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Dec 6, 2017

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The killing of former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the capital of Sana'a has ended hopes of a possible finish to Yemen’s civil war. In a bid to secure peace with Saudi Arabia, Saleh announced he was abandoning his Houthi rebel allies last week, with whom he had joined forces to overthrow the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saleh announced the split amid calls for talks, which would occur contingent on his abandoning the Houthis -- a move which sparked severe fighting in the capital of Sana'a between his followers and Houthi forces. Despite having an initial advantage, Saleh’s less numerous forces were quickly overwhelmed and he was forced to flee.

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5 thoughts on “Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

  1. Roger Clifton

    If we shook off our love affair with oil, we would be less beholden and they would be less empowered.

  2. James O'Neill

    1. You do not mention that Australian mercenaries are fighting with the Saudi and UAE forces in this war.
    2. You do mention that the war is illegal un der international law.
    3. There is no mention of Australia’s totally supine position on this illegal war, despite Turnbull and Bishop’s frequent invocations of “a rules based international order” that it seems is reserved only for Australia’s enemies du jour.
    4. To suggest that the war will continue until Saudi forces win is bizarre.
    5. Why you would see a spark of optimism in MBS’s leadership is equally bizarre as he is the main architect of this illegal war.

    1. old greybearded one

      Indeed! I see the Saudis as medieval thugs and among the greatest financres of terrorism on the planet.

  3. old greybearded one

    The west has lost the plot. The Shiites in Iran are for more progressive in terms of political rights and treatment of women than the headchoppers of Saud. This does not make them angels of course. The Saudi kingdom is inimical to almost every western value. They fund the Taliban, ISIS and heaven knows what else. They are the cause of thousands of deaths of innocents in Yemen and I, for one am not lamenting the turncoat ex presidents demise.

  4. AR

    As usual, another Kingsbury Readers Digest cut’n’paste from the Langley VA telex.
    I can think of another ‘tributary state’ of Saudi and it ain’t the Yemen, the crumbing hegemon of the Benighted States.
    The main problem the Drumpfster faces is to which vicious warmongerer to bend the knee most, apartheid Israel or the Wahhabi headchoppers.
    The Jerusalem decision may be Kushner’s handiwork but someone hasn’t been paying attention to reality.

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