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mardi 28 avril 2015

Sayed Ali Khamenei: Saudis will swallow the dust in Yemen

Address by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran - April 9, 2015

Warning to Saudis

 
In this speech, Sayyed Ali Khamenei condemned the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen, comparable in all respects to the many Israeli aggression against Gaza: the same savagery which, according to him, will lead to the same issue: a bitter failure for the oppressors. Is the House of Saud, agent of Western imperialism in the Middle East ever since its creation, just like Israel, coming to its end? Hopefully, as we hope that Yemen will end up fully joining the Axis of Resistance.


Source: http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2045&Itemid=4


Transcript:

[...] As for the issue of Yemen, the Saudis have established a bad tradition in the region. Of course, they have made a mistake. Today, what the government of Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen is exactly the same thing that the Zionists are doing in Gaza. This issue has two aspects: one is that it is a genocidal crime. It is a crime that can be pursued by international authorities. They kill children and destroy houses, infrastructure and national sources of wealth. Well, this is a big crime. This is one aspect of the issue.

The other aspect is that the Saudis will suffer a loss on this matter. They will suffer a loss and they will not achieve any victory. There is a very clear reason for this. The reason is that the military capabilities of the Zionists are several times more than these so-and-so Saudis. The Zionists are much stronger than them. The Zionists too had military capabilities. And the camp against them was a small strip of land, namely Gaza. But the camp against the Saudis is a country which is comprised of tens of millions of people. It is a people and a vast country that has stood up against the Saudis. If the Zionists can achieve victory in Gaza, the Saudis too will achieve victory in Yemen. Of course, even if the Zionists achieved victory, the chances for the Saudis to achieve victory in Yemen would be zero. In the present time, their chances are less than zero. So, they will definitely receive a blow. Without a doubt, their noses will be rubbed in dirt.

We have many differences with the Saudis on different political issues. But we always said that the Saudis behave with tact and gravity in their foreign affairs. But they have lost this tact and gravity. A few inexperienced youth have taken the affairs of that country in their hands and they prefer savagery to tact and maintaining appearances. This will be to their disadvantage. I warn the Saudis. Stop these criminal actions are commiting in Yemen. This is not acceptable in the region.

Of course, America defends and supports them. This is in America's nature. They support the oppressive side on all matters in the world. They advocate for the bad person instead of advocating for the oppressed. This is in their nature. They are acting in the same way on the issue of Yemen, but they will receive a blow and they will be defeated. Now, they are creating uproar by saying that Iran has interfered in the affairs of Yemen. Of course, this is interference! Just because we are saying a few words about this issue, we are interfering! But the fact that their criminal warplanes have created an insecure environment for Yemen is not interference. They are finding silly excuses for their own interference. These excuses are not acceptable in terms of international logic. Neither the people nor God will accept such excuses. So, this is what they need to do: they should stop committing such crimes and creating such disasters as soon as possible.

The people of Yemen are a great, ancient and historic people. They have a millennia-long history. These people have the capacity and capability to decide the fate of their own government. Of course, some people have tried to bring about a power vacuum and to create uproar. They want to create the same events that have unfortunately taken place in Libya - today, there is a very bad and regrettable situation in Libya. But fortunately, they failed to do so. The religious and enthusiastic youth of Yemen who believe in the bright path of the Commander of the Faithful (peace and greetings be upon him) managed to stand up against them. Shia, Sunni, Shafi'i, Zaidi, Hanafi and all types have stood up against the enemy's invasion and by Allah's favor, they will achieve victory. Victory belongs to the people.

Dear God, help our brothers - wherever they are in the world - to achieve victory. Dear God, humiliate and defeat the enemies of Islam and the enemies of Muslim peoples wherever they are in the world. Dear God, familiarize us with our responsibilities. Dear God, enable us to carry out our responsibilities. Associate the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) with his saints. Associate the pure souls of martyrs with the immaculate soul of Hazrat Siddiqat at-Tahirah (God's greetings be upon her).

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.

jeudi 16 avril 2015

Vladimir Putin denounces France's submission: "Even without Mistral, we will survive"

Direct Line with Vladimir Putin - April 16, 2015

Direct Line with Vladimir Putin was broadcast live on Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations.

Transcript: 

[...] Dmitry Shchugorev: We have Dmitry Abzalov here, the president of the Center for Strategic Communications. Please, go ahead.

