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2016/06/key-facts-war-yemen-160607112342462.html)

For a breakdown of the belligerants and extent of their participation see (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian-led_intervention_in_Yemen – belligerants).

Even Israel had a hand in the War with advisors and bombing raids using Neutron Bombs (http://thewe.cc/weplanet/circus/2015/circus_july_2015-9.html)

Neutron Bomb said to be dropped by Israeli fighters

How the bombings seemed to the people of Sana’a

Exactly what is bugging all these spoiled war mongerers of the world to get them to unleash their military and political muscle on a helpless country with most government institutions and services at best operating at 10% capacity when the war started on 25 March 2015. Mr. Al- Jubeir hinted unconvincingly that all this military, political and economic might was necessary to return a “legitimate” Presidency and cabinet to the Capital City of Yemen, Sana’a. Hadi and his so called government, ran away to the “economic” capital of Aden under prodding from their bosses in Riyadh, just as the UN Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Bin Omer was about to reach a final settlement between the various political factions in Yemen. See Part III.

We will delve into the charge of Iranian support later in Part V.

The Houthis and their allies, the PGC have taken power along with several other factions that were outside the regime agreeable to Riyadh, because the situation was unbearable. When the government became under the September 21, 2014 Revolution, they bad to act to protect Government forces that were under attack from newly formed militias, by militia elements set up by Hadi, the Islah Party and Al-Qaeda and ISIS elements already enjoying liberties and facilities provided to them by Hadi, the Islah Party and of course Saudi Arabia. Government forces in Ta’ez and Aden called for support from Sana’a and indeed regular troops backed by Popular Committees came to Ta’ez and Aden, because the government security and army forces there (most of whom are comprised of personnel from the area) were calling for help. Therefore, the stories of Houthis “invading cities” after Sana’a were fabricated lies. The ‘invasion” were really efforts to rescue outmanned and outgunned normal government security garrisons there. In any case the stage was set for war. Hadi was told to leave Aden, because the Government rescue forces were nearly completing the control of Aden Airport and other key strategic positions.
The situation in the country had turned to an all out war. No one was sure how it would be conducted, but by nightfall on 25 March 2015, the roar of scores of Saudi-Led Coalition planes could be heard overhead throughout the country. All around us in Sana’a City, we could hear loud explosions, from which pressure rattled and shook windows and doors of residential homes and private and public buildings all around the City of Sana’a. Being near the airport and Air Defense Facilities meant one would get the most frightening and often deadly strikes as the tally of civilian deaths and injured began from the very beginning. It must have been ten times the fate that the people of London faced as the Luftwaffe screeched over London during the Battle of Britain in World War II. The sight of hundreds of futile anti-aircraft machine guns lighting up the night sky almost looked ridiculous as the attacking planes were kilometers away from the best range of these machine guns. All anti-aircraft missiles were rendered useless by Hadi’s regime and Yemen was like a helpless lady being assaulted by a gang of big bullies with no recourse to any means of defense.
I recall on the first night of bombardment the explosions commenced just as sunset vegan and we got up to pray the Sunset prayer. The big glass doors of the “mafraj” all of a sudden rattled and the middle door opened ajar hitting some of the praying worshippers next to it. I was worried about the blind old man praying with us on a chair near the left door of the three piece glass window-door that overlooked a small pool and nice garden. As the explosions came he would rise from his chair and lean inward to escape any falling glass. We stubbornly finished our sunset prayers and cut the “qat session” short to go and check on our families. I reassured the old man not to be scared, since there were no military installations nearby. I didn’t tell him of course that we could see the light of the explosions on the walls of the houses around us. Then I went to my house, which was just a few meters away. When I got to my house, I gathered all the people in the house in the middle foyer of the first floor of our two and a half story house away from windows and doors. The loud explosions throughout the night were a clear sign that this war was not going to be the petty street fighting we had witnessed during the Arab Spring, between tribal or partisan militias and government forces split between the “revolutionaries” and Saleh’s various security and military units. The sound of the bombs exploding awakened any sleeping kids and cries of frightened children could be heard all around us.
At that juncture, we really didn’t know how long this madness would last, but even then we braced ourselves for a long and bloody fight.

Initial bombings of the Capital City of Sana’a

Part V: By All Means A Criminal Unjust War

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The Senseless War on Yemen Three Years of Sanctioned Genocide Part III: Yemen’s Arab Spring/NDC & Transition; September 21, 2014 Revolution

By: Hassan Al-Haifi

TunisIan youth and labor joined together to bring about the fall of Zein Al-Abideen Bin Ali as President of Tunisia on 14 January 2011 and President Husni Mubarak of Egypt on 11 February 2011.

