â€˜Reduced Serviceâ€™ Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:37 | Anti-Empire
Inconvenient Questions for the â€œSpecia... Wed Jun 15, 2022 16:32 | Anti-Empire
Who Dares Apply Anti-Interventionist Ana... Tue Jun 14, 2022 11:15 | Anti-Empire
Kiev Puts Its Military Deaths at 10,000 ... Mon Jun 13, 2022 05:58 | Anti-Empire
Rosgvard Wasnâ€™t Told Theyâ€™d Be Going... Sun Jun 12, 2022 14:24 | Rolo Slavsky
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Trade ? States ? Markets Fri Jun 24, 2022 15:37 | amarynth
by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog The customary argument that ?free-trade? promotes global growth will, given an appropriate policy mixture of specialisation and comparative advantage, result in a rise
Open Thread for today Fri Jun 24, 2022 13:12 | amarynth
This is an open thread for discussion of everything Saker related. Two notes to start it off: The Russian MoD released a very interesting additional statement, beyond their usual factual
BRICS Summit Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:58 | amarynth
Vladimir Putin took part in the 14th BRICS Summit, held via videoconference and chaired by China. The meeting?s topic is Foster High-Quality BRICS Partnership, Usher in a New Era for Global Development. President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, President
Sergey Lavrov?s Presser at a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein ... Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:48 | amarynth
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov?s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Tehran, June 23, 2022
About Telegram Thu Jun 23, 2022 23:37 | amarynth
Quickie news by Amarynth We all started using Telegram when the Russian voice was completely blocked, just after the Ukraine SMO started. I remember very clearly a 2 week period
The Saker >>
News Round-Up Sat Jun 25, 2022 00:24 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
How Did Universities Become Woke Madrassas? Fri Jun 24, 2022 18:44 | Toby Young
Why have students turned their backs on free speech? According to an excellent piece in UnHerd by Matthew Goodwin, it's a combination of generational change, victimhood culture and the marketisation of universities.
The post How Did Universities Become Woke Madrassas? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Climate Scientist Says Humans Cause Less Than 0.05°C of Global Warming and Warns of ?Anarchy? From ?... Fri Jun 24, 2022 14:02 | Chris Morrison
One of Germany's most distinguished atmospheric scientists has castigated politicians for their climate alarmism and called the idea that humans can control the climate with their CO2 emissions an ?absolute delusion?.
The post Climate Scientist Says Humans Cause Less Than 0.05°C of Global Warming and Warns of ?Anarchy? From “Delusional” Net Zero Policies appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
BBC Boycotts Mayor?s Briefings After Bristol Council Banned Reporter for Quizzing him over 9,000-Mil... Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:42 | Will Jones
The BBC is boycotting mayoral briefings in Bristol after the council banned a reporter for asking a Labour politician why he flew across the Atlantic to give a 14-minute speech on climate change.
The post BBC Boycotts Mayor’s Briefings After Bristol Council Banned Reporter for Quizzing him over 9,000-Mile Flight for Climate Conference appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Masks are Not Protective, Says Health & Safety Executive Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:10 | Niall McCrae
The NHS dropped its national requirement for face masks in hospitals last month, yet many hospitals continue to insist on them. But why, when the Health & Safety Executive is clear that they do not provide protection?
The post Masks are Not Protective, Says Health & Safety Executive appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Lockdown Skeptics >>
Voltaire, international edition
London bans Russia's participation in OSCE forum Fri Jun 24, 2022 06:50 | en
Unification of Russian and Belarusian armies Thu Jun 23, 2022 21:52 | en
EU launches blockade of Kaliningrad Thu Jun 23, 2022 21:39 | en
Dr. Volodymyr & Mr. Zelensky: the dark side of the Ukrainian president, by Guy M... Thu Jun 23, 2022 08:29 | en
Against Omicron, natural immunity more efficient than vaccines Wed Jun 22, 2022 17:21 | en
Voltaire Network >>
In Yemen, Western Foreign Policy Is Empowering al-Qaeda
anti-war / imperialism |
Monday June 22, 2020 22:27 by 1 of indy
Meanwhile the Yemen war powered by US and UK weapons grinds on -killing thousands where is the concern?
