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Yemen Exchange Note: Assaulting Main Yemeni Port Would Likely Lead to Disaster

We are waiting to hear from the Houthi and pro-Saleh leaders later in the program, but one major takeaway thus far from our First Yemen Exchange – for me at least – is that the effort to take the port is likely to fail and even if it were to be taken… will just lead to greater tactical and strategic problems on the battlefield. Not to mention the humanitarian situation which this Economist piece mentions:
 
“The war in Yemen: Starving the people
A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by Western nations, which sides with the president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is finalising plans to invade and take Hodeida, Yemen’s main trading port. If the attack fails, the coalition will be humiliated. It may even unravel. A successful assault might see it wrest control of the western coast. But it would also hamper the delivery of food aid and could worsen Yemen’s humanitarian crisis…”
 
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Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm

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