Yemeni Youth take to street in Yemen Spring Revolt in February 11, 2011 and again in September 2014.

Yemeni youth were not to be outdone by their piers in Tunisia and Egypt, especially as President Ali Abdullah Saleh had ruled Yas dictator of Yemen for 33 years (See https://yemenonthethreshold.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/the-senseless-war-on-yemen/, for background on Saleh’s rise to power). I recall predicting the downfall of Saleh in an interview on Al-Jazeera on February 13, 2011, when Yemen’s Arab Spring was just getting started. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IN92YgQrqHQ). Unlike the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, Yemen’s protests were more violent and bloody. By March 2012, when the revolt ended and Yemen entered a transition period envisioned by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative, 2000 mostly youth protesters were martyred as forces loyal to Saleh stubbornly sought to quell revolt. Initially, the youth from various members of the Joint Meeting Opposition Parties (Islah, YSP, Nasserites, Hizb Al-Haq, Popular Forces, etc), Ansar Allah, the Southern Movements and thousands of independents joined in the protests. By March 18, 2011, the protests were getting more frequent and the regime more repressive. On that fateful day 52 protesters were shot dead and hundreds wounded, with the regime set to remove the protesters camping on Ring Road West adjacent to Sana’a University by force. But the protesters stubbornly held on.

General Ali Muhsin Al-Ahmar, a Saleh half brother, former right-hand man and Saudi long-time favorite stooge and supporter of Wahhabi propogation in Yemen. He helped facilitate terrorist activities in Yemen. Defected to Youth protesters and made himself “protector of protesters”. Now Hadi’s Vice President in Exiled Hadi Government

Hamid Abdullah Al- Ahmar: Son of former Paramount Chief of Hashid Tribe, businessman and Islahi Leader, also defected to youth protesters.

Abdul-Majid Al-Zindani, Spiritual Mentor of Wahhabis in Yemen and Spiritual leader of Islah Party. He and a number of Wahhabi clerics joined Youth Revolution. Zibdani enjoys very close relationship with Saudi Wahhabi clerical establishment and is beneficiary to substantial Saudi funding from the Early Seventies.

The Islah Party is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, although more ideologically extreme.

By May 2011, several of Saleh’s former tribal allies and military commanders presumably joined the protesters and the protests turned into street confrontations between Saleh’s remaining forces and those who have joined the protests. The peaceful nature of the protests had deliberately turned violent and confrontational. The Revolution had been intentionally hijacked from the peaceful youth protesters. The protesting youth had become sidelined.

The so-called defections of course were seen by many of the protesters as a dangerous attempt to circumvent the peaceful protests or to kidnap the Revolution by elements of those who were seen as representing the other side of the Saleh Regime

As events in Yemen turned more bloody and violent, the most archaic absolute monarchies in the region, which comprised the Gulf Cooperation Council, in order to “steer” Yemen to democratic civil Government, came up with a called the GCC Initiative signed by the same old political factions that were in the political arena for a third of a century hence, with little effective political weight, with Ali Abdullah Saleh reluctantly signing in November 2014. The Initiative was to insure that Yemen was to remain under Saudi hegemony. Saleh had just survived and completed treatment for burns from a mysterious explosion that covered 40% of his body in the Presidential Palace in Early June 2011 (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/8554795/Yemens-President-Saleh-wounded-in-palace-attack.html).

Late President Ali Abdullah Saleh showing some of the burns of explosion in Presidential Palace in June 2011 before completion of treatment in Riyadh.

The Saudis came to pick him up with a specially equipped Medical Air Ambulance on the day of the attack. He was treated in Riyadh.

The GCC Initiative: Saleh was to step down (with all immunity granted from all accountability for his crimes and corruption) and his Vice President takes over for a transition period of two years. A National Dialogue Conference (NDC) would take place to arrive to a permanent political settlement, and national elections are held. Hadi’s mandate was extended by NDC, without due process and authority, after two year tenor expired.
“Although Yemen’s February 11 revolution aimed to oust the old, corrupt regime and establish a new one, the traditional political and societal elites succeeded in diverting the course of the revolution to a process of negotiations which culminated with the signing of the Arab GCC’s initiative, on November 23, 2011” (https://www.dohainstitute.org/en/PoliticalStudies/Pages/Outcomes_of_Yemens_National_Dialogue_Conference_A_Step_toward_Conflict_Resolution_and_State_Building.aspx).
. The National Dialogue was concluded, after several if its key participants were assassinated (mainly Ansar Allah members).

