Tag Archives: Yemen

Trump orders expansion of US support for al Qaeda and their Saudi sponsors in Yemen


Source: Military.com

"More than two years after a multi-sided civil war [read: A revolution followed by a Saudi invasion] erupted in Yemen that allowed al-Qaida's local franchise to amass power and seize territory, President Donald Trump has told the Pentagon to conduct a complicated counter-terrorism [sic] campaign. Trump's decision, just six weeks into his presidency, intends to reverse the largely unchecked expansion across southern Yemen of the group, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula." [editor's note: The US, Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda are one side of this war; the Houthi "rebels" who took over a couple of years ago are the other – TLK] (03/05/17)


White House official says Trump likely to support probe into death of Navy SEAL

Source: CBS News

"The White House deputy press secretary said Sunday that she thinks President Trump would support an investigation into the raid he authorized in Yemen last month that resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL as well as some civilians. … [Ryan Owens's] father revealed in an interview published over the weekend in The Miami Herald that he refused to meet with the president when his son's body was returned home to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware." [editor's note: The headline and the story differ a bit — a probe into the raid would necessarily include other deaths involved, including the murder of 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki – TLK] (02/27/17)


Yemen: Saudi invaders murder funeral attendees

Source: Newsweek

"[The Houthi government] in Yemen said Thursday that an overnight airstrike has killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the capital, Sanaa. A spokesman for the [government], Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi, said that there was a second airstrike that hit emergency responders in Arhab, which lies southwest of Sanaa, the BBC reported. The Houthis have taken control of swathes of the country since 2015, when they forced Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a campaign of airstrikes in March 2015 against the Houthis. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict." (02/16/17)


How Trump is empowering the Saudi destruction of Yemen

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"In his last months in office, President Obama took steps to reduce U.S. involvement following international criticism of Saudi Arabia's indiscriminate bombing practices. The Saudis and their coalition partners have steadily racked up a high civilian death toll that was beginning to tarnish the reputation of their Western patrons. Trump, however, appears eager to cozy back up to America's reckless Gulf clients." (02/13/17)


Iran on notice

Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

"Even though there is little of evidence of sustained and direct Iranian support for the Houthis, it looks as if there are some members of the Trump administration who want to use the idea that there is an alliance as a springboard for war with Iran. A preoccupation with Iran comes at the cost of other, more pressing considerations. The U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war has devastated most of Yemen and made what was already the region's poorest country far poorer. Notwithstanding the humanitarian cost, this has turned much of southern Yemen into a safe haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It should be noted that the Houthis are the mortal enemies of AQAP." (02/13/17)


Yemen: Saudi puppet regime withdraws consent for US ground operations

Source: United Press International

"Yemen [sic] withdrew permission for U.S. special operations missions after civilians were killed in a military operation, U.S. officials said. A Jan. 29 raid on an al-Qaida base in Yemen resulted in a 50-minute firefight in which up to 30 Yemenis, including children, killed in the crossfire, along with one U.S. Navy SEAL. The Pentagon acknowledged that several civilians died in the attack on a vilage in central Yemen, though it is unsure how many. … The resulting outrage in Yemen prompted a suspension of the U.S. counter-terrorism program. Although neither Yemen nor the United States officially announced the withdrawal of approval, it was reported by The New York Times Tuesday, citing U.S. military officials." [editor's note: Given that the Saudis seem to be the chief sponsors of al Qaeda and that the "Yemeni government" in question is just a bunch of quislings riding in on the back of a Saudi invasion, this is kind of dog bites man, isn't it? – TLK] (02/08/17)


Yemen: Saudi invaders' quisling troops capture Red Sea coast city

Source: Reuters

"Yemeni [Saudi puppet] government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops have secured the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, United Arab Emirates news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a push that paves the way for an advance on the country's main port city of Hodeidah. Supporters of [Saudi puppet former] President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have been fighting for weeks to capture the small town, which once served as a main port for exporting coffee, from the [allegedly] Iran-aligned Houthi that has held it since early 2015." (02/07/17)


Yemen and the Bay of Pigs

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"NBC News is reporting that contrary to what U.S. officials have been maintaining, the goal of the recent U.S. military attack in Yemen was not to capture computers but rather to kill or capture a man named Qassim al-Rimi, the head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who U.S. officials say is the third most dangerous terrorist in the world. The attackers failed to achieve their mission but in the process left an 8-year-old American girl dead, along with several other children and women. A U.S. soldier, William Owens, lost his life in the battle as well. Meanwhile, al-Rimi is taunting President Trump and the Pentagon in an audio message that has been posted on the Internet. The Pentagon's attack in Yemen brings to mind the attack on Cuba at the Bay of Pigs more than 50 years ago. Just as the Pentagon presented the Yemen attack proposal to President Trump immediately after he assumed office, the CIA did the same thing to President Kennedy immediately after he took office." (02/07/17)


The Trump administration may increase the US role in the war on Yemen

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"As if it weren't bad enough that the U.S. has enabled the Saudi-led wrecking and starvation of Yemen for the last twenty-two months, Trump may make the U.S. even more complicit in a reckless, unnecessary war that has nothing to do with U.S. security. Worse still, this is being justified as sending a 'signal' to Iran, which is not a party to the conflict and offers the Houthis negligible support. It isn't possible to 'push back' against Iran in Yemen because Iran’s involvement in the war is minimal to non-existent. Ideologically-driven analysis that invents an Iranian 'empire' spreading across the region has been misleading Americans for years, but thanks to the many Iran hawks in the Trump administration it is now in danger of driving terrible policy decisions." (02/04/17)


War crimes: Key decision point for a new president

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"New US president Donald Trump has a decision to make. Is he going to prosecute American war criminals who murder eight-year-old girls, or is he going to be a war criminal himself?" (02/01/17)