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US-Saudi Rejection Be Damned: Houthis Take Control of Yemen Without Seizing Power

by Joy Slim, Al-Akhbar English

The Houthis’ first step toward governing Yemen seems like a necessary option imposed on Ansarullah due to the failure of Yemeni parties, following days of intensive talks, to reach a solution to the political crisis and fill the power vacuum created by the resignation of the president and his government under external pressure.

After months of gaining ground throughout Yemen’s provinces, Ansarullah (the Houthis) has translated its progress into clear political gains. The Houthis have now taken control of the government, yet without assuming power themselves, and will oversee a two-year transitional phase through a “constitutional declaration.” The declaration was made in a large ceremony at the Yemeni presidential palace. Continue reading US-Saudi Rejection Be Damned: Houthis Take Control of Yemen Without Seizing Power

The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs

by Ahmad Jamaleddine, Al-Akhbar English

It seems clear that the ties between Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the exception of Qatar, are evolving dramatically in economic and military matters, at a time when the unrest in Yemen and Egyptian concerns over the continued chaos in Libya are leading to a profound military cooperation between the two sides.

Cairo – An Associated Press report published earlier this week, quoting Egyptian and Gulf officials, said that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait were discussing the creation of a military pact to take on extremists in the region, particularly in Libya and Yemen, with the possibility of creating a joint force to intervene around the Middle East. The report said this alliance would operate separately from the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States. Continue reading The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs

Egypt, Gulf Allies Eye The Formation Of Regional Intervention Force

(EDITOR’S NOTE: On the surface, the idea of an Egyptian-GCC military alliance intervening in regional hotspots does possess a certain tinge of jocularity, doesn’t it? The Egyptian military — the sacrifices of its martyred soldiers in several wars with the usurping Zionist entity aside — has never won a war, the Saudi army was smacked around by Yemen’s Houthis five years ago when the Houthis were still what one could consider “ragtag” and the GCC’s Peninsula Shield Force hasn’t done anything on the battlefield except crush unarmed protesters in Bahrain. The idea that any of these armies, whether alone or unified, could somehow pose a threat to the region’s most sophisticated military forces — i.e. Hizbullah, Iran’s various military-intelligence apparatuses, particularly the Quds Force of the IRGC led by legendary Major General Qassem Suleimani, the Syrian Arab Army and its Hizbullah-trained NDF auxillaries and the now far more formidable Houthis — is, again, rather amusing. However, the reason why Mouqawamah Music is not laughing out loud and considers this is an extremely dangerous development is because this proposed Egyptian-GCC regional intervention force ensures that Arab-Muslim-infighting will continue for years to come. This Egyptian-GCC alliance is not on the table because a military victory over any of the aforementioned Resistance powers is in the cards, it is now on the table because the ultimate Zionist goal for the Maghreb and Mashreq is to have as much chaos as possible, all day, everyday, in glorious accordance with Oded Yinon’s “A Strategy For Israel In the 1980s” and what neo-Zionist/new-age Orientalism godfather Bernard Lewis was discussing in the ’70s, for as long as “the Arabs” and “the Muslims” are busy fighting each other, they won’t see the “Israeli” takeover of the region coming, even from a mile away. Arabs and Muslims should be settling disputes politically and diplomatically, not militarily. The only time military force should be used in the Maghreb and Mashreq is against the usurping Jewish entity. This concept seems to be lost on the collaborators in Cairo, Riyadh, Kuwait City and Abu Dhabi though, and it is most shameful, as they’re doing the Jews’ dirty work for them under the mask of “regional leadership” and “initiative”. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

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