Obama and Saudis Support Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Apr 24 2015
According to corporate media reports, the Saudis are worried about recent advances in war-torn Yemen. Earlier this month, as the Saudi bombing campaign against the Houthis intensified, AQAP captured al-Mukalla, a coastal city in south Yemen. AQAP then took control of a military base, an airport, oil terminal and other facilities near the fifth largest city in Yemen’s Hadhramaut province. Mustafa Alani, a security analyst connected to Riyadh’s Interior Ministry, told reporters in Riyadh:
The calculation was that as long as this chaos in Yemen continues, AQ will take advantage, which has a huge impact on Saudi security. It’s a major reason they acted in Yemen and convinced Pindostan to join them.
Following the capture of the airport, Moon of Alabama noted that AQ’s control of the facility would be a plus for the Saudis, not a minus. The blog noted on Thursday:
That was meant more as a joke, but now turns out to be likely spot on.
The brigade reportedly overrun at the airport was the 27th Infantry brigade in Mukalla. Its commander is Mohammed Ali Mohsen, who is linked to the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islah. Unlike other branches of the Brotherhood, a documented asset of UKUSA intelligence, Islah is supported by the Saudis (Saudi intelligence is not really rebelling against UKUSA, but only pretending, on UKUSA instructions, to do so – RB). Ali Mohsen ordered his troops to put up no resistance to the AQ takeover of the city and the airport. According to news reports, AQ then rebranded themselves:
AQ fighters have seized the airport, government buildings and a refinery around al-Mukalla, establishing themselves as the most powerful local force. In an effort to win popular support, they have begun calling themselves the Sons of Hadhramaut and have promised to quickly return control of the city to local civilian leaders. When they seized a major army base outside of the city on Friday, they allowed the soldiers inside to leave unharmed, according to a local tribal leader.
Moon of Alabama comments:
To the Saudis the Zeydi Shia and especially the Houthis are extremist groups. AQ, especially in the form of popular committees like the Sons of Hadhramaut, are friends and tools to be armed and used to Saudi advantage. As the Houthis will certainly not give up under Saudi pressure, the Riyan Mukalla Airport seized by the popular Sons of Hadhramaut will soon be indeed very busy.
The Obama administration fully supports the Saudi onslaught that continues to mercilessly slaughter Yemenis. Earlier in the week, Obama tried to make it appear his administration is a peace-broker. The LA Times reported:
Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia’s government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sana, the capital.
The Saudis quickly rebranded their offensive and offered a kinder and gentler propaganda. They promised to be a bit more mindful as they kill civilians by the dozens. The Obama administration backed down its disingenuous rhetoric. Pindostan, however, will continue to provide intelligence, logistical aid, arms shipments, and a naval flotilla including a Pindosi aircraft carrier tasked with monitoring Iranian ships to make sure the Houthis do not receive anti-aircraft missiles to combat the relentless Saudi airstrikes. Doug Bandow, writing for the Pindosi Spectator, says:
The entire campaign is built on a lie… Obama is holding the Saudi royals’ coats as they intervene in the Yemeni civil war. At least Washington has not complied with Riyadh’s demand that Pindostan oust Pres Assad, who threatens Pindosi interests less than does the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). But the Saudis and their allies may yet find a way to maneuver Pindostan into that war as well.
The Saudis and their Pindosi partners now have an airfield and a captured military base in al-Mukalla. These assets will be needed if the Sunni war against the Shia Houthis in Yemen will be successful. Success, however, will remain elusive. The LA Times reported after the Saudis announced their new air campaign in mid-April:
Security experts question whether the coalition can achieve its goals through airstrikes alone. Saudi officials have not ruled out sending in tanks, artillery and other ground forces massed along the frontier. But Saudi leaders appear wary of such a move against the Houthis, hardened guerrillas who belong to an offshoot of Shiite Islam known as Zaidism. The last time the Saudis fought the Houthis in the rugged mountains of northern Yemen, in 2009, more than 100 of their men were killed. Pakistan’s parliament voted Friday to stay out of the conflict, a blow to the Saudis, who had reportedly asked the country to send troops, fighter jets and warships. “This will turn Yemen into Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam,” said Mohammed al-Kibsi, a veteran journalist the Yemen capital of Sana, where the Houthis seized control in September.