Dmitry Abzalov: Good afternoon, Mr Putin. I have this nagging question about Mistral ships. This week, the second ship was tested and left for the French shipyard. What are the prospects? Will we push for having these ships delivered to us? Will we seek financing? In general, what will our military and economic partnership with the European Union and France, in particular, be like after what happened a year ago?

Vladimir Putin: The refusal to deliver ships under the existing contract is, of course, a bad sign. However, frankly speaking, it’s of little consequence for us or our defence capability. We signed these contracts primarily to support our partners and offer work to their shipyard. We planned to use the ships in the Far East. For us, this is not critical.

However, I believe that the leadership of France – and the French people in general – are honourable people and will return the money. We are not even going to demand any penalties or exorbitant fines, but we want all of our costs covered. This certainly means that the reliability of our partners – who, acting as part of the military-political bloc, in this case NATO, have lost some of their sovereignty – has suffered, and is now questionable. Of course, we will keep this in mind as we continue our military and technical cooperation.

Kirill Kleymenov: Our partners may find that it was an easy way for them to get off the hook.

Vladimir Putin: That’s all right, we’ll survive. [...]

lundi 13 avril 2015

Yemen Wars, 1962-2015: Gamal Abd al-Nasser denunces the House of Saud, Sissi submits to it (ENG SUB)

Excerpts from Gamal Abd al-Nasser’s speeches from 1962 to 1966, during the North Yemen War opposing the supporters of the deposed king Muhammad al-Badr, backed by Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Britain, and the revolutionary Republicans, supported by Nasser.

Today’s Egypt, vassal of the House of Saud and member of their coalition against the current popular uprising in Yemen, suffocating Gaza together with Israel, fell into an unfathomable abyss of servility and is very far from its glorious past...

Video & translation:
http://www.sayed7asan.blogspot.fr


Transcript: 


December 23, 1962

Gamal Abd al-Nasser : [...] The battle of Yemen is our battle. Yemen's revolution is our revolution. [...]

The revolution began on September 26th (1962). As of September 27th, the King Saud had a crisis of hysteria, and he began sending weapons to Najran and Jizan (border cities). [...]

The Arab people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this Arab people has responsibilities. They are called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but it is not the people who chose this name. They are a people of a region of the Arabian Peninsula which has always been called Najd and the Hijaz. But will the Arab people agree to take up arms against the revolution? Perhaps those who will be compelled to do so will take up arms. Perhaps mercenaries will take up arms. Perhaps reactionaries will take up arms. Perhaps opportunistic people will take up arms. But free men, will they take up arms? [...]

We have suffered losses, and I'm going to reveal the exact numbers. From day one, until yesterday, our losses were 136 officers and soldiers. 21 officers and 115 soldiers. Any of their shoes has more dignity than the crown of King Saud [of Saudi Arabia] and King Hussein [of Jordan]. [...]

Our present Yemen Arab force will work to end the current agression, then it will also work to end the bases of aggression. And by the bases of aggression, I do not mean the Arab people in Saudi Arabia, but I mean the bases of aggression by Saudi princes and kings against the Yemeni revolution and against our Arab force. [...]

May 1st, 1966

Gamal Abd al-Nasser : [...] Will the reactionary rulers of Saudi Arabia manage to break the legitimate hopes and enthusiastic dreams burning in the hearts of thousands of young people of the Arabian Peninsula? Never! The reactionary Saudi leaders will never be able to achieve this. […]

June 23, 1966

Gamal Abd al-Nasser : [...] We observed during the past year a total cooperation between Arab reactionary leaders and colonizing forces. There is a clear cooperation and solidarity between them directed against Arab nationalism and Arab revolutionary and liberation movements.

Suspicious arms contracts are concluded and they are directed against the Arabs and not against enemies of the Arabs. The proof is that the weapons supplied to the Arabs are the same as those provided to the enemies of the Arabs. Those who arm Israel are the same who arm Saudi Arabia and the reactionary states in the region.

You have read the information published yesterday on the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Britain, according to which Britain will provide them with British planes. And of course, in Saudi Arabia, there are US military bases and British military bases. [...]

June 26, 1966

Gamal Abd al-Nasser : [...] I do not imagine for one second that the Saudi kingdom will ever fight in Palestine, with American and British bases on its soil. Saudi Arabia should first of all free itself of US military bases and British bases. Only then could they head towards the Liberation of Palestine. [...]

