Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"

Tyler Durden's picture

While Obama was golfing in the midst of another Louisiana natural disaster, and is set to end his vacation so he can do what is truly important, support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Putin has been busy making new friends: first he did the seemingly impossible, having rekindled relations with Turkey to the point where Ankara itself is warning it may quit NATO to seek "military cooperation" with Russia, followed quickly by strengthening relations with Iran so that Moscow can now use an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and the United Nations, the latest stunning pivot toward Russia comes from yet another civil war-torn nation, Yemen, whose former president, Abdullah Saleh, said its newly-formed governing council could work with Russia to "fight terrorism" by allowing Moscow use of the war-torn country's military bases.

What makes the announcement even more striking is that Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's ex-president who was toppled by mass protests in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring launched by none other than the US when it "intervened" in Libya and Egypt, was a former staunch counter-terrorism ally of the US; it is this former US ally who told state-owned channel Russia 24 that Yemen was ready to grant Moscow access to air and naval bases.

"In the fight against terrorism we reach out and offer all facilities. Our airports, our ports... We are ready to provide this to the Russian Federation," Saleh said in an interview in Sanaa.

President Putin and former Yemen president Ali Saleh, in 2002

While the ex-strongman may lack the clout to implement such an offer, Reuters admits that officials from the party he heads now run a political council that controls much of the country along with the Houthi movement allied to Iran.

The offer takes place 48 hours after the U.S. officials told Reuters the Pentagon has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its personnel who were coordinating with the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, and sharply reduced the number of staff elsewhere who were assisting in that planning. Fewer than five U.S. service people are now assigned full-time to the "Joint Combined Planning Cell," which was established last year to coordinate U.S. support, including air-to-air refueling of coalition jets and limited intelligence-sharing, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a U.S. Navy spokesman in Bahrain, told Reuters.

Incidentally, while U.S. officials said the reduced staffing was not due to the growing international outcry over civilian casualties in the 16-month civil war that has killed more than 6,500 people in Yemen, the Pentagon, in some of its strongest language yet, also acknowledged concerns about the conflict, which has brought Yemen close to famine and cost more than $14 billion in damage to infrastructure and economic losses.

Meanwhile, Russia remains the only major country that maintains a diplomatic presence in Yemen where a 16-month war between a Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels has killed over 6,500 people and raised the prospect of famine in the Arab World's poorest country. Russia abstained from a United Nations Security Council resolution in 2015 that imposed an arms embargo on the Houthi rebels.

Many have condemned ongoing Saudi airstrikes which have led to thousands of civilian casualties, culminating last week with the death of over a dozen hospital workers killed in a Saudi bombing raid at a Doctors without Borders facility. Ironically, just two months ago, the Saudis had threatened to leave the UN over human rights criticism in Yemen.

The Yemen civil war, stoked by the Saudi airstrikes, has allowed Islamist militants including al Qaeda and the Islamic State to flourish, even though the United States has for years launched drone strikes against groups in Yemen.

Moscow's relations with Yemen date back decades and until the break-up of the USSR, Reuters recalls: thousands of Soviet military advisers and trainers worked in the formerly-independent south.

On Saturday tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in the capital to show support for the Houthi-led bloc as the head of the group's new governing council vowed to form a full government in the coming days.

In an apparent response to the Houthi show of force, ambassadors from the G18 group of nations, including Russia, that has backed U.N. peace talks to end Yemen's civil war issued a statement condemning "unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sanaa."

As for the latest Yemeni pivot, it confirms that far from content with its recent diplomatic success in Turkey and Iran, Putin continues to expand his middle-east axis, in the process sending Saudi Arabia a message that going forward any Saudi attacks against Yemen may be frowned upon by the Kremlin, which is additionally becoming an increasingly dominant military force in the region, with military presence in Syria and Iran, and - perhaps soon - in Turkey and Yemen as well.

