Islamabad (GPA) – After remaining neutral and declining involvement for the past three years, Pakistan will send troops to Yemen to fight on behalf of the Saudi invaders.
Pakistan’s defense minister, Khurram Dastigir, spoke to the Senate on Monday. He said 1,000 Pakistani troops would join the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Dastigir claimed the forces would provide intelligence and training support but would not see combat.
The Saudi-led war against Yemen will enter its fourth year in March. Riyadh has failed in every way, shape, and form. On the ground, Yemen’s resistance forces — known only as “the Houthis” throughout western media — have only grown stronger in the past three years. Now, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have domestically produced long-range ballistic missiles, improved their air defenses, and manufactured naval missiles.
Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis) gained full control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a following a failed coup orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s resistance has successfully maintained security and eliminated terror elements from groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. This is a huge problem in the south where takfiri terrorists fight side-by-side with Saudi-backed mercenaries.
Riyadh has also failed politically in territory under their coalition’s control. The Saudi puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has no public support while the Emirati-backed Southern Movement and politicians now control most of Yemen’s south.
Sudan has sent thousands of troops to die in Yemen on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Khartoum received a $2 billion deposit in their central bank for their efforts at the beginning of the war.
Pakistan’s decision to send troops only further highlights Saudi Arabia’s failure in this war — which they never expected to last this long. Riyadh and the international community continuously underestimate the perseverance, strength, and military tactics of Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees. Instead, they are portrayed as rag-tag terrorists throughout western media while Riyadh’s and Dubai’s war crimes go unchecked.
Yemen Responds to Ongoing Aggression
President of Sana’a’s Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, spoke today at a meeting with various governors and leaders. He expressed that the war against Yemen is entering a new phase as Afghanistan and Pakistan have recently sent mercenaries to fight on Saudi Arabia’s behalf.
President al-Sammad explained that Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees are willing to end the ballistic missile strikes on Saudi territory provided Riyadh end their devastating airstrike campaign. He also urged all international actors who claim to support human rights to help end the aggression against Yemen.
Yemen’s resistance, known throughout western media simply as “the Houthis,” recently reiterated their willingness to proceed with peace talks, initiate a national dialogue, and begin reconstruction efforts.
Washington’s Participation in Warcrimes
Far from a mere passive observer, the United States provides both military and intelligence support to Emirati and Saudi-backed forces. Saudi airstrikes and ground operations have killed and injured over 35,000 people in the past three years.
US forces provide intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. Riyadh’s airstrike campaign frequently targets markets, homes, cars, media crews, farms, factories, prisons, and even ambulance crews entering bomb sites. This affirms Washington’s direct participation in gruesome war crimes and arguably genocide against the Yemeni people.
United States Navy ships enforce the siege and blockade throughout the Red Sea by prohibiting aid and cargo ships from docking in resistance-held territory such as Hodeidah port. (It’s also worth mentioning that Saudi airstrikes destroyed the port’s cranes a while back.)
Over eight million Yemenis face direct famine due to the land, air, and sea blockade which severely restricts food, aid, salaries, flow of movement, and vital medical supplies. Saudi Arabia demanded the closure of Yemen’s main airport in Sana’a and subsequently destroyed its infrastructure.
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 (the Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking on behalf of the Yemeni people.