"SA evidently is shipping all this in from their major base at Sharura in the Rub' al-Khali (Empty Quarter). It goes down the hard surface road to this Wadi'a border crossing (pictured above) and thence down through the Sunni territory of the Hadramaut into Shabwa Governorate and on to Aden. Some also goes west to Marib Governorate of Yemen. There are also sea shipments int othe port of Aden directly.
The Saudis are well advised to avoid the Najran to Sa'da to San'a axis. That is real "Indian Country" from their point view. " Quoting myself from August, 2015
"Despite the fact that the Saudi-led coalition has launched a full-on attack and invasion of Yemen, a group of poorly armed and poorly trained “militiamen” have successfully defeated the Saudis, Qataris, and Emirates – themselves backed by the United States in terms of intelligence and strategic assistance – and have not only dealt massive blows to coalition forces but have now managed to inflict blows to the Saudis on their own territory.
In a story that went virtually unreported in the West, the Houthis managed to wrest control of three Saudi military bases in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province, located near the Saudi-Yemen border in January of this year. The bases Jabal al-Doud, al-Aril, and Madba were all seized by Houthi forces and fighters with “allied Popular Committees.”" mintpress
Jes' to he'p yeh with the sittee-ayshun in Yayman amungst the Ayrabs, long ago I used to spend me time amongst the grandfathers of some of the men who now adhere to the Houthi sect of Zeidi Shiism. This was unusual because the US military attaché usually stayed in Sanaa (the capital) with occasional trips to Hodeidah. I wandered around. Why? I was restless. In doing that, I came to know the various populations of "Yayman," The Zeidi Shia tribesmen from Sanaa north to the Wadi Najran in Saudi Arabia's Asir Province and east to the Rub' al Khali, the Sunni tribal villagers south and SW of Sanaa, the city people. I came to know them well.
The Zeidi hill men who now adhere to Houthism (?) are in the main, runty, stunted, Qat chewing drug addicts who drink Red Label by the quart in the afternoon to come down from their Qat high. They are insular, xenophobic (this extends often to the people in the next valley or on the next ridge). They are heavily armed with infantry weapons such as the AK, RPG, and mortars. Many of them served in the Yemeni Army, defected to their tribe and brought bits of gear like tanks and anti-aircraft weapons with them. They LOVE to fight. Together with the pro-Salih elements of the Yemeni Army they have whipped the Saudi hirelings and their mercenary friends just about every time they have met. pl
"Israel has encouraged its oil-rich Saudi ally to find out more African allies in its interminable conflict in neighboring Yemen, and curb the increasing influence of Iran in the African continent. Mr. al-Jubeir has allegedly conveyed a message from the Saudi ambitious minister of war, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, luring the desperate and destitute African nation into joining the war by promising unimaginable sums of money,
Saudi Arabia is looking for further 5,000 Senegalese child soldiers–each soldier shall receive $ 5.000 per month, a mouth-watering offer —to initiate the ultimate decisive battle for Sana’a (the Yemeni capital city) in order to recapture it from Yemeni revolutionaries." AMN
It doesn't get better than this in terms of historic irony.
France once owned Senegal. Volunteer professional Senegalese artillery units in the French Colonial Army were famed for their steadfast service. Now the Saudis, who, IMO, have only regretfully and perhaps not altogether given up enslaving Blacks want to hire Africans to fight the Yemenis in a knock down, drag-out fight for Sanaa?
It doesn't get better than that. Hang in there, Chihuahua! FIDO! pl