Yemen's Rebels Hold US-Backed President "Captive" In His House. Seize Country's Largest Ballistic Missile Base

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As reported yesterday, Yemen became the latest foreign policy "success" story of the US after the local minority of Iran-friendly Shi'ite Houthi militiamen stormed, and captured, the presidential palane. At the same the whereabouts of Yemen's US-backed president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi were unknown. Moments ago we learned about his current location: according to AP, "two Yemeni presidential advisers say the Shiite rebels who are on a power grab campaign in the capital, Sanaa, are holding the president "captive" at his home, a day after seizing the presidential palace.

More from AP: "The advisers say President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi "cannot leave his house" after the Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters at the premises on Wednesday.

One of the advisers says the situation in Yemen has reached the "point of no return," that the military is in shambles while the country's security apparatus has been "crippled" after the Houthis' blitz.


The two advisers spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

As a reminder, this is what the president claimed in September regarding the state of US intervention in Yemen: "the strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years."

Meanwhile, this is what "successful" US strategy in Yemen has led to:

Yemen's Shiite rebels pressed ahead on Wednesday with their power grab in the capital, Sanaa, capturing a military base housing ballistic missiles that overlooks the city and posting guards outside the president's home, a day after raiding the presidential palace.


The Houthi rebels, who are trying to carve a greater share of power for their group, also issued fresh demands Wednesday, asking for the post of vice president and several key government offices.


The developments further erode the standing of U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was unharmed during the shelling of his neighborhood Tuesday and remained inside his house. The embattled Hadi appears to have run out of options amid the Houthis' blitz, which has raised uncertainty over who is in control in Yemen and also concerns that al-Qaida's Yemen branch could profit from the power vacuum.


Early Wednesday, the Houthis seized the country's largest missile base on a hilltop above Sanaa, consolidating their grip over the city, which they seized in September after spreading out from their strongholds in the north.

And for those who care, here is the Houthis' side of the story: according to Reuters, "Yemen's minority Shi'ite Houthi fighters took up guard at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's home on Wednesday but said they had not toppled him, after two days of fighting which left little doubt that the enfeebled leader was now at their mercy.

The Houthis, friendly to Iran, swept into the capital four months ago and have emerged as the dominant force in the country. For now at least they appear to have decided to stop short of overthrowing Hadi, possibly preferring to exert control over a weakened leader rather than take on the burden of power.


Their defeat of the presidential guards in gunbattles and artillery duels in recent days adds to disarray in a country where the United States is also carrying out drone strikes against one of the most powerful branches of al Qaeda.


After clashes at the president's office and home on Tuesday, the Houthis' leader threatened in a speech overnight to take further "measures" unless Hadi bows to his demand for constitutional changes that would increase Houthi power. By early morning on Wednesday, Houthi fighters, accompanied by an armored vehicle, had replaced the guards at the president's residence. Presidential guard sentry posts were initially empty, however a few guards later appeared and were permitted to take up positions.


"President Hadi is still in his home. There is no problem, he can leave," Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi politburo, told Reuters.

Maybe, but not without bullet holes in his back? 

Finally, for those who are new to this latest conflict hotspot, here is the background:

Yemeni military sources said the Houthis also seized the military aviation college located close to Hadi's home, and the main missile base in Sanaa, without a fight. In the south of the country, Hadi's home region, local officials denounced what they called a coup against him and shut the air and sea ports of the south's main city, Aden.


Yemen, an impoverished nation of 25 million, has been plagued by Islamist insurgency, separatist conflict, sectarian strife and economic crisis for years. An "Arab Spring" popular uprising in 2011 led to the downfall of long-ruling President Ali Abdullah Saleh, bringing more chaos.


The Houthis, rebels from the north drawn from a large Shi'ite minority that ruled a 1,000-year kingdom in Yemen until 1962, stormed into the capital in September but had mostly held back from directly challenging Hadi until last week, when they detained his chief of staff.


They accuse the president of seeking to bypass a power-sharing deal signed when they seized Sanaa in September, and say they are also working to protect state institutions from corrupt civil servants and officers trying to plunder state property.


Houthi fighters battled guards at Hadi's home and entered the presidential palace on Tuesday. In his televised speech that followed, the group's leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi warned Hadi that he had to implement the power-sharing deal.


