Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saudi Military Cargo Plane Lands at Aden Airport

A Saudi military cargo plane landed at Aden International Airport on Wednesday, carrying arms for Saudi/UAE-backed Southern Resistance (anti-Houthi) militias. This was the first flight to reach Aden in four months.

“A Saudi military plane landed at Aden airport this afternoon carrying weapons and military assistance to the popular resistance forces, in the first flight there since 25 March,” an airport told Reuters today.

Meanwhile, the militia said they were advancing toward Anad air base, Yemen’s largest, 60 km (40 miles) north of Aden to link up with other anti-Houthi fighters nearing the military base from its northern end.

Pre-government militias heavily aided by Saudi-led airstrikes and UAE ground forces, this week retook Aden from the Houthis and their allies, forces loyal to former president Saleh.

Photo credit: Saudi military cargo plane landed at Aden International Airport (above), and military equipment unloaded for Southern Resistance (anti-Houthi) militias; 22 July 2015 (Twitter/@Joyce_Karam)

1 comment:

Mark Pyruz said...

Air and sea supply route more secure for Saudi/UAE led forces.

MRAPS are satisfactory for small arms and IEDs, less so for RPGs and especially less so for ATGMs. Susceptible to artillery, too.

Infiltration and demolition at ADE is a cause for concern.

Southern Movement and Al-Qaida don't appear to be variables for Saudi/UAE at this point in time but remain a potential problem in the long term.