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Magic…between Jabal Dokhan and Jabal Al Dood | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A man dressed in an outlandish outfit, with long fingernails and disheveled hair crept between Jabal Dokhan and Jabal Al Dood. He was carrying talismans, paper decorated with magic symbols, and animal remains that he intended to bury on the battlefield. According to [Saudi] Okaz newspaper, on his arrest the man claimed that this would aid the Huthi rebels in their clashes with Saudi troops.

This kind of hypocrisy falls under the context of deceiving the naïve Huthi followers and deluding them into believing that victory is possible and that they are being supported by hidden powers. This is one of the schemes of the diabolical Huthi leadership to tighten its grip on and control its followers. The Huthi leadership does not hesitate to play with a stacked deck, deceiving all those who follow it..

Some Huthi commanders who broke with the movement or surrendered to Yemeni troops confessed that the Huthi movement has an agenda, and it has been implementing this for years, therefore it is difficult to reduce this [conflict] into a mere sectarian context. The Huthi rebels are a paramilitary terrorist group that is seeking power; a group with Machiavellian tendencies and this explains the Huthis potential alliance with Al Qaeda, the [Yemeni] southern separatists, and any other party whose interests may intersect with their own. This explains the Ethiopian, Somali, and Afghan nationals who were arrested the day before yesterday along the Saudi border [fighting for the Huthi rebels], and so the Huthi umbrella has extended to include pirates, terrorists, and outlaws.

Those who have observed the Huthi leadership since the formation of the movement until its most recent war [against Saudi Arabia] must be aware that this is a movement that has entered into alliances with its adversaries, switching allegiances at different stages according to their own interests. The Huthi movement has swung between the [political] left and right-wing. It allied with the [Yemeni] Socialist Party at the beginning of the Yemeni rapprochement, and then approached the General People’s Congress at a later date. The Huthi movement joined with the [Yemeni] Islamic Al Haq Party before later turning against it. The Huthis are good at exploiting opportunities and extorting all parties involved. They excel at distracting writers and intellectuals with sectarian issues, not allowing them to focus on the Huthi movement’s covert plan to seize power in Yemen.

According to the confession of some Huthi rebels, the Huthi movement is in possession of scientific laboratories, and has scientific expertise in assembling and installing sophisticated weaponry that it obtained through a continued smuggling operation. The Huthis are not hiding their ambitions with regards to acquiring a sea port in the provinces close to its areas of influence. By all accounts, the Huthi movement is an opportunistic movement that aims to pounce upon the Yemeni state and take control of it. The Huthi rebels would not have reached its current strength had the Yemeni government nipped this in the bud and crushed this movement in its early stages when it was nothing more than an illegal movement challenging the authority of the [Yemeni] state. Therefore utilizing partial solutions had resulted in this conflict [between the Huthi insurgents and Yemen] that is known as “The Sixth War?”

The question is, will it be the last?