This report is from AntiWar.com
In April, an exclusive report published on Mintpress News laid bare an "unholy alliance" between al-Qaeda and the displaced government of Abdurabbuh Mansur Hadi that a coalition led by Sunni Gulf monarchies has been unsuccessfully seeking to reinstall with the help of the West since 2015. These revelations come on top of previous investigations that have further exposed how the relentless Western-backed war in Yemen has emboldened al-Qaeda militants responsible for multiple terrorist attacks on Western targets in the last two decades. Even if the war is drawing to a close, a strengthened al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) will be the result.
And now to the meat of it:
Appalling as this may sound, collusion between al-Qaeda and NATO- and Gulf-backed forces is no exception in the Middle East. During my 2018 trip to Eastern Ghouta in Syria, I myself heard testimony of horrific crimes, including random imprisonment and rape of women, at the hands of fighters from Faylaq ar-Rahman. The media at the time attempted to portray this group as the most moderate of the "moderate rebels" in order to try to draw an imaginary line between alleged democratic revolutionaries supported by the West on the one hand and hardcore Islamist terrorists that constitute the raison d’être of the West’s "war on terror" on the other. Now, even high-level spokespersons of the American-led anti-ISIS coalition have repeatedly acknowledged that the Syrian Idlib province, where these and other militants have flocked to in recent years, is "a magnet for terrorist groups" and "the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11."
In these battleground places, far removed from the prying eyes of journalists, it is difficult to ascertain the true nature of the forces waging Western-backed wars in the Middle East. Yet, in Yemen, like Syria, it is clear that these recent revelations are not an isolated case. Previous investigations by prestigious publications back up the existence of this "unholy alliance" between AQAP and the Gulf coalition.
From war on terror to war of terror
In August 2018, the Associated Press revealed that "again and again," the coalition’s "decisive victories" against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were entirely deceitful, for it often cut secret deals with al-Qaeda militants instead of fighting them. Sometimes, they even paid terrorists to leave cities and towns, while at other times they were allowed to retreat with their weapons, equipment and enormous amounts of looted cash. In the central Shabwa province, for instance, the Emiratis offered one al-Qaeda commander $26.000 and an additional $13.000 for every one of his 200 foot soldiers who retreated. Other al-Qaeda militants were allowed to keep up to $100 million in stolen cash when they agreed to leave Mukalla, Yemen’s fifth largest city in neighboring Hadramawt governorate. Key participants in these agreements told the investigators that the United States was well aware of the arrangements and held off drone strikes as part of the deal.
Despite their sinister character, these deals might nevertheless give the impression that there is a strict boundary between AQAP and the coalition. If you alter a well-known investigative dictum somewhat into "follow the weapons," however, it becomes clear that these boundaries are much more fluid. Leaning largely on the in-depth research of Egyptian journalist Mohamed Abu al-Gheit, investigations conducted by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism and CNN have exposed a flourishing arms channel which has emboldened terror groups. As part of multi-billion-dollar arms sales between the West and the Gulf, weapons manufactured in the US and at least eight European countries have ended up with AQAP as well as ISIS. These weapons are usually sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who pass them on to warlords who are often not only loyal to Hadi but harness cozy relationships with known terrorists and their sympathizers as well.
Further attesting to these fluid boundaries, the Associated Press revealed that hundreds of AQAP militiamen were co-opted and recruited into the fight against the Houthis, a fact that has since been corroborated by UAE officials. In Yemen’s historic southwestern city of Taiz, Adnan Rouzek, one of Hadi’s top military commanders, even recruited a senior al-Qaeda figure as his top aide after he escaped from prison in 2008. The underlying idea on which this policy is predicated is that these terrorists help to fight the bigger evil. This, of course, is the Houthis, whom Gulf propaganda and compliant Western media tend to depict as Iranian proxies part of a regional axis of terror. Yet, the most mainstream of publications have by now admitted that Iran’s power over the Houthis is marginal at best, if not largely imaginary, and that the Houthis’ rise to power can be explained mostly by their successful fight against foreign interference. When Rouzek’s militia became notorious for kidnappings and execution-style street killings, it provided a stark reminder of who the actual terrorists are.