March 26, 2015

WINNING THE WoT:

Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen as fears grow of a land invasion (Ali al-Mujahed, March 26, 2015, Washington Post)

Saudi Arabia launched intense airstrikes on neighboring Yemen on Thursday, as part of a bold Arab-led offensive against Shiite rebels that threatened to expand into a war involving ground troops.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies plunged into the Yemen crisis after a rebel advance forced the country's Western-backed president to flee and left the Shiite insurgents, known as Houthis, on the brink of controlling the country's two largest cities.

The Yemeni battles have flared into a balance-of-power showdown between Shiite power Iran, which is believed to back the Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies.

The offensive quickly divided the Middle East, with Shiite powers like the Iranian and Iraqi government and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia denouncing the bombing. Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told Iran's Arabic-language al-Alam channel that "We will spare no effort to contain the crisis in Yemen." Meanwhile Sunni-majority countries offered assistance ranging from logistical aid to fighter jets.

There were indications that the battle could expand to a land war. Saudi state TV said Thursday that a ground offensive was being studied, but gave no further details. Egypt's minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Shoukri, said in a speech to Arab foreign ministers that Egypt was willing "to send ground forces if necessary" to back the anti-Houthi fight.

Not only does the conflict clarify the lines, but the threat of destabilizing the Sa'uds--who fund salafism/wahabbism--hastens the endgame of the WoT.

Posted by at March 26, 2015 4:29 PM
  

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