Skip to comments.US risks being sucked into Yemen civil war
Posted on 09/10/2009 12:02:13 AM PDT by bruinbirdman
Tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing a vicious civil war that threatens to turn the key Arab peninsula state of Yemen into a terrorist stronghold and to suck the US into another sensitive conflict zone.
Yemen's Zaidi rebels, allegedly shows members of the group, that is also known as al-Huthis.
The Yemeni government is to try to subdue a rebel Shia army in the north of the country. Its assault is meeting fierce resistance, with the Yemeni air force staging desperate forays to pound the rebels into submission.
International observers fear that even if the US, long-term ally, can stay aloof, the conflict might be subsumed in regional war by proxy.
Saudi Arabia helps to finance the government, partly out of fear of its own Shia minority and terrorist elements. The government accuses Iran, which is ruled by a Shia theocracy, of backing rebels with money and arms, though it has produced no hard evidence.
The government launched a full-scale assault on the rebel stronghold in Saada province last month. 25,000 refugees have registered with the United Nations refugee agency, but diplomats say as many as 100,000 have been displaced by the fighting.
Whole villages are on the move, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), with thousands of people caught in a pocket between the fighting and the Saudi border.
About 35,000 have fled to Saada city, only to find themselves taking refuge in houses under constant shell fire.
"The situation is getting worse and worse and worse," said Gian Carlo Cirri, country director for the WFP. "We're not confronted with a humanitarian crisis, it's becoming a humanitarian tragedy."
One analyst warned that the United States might be forced to intervene as the security situation worsened to prevent Yemen becoming "failed state".
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Hell, Barry’s having a hard enough time handling Afghanistan....Yemen would be totally fraked.
That’s just silly. Jimmy Carter wasn’t sucked into Iran’s civil war. I’m sure Obama will do the same thing.
Why us? Why not Saudi Arabia? After all, it is right in their backyard!
And I have no doubts whatsoever that Iran is behind this Islamic sectarian-based agression. They’ve never hidden their dearest dream: to conquer Arabia and slay all members of the royal family of Saud.
Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata would have a hard time choosing which Mohammedans to support.
Here’s a thought. If there were no people in Yemen, there would be no Civil War.
His solution would probably be to have one side entirely resettled in Wisconsin.
I suppose we could always take the backhand option on that one .... and then change the RoE.
“Heres a thought. If there were no people in Yemen, there would be no Civil War.”
You’d be OK with genocide?
Just move them all to Saudi, then there will be no people in Yemen and no civil war.
Yes 400 to 500 Mega-Tons
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