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Retaliatory attacks to encourage Yemenis against aggressors: Analyst

Yemeni supporters of the Ansarullah movement raise their weapons during a rally against a military offensive by Saudi Arabia, on August 24, 2015 in the capital, Sana’a. (©AFP)

Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, managing editor of the Veterans Today from Atlanta, for his insights into the Yemeni people's retaliatory attacks against military positions in southern Saudi Arabia and the Saudis' invasion of northern Yemen.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: It seems that the Saudis are finally annoyed that their bases are being attacked in the southern regions especially and they are acting now to try to prevent that. Do you think they would be able to prevent that considering these retaliation has been going for so long now?

Dean: Well, it will turn into a hit-run a kind of the real war. Like you said I was surprised that the Saudis have avoided this long. They’ve avoided casualties generally when their bases have been attacked the garrisons that have been holding just withdrawn to avoid the Yemenis being able to collect a batch o Saudi prisoners. But they have been isolated units and this is what the Yemenis have to do is gets local superiority over smaller targets and try to win still some courage in the people and behind the scenes. Because they have a big problem with the offensive in the south, which is probably going to determine what happens with the success of the war or failure.

Press TV: Of course, there’s an easy solution to the Saudis not having rockets coming towards their bases and that is obviously to not continue to bomb Yemen. Do you think that’s even on the horizon at this point?

Dean: Not really, the Saudis can stay in this, they’ve got the money. They don’t worry about the losses. They’ve been involved in the Syrian situation for years now and this is what I’ve always worried about that this is going to be a slow war of attrition. And they would just hope, which has failed in Syria, that the people would get sick of it and just say we want to make peace and we just don’t want to support the war any more.  But the Yemenis are also very tough. So, this unfortunately could go on for a long time with a lot of civilians’ suffering.


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