Finally, the Yemen pivot takes place just 5 days after China appears to have finally joined the Syria proxy war, announcing it would provide "aid and military training" to the Assad government, in effect siding with Russia's "vision" on the future of Syria, and perhaps the entire region.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
44magnum's picture

Come on you motherfuckers we need a WORLD WAR so the bankers can start fresh !!!!

zeronetwork's picture

Apparently not my kids but I will see the new world Order.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

When Russia is your prefer solution to terrorism, you are below bottom of scratching barrel.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

When US is your prefer solution to terrorism, you are terrorist.

strannick's picture

Putin and Trump are the last hopes against Satanic Globalists. Please Vlad, let the Sauds feel the heat. These same Sauds who thanks to America and the Brits,  sit on the UN Human Rights Council (giggle)

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Does Boris sometimes post as MDB?

Panopticon 131's picture

The UN is a reflection of the New World Order.  Notice how the "solution" to the problems in Yemen now involve a primary role for the UN, same with Syria.  

That the US, Europe, the majority of the Middle East, Iran, Russia, China and everyone else with the possible exception of N. Korea, has signed onto and is rapidly implementing an electronic control grid and UN Agendas 21 and 2030 is a strong indication that the entire world is already in the grip of the NWO.  

RFID / biometric tracking devices are part of our wallets and cell phones.  Next they'll make another attempt at getting you to have it worn or inserted. 

Cashless society.  No problem!  They've got you covered.  

All the while we play the role of boiling frogs.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

NWO is dead, Putin killed it. First and most important strike was to kick globalists out of Russia, since then it's dying.

Lea's picture

Don't be an asshole, will you?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe Mr. Magnum is not say politley, but he is correct, ALL WAR IS BANKSTER WAR!

BaBaBouy's picture

Sure Beets The US Option ~~~

oncemore's picture

CIA i+ Soros ntervention have been constitutional?

To the hell with UN!

Restorative_Ally's picture

Dear Russia,

Do Saudi Arabia next. Kill the petrodollar.

css1971's picture

He has to. No option. You can't leave an enemy behind you. That's why Ukraine has flared up again all of a sudden.

Alok's picture

amazing...  Putin should accept...  I hope so..

messystateofaffairs's picture

He will accept, when the time and conditions are right. Putin does not work with fools.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Couldn't have anything possibly to do with this?...

To U.S. military service personnel OCONUS...

Stop holding your dick and vagina!... That moment has long since passed you!... Time for the knee pads and/or "grabbing ankle"!!


If I were you I'd opt for the knee pads... Make them really good quality because you are going to be spending alot of time on them!!!

Freddie's picture

The US Miitary and Pentagram have been helping the banksters since at least the Civil War.   The military (Union Army) should have sht Lincolm and his bankster pals before the Civil War even got going.

I sometimes wonder if the Union generals who Lincoln fired were hesitant to continue the genocide.   He relied on murdering Grant and Sherman.

US military conordinating air strikes against Yemen?  Sickening.  The US Military have been complicit with the NeoCon monsters aka Biushes, Clintons and Obola in murdering endless Christians in the Middle East and non-Christians.

I had to laugh over at Free Republic that some dumb mom of US military who was posting pro Ukraine shit posted something about the blackout on Soros leaks by the news media.  This dumb woman never did the research to learn that Soros was running Ukraine in 2014 and probably has since the illegal coup.

Ukraine, ibya and a few other countries were looted by Soros and the NWO Zio cons


jonjon831983's picture

Were those Saudi troops just dragged from their desks to pose for this photo op?

Librarian's picture

Putin continues to expand his middle-east axis, in the process sending Saudi Arabia a message that going forward any Saudi attacks against the region's Shiite nations will be frowned upon by the Kremlin

1.  Russia hasn't agreed to do anything in Yemen.

2.  Saleh has been giving Putin the "come on" for a couple of years already.  If Yemen and Russia were a guy and a girl at a party, people would already be whispering about Yemen's openly slutty behavior trying to hook up with Russia. 

