US, UAE support for Saudi-Yemen war stopping?

This 13 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops

The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates’ support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink‘s Medea Benjamin.

U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort: here.

‘Most forces’ unfortunately is not yet all forces.

If all UAE forces would withdraw from the Yemen war, that would be the end of their sexual torture prisons for Yemenis, run jointly with Saudi forces and United States forces.

It would also be end of UAE parents having to mourn as their conscript sons come home in coffins.


Is the UAE pulling out of the Yemen war?

4 July 2019

Reports about a military drawdown come at a time when the UAE is deeply involved in the complex conflict and faces global scrutiny over its role.

In the last few days, two international news organisations have reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is drawing down troops from Yemen.

First reported by Reuters and then by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the stories based on anonymous western diplomatic sources say UAE soldiers are being called back to strengthen security at home as tensions rise in the region between the United States and Iran.

The UAE, they say, is also under pressure by European and American politicians who are angry over the humanitarian disaster in Yemen’s prolonged war.

But neither the UAE nor its Yemeni proxies have officially acknowledged any military withdrawal.

…“Reports that UAE is withdrawing its forces from Yemen should never be understood as a sign of UAE completely ending their fight in Yemen war and becoming fully interested in finding a political solution to the conflict”, says Afrah Nasser, a Yemeni-Swedish journalist. …

On the ground, especially in southern Yemen, the UAE has been more active, funding and controlling different militias including Colombian mercenaries with the ostensibly stated aim of ‘fighting Al Qaeda’.

However, multiple reports over the years have come out that say that the UAE often arms and pays militants for its own purposes.

“They didn’t come here to fight extremist groups”, says Albukhaiti …

Al Qaeda is running freely in areas controlled by the UAE and the coalition. The only place where the group is not active is under the control of Houthis.”

In a report last year, Amnesty International said there were dozens of cases where people were tortured in secret prisons run by UAE-backed forces.

Nasser, who is also the editor of Sanaa Review, says UAE runs a paramilitary force known as the ‘The Security Belt’ that is outside the rule of … the Saudis …

“So, even if the UAE decreased its forces, it still has a huge security apparatus across southern Yemen.” …

However, for the locals, the distrust runs deep.

Dubai was in control of the Aden port for years, and they destroyed it,” says Albukhaiti.

Yemen signed a contract with [UAE] DP World to run the Red Sea port in 2008 but cancelled it a few years later saying Dubai’s port operator had not met the investment commitment.

“That is why they focus on the south; they are interested in the Socotra Island, they want to control the coast”, says Albukhaiti.

Whatever the geopolitics of the conflict, it has taken a heavy toll on the Yemeni people.

Homes, farms, shops and schools – all have been attacked since the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula descended into chaos.

Depending on which source you pick, between 7,000 and 68,000 people have been killed in the war, many in relentless Saudi air raids, which have at times hit unsuspecting civilians during funerals and weddings.

The NGO Save the Children estimates that 37 children have been killed or injured on average every month last year in bombings from air raids.

That’s on top of what it reported earlier about the 80,000 kids who died because of malnourishment between 2015 and 2018. …

Over the years, the Saudis have violated international humanitarian law by using excessive air power, according to the UN.

Last month, a court in the UK ruled that that government’s deal to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia was illegal as the weapons were being used against civilians.

Earlier, the government of Morocco stopped participating in the Saudi war.

It would be good if Sudan would also withdraw its soldiers, mostly child soldiers sent there by dictator Bashir, from Yemen.

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  3. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Vice Minister of Defence, Prince Khalid bin Salman, met in Abu Dhabi last Sunday to discuss military matters and ‘challenges’ facing the Persian Gulf region, the UAE state news agency WAM reported.

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE are key partners in the Saudi-led military invasion of Yemen.

    Last month, the Yemeni Houthi movement offered to halt its retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its bombing campaign against Yemen.

    Prince Khalid said on Friday Saudi Arabia viewed the truce ‘positively,’ adding ‘this is what we have always sought, and hope it will be implemented effectively.’

    The offer and the kingdom’s belated welcome followed a recent major ground operation by the Yemenis and a daring drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, which knocked out some 50 per cent of its output.

    Differences between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi emerged after the UAE reduced its presence in June in a move seen as an attempt to restore the Persian Gulf country’s reputation.

    Meanwhile on Sunday, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain conducted two joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf.

    The official Saudi Press Agency SPA said Saudi naval and air forces as well as the Royal Bahrain Navy took part in the exercises dubbed ‘Jisr-20’ and ‘Amwaj-4’.

    The exercises ‘aim to help counter-terrorist operations on oil installations and protect territorial waters’ in the Persian Gulf.

    They also aim to ‘strengthen cooperation and exchange expertise between the Saudi armed forces and their Bahraini counterparts.’

    Meanwhile, the Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement has condemned the United States for hindering peace efforts in Yemen, and described Washington as an ‘accomplice’ in the Saudi-led military aggression against the country.

    Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, made the remarks in an interview with the Turkish daily Gazeteduvar on Saturday.

    He said that aggression against Yemen will not end until the US, Israel, Britain, and France end their support for the aggressors.

    Al-Houthi added that Yemeni forces are fighting in line with right to self defence, while stressing that the Houthi supreme political council welcomed any dialogue aimed at achieving peace.

    He described as a ‘war crime’ the Saudi-led blockade of his country which ‘has created the worst humanitarian crisis ever.’

    And he pointed to the Houthis’ offer of truce as a peaceful way out of the crisis – while warning that if the Saudis reject the plan, they will suffer fatal losses.

    Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, has warned the Saudis not to ‘think they can change the game.’

    Ansarullah ‘will never accept a partial halt to the Saudi attacks on Yemen in return for a total halt on our part,’ he said.

    He also blasted the United Arab Emirates’ move to deploy 100 military vehicles in Taiz as ‘wrong’, calling militarisation of al-Makha port in Yemen a violation of international laws.

    ‘We will not remain silent in the face of the militaristic movements of the UAE. The Emirates must leave Yemen completely.’ he said.

    In a separate development, last Saturday an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries were killed or wounded when a bomb exploded in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, Yemen’s al-Masirah news website reported.

    Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies (primarily the UAE) launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of ousted President Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

    The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a ‘nonprofit conflict-research organisation’ estimates that the war has claimed more than 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

    Millions have been pushed to the brink of famine in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

    Last month, a local non-government organisation said even the water supply in Yemen has been ‘weaponised’, referring to the country’s unclean water, which is infected with cholera.

    There are at least 18 million Yemenis with no access to drinking water.

    In the past years, the shortage of drinking water triggered a cholera outbreak that impacted 1.2 million people, making the epidemic the largest in history.

    According to the Yemen Data Project, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels has carried out 20,000 air attacks, one-third of which were on non-military sites, including hospitals and schools.

    The damage, combined with an air, naval and maritime blockade imposed on the northern areas, have paralysed people’s access to basic goods.

    At malnutrition prevention centres across the country, dozens of people queue every day for hours for a medical examination and a small pack of soy.

    The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported 18,546 suspected cholera cases and 10 associated deaths during the week 20 August-1st September) 2019 alone, ten per cent of the cases were severe.

    The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 1st January 2018 to 1st September 2019 is 991,674, with 1,350 associated deaths. Children under five represent 25 per cent of total suspected cases during 2019.


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