Vice President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi proved unable to provide the leadership that would get all the political factions to work together during the transition and thereafter.
Ansar Allah and the Southern Movement did not approve of the GCC Initiative, but did take part in the National Dialogue. Three Ansar Allah delegates to NDC were assassinated as the National Dialogue Cinference was nearing completion along with other leading politicians. Corruption continued to plague the Hadi government, as well as terrorist acts that hit several military, security and civilian government institutions.
In the meantime, Saudi Arabia propped up its “stooges” in the Hashid Tribe and the Salafi settlements in Sa’ada Governorate to intimidate Ansar Allah in their Sa’ada stronghold. Ansar Allah easily overcame these efforts to bring AA to an end. AA took over the Salafi settlements in Kitaf and Dammaj and drove the foreigners out of these foreign settlement enclaves in their stronghold. Most of the Wahhabi Salafi settlers in these enclaves were imported from Wahhabi terrorist fertile grouns from Asia, Africa, Europe and other Arab countries. These settlements were also important lab centers for producing explosives for suicide bombing missions and bomb cars. Hussein Abdullah Al-Ahmar and military units allited with General Ali Muhsin Al-Ahmar, a long time supporter of Wahhabi and terrorist groups in Yemen continued to fight against the Houthis, with the Houthis proving not only unbeatable, but able to push southward taking the former Al-Ahmar stronghold of Khamir to Amran where they defeated the last Ali Muhsin Brigade with the killing of Brigadier Hameed Al-Gushaiby in Amran. (Al-Qushaibi’s son was caught in Sana’a Airport with US $17 million just days before. This proves the wars in Sa’ada were just contracted wars.
In the meanwhile in Sana’a protests were being organized against rising fuel prices, corruption and the poor security situation with increasing assassinations and terrorist bombings. (https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN0GI1O420140818). The peaceful protesters in Sana’a allied with the General People’s Congress and the Ansar Allah to demand more responsive government to people’s demands especially against corruption. Since the Government of Hadi did not respond, the protests demanded action or they would bring the Government down. In the meantime, the forces still loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh joined the protests and the Revolution of September 21, 2014 removed the traditional power elites such as General Ali Muhsin, the Al-Ahmar tribal chiefs, etc. from control of Government institutions.For additional information on Houthis advance to Sana’a, see https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/the-houthi-advance-on-yemens-capital/

At this stage the Special UN Envoy, Jamal Bin Omer (appointed in August 2012) to steer Yemen to a peaceful political transition) brought together all the active political factions. He was able to negotiate a Peace and Partnership Agreement (PPA), which all factions signed (September 22, 2014, including President Hadi. Bin Omer took the PPA to the GCC, the Group of Ten (supervising implementation of GCC Initiative) and the Security Council, all of which approved the PPA by Mid October. He then set out to finalize the steps to final political framework and all parties agreed to most of the needed steps.

Jamal Bin Omer, Assistant Secretzry General and Special Envi oy to Yeme from August 2012 to April 15, 2015, when Saudis insisted he resign because he refused to be on their take. He knew well that Yemen’s problem stem from fifty years of Saudi meddling in Yemeni affairs. He knew and the Saudis knew that the Peace and Partnership Agreement meant no more Saudi influence. That is why to this day they refuse to even have it mentioned in UNSC.

However, Abdu Rabbo Hadi after resigning and withdrawing his resignation more than once escaped to Aden. Jamal Bin Omer carried on to finalize agreement with all sides and by March had a blueprint for a political settlement in all the Government institutions except for the Presidency, which would require little time to work out (http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/un-peace-envoy-to-yemen-jamal-benomar-resigns/6397312). Of course, the Saudis, with their senseless aggression have rendered it impossible for JBO to complete his nearly complete blueprint for a political settlement. The Saudis did never like the highly qualified, clean and incorruptible diplomat, who could be said had a good grasp of the fact all of Yemen’s problems are a product of long time Saudi meddling in Yemeni affairs. They used all pressure to force him to resign, which in effect killed all chances of a peaceful settlement to the war and the political crisis (https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-u-n-envoy-says-yemen-political-deal-was-close-before-saudi-airstrikes-began-1430081791).
Back on the ground again, Government forces in Ta’ez and Aden were facing attacks from Islahi militias, Al- Qaeda and ISIS elements recently brought from Syria and Iraq by Turkish aircraft. When reinforcements were sent to rescue them, fghting got fierce and government forces held their ground, as much as possible. By March 25, fighting was heavy in Aden and President Hadi escaped to Oman and then Saudi Arabia.
In the meantime, Saudi Arabia, with the US put together a Coalition to do what it could not do in Six Wars in Sa’ada and later contracted wars to tribal mercenaries: bring an end to the Ansar Allah and all its allies in Yemen, and now including former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and loyal governmebt forces to him, now regarded as a “rebel” along with the Ansar Allah.
All the former allies of Hadi, including the Islah, the Hashid tribal chiefs all joined together to “retake” the government they lost by their own deferense.

