Analyst: US, S. Arabia Intensify Moves in Southern Yemen to Gain Control over Bab Al-Mandab

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A prominent Yemeni political analyst warned of the hegemonic powers’ plots to disintegrate Yemen, saying that the recent US military buildup and clashes in the Southern parts of the country are aimed at winning control over the Bab al-Mandab region.

“The recent clashes in Southern Yemen and the US increased presence in the region are aimed at controlling the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait,” Qanim al-Shokor told FNA on Monday.

Noting that Saudi Arabia and other countries which support the terrorist streams seek to control the world’s most important oil passage, he said the Yemeni islands have also attracted the West and Israel’s attention.

“The two beautiful islands of Perim and Socotra are among the strategic islands that Israel and the West can use them to control their ships and warships’ cruising the region,” Shokor warned.

Yemeni Popular Forces’ Commanders also warned on Saturday that Washington has stirred security threats in Southern Yemen to find an excuse for the presence of the US troops there.

“The security turmoil in Southern Yemen is a US plot to occupy the country,” Ansarullah commander Abdullah al-Nassiri told FNA on Saturday.

Al-Nassiri reiterated that the US, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are cooperating hard to continue their occupation of Yemen.

Last Sunday, Ansarullah Movement’s Spokesman Mohammad Abdulsalam strongly condemned the US for dispatching its military servicemen to a military base in Lahij province in Southern Yemen.

“The presence of the US soldiers in Yemen is blatant violation of Yemen’s national sovereignty,” Ansarullah Movement’s Spokesman Mohammad Abdulsalam wrote on his Twitter account and in reaction to the deployment of the US troops in Southern Yemen.

He underlined that the Ansarullah movement condemns the US deployment in Southern Yemen.

Abdulsalam underlined that the occupying forces should leave Yemen and take their military hardware with them.

“When we declared that Al-Qaeda and the ISIL are present in the Southern parts of Yemen and the Yemeni army should take the responsibility to confront them, (fugitive President) Mansour Hadi and Riyadh denied the same; now who is going to be accountable,” Ansarullah spokesman said.

Also on Saturday, Ansarullah in a statement condemned the US deployment in the Southern parts of Yemen.

“This action is in line with Washington’s colonial goals and is blatant aggression against Yemen,” part of the statement read.

The statement reiterated that the Yemeni people irrespective of their political inclinations are against the US troops’ deployment in their country.

“The UN and world countries should not remain silent about the US military intervention in Yemen,” it added.

The statement described the US redeployment of special forces in Southern Yemen a dangerous move at a time when political efforts and peace talks are underway in Kuwait for putting an end to war and suffering of the Yemeni people

Ansarullah’s statement came after the US Army deployed 100 special forces in Southern Yemen.

The Pentagon said Friday that it sent the US special operations forces back to Yemen to provide training and assistance to an Arab coalition to allegedly fight al Qaeda militants in the fractured country.

The US troops with full military equipment have been stationed in al-And military base in Southern Yemen.

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