-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
Saudi Arabia gave birth to the final Prophet Muhammad (SAS) as well as Islam which He introduced along with the Holy Qu’ran on behalf of God. It would be naive on its side if Saudi Arabia does not visualize the anti-Islamic agenda of enemies of Islam to destroy Saudi Arabia and the Holy Mosques just as historic Babri Mosque was destroyed by anti-Islami fanatics who operate under the garb of Hindutva targeting Islam and Muslims for Hindu votes.
However, instead of launching a strong Islamic front to protect Islam and shield Muslim nations from any attack from enemies of Islam, Saudi Arabia and its allies are engaged in wars against Yemen and proxy war against Iran.
That is foolish on the part of Riyadh, to say the least.
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A coalition of Arab states under a caption “Storm of Resolve” have launched air strikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen who have forced the country’s president to flee. The Iranian-backed rebels from the north of Yemen seized the capital last year and have been expanding their control ever since.
Operation “Storm of Resolve” is being led by Saudi Arabia, and includes countries from across the region, and is backed by the UK, the US, Turkey and Pakistan. On 21 April 2015, the Saudi-led military coalition announced an end to Operation Decisive Storm, saying the intervention’s focus would “shift from military operations to the political process”. The kingdom and its coalition partners said they would be launching political and peace efforts, which they called ‘Operation Restoring Hope.
On the night of 15 February 2017, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral reception near Sanaa. Initial reports suggest the bombing killed nine women and one child with ten more women reported wounded. “People heard the sound of planes and started running from the house but then the bombs hit the house directly. The roof collapsed and there was blood was everywhere,” a resident of the village told a Reuters news agency cameraman.
A loud boom was heard in Riyadh and a column of white smoke could be seen briefly from a distance before the coalition announced it had intercepted the missile. No injuries were reported, according to Sky News Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index declined as much as 0.4 percent before recovering the loss.
Fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Academi mercenaries also took part in the operation. Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia made their airspace, territorial waters and military bases available to the coalition.
The palace that was targeted is the site of official meetings, including cabinet sessions last held there on Dec. 12. The cabinet met to approve the biggest ever 2018 budget, which officials said would focus on bolstering an economy battered by the drop in oil prices, austerity measures and regional instability.
The Saudi-led coalition has attacked the positions of the Houthi militia and loyalists of the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, allegedly supported by Iran in response to a request from the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The perception that Iran is directly controlling the Houthis is contradicted due to statement made on April 2015, by National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan: “It remains our assessment that Iran does not exert command and control over the Houthis in Yemen”
The Iranian-backed Houthi militants said they had targeted a meeting of top Saudi officials at the al-Yamamah palace, the official residence of King Salman and headquarters of the royal court. “You are hitting the republican palace in Sana’a and we are hitting Riyadh and Abu Dhabi,” rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a speech. “You are attacking and our ballistic missiles reach al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh. You are targeting our vital installations and we will do that.” A separate Houthi statement said Saudi military and oil installations were also “within our missiles’ reach.”
Earlier, in February 2016, the Saudis bombed the ancient citadel of Kawkaban, killing seven civilians. On 8 October 2016, Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a hall in Sana’a where a funeral was taking place. At least 140 people were killed and about 600 were wounded. One rescuer said: “The place has been turned into a lake of blood.” After initially denying it was behind the attack, the Coalition’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team admitted that it had bombed the hall but claimed that this attack had been a mistake caused by bad information.
Saudi attack on Yemen was very serious. The counter terror attack by Yemen on select targets in Saudi Arabia on December 19, 2017, signals something like that. Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen rebels at the royal palace in the capital, Riyadh, an attack that threatens to edge the kingdom and its chief nemesis, Iran, closer to confrontation. The “Storm of Resolve” coalition did not rule out using force, saying it would respond to threats and prevent Houthi militants from operating within Yemen.
On 1 July UN declared for Yemen a “level-three” emergency – the highest UN emergency level – for a period of six months. Human rights groups repeatedly blamed the Saudi-led military coalition for killing civilians and destroying health centers and other infrastructure with airstrikes. The de facto blockade left 78% (20 million) of the Yemeni population in urgent need of food, water and medical aid. Aid ships are allowed, but the bulk of commercial shipping, on which the country relies, is blocked. In one occasion, coalition jets prevented an Iranian Red Crescent plane from landing by bombing Sana’a International Airport’s runway, which blocked aid delivery via air.
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Now for quite some time, Saudi kingdom is leading a military campaign against Yemen targeting the Houthis, and shortly after the missile launch, alliance aircraft struck Houthi positions south of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The fighting has killed well over 5,000 civilians and contributed to one of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters, according to the United Nations. Nearly 1 million people have contracted cholera, and 3 million, out of a population of 28 million, are internally displaced, according to the UN.
As of 10 December, more than 2,500,000 people had been internally displaced by the fighting. Many countries evacuated more than 23,000 foreign citizens from Yemen. More than 1,000,000 people fled Yemen for Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Oman. The war has caused a humanitarian crisis, including a famine which has threatened over 17 million people, as well as an outbreak of cholera which has infected thousands.
The missile attack, aimed at the very heart of Saudi power, is the most audacious challenge to Saudi Arabia by Iran’s proxy in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Iran already support opposing sides in conflicts across the Middle East, and after the rebels fired a missile at the international airport in Riyadh last month, the coalition warned that the failed attack could be considered “an act of war” against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki again pointed the finger at Iran. “This aggressive and arbitrary act by the armed Houthi Iranian group proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthis with qualitative capabilities,” he said. The Saudi royal air defense forces spotted the launch of the missile from Yemen, he added.
