Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebelsYemeni forces loyal to the legitimate president of the country “have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said” on July 30, 2015, Reuters reports. The same open source says that “forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which retook Aden from the Iran-allied Houthis on July 17, [also] seized the town of Muthalath al-Ilm, at Aden’s eastern entrance”. Several “neighborhoods to the north of Aden” have also been recaptured after significant clashes in which Houthi forces have been defeated or at least pushed back[1].

Reuters is also reporting that the Yemeni forces involved in all these events have been strongly “backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes”[2]. The broader significance of these obviously limited very recent Yemeni military successes is important. The civil war in Yemen is, frankly speaking, nothing else but a proxy war, fought by Iran, openly supporting the Houthi rebels (religiously very close to the Iranian Shiites), against the forces loyal to president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, openly supported by Saudi Arabia, the strongest Sunni state in the Persian Gulf region. Al Jazeera recently noted that, mainly starting with the moment when King Salman took the power after the death of King Abdullah, one of the main geo-strategic goals of Saudi Arabia is “to reconstitute an alliance against Iran and its allies”[3] in the Persian Gulf region and the surrounding countries. We also underline that the notable effectiveness of the Saudi air strikes is based on the notoriously massive help offered to Saudi Arabia, along several years, by both the U.S. military and the U.S. government.

[1] For these elements see Mohammed MUKHASHAF and Mohammed GHOBARI, “Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials”, Reuters, July 30, 2015, at the Internet address http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/30/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0Q41RY20150730

[2] Ibidem

[3] Ali Al-ARIAN, “Is Saudi Arabia warming up to the Muslim Brotherhood?”, Al Jazeera, July 29, 2015, at the Internet address http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/saudi-arabia-warming-muslim-brotherhood-150727121500912.html

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