In Flames (III)

Lest we forget the Obama administration’s foreign policy that has allowed Iran to strengthen and impose its hegemony in the Middle East — in this case, Yemen. Iran is backing Houthi rebels who are attempting to overthrow the country, which is of enormous strategic importance. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) fact-sheet on global oil chokepoints, over 3.8 million barrels of oil and refined petroleum products pass through the Bab el-Manded strait. It’s shipped to Europe, Asia and even the U.S.. This strategic chokepoint is the world’s fourth-busiest. Whoever owns the straight controls access to numerous oil pipelines and terminals which are state owned by Egypt, the Saudis, UAE and Qatar.

Knowing this, you now know the reason behind Saudi Arabia’s involvement. It is not Saudi Arabia and Co. who are the “aggressors” which this article states. Rather, they are simply reacting to Iran’s actions and America’s inaction. Germany plays a key role as a weapons supplier in the sense that America is refusing to back its Saudi allies and is simply filling the vacuum. Saudi Arabia is fed up with America, which has become an unreliable partner for it, and is now taking the initiative. This is why you also see Saudi Arabia considering going nuclear and it has been once reported that they might’ve bought nuclear weapons from Pakistan already. It also gives Germany an opportunity to gain and strengthen footholds within the region as well.

In summary, a weak and corrupt administration in the White House has paved the way for all hell to break loose in the Middle East. Only time will tell when it comes to seeing who (aside from Israel) will remain the dominant Middle East power: Saudi Arabia or Iran.

 

SANA’A/RIYADH/DOHA/ABU DHABI/BERLIN (Own report) – Germany’s close Arabian allies are using German weapons to launch their deadly offensive on Yemen’s capital. Saudi Arabia has been carrying out its aggression on that country for about half a year, seeking to drive the Huthi rebels, considered allies of Iran, out of Sana’a. The Saudi military is using German weapons to wage its war, and its allies – the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – have also been equipped by German arms manufacturers. The air forces of these three Gulf dictatorships have been training aerial combat with the Bundeswehr and acquired skills that they could now put to use in their offensive on Sana’a. This is significant because observers have noted their extreme ruthlessness in combat methods. More than 5,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed; a vast number of others have fled. However, the majority of those fleeing cannot leave their country – also because German technology blocks their routes at the Yemeni borders. Relief supplies into the country are insufficient due to a Saudi blockade. More than a quarter of the population is currently suffering acute starvation. Germany, however, is continuing its arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia’s war coalition.

With German Weapons

The Saudi-led war alliance is also using German weapons to wage its war on Yemen. For example, Panavia Tornados and Eurofighter Typhoons, which German companies helped produce, are being used in the air attacks. Saudi Air Force has bought 48 of the latter. The German government has confirmed, “the Tornado is being flown on missions in the Saudi Air Force’s aerial operations over Yemen.”[3] According to Saudi press reports, the Eurofighter is flying missions as well in Yemen. The German government has declared that it “does not know” whether the three Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) are being used. The government says it also does not know where the Saudi coalition had gotten the German G3 assault rifles the coalition had airdropped to their partisans on the ground soon after the attack began on the Yemeni port city Aden. It is however known that Saudi Arabia has purchased €2.8 billion worth of military equipment from Germany since 1999, and is licensed to produce German G36 assault rifles. Since the beginning of its aggression on Yemen, that country was delivered German combat equipment and received official German government authorization for the deliveries of Tornados and Eurofighters,. There is no question of Berlin’s material support for Saudi Arabia’s military, leading the aggression.

Battle Tanks and Ammunition

Whether the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are also using German weapons for their aggression on Yemen is still unknown. Since 2005, the German government has authorized the delivery of more than €2.1 billion worth of combat material to the military forces of the United Arab Emirates, including a combat training center, armored vehicles and ammunition. In 2013, the delivery of 62 Leopard battle tanks, 24 tank howitzers 2000s, and 6 recovery vehicles were authorized for Qatar. That business deal is estimated at €1.9 billion. The deliveries are scheduled to begin this year, perhaps just in time for the war on Yemen.

Joint Maneuver

In addition to arms exports, the German Bundeswehr is cooperating militarily with the Saudi-led Sunni coalition’s armed forces. Within the framework of its “Strategic Partnership” with the United Arab Emirates, Germany signed a “cooperation agreement in the military sector” in 2005, which includes joint training measures. For example, the German Air Force carried out joint training exercises with the Emirati and Saudi Air Forces. French and US units also participated. They were training for an – unspecified – war at the Emirati Al Dhafra Air Base. According to the German Air Force at the time, “the training exercises were aimed at” enhancing the capability for “planning and implementing complex, multinational and combined aerial combat operations,” “in the most realistic tactical situations possible.”[4] In late 2012, other aerial combat maneuvers focused on multi-national operations followed in the Emirates. This time, Qatar participated alongside the Emirates and Saudi Arabia. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[5]) The participating militaries of those Arabian countries can now draw on the profitable experience gleaned from their joint maneuvers for their war on Yemen.

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