The United Arab Emirates’ state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that “with every Iranian missile launched by the Houthi militia against civilian targets, it becomes clear that the storm is necessary.”
Yemen’s civil war, nearing the end of its third year, has become part of the broader struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional influence. The coalition is fighting the rebels, who are members of the Zaidi branch of Shiite Islam, to restore the internationally recognized government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Sunni.
Iran in the past has denied providing the Houthis with missiles to attack Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have said their military experts have the capability to develop Scud-type missiles. The Burkan 2-H launched Tuesday is such a weapon.
Push for war
Several anti-Islamic specialists seeking to force a Saudi-Iran war with devastating consequences predicted “a concerted effort by the Saudi government to push for action against Iran.” “We have clearly entered a period where there is a direct threat to Saudi population centers, even with their air defense systems in place. This will have a “depressing impact on the local capital markets and on economic activity in general.”
Saudi Arabia last week hosted unprecedented talks between the head of Yemen’s Islah Party, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the crown prince of the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, which classifies the Islamist group as terrorists. The talks — held after the Houthis assassinated their onetime battlefield ally, former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh — aimed to “unite efforts to defeat Iran and its Houthi militias.”
A military intervention was launched by Saudi Arabia in 2015, leading a coalition of nine African and Middle East countries, to influence the outcome of the Yemeni Civil War in favor of the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Code-named ‘Operation Decisive Storm (Arabic: Amaliyyat ‘Āṣifat al-Ḥazm), the intervention initially consisted of a bombing campaign on Houthi Rebels and later saw a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.
Dozens of civilians have died this month in an intensified coalition campaign following Saleh’s assassination, which took place after the Houthis accused him of defecting to the Saudi side. The attack could be a reminder that the Houthis are still there and can keep the Saudis on their toes.
Pakistan was called on by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition, but its parliament voted to maintain neutrality.
The war has received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on the humanitarian situation, which reached the level of a “humanitarian disaster”or “humanitarian catastrophe”. After the Saudi-led coalition declared the entire Saada Governorate a military target, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen and Human Rights Watch said that air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada city in Yemen were in breach of international law.
The USA provided intelligence and logistical support, including aerial refueling and search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots. It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states. The USA and Britain have deployed their military personnel in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, having access to lists of targets.
Possibly, seeking to show to the USA that it is also a great power and can attack and overpower any nation in the region, Saudi Arabia has been trying to control the Arab nations and removed Qatar from Gulf States club and slapped sanctions on it which many Muslim nations including Truly condemned . .
USA and its western allies and anti-Islamic companions want the war to continue until Iran also gets directly involved in the war. Obviously, the war would kill many more millions in the region.
After this attack, US national security spokesperson said that the US government was “deeply disturbed” by the bombing and added that US support for the Saudi-led coalition was “not a blank cheque”. USA has initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led Coalition. The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said he was “shocked and outraged” by the “horrific” bombing. “This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop”.
Qatar was suspended from the coalition due to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis.
Russia and Iran have condemned the air strikes
When Islam and entire Islamic world is under enemy target and attacks, t is laughable that Arab nations also keep attacking each other. Mutual hatred is good for Islamic nations while Saudi-Iran and related tensions can be very disastrous for themselves and Islamic world at large. In fact, even non-Muslim specialists insist on cooperation between Saudi and Iran, on the one hand, and Turkey and entire Islamic world on the other for better future for Islamic world.
Why can’t the intelligence wings of Saudi Arabia and Iran refuse comprehend the danger ahead for them and the Islamic world if they continue to antagonize with each other?
We all expect that the USA, Israel and their common allies against Islam would later than sooner attack Saudi Arabi only when Saudi kingdom would madly antagonize most of the Muslim countries on some issues or without any.
Instead of fighting Israel which serves as poison in Arab waters, Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the one hand and Saudi and Qatar on the other antagonize each other for nothing in not for self destructions.
It seems the US led Western powers would use a strong Muslim nation to attack and destabilize Saudi Arabia and USA and Israel do the “needful l” at the appropriate time to attack the Holy Mosques as well. However, both would pretend to be critical supporters of Saudi Arabia against Iran.
The USA used Iraqis to kill their President Saddam Hussein and propagated all filth about him before and after he was assassinated. He was called a dictator, the usual phrase Americans us to describe those leaders who refuse to fall in line with US line of thinking and who refuse to help USA advance its national interest.
The split within the Gulf Cooperation Council that pits regional powers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar has proven surprisingly durable. That threatens even the unity of GCC. The intra-Gulf rupture has spilled over to the region’s external relations, making it harder for security partners to insist on maintaining even and equal relations with all GCC members. Kuwaiti efforts to mediate the six-month-long dispute have failed, most recently and notably when Kuwait’s emir convened the annual GCC summit on Dec. 5 and was forced to end the proceedings early. Saudi Arabia and its neighbors have now imposed an approach that Bush Jr. used following the Sept-11 hoax “you’re either with us or against us” on its outside interactions. .
It appears the intelligence of Saudi and Iran provides wrong information to the respective government about each other to sustain the tensed relations between them.
When entire anti-Islamic world led by USA, Germany, Israel, India (a candidate) etc have forged a indirect coalition to defame Islam and terrorize global Muslims and destabilize Islamic nations, Iran, Turkey and Arab world joint action is highly imperative.
In fact, Islamic nations need to feel happy about insulting and attacking each other and shy of supporting each other when USA and Europe and Israel cooperate against Islam.