Yemen: Iranian analyst, Hadi without any legitimacy

Riyadh and Ankara still supporting Nusra, Isis

21 May, 15:45

    (by Luciana Borsatti) (ANSAmed) - TEHRAN - Former Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had lost any legitimacy even before the Saudis started bombing his country with his consent. And Iran's support ''to the new government formed by Ansarallah (Houthi rebels) popular committees and the army, who enjoy popular support, is mainly political'' because these forces ''don't need any weapons'', according to Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a political analyst and dean of the department of international studies at the University of Tehran. Iran, added Marandi in an interview with ANSA, also favors an accord between all sides in Yemen. The same accord ''that was on the brink of being demanded when the Saudis started bombing'' in March 26, ''as referred to the Wall Street Journal by the UN envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar who then stepped down''.

    The accord would have implied for all sides to share power, although Hadi would have been excluded, he added, even if he was the elected president. ''Indeed he was elected but as the only candidate and for a transitional mandate of only two years, at the end of which he did not leave'', the analyst noted. ''When the popular committee and Ansarallah went to Sanaa (occupying it for weeks) there was no fighting because nobody supported Hadi, who then stepped down so he has no reason to be president.

    Without mentioning the fact that, when he allows his country to be bombed, he loses any legitimacy''.

    Now, even after months of fighting, the anti-Hadi front has ''no scarcity of weapons - stressed the analyst - because Yemen was for years one of the most armed countries in the world and the army and Ansarallah operate together''. The Saudis are instead ''very weak'', in spite of weapons provided by the US, because they don't know how to use them and ''their pilots only hit civilian structures but no strategic targets''.

    Iran believes that the Saudi attack against Yemen was also decided to strengthen the new Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman, the young son of new King Salman, but is however doomed to failure, he said. The US for their part ''side with Riyadh because they rely on its oil and because the Saudis buy millions of dollars in weapons from them''.

    American interests, as those of Europe, ''Depend a lot on Saudi Arabia and this explains why they allow the Saudis to support Wahhabi groups like al Qaida in Yemen and Syria and other extremist groups in Iraq. Meanwhile Erdogan's Turkey supports Isis''. And the analyst believes that this is ''to make the government in Syria fall and weaken the one in Iraq''.

    Al Nusra in Syria and Isis, also said the analyst, are separate entities but have ''the same roots in Al Qaida, they fight but at times cooperate'' - as occurred in the recent battle in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk near Damascus. Al Nusra, he stated, ''is supported by the Saudis, by Qatar and by Turkey, which also supports Isis. America knows this, without doing anything''. Meanwhile Israel, continued the analyst, when Hezbollah and the Syrian army were about to carry out the most significant attacks against al Nusra, killed the Iranian military commanders''. The Americans after all are doing very little against Isis, he said, ''if they were really worried they would stop Erdogan''. And Europe ''should be concerned also over the export of the Wahhabi ideology shared by all these dangerous groups, from Boko Haram in Nigeria to Libya and Isis, which reaches its mosques funded by Riyadh and Doha''. (ANSAmed)
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