December 23, 1963

Gamal Abd al-Nasser : [...] (Anti-Saudi outbursts in the audience) We have already spoken of Saud and we know their story from beginning to end. And ... you know .... It's a sin to mangle the dead. [...]

June 21, 2014

[Let us now see the new President Sissi, presented by the servile Egyptian media as Nasser reborn, bowing to the Saudi king, Saud al-Faisal, Bandar (Bush) Bin Sultan, etc.]

King Fahd: Welcome, welcome President. How are you? Well I hope. May God preserve you and give you long life!

Sissi: Thank you!

[Blah Blah Blah ...]

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dimanche 12 avril 2015

A little history lesson - the KSA's assault on Yemen in '62






Cooperating in Sin and Aggression: About Yemen and its bad neighbors


Article original : http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/229977

Published at http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1428669865.html


Translated by Moe


It's as if history is repeating itself.

The following is a translation of an Arabic article on Al-Akhbar about Yemen and Saudi in 1962, with a short flashback to the 1930's for historic long enmity between the two countries. It's very informative and documented with names, dates, and details. It reflects what's happening today, and what was the role of the regional and international states at the time. While translating it, I added hyperlinks to the article that might refer to Wikipedia links or other related websites, that would serve to clarify what he is talking about.

By then, Iran was an ally to Saudi, Israel, and the U.S., while Egypt was like today's Iran, so there was that "phobia" of Egypt and Nasser. Back then, there was no "Sunni-Shi'ite" tension, but they were demonizing Egypt and Nasser and his allies in the region. The same propaganda of "helping the legitimate ruler" against the "sinful rebels", and the phobia of controlling Bab el-Mandab by Egyptian friends in Yemen, well, this is as if nothing had been changed since then. Just replace Iran with Egypt roles between the 60's and today's Yemeni crisis.





Ja'far al-Bakli


«I am Maj. Pilot "Rashad Chesha ... of the Royal Saudi Air Force ... I ask for permission to land ... because of an important and risky issue. I repeat: it's an important and dangerous issue ».

That was the call received to the control tower at Almaza Airport (in Cairo) from a mysterious plane violated the Egyptian airspace, from the Red Sea side, on Tuesday morning, 2nd October 1962.

Egyptians allowed the pilot Chesha - who was flying a Saudi military cargo aircraft (U.S. made «Fairchild 123-B») - to land, in Almaza Airport, accompanied by his two associates: Flight Lt. Ahmed Hussein, and technician Mohammed Ezmirli. After searching there plane, it turned out to be loaded with 20 huge boxes, and inside each box were dozen machine guns, in addition to hundreds of boxes containing ammunition. All of these boxes had a clear logo symbol: Two shaking hands ... That was the very logo for the American charitable aid to poor countries: USAID!

In the next 6 days (up till 8th of Oct), another 3 Saudi airplanes (cargo and jet fighters), did the same in Cairo and Aswan's airport (southern Egypt)... (he mentioned the names of the 4 Saudi pilots and their ranks who were upon these fleeing planes).

All of these pilots were Saudi citizens. They refused to bear the brunt of participating in the aggression of a tyrant family (Saudis) to support an unjust family (Yemeni Imam) against the oppressed people of Yemen. They were seeking political asylum in Egypt, because they disobeyed military orders from their superiors, to fly from Jeddah (the main Saudi port on Red Sea) to Najran (on Southern borders of Saudi, on the Yemeni borders) where they have to give all these "U.S. Charity" boxes, and to do it 3 times a day. The pilots were wondering about what these boxes have in them, and to whom they are sent, till they finally realized that the camouflaged boxes with the USAID logo were nothing but equipped weapons for Yemeni royalists militias, who were against the new born Yemeni republic that took the authority in San'a, and that these weapons are enough to ignite a Yemeni civil war. The good Saudi pilots refused to be the reason of all of that, and they preferred to flee to Egypt, and to expose the Saudi government plan against a poor state like Yemen.

