UAE withdraws most of their troops from Yemen

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — By launching a withdrawal from the Yemeni quagmire, the United Arab Emirates wants to restore their coat of arms, tarnished by an expensive conflict, at the risk of displeasing their Saudi partner, in a region threatened with conflagration because of the tensions on the US-Iranian, according to the analysts.

The UAE has announced a gradual reduction of its forces in the Yemeni “quagmire” following a “life-saving” decision, as part of a “redeployment” that will enable them to move from a “military” strategy a logic of “peace”. This move has deeply upset their Saudi allies, the New York Times reported.

Since March 2015, Abu Dhabi has dispatched 5,000 men to Yemen.

In the field, the UAE is under severe strain. Their forces are the targets of drone attacks and Ansarullah (Houthis) ballistic missiles. A major reduction in Emirati troops has already taken place, Western and Arab diplomatic sources said, according to the newspaper.

In the past month, at least 150 military, attack helicopters and heavy weapons have been removed from the vicinity of Hudaydah strategic Red Sea port.

According to a senior Emirati official for Abu Dhabi, the withdrawal is intended to support a fragile United Nations-brokered ceasefire in Hudaydah that came into effect in December.

According to the New York Times , this withdrawal is the late recognition of more than four years of erroneous foreign intervention. The war in Yemen has left tens of thousands dead, including a majority of civilians, according to NGOs, and caused the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, according to the UN.

According to the Associated Press, Abu Dhabi’s decision is “due to regional tensions, particularly with Iran, their tarnished reputation in Yemen and their strategic interests in the region.” He would seek to restore his reputation – “seriously tainted” – on the international scene, especially his American ally, facing accusations of “war crimes” committed by the coalition in Yemen.

“The political, financial and military costs far outweigh Abu Dhabi’s strategic benefits” from its military presence in Yemen, says Andreas Krieg, a professor at King’s College London, an expert in international security.

The war, “a failure”

The paper quoted Mike Hindmarsh, a retired Australian army general, as head of the UAE’s presidential guard command, who recently told Western visitors that Yemen had become a quagmire where the Houthis were the “Yemeni Vietcongs”.

This downsizing “will force the Saudis to recognize that this war is a failure,” said Michael Stephens of the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based research group.

“This tells us that the two main protagonists of the coalition, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, do not have the same idea of ​​success,” he told The Times.

According to diplomatic sources, Saudi leaders are “deeply disappointed” by the Abu Dhabi decision. “The highest officials of the royal court have personally intervened with the Emirati leaders to try to dissuade them [to reduce their troops in Yemen],” said a Western diplomat.

Abu Dhabi has not made a public announcement in part to avoid the wrath of the Saudis, other diplomats said.

The challenge of ordering unsubordinated fighters

When the Emirati troops are gone, the command of the “rebel” Yemeni forces will move to Saudi Arabia. Informed sources in the case said Saudi officers had taken over the two main Emirati Red Sea bases in Mokha and Khokha.

However, the Saudis have little experience in commanding a renegade group of rebel fighters, and the sudden changes have fueled fears that without the Emirati army heavily armed to keep the peace, Yemenis could begin to talk to each other. tear.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a military campaign against Yemen in March 2015 to resettle former president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned from the presidency and fled to Riyadh in January of the same year, on background of corruption and economic mismanagement. Houthi fighters, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, then took control of state affairs to prevent the country from sinking into chaos.

To date, the war has failed and reports of serious dissension within the coalition and disputes between Mansour Hadi and the UAE.

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