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Suddenly, the Arab world wakes up to Yemen's rebellion
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/18/2009 | Jonathan Spyer

Posted on 12/18/2009 1:58:41 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

The 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, meeting in Kuwait this week, expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The Kuwaiti emir noted that Saudi Arabia is facing "flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security by those who have infiltrated its territory."

The formerly little-noticed conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government is now taking on the coloration of an additional hot front in an ongoing region-wide cold war. The conflict in northern Yemen reveals the ongoing Iranian regional effort to convert Shi'ite populations into assets enabling it to apply pressure on neighbors and rivals.

The Arab response, meanwhile, shows the very great trepidation felt by the Gulf Arabs in the face of Iranian regional ambitions and expansion.

The term "Houthi rebels" refers to members of the Houthi clan, who have been engaged in an insurrection against the government of Yemen in the Saada district in the north of the country since 2004. The Houthis are members of the Zaidi Shi'ite sect of Islam. (Zaidi Shi'ites venerate the first four Imams of Islam, in contrast to the Twelver Shi'ites dominant in Iran). Led by Abd al-Malik el-Houthi, the rebels are fighting to bring down the government of President Ali Abdallah Saleh, which they regard as too pro-Western.

Thousands on both sides have died in the rebellion. The fighting includes the use by both sides of tanks and armored personnel carriers. It has resulted in the displacement of around 150,000 people.

(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabianpeninsula; iran; israel; saudarabia; saudiarabia; shiite; terrorists; yemen

1 posted on 12/18/2009 1:58:44 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

Genesis 16:12a KJV

And he (Ishmael) will be a wild man;
his hand will be against every man,
and every man’s hand against him;


2 posted on 12/18/2009 2:09:47 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: F15Eagle

Thats correct.


3 posted on 12/18/2009 2:10:43 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Back in the late 1980’s I met a girl who told me her father was the Yemenese ambassador to the United States. Beautiful girl she was.


4 posted on 12/18/2009 2:16:50 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: sonofstrangelove
In the Quran it says that the 12th Imam will rise up against the Infadels and establish Islam to rule the World. They believe that the 12th Imam is Iran. (Persian)
5 posted on 12/18/2009 2:21:43 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: sonofstrangelove

” Saudi Arabia is facing “flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security “
GOOD DEAL,
Hope it spreads and engulfs the “royals”,
Love to see a knock down drag out between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In other words Like to see them kill each other.


6 posted on 12/18/2009 3:22:41 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

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7 posted on 12/18/2009 5:47:31 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: F15Eagle
And he (Ishmael) will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him;

Are you talking about Russell Crowe?

8 posted on 12/18/2009 6:06:08 AM PST by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; All

Can some one explain the differences between Sunni, Shia and other divisions and what the issues are?


9 posted on 12/18/2009 7:56:39 AM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: tired1

The basic difference between the Sunnis and Shi’ites stems from a disagreement over who should be the successor to Muhammad, aka the caliph. Sunnis believed any devout male Muslim would do, but the Shi’ites believed only a descendent of Muhammad was eligible. Specifically they had Ali, Muhammad’s cousin & son-in-law, in mind. His supporters were called the Shi’at Ali (Party of Ali). Each group had their followers—the Sunnis had much more—and they split, went their separate ways, and kill each other whenever they get the chance.

There are some minor differences in practice, for example Sunnis only pay 2% of their income to the poor, whereas Shi’ites pay 20%, and the Shi’a have some different holidays. But the main point of disagreement is over the caliph issue.

The caliphs were all Sunnis, but the Shi’a had their own leaders, called imams. The “missing” 12th imam is who most Shi’ites believe is the “Mahdi” who will come and kill all the infidels and save the world at the end of time. Some Shi’ites believe the Mahdi is a different imam, i.e. the fifth, the seventh...depends on who you ask.

Sunnis are less divided, and the largest non-mainstream sect of Sunni Islam is the Wahhabis, also called Salafis. The word comes from aslaaf, which means ancestors or predecessors, because it is their predecessors (i.e. Muhammad and his cohorts and the first few “rightly guided” caliphs) whom they revere. They want to go back in time to this sort of puritannical, uber-orthodox, unthreatened Islam. Most Sunni terrorist groups are Wahhabi.

All this infighting is over a 1400 year-old disagreement over who could fill a position that no longer exists. Sad, isn’t it.


10 posted on 12/18/2009 8:25:08 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: G8 Diplomat

Many thanks.


11 posted on 12/18/2009 8:55:48 AM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Arabs Unite In Yemen Against Iran
Strategy Page | December 16, 2009
Posted on 12/18/2009 1:14:39 AM PST by myknowledge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2410231/posts


12 posted on 12/18/2009 6:01:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The ballot is stronger than the bullet -- but just in case...)
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To: Androcles

lol


13 posted on 12/18/2009 6:52:03 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: F15Eagle

He wouldn’t be so wild if the West did not grovel before him. I bet that old Ishmael is not very wild in China because he knows he’ll get his a$$ handed to him.


14 posted on 12/18/2009 7:09:20 PM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: All

A Look at Iran
http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html


15 posted on 12/19/2009 2:11:05 AM PST by Cindy
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To: sonofstrangelove

I guess all those 150,000 refugees will be kept in camps for three of four generations, awaiting their “right of return” to Yemen. Oh, wait. That only happens to “Palestinian” refugees. Everyone else is allowed to settle into new homes, find new jobs, and make new friends.


16 posted on 12/19/2009 12:34:10 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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