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Saudi Arabia and Yemen: Stop-Start

Saudi aircraft are said to have killed 1,000 civilians and bombed scores of buildings. So most Yemenis—and Arabs across the region— heaved a sigh of relief when the Saudis declared on April 21st they would end their air strikes. Yet they reserved the right to start again, albeit on a more limited scale....

 
Arab World: Reality Check?
Dr Mahboob A Khwaja

Arab-Muslim body appears to be on a death bed and the life-supporting oxygen is fast running out of stock. Undeniably, Western colonial nations have used millions and millions of Arab-Muslim people as readily available species to support their war agendas during the First and 2nd World Wars and resources free of charge to propel their nationalistic aims and to commit heinous crimes against the mankind....

 

Secular newspapers in Turkey showed great solidarity and went dark after the Paris attacks, even going so far as defiantly publishing the offending images of Prophet Mohammed in solidarity with the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, despite the fact that the people of their country were offended by the images....

 

While the ‘Islamic State’ combatants in Iraq are Sunnis, the Houthis belong to the Shia branch of Islam. In contrast to IS, which is made up of a number of various groups, the Houthis are an established part of Yemeni society....

 
The Truth about Religion
Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Tr. New Age Islam

The Truth about Religion

Today every sect of Muslims is a separate religion in terms of its belief system. The follower of any sect is in fact a follower of a sectarian religion. In modern times when a man calls himself a Muslim, he means that he is the follower of one of the four or five sects. But instead of calling himself a follower of any sect, he calls himself a follower of Islam for his own convenience. That’s why Islam was also called a religion. The person who calls himself a follower of Islam is in fact the follower of Hanfi or Shafi’i, Jafri, Hanbali religions. These sectarian groups are being called Islam for the last one thousand years and the followers of jurisprudential religions are being called Muslims……

The Interconnected Regional Conflicts
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

It is difficult for Iran to win the Syrian war, but Saudi Arabia is more capable of winning in Yemen. Most Syrians oppose the Assad regime, and revolted against it and its ally Iran four years ago. Most Yemenis have had a strong relation with Saudi Arabia for many decades now....

 

As the shelling of infrastructure and the killing of civilians continues, Yemen is coming apart. Hunger is pervasive; major cities have become ghost towns. The bombing campaign will not resolve our four-year-old political crisis; it will only erode any modicum of national cohesion left....

 

Quite apart from his own special ties with the House of Saud and the money and oil at concessional rates that Saudi Arabia pumps into Pakistan, thousands of Pakistanis work in the kingdom, as they do in the other Gulf countries, and send home billions of dollars in remittances....

Sunni v Shia: Why the Conflict is More Political Than Religious
Ian Black

Extremist Sunni preachers based in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait abuse Shia as “idol-worshippers” – the intolerant language of Wahhabi exclusivity. Iranians are scorned as “Safawis”, a pejorative reference to the 16th-century Safavid dynasty. Fanatical Jihadis such as the Islamic State justify the killing of “apostates” under the doctrine of “Takfir”....

 

While the Houthis are Shiites, their Zaydi faith is theologically distinct from the Shiite practices of most Iranians. Iran’s major gains in the region are in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, where the Iranians are funding and training Shiite militias battling the Islamic State....

 

Yemen’s President: The Houthis Must Be Stopped
Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi

The Houthi rebels are puppets of the Iranian government, and the government of Iran does not care for the fate of ordinary Yemenis; it only cares about achieving regional hegemony. On behalf of all Yemenis, I call on the agents of chaos to surrender and to stop serving the ambitions of others....

 

Arab Feuds: From Himyar to Yemen
Dr Haider Shah

Al Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) are the mirror image of the Kharjies of the past. A lot of blood was shed in the seventh century: in the Battle of the Camel and the many Skirmishes that followed between warring tribal groupings....

 

Yemen as an Agatha Christie Plot
Jawed Naqvi

Saudi money helped marginalise the less extremist Muslim group that won the ensuing elections and shored up the throat-slitting forebears of the Islamic State. That battle rages on....

 

Through an exposition of Sufism, it will be shown that Muslims who genuinely seek the path to holiness and union with God will never be murderous in their hearts but will be filled with profound gentleness and compassion for all....

 
Eye on Sana’a
Khaled Ahmed

Eye on Sana’a
Khaled Ahmed

The rebels include the Houthi tribe. They are called Shia but are actually Zaidi, which means they do not recognise the Twelve Imams of Iran because Imam Zaid was the son of the fourth Imam, which is where they end their confession....

 

Is The West Not At War With Islam?
Shakir Mumtaz

Although every Muslim and non-Muslim, with a little acumen, equally and sincerely would wish such were the case, but unfortunately the statement was flat out unbelievable….

 

A Saudi-Iranian clash will not be just a political rivalry between two countries; it will also inflame Sunni-Shiite tensions. This should be prevented at all costs. Saudi Arabia does not represent Sunni Islam just as Iran does not represent Shiite Islam per se. The Sunni and Shiite communities of the Muslim world may feel affinity toward certain states but they are bigger than any nation-state agenda….

 

 

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant
Azeem Ibrahim

The Prophet's Constitution of Medina brought together what Muslim scholars describe as an Ummah Wahidah where all the residents of the state, Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans, ensured religious freedom, gave all groups representation, established the security of women and declared that no weapon can be carried or blood be spilled on the Haram land of the Islamic state....

 

Yemen, in other words, has become the latest proxy battleground in the sectarian struggle now playing out across the Middle East. It did not have to be this way. The Houthis, unlike Hezbollah and other Shiite movements, do not take directions from Tehran, and have received relatively small amounts of aid....

 

The Battle for the Middle East's Future Begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia Jumps Into the Abyss
Robert Fisk

Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The armies of Bahrain and the Gulf states include Pakistani soldiers. Pakistanis were among the dead in the first great battle against Iraqi troops in the 1991 Gulf War....

Getting Into the Yemeni Storm
Mshari Al-Zaydi

In fact, what is happening in Yemen poses a problem for the whole world, politically, strategically, and in terms of global security. This is especially true when bearing in mind how Yemen is currently being transformed into a regional base for the Persian–Khomeinist camp and a rebel stronghold for Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda....

 

Saleh’s Shadowy Role in Slide to War
Angus Mcdowall

Saleh appears to hope that he is the only person able to hold together the country’s political, regional and religious factions and will thus prove indispensable for foreign countries worried about Al-Qaeda, which has a branch in Yemen....

 

Iran-Saudi Proxy War in Yemen Explodes Into Region-Wide Crisis
Simon Tisdall

The conflict, spreading outwards like a poison cloud from the key southern battleground around Aden, pits Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni Muslim power, plus what remains of Yemen’s government against northern-based Houthi rebels, who are covertly backed by Shia Muslim Iran....

 
‘Decisive Storm’ Contains Threat
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

‘Decisive Storm’ Contains Threat
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Decisive Storm, a name with so many meanings in the international war against Houthi militias in Yemen, is currently under way. Saudi diplomacy is known for being careful. It is known for giving opportunities for moderate solutions....

 

Why ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ is the Ultimate Setback for Iran
David Andrew Weinberg

Today’s Saudi-led international military intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, is a decided setback for Iran’s regional ambitions. Officials in Tehran had been gloating about their proxies’ newfound dominance over four capitals in the Arab world – Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sanaa – but observers suggest that the assembly of a large multinational coalition to push back against Shi’ite insurgents in Yemen represents a new regional challenge for Tehran....



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