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The Senseless War on Yemen: Three Years of Sanctioned Genocide/Part II

Ansar Allah

(Alias Al-Shabab Al-Moamin Alias Houthis)

By: Hassan Al-Haifi

Who Are Ansar Allah?
Before going further in our discussion of the complex ramifications of the ongoing Saudi-Led Aggression on Yemen, it is imperative that we help the Western reader and probably even most Moslems and Arabs absorb digest information on Ansar Allah (known popularly as the Houthis).

Yemenis were perhaps the first people to convert to Islam without coersion or even large scale missionary efforts. At the Prophet Mohammed’s (PABUH) time, Yemenis were divided into Christian/Jewish/polygamist inclinations. As the Prophet settled down in Medina and set up the First Islamic State. He set out to propagate his spiritual mission throughout Arabia and elsewhere. He sent his cousin/son-in-law Ali Bin Abu Talib, and his companion Mu’ath Bin Jabal to Yemen. They succeeded in getting the entire population of Yemen converted to Islam, except for a tiny Jewish minority, which held on to their faith until modern times. The Yemenis later on represented the bulk of the Islamic Armies that fanned out far and wide going as far West and North as Tours, France and as Far East as China. The Moslems of Yemen eventually divided up by religious sects into Shia Zeidi (North) and Sunni Shafei (South). Unlike the Northern Shias of Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, the YemenibZeidis were more in congruence with the Yemeni Shafeis than the former bretheren in sect. The Zeidis ruled Yemen, in part and in full on and off for close to a thousand years, with the last Zeidi Imam being deposed by a coup in 26 September 1962 carried out by the military “Free Officers Movement” with prodding from the Egyptians under the late President Gamal Abdul Nasser.

The last Zeidi Imam to rule in Yemen, Mohammed Al-Badr, who only ruled a week after his father the late Imam Ahmed died in September 19, 1962.

First President of Yemen Arab Republic, Marshall Abdullah Al-Sallal who ruled from September 26, 1962 to November 5, 1967.

A Civil war ensued for nearly nine years, with Ssudi Arabia supporting the “Royalists” and Egyptians backing the Republicans. This war ended in the Summer of 1970, with both Republicans of Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) and Royalists reaching amicable agreement, thanks to lack of foreign intervention. With the evacuation of Britain from Aden Colony and the hinterland Sultanate Protectorates, South Yemen (People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen-PDRY) also was founded in 30 November 1967. For details of this tumultuous period of Yemen’s history, read https://www.amazon.com/Yemen-Imams-Rulers-Revolutions/dp/0719506999, a well written chronicle of events in both North and South Yemen.
By the late 1990s, Ali Abdullah Saleh consolidated all power in the North and the South of the united (1990) Republic of Yemen (ROY) after defeating the remaining elements of PDRY, which was formerly run by the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP).

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Late President of YAR from July 1978 to May 22, 1990 and President of ROY from 5/22/1990 to February 2012.

The YSP could not hold its partnership status with Saleh’s People’s General Congress Party, who has colluded well with the Wahhabi Islah party (Moslem Brotherhood) almost from the start of Saleh’s reign (both are cozy with the Saudi regime). Saudi Arabia had given generous contributions for the growth of the Wahhabi institutions, schools and charities run by the Islah (MB), as well as to Saleh and his backers in the PGC.

In the Mid 1990s, thanks to some semblance of political freedom and plurality brought about by the Unification Agreement of November 30, 1989 (admittedly insisted upon by the leaders of the YSP), several new political factions began to surface in the Yemenk political arena. These include religious affiliated groups and parties. Hizb Al-Haq was a party that came to serve the interests of Yemeni Zeidis, who began to feel that the Wahhabis were trying to eliminate them from the Yemeni social fabric altogether. This feeling was reinforced especially as the Saudis began to finance the creation of Wahhabi “Salafi” settlements in Yemen, particularly in Sa’ada Governorate. As Hizb Al- Haq failed to protect the Zeidis and was in fact repressed by the Saleh-Islah alliance, Al-Haq members started to form more vigilant groups to counter the Wahhabi Government backed enclaves in their midst.

Hussein Badr-Eddine Al-Houthi, founder of Al-Shabab Al-Moamin, alias Ansar Allah, alias the Houthis, who was assassinated on September 10, 2004 in the First Sa’ada War, ehich ended on that date as he was surrendering to Government troops, after being assured he would be unharmed.

