Sunday, August 9, 2015

Yemen Pro-Government Forces Retake Zinjibar

UAE-led pro-government forces today recaptured Yemeni southern provincial capital of Zinjabar from the Houthi insurgents and their allies. Zinjibar had been held by troops of the 15th Brigade that remained loyal to the deposed president Saleh who is allied with the Houthis.

Troops entered the coastal towm, 50 kilimeters (30 miles) east of Aden, after overrunning the brigade’s barracks outside with support from Saudi-led airstrikes, AFP reported today.

Zinjibar is the third southern provincial capital to be recaptured by pro-government forces. They secured Aden in mid-July and Lahj provincial capital of Huta on 4 August. Pro-government forces have also retaken Al Anad airbase, Yemen's largest military base.

Photo credit: UAE-led pro-government forces advancing toward Zinjibar (Reuters)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

hotis are finished Saudi's have proven themselves to be master military tacticians.... who will be defeated first hotis or Asad?

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

I'm not getting any feedback on a very simple question which I've been asking for a while; is there any reason why the pace of these setbacks for Houthi forces should slow down before the Arab-coalition reaches San'aa?

Nader Uskowi said...

I assume the logistic capabilities of the Arab-coalition ground forces, led by the UAE, could be a significant factor in determining how fast and how far the pro-government fighters could advance.

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

Oh please, you don't have to crack a b***r :)

Anonymous said...

judging highly over-rated by recent events ,it's safe to assume that Iran's IRGC -Quds Force are highly over-rated .

Anonymous said...

Houthis are more of a priority for the Saudi's.As for Assad the writing is already on the wall for him.

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

Things would have been very different had the IRGC been involved. Hence, the blockade.

Anonymous said...

AnonymousAugust 9, 2015 at 1:48 PM
"Saudi's have proven themselves to be master military tacticians"
LOL!,
I`ve read some truly ridiculous statements on this site over the years but this is without a doubt the most ridiculous.
The saudi actions in yemen have been dictated by fear,paranoia and desperation at every step,first they tried bombing from the air and when that 4 month campaign failed the saudis in increasing desperation finally sent in ground troops,they now find themselves in exactly the same situation as the nato axis in afghanistan and the us "coalition" in iraq ie,an open ended occupation,in this case propping up an unpopular dictator who will be seen by a great many of the populace as nothing more than a saudi quisling,facing a determined and very capable resistance.The saudis and co will likely find just as the us/nato forces did that it is very easy to step into a quagmire but very,very difficult to extricate oneself from it,just because the saudis may and that is still a very big "may" occupy the country does not mean the end or defeat of the houthis,indeed it would not surprise me if five years from now the saudis are still trapped in yemen fighting a determend insurgency and unable to leave with a steady never ending stream of dead and wounded being unloaded everyday at riyadh while looking desperately for some sort of face saving deal that will allow them to declare "mission accomplished" and then get the hell out.I guess if you think the saudis "have proven themselves to be master military tacticians" then I guess you must think that george bush jr is one as well,right?

Anonymous said...

Piruz !
The Houthis are hopelessly disadvantaged against the Arab coalition forces . There is very little the Houthis can do to stem the advance by Saudi/UAE led forces if the Arab coalition chooses to drive all the way to Sana'a . And this should come as surprise to no one since the Houthis are surrounded by hostile countries and cut off from outside aid .

Anonymous said...

Even if they tried the IRGC could not have done a damn thing in Yemen. The IRGC is a two bit mafia organization designed for the purpose of oppressing Iran and milking it dry.