Kingdom of the sword and the Kingdom of daggers

In early Spring 1934, the Saudi king 'Abdul-'Aziz sent his two sons with their troops to occupy Yemen, and to annex it to his kingdom, but only one son succeeded in occupying both Najran city and Jizan port (today in the southern part of Saudi) while the other son had been defeated so badly from the people of Sa'da (the very Yemenite city under attack today, and the main center of today's Ansarullah). Both sides negotiated the terms of disengagement, and made a peace agreement in May 1934 in Taif (Saudi), between the Saudi king and the Yemeni Imam Yahya representatives, but the Saudis kept both Yemeni cities, and promised not to attack again in the future. Although the Yemeni ruler was not the looser in that battle, but he was afraid that the Saudis are way more in numbers and well armed with British new military force, while his weapons are old guns from WWI or prior, they will attack again and again, so it was better to waive the two cities and get rid of all that headache. The Yemeni Imam though, sent 3 of his assassins to attack King 'Abdul-'Aziz, and that took place a year after their agreement, in Mecca, 15 May 1935, who tried to assassin him with their daggers, but they managed only in injuring the king's son in his shoulder, who protected his father with his body, and they had been shot dead.

Wahabis are on alert to rescue a Shee'ite rule!

The no-relation situation between two kingdoms continued that way for three decades, till the Yemeni Revolution and coup took place, in 26 Sep 1962, which turned the country from an Imami Kingdom into a Republic. The Saudis never been satisfied with that news, as no republics are allowed in monarchies' land in Arabia, because that means the beginning of their end, and that is a Saudi red line. And suddenly, the Saudis remembered that Muhammad Al-Bader (the grandson of Imam Yahya) was the only «legitimate» ruler and Imam of Yemen, and his ruling should be undisputed and unchallenged on his property. Urgent Wahhabi Fatwas had been issued, claiming that to oppose the rule of an Imam (even though he is a Zaidi Imam, a branch from Shi'ism) is considered as a great sin against the legitimate and religious rules, and that all Yemenis had to defend their religion and their livelihoods, and that it was necessary for the politicians of the Yemeni nation to unite against that sinful rebellion, and to fight it with the proper firmness.

'Abdul Naser of Egypt, encouraged that new born republic of Yemen, and acknowledged it as a new legitimate ruling system for Yemen. The USSR followed Egypt in the recognition of the new born state, which made Saudi describe that as "Nassirist-Communist Plot" against the kingdom. The fleeing Imam "Muh'd. Bader" reached Saudi, and asked for their help, and they were more than happy to help him against the new republic. He went to Najran city to arrange his militias and train fighters, while the Saudis were sending him those fully equipped weapons in USAID boxes 3 times a day, and enough money and gold to buy the mercenaries and bribe the tribes. The Saudis then started looking for allies. The U.S. was busy with the Cuban Missile Crisis, and therefore they ignored the issue at the beginning. Britain though supported the Saudis, because they were aware of their colony in Aden (South Yemen) and didn't want neither the nationalism of Nasser in Egypt (who was calling for the unification of Arab states into one great state) nor the Socialism of the USSR that was spreading everywhere by then. The Brits where aware of the international sailing path at Bab el-Mandab as well, and didn't want it to fall in the hands of friends of Naser in Egypt, who did the Nationalization of the Suez Canal 6 years ago that caused the Suez Crisis by then. The British army in Aden started its military provocations against the new Yemeni republic. Therefore, the Yemenis asked the help of Egypt, who sent their troops to Yemen in Oct 1962.

J.F. Kennedy, sent an initiative letters for a solution in Yemen in 17 Nov 1962, asking the Egyptian troops to gradually withdraw from Yemen; to make disengagement decision in the UN; to stop the Saudi arming of the Yemeni pro-royalists; The Republic of Yemen (RoY) vowed to respect international commitments to assure its neighbors; with a U.S. pledge to recognize the RoY if all the other parties adhere to these proposals.

Egypt agreed to Kennedy's Initiative, while Saudi and Britain rejected it. The U.S. responded against the Saudi-British "sulk" by announcing its recognition of RoY, on 19 Dec 1962. Saudis get mad, and said that the American solution for peace in Yemen, and the American recognition of the new republican regime, is fully bias to the «Nasserist - Communist Axis» at the expense of the U.S. traditional allies in the ME. Saudis then entered their hallucinations, and thy suspected that the U.S. probably «seeking their treachery», to change its alliances with them, by a new one with 'Abdel Nasser. Other "geniuses" wrote in Saudi funded newspapers, that President Kennedy's Administration is too weak and ignorant, and they are not aware of the realities in the region, and the US president is inexperienced and hesitant, and wants to avoid any confrontation with the Nasserist Axis. The solution for the Saudis is to take off the thorns by themselves, and to take the reins with their firm hand ... All of that was a mass of nonsense! 