Hussein Badr Eddine Al-Houthi (HH), a young and elequent political activist took up the banner of countering the spread of Wahhabism and the “foreign” settlements of Wahhabi Salafis in Sa’ada Governorate. He founded the Shabab Al-Moamin, or Faithful Youth (SM) Movement (Predecessors of Ansar Allah). When the Government, under Saudi prodding, began to put pressure on SM, the SM became more vocal and vigilant and began to put trained sermoners in Zeidi mosques, which had been taken over by Wahhabi sermoners or Imams. The Government started to view SM as a security issue and began to arrest its followers, while the Wahhabis were left free.
By 2004, the SM had grown and spread in Sa’ada and were attracting Zeidis from all over Yemen. The Governor of Sa’ada, then Mohammed Al-Amry, wIth prodding from General Ali Muhsin Al-Ahmar (a long-time supporter of the Wahhabis in Yemen), began to intimidate SM and put pressure on its leader Hussein Al-Houthi, and scuffles occurred from time to time. Al-Amry then wanted to arrest HH and take pissession of his licensed light arms, which he had a right to have like all members of Parliament (HH and his brother, Yahya Al-Houthi, were elected members of Parluament from Sa’ada under Hizb Al-Haq). A guerilla war ensued between the weakly armed followers of HH and soon they were outmatched by the Army and accepted to surrender, provided they were left alive. The Government agreed, but when HH came out of his cave, he was killed immediately, and his body stashed away for almost fifteen years. For some detalls of the Houthis and SM Movement see https://www.counterextremism.com/threat/houthis. The article cited is not fully agreeable but gives a good indication of the philosophy and rapid spread of SM.

The Houthi family, including the family patriarch Badr-Eddine Al-Houthi, a revered Zeidi scholar, were brought to Sana’a and kept under neglect and house arrest and the corpse of Hussein was not given back to the family as promised. After a few months they all fled back to Sa’ada.

Abdul-Malik Badr-Eddine Al-Houthi, 39 years old Leader of Ansar Allah, since the assassination of his brother Hussein in 2004 until present.

SM was taken over by the younger brother of Hussein, Abdul-Malik Badr-Eddine Al-Houthi. A second Sa’ada War ensued, then a Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth from 2005 to 2010, with each time the SM Movement growing in strength and power, with the Government forced to negotiate a peace each time after suffering heavy losses. (For a brief sccount of the history of the Sa’ada Wars, see https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://carnegieendowment.org/files/war_in_saada.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiU28TVoJbaAhVDbRQKHSBAAE0QFjABegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw3SgFgJv4jnTmCFSexT6NU4).

Sixth Sa’ada War – First Direct Saudi Arabian Involvement

In the Sixth War Saudi Arabia intervened directly on the side of the Government (KSA bankrolled all the Six Wars), so in essence the Sa’ada Wars were contracted out by the Saudis. Out of frustration at Yemen Government’s 5 failures to liquidate the SM, they decided to join in the fighting. The Saudis got a taste of SM military prowess and the Ansar Allah (AA – name changed from Shabab Al-Moamin after a Wahhabi Somalian Movement took up the name Al-Shabab to confuse the SM with Wahhabi terrorists), actually took several military positions in Asir, Najran, and Jaizan. When the Houthi or AA Katiyushas began to reach Jaizan City, the US told the Saudis to halt and make a deal with AA. Qatar brokered the deal then. The AA settled for a deal and withdrew from 44 positions they had captured inside Saudi Arabia, but AA kept the large weapons caches they took from the Saudis. During the Sixth War, the Saudis indiscriminately bombed Sa’ada and Hajjah Governorates destroying a lot of public and private property and killing many civilians. In Sixth War, the number of displsced persons from the war jumped from 115,000 from all previous five wars according to Government statistics to 350,000, mainly because of the indiscriminate heavy Saudi airraids and rocket attacks from across the border to Sa’ada and Hajjah Governorates. Amnesty Internation issued a condemnation of this indiscriminate bombing (https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2010/04/exclusive-images-reveal-devastation-yemene28099s-hidden-conflict-north/).

https://www.google.com/search?q=Sixth+Sa%27ada+War&prmd=vmni&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiS7c_yn5faAhXMOBQKHYmMBykQ_AUICSgD&biw=360&bih=615#imgrc=RXFCPFMWvJ_pxM:

The Plight of Northern Yemen

A Life of Conflict, Dust and Ruins

In February 2011 Ansar Allah took part in the Yemen Spring Revolution.

Part III follows.

