War in Yemen

By Philip Harris Feb. 23, 2017
The conflict or civil war it can be called in Yemen began when troops loyal to the Yemen President Hadi fought the Battle of Aden Airport on March 19th 2015.  Hadi’s government in Yemen is supported by Saudi Arabia and the United States.  Hadi and his forces defeated the opposition forces supported by the Houthi rebels who are supported by Iran.  This is the face of the Yemen war now.  A proxy battle between the Saudis and the Iranians.

The Houthis, shortly after being ran off by the forces loyal to the elected president Hadi, bombed the presidential compound in retaliation and fled to the official Yemen capitol of Sana’a.  Hadi then named Aden as the temporary Yemeni capital until the Houthis can be defeated in Sana’a.  This conflict is direct proof of the Iranian threat coming to western aligned middle eastern nations.

Saudi Arabia could not stand and watch Yemen turn from neutral country to a country that is aligned and allied to Iran.  Iran and Saudi Arabia are known enemies that act of their proxy forces every day to inflict some type of change in Yemen.

With huge sums of oil ships and cargo ships passing near Yemen’s coast everyday, the Saudi Navy and United States Navy have joined up to blockade all of the Houthi held areas, sea ports and airfield/ports.  The Iranians still tried to supply their Houthis through the blockade by trying to land a cargo aircraft at the Sana’a airport but the Saudi Air Force bombed the runway, preventing the Iranian weapons and supplies from reaching the Houthis.

Somehow though missiles and weapons of all sizes have made their way through the Saudi led blockade and reached the Houthi rebels.  Most recently the Iranian backed militias have been targeting the navies that are a part of the blockade.  Reports have come in saying the latest attack was an unmanned remote controlled explosive filled boat that rammed and blew up next to a Saudi warship.  It has been said that the intended target was a U.S. Navy vessel though.  Missiles were also fired at the United States navy destroyers guarding the Bab al Mandab Strait.  This was a real test of the United States’s AEGIS missile defense system.  It was reported that all the missiles were shot out of the air before reaching he U.S. ships.

The United States, shortly after sent cruise missiles flying through Yemeni airspace to destroy the three radar facilities the Houthis used to target the Navy ships with missiles.  Numerous attempts by Iran to send in weapons to the rebels in Yemen have be thwarted by the blockade but some small amounts still get through.  Just about everyday the Houthis send long range ballistic type missiles flying into Saudi Arabia to cause harm and terror.

In the background of those two fighting sides, Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP), thought to be the most radical and powerful of the Al Qaeda branches is gaining and securing new territory to continue their terror foothold on the country.  That fact has not been missed by the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.  AQAP secured mostly all of the Abyan Governorate in the southern central region in Yemen and declared it an Emirate during the fighting between the Houthis and President Hadi’s forces.  AQAP now has a coastline, which is a scary prospect for oil and goods trade flowing through the Bab al Mandab Srait.

The U.S.’s War on Terror, to this day strikes terrorist targets inside and originating from Yemen.  This war literally has no end in sight.  Also, with everyone’s minds stuck on Syria and what to do about that tragic war, they have looked away from Yemen.

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