Friday, September 22, 2017
As it was in the past, as it is NOW!
Current events in Yemen remarkably resemble those that occurred fifty years ago!! Very vaguely was I aware of events from so long ago now. I needed to refresh my memory.
The North Yemen Civil War.
"The North Yemen Civil War . . . was fought in North Yemen from 1962 to 1970 between royalist partisans of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom and supporters of the Yemen Arab Republic. The war began with a coup d'état carried out in 1962 by revolutionary republicans led by the army under the command of Abdullah as-Sallal, who dethroned the newly crowned Imam Muhammad al-Badr and declared Yemen a republic under his presidency. The Imam escaped to the Saudi Arabian border where he rallied popular support from northern Shia tribes to retake power, escalating shortly to a full-scale civil war."
THESE "NORTHERN SHIA TRIBES" AS REFERRED TO WHAT IS CALLED TODAY HOUTHI?
Combatants during the North Yemen Civil War on both sides to INCLUDE those home-grown military units [for the king and against the king], proxy forces, foreign interventionists and at least on the Royalist side a sprinkling of mercenaries.
Egypt military aid to the Republicans massive but to no avail. The Yemeni tribesmen resilient, quite effective at waging guerrilla warfare.
IT HAVING BEEN ALLEGED [PROVEN?] THE EGYPTIANS IN THEIR CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE THE ROYALISTS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS [MUSTARD AGENT] IN YEMEN.
That current Houthi rebellion consisting of indigenous dissident Shia Yemeni and a whole host of outside interventionists, opportunists, proxies, etc. NOT exactly the same as it was fifty years ago but close.
Read previous blog entries the topic of which is the Houthi rebellion in Yemen: