Strategic Council Online – Note: On the eve of the eighth year of the Saudi coalition invasion of Yemen, a two-month ceasefire was put into effect on Saturday, April 1, upon the initiative of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen and upon the agreement of the parties involved.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: Director of Yemen Desk at Mersad Center for Strategic Studies, explaining the targets and achievements of Ansarollah’s recent attack on Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia, called it a response to the escalation of the siege of Yemen and said: Ansarollah decided to show some of the pressure imposed on the Yemeni people over fuel shortage to the Saudi people so that perhaps with social pressure, the Saudis lift the siege of the Yemeni people.
Strategic Council Online – Note: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in his visit to Saudi Arabia signed two agreements on military cooperation between the two countries. According to the signed document, Greece is supposed to deliver one of the Patriot missiles received from the United States to Saudi Arabia, a move that could be the result of Saudi Arabia’s failure against Yemeni missiles and drones. The US-made Patriot anti-aircraft systems will be used to protect Saudi Arabia’s most important oil facilities, and the Greek systems will be used to protect other important military bases in that country. In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been under the burden of missile and drone strikes by the Yemeni armed forces and has never been able to thwart those attacks with its own defense systems.
Mahmoud Fazeli – analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that Ansarollah’s advances in Ma’rib have put Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic and security dilemma adding that the country will not be able to withstand further damage and attacks and it seems that this crisis is approaching its final months.
Strategic Council Online – The start of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen on March 25, 2015 and the unequal continuation of this war to the present time has led to the emergence of a huge swamp for the Saudi coalition after six years as such that the United States and the pro-Saudi coalition governments are desperately looking for a solution to this crisis. In fact, the main question will be whether the end of the Yemen war is a strategic necessity for the countries involved in this crisis or the political life of this crisis is nearing the end of its life?
Kourosh Salehi – International affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: Given the recent divergence in Saudi political power system and the opposition of some influential Saudi princes to Mohammed bin Salman’s military strategies, the prolongation of the Yemeni war could intensify competition within the kingdom.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A regional affairs analyst pointing to the dimensions and implications of Operation “Victory from God” in Najran and Yemen’s increasing resistance power said the spontaneous improvement could cause a balance of terror and concern among the Saudis. These developments have made Saudi Arabia more inclined to seek a mutually agreed to solution.
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert says the Saudi policy is one of destructive proxy policy, adding that the Saudi behavior is a function of the policies of the United States, the West and the Zionist regime. He further pointed out that despite Saudi policy of “buying security from the US”, the recent strike on Saudi oil facilities showed the weakness of the military-security structure of the United States and Saudi Arabia.