Saudi king orders National Guard to take part in Yemen campaign

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard to take part in Riyadh’s campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi state media reported.

Military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces, which answer to the Defence Ministry.

The national guard, which is widely regarded as the kingdom’s best equipped military ground force, is a separate military structure run by its own ministry.