3.  Saleh might eventually figure it out that he needs to go through the Iranians.


researchfix's picture

Where is the like button?

sudzee's picture

China playing nice with Pakistan. Yemen will get enough support from Russia to push US out of SA first and the entire gulf. Peace in the middle east is in the air. 

Omega_Man's picture

Putin deserves a gold medal 

Latina Lover's picture

More like the Nobel Peace Prize, while Bathhouse Barry deserves a jail cell beside Cankles Hillary.

Site's picture

Perhaps a jail cell inside cankles would be more appropriate?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

A shrewder move would be to include the Chinese, and call it something like "A Global Coalition for Good".

What's good for Neocon propaganda, is good for everyone else.

IronForge's picture

And IND.  They're so much closer; and can serve as a pit stop for RUS and CHN.

Which, if accepted, pit RUS, CHN, IND, and IRN against KSA.

That would be one heck of a Gulf War - bound to disrupt and raise Crude Px 'round the World as well; and w/o Nukes (3 Nuke Carriers vs 1; and the 3 will torch the USA if they use any), the TEAM_SILKROAD will win this Conflict.

USofAzzDownWeGo's picture

Russia is strengthening relations with Iran to the point where Russia is now using an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and the United Nations. Russia and Iran are the only countries fighting US-Israel-Saudi backed ISIS. Yemen is another country that the US started a civil war in with their overthrowing of the gov't. Just like Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria(tryig to). ISIS=Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.

JohninMK's picture

Its part of a much bigger strategic move that's reshaping relationships. This is a pretty good Russian commentators view. This is how it starts

"Putin unites China and Iran into an anti-American coalition in the Middle East" 

Over the span of just a few days, the situation in the Middle East in general and Syria in particular has undergone radical changes. What’s more, these are good changes which we can be proud of, ones which many in the Pentagon are losing sleep over. Putin is taking full advantage of the institutional paralysis which is engulfing the United States during election campaigns and is, literally in front of dumbfounded Americans’ eyes, redistributing spheres of influence in one of the key regions of the world.

messystateofaffairs's picture

I think SA is on the ropes. I wonder how quickly the dollar will fall after they do, just as Russia/China is moving into the ME. They have gold, weapons, silk road, middle class plans, extractive resources, manufacturing and technical know how and the fence sitter nations are watching. Anything can happen soon, a lot of stuff is going on. I don't think the Russia olympic stunt and world cup football stunt is enough to deflect the consequences of US/Israel ziocon strategic planning. Perhaps a multifaceted resistance is emerging that knows where the center of the problem with global progress lies.

The problem with serial career liars is that they start out strong but after they are outed there is nothing they can say to anyone of consequence. 

mary mary's picture

Syria, Turkey, Kurds, Iran, Russia, and China are all fighting ISIS now, I understand.

Winston Churchill's picture

KSA's waging of war on tiny Yemen could best be descibed as nova, not stellar.

The Houtis are advancing further into Saudi as we speak.the Thursday night bar talk in

Bahrain concentrates on escape plans.

Putin doesn't need to do anything,the writings already on the wall.

KSA will not cut production,thats walkaway money. for the Saidi royals.

falconer's picture

By midnight they'll be at the oasis, putting their camel to bed

Lea's picture

From the Guardian,'The US is promoting war crimes in Yemen' 



East Indian's picture

Last chance to the banksters for an honourable exit... 

Bill of Rights's picture

" ohhhh that's a BINGO ,"

css1971's picture

Russia will install some S400s and shut down Saudi air support, allowing the Houthis/Iran to advance against the Saudi "army".



the Pentagon has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its personnel who were coordinating with the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, and sharply reduced the number of staff elsewhere who were assisting in that planning.


Wait... What?? This makes no sense... Zero ... unless there's a change within the Pentagon itself.


