Blog archive: Yemen

  • 28th October 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Satellite image of the Colombian training camp in the UAE The Saudi-led aerial bombardment of Yemen entered its eighth month on Monday – an occasion marked by a series of strikes that almost completely destroyed a hospital in Saada province supported by Médecins Sans Frontières...
  • 6th October 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today's explosion at the Qasr hotel in Aden It's easy to forget that there's a full-scale war raging in Yemen. Events in Syria which have more obvious repercussions internationally – the refugee crisis and Russian intervention, for example – tend to push it off the news agenda. Besides that...
  • 29th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Prince Mohammed bin Nayef saw Yemen as a failed state The changes in Saudi Arabia's royal pecking order, announced overnight, raise the question of what they are likely to mean for Yemen.  Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 34-year-old defence minister, appears to have been...
  • 21st April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An Iranian “armada” is heading towards Yemen, according to a report last Friday. A couple of days later, the American aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt set sail from the Gulf, also heading in the direction of Yemen. Fox News is in no doubt about what this means; a headline on its website ...
  • 10th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Jamal Benomar, the UN's Special Adviser on Yemen    "What's needed is a UN-backed negotiation to end the Yemeni conflict," an article in the Guardian proposed yesterday.  It sounds like a good idea. Set up a National Dialogue to bring the warring factions...
  • 9th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For most practical purposes the Republic of Yemen no longer exists. Whether it can ever be reassembled into a single state is, to put it mildly, doubtful – though that appears to be the objective of the Saudi-led military intervention. Even in more peaceful times the writ of central government...
  • 7th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan to support its military intervention in Yemen by providing combat planes, warships and soldiers. But according to an article in the Pakistani newspaper, The Nation, Saudi Arabia has a further request: that any troops sent by Pakistan should be...
  • 6th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Prompted by the current turmoil in Yemen, I decided to search the old WikiLeaks files for US embassy cables discussing the Houthis. There are 284 documents with the keyword "Houthi", covering a period from August 2004 (during the first brief war between the Saleh regime and the...
  • 2nd April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Have British-made weapons been used by Saudi Arabia in air strikes that caused mass civilian casualties in Yemen this week? The question was raised yesterday in the Daily Telegraph, a popular newspaper among Britain’s military top brass. While the Telegraph merely reported calls for an...
  • 1st April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There was a very informative and wide-ranging discussion of the situation in Yemen earlier today, which I had the privilege of chairing. It was organised by CAABU, the Council for Arab-British Understanding. The speakers were Abubakr al-Shamahi, a British-Yemeni journalist, and Baraa Shiban who...
  • 30th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The words "Iranian-backed" and "Houthi" are now coupled together in virtually every media report about the conflict in Yemen. Nobody – least of all, the Iranians – would deny that Iran supports the Houthis. But how extensive is that support and what forms does it take? Where some kinds of...
  • 25th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    5 March 2015 As political crisis turns into civil war, Yemen’s embattled president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appealed for international help. Yemen’s northern neighbour, Saudi Arabia has already said it will "take necessary measures if needed” and today the kingdom is reported to be...

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