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Following Al Qaeda, ISIS Gains in Yemen Thanks to US-Assisted Saudi Aggression


By Robert Barsocchini

26 April, 2015

The US, in aiding the extremist Wahhabi-Sunni, Sharia-law regime of Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen, has helped open the door for Saudi-supported al Qaeda to make tremendous gains there. And now, ISIS has been able to establish itself:

The Islamic State has declared its official presence in war-torn Yemen as the jihadists posted a video online, threating to “cut the throats” of Shiite [actually Zaidi] Houthi rebels.

ISIS stated:

“We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis…”

Meanwhile, the Obama regime has again “insisted that the US will continue to endorse the Saudi war”. The US is providing material, political, and physical assistance to the Wahhabis, including re-arming and re-fueling them and providing ~20 US advisers to Saudi Arabia to select targets in Yemen to be attacked. (See articles.)

As an example of one such attack, the UN reports that on Wednesday, in a move with US fingerprints all over it as it was reminiscent of the US “double tap” terror-technique made notorious by Obama, Saudi militants “killed 40 civilians, including seven children,” when they “bombed a bridge then returned and bombed the bridge a second time as “civilians gather[ed] to help those injured by the first airstrikes”.

Blowing up bridges is itself a technique infamously employed in US aggressions.

Washington this week affirmed that it continues to refuel Saudi bombers, with an official stating, “We are still flying a tanker a day to be available if needed,” adding, apparently for clarification, “It’s like having a gas station in the sky.”

Noted commentator Sheldon Richmond reminds that “Iran has not been found shipping arms, but you won’t learn that from mainstream news accounts”. US intelligence states that the Houthis of Yemen are actually disregarding Iran’s advice in making a bid for control, and are not an Iranian proxy.

However, even if Iran were shipping arms to and/or directing the Houthis, the US is the world’s biggest arms dealer and empire. Adoption of a “we can do anything we want, but you can’t do anything” argument is spurious and naturally merits dismissal, except in one situation: when the group making the loony argument will, as George Carlin put it, “fucking bomb you".

Robert Barsocchini is a regular contributor to Washington’s Blog and Counter Currents, and writes professionally for the film industry. On Twitter with his UK-based colleague @_DirtyTruths.