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The Senseless War on Yemen

Three Years of Sanctioned Genocide

Part I: Prelude to War

By: Hassan Al-Haifi

Introduction
On the evening of 26th March 2015, then Ambassador Adil Al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia to Washington (now Foreign Munister of KSA) held a haunting press conference in Washington with mysterious underpinnings. Jubair went on to tell the entire world (http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/saudi-arabia-launches-military-operation-in-yemen/6349454) that his country is leading a Coalition of 10 mostly super wealthy other Arab and non-Arab countries were about to wage a War on Yemen, probably the poorest country of the region, if not the world. This war was to be another hauntingly disastrous and grossly inhumane element of Saudi Arabia’s good neighbor policy, which has been travic for countries like Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Bahrain. Unlike the Saudi interventions in most countries in the area, Jubeir was talking about a round-the-clock direct bombing campaign to supposedly disarm Yemen and a tight siege by US and UK warships. The aim of this oddball configuration of belligerants against the Republic of Yemen is to “return the (actually il-) legitimate President, Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi to the Presidential Palace in Sana’a”, Jubeir told the quickly gathered news conference. Why such a big fuss about a mostly drunken President (see https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NgynPKRI1xg), who has given Yemen 3 years of awful government after being spoon-fed to the Yemeni people to replace his former dictator boss Ali Abdullah Saleh, who hence has ruled Yemen for a third of a century from July 7, 1978 to February 2012. Then Vice President Hadi had been elected (no competetors) to a temporary two year term until full national elections are held and a new government set up to replace the awesomely corrupt and bureaucratic nightmare of the Saleh Government machine. Hadi and the other side of the Saleh Regime [Al-Ahmar family of Sheikh of Hashid Tribe, Al-Ahmar relatives of Saleh in the military, and the Islah Wahhabi (Yemen Congregation of Reform) Party) all were joined together to form this new temporary regime accordingg to a Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative to boot Yemen out of an Arab Spring uprising started a year earlier in February 11, 2011. Bear in mind here that the most archaic regimes (led by Saudi Arabia) came out with a solution to a popular uprising against the long-time stooge of Saudi Arabia, Ali Abdullah Saleh. (See http://www.merip.or! /mer/mer273/breakdown-gcc-initiative for an understanding of why GCC Initiative broke down).
Background
Ali Abdullah Saleh assumed power in North Yemen prior to unifucation, when military tanks surrounded the Constituent Assembly (acting Parliament) premesis to “elect” then Major Saleh to the Pesidency of the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR). His predecessor, the late Colonel Ahmed Al-Ghashmi was blown to pieces by a suitcase bomb delivered to his office three weeks earlier. Ghashmi was a front put up by Saleh and his co-conspirators (with the Saudis behind the scenes) to absorb the shock of the cold blooded murder of the late very popular Col. Ibrahim Al-Hamidi. Al-Hamidi took over as President in 13th June 1974, in a bloodless coup d’etat (ironically with Saudi prodding) against Yemen’s only civilian government since the Revolution of 26th September 1962, which toppled the monarchy. The Saudis and the traditional tribal ruling establishment in Yemen could no longer stomach Hamidi’s popular agenda and increasing coziness with the Government of South Yemen [People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, (PDRY), a Marxist leaning headache for the Sheikhs and Kings of the Persian Gulf and the West], which adopted a pro Soviet Marxist agenda. Saleh also became President of united Yemen in 22 May 1990 when YAR and PDRY merged to become the Republic of Yemen.
UN Envoy Jamal Bin Omer and National Dialogue
On August 1, 2012, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon appointed Jamal Bin Omer as Undersecretary General and Special Advisor on Yemen to engineer a political settlement and prevent conflict in Yemen (See ttpss://www.un.org/press/en/2012/sga1365.doc.htm).
During the two year transition period, the GCC a Yemeni National Dialogue Conference was convened to get the different Yemeni political factions to agree on a permanent framework for government in Yemen.
The National Dialogue called for by the GCC Initiative got off to a late start on 18th March 2013 and ended on 24 January 2014, with agreemdnt on many aspects of governnent, but still faced disputes on some issues, namely the Houthi Movement of Sa’ada and adjoining governorates (Hajjah, Amran and Al-Jouf) and the Southern Movement. For a good coverage of the difficulties faced during the Transition Period, and the drawbacks in the GCC Initiative, which could be summed up by “the impetus of the initiative was to guarantee the interests of the Yemeni elite and the United States and Saudi Arabia, not implement the changes demanded by the protestors”. See http://www.mei.edu/content/yemens-national-dialogue for further insights into the Transition Period and the National Dialogue and the events leading up to the Yemen Autumn Revolt of September 21, 2014.

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Open Your Eyes, World to the Tragic Plight of Yemen’s Children”

09 Sep 2017

Open Your Eyes, World to the Tragic Plight of Yemen’s Children”

09 Sep 2017

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

By permission of Yemeni-American News

http://yemeniamerican.com/en/butheina-raimy-opens-your-eyes-world-to-the-tragic-plight-of-yemens-children/


The Yemeni American News

Sam, the other child survivor found underneath his parents corpses.