Mercenaries

Saudis started looking for help from anyone. They asked the Pakistanis, but they refused to be involved. They asked the Shah of Iran, he promised them logistical and intelligence support to their advantage, nothing more. France offered them their logistic support from their military base in Djibouti. And then, they asked the help of Israelis! Indeed, the Saudi intelligence chief Kamal Adham (which also was the brother-in-law of King Faisal) asked the help of his friend, the Saudi arms dealer, broker Adnan Khashoggi, to check with Israel, and to see how they can help Saudi in its war in Yemen. Khashoggi met Shimon Peres in Paris, in early 1963, who was then occupying the position of the Israeli Assistant Secretary of Defense. Saudi and Israel agreed to cooperate in Yemen.

Israel has participated in the Saudi coalition campaign on Yemen, and their planes which launched from the French colony of Djibouti, was dropping the military equipment to the pro-royalists rebels and foreign mercenaries in the Yemeni mountains. The code name for Israel's operations in the coalition against Yemen, was «MANGO». Tel Aviv went further in giving aid to Saudi Arabia, by sending a commandos squads of Jewish Yemenite soldiers who emigrated to Israel. And so to make it easier for them, after they carry out their special missions, to dissolve in their original Yemeni community who have already lived in, and whom they are familiar with, and they speak the same Yemeni accent.

Jordanian king Hussein offered his military help to the Saudis, and he ordered the Royal Air Force Commander Lt. Col. Sahel Hamza to order the Jordanian pilots to do the exact work of the Saudi pilots (mentioned in the beginning of the this article) in transporting weapons. On 12 Nov 1962, Hamza defected to the United Arab Republic (Egypt) in a De Havilland Heron military transport plane, and landed in Cairo airport. He asked for political asylum, and refused to be involved in the war against Yemen. The next day, two Jordanian Hawker Hunter jets landed in Cairo as well, for the same reasons of refusing attacking an Arab nation as mercenaries. (he mentioned their names and ranks).

The ruling family of Saud did not give up because of the betrayal of both their Saudi nor Jordanian pilots. They oriented their efforts towards a new party who is ready to for their money, to achieve their goals without the pangs of conscience, or the commitment of the Arab Nation's issues. They were the big number of mercenaries hired by the Saudi government, to do whatever they need in secret and confidential way. 

Thus private organizations began to compose for payed combat (they were much closer to the security companies). In this area, such names emerged as of the French mercenary Bob Denard, and the British Special Air Service (SAS) Johnny Cooper, who infiltrated with a special force of his associates to Al-Jawf region. He had left the service in his British army, and made a private company that started to attract European veterans for fighting in Yemen, when «The Observer» newspaper estimated the amounts of money in its issue on May 9, 1964, that it ranged between £400 and £500 per month, paid by Saudi Arabia. Saudis went to Paris as well, where many of the OAS «Organisation de l'armée secrète» fighters were ready for helping the Saudis, not only because of the money, but also because of vindictiveness of 'Abdel Nasser, and to take revenge of him for his support of the Algerian Liberation Front.

Saudi Arabia war against Yemenis has continued bleeding their backs for years, but it wasn't over with any benefit for the Saudis. There fleeing Yemeni King never returned to San'aa again, nor his alleged legitimacy helped him, nor mercenaries helped in changing situations in Yemen. At the end, Saudi Arabia itself forced to recognize the Republic of Yemen, and the kingdom's nose was broken.




See also :

 

Hasan Nasrallah: war against Yemen and Saudi-Israeli alliance (ENG SUB - 1/4)

Hasan Nasrallah: war against Yemen and Saudi-Iranian ‘conflict’ (ENG SUB - 2/4)

Hasan Nasrallah: war against Yemen and Saudi-Iranian ‘conflict’ (ENG SUB - 3/4) 

Hasan Nasrallah: war against Yemen will lead to Saudi defeat and humiliation (ENG SUB - 4/4)

vendredi 10 avril 2015

Hassan Nasrallah: The war in Yemen announces the end of the House of Saud (ENG SUB)



 
Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah - Syrian information channel, Monday, April 6, 2015

   
In this excerpt, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah discusses the US-Saudi operation in Yemen, which to date has been a real military disaster. According to him, Saudi Arabia has embarked on a foolish enterprise, and now its very territorial integrity is threatened. He confidently predicts a resounding victory for the Houthis, and major repercussions for the Saudi ruling dynasty and the entire region, which will be in the best interests of the peoples.