Has the Pentagon made a deal with Trump? He had some weird language related to military funding.

Allen_H's picture

Putin, please give them a few S300 to use at their own will, for testing purposes. They are not shy to use anything.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yemeni ports?  The lyrics from a Frank Zappa song* come to mind:

"I don't want a troll. I just want a Yemenite hole"

Jewish Princess

Z_End's picture

Paradigm Shifts are a bitch...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This would give Russia a nice coverage/control of the Gulf of Aden, and the narrow 18 miles straight to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

As well as good flight times to various places in the Indian Ocean, e.g. Diego Garcia.

It's all good leverage, to ensure that "Unfettered sea navigation is maintained", you understand.  To make sure that ALL sides play by the same rule, rather than Clintonesque rules.

"But vot is Kirk knowing?" - Pavel Chekov

OverTheHedge's picture

For those of a paranoid, and morbid, turn of mind, this makes for interesting reading:

(For those who don't know, Hereford is where a certain British Regiment are based, and it seems they are busy at the moment)

Sorry if it is off-topic, but I was prompted to look after reading a linked article suggesting that the brits were complaining the US aren't doing their fair share in Ukraine, hence they are moving staff from Saudi Yemen operations. It seems funeral arrangements in Herefordshire are on the up. How sad is it that you have to sneak around like this, just to find out what your government is doing,allegedly in your name.


css1971's picture

I don't think you need to be so coy on ZH, it's all public knowledge. The SAS (British Special Forces) headquarters is Hereford.

Frankly I suspect they'd have more trouble against the Russians than the Houthis, but I don't know anything.

Winston Churchill's picture

The SAS is well represented in Oman, has been for decades,

They lose more peeps on the Brecon Beacons course than in combat.

Freddie's picture

"What is the color of the boathouse at Hereford!"

Libtard Robert DeNiro badgering Sean Bean in the movie Ronin.  DeNiro pointing out Bean was not ex SAS.  Sad because Bean was written out of the movie early and he is better actor than DeNiro.   Not a bad movie but the plot was so so.  I do like John Frankenheimer for what he did on movie Gran Prix. 

Swede Stellan Skragard was good in Ronin and Jean Reno was okay.  Also French actor who was in 1973 Day of the Jackal.   Still Ronin was more See Eye Ayhey BS propaganda spook shit.

OverTheHedge's picture

Apologies- it was late and I was "tired and emotional". A more reasoned explanation is thus: the SAS is active in every war zone - it's what they live for, they never turn down a job, and they are always looking to improve their methods. Think of it as a hands-on research and development system. Now, I have been reading a lot recently about how Russian bombing is causing some distress amounts the "allies", Donbass miners are the hardest men in the universe, and Huthi rag-heads are killing everyone, sinking ships with bayonets, and generally being  hard-core heroes. If this is the case, there is going to be a certain level of attrition, and this is even more likely if the US are having to rote staff away from Yemen to take the strain off the Brita elsewhere (could all be propaganda and misinformation).

Now, unlike some of the commenters here, I am an insignificant person of no consequence. I have no contacts amongst movers and shakers, I don't know any billionaires, and I am not on the list who gets email updates on UK casualty figures world-wide. However, I am represented, albeit tenuously as an expat, by the UK government, and I would quite like to know what these lying scumbag murderers are up to. Anyone got a link to accurate casualty figures for the past year? It would appear to be either that no British soldier has been scratched in any war zone (other than Afghanistan), or someone is not releasing the info.

My coyness was in assuming that everyone knew what the Hereford thing was, and I didn't want to teach granny to suck eggs, but it was 2am and I was pissed, so it didn't come across as intended. Hey ho.

Herdee's picture

New World Order means global American hegemony.It'll never happen.Their track record under Bush/Cheney and Obama/Hillary literally destroyed any chance of that.Everyone sees the characters in the clownshow there.