Saudi-Turkish Race In Yemen

Saudi ringing the Turkish danger alarm in Yemen and the country has been subjected to war for six years is just around the corner from turning into international battlefield with multiple forces and varied interests. But the biggest loser in this battle is the kingdom so, will Turkey actually intervene, or Riyadh has been suffering nightmares as it continues in the war quagmire?

Saudi media did not calm down recently and it turned into another Emirati horn in Turkey’s face. its media means speak tirelessly of Turkish moves, starting with Al-Arabiya channel, which revealed in previous reports that Ankara recruited Syrian mercenaries to fight in Yemen, up to the brigadier in Saudi army, Zaid Al-Omari, who warned of dangerous shift in events track of Yemen, and passing through Okaz newspaper, which confirmed in its latest reports that leaders in “AlSharia” received about 35 million euros in preparation for war in Aden.

Saudi media talk about Turkish intervention as if his country, which spent trillions of dollars in Yemen war over the past 6 years under the pretext of confronting “Iran”, has become completely powerless, as his hands tied to stem the tide that is chasing it from Syria and Libya to Gulf, and thus confirms US reports that Saudi Arabia has become the weakest link in Yemen war quagmire.

Actually, recent Turkish moves in Yemen are tangible, particularly south of the country, where first batch of Turkish drones handed over to Hadi’s forces, or rather those whom Saudi Arabia classifies as “Qatar Pavilion”, referring to Islah leaders. With those technologies that may turns the tide of battle in Aden, known Pro-Turkey leaders, as Saleh Al-Jabwani began a massive recruitment process in Shabwah, Parallel to a similar process by Al-Mikhlafi who resids in Turkey in Taiz province. Coinciding with Turkish officers’ made intensive training operations for the new fighters, according to American media, all of them aim to storm Aden due to the geographical location of the two provinces surrounding the most important strongholds of Emirates-backed factions.

The matter is not just about Aden where Qatar, the most prominent financier for operations, accused by Saudi media, is eager to strike a blow to Abu Dhabi, that has geopolitical and economic dimensions, and on other areas in Yemen, such as Socotra, where Islah is trying to explode the situation there – as it is accused by STC – that monitors the situation from the other bank of the island, specifically from nearby Somali coast, equipped with its military base at the highest level and has several scenarios, the last of which may be the annexation of the island to Somalia.

Same scene is repeated in Taiz, the province that enjoys a strategic location at Bab-el-Mandeb, the second most important international shipping lane around the world. Where Mocha port and its relationship to the Ottoman era is the hottest topic of Turkey’s media. In this small bank at the intersection of Red Sea and Aden Gulf, interests of many countries intersect, most importantly Turkey, who aspires to be here, for purposes related to international struggle over international traffic and for long-term benefits of this corridor. This encouraged Turkey to join the construction of military bases at Al-Mandab Bank started by UAE, Saudi Arabia, and even United States, along with old bases in African Bank, from the strait, specifically in Djibouti and Ethiopia, it includes Britain, Italy, Israel, Iran and China.

Turkey is heavily involved in Yemen and has entered into a collision with Saudi coalition after preventing its planes to land in Aden last week. But Saudi Arabia’s fears are now evident in their military experts’ talk like Zaid Al-Omari. It does not lie in the expected Turkish intervention, but rather by transferring the international conflict arena by Turkey from Libya to southern Yemen. So, with Turkish intervention, other international parties, will be attend such as Russia, which openly supports STC and will seek to be present in this region, to spite America, who stationed here. It is also eager, above all, to restrict Saudi Arabia’s ambitions in oil market and its desire to exclude Russian from Oil Empire globally.