Saudi-led coalition has 10,000 troops, mostly non-Saudi, in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition has 10,000 troops, mostly non-Saudi, in Yemen
Yemen agonistes. (Image via NBC)

[Ed. – I assume the Kingdom is paying these guys, as well as promising to commemorate their martyrdom.  And, um — these militaries are getting a kind of practice in ground combat, including multinational-joint operations, that their generation has heretofore had no experience of.  The face of the Middle East is changing irrevocably.]

JEDDAH: Emirati and Bahraini soldiers who were “martyred” in Yemen will be treated as Saudis “materially and morally,” said Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, SPA reported on Tuesday.

He vowed that the blood of “our martyrs will not go in vain,” and added that “the (Saudi-led) coalition will continue its operations with determination to defeat the (Houthi) rebels and their supporters who tampered with the future of the brotherly people of Yemen and who tried to destabilize the region.”

The alliance has deployed 10,000 troops to Yemen, Qatari news channel Al Jazeera said.

“The number of coalition soldiers who have already entered Yemen has risen to 10,000,” Al Jazeera reported.

“A second contingent of Qatari soldiers will arrive today at Yemen after entering Al-Wadee border crossing (with Saudi Arabia) … as coalition forces have added to their military equipment with 30 Apache helicopters, armored vehicles and rocket launchers,” he added.

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