The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Iran-backed Houthi militias was Tehran’s latest desperate measure to save face in a war it’s losing. If Iran enjoyed the upper hand in Yemen, matters could have been resolved with talks from a demanding position.
Knowing Saleh and his inner circle had a long slate of information about their ties, the Houthis and Iran could not afford to allow Saleh to change sides and join the Saudi-led coalition. And now, the Iran-Houthi alliance face losing a large number of men in the aftermath of Saleh’s assassination.
For years, Iran has pursued a campaign aimed at taking full control over the strategically-located country of Yemen. This dangerous initiative charged forward to the point of taking over nearly the entire country and ousting virtually all forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi from the port city of Aden in southern Yemen back in 2015.
Realizing the devastating potential of such a defeat, Saudi Arabia led an Arab World assault, providing air power and ground forces in support of Yemen’s nationalist troops. Nearly three years later, the Saudi-led coalition has regained around 85 percent of Yemen.
Following an alliance riddled with tension, the past week witnessed a major rift in the already shaky union between Saleh’s loyalists
In an address to Majlis (the mullahs’ parliament) on Sunday, December 10, Iran regime’s president praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its mercenary militias in countries in the region and ironically described them as “an element of security” in the region. In his abhorring remarks, Hassan Rouhani said, “I kiss the hands of the combatants of Islam and the combatants of resistance… They secured Syria. They secured Lebanon. God willing in future, they will also secure Yemen. They are endeavoring full force to make the region secure… Today is the day when we must get actively engaged in the region, economically, culturally, and politically."
The mullahs’ criminal president spoke of regional security while the regime’s officials have blatantly claimed responsibility for the murder of the former president of Yemen. Rouhani welcomed this crime and vowed, “Yemen will be free of aggressors.”
From human rights violations to dangerous meddling
By Heshmat Alavi Special to Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 12 December 2017
From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality.
As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy of Iran’s state-run strategy, all hacked into this regime’s constitution.
The real image
Earlier this year Amnesty International’s 94-page report, “Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack,” detailed this regime’s drastic human rights violations, with a specific focus on its extensive overdose of executions.
As witnessed for years running, Iran is the world’s leading executioner per capita, with many hangings continuously and horrendously carried out in public. All the while, secret executions are ongoing in dungeons across the country, including Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison.
This is the real image of Iran, cloaked by the ruling regime and their appeasers in the West for years, who continue to portray Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate worth dealing with.
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This came on Monday following the killing of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Hadi offered his condolences to the Yemeni people on Saleh’s death.
Hadi said the army stationed at the borders of Sanaa will support the uprising. He stressed: “Let’s join hands to eradicate the terrorist Houthi militias.”
Hadi further said: “We will achieve victory and Yemen will return to the Arab fold with support from the Coalition.”
“We are passing through a fateful and decisive turn that will reveal everyone’s mettle,” he said.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) Dec. 5, 2017 — The killing of Yemen’s longtime strongman and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled amid street clashes in the capital, Sanaa, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos.
Slain Yemen ex-leader's son calls for revenge -Saudi-owned TV
“I will lead the battle until the last Houthi is thrown out of Yemen ... the blood of my father will be hell ringing in the ears of Iran,” Ahmed Ali Saleh was quoted as saying.
He called for his father’s backers to “take back Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias”.
The Yemeni General People's Congress said on Tuesday that the battle against Iran-backed Houthi militia will continue after the support of Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia.
More details will be reported soon.
Arab League says death of Saleh risks 'explosion' in Yemen: MENA
Yemeni ex-President's son vows to revenge from Houthis
DUBAI (Reuters) DECEMBER 5, 2017 - Slain former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s nephew, Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, a senior military commander, also was killed during clashes with the Iran-aligned Houthi group, a statement from Saleh’s party said on Tuesday.
Tareq’s fate had not been known following an assault by the Houthis in Sanaa on Sunday night that led to the death of the ex-leader.
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