 

Since March 26, 2015 the number of children killed by indiscriminate bombing by the Saudi led Coalition in Yemen has surpassed 2,700 children according to the Legal Center for Rights and Development after 870 days of ongoing warfare, all of whom have nothing to do with the political situation or the parties to the conflict.  Yet, despite this large number of innocent victims, the plight of Yemen’s children has yet to attract international attention that would hopefully bring the international community to help put an end to this senseless killing.

On August 25, 2017, just two days after the Saudi led Coalition bombed a local hotel in Beit Al-Ithary, Arhab (40 km North of Sana’a) for transient agricultural workers killed 46 civilian martyrs, the Coalition again hit a civilian residential area in the West of the Capital City, Sana’a and the number of people, who lost their lives was 14, mostly women and children.

Butheina Raimy, the 4 years old girl pictured here was the lone survivor of a family of 4 other sisters (Ala, Ayat, Berdees and Raghad), her brother Ammar and her mother and father.  However, she had become an international icon overnight icon with a picture showing her trying to open her swollen eyes from injuries sustained in the bombing raid, and asking the world to open their eyes to the plight of Yemeni children caught in the middle of the seemingly endless war.

“Please see what is happening to us”, is what Butheina is trying to convey to the world as she wakes up from unconsciousness in the hospital and can’t understand why her mother and father or any of her brothers were no longer with her, when she had gone to sleep with all of them being there with her in their home.   She could not visualize the horror that she has just gone through only to wake up unable to grasp why none of her kinfolk are no longer with her anymore.  Her parents, sisters and brothers were left as charred bodies hardly recognizable as rescue workers pulled them out of the concrete rubble that miraculously had left Butheina alone from her family to survive the horrible missile attack that ended the lives of an entire family except for Butheina.  The sorry look of Butheina as she struggled to get her vision back moved the hearts of all who saw her pictures and many offers to adopt the pitiful very young orphan child came from all over the world.  All satellite television channels aired the picture the sorry and shocked look on her face, which was still covered with the scratches and bruises inflicted on her as a result of the 2 AM bombing raid, when everyone in the house was sound asleep.  Pictures below show the horror of the attack and the rescue efforts to get the victims out of the leveled residence.  She was also the star of social media as Facebook and Twitter were humming with posts about Butheina and her tragic calamity.

The tragedy of the same bombing raid was also made more horrific by the fact there was another child name Sam, who was also found underneath his parents dead corpses in the same air raid.  On the other hand there was a newlywed couple who had just returned from their wedding ceremony just before the merciless bombers unleashed their dead ordnance.  But Butheina was the star of the show.

The question still remains:  Will the international community continue to ignore the tragic plight of Yemen’s children as they suffer from relentless indiscriminate air raids, a spreading cholera epidemic  that has hit over half a million Yemenis and taken the lives of over 2,000 afflicted cases? Moreover, shall the world continue to remain silent while the Yemeni people are subject to a tight land, sea and air blockade, thus threatening more than half the population of Yemen with starvation, not to mention the refusal to pay Government employees salaries, all of which has rendered Yemen’s economy to a near standstill?

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In Yemen’s Dreaded War: There is No Discrimination between Rich and Poor; All Suffer

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

 COPIED BY Permission from Yemeni American Newspaper

http://yemeniamerican.com/en/?p=208 


In the war on Yemen now waged by a hodgepodge of evil doers, whose last care and concern  are the Yemeni people, suffering can be seen across all demographiaerpc and economic affiliations of the people.  The nearly 15,000 + civilian martyrs and twice that much wounded are a cross section of Yemenis from all ages, walks of life and social and economic standing as well as geographical locations.  Even refugees from other lands, who fled to Yemen seeking to escape being victimized by the tragic situations in their own home turf have become direct targets of all kinds of ordnances falling from the sky or exchanged by warring factions, not to mention the shortages suffered as a result of the siege.

In wars, there is no right or wrong, legal or illegal and winners or losers.  This war in particular entails suffering not necessarily by weapons of mass destruction or exchange of machine gun fire, etc.  Suffering has been packaged for the Yemeni people to come in all wrappings.  In addition to the tragic consequences of violent confrontations, we have an impregnable siege by land, air and sea that literally keeps everything coming in and out of the country under the tight control of the so called “Saudi-led Coalition” of Bedouin Sheikhdoms, world powers that give this war some fabricated semblance of international legitimacy, none of which come out of International Law textbooks and mercenary forces that get premium prices for the right to kill maim and destroy.   This siege and blockade means that all airports in the country (almost all of which have been destroyed), except some of the airports in the South, which are under the control of the Coalition and which are often closed due to differences between the Coalition occupying forces, which can’t decide which of them should control them (Of course, they have forgetten that they are fighting to restore a long expired legitimacy in Yemen.  Thus, for anyone living in Sana’a or anyone in Coalition Free areas of Yemen in most of the North and a good part of the South it is impossible to go to another country for vacations, education and of course dire medical attention, which can’t be obtained locally.  There is no telling when this situation will change, as this also has a bearing on at least 50,000 Yemenis overseas who are unable to return to Yemen either because of the hardships of going through foreign imposed blockades and airport closures, or they ran out of money to pay the exhorbitant fares needed to come home by alternative and often unsafe routes.

