The Russian angle and the Arab mentality factor in the Yemeni conflict

Bab_Al_Yemen_Old_City_GateGround operation in Yemen may begin any day now. This was announced by the representative of the government, who fled to Saudi Arabia. A small state with a tribal system became a toy in the hands of American and Saudi elites. In an interview with “Business Online” Shamil Sultanov, a member of the Izborsky Club, the head of the center “Russia – Islamic world”, talked about the situation. The situation in Yemen, in my opinion, can not be described as dynamic. This country has its own constants, its own constant forces, the ratio and collision of which will determine how the conflict will develop further. These four forces are: on the one hand – the Houthis from the movement Ansar Allah, joined by the supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh; and on the other – the official Yemeni government led by president Abd Rabbuh Hadi, who escaped to Saudi Arabia; as well as local jihadies, funded by the Saudi intelligence to commit acts of sabotage within the country. On one side – the Sunnis, on the other – the Shiites. And these forces have not been formed today, so I’m not talking about dynamism, but rather about a certain constancy in the political world of Yemen. Read article