2 thoughts on “Yemen: "mission accomplished"”

  1. Former Canadian ambassador Michael Shenstone queried the term “Hirakis”.
    The Hirakis are southern separatists. The “Southern Movement” or “Southern Mobility Movement” generally known simply as al-Hirak (Arabic: الحراك) appeared in 2007, calling for self-determination for the South leading to a federal Yemen or secession through non-violent protest. (Yemen Divided, Noel Brehony, I.B. Tauris 2011)

  2. If Hadi is ‘thrown to the wolves’, the question arises as to who will replace him.
    PM / VP Bahah was regarded as a technocrat and not as tarred with the calumnies – a major popular complaint – of the ancien regime.
    Ali Muhsin Salih – the Deputy Commander – will be extremely problematic: he is disliked by the Huthis, and the Hirakis against whom he has operated. The US would have difficulty accepting him also: “21. (S/NF) Ali Mohsen himself would be a leading contender, as he would be able to count on the loyal support of the military and the backing of supporters in both the GPC and Islah. Ali Mohsen’s questionable dealings with terrorists and extremists, however, would make his accession unwelcome to the U.S. and others in the international community. He is known to have Salafi leanings and to support a more radical Islamic political agenda than Saleh. (ref D) He has powerful Wahabi supporters in Saudi Arabia and has reportedly aided the KSA in establishing Wahabi institutions in northern Yemen. He is also believed to have been behind the formation of the Aden-Abyan Army, and is a close associate of noted arms dealer Faris Manna.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/40815)

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