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Leading UAE daily says Iran-Houthi alliance possibly overstated, possibly not primary reason for war, “Situation is more complicated than it seems”

A pretty stunning piece from the highly controlled media sector in the UAE….

An excerpt below, translated on the late side by our (for a free trial email

On September 2, the UAE’s Al-Bayan daily newspaper carried the following report: “The bloodshed in Yemen has been going on for a full year now and has led to the death of thousands of people while millions are suffering from famine. This bloodshed has now taken on a sectarian aspect. The countries of the region, mainly Saudi Arabia, are insisting that the events in Yemen are primarily caused by the Iran-led Houthi rebellion. However, the situation is much more complicated than it seems.

“The Houthis ignored Tehran’s advice during the course of the battles; and Tehran’s support to the Houthis is actually way less flexible than what some people seem to believe. From the religious point of view, the Houthis follow the Zaidi sect, which is one of the Shi’i branches that only have a small level of difference with the Sunnis. The Houthis are also allied with former Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who used to enjoy the Saudi support in the past during the former Houthi rebellion…”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

September 10, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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