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UAE will end year-long campaign in Yemen
March 29, 2017
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash

UAE will end year-long campaign in Yemen

A little over one year since its forces had entered Yemen (along with Saudi Arabia), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Wednesday that it will be ending its combat operations in the country. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash.

Following Dr. Gargash’s announcement, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed ibn Zayed al-Nahyan went on Twitter to state, “Our standpoint today is clear: war is over for our troops; we’re monitoring political arrangements, empowering Yemenis in liberated areas.

The UAE’s withdrawal will not be an immediate process. For the time being, its forces will remain on standby in the area, but will gradually be phased out in the coming months.

Comment and Analysis

The UAE played a significant role on the ground and in the skies during the Saudi-led campaign. UAE land forces were known for being involved in a number of armour and artillery thrusts in Yemen last year in September. UAE Air Force combat aircraft, such as the AT802 counterinsurgency (COIN) attacker as well as Dassault Mirage 2000-9 multi-role fighters, also engaged in air strikes. In fact, an Emirati Mirage 2000-9 crashed in March, resulting in the fatalities of both of its pilots.

  • Salman Khan

    Wait!!! These news are wrong! I just came from reading Anwar Gargash’s facebook post. He said that people might have interpreted that U.A.E. is pulling out of the coalition, but in fact this is completely wrong. He stated that U.A.E. won’t pull out from the coalition until a military success is achieved or a political solution is concluded in Kuwait talks.
    http://www.albayan.ae/one-world/arabs/2016-06-16-1.2662567

    • No one said anything about UAE pulling out of the coalition, but the fact that it has ended its combat operations in Yemen.

  • Quraishi

    They cannot take the fight anymore, r now leaving the Saudis alone, quiet hypocritical honestly. “Empowering Yemenis in liberated areas” suggests not all desired areas have been liberated.
    People here may not know there’s quiet a rift between Saudi and UAE regional politics.

    • Salman Khan

      I’m really curious about what that rift could be? Could you give an example, so I can wake you up from your dreams?

      Only the capital and parts of a city named Ta’az are remaining, and conquering them could be really bloody, and that’s why the Kuwait talks are going on. Is it too less that they liberated the whole rest of Yemen from not only rogue Iran-backed Houthis, but also a significant part of the Yemeni armed forces who are loyal to that dog called Ali Saleh?

      • Quraishi

        There have been some severe rifts on various matters:
        – On where will be the capital of the single gulf currency, it become so sever that UAE eventually dropped out.
        – On having the leading role on GCC.
        – Policy on Iran.
        – There are other issues as well, tribal etc.
        – Difference on leadership in Yemen, and the aims.

        True, but I know people directly involved in war in Yemen, and the casualties are much higher then reported.
        One thing for you to notice is, all Yemen operation information was given by the Saudi spokesman, why was such a big news not announced by him? In the manner it was said, you should have serious doubts.
        During a majlis? common

        • Salman Khan

          – The currency issue is not important at all. Why would it matter if there weren’t any big ramifications on the economy of any country? Are you implying that, thus, they’re having hateful competition between them? Nothing is said about it in any Gulf media (unless you really want to put the royal palace VR machine on)
          – Just want to jump to the last point you said before continuing, because it’s really funny lol. Tribal issues? Which specifically? Be assured that these people aren’t crazy like in 18th century Arabia fighting over oasis water and all. The only issue is when they chose brides lmao
          – Leading role in Gulf? You are such a liar hypocrite, and you are fooling us to believe that Gulf states hate each other (it’s really hard to explain your wretched and ugly psychic, but trust me I got the whole grasp of it) If you know Arabic, or have lived in any of the Gulf countries, then you’d know that your doubt isn’t even a rational one. The leading role differs in terms of either economic role or political role. Because each country is strong economically in a way or another and is really a crucial part of the region, their political weight is equal. Even if you were an Egyptian (or again, lived in Egyptian society), you’d agree. There economic revenues differ because of their natural geography, but no one can deny that all Gulf citizens live in identical prosperity. Secondly, you are the type who give bold statements only. But you never told any particular case. I asked you to give me an example, and you opened the theory book that is taught day night to Pakistanis by hidden Iranian agencies.
          – Following from these last arguments of mine, can you tell how (when, where, why etc) they differ on their policy on Iran? Iran is putting up sleeper terrorist cells all over the Gulf and you want to say that they would differ with one perhaps showing Stockholm Syndrome and loving Iran and the other wants to open a war against Iranian soil? The policy is one, and it’s always announced at a Gulf states meeting, with all Sheikhs attending. Yes!! SHOW me that a country made a different statement on its own apart from the Gulf Council meeting?
          – This statement is so absurd, I’m starting to think that you are meaning that some of the Gulf states are preferring that Houthis remain ?!!!!!!! They together went to the UN Security Council, and got a resolution to remove Houthis. Differences about leadership? There are only two parties on the ground. The rightful president, and the rebels. I don’t understand which further choices are you talking about.
          – Casualties are always there, but that’s the favorite point of the Houthi that this aerial bombing is destroying lives. Well, these luchay forget how they shell day and night cities like Taaz and all. They know they’d be defeated in battle, so before leaving they kill indiscriminately innocent civilians. You really find yourself bold enough to compare deaths caused by mistakes, to deaths caused deliberately and indiscriminately? The Houthis and the Ali Saleh forces do exactly the same as how Bashar does in Syria with the help of Russia, Iranian revolutionary guards, and Hizbollah. Did you check out the leaked videos showing a high senior officer of Hizbollah training and instructing Houthis to shell civilian areas? Did you? OH!! The issue with you must be that you are a defensive Shiite, and you believe that defending Iranian doings in the area is a major part of this. Well, you aren’t defending an ideology. You are defending a blood thirsty tyrant who has actively worked to kill more than 250,000 people in Syria and tens of thousands in Yemen. Aap insaniyet kho baethey ho

          • Quraishi

            Ur quiet an emotional person.
            What do u want to prove. I dont get what is ur point with all ur writing.
            U assume anything any time, and give judgements based on those assumptions, and then believe in ur judgement, and perhaps is read to act on that.

  • Syed

    Nothing in this world is as funny as a lightweight like UAE projecting power abroad……the opposition to Gwadar is also coming from the same shieks who are worried about competition …..have to be carefull since money talks and they would do anything including helping our friendly neighbor in the east

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