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Victory is the Only Option

03 May, 2015

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A recent statement of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed-al-Nahyan who was visiting King Fahd airbase at Taif in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, and the breaking news about airstrikes on Aden and Yemen’s northern Province of Saada tell us that it was too early to rejoice on the Saudi proclamation about ending the war against Yemen; and that is despite the fact that the Houthi rebels had expressed their readiness for political negotiations.

Last Monday the official spokesman of the Saudi army had declared victory and stated that the military operation headed by the Saudi army had eliminated all threats for the security and integrity of Saudi Arabia. What should we think about this? Either he was lying or otherwise it is a clear proof that the ‘Saudi coalition’ is now fighting against Houthi rebels who are no threat to Saudi Arabia; thus the coalition headed by Saudies is interfering into the internal affairs of a neighbouring country. And that is despite the US pressure to stop fighting in Yemen because this is coming in the way of US negotiations with Iran and the other fact that the fight in Yemen gives leverage to al Qaida positions in the country that have spread out considerably since the commencement of the war.

The statement of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince also testifies that the royal rulers of the kingdoms in the Arabian Peninsula don’t care about such details like al Qaida, the chaos they are creating in Yemen for the people and the chaos that will be an outfall at home in their own countries. While the discussion in Pakistan about involvement in Yemen has subsided let’s not forget that the matter is not off the table and further escalation and prolongation of crisis in Yemen will give way to a speedy upsurge of al-Qaida in the region.

Ali Ashraf Khan

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