Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen – envoy

Saudi Arabia has launched a military operation in Yemen against Houthi Shia rebels, the Saudi ambassador in the US has said.

Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia acted to “defend the legitimate government” of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The Iran-backed rebels have made rapid gains in recent months, forcing Mr Hadi to flee the capital Sanaa.

Meanwhile, reports say the rebels have seized secret US intelligence files describing US operations in Yemen

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  • olddog

    bout time…

  • Rick McGinnis

    Let’s see if the well-funded Saudi military is actually worth a damn.

    • The Goat

      They sure act tough around the goats.

      • DVult

        Saudi’s fighting Iranians in Yemen. Go for it boys.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    More ‘Sunnis vs Shias’ fighting?

    This is bound to be great news for both Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s respective funeral industries.

  • ntt1

    yeah the soddies will fight only until happy hour,

  • Jay Currie

    It is about time the Saudis chipped the paint on all that hardware.

    Meanwhile, our American friends apparently couldn’t find gas and a lighter for those files. You’d think after Libya, Syria and Iraq the Americans under Obama would have a bug out checklist. Apparently not.

  • Barrington Minge

    Just watch this space – the Saudis are not to be trusted…..

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama’s going to announce he’s pulling support away from Saudi Arabia and he’s arming the Houthis. He has to, Iran commands it.