Monday, December 4, 2017

Yemen: Saleh the Sellout Dead ? Escalation in the Cards?

There are reports this morning that Abdullah Saleh is dead.  His death looks to have come at the hands of his former allies, who it seems may have had very good reason to distrust his reinstallment into power Surely time will tell us, with certainty, if Saleh is dead or has simply fled.
Was commenting at Greencrow’s on this topic and thought I might as well get a post together myself.


Shiite Houthi rebels earlier this year accused Saleh of holding secret talks with the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally and member of its coalition in Yemen. The Houthis said Saleh -- who denied the charge -- crossed “red lines” and denounced his description of them as a militia, a term the Saudis use to challenge their legitimacy.
The Houthis announced Saleh’s killing in a statement on Monday, calling it “the end of the crisis of the treasonous militia.” The Houthis said they had “complete control” of Saleh’s “hideouts” in the capital and provinces. The al-Mithaq newspaper affiliated with Saleh earlier denied “rumors” of his death.

Fighting between Saleh’s forces and Houthi rebels backed by Iran escalated over the weekend, with the thud of tank artillery and other heavy weapons piercing the air in the capital, Sana’a. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam claimed progress, saying fighters had wrested control of homes belonging to Saleh’s son, Ahmed, and nephew Tarik, the commander of the former president’s forces. Saleh has lived underground since his home was bombed by coalition airstrikes.
The Guardian - Former Yemen president Saleh 'killed in fresh fighting'
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh severed his alliance with the Houthis at the weekend. Photograph: Hani Mohammed/AP
The news below is from two days ago:December 02: News of Bahrain

Aden : In a major blow to Houthi insurgents, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday said that he was ready for talks with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Saleh said in a televised speech that he would be ready to “turn the page” if the coalition lifted a blockade on northern Yemen and halted attacks. The call came as his supporters battled Houthi militia for a fourth day in the capital Sanaa while both sides traded blame for a widening rift between allies that could affect the course of the civil war.

Together they have fought the Saudi-led coalition, which intervened in Yemen in 2015 aiming to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthis forced him into exile.

 “I call upon the brothers in neighbouring states and the alliance to stop their aggression, lift the siege, open the airports and allow food aid and the saving of the wounded and we will turn a new page by virtue of our neighbourliness,” Saleh said in a televised speech, indicating a major change of stance.
“We will deal with them in a positive way and what happened to Yemen is enough,” he added.

The Houthis, however, has accused Saleh of betrayal and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition.

“It is not strange or surprising that Saleh turns back on a partnership he never believed in,” the group’s political bureau said in a statement. “The priority has been and still is to confront the forces of aggression.”

Heavy fighting

Residents of Sanaa described heavy fighting on the streets of Hadda, a southern residential district of the Yemeni capital where many of Saleh’s relatives live, early yesterday, with sounds of explosions and gunfire heard while the streets were deserted.- Agencies
Yemen’s Interior Ministry confirms death of Saleh- Including images which I won’t post here

Yemen’s Interior Ministry, governed by the Supreme Political Council, issued a statement on Monday confirming the death of Saleh.

Reports also said that the ousted Yemeni president was fleeing to a UAE-held district in Ma’arib, carrying confidential documents.

Parading a bloodied body around sends a definite message...
Contrary to claims made elsewhere it seems we may be looking at an escalation in Yemen.

Hadi ordered his forces, today, to retake the capital city of Sana'a from Houthi rebels
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi ordered on Monday his forces to retake the capital Sana’a from the Houthis militants as clashes continued to rage in the city.

"The president has ordered Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who is in Marib (east of Sana’a), to activate military units and advance towards the capital," an official in the presidency told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He ordered his vice president to start the offensive on several fronts in Sana’a, especially the Kholan region.

The Yemeni military has already mobilized seven brigades in Marib in order to head to Kholan and advance on Sana’a.

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  1. That will teach me to post before I read my blogroll, Penny...I just learned about the assassination of Saleh. I knew MOA was dubious but applied "logic" to what he was reporting and, because I knew that the Saudi leader had, in fact, met with Putin a short while ago...ASS U ME d that this was another genius checkmate that the Houthis would agree to so that peace could prevail. Obviously the situation is volatile and there are some heavy duty directors behind the main stage actors.

  2. Crow... Do not be hard on yourself for all of us have been duped from time to time...It is all part of searching for the real truths from time to time!

    1. Hey GC and North!

      Yes, we've all been duped. Sadly. it's part of the learning curve-

  3. Here's a comment I left a Greencrow's
    wrt MoA and limited hangout

    Blogger Penny said...

    Hey GC... it's best to own the mistake and learn from it
    MoA, in my opinion, is pure limited hangout. Or worse

    Here's a sampling of outrageous pronouncements

    Erdogan established a no fly zone over Syria

    Never happened

    Erdogan staged the coup

    Highly doubtful- he may have been tipped off, but, there is little to show that he staged it- However that was a very 5 eyes meme

    Kurds lose out as neo- ottoman Turks steal Jarablus

    Ignoring the fact that Jarablus is Syrian territory?
    And if one is for Syria, why would one not say that Syria lost out, instead of Kurds?

    Plus b championed the kurds, relentlessly

    He also claimed that Turkey invaded Mosul
    Including the use of ad hominem in many of his posts regarding Turkey's Erdogan
    Erdogan Moves To Annexes Mosul

    "The wannabe Sultan Erdogan"

    Oh and no questions about 9/11
    Vaccine pusher
    Gun grabber
    I could go on

    Much of this = 5 eyes obfuscation IMO