 
Translation from Arabic & video: http://www.sayed7asan.blogspot.fr
Translation into English : Jennyfor Tlaxcala

Transcript:

[…]

Reporter: I would like again to welcome our guest, His Eminence Sayed Hassan Nasrallah. Welcome to you, your Eminence the Sayed. We discussed, just before the break and the last part of our interview, questions of paramount importance to our region. You said that if Pakistan is to intervene alongside Saudi Arabia, it will do so on the pretext of there being an internal threat to Saudi security [and only to defend Saudi Arabia, not invade Yemen], and you said that this is not just a remote possibility, but that it could happen in the near future. The coming days will show whether such development occurs in Yemen, if the Houthis can enter into Saudi Arabia. What do you mean by this?

Sayed Hassan Nasrallah: Listen, at the end of the day, I do not have specific (exclusive) information, but it could happen, in the sense that what has been happening in Yemen so far… – let us make an analysis of the situation.

Well, (Saudi Arabia) started with bombing, and they set various objectives. So far they have not realised any of these goals, not a single one of them. And this is the experience of the July war (2006) in Lebanon, the experience of wars in Gaza in Palestine – and by the way, the war against Yemen, whether in its Media aspect, the psychological warfare, the military leadership or tactics, is exactly like the war against Lebanon, and the war against Gaza, and this reveals to us those who lurk behind the scenes and make the decisions. Well, they set a number of goals, and they have so far fulfilled none of these objectives. Aside from the fact of killing people, of course, but they had not announced that as an objective. They said that ... and this proves that – today we enter the 17th day of the war – it is a failure. It is a humiliating defeat for the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen.

(The Saudis) said (as objectives) that, first, they wanted to reinstall the President who they consider legitimate: but he is still in Riyadh with his supporters.
Second, they wanted to force Ansarallah, their allies and their supporters to surrender: but they did not surrender.

(Third, they wanted) the country's leadership to withdraw, and surrender their heavy and medium weapons. It may be that many of us in this region, are unaware of a lot of what happens in Yemen, but the Saudis are very familiar with Yemen, and I laughed myself, because from what I know about Yemen, medium and heavy weapons are personal weapons (held even by civilians), that is to say, the (Saudis) claim to remove even personal weapons: in Yemen, all tribes have heavy weapons and medium weapons, and then (the Saudis) declare to groups that after they have imposed a war on them, they should deliver their heavy and medium weapons? In my opinion, this is manifest stupidity.

Well, third, or fourth, they said that the aim was to prevent the Iranian occupation of Yemen, which is a foregone conclusion, since (the Iranian occupation project) is imaginary, so they cannot say they have prevented the occupation of Yemen by Iran.

Fifth, on the ground, they said they wanted to restrain the Yemeni army and people's committees in some provinces and at Aden. But (the Houthis) reached Aden, the airport is in their hands – I am using the information from the [Saudi] channel Al Arabiya –, the port is in their hands, most of the city is in their hands, as well as most of the southern provinces... What have you then accomplished (you Saudis)?

Until this moment, I can speak, from my own knowledge – and we also have the experience of the July War (2006) in Lebanon, the Israeli wars against Gaza, so we understand these things in one way or another – and my assessment of the situation is therefore that what has happened so far is a humiliating failure of Saudi-American aggression against Yemen.

If we believe the official (Saudi) spokesperson, who every day makes a speech about the evolution of the battle – that poor guy is in trouble, he seeks for the smallest success (to harp on about). He then said there was an such-and-such force that was heading to Aden, and that we striked it. This is not an accomplishment! This is a detail. You're fighting a war, in any case. In war, there are martyrs, vehicles are destroyed, you kill, you are killed, that's war, it's normal! So tell me about the military achievements that have any significant political or military implication ! But they have not accomplished anything like this up to now.

Instead, I will reveal what the Saudi aggression has really accomplished against Yemen so far.

