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Will Riyadh’s new DC ambassador draw US deeper into Yemen war?

Saudi Arabia is pressing the  to become more involved in supporting its war in Yemen. Bogged down in a quagmire of their own making, the Saudis want the United States to give them unqualified support.
Riyadh has high expectations that the new US administration will provide significant support for their next major military operation in Yemen to seize Hudaydah, the largest port on the Red Sea, to tighten the blockade on Houthi and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The offensive will be the most complex operation of the war so far, as Houthis seem determined to fight to keep the port. The Saudis want American help to ensure their offensive does not end in a bloody repulse; they want more intelligence, munitions, naval support and diplomatic backing.

The architect of the current yemeni war is the Saudi king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who is apparently also the darling of the Trump team . On April 23, the king promoted another one of his sons who is a former RSAF pilot, Khaled bin Salman, to be the Saudi ambassador to Washington. He will be the perfect interlocutor for a frank and candid discussion about the future of the Saudi-American entente.

The Source: AL-Monitor

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