The above description brings to light some of the difficulties that all in Yemen must suffer from due to this horrendous and by all accounts uncalled for war.  Of course those needing dire medical attention, who are nearing the last possibilities of ever seeing back to life normalcy, are the hardest hit by the tight closure and blockades of all entrance and outlets of Yemen.   The subject of our report here is a relatively rich woman, who inherited a half way decent fortune from her father and managed along with her late husband, to etch out a comfortable living for their offspring of six boys and 1 girl, and have managed to provide each with their own private residences.

We will call this good and faithful lady Um Abdullah, as this is the desire of the family.  Of course Y-A holds all the medical reports and records to substantiate our recognition of her very poor condition.  Um Abdullah has a long history of bronchial asthma, as well as other ailments including rheumatic and ligament impairments, and which heretofore were always treated outside of Yemen.  She has gone to India, Jordan, Egypt and different European countries for overcoming most of her previous illnesses.  She is a very religious lady and has no qualms about her unfortunate physical calamities, as she is thankful to God that no matter what befalls her, she can obtain all the medical treatment that money can buy anywhere in the world.

However, this time, she is unable to go anywhere where she might be saved and her condition has worsened to the point of being unable to recognize whoever is speaking to her, even her children.  She has now only a nurse, who mainly administers medications that just keep her alive and semi-conscious but no more.  Even now, if Sana’a Airport were to open tomorrow, she would not be able to bear the strains of traveling unless by a specially equipped medical plane, which is now no more than a dose of wishful thinking.  May God give her a peaceful respite from all this tragedy and may the world realize that it simply cannot watch as disease, malnutrition and poor medical attention turn Yemen into a humanitarian nightmare for all Yemenis, rich and the poor.

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In Yemen, You Can Find Out Your Birthday, Even If You Are Over Fifty

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

22 August 2017

When I first returned to Yemen, in the Summer of 1970, I made a big fuss about finding out my real birthday.  We had been lying in the United States for the last previous 9 years that my birthday was 4/4/51. There were no birthday certificates or even officcivil records then. My father, GBS (who was in New York then) had told me, yes he recorded my birthday in a Quran. I knew my father was a meticulous record keeper of all births in one or more of the Holy Qurans he had for all the family – not just his immediate family, but also of the offspring of all his brothers and sisters.  When I arrived in Sana’a, I broke into the walled in closet that his books and documents were hidden in, jn case looters raided the city more on that later. I loo ked for this Holy Book that was to unlock the greatest mystery in my life then.. When I finally did find the book, I saw  to my dismay, that indeed everyone in the 3rd generation of the family after my grandfather Hassan, and their cousins was recorded there and in another Quran, except the birthday of your truly, the writer of these words. I was flabbergasted. I know my father could not be so careless as to forget the

birthday of his later to be Honors student son throughout his education, so what happened here?. I refused to give up. I continued sifting through the books I found in the closet until I finished all the Qurans and other books. Where could my birthday be?
All of a sudden, after several days of sifting, I found a little  spiral note pad (God knows where he got that in those days, as they were not readily available stationary in Sana’a in the early 1950s).   Sure enough, there was this note on the first page of the spiral pad: “On this  day of 30 Rajab 1370 AH, we were bestow3d with a boy, who we named Hassan Mohammed Al-Haifi.  May God keep him and make of him a  son of whom we can be proud”.

Understandably, I was jubilant.  But that won’t do in the US. They want your birthdays in GregorIan solar, not Hegira lunar.
I then took out the “Munjid” (literally, Savior), which was a mini encyclopedia in Arabic, which Dad had obtained from one of his earlier trips from Yemen abroad. I found in it the way to convert Muslim Hegira Lunar calendar dates to corresponding GregorIan calendar. There was a formula and a couple of tables from which to obtain the variables! My calculations came out to 7 May 1951. You can check the Internet to see I was correct!

Ever since then. I made it a point to have my birthday noted, but not necessarily celebrated by my kin and friends.
After 2/3 of a Century of life, it does not really matter much. But my kids make it a point to wish me Happy Birthday, because 3 of the 4 kids I have have, three have their birthdays in the Month of May.

 

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