The first achievement, is that they have made the vast majority of the Yemeni people radically opposed to Saudi Arabia. When have we seen before in Yemen hundreds of thousands, if not millions, manifest by proclaiming “Death to the House of Saud!” Incidentally, the Saudis do not tolerate anyone talking about them. They pay fortunes, and the whole world gets insulted, no problem, but if a TV station, newspaper, speaker, politician or writer says a (negative) word about Saud, they tear it to pieces. Well, millions of people manifest in Yemen proclaiming “Death to the House of Saud!” This is a huge strategic loss for the Saudis in Yemen.

Second, there is a huge uplift and mobilisation of the Yemeni people, seen through the TV channels, although they try to prevent this from appearing: tribes, cities, provinces, the people as a whole and this mobilization and this uprising will grow because of the crimes committed in this aggression against the Yemeni people. So this is a second achievement, and a result of the aggression.

Another achievement of the aggression, is that there is now a demand on the Yemeni leaders of the battle, who have not taken the decision to close (the strategic Strait) of Bab al-Mandeb, which they could do at any time: it is only 20 kilometres-large, they are quite capable of it. And they could also hit with missiles targets inside Saudi Arabia, or even enter the interior of Saudi Arabia, but this Yemeni leadership, this people of Yemen leading this battle have not yet taken such action, so far. But they may take such measures in the future, I do not know. This is related to the development of the war and the battle. The most important thing here is that there are very strong popular demands to respond to, whether to launch missiles or make an incursion into Saudi Arabia. And there is currently a strong and widely adopted discourse about Yemeni provinces, which belonged to Yemen in the beginning, but which the Saudis have annexed to their kingdom. And the Saudi military leadership – I heard this information, but I do not know if it's true: nearly 90 border villages have been evacuated, their homes even destroyed for fear that Yemenis would take them. There is currently a Yemeni popular demand: ”Let us go to Saudi Arabia.”  Leadership thus far has not taken such a decision. I wanted to indicate this.

Amongst other major accomplishments of the aggression, let us evoke support for Daesh (the Islamic State) and Al-Qaeda, while they know that al Qaeda and Daesh are truly a danger to Saudi Arabia and all Gulf countries, and we have seen what happened in Iraq. But these people, when they become blind, it's for good, and they do not even see what there is in front of them.

In front of you, you have , Yemen, Daesh and Al Qaeda, and you have the Yemeni army, you have Ansarallah, and you have other friends and allies, political forces in Saudi Arabia, but the ones you fight were ready to negotiate, to dialogue, to come to a settlementwith you, before you launched the war against them. And they are always ready to move toward a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue in a neutral country. But Al Qaeda and Daesh are a danger to Yemen and all the Gulf countries, governments, Kings, Emirs, peoples... But where has their blindness taken them to? In order to hit Ansarallah and the Yemeni army, they protect Al Qaeda and Daesh in Yemen, and more, they drop them weapons by air. Well, is this an achievement? This goes against the interests of Saudi Arabia.

Therefore my assessment of the situation is this: there are two aspects, a humanitarian aspect, and this aspect is very painful, and we need to highlight and address this, this is the responsibility of every individual: the massacres, bombings, assault, demolition of infrastructure and the Yemeni army– I forgot to remind of this in the objectives. These people, I mean the Americans and Israel, all allies and armies of which being known, do not want for there to remain in this region any strong army that could one day pose a threat to Israel or to US domination of the region. And that's why the Yemeni army is now a target, one of their goals is to destroy the Yemeni army.

Anyway, to conclude, I repeat that what is happening in Yemen is very painful and sad but from another aspect, I said from the beginning that I foresee…. – not like the astrologers, but by political analysis, experience, data, what we know of the situation in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and equations of current struggles in the region. I stand by the opinion I expressed a few days ago at the beginning of events (about the future outcome of this war): the Saudi defeat for me is the clearest evidence, as the Yemeni victory is absolute certainty, and this will impact on all events in the region and will be a door of salvation for many peoples and governments of the region.

Reporter:These are major expectations that you predict for the entire region, your Eminence, on the basis of your political analysis.

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Sayed Hassan Nasrallah: Yes, on this aspect, and I do not make myself worry about the outcome of the battle, and that's why I said there is no risk. I consider that there is a very painful humanitarian aspect, but I am absolutely certain that Saudi Arabia will undergo a major defeat. And its defeat will impact on its internal situation, the royal family, on all those who believed they could perform feats and historic victories, and there will also be an impact on the entire region. It is my conviction. And we can take notes and wait to see what will happen. Those days are close now.

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