Sana’a (GPA) – Yemen’s Special Forces Sniper Unit boasted many successes throughout 2018 taking out Saudi forces and Saudi-backed mercenaries with intense precision. The video below contains some of the best footage from the past year.
Yemen’s Sniper Unit carried out 7,148 operations across various fronts throughout 2018. Confirmed kills include
- 292 Saudi soldiers and officers
- 48 Sudanese mercenaries
- 6,633 Saudi-backed mercenaries
The targeting of Saudi soldiers and officers took place as part of special operations behind enemy lines in the Saudi provinces of Asir, Jizan, and Najran — all historically Yemeni provinces. In fact, Yemeni forces control over 100 miles of territory beyond the Saudi border.
Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have expanded their operations into these provinces in retaliation for the ongoing US-backed Saudi airstrike campaign — which has killed or injured over 39,000 people as of October — as well as the devastating siege which has triggered a borderline famine. Women and children constitute 30% of all casualties from airstrikes and military operations.
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In August, US-backed Saudi warplanes targeted a bus full of children heading to summer camp killing over 50 people — mostly children — with precision-guided smart missiles and double-tap strikes. Although this sparked public outrage, it took the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi for world governments to attempt some kind of concrete action to limit the Saudi weapon supply.
The United States and United Kingdom along with other Western and Arab nations have provided virtually unlimited support to the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen. Washington provides the largest chunk of weapons, aircraft, refueling, precision-guided missiles (like the one used in the school bus attack), special forces, and training, as well as intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets.
Saudi Arabia launched their war against Yemen in March of 2015 to prop up their failed puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and suppress a popular grassroots revolution.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.