Yemen War is a FUBAR Mess
We need to sprint away from Yemen. Don't walk, saunter, stroll, jog, or trot.
We should be running at top speed to get out of there like our pants and hair are on fire.
The main figure killed in last month’s US raid in Yemen targeting Al-Qaeda was a tribal leader who was allied to the country’s US- and Saudi-backed president and had been enlisted to fight Yemen’s Houthi insurgents, according to military officials, tribal figures and relatives.
Hadi is the exiled Yemen President that our Saudi-led allies are trying to re-install.
Al-Qaeda has also emerged as a de facto ally of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a grueling civil war that has wreaked devastation, caused widespread hunger and killed more than 10,000 since late 2014.
This should be a big clue just how f'd up this whole operation is.
Yet, it's only one clue because the Yemen War is much, MUCH, MUCH worse than this example.
This complicated an enemy-of-my-enemy-is-sometimes-my-frenemy thing just keeps getting worse.
Yemen's local al Qaeda wing appealed for help on Thursday to fend off an offensive by the armed Houthi movement in central Yemen, and accused the United States of coordinating attacks with the Iran-aligned group, according to an online statement.
Residents say tribesmen in Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and other Islamists known as salafists are the main force holding back the Houthis in Qifa in al-Bayda province, where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally-recognized government has little control.
Are we with the Houthis and against the al-Qaeda, who happen to be with Hadi and the Saudis, who are supposed to be our allies against the Houthis?
I honestly can't say for sure, but I can say that this isn't even the most f'd up part.
Remember this is a Saudi-led coalition. One of the chief coalition allies is United Arab Emirates, and they have a problem.
The United Arab Emirates is reported to have warned Saudi Arabia to abandon its support for Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi or it will withdraw its troops from the Saudi-led coalition, Yemen’s Hadramout News weekly reported.
This comes as the UAE is accused of seeking to occupy the south of Yemen and exercise a unilateral policy in the area as well as suppress the goals of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to restore legitimacy in Yemen.
Restoring Hadi was supposed to be the justification to invading Yemen. It seems that UAE has other plans.
To make matters worse, UAE has problems with more than just the Saudis.
The Sudanese army has a legitimate right to take over supervisory control of the Aden International Airport in southern Yemen, sources in the Sudanese capital Khartoum said.
The claim comes days after a faction of the southern Yemeni army which was protecting the airport, under the supervision of the UAE army, came under attack from Sudanese soldiers who are part of the Saudi-led coalition and are allied with the officially recognised President of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Before we go any further, it's important to consider just who the UAE forces are.
Are they Blackwater mercenaries?
A spokesman for the Yemeni army told Russian media that hundreds of mercenaries are fighting in his country on behalf of Saudi Arabia and its allies.
“They hire poor people from around the world to take part in the hostilities. Among them are Somalis and people from Sudanese tribes,” Brig. Gen. Sharaf Ghalib Luqman told the state-operated Russian news agency RIA Novosti, according to a Jan. 19 report from Sputnik, the agency’s international arm.
“However, there are also Europeans, Americans, Colombians. These are contractors from a structure known as Blackwater. This division includes around 400 people.”
Maybe, maybe not. Shortly after this article was published, there was this one.
Mercenaries from DynCorp have entered Yemen to fight for the Saudi-led coalition after fighters from the infamous Blackwater group were routed by the Houthis.
So which Colombian mercenaries, working for an American multi-national corporation, hired out for billions of dollars by the UAE to fight alongside the Saudis, or maybe to undermine Saudi interests, will aid the cause of al-Qaeda in Yemen to restore, or prevent, Hadi from taking office, while fighting alongside, or against, Seal Team 6?
Speaking of Seal Team 6, they are already getting sent out for new raids to botch.