"We ... will not hesitate to impose any necessary measures to implement the peace and partnership agreement," said Abdel-Malek, whose Shi'ite Muslim group is widely seen as an ally of Iran in its regional struggle for influence with Saudi Arabia.


"All the options are open and without exception and the ceiling is very, very high. And this is why, I here advise the president ... Implement this deal. It is for your benefit and for the benefit of your people," he said on live television.


The accord gives the Shi'ite Muslim group, which takes its name from the family of its leader, a role in all military and civil state bodies. The Houthis also demand changes to the divisions of regional power in a draft constitution. Their decision to stop short of toppling Hadi, an ally of the West and supporter of U.S. drone strikes, may be intended to keep regional Sunni Muslim states and the United States from rallying against them.


A government source told Reuters: “They know that if they bring about the downfall of the president, they won’t be able to rule the country, because Western and neighboring countries will gang on up on them, as well as other provinces that are not under their control.”


Abdel-Malek's speech left little doubt however that his movement was now in effective control of the country. Al Masdar newspaper referred to him as "the president's president".

And with yet another international US "success story" literally up in flames, next steps include the US abandoning yet another embassy on foreign soil having fully alienated the locals, much to the delight of Dianne Feinstein.

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q99x2's picture

NWO CIA going to take over Saudi Arabia bitchez.

Headbanger's picture

What did I tell you mooks yesterday about having to nuke Yemen??

Expect Israel to launch a full attack against Yemen ASAP

It'll sure help boost the price of oil!

kaiserhoff's picture

Barry seems to be losing a country a week.


Haus-Targaryen's picture

How does Yemen have missiles?  


El Oregonian's picture

Missiles? No, those would be considered 'Pocket Rockets'....

Latina Lover's picture

The Yemeni rebels are supposedly controlled or closely affiliated with Iran.  If so, this places Iran in a very good position to stick it to Saudi Arabia, and kick out all americans from Yemen.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Another 14 years of these "victories" against radical Islam and 'Merica might be a caliphate.

PartysOver's picture

WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   <Face Palm>

smukster's picture
smukster (not verified) Zero_Head Jan 21, 2015 9:02 AM

Anybody left out there who isnt? Oh yes, the house of Saud...

knukles's picture

"Ballistic Misslie Base"
Fear porn?
Fear porn.

SWRichmond's picture

Think of the fun we'll have when USA breaks up and those nuke missiles become the property of the resistance...

gladih8r's picture

Meh, they are probably Scuds or some other crap variant of it.

Fear Porn - that's all.



GMadScientist's picture

I'm sorry. You say Iran is going to get bombed when?

smukster's picture
smukster (not verified) Latina Lover Jan 21, 2015 9:04 AM

I still predict a US invasion of Yemen this year. Or are they no longer able to?

DaddyO's picture

What's to be gained?

If invasion of anyone is imminent, Iran or SA would be ground zero.

What would the bankers gain from a tiny oil producer with more unrulians than can be counted.


11b40's picture

Moar weapons & equipment sales and destroyed infrastructure to re-build. moar debt to gain interest from.  Probably s few other tasty morsels for the MIC & banksters to consume.  Do they have any gold?

WOAR's picture

I think that well is dry, my friend. At this moment in time, other moves are being contemplated. We've got a hot war with Russia being brewed up, and that will take considerable resources away from the Middle East.

Of course, that's why the Middle East is being destroyed by itself right now...because it's easier to have the proxies fight each other while the big boys are finally entering the ring together, getting ready for their slugging match.

...out of space's picture


in iran 93% shi muslim

in saudi arabia majorety is sunni 

iran back by russia, saudi by usa. and if this yemen thing spill over in saudi and usa cant protect it,  the house of saudi,  all ready not thrust usa for protection of king abdul power and for economical dependes on china, will turn there back on petrodollar. and that will be wictori for russia.

Al Tinfoil's picture

That is a picture of the Yemeni secret answer to the US F-35 multi-purpose fighter jet.  The Yemeni device, cleverly disguised as a camel exercise machine, can be used to drill for oil, pump oil, throw rocks, snare low-flying drones, or hang infidels.  Like the F-35, the Yemeni device lacks operational software, but developers say it will be awesome once it is finished in a few short decades.  Development costs should not exceed several herds of goats and camels. 

