Decisive Storm to continue ‘as long as needed:’ spokesman

A Houthi fighter wears a traditional dagger with a picture of a slain comrade as he poses for a photo outside a presidential guards barrack on a mountain overlooking the presidential palace in Sanaa January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia against Yemen’s Houthi rebels vowed on Thursday to press on with its campaign until goals are reached.

Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri vowed that the coalition would not allow any “supplies” to reach the rebels and that no party would be allowed to back the Houthi rebellion.

Iran is the main backer of the Shiite rebels and has supplied them with weapons as they pushed to expand their control over the country.

The coalition issued a warning on Thursday to ships not to approach Yemeni ports and declared Yemeni airspace a “restricted area.”

Brig. Gen. Assiri told reporters that the first wave of the coalition air raids against Shiite rebels was “successful.”

He added that “all forms of aircraft” have been taking part in the strikes and that all of them had “returned safely to their bases.”

The anti-rebel operation would continue “as long as needed” until “legitimacy” represented by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his government was restored in Yemen, said Assiri…

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This crisis shows the difference between Saudi Arabia and Iran. They are both very Islamic, but the Saudis are putting stability first: they are prepared to deal with non-Islamic countries to achieve this, including the USA.  

Iran — run directly by clerics — is revolutionary. It want “export” its revolution across the world. It considers America to be its greatest enemy, although if the Ayatollahs had any sense they should see that Obama is sympathetic to them. But revolutionaries never have any sense.  

Saudi Arabia is the lesser of two evils in this case.  The Saudis are also no doubt correct that Iran is helping the Houthis.