Substantial Arab coalition materializes to vanquish Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
A coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia commenced airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen on Thursday. The coalition, with the backing of the United States includes: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. To date, Saudi Arabia, facing the greatest hazards with Yemen on their southern border, has committed the largest contingent of warplanes, over 100, and has pledged 150,000 troops to dislodge the Houthi rebels. Early this morning, Royal Saudi Air Force officials announced they had total control over Yemeni airspace. The UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan have delivered an additional 75 aircraft to the effort and late this morning, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan vowed allegiance to the bloc seeking to end civil strife in Yemen.
According to Al Arabiya News, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait stated: [they] “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”
This partnership represents the good side of civilization.
Thankfully, and mercifully, Arab nations have demonstrated the collective capacity and will to police their own region without relying wholly on the United States. Although a belated intervention, without this alliance Yemen faced the possibility of transforming into another dysfunctional dictatorship with its neighbors quailing in the face of ISIS or Iranian supremacy, both of which were the primary champions of the carnage wrought in the region.
A more important implication, much to the fury of Iran, this military offensive signals a resolve to marginalize Iranian hegemony: Iran denounced the airstrikes and Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, stated: “We demand an immediate stop to the Saudi military operations in Yemen. We will spare no effort to contain the crisis in Yemen.” Dissimilarly, the White House, despite its irresolute strategy and at nearly every critical point chose to be a spectator as the fiasco spiraled out of control, greets the Arab-led military operations with jubilation: This Arab action likely removes a burden for the Obama Administration to commit any resources beyond lethal aid.
For Saudi Arabia, it has defied the odds: The Saudis yielded not so much to pressure, but to a real threat. Saudi leadership in this endeavor is a refreshing departure from years of Saudi financial support and sympathy for terror groups. While this military operation may not completely reconcile their own culpability in past terrorist acts, the belated acknowledgment, almost fearless, in the shape of confronting terrorist elements hints at a remarkable shift in both policy and temperament. Saudi Arabia has earned some well-deserved applause.
The cumulative effect of the betrothal of Arab nations is to liberate an oppressed people from an Iranian-ISIS driven campaign, halt the Houthi rebels from their wicked deeds in Yemen and to bring Jihadist Islam terror to its knees. The miserable alternative, doing nothing, is to witness the spread Iranian-ISIS terror throughout the entire region.
This miraculous Arab response to a long, public laundry list of atrocities reveals Iran, ISIS terrorists and Houthi rebels will suffer lasting consequences meted out by Arab nations.[Financial Times] [IranDaily] [Al Arabiya]