With the whole world continually worried about what will happen in Syria, few realize that the conflict in Yemen might heat up more than the Syria war did. The Saudi led coalition fighting inside of Yemen is growing frustrated with the Iran backed Houthi militias controlling the capitol, Sana’a. And, the Saudis would like some progress with the peace talks. That is hard to do though because the Houthis are in a decent military position and don’t feel they need to negotiate.
This is common in wars when one party wants to negotiate but the other party has no reason to even enter the talks because they are happy with their position as it stands. The only real way the Saudis have come up with to get the Houthis back to negotiating table is by a military set back. Meaning, the Saudis have realized the Houthis are receiving most of their weapons and supplies from the Hodeida port on the western coast of Yemen. The Saudis now see their target.
It is believed between 70%-90% of all goods come through this port into Yemen. Including the Iranian sent weapons, flow right through the Houthi controlled sea port.
Saudi Arabian war planes have been dropping leaflets on the port city of Hodeida warning the residents there of an imminent offensive to take over the port, according to the UN. The Saudi’s are fed up with the stalling of peace talks and because the talks are not going in any direction other than a stalemate.
The Saudi Arabian military has been receiving support from the United States military in the form of refueling and other non combat type functions. With this support, the U.S. does dawn some responsibility in the Yemen conflict. Therefore, a letter sent to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, by about 55 members of the U.S. congress, asking him to think again about supporting an attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, and what the already poor country would do about losing 70%-90% of all goods.
“In the face of Yemen’s senseless humanitarian tragedy, where 19 million people need emergency support, we are committed to using our Constitutional authority to assert greater oversight over U.S. involvement in the conflict and promote greater public debate regarding U.S. military participation in Yemen’s civil war, which has never been authorized by Congress,” said the members of congress who signed the letter.
Don’t confuse this with the separate letter sent to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking them to reconsider their support for the potential Saudi led invasion of the sea port.
Why are all these lawmakers from the United States so worried about the war inside Yemen?
The United States military is desperately trying to show its enemies that it is increasingly willing to use force to get what it wants. We have seen that recently with the 59 cruise missiles sent into Syria because of a chemical weapons attack. But more importantly than the enemies of the United States, the Pentagon has been even more willing to help out old allies that have received very little support from the previous administration of President Barack Obama.
This is vital to the security of the United States and its allies to have both the U.S. and whatever the ally you name, be in perfect unison with each other in case they must fight alongside each other. The Saudis have been begging for years now if the U.S. could help get the Houthis, who are backed and supplied by Iran out of Yemen.
Secretary Mattis and President Trump have made it a goal of keeping Iran under a close eye because of the terrorist militias they are arming and training all across the middle east.
This may not all be a bad thing to invade the Hodeida port in Yemen because if the Iranians are still able to get weapons through the port with the Saudi naval blockade, it would be even harder to arm the Houthis from Iran because not only would the country still be blockaded by Saudi and U.S. warships, the Saudis would be in control of all of Yemen’s major sea ports.
Both the Saudi and U.S. military, if they get the go ahead to invade the port, they will need a plan to get out of the Yemen conflict. Putting more boots on ground usually makes leaving that much more difficult to do. It may be worth it though because the interests of Saudi Arabia and Washington, controlling that major seaport would almost guarantee they could stop the Iranians from spreading more arms and militias across the Middle East. While, facilitation the flow of desperately needed food and humanitarian supplies to the starving nation. The world needs to look at Yemen again.