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Didn't know they were "ours" in the first place. This colonial attitude is what has fucked up the U.S.

GMadScientist's picture

And every other empire that stretched too thin. It's what they know how to do.

IREN Colorado's picture

This is actually some scary stuff right here. It will cause the nut-jobs in Pakistan and Saudi-land to take counter measures. Lots of opportunities here for this to spill over into other places like, Jordan, or maybe Flint Michigan. 

Little Barry Sotero is either a complete idiot or he has sided with the Shiites over the Sunni's. I wonder which sect he belonged to in Indonesia? 


Volkodav's picture

No    Shiites Iran is Persians

        Saudi is Sunni Wahabi

got to know it is hard to follow...mostly about make all weaker, less foes and MIC $

same as Ukraine, send ignorant untrained for cannon fodder and shell civilians

equal less man, no problem....easier for stealings

IREN Colorado's picture

Iran is Shia so they are "Shiites" and Pakistan/Saudi Arabia are Sunni or "Sunnis"

That is why the Saudis hate the Iranians. Persia does not exist except in the minds of people who don't know history, politics, or religion.

Dr_D's picture

Yemen is having "ballistic missiles"?! Sure, what the hell can go wrong with that...

Anarchy 99's picture

@ headbanger.........You are a true MORON

GetZeeGold's picture



NWO CIA going to take over Saudi Arabia bitchez.


Who the hell told you about that?


Obama gave orders....make sure I don't have to bow the next time I go over there.

junction's picture

So, I guess this means Yemeni President Mansour has cancelled his State Of The Union address.

Bill of Rights's picture

Spotlight: China, Switzerland to sign financial deal on offshore RMB market in Zurich

BurningFuld's picture

So Li was not invited to Davos? Nice move.

IronShield's picture

Get ready for a massive stick save in the markets.  ;-)

IronShield's picture

Here downvoter muppet...  Oh wait, too busy covering your losses; take your time.  ;-)

localizer's picture

What a clusterfuck!

GetZeeGold's picture



I think they would prefer the term Caliphate.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

As long as the Yemeni Central Bank is safe! The world economy can't withstand any uncoordinated rate hikes by these turrists. 1% and Wall Street burns.

bullchit's picture

"Turrists"? Is that terrorists or tourists? How much is this cunt being paid? As a taxpayer I demand to know!!


pizzedoff's picture

I wonder how much gold they have in that bank?..i smell another humanitarian mission brewing

Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) Jan 21, 2015 8:40 AM

Fuckin' provinces aren't staying conquered, eh?


Let the fucking House of Saud worry about it.  Yemen may well be the shittiest place on earth, and I was in Detroit last summer.

Actually, the House of Saud is slated to be carved up into several smaller Islamic dystopias.  May as well accelerate that part of the neocon plan since they are going to need a couple years to unfuck their fucked up plans in Ukraine.


bullchit's picture

" Yemen may well be the shittiest place on earth, and I was in Detroit last summer."

But the people are so much more couth......don't 'ya think?

Max Steel's picture

Hey Houthi Brothers just launch all those missiles towards Saudi Arabia . Allah  surely will take you to heaven .

JustObserving's picture

Obama's constant droning of Yemen no doubt contributed greatly to the disaster unfolding there.  As in the Ukraine.  Forward.

Report: Deadly drone strike in Yemen failed to comply with Obama’s rules to protect civilians

Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Killed as Many as 12 Civilians

localizer's picture

Check out Dirty Wars documentary - sums it all up well. When you have an ever-expanding "kill list" this is what you get, - an ever-expanding number of extremists, even if they kill the entire immediate families the surviving extended families remain... and you can be sure some innocent folks (including children) have been droned... anyone with half a brain can figure this out... this is a war the US cannot win. But perhaps it's all part of the plan... destabilize and then come to the "rescue"... yet there's a big problem with this plan, the US will simply run out of resources sooner or later, looks like they are already losing control... full spectrum dominance is falling apart.

cynicalskeptic's picture

But think of all the predators that get sold in the mean time.... those suckers are MUCH more profitable than selling the gov a a few sniper rounds

Cathartes Aura's picture

the "US" is merely a chess piece.

the "US" is not The Game.

no need to identify with something that will be removed as The Game progresses.